Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This was an excellent amazingly great location that left me speechless after so many horror or disappointing [ to sound more positive ] experiences in Europe.
The Marriott had it all:
- Spacious 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment
- well equipped kitchen [ american standards ]
- washer/dryer [ do not take many clothes given the possibility to wash/dry at will ]
- nice balcony for lunch/dinner/breakfast
- limited view on the ocean but who cares
- well designed pools with one mostly populated by kids and another more visited by adults
- we were there in May so I assume a low season where families have not yet flocked to costa del sol: mainly old couples or young ones without kids
- high speed FREE internet access
- Covered FREE parking right below your apartment building, underground
- Well equipped FREE gym
- Cheap convenience store: nothing like $6 an ounce of bottled water. Really convenient for fresh bakery
- towels for beach/pool
- FREE chairs at the pool but 3.5 euros at the beach: come on management, drop this silly cost as it is my only negative during the whole stay
- FREE parasols at the pool
- You can charge pretty much anything you buy on site to your room [ no need to fetch for change and Euro bills ]
- Easy check in and check out
- No pushy time share sale [ think again of any Cancun experience! ]: they called and left messages for me to pick a superb gift if only I'd drop by to pick it up and listen to a sales pitch, which I did not
- Super clean
- FREE huge safe
- 2 TV sets, stereo, DVD player [ sorry, no idea if it was multiregional as we played region free DVDs ]. Your standard set of european satellite tv channels. Did not care much about TV.
We used our Marriott points for 7 nights.
Frankly, if a family of 4-6 or 2 couples of friends take one 2-bedroom apartment which is available online for 250 Euros, it is a STEAL when you take into account all the benefits and the fact that you would need at least 2-3 rooms to match the spacious apartment.
EXTREMELY HIGHLY and CATEGORICALLY recommended from someone who's traveled most of Europe and have seen a lot of 250 Euros hotels.
If we had to do it again, we'd have stayed 7 more nights so relaxing it was.
Let me know if you have any questions. Now we need to collect more points."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of May 2006
"My husband and I, and our 2 friends, just returned from staying at the Marbella Marriott for a week. Our 2 bedroom apartment was beautiful and very big. The master bedroom had a jacuzzi tub, and the 2nd bedroom had a huge glass walled shower. The kitchen was about as big as my kitchen back home, and we had a nice big table outside on the balcony. I have read that the pools are cold, and they are, but I found out why. Apparently in Spain, it is illegal to heat any outdoor pools, including jacuzzi's, so that is why there are 2 indoor pools at this resort. They keep those heated up nice and toasty. The "spa" isn't anything facncy, just a small building with a couple of rooms, but my massage was great (my friend had a pedicure & she said she sat in a wicker chair for it)- nice massage table and soothing sounds. The location of the resort is fine, but the new Marriott Andaluzza which we toured, is really nice as well. Both are great choices, but there is a lot more construction to do at the new resort. The Marbella Marriott was in excellent shape and we had excellent service from all of the staff. Their restaurant was just OK, and food shopping is nearby at a mini-mart and full scale grocery store."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of May 2006
"Just returned from ten days here with husband and 4 children, fabulous place. The apartment was stunning, cleaned daily. Good security. Gardens and pool areas were lovely. Great indoor pools. Food at the beach bar and the main restaurant was very good as were the staff. This is the only place we have been to where we would definately return. Nikki Beach is worth a visit, very cool place and is just next door. Don't bother with Cristina's restaurant, reception recommend it as it's only a 5 minute walk, food terrible, staff even worse. Da Bruno's in Cabapino is great short taxi ride away. Taxis can be expensive especially if like us as a family of 6 you have to take 2 taxis. One tip taxis are double fare on Sundays. We'll be back next year."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of May 2006
"Marriott, once again, has proved themselves as a top of the line time share resort. The Marbella resort was beautiful, great amentities ( large pool area,pool bar, snacks, Charlie's and activities/concierge). Close proximity to Old town Marbella, but taxi's can be expensive (15 Euro one way). Rooms were spacious, clean and decorated with Spanish flavor. Room was cleaned everyday, including fresh towels etc. This is unlike most other Marriott resorts where you have to pay for daily service. HINT- the convenience store is very reasonable compared to other Marriott Destinations ( Fresh breads, desserts, bottled water (1 Euro for 1liter) and many other products. But you can also take a 10 minute walk to the local supermarket. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend to others. ENJOY!
