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Camping Carbapino is a beautiful site. Set back from the main road in amongst the trees with lots of amenities especially the big heated pool and with lovely and very helpful staff. We had decided to stay for 2 nights but in the end stayed for 4 partly because we had another day of rain but mainly because we loved the site and Marbella. Lots of washing to do after Morrocco and all enjoying being back in the van again. I have to say I ...
... bits of course! Lunch at Taco Bell was followed by shopping and it was are 4 by the time we got back to the campsite to pay. We decided to head straight off to a new campsite near Marbella and arrived at Camping Carbapino justin time to get setup before sunset. Our pitch here is right by the heated pool so boys went straight for a swim whilst we prepared dinner and had a chat to the retired couple from Yorkshire next ...
... the gates, apparently they do that when it rains although we don't know why. We do find a way in though, even though it involves a bit of walking in the rain. It's worth it because the view is quite spectacular. Ronda is set high up above a valley and the views down to the river are amazing. These old walled towns have wonderful panoramas and unlike Australia, none of it is fenced off. They would have a field day with it at home ...
... of these Spanish towns. It rains pretty much the whole way to Ronda and even though it is a much smaller town, we already know that like most of these old villages that have been walled, parking is a drama. Nevertheless, when we arrive it is to find that although parking is scarce, it does exist and we manage to park the car where e think it will be okay (let you know for sure tomorrow) and find our hotel. Raoul speaks ...
... bring back. I wonder if the dog ever figures that out or if they just do that everyday. Or maybe the dog is just humoring that man.
Then, lunch at Dona Lola. Gary had a fish that was packed in salt. I have to post the picture, but it looks like a big mound of salt and there's a fish underneath. The really good thing was that the waitress cleaned the fish and so it was not laying on the table staring at us. Gary said it was really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Diana Park Estepona
Good options with a car
We stayed in the hotel for 5 days. As told in preview reviews the hotel is not in Estepona town. It's located about 10 kms from Estepona and two from San Pedro de Alcantara.
As if you get by car could be difficult to find I add a link to see it in Google Maps:
The rooms are located in 6 different buildings (two heights) around the swimming pool. All of them have terrace. The rooms are clean and correct.
The pool is nice and have a garden with free hammocks to be used by the guests.
The restaurant offers the different meals in buffet. The breakfast includes not only the continental, so you take an English breakfast. The buffet dinner has three dishes to chose and a selection of salads and italian pasta.
The hotel is a good option if you have a car as a place to have rest in the pool and as base to reach the most important places around it. I would return.
Avoid it in winter
Stayed at Diana Park for one night in January 2006. Got a very good price at hrs.de.
The hotel is not easy to find. Had to ask directions at a police station. The hotel is not located in Estepona, but 10km along the coastal highway in the direction of Marbella. It is actually closer to Marbella than Estepona. The location is very near the highway. Very convenient if you are traveling by car and just need a place to sleep, but probably not so nice when using it as a resort (which it is).
The hotel consists of several buildings with a pool area in the middle. This is probably a good setting for summer, but not for a rainy winter day, when you need an umbrella to go to the hotel restaurant. There is a cordoned off parking lot belonging to the hotel; parking is free.
This being a low season, the hotel seemed to be nearly empty. They offered a dinner "buffet", but probably because of a low number of guests, the entrees were not on the buffet but had to be ordered. I didn't like this, because I like taking bits of every entree offered. Didn't like the quality and the selection of food either.
My main problem at this hotel was the cold room. The only source of heat is the air conditioner, and obviously no one bothered to heat the unoccupied room. Basically it was no warmer inside than on the street outside. The a/c turned on blasts directly onto the bed and makes a lot of noise. This was a very uncomfortable night and I think I caught a slight cold.
The breakfast was surprisingly nice.
I will certainly not stay here again, especially in the low seadon.
Hard to find
We stayed here based on the reviews but wouldn't stay again. The hotel is not really in Estepona but between Estepona and San Pedro off the small highway. It's tricky to find even though I'd read the online instructions and had printed directions from the Michelin online guide. The best tip was to watch for signs to the Marriot as they are everywhere and this hotel is across the street. The Diana Park has very few signs. Even worse, is accessing the hotel as it's on a very busy highway and the exits to the hotel are easy to miss. If you're on the wrong side you have to drive to a place you can turn around and then be careful to exit well ahead of time. The rooms are OK but the pool is very cold and there's not much to do on the property. The breakfast was terrible and not worth the Euro 6. The drive to the beaches is too far IMO and if you're caught in traffic it can take a long time to get anywhere. Next time we'd stay in Marbella or Estepona proper. Why go to the beach and then stay on the highway?
