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Marbella Playa Hotel
Ranked #26 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Warsaw
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“God behave...”
Reviewed 7 August 2011

We were twice there: for the first and the last time. At the first glance it seemed to be OK. An Andalusian village of multicoloured buildings situated on a gentle slope descending from the reception down to the main building with the restaurant and the pool and finally to a broad, sandy beach. But it was exactly that slope which caused a small catastrophe. Every path being paved, during a haevy rain in the night, water had no other outlet than into the bungalows. At 3 am we had 7cm water in the room. The room + bathroom was ca. 25m2 so the amount of water was over 1500l. When at 10am finally two sweepers arrived they collected just 6 buckets - all the rest drained into the floor and walls. Small wonder that the atmosphere was damp ever after. We were offered 3 alternative rooms, but all of them were flooded as well. Closer investigation showed that it was not an unique event as the staff claimed. We discovered traces of previous floods on the entrance door and furniture.
Someone here wrote earlier that - "it is in the middle of nowhere" - it is absolutely true. Without a car you are stranded.
There is an ample choice of tastless food. Members of the staff are friendly and very polite but speak virtually only Spanish. We have improved our sign language.
On top of all you are treated as a potential thief. There are plenty of posters informing what happens to you if you trespass any of numerous house rules.
On the other hand we should not grumble too much. We had no cockroaches, ants or centipedes as other people had and wasps nesting inside the frame of our window were not aggresive.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

pretty rooms. the food is awful. the staff are sullen. bar is dead. entertainment diabolical -some lass showing her pants. miles from anywhere. all the taxi drivers make a living taking disgruntled guests into marbella itself for a decent meal. beach covered in dog dirt. circular door at reception nearly had my sons head off.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I am writing to complain about my staying in hotel Marbella Playa.I > couldn't imagine that my staying in this hotel would be so bad.I am > writing to express my dissapointment with the service I received. > Firstly,the service wasn't polite.Futhermore,chief of the bar near > swimming pool was rude and arrogant,clean service steal(they stole > from our wardrobe very expensive shoes),internet is working 3 days per > week,not 24 hours per day.Secondly, option all inclusive was ridiculous and > musn't be suggested.(can't be suggested) because we had to wait in the > queue in the bar 15 minutes to order drinks.Thirdly,In my room and my children > room was smelling not nice guest are coming in the evening to eat supper in shorts,to > eat breakfast and dinner in swim suits.However,only one beautiful thing in > this hotel was garden and young people who are doing animation and > beautiful flowers,but garden depends more on gardeners and sun that on > hotel.I absolutelly will not recommend this hotel to anyone,futhrmore > for that high price because it doesn't worth that

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Hotel was changed at last minute as our hotel was not opening until April, we were changed from Play Bella in Esteponia, promised upgrade didnt happen, awful rooms just down from main entrance to hotel, on main pathway, patio a joke not enough room to sit, could not opencurtains of room or patio door as people were passing by all the time, and seats right outside second room we had, people sitting all day long smoking. As for getting food ques awful one chef on cooking five main courses, fries and crepes at same time. Very little english spoken by staff in hotel. Hotel to far awaw from anywhere to walk, luckily we had hired a car. Got upgrade on 4th day, Gabriella rep was very helpful. Hotel does not cater for english speaking people at all. Bar staff were great and friendly but the only ones who were. Would not recommend this hotel to anyone unless you make sure you have room in the main hotel or room in the blocks nearer the beach and you are prepared to use the local buses to travel anywhere. Trip to Grenanda was great, we also travelled to Gibralter but only because we had car.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2011

Hotel badly need renovation. It is raining in a dining room as they drill holes in a ceiling. Towels on the floor. So you slalom between the puddles to save some food when the happy manager is walking in singing " doo bi doo bi doo" . Simply real Spanish atmosphere. Bad food , bad service...

