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21 reviews
Alicate Playa - designed by award-winning architect
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Marbella, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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Дмитрий С
1 review
“Nice and cozy apartment”
Reviewed 11 November 2017 for a stay in October 2017

The apartment is located just 5 min walk from the beach. It’s a very calm place about 5km from Marbella. Our family of 5 persons (2 adults and 3 kids) stayed there two weeks and had a wonderful time. Both the owner and the agent Paola were very helpful. We would definitely like to visit this beautiful place again.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Nov 2017
You will be most welcome D. It was a pleasure having you stay with us.

Tony
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gillianm7...
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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“Great location,nice large apartment, well equipped.”
Reviewed 22 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017

We stayed for two weeks and found the apartment was all we expected. Dealing with the owner was a pleasure, he kept us up to date with all required details as we went along.
Also Poala the local agent was extremely helpful arranging a late checkout for us.

The location is so central to beaches, fantastic restaurants, local shops and of course Marbella. Everything was within easy reach and wonderful weather.
Will definitely be back.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Liked best: Beach location
Liked least: would have liked the sun on the balcony - but the greenery was fab to look at
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Noel and...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Great location”
Reviewed 4 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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We have just returned from a week in this apartment .The apartment is in a great location and part of a fantastic complex. Despite it being Easter we were practically the only people using the pool .we were able to walk to the local shops and Mamas bakery for coffee and cakes. We loved it that there was just a short walk to the beach and great beach front restaurants .
We found the apartment clean and well furnished and the owner always helpful and accommodating. We were thrilled and impressed that we could get into the apartment at midday having taken a very early flight .We have three children and dreaded the idea of hanging around until late afternoon.

Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Suzywonge...
London
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“Fabulous apartment in great location perfect for families”
Reviewed 2 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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We stayed for the second time at this fabulous apartment which is located in an upmarket complex only a very short walk from an amazing stretch of beach on the outskirts of Marbella. It is perfect for families as the pool is great and the beach has some lovely beach restaurants and a great bar where you can watch the sunset while the children play on the beach. It is lovely out of season also.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Imke C
Brunssum, The Netherlands
1 review
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“Fantastic apartment, wonderful complex, great location”
Reviewed 11 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Just came back from staying two fantastic weeks in this wonderful apartment!!
It was clean, comfortable, light, pleasant, modern and very well equipped. There were more than enough towels, cutlery, cups and plates etc..
With the two balconies, we could enjoy breakfast in the morning sun on the front balcony and also have a little bit of the evening sun on the balcony on the garden side. We can imagine that in the hot summer especially the garden balcony will be a good place to hang out, with enough shade.
The complex itself is also fantastic. Quiet, beautiful, secure and very well maintained. The pool was also very nice, with a shower and enough sunbeds. We loved the tropical gardens around the complex. Even the pathway to the beach, just outside the complex, is beautiful planted, which makes the short walk (3-4 min) to the beach even more pleasant.
The complex is located right at the beach, which is very nice, away from the big crowd, but with a couple of beach bars within walking distance. A car would be recommended (there is a secure parking). The supermarket is just 5 minutes by car (El Rosario) and in the area there are lots of great places to visit and restaurants to eat.

Would definitely recommend this apartment! And hope to come back again in the future!