Great Hotel, Excellent value for money. It is located outside Estepona town (about 10km) but this is only about 12-14 euros in a taxi. There are a couple of bars & good quality restaurants right next door though. The hotel is very clean with modern rooms & good sized pool area with plenty of sunbeds. Breakfast has a good choice consisting of cereals, fruit, cold meats & cheese and a hot selection. One downfall is that there is no tea/coffee making facilities in the room.
Good Quality for Short Break- Jan 2005
My husband and I have just returned from a 2 night short break to Spain, where we stayed at the Hotel Diana Park.
We booked the room through a leading hotel company on the web and got an extremely reasonable price for a 2 night stay here. The difficulty we had before going was actually getting directions to the hotel. In the end, I pulled some off of a website, but they were not detailed at all.
For future reference, the hotel is just off of the N-340 dual carriageway, past San Pedro. They are building a Marriott directly opposite it and we were so engrossed at looking at this, we went sailing past it the first time.
In fact, the website described the hotel as being 'secluded' and although it is very relaxing and surprising quiet once in the grounds, it is positioned right near the main road.
The hotel parking is very secure and you cannot enter the car park unless you 'buzz' reception first. The rooms were clean, modern and they provided us with a bottle of water. (not sure if this is replenished- it was not on the 2nd night of our visit) Warning: the shower was extremely powerful- took off a few layers of skin. (nice if you need a massage)
Our room had a patio door which opened onto a shared courtyard- there is no private area for each room. The pool was very nice and there were sun loungers around for people to relax on. The sound of waterfalls drown out the noise of traffic from the road, so it is very realxing here. The bar near the pool always seemed to be open when we were there. There was also a pool table and some drink vending machines close by.
We did not have breakfast included, but decided to eat in the restaurant one morning. It consisted of juice, tea, coffee, cereal, croissants, pastries, hard boiled eggs, toast and some meats (the meat didn't take my fancy, but my husband liked it) I think that if it was included in the price of my room, I would be pleased with the choice. If not, as I don't eat that much at breakfast anyway, I would probably give it a miss next time and grab something from the local shops- which are about a 1 minute walk away.
There are lots of restaurants and bars around- so plenty of choice in the evening. We went in January, so it was very quiet and to my liking. However, I am certain I would not like the positioning of this hotel in the summer months, as I could see it being quite noisy- but I might be wrong. Overall, this was a good, comfortable hotel and I would return again, although not in peak season.
Worth a visit
We booked this via the internet and had no problems at check in though had telephoned prior to arrival having read another review. The Hotel was immaculate when we were there, very well cared for both indoors and out. It is more attractive than the usual block with balconies, and rooms overlooking the pool are particularly pleasant. The staff were generally good, especially one particular lady in the bar/restaurant. Buffet meals were varied, and although once or twice we arrived at the "wrong" time and found grey scrambled egg, or soggy veg [ there shouldn't really be a wrong time!] , we enjoyed the food. As we had a couple of days of bad weather during our stay, we noticed the lack of a comfortable indoor seating area/lounge, there's only one settee otherwise it's cafe style seats in the bar when indoors. Also the bedroom TV is very limited in English channels - again we would not have noticed this if the weather had been warm and sunny all the time -but when it's windy and wet, constant news channels become a bore!
We would definitely stay here again, because it is pleasant, cared for, friendly; and there are plenty of places to go to nearby. We had a hire car, and would advise others to have transport too.
Lack of information but good value all in all.
We had booked our stay months in advance via the Internet. When we arrived at our hotel, they had no record of our reservations. We gave them our reservation number that included two rooms. Not only did they not have our reservations but the front desk did not understand that we needed two separate rooms for two couples. After further checking with the manager, they came up with our reservations and our two rooms.After saying that, the rooms were very nice, comfortable and the grounds lovely. The breakfast which was included in our price was very good.
Bring your own towels as you must rent towels for the pool. Also, don't expect to get any information regarding getting around the country or just general information as the front desk is clueless. The manager did give me the name of the local bus company that would take us up to Granada. All in all, for the price, the value was good, just overlook the incompetence of the front desk.