Melia Marbella Banus
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On the way we stopped at Mijas for a bit and than drove through the mountains to Marbella. The weather was rather strange, a lot if wind and temperatures of around 25 which is pretty cool for here at this time of year. We walked through the little streets of the old town which was real nice and walked down to the boulevard following the beach for a bit. But as the wind was to fresh we went back up and had some lunch on a little square before ...
Visited a Bull fighting arena this morning - it was built in the 1700's and was a pretty impressive place, although I can't get my mind around the sport. Also had a museum which was well done and there is a riding school there, too. Don't know that it was dressage, Lisa. We are now relaxing around the pool at the hotel as our train ...
... the water a comfortable temperature. However, when I tried to get into the waves, the sand changed to small pebbles under my feet, very hard to balance on and the water plunged suddenly from shallow to deep. The surf was also a little rough, so I had a very short dip!
We managed to raise ourselves for a leisurely lunch of scrumptious provolone cheese fried in ...
... straight from the sea and bowls of olives and tapas. I could eat that food everyday.
An evening in the charming Marbella Old Town, it's narrow, cobbled streets lined with boutique shops and cafes were reminiscent of last month's visit to Venice.
There was also the sneaky early morning round of golf with a my dad.
... a Grand Marnier souffle, then coffee and brandy all washed down with a bottle of C******nay and a bottle of good Rioja. In all too much and too rich but we're not really complaining after the Christmas Day disaster it was quite a treat to have food cooked by a real chef!.
The music was disco and we managed to get a couple of waltzes in before the clock struck 12 and we ate the traditional 12 grapes on each chime of the clock....bizarre but meant ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Marbella Banus
Driving here from Malaga airport, having arrived on the late Iberia flight, and trying to find the Hotel Dinamar in the dark [does it really take 9 hours to get here from home?]would have been even more stressful had it not been for the details given by your Bexhill on Sea member - 7 Oct 2005 review---thank you!
We stayed over the newyear we were very luck with the weather so spent one of the days sunbathing in thier lovely gardens the pool is huge but too cold in December the indoor pool is on the small side the photos make it look much bigger.
A nice pleasent walk along the promanade to Banus
The staff were always pleasent and the hotel was clean the bedrooms were a good size with 2 queen beds
But the best part was the food, meat or fish cooked to your liking by a chef and if you cant wait! there was plenty of other ready meals to choose from.
I stayed here for Christmas 2005 with a friend, mum and dad. We were due to stay at the H10 Andulucia Plaza but it was closed for reburbishment. I cannot say anything but good comments about this hotel. The location is great (about a 20min flat walk to the Marina of Puerto Banus). The hotel is spotless, the food is great and the staff are very helpful. I do believe from looking at other reviews that Christmas may be a quieter time to go as the weather is that little bit colder and the outside pool was a bit on the cold side. There is an indoor heated pool with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room that we did use.
We visited the Marbella Dinamar in August with our two teenage daugthers it was our 5th visit to the hotel. The hotel is in a hidden corner right at the end of the esplanade which leads to the Port. The taxi drivers from the airport always ask 'where is it?" the answer is it can be seen from the freeway on the left hand side just before the exit to Puerto Banus and then let them find it they always do - eventually. Sometimes the hotel seems to get groups of travel agents/estate agents/businessmen/women on trips who attempt to take over but on the whole it is quiet and lovely. It has two pools one - the original pool is always silent the seond - the newer pool - is crowded and it can be difficult to get a sun lounger. The hotel has a dreadful problem with flies which have completely taken over the new pool and attempt to eat the guests alive - the hotel staff are totally unhelpful and uncaring and despite everyone complaining they simply ignore you and do nothing. The staff are very sweet on the whole and try to teach you some spanish but it is so embarrasing to be english and hear the english moan and complain about the staff speaking spanish when at the end of the day they are in Spain!
A very good standard of hotel for the area.Beautiful gardens, clean and well looked after .We will be returning with our children in the future.
My Family & I stayed at the Dinamar last August 2004.It was certainly not in a four star category.The lobby was dreary and unwelcoming .We had to battle to get sunbeds,and the nightly entertainment was very poor.It was convenient to walk to the port.but that was about it.The set dinner was grossly overpriced.We would definitely not return.We loved the area around Puerto Banus and returned in September to the Kempinski..now that is a hotel.
My parents are big fans of this hotel and have been to Puerto Banus and to this hotel many times.
My brother and I (we are 20 and 19) decided to go with them in September and had a really good time. The hotel is really quiet (apart from the occasional big group of lads) and is set in beautiful grounds.
The staff are incredibly friendly and appreciate if you actually take the time to learn some spanish, just please and thankyou is enough for them.
It is exceptionally clean and I can't believe that anyone could say this hotel is dirty. The food was good but with so much to offer in the port there is no need to spend every night in the hotel.
Overall a good holiday and I'm hoping to go there with a big group of friends for my 21st.
My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights in October 2004 and we really liked this hotel. It's a little west of Marbella in Puerto Banus, only a couple of minutes walk from the beach and about a 15 minute walk to the bars and restaurants. We had a room on the east side of the hotel that had a balcony overlooking the beach. The room was clean and nicely appointed. My girlfriend speaks fluent Spanish, so I can't comment on whether the staff is fluent in other languages, but they were very helpful when we had questions. The hotel has two pools, and a nice piano bar that opens to one of the pools. The breakfast buffet was great and well worth the 10 or so Euros that it cost. My only complaint is that the backdoor to the hotel, which is the easiest way to get from the hotel grounds to the beach, is locked at 10 p.m. If you return to the hotel later than that, you must walk around to the front of the hotel. Somewhat inconvenient, especially considering that, during normal hours, you can't open this door without your room key. Still, I would definitely stay here again.
We have just arrived back from the Dinamar hotel where we stayed for just under one week. This is my second visit to the hotel and this time I was a bit disappointed.
Very Relaxing, Great location.
We have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions over years. Great location just 2mins walk from the beach, and a pleasant 10 - 15 mins walk along the promenade to the centre of Puerto Banus, its shops and restaurants. The rooms are large and clean with a good facilities. The communal areas are all very well maintained. There are three pools two outside and a small indoor one. The hotel always appears very quite, we have never had a problem getting a sun bed in the gardens. We have never eaten in the restaurant in the evening, the buffet breakfast is of a fair standard. We have stayed in a number of Hotels is Puerto Banus this is far the best in its price range.