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“Comfortable”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Barcelo Marbella

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Barcelo Marbella
Ranked #16 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
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“Comfortable”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

The hotel sits approx 10km outside the main town, not the easiest to find. Take exit 170 off the A7 signposted Guadalmina and follow the road by the golf course.
We had a room overlooking the golf and was clean and spacious and the maids did a good job daily.
Breakfast was as you would expect with plenty of choice, dinner was however disappointing and was rather hit or miss. It's mainly buffet but a chef does cook a couple of dishes nightly. One night I had the roast beef and was very tough so I think there could be some improvement here.
Facilities are good and they offer discounts at certain golf courses.
Overall it was OK.

Room Tip: Superior rooms have balconies.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the time spent writing your personal opinion about Barceló Marbella. We do appreciate your comments and will like to welcome you again.

Just to inform TripAdvisor readers, it is clearly indicated in our web site where the hotel is located, we are in Guadalmina, one of the best and most exclusive urban developments in Marbella, about 10 minutes driving from City Center and 5 minutes from Puerto Banús.

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Yarm, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We travelled down from Madrid and stayed 5 days. We knew the hotel was not actually in Marbella but we had a car so this was not a problem.
We didn't want to be in central Marbella so the quieter location suited us.
We booked a room away from the pool, which looked out over villas and the golf course Guadilamina. We were able to walk to the small shopping complex for dinner & the supermarket - it took about 15 minutes to walk in the evening.
Our room was spacious, enough room for an extra bed for my son. One niggle was the fridge did not work. The engineer tried to fix it and could not so they replaced the whole fridge.
Breakfast was good. Plenty of choice, nice fresh fruit and pastries & a choice of cooked items if you wanted this.
We had a snack on the first night in the bar that was ok but nothing special and ate out in San Pedro or Guadilamina most evenings.
The pool was clean and plenty of sun beds, but getting crowded as the school's finished. Service was good with helpful staff in reception and the bar.
We have stayed in other Barcelo hotels and this was fine for a few days.Overall we enjoyed our stay and would go back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 15 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the time spent writing your personal opinion about Barceló Marbella. We do appreciate your comments and will like to welcome you again.

Just to inform TripAdvisor readers, it is clearly indicated in our web site where the hotel is located, we are in Guadalmina, one of the best and most exclusive urban developments in Marbella, about 10 minutes driving from City Center and 5 minutes from Puerto Banús.

Yours sincerely,

The Management
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Overnighted in this hotel and found it very pleasent and good value for a late booking for 3 people. While the title says marbella it is in fact located neared to St pedro and is about a 10-15 drive from Marbella. Service was excellent and friendly and they gave us a complementry room to change after a day at the beach before heading to Airport. Looked like a nice golf course and safe parking but charge for overnighting at around €15. would stay again.

Room Tip: look for a room on their floor with higher numbers overlooking Golf Course
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear Guest, Thank you for the time spent writing your personal opinion about Barceló Marbella. We do appreciate your comments and will like to welcome you again. Just to inform TripAdvisor readers, it is clearly indicated in our web site where the hotel is located, we are in Guadalmina, one of the best and most exclusive urban developments in Marbella,... 10-15 minutes driving to Marbella City Centre.

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manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

We arrived here on the 7th July at 11.30am following a very fast private transfer in a Mercedes
Car.we decided to use the toll road at a cost of 7 euros extra to save 15 mins possibly not worth
It but to us it was and thankfully our room was ready to check in,again very fast as only us at the counter.
The door lock/ card entry system refused to work until many in and out attempts and likewise the
Toilet flush had the same fault.
The food is OK and you won't go Hungary,unless you stand by the leg of pork station and wait for
The Chef to slice you some and likewise the next night with the roast beef.
Puddings are really nice and always a good selection of fruit although the breakfast is not great
the Chef ( if on station ) will cook the bacon some more for you if you ask,along with fresh
Fried eggs omelettes and pancakes to your liking.
Orange juice pastries and cakes plus cheese ham fresh crusty rolls and bread for toaster,although
You could die while waiting for toast (6 times per slice per side )to brown on conveyor.
We had problem with noisy bad mouthed Brits next door and we moved to what is clearly the
Spanish section of the hotel.
The key card worked first time the toilet flushed with a blue tinge first time,the view was stunning
Over the golf course and the mountains,our neighbours both sides are Spanish and very quiet.
The hotel is 80% Spanish with a few Germans,eastern Europeans and thankfully only a few Brit
Yobos ( why are they always Brits who are drunk and foul mouthed )
We are here for another week and will do final report when home,oh and flight was with Jet2 it
Left 10 mins late and got to Malaga 20 mins early.
Worth a mention is the staff are really nice and friendly attentive waitresses plates cleared quick
Or do it yourself if you want.
Pool is beach entry with lifeguard, it smells a bit sweaty and I have not really smelled any chlorine
Or witnessed any cleaning of the pool.
I pointed out some loose floor tiles round the pool to one of the groundsmen as They tip up and
Could injure someone especially the toddlers.
One day later not repaired.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Dear Guest, Thank you for the time spent writing your personal opinion about Barceló Marbella. We do appreciate your comments and will like to welcome you again.

