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Marbella, Spain Hotel choices?

Old Sep 18, 07, 12:48 am
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Marbella, Spain Hotel choices?

I'm looking at narrowing down a few hotels from the list I have. I currently have booked the Gran Hotel Guadalpin in Marbella because I wanted to lock in a low rate ($150~). I checked with Amex FHR and there's a couple of other hotels in that relative price range. There's the Villa Padierna and the Puente Romano (199 and 180 euros, respectively).

The Guadalpin looks deceptively inexpensive and the reviews are very mixed. Anybody have recent experience? THe only FT threads I found were from back in 2004. Also, anybody experience the other 2 hotels I mentioned? Of the 3, which would y'all say is best?

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Old Sep 18, 07, 10:29 am
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With so many wonderful places you could visit in Spain, can I ask why you've decided on Marbella?

I'm truly, genuinely curious.
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Old Sep 18, 07, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by LapLap View Post
With so many wonderful places you could visit in Spain, can I ask why you've decided on Marbella?

I'm truly, genuinely curious.

What's wrong with Marbella? I've never been, but my dad was the one who booked this trip. He goes to Spain 1-2x a year and he seems to like Malaga/Marbella since he often talks about it. We are most likely going to rent a car and go to some sites like GIbraltar as well.
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Old Sep 18, 07, 1:48 pm
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I wouldn't actually say there was anything wrong with Marbella, it's just that I don't understand why anyone would want to go there.

I was hoping you could help me understand what entices people to choose to stay in this town.

We had a recent thred on it here: http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=720456
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Old Sep 18, 07, 3:20 pm
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Lap Lap, are you disparaging Marbella specifically or Costa del Sol in general? I don't see how incredulous diffidence helps the OP who is trying to plan a holiday trip there. Just my opinion.

To provide the OP with some guidance, Costa del Sol is a fantastic destination if you want to take in Andalucían history, sights, food and culture. It's all there to be experienced from Granada to Sevilla and along the coast froom Nerja to Gibraltar. The coastal region running from Malaga to Cadiz is located in a regional microclimate created by the mountains which ring the area. Marbella is an ancient city situated about midway between the two.

As mentioned in the other thread, Marbella is a place lots of folks love to hate because it is the focus of what many feel is wrong with the area and life in general -- too many people, lots of money ( or beautiful people who act as if they have it ), flashy cars, yachts, casinos, traffic, pollution, development and all sorts of other aesthetic maladies/shortcomings which could offend or annoy. Then again you could say the same about New York, Las Vegas, the Riveria or any other place one might label as pretentious, spirited, and full of itself.

I would not tell you not to stay in Marbella. But I would ask what sort of general experience you're looking for as there are many places just outside of Marbella which might serve you equally well. Hotel Dianna some 4 miles west of Marbella comes to my mind as one such example. It all comes down to how hectic ( urban?) of an experience you want. Marbella could suit you just fine or its nearby environs could make a good location to base yourself for excursions into the surrounding Andalucían landscape. It works either way.

The Brits have certainly come to the region in large numbers, and you will find more fish and chips places than you'd care to think about which would appear to be the antithesis of a Spanish holiday. But you're in for a great Spanish experience with fine food and great wine and there's plenty of authentic Andalucían dining in Marbella and all along the coast.

We ourselves own timeshare at the two nearby Marriott resorts so our perspective are as folks who do not spend a great deal of time in Marbella or any of the other places. We have dined in Marbella and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly -- though we certainly prefer our resort locations.

We too get the incredulous " why do you come to Costa del Sol" questioning from folks who disdain the crowds and the confusion that go with them. All I can say is that the Andalacían people are warm and friendly hosts and you can hop in a car and venture to places like San Pedro, Estepona, and all sorts of white villages in the nearby mountains and leave the aesthetics of Marbella and elsewhere behind.

No place is perfect, but Costa del Sol has more going for it than against it ( remember, Picasso is from Malaga ). Good luck planning your trip. We're heading out soon for a timeshare week and we're getting awfully hungry for some of that great Spanish food & wine.

Barry
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Old Sep 19, 07, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by jerseyfinn View Post
Lap Lap, are you disparaging Marbella specifically or Costa del Sol in general? I don't see how incredulous diffidence helps the OP who is trying to plan a holiday trip there. Just my opinion.
I'm asking a question. When I don't understand something on FT - I ask.

I'm certainly not disparaging the Costa del Sol (I adore Andalucia and the Andalucians - I could write pages of reasons describing why I would go to this region), but I am enquiring as to why someone has picked Marbella.

If an American was planning a trip to Benidorm, I'd ask the same question, and there's no-one who loves the Costa Blanca more than I do. Same if someone said they wanted to come to Europe and spend their holiday in Southend or Blackpool. Sometimes you just have to ask - or you just wonder and wonder....
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Old Sep 19, 07, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by LapLap View Post
I wouldn't actually say there was anything wrong with Marbella, it's just that I don't understand why anyone would want to go there.

I was hoping you could help me understand what entices people to choose to stay in this town.

We had a recent thred on it here: http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=720456
I read that thread, but my dad says it's not quite as bad depending what you do. I didn't really answer your question though...He must like it enough to take us there is all I can say

We plan on going around to various other cities so we won't spend all our time in Marbella
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Old Sep 20, 07, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by brosnan6 View Post
I read that thread, but my dad says it's not quite as bad depending what you do. I didn't really answer your question though...He must like it enough to take us there is all I can say

We plan on going around to various other cities so we won't spend all our time in Marbella
I do hope you enjoy your stay - if your Dad knows people there, I'm absolutely sure you will.

As you can guess, I don't have any suggestions for Marbella. I'm naturally curious as well as opportunistic so dove in with my question, I don't get to ask it very often. You could ask UNITED959, he's recently stated that he's been there. I've only passed through (although I did ask my friends to stop there for an hour as I wanted to see for myself what it was like).
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I would go with the Puente Romano at the rate you mentioned...it is a very nice place but with a traditional Spanish feel rather than modern and garish as is the Guadalpin.
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