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Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos
Ranked #18 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Great location and helpful staff”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

The best things about this hotel are its proximity to Marbella’s seafront and Old Town and the helpfulness of the staff. It is in a quiet location away from the main road and the only real sound at night was the waves hitting the shore.

We asked for a sea view, and were given a room on the side of the hotel. This still provided a nice sea view but not quite as good a view as the rooms at the front of the hotel. This wasn’t a big problem for us.

The staff on the reception desk were brilliantly helpful. They provided vital information on local shops, restaurants etc and also helped us book excursions to Gibraltar and Ronda. If you go to Gibraltar make sure you book the ‘rock tour’ rather than the ‘shopping tour’.

There was no wifi in the rooms but free wifi was available in the reception area where there were plenty of seats.

The only thing that annoyed us during our stay was the smelly food that the inhabitants of the room next door were cooking. Each day we returned back to the room to find a different smell – fish, garlic etc. However, this is unlikely to be an issue for most people.

The hotel was clean and the beds comfortable. The TV has many European stations including BBC and ITV.

There are several good restaurants and cafes near the hotel. Our favourites were Da Fabio on the seafront and Stuzzikini in the Old Town. Both were excellent Italian restaurants. If you’d like to try tapas I’d highly recommend La Taberna del Pinxto which is located just off the seafront. Da Bruno was another good Italian. Some of the Old Town restaurants and are very touristy and the prices can be higher there.

We got the bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station ( €6 per person) and then a taxi from the bus station to the hotel ( €7 ). This was a very easy way to get to the hotel and much cheaper than a € 60 euro taxi fare.

You can get the L1 bus to Puerto Banus from outside Citi Bank on the main street behind the hotel. It cost €1.18 each way. Puerto Banus is worth a visit just to admire/observe the wealth on view. News Café was a decent place to stop there for a coffee and croissant. PB prices are much higher than those in Marbella. We got the boat back from PB to Marbella – this leaves every hour and costs €8.50 one way.

There is a supermarket neat the hotel, but you can find a cheaper and better one along the seafront in the same building as the cinema. This is about a 15 minute walk along the seafront towards Puerto Banus.

There are undoubtedly better, more glamorous hotels in the Marbella area, but you’ll struggle to find one in a better location and with better staff. If you don’t have a car it’s perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012 via mobile

Stayed here with my husband mid October for 5nights we are 23 and 24. The hotel was lovely, helpful reception staff. We had a lovely room with large balcony and seaview. Room was clean with basic kitchen facilities. The hotel was almost literally on the beach on the promenade with had lots of bars, restaurants, shops etc. just behind the hotel was the old town which was beautifull with lots of little craft shops and gorgeous outdoor dining. Def worth a visit! The hotel hassle a small pool on the roof which was fine with a small sun bathing area with amazing views over Marbella. We went into puerto banus a few times it takes about 10 mibs in taxi for roughly 12 euros. Walking to puerto banus is 1,5 hours. PBS is a nice town it was cool to see all the designed shops and huge boats drinks/ food was more expensive than near the hotel. Overall a nice relaxing stay with no complaints.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

Excellent location on the promenade. The studio was small but clean and well equipped and very comfortable. No noise from other rooms. Would be useful to have wifi in the rooms but ok using it in the lobby. The parking in the underground car park close by is convenient but expensive. Would be useful if the small items eg washing up liquid bought by previous occupants was left for the next ones. Overall very good if you want to have self catering facilities and convenience to the town itself.

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

Prefect location, very clean. Towels changed every day. Staff friendly and very helpful. Sea view lovely. Loved every minute of my stay here.
Only down side our safe didn't work but staying with friends so used there safe.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Was our second visit at this hotel...e-mailed he hotel asking for a seaview studio as did not get one on our previous visit even though we did email...We did not get one again so was a little disapointed..Was given a one bed apartment with a view of an apartment block ahead.
Felt the hotel had dropped slightly in standards since last time think it was mainly due to the rooms being dated and our leaky toilet which gave the bathroom a slightly strange smell...Not sure whether it was down to the major floods which we were unfortunate to have for the full three days of our visit..but hey not reviewing the weather!!
Reception staff still excellent...breakfast still the same...NO CAVA!! Did not use the pool due to bad weather or the outdoor breakfast area..Would visit again ...but maybe try another beach front hotel next time for a change.

Room Tip: Email for a sea view ....but do not hold your breath!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

Stayed here last week in September and found it to be a good adequate hotel.
Agree with all the recent posts. Comfortable, clean hotel that works well if a little dated. Rooms were good but nothing special. Small but pleasant roof top pool with adequate sun beds during our stay. Good wi fi in reception area. Main concern before arrival was car parking - but in end not a problem. There are two car parks close to the hotel. The one right beside/underneath the hotel looks pretty basic / a bit rough. However, since it was only the car that was staying there I used it and got a week long pass from cashier for 12 euro per day. Cashier is beside exit on -2 level. Hotel in excellent location for easy access to Old Town and right on the beach / seafront promenade.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Friendly, comfortable and great location just a shame that you cannot reserve a front sea view room. I requested one at time of booking and again by email, but unfortunately there was not one available at the time of our arrival - it is a chance you take. The view from inside our room was of a neighbouring apartment block, although when on the large balcony there was a side sea view - just not the same though. I would have paid more to guarantee a front sea view room. Go to this hotel if you are not too bothered about the view.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos
Address: Paseo Maritimo s/n, 29602, Marbella, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#20 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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