We just spent four very pleasant days on a half board package in a junior suite at Los Monteros.
The Marbella area has a beautiful climate in this sheltered area on the southernmost coast of Spain and Los Monteros is well placed to take advantage of it. The hotel has been round a long time and seen many changes with the current economic climate taking its toll here just like the rest of Spain. There is clearly not enough profit to allow the investment required to maintain the highest standards expected of a luxury five star hotel in this competitive market. A new spa in the process of being built however much required to maintain its position is not enough to differentiate it from the rest of the market. More basic hotel management is required like a fresh coat of paint everywhere especially the white exteriors, weeding and propagating all the gardens not just the main public areas, and cleaning out the ponds and water features. Perhaps they are waiting for the spa to be finished but it is this kind of attention to detail is what separates the best from the also rans. Be prepared for the late check in 4pm in case you are scheduled on an early flight because you could be hanging around for quite a while waiting for access to your room.
However, lets not be too critical. Los Monteros is a very nice hotel with many plus points. Friendly and experienced staff help to enjoy the overall experience. Nice gardens and swimming pool make for a pleasant and restful experience. La Cabane is available for those who want the ultimate luxury five minutes away down by the sea, just be prepared for the extra costs involved for sun loungers and expensive buffets. The breakfasts are superb with fresh fruits of the highest quality and eggs cooked to order. This makes it worth getting a breakfast inclusive deal which is usually enough to see you through to dinner unless you have a large appetite. Lunch and dinner options are more limited and many might prefer the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banus for a more varied gastronomic experience.
Clients need to be aware of the location which is a ten minute, ten euro taxi ride from Marbella itself, double that to Puerto Banus. There is nothing around the hotel itself, apart from private villas, and some people may not like the relative isolation. For many a hire car would provide the necessary independence. Young people in particular may not be so happy here but the older generation would probably prefer the peace and quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the most exclusive area of the Costa del Sol, just few minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús, is the iconic Hotel Los Monteros, a reference in the area. Combining tradition, art and exquisite surroundings, this establishment offers a unique setting for enjoying excellent accommodation, indulging Mediterranean cuisine, practice your swing in the Golf Mile or enjoy one of the most exclusive Beach Clubs in Europe, "La Cabane". ... more less
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