Hotels in Marbella
As one of Spain's most exclusive holiday destinations, beloved of the titled, rich and famous, Marbella has a number of luxurious hotels.
Many of these are right on the beach, but some are just inland, offering more privacy and spacious surroundings. The most exclusive and sought-after stretch is the so-called "Golden Mile", between Puerto Banus and Marbella.
The hotels in Marblla which have prime location on the beachfront (en primera linea, as it's known here), often have their own beach clubs, where you can recline in comfort on a Balinese day bed, sip fresh juice and eat grilled fish and salads by day. At night, these 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 most famous (and longest-established) hotel in Marbella is probably the Marbella Club. Dating from 1954, its founder was the driving behind modern hotels in Marbella, the beach resort we know today.
Another very well-known hotel near Marbella is the Hotel Villa Padierna, where Michelle Obama stayed on her visit in August 2010 (although this is not strictly speaking in Marbella). This hotel is one of those which is located a short way from the beach.
Other beachfront hotels include Hotel Puente Romano, and the Hotel Don Carlos, which houses Nikki Beach. In the old part of Marbella, with its narrow, cobbled streets, you can find smaller hotels housed in period buildings.
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This classy beachfront hotel is an institution in Andalucia's most glamorous beach resort, with a fascinating history and a cachet other establishments would kill for.
This hotel is named after a Roman bridge, which is at the centre of its lush grounds. On Marbella's Golden Mile, the Puente Romano boasts nine bars and restaurants, including Japanese and Italian.
A grand Italianate palace decorated in classical style, with an elegant and exclusive air which attracts many other celebrities including Michelle Obama who stayed in 2010.
A modern four-star hotel, ideally located for exploring the Costa del Sol. Offering free WIFI, it lies just five minutes' walk from the seafront also offering spa facilities.
Direct beach access from the perfect front line position with views to the sea and is a 15-minute walk from the centre of Puerto Banus, a very lively town in Marbella.
Between Marbella and Puerto Banús, set in a stunning 2,000 m2 of lush subtropical gardens on the famous Golden Mile, is the five-star NH Alanda Hotel, where you will find the Elysium Spa.
The Amare Marbella Beach Hotel - Adults only is situated in the centre of Marbella town, right on the sea front. Ideal locatioin for beach and nightlife.
Enjoys a superb beachfront location close to the old town meaning it is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Hotel Fuerte Marbella is surrounded by large gardens. There is a sports centre with a seasonal indoor pool, Turkish bath and sauna.
Gran Meliá Don Pepe is located on the Marbella seafront. It offers three outdoor pools in gardens and a spa. Luxurious room have large plasma-screen TVs and views of the sea, hotel gardens, or mountains. Heated indoor pool and gym. Grill restaurant specialising in steak, and Mediterranean and barbecue specialties. Read more
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