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Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

We stayed there for just one night, low season (we made a "tour de Andalucia" trip in March). Got this hotel for free (used my Marriott points) - and this was money best spent ;-)
Apartment is HUGE. We're talking 130+ sqm / 1300 sq feet! Actually it was a saloon/kitchen (fully equipped), two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with jacuzzi), and utility room (with washing machine). And balcony. Or two. Or three. Geez, I actually made like 20 pictures, wide-eyed, never been to a place like this. Beats every Marriott I've been to (and I've seen my share for last 4 years).
Resort itself is a complex of mid-size buildings, we were lucky to get one just next to the beach and pools (low season so it was rather empty). For those with cars, there's an underground parking with each building so no problem there.
Oh, one disappointment - internet is paid (10 EUR/day). At least it was fast.
Services? Well, we didn't use any. Why use the pool if beach is - literally - 20 steps away? Breakfast was on the expensive side, there are other options if you know the area. Actually, when you pass the N340 road (the one next to hotel) on little bridge you'll get to an area with fair share of cafe's and restaurants (say, 10 of them or more; we had dinner in Belgian one, meat fondue, recommended).
Was hoping to get here this summer but Marriott prohibits using points in high season (and rates are horrendous). Will come back here one day, definitely.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2010

We spent a week in late January in off-peak season, after finding good rates on Marriott's site. We were pleased with the hotel overall (and would have even more had we been fully prepared for a self-serviced apt concept, and had it not been such a slow season with many things closed for maintenance). Won't dwell on the many positives as others have listed previously, but rather highlight (small) negatives we experienced.

The Hotel Itself:
- Perhaps our mistake, but doesn't seem like much cleaning/tidying actually happened e.g., kitchen spills etc (after we did some initial cleaning-up)
- While fresh (eg, sofa covers were clean), furniture in general really was rather garish
- Many restaurants closed, and the onsite bar had really rather poor food
- Yes, it was low season, but not much at all was open
- We asked for, and were assured a late checkout (1 or 2pm if I recall, so no big deal), but got calls at the official checkout asking us when we'd be done - and actually questioning us when we explained the late checkout arrangement (by asking us who granted us this late checkout). That really left a bad taste in our mouths, especially coupled with the Vacation Club experience (below)

The Vacation Club Sales Efforts
- We know it's all optional and shouldn't have been so blue-eyed, but our "personal concierge" (whom we thought really was one) - called us on our first day with a nice gift pack, offered a €60 credit for attending the usual sales preview, and proceeded to call us EVERYDAY despite our response of "we'll call if interested". Finally, after the 4th day, we caved in when she called again and signed up. We forgot our vouchers, but gave it to a hotel staff member later that day (as the sales office was closed). Upon checkout, there was no hotel credit, the concept sounded foreign, and they refused to apply any credit (to be fair, the hotel is under separate management). We insisted we didn't want the points but rather cash credit, but we still got points credited some weeks later - a quarter of what they said they'd offer.

Unfortunately, our experience of the hotel is linked to this sales pitch annoyance, and thus somewhat spoiled.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank DCLW
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

We purchased our week at the Marriott Marbella Beach Club six years ago and it was one of our best ever decisions. We always have the same apartment which our children adore.
The apartments themselves are extremely well equipped with a full kitchen, separate utility room (so no need to over pack) and a comfortable lounge. The bedrooms are spacious and have their own bathrooms. The great thing about the Marriott is it very clean, and the grounds are beautiful and well looked after. The Staff at Reception are very very helpful and the staff at the childrens club were happy, friendly and loved their job.
The only fault is that the outdoor pool was freezing, but amusing to watch people brave it!! Maybe it was because we went at the end of May instead of our August week .
We had a look one afternoon at their other resort The Marriott's Playa Andaluza but the Marbella Beach Club is far better and nicer and in a better location for airport and visiting.
You cannot be disappointed with a holiday here.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

