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Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Ranked #8 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
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“Great hotel in good location”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for four nights in June 2014. I had previously stayed at their sister hotel next door, the Fuerte Miramar but chose this hotel based on the larger pool area (as the Miramar has limited outdoor space for sunbathing).

When we tried to check-in at midday we were advised that our room was not yet ready but they took our luggage for safekeeping and gave us a voucher for complimentary drinks at the terrace bar and advised that it should be ready in 45 minutes. When we went back after an hour we were told it would be another hour for the room as they had been fully booked the night before and therefore had a lot of rooms to clean after departure. Although this was not ideal, it could not really be helped and the hotel is ideally located for nearby restaurants and bars so we just went for lunch close by.

Our double room was a good size, spotlessly clean, lots of wardrobe space and with a large bathroom. We did not pay for a sea view room but had no complaints at the view out to the front of the hotel. There was very little noise from the street as the hotel is set back from the main road. The only thing in the room that I think could be improved on was the hairdryer in the bathroom as it wasn't particularly powerful and I wished I had brought my own. Another niggle was that we were at the end of a corridor, right next to the lifts so it was extremely noisy every time one of the two lifts was used, regardless of whether the lifts came up to the top floor (which we were on) or not. Had I not already unpacked before I realised this and had the hotel not been so busy, I probably would have asked to change rooms.

All of the staff we met were friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much bother. They were happy to phone us taxis whenever necessary, arranged an airport transfer for us and our friends in another hotel and provided additional facilities e.g. an ironing board/iron, within about 20 minutes of asking.

We only ate at the breakfast buffet and there was a great choice to be had and no long queues for tables, even during peak times. There is a decent sized outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers and a couple of four poster loungers. There is also a large garden area with plenty of sun loungers and a large indoor pool situated in the gardens too. We didn't have any problem getting sun loungers although it was more difficult to get ones in the shade.

The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the Orange Square area with all of its lovely restaurants, bars and shops. On the other side of the wall from the swimming pool is the beach and the promenade is also full of bars, cafes and restaurants which are extremely reasonably priced. A taxi to Puerto Banus is around 15 euros (slightly more late in the evening) or the bus is a couple of euros and the ferry 8.50 euros one way or 15 euros for a return journey.

This is a great hotel with great facilities and staff and a great base for exploring Marbella

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
First of all we would like to thank you for choosing us for your four day holiday in Marbella. We are happy to know you enjoyed our pool area, and that you think the staff, the buffet range, and the facilities of the gardens are great. The location is one of our strongest points, as you said everything is closed by and Marbella offers a great range of bars, shops and restaurants.
As well as irons and iron tables, we do have more powerful hairdryers on request.
Regarding the room near the lift, please next time you visit Fuerte Marbella, let us know in advance and we will allocate you in a room away from the lift.
Thank you for recommending us as a great base for exploring Marbella.
We look forward to your next visit. Best regards
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed last week for four nights. The hotel is in a perfect location for both beach and the lovely old town. The hotel is very well presented with fresh flowers in all the main areas.We had breakfast on the first morning which was a very well presented buffet with anything you could wish for. Our bedroom with a lovely side view was very comfortable and we enjoyed the gardens and pool area. We loved the idea of all the plants being named. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. Would definitely return to the hotel. We were unhappy about the state of the sea water- the authorities of both the town and the hotel need to get together to get the water cleaned up and we said this to the desk in the hotel and at the tourist office. Otherwise it was a good experience.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thank you for staying with us for your four day vacation and thank you for your review. We are glad to know you liked our location and the wide range of products we offer in our buffet breakfast. We especially appreciate your comment about our friendly and helpful staff at all times.
We look forward to seeing you soon again. Best regards.
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Have just returned from a weekend stay here at the Miramar. It was excellent. All of the staff were fantastic. So friendly and couldn't do enough for you, they made our stay. Rooms are clean and modern with sea views. 5mins walk to old town Marbella which is beautiful. 15mins in taxi to puerto Banus which cost 15euro. We went here each night to people watch and for the nightlife. Lovely private beach across the promenade. Private pool area which is clean and great staff attending you.

The breakfast is amazing! Everything you could think of even champagne!!!

Perfect weekend would definitely come back :-)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thank you for choosing our sister hotel Fuerte Miramar for your weekend stay and for your reviews. We are glad to know you think the staff are fantastic, the rooms are modern with magnificent views at the sea, and that you enjoyed our location close to the beach and to the nightlife of Marbella.

