Hotel Guadalpin Marbella & Spa
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Nice break for a few days in winter!from A TripAdvisor Member
Not a big issue but a tad annoying.
The outdoor one was freezing cold.
The Spa costs 50e pp, with a 50% reducion for guests.
Most things quite expensive ie, meal for 2 with one course and wine about 100e. Very nice though.
Staff v good, nothing too much trouble.
If you want to go to one of the best hotels in Europe, go there and be spoilt rotten!
For those who live in Marbellafrom A TripAdvisor Member
An excellent hotel with few flawsfrom Shantanu_8
The hotel rooms were very clean, though the two bedroom suite we were in was a little small. The suite had a fully equipped kitchen, excellently appointed but a little compact, a compact living room with a large dining table, and a huge balcony with a dining table, day bed, two arm chairs and two sun loungers - perfect for evening dining.
Overall, it was an excellent stay as the food in the restaurants was excellent, the staff professional but laid back (as expected at a beach resort) and the services exemplary. The food is very expensive, and the hotel is a ten minute walk to the beach (though they have a modified golf buggy which takes you to the beach and back at 15 minute intervals). They also have their own beach shack on a nice stretch of the beach, a bit more secluded than expected in Marbella.
The hotel's not really near to Puerto Banus (though expedia listed it there). The drinks at the shack are very expensive - about £5 for a beer in a paper coke cup. Our balcony had some broken tiles, falling off, quite dangerous for our baby, and one of the lights on the balcony did not work either - despite informing housekeeping on the second day of our stay, this was not repaired on any of the forthcoming six days. They apparently have wireless internet access throughout the hotel, however, the suites on the sides do not have any reception, so if you do purchase internet access and are in the larger side suites, you will have to go to the lounge areas to use your internet access. We were overcharged in the restaurants on two occasions (by over fifty euros), so check your bills. Also, the concierge is not very knowledgeable - they sent us an hour away by taxi for dinner to a place where there was no restaurant, they sent us to Nerja with the wrong opening times and we arrived there with the caves closed. They also told us that they could not get us a reservation for a table at the best seafood restaurant in Marbella and that we could possibly get a table in two days time; they told us they phoned and pleaded personally with the management - we went there on the off chance - not a single other diner in the restaurant and we got a table (there were just a handful of diners there over the next few hours). They also advised me to park in the garage - you get a swipe card to enter and leave the car park as you wish, a really good system, but it's quite expensive, and everyone else seems to prefer to park for free in the spaces in front of the hotel. Something we did from the second day onwards on the advice of the bell hop. There is excellent security everywhere so it's quite safe to leave your car outside. Be wary of the rooms on the lidl side of the hotel - they are building something there and it gets quite loud from 9am onwards with heavy machinery. And the last complaint: the balcony is too easy for small children to climb up the side of, so you can't leave children unattended. My one year old almost got to the top of the railing; if he had been on one of the chairs, he could have fallen off the balcony.
I know this seems like a huge list of complaints, however, the hotel really is excellent. The food really is excellent. The Japanese restaurant is great, Mesana and Aralia will provide fantastic (but costly) dining experiences serving the best lobster I have ever had, and if there is a dish you want which is not listed on the menu, the chefs will cook it up for you given a little notice - let them know in the morning and they will send someone out to the market to get the produce needed. As for Gourmet Corner, it has the best cold tapas you could ever want to have (and it actually is very cheap). The staff at Gourmet Corner are also really great and friendly. The spa is wonderful and very reasonably priced for a top level spa, the hairdressing salon is superb (no English spoken there but you get a great haircut). The swimming pool is very clean (though the water is very cold) and really well maintained and there is an excellent little area for small kids to play in.
Whilst there, we bumped into a few British TV actors on our floor; and I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Some of the staff told us in the height of the summer they get quite a lot of minor celebs staying there, though the same staff told us to avoid the hotel in July and August, when they said the hotel goes mad. I must give a special word of mention to the driver of the buggy to the beach. He is excellent, friendly and knows everything you could need to know about Marbella and the surrounds.
Despite the many complaints I have made, it really is a great place. So good in fact, I have made plans to return soon.
Fantastic a real 5* hotelfrom Bel1
If eating out in Marbella try De Brunno...there are a few of these around town..excellent food and service...avoid Casa Nostra in town centre horrible food!!...
