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“Nothing pretentious, but clean and good *** value for money”
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Hotel Perla Marina
Ranked #19 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Reviewed 15 April 2009

We stayed here for a week around Easter in April 09 (I am writing this from the hotel lobby on our last evening - Internet is available only in the lobby for a few euros). All in all, we had a very nice stay.
The hotel's location is nice - in a relatively quiet part of town, but still within a 10' walk from the center with lots of bars and restaurants. Just one word of warning: they are building a boulevard right in front of the hotel now, so there is quite a bit of construction noise right now. We were lucky because they didn't work for the Easter holiday, but I suspect noise will be a big issue for the next few months. Also the view was probably not as nice as it was - or as it will be.
The rooms were reasonably spacious and reasonably clean - nothing special but also nothing (much) to complain about, and with great views of the Mediterranean. The hotel itself has three parts: 1) the 'old' hotel itself (with rooms that looked pretty small from the outside), which is directly ON the beach; 2) a 'new' hotel building across the street (rooms looked a bit bigger, still with views, but you have to cross a - relatively quiet - street to get to the beach), and then 3) a set of 'villas', again directly 'on' the beach which are more like apartments. We stayed in the latter - we had unit 27 on the ground floor and room 30 on the top floor. The first one (27) smelled pretty mildewy and was smaller; the upper-floor one (30) was definitely the nicer one (bit bigger, nicer views, no smell). The 2-bedroom 'apartments' have most of what you need for 4 people (plates, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, etc. - even a pitcher for sangria :) ). They have one bedroom with a 2-person bed (and a bathroom with a toilet, a nice sink and bathtub), one bedroom with two single-person beds (and a small bathroom with just a toilet, a shower and a small sink) , and a fold-out couch in the living room (with sea view from bed!). Both units had a nice balcony with a table, 4 chairs and 2 chaises-longues. There is a washing machine in the kitchen; no dishwasher. TV only has a few channels - no satellite tv. Curtains are great - fully block the sun/light if you want to. The room had an airco-unit, although we didn't use/need it. Furniture is indeed a bit iffy, but the sheets and linnen were clean and renewed once (in a week).
The reception people were extremely nice on multiple occasions. Their English was OK and they were very friendly. The bar person in the hotel went out of his way to be useful - giving us some salt when we needed it, opening a wine bottle for us and even giving us an extra cork when he accidentally broke it. The bar is open until midnight. The food is so-so - breakfast better than dinner (we only ate there once - and did not go back: we ate either outside or in the room the rest of the time). The food was edible and plentiful, but that's about all you can say about it. The pools are NOT heated, so they were still freezing cold in April - but our 9-year old daughter still had a GREAT time in it (the sea was MUCH colder!) One recommendation: if you go to the (nicer) beach on the other side of the hotel, there is a nice restaurant RIGHT on the beach (down the stairs to the right), not expensive and with pretty good food (I recommend the brochettes). The beach there is nice; two chairs and a parasol cost 8 euros for an afternoon. Many French, British and German families on the beach.
We did not have problems parking (for free) - not always immediately in front of the hotel, but in one of the adjacent streets. Be advised that there are two vacant adjacent lots one street inland with lots of parking space - but you have to find the way to get onto them (hint: it's two streets inland, and you have to drive over a sidewalk between a garage and a road lamp onto the first lot, from where you can easily drive to the second one which is one block away from the hotel). There is also a paid parking at the hotel itself, but we didn't use it.
So again - this is in our opinion a nice ***. If you're looking for luxury, this may not be your best bet, but if you're looking for good value for money - Perla Marina did not steal its name!

-Stephan

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 February 2009

Good position in the quiet corner of town but only 10 mins from the centre.
Lovely views across the beach & as we were in a room on the 4th floor (top) of the new building we could see West along the coast to Torrox from our balcony.
The breakfast buffet was comprehensive, full cooked, Continental, fruit, cereals. A good start to the day.
Room was well fitted, good size bathroom, big wardrobe, Colour TV with Sky news & Eurosport, also balcony with table & 2 chairs.
Beds were on the firm side but thats down to personal taste.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Hendy50
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Reviewed 15 November 2008

I hardly remember this hotel it was my 1st ever time abroad, it was mainly for elder people but i went with my aunt and uncle, i had just lost my dad so they decided to take me away for a weeks break, i enjoyed it, but not much for young ones as far as i can remember. Right by the beach, i spent most of time on there.
Sorry for being not of much help.

  • Stayed: November 2003, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

The hotel is ideal for most people... its on the beach, its only 5 mins walk from the town centre and the balcon de europa. So it's near enough for a walk over and far enough away to avoid all the noise on a night.

The hotel was clean, staff friendly and helpful.

The rooms are average in size and appearance. But have everything you need.. they are clean, have a bed, en-suite bathroom, air con, safe, tv, fridge... What more do you need?

