Marbella is one of Spain’s most exclusive resorts, loved by the rich and famous and has a number of luxury hotels. Many of these Marbella hotels is right on the beach but some is set back from the beach and offers more privacy and spacious surroundings. The most exclusive and coveted stretch is known as the ‘Golden Mile’ between Puerto Banus and Marbella.
Marbella hotels in which has an excellent location at the beach often has its own beach clubs where you can relax in a sunbed, sip a fresh juice and eat grilled fish and salads of the day. In the evening they turn into sophisticated places for the fashionable crowd to hang out. You can drink cocktails and show off your tan in your new sexy summer dress and dance the night away. Themed parties with live music and entertainment are held regularly throughout the summer.
The best known and longest established hotel in Marbella is probably the Marbella Club dating back to 1954. Another very well known hotel near Marbella is Hotel Villa Padierna where Michelle Obama stayed on her visit in August 2010. This is one of those located a short distance from the beach. Other beach hotels include the Hotel Puente Romano and the Hotel Don Carlos, which houses the beach club Nikki Beach. In the old part of Marbella with its narrow cobbled streets you can find small hotels housed in period buildings.
Although the majority of the Marbella hotels are still in the upper price range, there are hotels in budget range. These accommodations include four-star and three-star hotels, hostels and camping.
Here are some suggestions for popular Marbella hotels of different categories
Luxury Marbella hotels
Deluxe Villas Don Carlos Resort – Deluxe Villas Don Carlos Resort is located in the Don Carlos Leisure Resort and offers luxury villas with 24-hour butler service. The resort has several pools and is located by Eliviria Beach in Marbella.
Gran Melia Don Pepe – Gran Meliá Don Pepe is located right on the beach in Marbella. You can walk to Marbella’s old town in 15 minutes. There are 3 outdoor pools, a spa and luxurious rooms with large plasma TV.
Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella – The accommodation is 4 minutes’ walk from the beach, located between Marbella and Puerto Banus. You have access to tennis courts, multiple pools and a wellness center.
Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – The accommodation is 4 minutes’ walk from the beach. This exclusive beach hotel is located between Marbella and Puerto Banus and has 2 luxurious pools and 5 restaurants. Surrounded by a lush garden with direct access to the beach and offers free green fees at the Marbella Club Golf
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus – The accommodation is 1 minute walk from the beach. Gran Guadalpin Banus is located directly on the beach, 15 minutes walk from the center of Puerto Banus in Marbella. It has an outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and free WiFi.
Mid-range Marbella hotels
Hotel Fuerte Marbella – The accommodation is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Hotel Fuerte Marbella has a superb beachfront location at, right in the old town center. The hotel has free WiFi, seaview and 2 pools.
Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel – The accommodation is 1 minute walk from the beach. This adults-only hotel is located in the historic center of Marbella. It offers a spa and an outdoor pool.
Aloha Hill Club Golf & Spa – Aloha Hill Club is located in Nueva Andalucía, 10 km from the center of Marbella, and has four outdoor swimming pools, a spa and a gym. The complex has a poolside bar and a restaurant. All apartments are modern and have air conditioning and a private terrace with mountain views, garden, pool or sea. There is 1 double, 1 twin bedroom and 2 bathrooms with shower or bath.
Family Marbella hotels
Melia Marbella Banus – The accommodation is a 3-minute walk from the beach. You have free access to the spa with sauna, turkish bath and whirlpool. 4-star hotel with three restaurants and three outdoor pools in Puerto Banus. For families there are free cribs, children’s pool, playground in the area, babysitting (surcharge)
Hotel PYR Marbella – Located right in the heart of the popular Puerto Banus. The hotel is within walking distance to the exclusive marina Puerto Banus with lots of restaurants, two major shopping centers, grocery stores, beach and its mile-long boardwalk. Apartment family-friendly hotel in Puerto Banus with kitchenette and balcony. For families there are free cribs, babysitting service, supervised children’s activities / child care, children’s pool, kids club, babysitting (surcharge)
Vasari Resort – The accommodation is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Vasari Resort offers luxury apartments with a private terrace and kitchen, just 1 km from the exclusive marina of Puerto Banus. The complex also has a tropical garden with outdoor swimming pools. The hotel is family friendly with free cribs, child care, child pool, child care in the room (surcharge), babysitting (surcharge), Extra beds available
Budget Marbella hotels
La Villa Marbella – The accommodation is a 7-minute walk from the beach. Hotel La Villa Marbella is located in the heart of Marbella’s historic district just 5 minutes walk from the famous Plaza de los Naranjos.
The Town House – The accommodation is a 3-minute walk from the beach. The townhouse is located in the heart of Marbella’s old town. It has a beautiful rooftop terrace with couches, air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is 300 meters from Marbella’s seafront promenade
Rent a apartment or house
If you are planning on a longer stay in Marbella it can be a good idea to rent an accommodation such as an apartment or a house. There is a wide selection of items. However, make sure to book in good time in advance if you plan to rent during the high season from June to August when most are fully booked.
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