We are happy to know you rate our breakfast as amazing!. Next time you book with us, why not try buffet dinner at Fuerte Marbella?.

We look forward to welcoming you soon again for another perfect stay. Best regards.
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We stayed in the Hotel Fuerte for a long weekend in May and would highly recommend it to all. The rooms were clean and modern with fantastic views over the ocean. The hotel is quite large but has lots of facilities to cater for the high number of guests, including more than one pool and a large lobby area. We only had breakfast in the hotel but it was decent quality and the service was excellent. The location of the hotel is great for Marbella old town and is also only 10 mins taxi away from Puerto Banus. We will definitely be staying here again on our next visit to Marbella.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for spending your long weekend with us. We are happy to know that you enjoyed our facilities, especially our pools, the fantastic views over the Mediterranean, and our breakfast & service. Next time you visit us, why not try our buffet dinner with show cooking?. We do often offer a special rate if you book dinner at the desk in advance. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon again .
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights in middle of May. The hotel was very busy but the service and quality of the hotel were second to none. The hotels location is very central both to old town Marbella as well as being on the boulevard. Everything is within walking distance. The accomodation was very comfortable we had a side sea view which to be honest was as close to a front sea view as you would like. The bed was comfortable and room spacious. We stayed B&B and the breakfast was good however it was the same choice each morning so perhaps a little variation after the second or third day would have been nice. The staff were all pleasant and very helpful and couldn't do enough for us. The terrace area around the pool was always clean every day and likewise with the garden area. One small gripe, it would have been nice to have some waiter service at the pool as it was a bit of a camel hike back to the bar!! Apart from this we had a very enjoyable few days and would definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
First of all I would like to thank you for choosing our hotel for your 5 day stay. I am very happy to hear you especially enjoyed our terrace arround the pool and gardens. Thank you for your comments, they will help us improve our service. Regarding pool bar, we are now opened for the Summer (jun through sept). We look forward to welcoming you soon again.
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

What does it say when you check into a place and are already hoping you can come back sometime? The location is terrific, but who wants to leave? The hotel is really beautiful, and every room has a sea view. Spacious, gracious room, but we were mostly outside on the comfy chairs overlooking the Costa Del Sol. The water is beautiful, and the beach itself is nice, but the sand's a bit coarse there, and it was too cold to swim, so we stayed mostly on the overlook. There are really fun little restaurants along the boardwalk, and the staff is lovely and helpful. We had the breakfast buffet one morning, and we couldn't eat enough to make it worth it, so we didn't try dinner, but it looked lovely. A slice of paradise.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your kind review. We are very lucky to have many guests who come regularly and love Fuerte Marbella. However, It is the first time we read "heaven" or "paradise" to name a guests experience. We will proundly share your comments with the team. We all look forward to welcoming you soon again.
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Excellent location-on seafront and two minutes walk to old town.

Large resort style hotel.When we were there mainly senior English and German clientele, but not all so and not all package deals.Hotel also refined as befits one of the original grand hotels of Marbella.

Rooms very comfortable- all the amenities you would expect and spotlessly clean. We had a full sea view -very large terrace with loungers.

Only had the buffet dinner once as not really 'buffet people',but food good and reasonably price.A la carte restaurant only open for dinner later in the season.

Staff very helpful.Very speedy check in,but check out less so.

Given the limited choice of d good hotels in the centre of Marbella, would highly recommend.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Thank you for choosing Fuerte Marbella and for your review. We are very glad to know that our location-on seafront and two minutes walk to old town was excellent for you, that you found the rooms were very comfortable. Thank you also for joining us for our buffet dinner. We now have our restaurante terrace open and it is very pleasant.
We appreciate your recommendation. Look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends.
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Property: Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Address: Calle El Fuerte s/n, 29602, Marbella, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
#5 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#9 Family Hotel in Marbella
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Marbella 4*
Number of rooms: 263
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fuerte Marbella, the most emblematic hotel in the centre of Marbella, combines tradition and innovation. On the beach front and surrounded by 4000 sq. Meters of garden, Fuerte Marbella Hotel is an oasis walking distance to the Marbella old town, with restaurant and shops. Most of the rooms have magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea. A 7 km long beach promenade allows gentle walking to the famous Puerto Banus, with international shopping and restaurants. Fuerte Marbella offers a complete sports centre with covered heated pool (winter only) and a beach restaurant with sun beds (extra charge, summer only). Easy access from Malaga International airport (60 km) by rental car, shuttle bus or private transfer (book through the hotel). Public direct bus to Marbella bus station is also available. ... more   less 
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