Negative- The main restaurant next to the pool is not good and VERY over priced! Stay away..."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of April 2006
Just what we needed
"Have stayed in the Marriotts before in USA and i must say that this one matched up to the same standard. I say that as sometimes the European standard is not quite as high. From the moment we checked in i was impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. We didn't get the high floor i had requested (just 2 days prior to arrival) but we were on 1st floor overlooking indoor swimming pool/outdoor pool. It was very quiet where we were in building 12. We were in a 2 bed apartment and it had everything you could need. Very good condition and the surprise to us since we exchanged through Interval Int. was that we had a daily visit from the maid and fresh towels. I thought this only applied to Marriott owners/paying guests. We were there for 7 nights and went out to dine most nights. The two special nights we had that should be recommended were RoseMarino ? which is across the bridge over the main road. It is a beautiful restaurant with an Italian theme. Worth the extra euros. The other place is Beach House Restaurant. Both these places I would try to book. Overall the Marriott Resort is everything you need but I would recommend a car as there is nothing other than private apartments in the immediate vicinity apart from a couple of beach restaurants. It only takes about 10 minutes to walk to the small commercial area and we got a taxi back which only cost 6 euros. We were able to get to Marbella, Puerto Banus and even Gibraltar and all were easily accesible."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of April 2006
Great choice for the family, group travelling to southern Spain
"My family of 6 just got back from a weeklong stay at the Marriott Marbella resort. Malaga to Marbella is considerably built up but the Marriott serves as a great enclave right on the Med in an exclusive residential area. The condo was as expected, very well done with marble floors, pale yellow walls and nice woodwork, up-to-date appliances, spotless and roomy. We're very picky about where we choose to spend a weeks' vacation and this fit the bill for everyone. The facilities are what you would expect from a Marriott Vacation Club - couple of indoor heated pools (very nice) a few outdoor non-heated pools (not very useful to us - too cold), a couple of restaurants/bars that got limited use and a nice market. We didn't frequent the gym or kids club. This is one of the top two MVC's that we've stayed at - the other was in Newport Beach - and we've stayed at 4. This resort served as a good base for day-tripping and the occassional beach/pool/hang out day with the kids. We felt very safe and relaxed here and the grounds were kept equally as spotless and well-maintained as the condos. We did a tour of the Estepona Marriott resort and it was in a more spread out residential area - also very nice but the beach was not as expansive (in a cove?). Estepona would be great if you wanted to see more Western sights (Gibralter, Cadiz, etc) and wanted a quieter location.
Things to do (we had a Hertz van rental): Funny Beach was a huge hit with the kids - go carts, etc. (just E of Marbella, 5 km's W of Marriott?, look for giant Coke Can), Gibralter cable ride to the Top of the Rock, Rhonda (gorgeous) and Mijas (old-fashioned and quaint). Didn't make it to any local markets and didn't find any worthwhile shopping. El Rancho restaurant was very nice (just E of Marriott), and there are a couple of restaurants on the beach just East of the Marriott that you can walk to (indoor and outdoor dining).
To do it again I would have arranged more day-trips (missed Granada, Seville), gone to the local markets (see concierge), and had dinner out more (there were some fabulous restaurants nearby - see concierge).This was off-season (in season is the summer they said) yet there was a lot to do and the weather was perfect for us - summer might be very hot and very busy around Marbella."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of April 2006
"Stayed for 4 nights end of March and found the resort and accoommodation 1st class. Car hire is strongly recommended as approx 50km from airport and would cost EUR60 each way by taxi. Complex is 10mins from Marbella by car and 10mins walk to nearest shops/supermarkets. Hotel provided printouts with driving instructions from hotel to several cities & places of interest... so we didn't get lost!
We had 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment on 4th floor.
2 outdoor & 2 indoor pools, plus beach. Surprised by large number of sunbeds available, can't see they being a problem in peak season. Overall superb place to stay"
- Travel date: Sun 9th of April 2006
* Great spacious self-contained apartments
* Huge rooms
* Spacious jet spa-bath
* Loads of towels (bath and beach) provided
* Washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, cd, tv included
* Apartments include private balcony
* Good English spoken at resort
* Coin-operated internet cafe available
* Watch out for heavily discounted prices during winter months
* Room service not available
* Approx 2hrs drive from Granada, Spain
* Approx 1 and 1/2 drive to Tarifa, Spain (ferry terminal to Tangier, Morocco)
Great choice for family holiday
We stayed here for x1 night at the end of Jan 2006"
- Travel date: Fri 7th of April 2006
Winter Break Fun with Kids
"My family spent a week at the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort the week before Christmas and had a great time. We loved the accomodations. We had a two bed room unit with a view of the Med Sea. The room is beautiful...marble tile throughout, high end furniture, washer and dryer, three TVs, DVD and stereo, comfortable beds, etc.
My 5 yr old daughter loved the kids club which ran every week day. It's split between two 3 hr sessions in the morning and afternoon.
We used the resort as a base to see the attractions such as Rhonda and Gibralter. We also checked out the new Picasso museum in Malaga. For a kid activity we visited Tivoli World - an amusement park that's about a 1/2 hr drive away in Benalmadina. This is suitable for the younger set and is inexpensive.
Before we went, we read some postings suggesting that Dec would be a bad time to go. People said that the area would be deserted and the weather too cold. Perhaps we were lucky, but we had great weather. It didn't rain at all and was pleasant around 62 deg F each day. It's not beach tanning weather, but we did enjoy a walk along the beach. There were pleanty of things to do and see, even in the low season. I would highly recommend this resort and area."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of January 2006
"Very nice, newer resort ith Mediterranean beachfront. Great design, grounds, multiple pools, lots of nice resort features with gated access to the beach. Resort will arrange day tours to many locations around the area (including Africa). We had a 3-bedroom, 3-bath unit. All marble floors, nice appliances (including washer/dryer), nice furnishings, down comforters and feather pillows, outdoor patio. Master Bedroom is a king bed, and the other two bedrooms had two twin beds each, which were made into one king bed at our request. TVs in every room, but channel selection is poor with mostly non-English stations (bring your own DVDs to watch). The beach is somewhat gritty rather than sandy as in the Algarve (Portugal). If youâre looking for a beautiful sandy beach with fabulous rock formations, go to the Algarve! The area (Marbella) is very developed with many high-end resorts and shopping. We enjoyed old town Marbella a lot, with its maze of narrow cobbled streets housing shopping and restaurants. Surprisingly, we were advised not to drink the water in the resort due to ongoing drought conditions which had affected the quality of the water. We went through a lot of big jugs of water daily which needed to be purchased at a local supermarket away from the resort for the best price. Work-out gym was very nice but not exceptional, and daily exercise classes were available. Outdoor pools not heated, and the hot tubs were working/heated sporadically. All in all, an excellent resort in an exceptional resort location."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of November 2005