Yours sincerely,

The Management.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

I had read some negative reviews about this hotel on holiday watch dog which made me reluctant to stay there. I am glad I did, the hotel was great value for money and none of the bad things that I had read about it were true.

The breakfast buffet is great, I'd stayed half board and the evening buffet is not so great but you can always find something to eat so you wont starve.

There is a free shuttle bus that takes you into Puerto Banus and Marbella which is ideal if you dont like walking as the hotel is a bit of a distance aay from most things. I love walking so that suited me but if you dont enjoy walking I'd suggest hiring a car or taking advantage of the shuttle bus.

The only slightly negative thing I could say about the hotel is that the walls are really thin and its its tiled floors throughout so you hear every noise and by the time I left I was surrounded by guests with young children who were not so well behaved.

Room Tip: Dont have a room overlooking the pool or the front of the hotel
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 8 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comments. We will be very pleased to see you again in Barceló Marbella.

Yours sincerely,

The Management
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Gloucestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

My husband and I and our 16 year old daughter stayed at this hotel for one week in June 2013 and found it pleasant and welcoming. It has a very 'laid back' atmosphere...but the service is good and we were never kept waiting for drinks or hot food when we ordered it. We stayed on a half board basis which was sufficient, if we had been full board I think the buffet served in the canteen/restaurant would have seemed too repetitive. Instead we ordered a snack from the bar if we wanted one and being able to eat it outside at a different location in the hotel suited us better. We found the food and drink to be reasonably priced.

A car was a real bonus and on recommendation from the hotel receptionist we had a day out in Ronda...a long drive up/down windy roads but well worth it...such a beautiful scenic place to visit, lots of breath taking views...and also a good place to shop in the town if you want to.

My only disappointment with the hotel was that our junior suite did not have a door separating our bedroom from our daughter's bed which was placed in the lounge area. It meant that we had no real privacy, but apparently none of the suites have doors so we just accepted it.

The pool area is lovely, no shortage of sunbeds and nice size 'walk in' swimming pools which means you can 'glide in' gracefully!

A relaxing and chilled out hotel, and one that we would recommend.

Room Tip: The view from our room was out over the golf course..it was truly beautiful with the mountains in th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 10 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comments. We hope to see you in te future.

Yours sincerely,

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quijano, spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

Hotel in the middle of nowhere - when asked, the reception staff informed us that the nearest shops were 20 minutes walking. However, if you have a car, San Pedro Alcantara is close.

First impressions were good, but when you have to pay 10/15 euros to park the car (and we coudn't find anything closer), you see in reception scales to weigh luggage (paying), massage chairs (paying) - you begin to understand that this hotel wants money from you!

For some unknown reason, there was an extra bed in our room. It took 4 personal requests and 24 hours for the bed to be removed.
Amenities in bathroom are very scarce. After asking 3 times for hair conditioner,,,(and being told to walk 20 minutes to local shop), we gave up.
WC seat was broken...again, nothing done.
Bathroom large, but shower cubicle tiny - I'm 168 cm and couldn't close the door!

Can understand guests want entertainment, but rather annoying at 4pm

Breakfast was low quality - canned orange juice, bad coffee,

There are better and cheaper places in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this review, 5 July 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the time spent writing your personal opinion about Barceló Marbella. We will be very pleased to contact you personally to talk about your comments.

Yours sincerely,

The Management.
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Property: Barcelo Marbella
Address: C/ de Granadillas, s/n. Urb Guadalmina Alta, 29670, 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Marbella
#11 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Marbella 4*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel is in a magnificent natural setting, with one of the largest and best golf courses in Europe, the Guadalmina Golf Club, with a 45-hole course, where Hotel guests can benefit from special rates. All this, together with its wide range of functional facilities for congresses, conventions and incentive travel, large rooms, gastronomy and sports and leisure facilities, make this Hotel the ideal venue for a pleasant stay. ... more   less 
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