There are reviews that complain about breakfast but its a typical hotel buffet. Same as most places with a choice of cereals, breads, variety of eggs, sausage, bacon etc. So i have no complaints.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank daytona650
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

We were looking for self catering in Nerja but hadn't allowed for the fact that everywhere of 4* standard would be booked!
We deceided to stay in the Perla Marina based on it's location. We were not dissapointed. Our room was in the older hotel overlooking the beach directly in front of our room.
The room itself was adequate, typical hotel room in fact with 2 single beds pushed together, small bathroom with shower over the bath, adequate wardrobe space, tv, fridge and hairdryer.
Our room had a small balcon;y with table and 2 chairs, ideal for a sundowner in the evening
As we were also overlooking the pool it did get very noisy on Saturday when a gang of young boys (probably locals) were playing in the pool, but they left by 6 pm.
We were in b&b and the breakfast was ok. If you like british tea take your own tea bags as their tea came from the machine. Coffee was ok.
The room itself had a daily maid service and the reception staff were extremely helpful. The bar staff gave us ice every evening to go with our gin and tonic which was brilliant as the fridge didn't have enough space for ice!!
On our day of departure we had to vacate the room by 12 midday.
Our luggage was kept in a locked room. We had asked for a late booking out room but the hotel was fully booked. HOWEVER...and this is one of the main reasons I will be returning. There were plenty of places to sit comfortably and also most importantly after a day of sunbathing, they provided you with a shower room (there were 3) with towels shampoo and shower gel to freshen up ready for your journey home.Brilliant! In fact I'm glad there was no late booking out room available as there was a charge of 6 euros per hour.
We stayed for 6 nights in early September and the weather was glorious.
I imagine that in July August it would be very crowded and I wouldn't like to go then as the pool area could become too busy and insufficient loungers.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank debrah53
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Reviewed 19 September 2008

We have just returned from our stay at the Perla Marina.....what a great hotel!!!! The first thing we noticed was the fantastic location of the hotel, situated in the "up market" side of Nerja with the terrace and pool aside the beach. The hotel has two buildings... one main building where many rooms look over the sea and a second building which is where we were located. Our room looked over a garden/seating area and we could also see some of the beach and sea...it was a lovely view. Also, our building had a second pool on the roof!!! As for the room it'self.. it was obviously newly decorated and was the perfect size for the two of us. It was cleaned every day and fresh towels were provided. We had a flat screen TV and even a wall radio which piped through chill out music. The bathroom was also nice although my only complaint would be that the water was not always very hot when it came to taking a shower.

We were only booked in for bed and breakfast so I cannot comment on the meals overall but the breakfast was lovely.. there was lots of choice and the resteraunt area was pleasant to sit in. As we were among the younger guests in the hotel... we stayed out quite late at night and so only just made the breakfast in a morning... however all the food was still available for us and we didn't find ourselves making do with what was left.

Overall I had a fantastic stay i Nerja... the staff in the hotel were very helpfull and I will definitly be staying in the Perla Marina again!! It's the third time I'd been to Nerja and each time I forget how much like paradise it is.. I would recommend that everyone tries it once!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marie_Sheffield
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Reviewed 15 September 2008

We just returned from Nerja, where we spend 10 nights in Hotel Perja Marina. Choosing for a 4 star-hotel and paying extra for sea view maybe made our expectiations a little too high.

- Our room partly looked onto a neighbouring-building. We could see the sea very well, but this white wall was just huge and in the way. (Right after check in, we saw a room 4 doors away from ours, being cleaned. I suppose they could have easily swapped those 2 rooms, but when we asked for another room, reception just said ' sorry, not possible'. Maybe Sunday).
- We were in the old building, so the room was not as spacious as the one they have on their website (This is a room in the 'new annex building')
- We were offered to move, 4 days after we arrived and to the newer building. Packing & unpacking again and having to be on the street side (not a busy street, but in other reviews we read that the cars, buses etc could be noisy) and further away from the sea wasn't what we expected, so we stayed after all.
- There was hair (not just one, but about 20!) on the bathroom door from a previous guest -blow-drying their hair in front of the door I guess- and some on the floor, next to the bathtub. Also there were some stains on the door and 'sun-cream' fingerprints on the desk drawer. I ignored it for 2 days hoping the cleaner would see it, but no. Told reception and they assured us the room would be cleaned properly.
- Hairs gone, stains not. So how well was that done?
- Towels were definately not spotless! Everyday the were replaced, yes. But everyday there were stains. I found that rather disgusting.
- reception was friendly, but not outstanding or incredibly helpful. ' sorry, it's not possible' is a very easy way out. If you call yourself a 4-star hotel, you should at least try a little harder to satisfy your guests. (Or pretend to, if you please). Asking for a late check out, was simply not possible without bothering to ask what time or checking if there were any late arriving guests.

The breakfast was ok. The bread, the rolls, the croissants all taste better when you toast it first, but it was fine.

The pools are alright. The one on the roof of the 'new annex building' has a spectacular view!

We did have a wonderfull vacation. We had a rental car, which we could park outside on the streets (for free) every day. Sometimes after driving around for 3 times, but there was always someone just leaving.

We made some great trips to Comares, Ronda, Granada and the Parque Natural El Torcal. That was fantastic!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Thank NatasjaBrown
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Address: Calle Merida 7, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
Price Range: £44 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Perla Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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