Melia Marbella Banus
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... or Harbor as we are in California) and I hope to do another blog from here before we head off on our South American adventures next Friday.
Bye for now,
Richard and ...
... a 20min walk made all the more better by flat roads and no boots. It was a quick six hours, a few beers, some sun, something to eat and we appeared to be off. It wasn't quite like that, we talked, we caught up, we found out all the Swansea gossip and then we were off. My T shirt sun tan may well become a craze in the costa del sol but I'll wait and see. Back to the airport and into the lounge (I'm an international traveler) before joining the flight for home and yes, we were the last ones ...
... at all. Suffice to say Stephen is brilliant and it was well worth the strange looks he received at the airport scanner to see him 'pipe out' the birthday cake.
A great way to round off our trip as it's always good to catch up with old friends particularly in such varied and lovely surroundings. So thanks to Joy and the Clan Campbell for their excellent company, as always.
We will be starting our journey home in a day or two. Stopping ...
... Sharm al Sheik with his family. Strange choice., hotel living or the Doggie aaargh.
Friday phil oliver and I cast off for Gib. days sail with the light winds and have just got back, claned the doggie and showered and are sitting in the local having a glass of pop and looking incredulously at the cricket score, Oz 527 must be the days at sea, aaargh
... Next to our table an increasing Russian invasion was occurring and more and more families wandered along the beach to join their expanding table. We noticed a police presence here, not sure whether this was because the breakfast was good or if they were on surveillance!!!! Plenty of Brits here bragging about their villas. The only annoying thing is the plague of North Africans selling their watches, sun-glasses, CD's DVD's, handbags ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Marbella Banus
Tranquil and pleasant
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!
It is truly difficult to locate but the search was worthwhile.
There is a red carpet up to the entrance.
The room was astonishingly very spacious even though it contained 2 queensize beds, table lamp ,floor lamp , armchairs etc with pretty pastel colours for walls and furnishings providing a a comfortable ambience. The bathroom was also large with toiletries and even bathrobes provided. The room was spotlessly clean. From the balcony the moonbeams could be seen on the sea
Downstairs in the bar a pianist was playing and the illuminated gardens were large enough for a night time stroll ,a little damp as it must have been raining, around the pools and over the bridge.
The receptionist had been pleasant on arrival and when asked for a spare bulb for the table lamp which would not light when switched on, he said he would send someone. Ah, we thought,that will be tomorrow, but we had only just returned to the room when there was a knock on the door and someone had arrived,bulb in hand.
The gardens are lovely with huge outdoor pools surrounded by lawns.
I hope we can stay here again very soon, I look forward to returning.
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.
If you want to go to a place to people watch, then this is the place for you. The boats and cars are fantastic, like the monte carlo of Spain. Don't expect to pay anymore than you will in England for food, but expect a lovely welcoming service. Prices for drinks in the hotel are very reasonable too. Would definately recommend this hotel and location to anyone.
Fans of the hotel, not of the flies
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!
If you go to this hotel try and go half board which gives you either lunch or dinner in the bufet which is very good, king prawns, steak, chicken, calamari all cooked on the BBQ in front of you - and yes they do do chips for the english who - apparently - can not eat a meal without them!!!!!!
The hotel has some delightful baby cats living nearby who are enticed by the food and the english and chased away by the spanish who are not -seemingly - so easily swayed by the sight of a kitten.
The hotel entertainment is diabolical if you intend to stay in and enjoy it beware you will be bored out of your brains. The pianist has been playing at the hotel - as far as I know - for at least 8 years and really should make way for something with a little more ooommph. Still Puerto Banus is amazing and is only a hop skip and a jump away. My husband prayed for sunshine - and got it almost every day - anything to keep our daughters for the shops.
Generally though nice hotel, nice situation and great pools - terrible sea and no entertainment.
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.
Nice beach hotel
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.
Not good for a 4*
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.
When we arrived in the bedroom, there were stains on the net curtains, the walls and the bed sheets. Also, the floor had not been properly cleaned. However, the rooms have everything you need.
On the first day we did not have a problem getting a sunbed but after that it was a battle getting one...at one point we were told to run to catch the last one (did not fancy sharing one sunbed for a whole day though)...I have stayed at many four & five star hotels and this is the first where we have not been able to get a sunbed!!
The overall impression that we got of the hotel is that out of season it is fine, but when it starts to get busy, the hotel staff cannot cope with the extra demand that is placed on the hotel, which in turn feels like the staff are being quite rude at times.
The location of this hotel makes it ideal for getting to the port where all of the shops and restaurants are, but personally I would rather sacrifice this and drive/get a taxi a bit further and stay in a clean hotel with sunbeds....will not be rushing back there again quickly.
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.