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

Most accommodation is composed of small Andalusian villas with a small "garden" where you can sit in the shade of a tree. The rooms were a little small but comfortable, clean and well maintained. The food , buffet style, was very good with a wide choice and a " live kitchen" where the chefs cooked meat, fish etc and served directly to your plate.
The pool was large, well maintained and cleaned every day. A lifeguard was on duty. Plenty of sun lounges were available. If sand was your thing the beach was just across the fence.There was also a childrens pool , slide and play area. For wet days an indoor pool was available.
There were daytime activities organised for the energetic and nightly entertainment in one of the two bars.
The only problem for us was the location. The hotel was about 5-6 miles from Marbella and in a quiet mainly residential area. Nothing to do or see night or day. There was one small supermarket nearby, nothing else. However a bus to Marbella runs every 30 mins and taxis are available. If you just want to sit by the pool all day and the bar at night I would certainly recommend this hotel. If you want to be in the centre of the action, shops and nightlife its perhaps best avoided.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Marbella Playa Hotel, responded to this review, 26 November 2010
Dear Guests,

I would like to thank you for your comments, as it is through them the best way we can improve the quality of our service, understanding the perception of our product and most important the quality and friendly service we provide.

With regard to your comment on the situation, is true, that in the zone exists a good service of buses and taxis daily, other one of the advantages which we have is the tranquility and the distance of the step of vehicles, since we are in the first line of beach.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to any of our establishments.

Best Regards,

Manuel Abrante
Gerente Hotel Marbella Playa
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n.ireland
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

We weren't expecting luxury, and certainly this hotel is more comfortable than plush, but in many ways it provided more than wewere expecting. The facilities, the accommodation and the food were all good and better than other hotels of a similar price range. The fact it opened onto its own beach with free sunbeds was lovely, and there was always plenty of room and sunbeds around the pool. Comments others have made about the restaurant were a bit unfair. All buffet style restaurants get busy at peak times and there was always a good selection of dishes. I am vegetarian, and some of the dishes had meat in them which was annoying, but I always found enough to eat. The desserts were a bit disappointing, unless youn like milk/cream based foods. I missed the little cakes other hotels usually have, though the fresh fruit more than made up for it. We were generally very happy with the food.
The rooms were large enough with really large beds, and had good lighting for reading, which is not always the case. Our air conditioning was not working, but the overhead fan was fine for our september weather.Again, it was more comfortable than plush, but we had no complaints.
Our only gripe, and to be fair, it was something we had been told in advance, was the location. This hotel is not in Marbella. It is about 5 miles away, and sited off the main dual carriageway, so it is practically impossible to walk. We neeed to take the local bus everywhere, and this was a frustrating experience as they did not stop if already full. They were supposed to arrive every 20 minutes, but often took longer than this, so on several occasions, we had to wait for over an hour by the side of the road, with neither seating nor shade. I can't imaging how this would be tolerable in July/August.
Most people stayed in the hotel complex and for families, this was probably the ideal option. As a couple, we wanted to get out and about, and for this reason we would stay closer to the town centre if we were coming bcak.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Marbella Playa Hotel, responded to this review, 26 November 2010
Dear Guests,

I would like to thank you for your comments, as it is through them the best way we can improve the quality of our service, understanding the perception of our product and most important the quality and friendly service we provide.

Concerning your comment on the situation is true, we are to 5-6 km from the center of Marbella, but one of the advantages which we have is the tranquility and the distance of the step of vehicles, since we are in the first line of beach.

Concerning your comment on the service of buses, in the zone exists a good service of buses and taxis constant and daily. I am very sorry that in the period that you visited the buses are very saturated of people, for the Tourists' quantity that they visit us.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to any of our establishments.

Best Regards,
Manuel Abrante
Gerente Hotel Marbella Playa****
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Property: Marbella Playa Hotel
Address: Ctra Cadiz, Km 189, 29604, Marbella, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 331
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This marvellous tourist resort situated in Marbella, which imitates the style of an Andalusian town, offers fully equipped cottage type rooms and a fantastic themed pool with slides for the little ones. ... more   less 
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