Great place to stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are cleaned each day to an incredible standard.
We had room service a couple of times which was very good and quite reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel.
The hotel is really well placed. It is just 5 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes walk from the old centre of Marbella. There is a supermarket close by which has everything you could want if you decide to use the well decked out kitchen in the suite.
The gym is well equip with most items and there is normally someone to help if you get into problems. The pool outside was cold (definately not heated) and the kids were not really able to use it. The indoor pool is really a spa and you have to pay to use it.
I would definately go there again.
Great stay in Hotel Guadalpin Marbellafrom A TripAdvisor Member
Ultimate Luxuryfrom A TripAdvisor Member
My partner and I shared a two bedroom suite with my parents. Both couples had spacious bedrooms with our own bathrooms ( so no sharing ). The lounge area was comfortable and the kitchen very useful. The pieste resistance being the 1000 sq foot balcony featuring dining table and chairs, small 3 piece suite, 4 x loungers and the jacuzzi which worked perfectly. Even then there was still room for a dance !!
The service around the pool was fabulous and the ice cold towels and fresh fruit kebabs which kept appearing from nowhere at regular intervals were a lovely touch.
We enjoyed a couple of evenings on the balcony enjoying the food and wine bought from the supermarket accross the road, listening to the live music in the hotel.
Reception and concierge staff all very helpful and willing, however, restaurant staff were most rude and unhelpful.
Orange Square is a must in the evenings, some lovely restaurants in the square ( and some even better on the little side streets )
Best Night Out ( 5 mins by cab from Hotel towards Puerto Banus ) Tony Dali's restaurant. The entertainment is fantastic, if you like a good time, good music and good food in nice surroundings you must book here for about 9.00pm on the Terrace. Meal & drinks for 4 150 - 200 euros. Worth every cent.
If you enjoy a good Italian the Dali Brothers Pizza & Pasta Factory (10 mins walk from hotel, on main road towards town) is fantastic. Meal for 4 including drinks 60 euros.
Places to avoid: Any of the "English Bars" on the front ie Banana Tree /' The Old Bailey. Overpriced and not at all nice.
We will definately return to the Gran Hotel Guadalpin in the future and I will recommend to all my friends.
Well done Guadalpin ( shame about the restaurant staff )
First class hotel - loved it!from A TripAdvisor Member
Just back from honeymoon.........absolutely superbfrom PDM1
We had a 2 bedroom suite with a (distant!) sea view and a full size jacuzzi on the balcony..........trust me the novelty doesn't wear off!
The suite was excellent with 2 nicely decorated, individually air conditioned ensuite bedrooms and loads of wardrobe space in each.
We were absolutely delighted with the standard of the accommodation and the daily maid service was both efficient & friendly.
An unusual feature for a hotel was the extremely well equipped kitchenette with washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave & full size fridge/freezer & plenty of crockery & cutlery.
The balcony was huge.......even the jacuzzi looked small in the corner!
If you are happy enough to pay 50 euros for lunch with a bottle of wine, eat in the hotel restaurant, otherwise go to the well stocked supermarket 5 minutes walk away (freshly squeezed orange juice is divine) and pack your fridge up for about 15% of the cost. We ate lunch in the hotel twice and the rest of the time ate on our balcony.
The old town of Marbella is beautiful and a nice walk along the promenade and Puerto Banus is a must to see how the other half live.
The best restaurant we visited was Villa Tiberio which you can walk to from the hotel and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.
We got a great deal on the hotel through Expedia and would definitely return again.
Top Local Tips for Marbella
Check out the old town Check out the old town of Marbella which is a world away from the built up seafront. Also check out Mijas, a lovely, if somewhat touristy, little Moorish town in the mountains not far away.If you have time, take a drive towards Seville via Ronda on the mountain road. The views and scenery are fabulous.
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Mijas Visit the white mountain village of Mijas. Have lunch and a bottle of wine in one of the cliff edge restaurants. A perfect day.
Other names for Hotel Guadalpin Marbella & Spa
- guadalpin marbella
- gran hotel guadalpin marbella
- Address: Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, C.N. 340, km. 179 - Marbella - 29600 - Spain
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