We traded our 3 bedroom Marriott Vacation Club St Thomas for a 3 Bedroom Unit at the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort. The location is great along the A7 Coastal highway which is a great starting point for day excursions to Rhonda, Granada, Gibraltar and many of the scenic White Villages in the mountains. The grounds were beautifully landscaped with large terra cotta urns filled with overflowing herbs of lavendar, and rosemary, and arbors of Jasmine which truly reflect the Mediteranean. We had lovely sunny views of the ocean. Our unit was large and spacious and we felt like we were the first to stay there. The kitchen was complete, pots, utensils etc brand new. Our beds were made up daily and the trash empied for us daily. My 10 year old son loved the indoor heated as well as the outdoor pool. Basketball, croquet, tennis were also available. We mostly ate in and I would recommend skipping the local Elvira Supermarket and driving to El Campo at La Canada mall if you plan to cook in. However, if you don't have a car the Marriott Marketplace was one of the largest and had the most extensive line of foods, fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, etc of any of the vacation clubs I have visited. They also had fresh baked bread and croissants warm right out of the ovens which we puchased daily. the prices were very reasonable for the convenience. We had internet passes which were included in our week with access from our villa. The concierge department is first class! Pre-printed driving instructions in English were availabe to us for almost anywhere we wanted to visit in the area. We drove on our own to Granada (don't miss) to visit the AlHambra and stayed there two nights at the NH Victoria Hotel ( a great location in the center of town), day trip to Gibraltar on our own for the Combination Calbe Car, Tunnel, and Cave Walks. My 10 and 15 yr old loved seeing the Barbary Apes haning out, so if you have kids they will really enjoy it!. As an adult the apes were a little scary , just don't let them see you with a bag in your hand or eating or they will run over and jump on you. I had the best Fish & Chips of my life at a square in town/Gibraltar. Other highlights were the Saturday Market fair in Puerto Banus, a trip to Mija Pueblo, Day trip to Rhonda, and of course Marbella which you can see in an afternoon. Malaga city we missed, there was so much to do and see between the resort and the surrounding area. Rent a car if possible. The roads are excellent and easy to navigate. Just stay out of the left lane as the locals drive like speed maniacs compared to the states. An Automatic Car rented through EuropaGoldcar via a Carjet reservation cost us $530 dollors for 9 days after the Euro conversion and included the insurances. My only complaint about the Marriott is that the car parking spaces are tight in the underground garage so rent a small car as parking spaces are cramped throughout when you can find them. Parking garages generally cost about 8-10 euro's for 6-8 hrs of parking which I thought wasn't bad in the towns of Ronda, Mija Publeo, Marbella, and Granada. We hope to return in the future to visit some of the other sites of Andalusia which were limited by time. (Christine's Restaurant on the beach next to the Marriott had excellent seafood, try the shrimp with curry sauce). Also I would reommend taking some euro's in hand from the US to start with. Some establishments did not want to take credit cards and at the Markets you can bargain better with money in hand.)

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank JERSEYGROWN
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

We own a time share and selected the Marriott Marbella Resort for our trip to Spain. I stayed in a 3 bedroom villa which accomidated a total of 7 of my friends and family. Having a kitchen helped us save thousands of Euro in cost of restuarants and taxi rides. Theres is a "Opencor" market (kinda like a fancy 7 eleven) and a "Super Sol" super market in walking distance. The grounds are immaculate and very clean. The premises is gaurd gated 24 hours a day which made it very exclusive to its guest. Also has beach access to the meditterainian sea. We planned tours through the Marriott to Granada and Morrocco. We had our own tour guide and tour bus exclusive to Marriott guest (Marbella & Andaluza) in Morrocco which was a impressive surprise and felt my investment in the Marriott was valued. Parking is underground which is sectioned of for your unit so you have direct access to you villa area. no need to look for a taxi just call the front desk. one will be called for you. Puerto José Banus is close by. Peek time for clubbing/disco in Puerta Banus is 1am-6am. A great place for your people back packing in europe. I met a group of 8 backpacker who met there and said it was there fancy place to stay during there journey. Overall my freinds and family were impressed. Now, our private guide in Tangier-Morocco arranged by the Marriott was Mr. Jamal, a professional, knowledgeable about the Culture, Customs, Geography, History, and Archeology of Morocco. Jamal knew the answers to almost all the questions we had, Jamal is an excellent teacher and presented the information he shared with us in ways that made us remember what he said. Jamal treats his tourists as if they were his personal guests. he does everything needed to provide for everyone’s comfort. he was courteous and respectful at all times, personable and has good relationships with the many people he needs to do business with to insure the Morocco experience is a positive one. We recommend Jamal to you as superior guide. Morocco could not have a better representative. Jamal's Email: jamaltour1@gmail.com

Mariott's Parking is underground which is sectioned of for your unit so you have direct access to you villa area. no need to look for a taxi just call the front desk. one will be called for you. Puerta Banus is close by and cost about 24 euro for a taxi ride there so you can party and get as drunk as you want all night. Peek time for clubbing/disco in Puerta Banus is 1am-6am. A great place for your people back packing in europe. I met a group of 8 backpacker who met there and said it was there fancy place to stay during there journey. Overall my freinds and family were impressed.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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