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Travel Blogs from Marbella
Yesterday, I got up early and went to Santa Justa to take the train to Málaga, where I was meeting my parents. I thought I had bought a ticket online a week or so ago, but it never sent me a confirmation or locator number...I had a bit of a scare when the man at the ticket counter told me that the train was full, because I didn't have a way to …
... and should be the best of the best! Unfortunately the one place we saw out of the whole of Marbella didn't serve their churros until 5pm. So we went and had lunch next door to that place and had a beautiful tapas lunch made with fresh seafood.
When 5pm finally came I could hardly wait. We ordered churros and they came out not looking anything like I thought. They weren't covered in delicious cinnamon and they ...
... panoramic view of the sea, and cities dotting the coastline.
The caves #11 were fascinating. They were discovered when an old forge was dismantled. These types of caves were commonly used as stables and store rooms as the temperature remains the same inside the cave all year 'round.
Mijas is a very Catholic town, and we visited two more chapels (#12 and #13), both built in the late 17th ...
... train is pretty convenient - it's 1.80 euro from Malaga downtown to the airport and takes about 15 minutes. Very convenient. It's actually a Renfe train, not a local metro too.
The Malaga airport is VERY nice. It's weird though because they have all the signs in Spanish and English and German of all things. Most places in Spain have signs in English/Spanish/French. Not sure if Malaga has some kind of German background or something. I checked ...
... in Benahavis. It was only a 5 minute drive away from where we are. We drove through the mountains at dusk and then suddenly a beautiful town appeared that cascaded over the mountains in an array of white and terracotta buildings. It is such a beautiful town and my favourite one so far. The streets were narrow and paved with cobble stone. The buildings went up as much as 3 stories which were mostly all apartments. The main strip was lined with fragrant orange ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Alanda Marbella
The NH Hotel is a nice hotel. I consider it a business hotel, altough it has a beach club. Atmosphere is rather unpersonal. Rooms were well equiped, very loungy/modern style. At night we could here some noices coming form our neighbours bathroom. The NH Alanda is located directly on Marbella's golden mile, on the right site in the direction of puerto banus. Puerto Banus is closeby. Breakfast was ok. Swimming pool ok. In the restaurant and breakfast area you can hear the nois of passing cars very wel. I paid €170 per night for a superior room, this included access to the nice thalasso. The day we left i asked whether is was possible to fresh up later in the day as I had a flight home only in the evening. Staff inicated I had to leave the hotel before 12AM unless a paid a daily fee of EUR 45. I paid the 45 euro and could stay in my room until 6 PM, during that afternoon I had to ask 3 times to open my door as the electronic lock did no longer accept my card key. When I left the lady at the reception was unfriendly and didn't thank us for our staying of 4 days. Conclusion very nice business hotel located just in front the marvellous Puente Romano hotel.
They are exactly what they aim to be, a very good business hotel.
We have stayed 2 nights in ND Alanda hotel in September, 2004. The hotel is located within 5 minute walking distance from the beach, if you don't feel like to walk, there is a free shuttle that will get you there in no time. It is also about 4km from the center of Marbella or Puerto Banus, which makes it a perfect location to get some tan, as well as shop and dine in Puerto Banus or Marbella in the evening.
We stayed at the Alanda for a week in the middle of June and on the whole we were very impressed. We booked our stay at the last minute and it only cost us £400 for the week which we thought was great for a 5 star in Marbella having paid double that for a 3 star last year. We had a gorgeous room although admittedly it wasn't huge - but as we spent more time out of it than in, it wasn't a huge problem. The extras were very expensive - however, we were aware of this and we made the choice to spoil ourselves and enjoy some lazy room service. We found the location fine - half way between Marbella and Puerto Banus - although we did use taxis for every outing. We found the staff very helpful (my partner was ill on our final day and they went out of their way to help us). Our only niggle was noise at night. We requested a quiet room and for 6 nights it was perfect however, on the 7th night when the hotel was full and we had neighbours above and to either side of us we had a lot of noise disruption. Our neighbours weren't being particularly noisey however we could hear EVERYTHING - even someone's suitcase being unzipped! I don't know if the hotel lacks decent sound insulation but if we'd had that level of noise throughtout the stay I'm sure my review would be very different. On the whole though, a lovely hotel and a great holiday.
A basic 5*hotel
Large rooms which were light and airy. Allocated a quiet room at the back of the hotel overlooking the pool but many rooms overlooking the busy main road. Additonal charge for the gym of 18 Euros per day per person. Restaurant staff unhelpful and appeared unhappy and unenthusiastic in their work. Need a car if you stay here or a long walk to Marbella and Puerto Banus but there is a bus stop outside.
Quite acceptable if visiting on business but not really an ideal holiday location.
A Soul-Less Shell
Stayed for a week in May 2004. Very characterless despite new trendy decor. A good hotel for business but not a holiday resort hotel. Shops and facilities desribed in the brochure didnt exist ( Shops? 5 Star Resort suggested activity but this was lacking - spa cost extra and bar / food every expensive. Hotel on "Golden Mile" - some rooms overlook this noisy road so its like a hotel on a motorway. Also it means taxi rides to get to anywhere as after walking it several times I can vouch its more than a mile to get anywhere (approx 2 to Marbella). To be fair its a brand new hotel but it was like a ghost-ship.Bar always empty in basement and closed at 11 - not conducive for a holiday stay. Very un-child friendly
Nh alanda, very nice hotel and good value
I have just come back from a one week stay at hotel nh alanda and I am really satisfied with it.
The hotel is new, rooms are big enough and confortable, swimming pool and garden are nice,
staff friendly and helpful.
Price 113€ for a double room, breakfast buffet for two included.
It is located midway between Marbella and Porto Banus, we rented a car, but bus stop is just across the road, as well as the beach.
We had a great time and it will be our hotel if we will come back to marbella once more.
New, no very new
I've stayed in every NH in Marbella area and Alanda is by the far the most luxurious. The hotel is very new so it doesn't have all thoses annoying stains and scratches on the wood work, but does lack a little in character. The rooms are large and are decked out in the traditional NH style (lots of wood, and tasteful contemporary upholstery)
The hotel has a very expensive Spa (but very nice too) and the staff at the hotel were friendly and inviting.
Overall a nice place to stay (if you have car!) in the Marbella area.
Too many additional charges for every service
I stayed in NH Alanda in december 2003 for a long week end, the price was cheap but (always but) there is nothing included and the prices for every service was extremely expensive even services like the indoor pool and gym are charged for in addition to the room rate (in their web page they dont say anything about this) i feel i have been robbed.
Another problem was the services of the hotel, they are not enough for a 5 star hotel, and the size of the rooms was poor,.
Good 4 star but extremely expensive
My wife and I were in Spain for a convention that was held across the street at the Puente Romano. We originally wanted to stay at the Puente Romano, but the hotel was full, and we had to "settle" for the NH Alanda. What a pleasant surprise. We loved the hotel - it was immaculate, the rooms were beautiful, and we truly enjoyed our stay.
The only downfall was that the hotel was very new, only having been open for a month when we arrived, and they hadn't set up all of their travel services, like money conversion. However, they had very friendly staff who were most helpful. We'd recommend the hotel to anyone traveling to that part of the world!