Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort Marbella
Excellent facilities and location great rooms clean and tidy. easy access to the golf course and beach.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort Marbella
This hotel is a lovely location and perfect for doing nothing.
We had booked it for the Spa and Gym facilities none of which had opened yet. There was very poor coverage of Sky T.V, only CNN in English. Advertised as a golf hotel but no Ryder Cup not even at the Golf Club House.
Also no internet access in room, coin operated access.
There is only one resturant opened in the evening so the choice is limited it you go on a half board basics.
Hotel staff speak very little English so brush up on your Spanish before you go.
If you want a relaxing break for a few days this is the right hotel for you.
My husband and I stayed at the hotel on 7th Sept to 12th to attend a wedding at a nearby venue. We hoped for a relaxing break and were not disappointed with the hotel. I should say that it is in a residential location, on the beach front, but away from shops and restaurants. It is ideal if you have a car otherwise you will need taxis to get about. The hotel is well furnished and has a very quiet ambience about it. The rooms are more than adequate and the staff are friendly. The pools, bars and restaurants are nearest the sea front and away from the bedrooms so noise is not a problem. Generally speaking the beaches in this part of spain are not that nice - but this is definitely the best I have come across. Whether it was the time of year or not, the beach was very quiet and added to the relaxation we sought. The food in the hotel is very good. We tried both restaurants. The breakfast in the morning is varied and good and all tastes catered for, although sometimes the service was a little slow. The Sunday morning brunch is an event in itself and is very popular with people living in the area which is a recommendation in itself.
Nice, during our 3night stay starting 28 August 2006,but my wife discovered at our next stop , during our Andalusia tour, that her new black Burberry set (sweatshirt+pants value 700 Euro) was missing from inside her suitcase. What a shame.......
Still a good hotel
We first stayed at the Guadalmina Hotel approx 8 years ago. We decided to return for a short break over the Easter weekend in April. It had just been subject to partial refurbishment and had only reopened at the beginning of April 2006. Our room, which was in the older part of the hotel, had sea and garden views. It was excellent and so too was the housekeeping, a very clean bathroom with an excellent shower over the bath with nice towels,plenty of them, and lots of toiletries. The dining room and bar area have been refurbished and they have extended the restaurant - this opened on Good Friday and the decorators were back on the Monday! We remembered from our previous visit that the pool was a particular feature of the hotel and this remains the same. It is salt water and huge - plenty of sunloungers with nice cushions and towels supplied. There is a childrens pool as well. We had a couple of snack lunches at the hotel which were quite good and I believe the buffet lunch held every Sunday is very good.
Our only criticism would be that there seemed to be a lack of staff in the bar and dining areas and although pleasant, I wouldn't say they were falling over themselves to be friendly. We both attributed this to the fact that they were so stretched. However although the hotel was busy it was by no means full. The reception, although spacious, lacked anything really, no leaflets or any information unless you were with a tour company. The breakfast is a buffet and there was an excellent choice, nice to sit and watch the golfers.
A car really is a must due to its location as it is isolated in a very nice residential area. There is an excellent restaurant in walking distance called Restaurante El Cortijo De Guadalmina. We went there on our first visit and decided to try it again. They still have the same chef and the food really is excellent but go with an appetite as the portions are huge! We will definitely use the Hotel Guadalmina again.
Had my wedding reception here
I got married in Marbella in 2005 and had my wedding reception in the Guadalmina Golf Hotel. I fell in love with this hotel 5 years ago and couldn't have imagined a better place to have my reception. The setting was amazing, the food was better than you would expect in a 3*michelin restaurant (despite the fact that they were catering for 140 guests)and the rooms are divine. We had drinks before dinner on the terrace overlooking the amazingly blue pool, the beach and the south Guadalmina golf course - the best wedding I was ever at! We stayed there for a couple of nights after the wedding in a huge suite with a 4 poster bed and a jacuzzi. Everything was cleaned to perfection every day and the bathroom was fully stocked with anything you could possibly want in a bathroom!
all in all I would reccomend this hotel 100% to any couple who would like a bit of luxury (maybe not kids)
I can't wait to go back there and have dinner some evening!
Beautiful Hotel Location
My husband and I stayed here for a week during July, and we had a wonderful time. A couple of things to keep in mind: the staff though friendly, do not speak English fluently, though they try! Also, the food at the hotel doesn't have much to offer.
We would strongly recommend that you rent a car and explore the surrounding areas. Also, take the tour of Tangiers if you're the adventerous type!
We would recommend this hotel to our friends and family! Have fun!!
Very scenic relaxing stay
Just returned form a week in the sun staying at this hotel. As a party of four, Dean 13 and Emma 16 with my wife and I. We had a terrific stay although only for a week. The rooms were very clean and comfortable with maid service on a regular basis. Drinks and food was quite expensive around 70Euros for fish lunch with a beer or two, with the average drinks being around 13 euros for a beer and three soft drinks. In general the food choice and presentation was very good and could not be faulted. A car is a must if you intend to travel in any way around the area. The Hotel is located off the beaten track right on the beach with some fantastic views.
Pool area is very good, containing sea water.
Would definitly like to return someday, and would highly recommend this hotel and complex.
Spent two nights at the end of March here and found the rooms to be very comfortableand well maintained. The location is pretty; perhaps a little tricky to find even with their signs and not really walking distance to anywhere so best to have a car. The breakfast buffet offered a good variety and the staff as well as the other guests were really friendly.
Great hotel, shame about the courses
Spent a very excellent fortnight here from end Sept until Oct5. Fantastic facillities except for the food in the restaurant, which was plain and overpriced, although we were told by locals that Sunday lunch is fab.
Guadalmina South course is fine except for the greens which were muddy and bald, many un-repaired pitch marks. Guadalmina North was reopened while we were there following a major refit, but we followed in everyones' footsteps on the greens, which is a shame because the setting is lovely. Very good practice facillities and Irene at the hotel is very helpful in booking other courses and in general. Customer service excellent
Great Guadalmina hotel
Spent a week at this hotel. Rooms were very comfortable, with a great balcony and view toward Gibraltar and Morocco. The beach and sun beds area was very good and comparatively peaceful compared with major areas (Marbella, etc). Breakfast and the 2 dinnners we enjoyed were very good. The only draw-back is you need a rental car, so as to visit Marbella for shopping and dining. We considered this stay a very good holiday choice.