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“Less than we were expecting from the write ups”
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La Villa Marbella
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Pinoso, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Less than we were expecting from the write ups”
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

We must first say that the accommodation was in a very good location, very clean and well maintained. However, we did not expect how the hotel operates, the reception in one house, our room in another house a few minutes away and breakfast in another house a few minutes away from the other two.
Having to order breakfast the day before by filling in a form from a very limited menu was also unexpected, for instance only cereal available is cornflakes. If you wanted to change everyday you would have to fill in another form.
The steep and winding stair access to our room was also unexpected as my wife had a hip replacement 6 months previously and would not have been able to manage unaided.
In particular our room, the Banyan, was badly lit, had no bedsides and no flat services to put anything on, the kettle had to be plugged in on the floor and there was no heating in the bathroom and only 3 pillows, one and a half each.
If you like quaint and quirky give it a try, but it is not a boutique hotel, more of a disjointed bed and breakfast that you have to put a lot of effort into.
Our point is none of the above are you made aware of when booking. We have to admire the guys for running their business on their terms and not for the convenience of their clients. Good luck guys, you obviously do well. Hope you appreciate my "input" I think that was the phrase you used when I mentioned the lighting.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We opted for Villa Marbella because of the good ranking on TP and were not disappointed. We had arrived at the bus station and thought that it's quite close by, thankfully we opted for the taxi as it was not that close by. We cycled to the bus station the next day, having rented bicycles and found that it was a good half hour cycling up hill.

The hotel staff were excellent and we had a nice chat with Ben (Canadian, speaks Spanish fluently). Owner was away in London at that time. Hospitable staff, knowledgeable and helpful.

Service: Ben plotted the journey for us to the bus station as we planned to cycle there, as though he were cycling there himself. Pointed out best tapas places to eat, restaurants and nice spots. Even a bicycle rental shop ! That's service. Thanks to the staff for making our stay memorable.

Value: Not budget but the overall value was excellent. Breakfast, room, location all matched up to the price.

Sleep: Very good, windows could be shut tight to keep out the street noise (It was Halloween night) and comfortable beds.

Cleanliness: Very clean, even the toilet was spotless.

Location: Smack in the old city, 20 steps and you're next to a Tapas restaurant where we ate the first day. 10min downhill to the beach and the action. However, catch a taxi to the autobus station as it's tough walk uphill all the way !

Rooms: Medium sized, with a large toilet/shower.

Restaurant: Our room came with breakfast and we ate breakfast in the terrace on the top floor, accessing it by a circular staircase. You pick from a set menu when you arrive and there lots to eat. Break, sandwiches, yoghurt, cereals. Lots of coffee or tea. Served by a pleasant and friendly hostess.

Room Tip: Don't expect much from the pool as advertised. Make use of the kettle and coffee service in the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2013

These guys don't win 2013 Best Service for nothing! From the moment we arrived we were treated as VIP guests by Marcus and William (not to mention other staff, who were all superb). It's not just the service though - we anticipated Marbella as rather high-rise and flashy but were fortunate enough to discover this absolute gem in the heart of the Old Town. This is definitely the area to stay and, without a doubt, this is THE hotel. Not just one charming old building but several, converted from old houses. The rooms nearly all had Asian names and individual Asian 'themes' to the interior decor. We stayed in Langkawi in The Cottage and were fortunate to have the entire place to ourselves for two nights. This meant we could avail of the self catering on the ground floor and had the exquisite roof garden/terrace to ourselves to enjoy a quiet drink in the evening sunshine. Great attention to detail (bath robes, selection of teas/coffees/drinks in mini-bar and exotic chocs on the bed - call us old fashioned but we liked it!).

Excellent recommendations for 'things to see and do' (eg. a boat trip to Puerto Banus with a return bus trip to take in the 'Golden Mile' (Millionaire's Row); first class restaurants/bars; places to visit - sadly not enough time!). Marcus and William went out of their way during our stay, eg. "Here take a card and if you need anything, anytime, you only have to call. I haven't lost a guest yet!" They also helped to facilitate our reluctant departure by assisting with bus ticket purchases for Airport Shuttle (recommended as it gets booked up), printing out boarding cards and organising our taxi. Nothing was too much trouble - these guys have hospitality as part of their DNA and we will definitely return.

Room Tip: Langkawi (with the four poster bed) was a delight - perhaps a little compact but we had a massive li...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

My vision of Marbella had been of a high rise seafront and rather typical over-development albeit with a bit more style than in some other areas. However our stay at Villa Marbella in the old town completely proved me wrong. A lovely environment, not too busy but with enough buzz to make it interesting.

Villa Marbella itself lived up to the reviews. Attractive rooms, excellent friendly and helpful staff and a very good breakfast. Recommended.

Room Tip: Bangkok and Phuket are both attractive from our own experience. Nice rooftop terrace above them.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Ocean Pines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2013

From the time we stepped out of our car, Marcos and William treated us like family. Beautiful, charming, clean, elegant decor, unbelievable kindness and caring, extra attention given, nice breakfast. When in Marbella everyone must stay here in old town. We will be back for a much longer stay

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Monica, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2013

First of all, we drove all the way to Marbella from our trip to Lisbon for only one reason - to stay at Villa Marbella again. (That's says a lot). We expected to stay in one of our previous suites which we loved, but found one we loved even more, the Singapore Suite! 2 stories, with a private reading area and sofa, and of course divinely decorated as usual. We were lucky enough to stay 3 nights and even met some couples staying there for weeks using it as a home base to explore the entire Costa Del Sol. Believe the reviews, stay in a place you will actually feel special and will remember forever. Marcos, the owner, will see to it!

Room Tip: Seriously, all 4 suites we've stayed in are perfect in their own way. Rose, Villa Marbella inter...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derry
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

Fabulously furnished, with our bed on a mezzanine floor!
My husband and I had a 3 night stay here September, the room was decorated in sumptious Oriental furnishings with a large stylish ensuite bathroom. Breakfast wasisserved in the delightful courtyard in the morning. This is a fabulous base in the Old Town Marbella, leading down a delightful street full of plants into town.
La Villa Marbella Penang - An amazing place to stay!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Villa Marbella
Address: Calle Principe 10 | Old Historic Town, 29601, Marbella, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
#2 Family Hotel in Marbella
#4 Business Hotel in Marbella
#7 Best Value Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1 star — La Villa Marbella 1*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Villa Marbella Charming Hotel is located inside the romantic Old Town of the internationally renowned Marbella. The 150 years old house has been fully refurbished and the 4 suites carry a very cozy Asian Style. The rooms are full equipped: air conditioner, heater, ceiling fan, TV satellite, stereo chain, ads, mini bar, safety box, electronic keys, telephone with private voice mail and full amenities in the bathroom. From the terrace, during the breakfast or relaxing in our Chinese Lounge, you will enjoy stunning views of the Sierra Blanca, Old Town and the Castle Walls. 3 minutes walk to the famous Orange Square and its selected bars and restaurants, 7 minutes walk to the beach or 10 minutes by car to the famous Marina Puerto Banus and its nightlife , La Villa Marbella gives you the tranquility of the Old Town yet close to the interesting points of the city. You will come back !! ... more   less 
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