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Recommended for:
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Veronica...
West Malling, England, United Kingdom
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“What you see is not what you get!”
Reviewed 20 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Excellent location which cannot be faulted, close to one of the best beaches we have been to in Spain, but the apartment was very very dark and we had to use lights throughout the day, regardless of the time. No sun reaches the terrace at any time, and there is absolutely no view of anything from the apartment, other than looking into a couple of Palm plants. Due to this, the place felt extremely unwelcoming, so we spent as little time there as possible.
Although this is a ground floor apartment which we normally prefer so as to access the pool easily, we were unable to go outside of the flat other than via the front door. The only way to access the pool is by going all the way around the outside of the apartment, so we may as well have stayed in an upper floor apartment with a bit of a view.
The apartment is equipped with the absolute barest of necessities, is very tired and in need of a good facelift. The shelves in both bathrooms are badly rusted. The ad says that the apartment is well decorated, when in fact there is hardly any welcoming decor to speak of. The lounge has an old leather lounge suite, a centre table and TV. There is a dining table and six chairs - a couple of lamps that don't work, and a painting on one wall. There are no carpets, or anything else to make the place feel homely.
The ad mentioned satellite TV, and we wrongly assumed that we would be able to get some English Channels - to our dismay, there are only Spanish Channels - not that we wanted to stare at TV whilst on holiday, but it would have been nice to at least keep up with the news.
We reported that the aircon controls were not working on our first day to the Agent, and she only sent a Technician to repair this on the day we were leaving two weeks later! We had to work out that we needed to switch on the main switch in the DB board, and then switch off there as well.
We are regular visitors to the Costa del Sol, and this could be rated as one of the worst places we have stayed in thus far.
The owner cannot be faulted for his friendly helpful manner, but his representative in Spain could learn a few 'people skills'.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: The apartment
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
15 Dec 2014
Although the review meets the guidelines, I feel that it is unfair and misleading as it makes criticisms for things which are beyond our control and makes disparaging remarks about the state of repair and presentation of the apartment that seem aimed at damaging our reputation rather than guiding potential guests.

I stayed at the apartment immediately after this guest and found it most agreeable. The guest immediately after me gave the following feedback:

"Hi all good thanks we had a great time and enjoyed the apartment very much. I will leave feedback when I get a chance. We hope to come back in the future. It was a perfect location for us with the kids. It would have been good to have known ref the recent satellite TV change as we would have brought some DVDs with us but managed to find a great app called filmon which allows you to access British channels without paying - maybe useful to mention to future guests." Susanne.

The items that I refer to that are beyond our control are:

1 The TV channels available. The review failed to mention that removal of English-language channels affected the whole Costa del Sol, and that we installed WiFi to provide an alternative source of English TV.

2 That the shadow cast over our one of our terraces by another building occurs in the low season when the sun is lower in the sky. In Spring and Autumn, when this guest was there, it receives sunshine at certain times of the day. The other terrace gets full sun, Neither this nor the fact that a sunny pool and lawn area with loungers is meters away from that terrace was not mentioned in the review.

3 The layout of all apartments in the complex involves access to the pool via the front door rather than the pool-facing terrace. This complex was designed by an award-winning architect and, even if this guest disapproves of this design, it remains a prestigious and highly regarded complex boasting first-class facilities.

4 The planting of the gardens with tropical plants in front of our apartment is something I would like to be thinned and am trying to get the Community to do this. However, criticising the apartment for a overdue trimming is used to give the impression of a dark unpleasant apartment, which is not the case. It is true that some bulbs needed replacing and I did this when I stayed there just afterwards. Hardly a serious failing!

The remarks about the furnishings, fittings and décor are particularly hurtful as I am continually upgrading these aspects. I am currently replacing the linen, DVD player, adding a sofa-bed and making various other improvements. We have recently replaced the TV and have installed WiFi. The sofa, table and chairs are of quality leather and oak. The apartment was painted less than 12 months ago.

This guest has taken a lot of trouble to write a long and scathing review. I am a loss as to why. I know there was a problem with the washing machine, which was rectified by our technical staff and one with the a/c which could not be rectified until the guest had vacated. Due a mix-up on my part with departure times, he arrived early to make the repairs, for which I made sincere apologies. I would have hoped that the fact that I had allowed the guest to leave much later than the normal check-out time would have been taken into account.

The negative remark about my local agent is also unfair, since she is my greatest ally in dealing with any issues that occur and works very hard to make our guests welcome and well-looked after.

As the other reviews on this site and on others that we have received over the years testify, this is a nice apartment that has a long record of providing a great holiday base for our guests. Any owner will tell you that things sometimes go wrong, but our guests are normally very understanding as they realise we take all problems very seriously and do our best to rectify them, as we did in this case.

Tony Murphy (owner)
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