Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa
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... breakfast with them and after breakfast we got our stuff together and got the caravan ready to leave. We all pushed it out by hand together because of the slope and difficult access and that was funny to see ! We got it hooked up and ready and than we hugged and kissed each other goodbye and thanked them for their kindness to receive us as they did. We would try to come back with my mother for a couple of days in springtime. Than we got in the car ...
... doesn't leave until 5:30pm. Weather still delightful - about 25 degrees. Train trip was very pleasant - 2nd class seats but very comfortable and clean. A great way to see the countryside. Again there were miles and miles of olive trees, and we have had some delicious olive oil in Spain, as you would expect. Needless to say there ...
... and spices (like a Swiss raclette), followed by a hot fish seafood soup. Back to the beach for siesta! At 7:30pm the beach cushions were being gathered up, so we had to move! We sat down for a drink outdoors at our hotel.
I nearly choked on my tea when the customer near me at the little boutique dropped his pants to try on different shorts on sale. This was ...
... minutes were enough to help me realise how much easier it was to follow as the path was effectively paved for me and by both watching the road and how Bob was negotiating the bends it made what was a challenging ride into a far easier affair.
We then made our way deeper and deeper into the Andalusian Mountains visiting one spectacular village after another stopping for lunch along the way and the occasional rehydration. These villages ...
... Rob spent some time in the site's internet cafe doing a bit of domestic admin online. The Boat Licence is now paid for.
By 2 pm the sun put in an appearance now and again but it also started to spit with rain on and off. We had a little late lunch of bread and salami for me, peanut butter for Rob and afterwards I had a go in the internet cafe to see if I could get my webmail. Failure! Much of my online time was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa Marbella
The grounds, tennis and swimming facilities were as you would expect from a 5 star hotel.
I was disappointed that having paid extra for the Beach Club facility, the beach was dirty, the staff indifferent and the facility was certainly not worth a second visit.
The bedroom was extremely ordinary - dark, depressing and not particularly clean.
I expected something a bit special, and Don Carlos was not.
I booked 1 double room and 2 singles. At over 300Euro per room night, I expected to have Queen size beds in the single occupancy rooms and a King bed in the double occupancy. I was horrified to find we were allocated 1 room with a queen size bed on the 11th floor, 1 room with a queen size bed on the 2nd floor, and a room with a child's cot!!!! After complaining they swapped the cot for a twin size bed.
Excellent service and fantastic beach. Golf.
Don Carlos is gorgeous, excellent hotel like many others in the Marbella Zone. Don Carlos's Hotel is in the marbella's best beach, luxurious gardens and well service.
Impresive the gardens.
I really can't say anything bad about the Don Carlos except that it was a little old. The night life in the hotel was mostly "convention folks" so make sure to head into town for some fun nightlife. The rooms were standard, nothing special but clean and nice. There are 2 pools, one on the upper level near the dining area which is free and one down towards the beach that you pay to use ( 15 euros or so for a towel) The beach was OK, but there were quite a few men walking around trying to sell you fake gucchi bags. It was somewhat annoying when you are trying to nap or read, however you'll get this all over marbella. We spent our nights in Porto Banus and marbella which was an absolute blast. The tapas and people were fantastic. All in all my husband and I enjoyed Marbella and the Don Carlos.
After reading recent reviews, I was expecting to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is set in large gardens which slope down to the beach, with tennis courts. There are two pools, one at the top and one at the beach. Rooms were clean and well looked after. Service and food in the restaurants was excellent and there is a large terrace with views of the sea from where you can enjoy a sundowner. By Spanish holiday hotel standards this is a well run and upmarket establishment.
Nothing has changed
We stayed here about 6 years ago and from reading the current reviews,nothing has changed,not even the dirty room carpet.One staff member even got into the lift with me and delayed it although I was literally shivering , trying to get to my room after an unwise dip into their unheated cold pool. After checkout formalities,I asked to change some money into Spanish currency and was initially refused on the grounds that I was not staying there! An overpriced and overrated establishment.
I have to agree with the Maryland and North Salem reviewers. Just got back from Spain (mid-August 2003). The Don Carlos has a few pros but many cons. First the pros: very pretty grounds, nice pool area (in the beach club), rooms were good and AC worked well. Now, the many cons: (1) they have the nerve to charge you 7.50 Euros a day for a lounge chair in the beach club -- there's a pool up by the hotel, but the nicer pool is a 5-minute walk (schlep!) and is right near the very mediocre beach (true of most of this area). So think about it -- a family of 4 would have to pay an extra $250 to sunbathe for a week!
The hotel advertises that a comfort room overlooks the mountains, a superior room overlooks the ocean from a lower floor, and that a platinum room (also the most expensive at $80 extra per night) overlooks the ocean from a higher floor. Based on the hotel's representation, we reserved the platinum room and looked forward to our breathtaking view of the ocean. To our surprise and dismay, our room actually overlooked a construction site--complete with cranes, tractors and loud traffic. What they don't advertise is that due to a design flaw, NONE of the hotel rooms actually overlook the ocean. You have to go out on the balcony and crane your neck as far as it will go to the right, in order to catch a tiny glimpse of the ocean. Obviously we felt scammed that we paid extra based on their misrepresentations and we asked to switch to a less expensive comfort room since we weren't going to get the advertised oceanview. Since they wanted to continue robbing us blind by having us pay the higher rate, they kept claiming that no such rooms were available--even though we saw people checking out of them left and right. (And after hiking 1/2 mile to the beach, each person is charged $10 extra per day just to sit on one of their beach chairs.) Instead of staying for a week, we left after one night and moved to a real five-star hotel that actually gave us what it advertised. Unless you want misrepresentations, construction views and poor service, stay away from the Don Carlos Hotel!
After spending 16 days traveling through Italy, Monaco and Spain and staying in great 4 star hotels we were excited to end our vacation by spending 5 days in The Don Carlos Hotel, a 5 star facility. Well, that excitement quickly deminished. We were greeted by a less than enthusiastic staff at the desk who shared no information about the hotel (e.g. where breakfast would be held, how to get to our room, etc.) until we asked. The room we reserved was to have a water view. We barely could see the water, but had a great view of the construction and cranes! The room, although cleaned by housekeeping, had a dirty appearance because the carpet was old and had stains, some tiles were loose on the bathroom floor, and the ac blew out a musty oder. The room was also quite small! Our second piece of luggage always seemed to be in the way. But besides all that, what upset us the most is that we did not expect to have so many additional costs since we spent so much to stay at the hotel. For example, the hotel states that if you put any drinks in the room refrigerator they will throw it away. So, we followed their request and kept some bottled water in the closet. We called downstairs to ask for some ice, and to our suprise we were charged 3.40 euros! Also, if you want to go to their lower pool or lay on a chair on their section of the beach it is going to cost you around 10 euros a day! Needless to say, the 4 star hotels we stayed in throughout our trip were far supperior to this hotel. It is not worth the money, and too far from the main parts of town to even try to justify the cost! It is a 3 star hotel. . .at best!
It couldnīt have been better, the service was great, the sea, the sun, the gardens, and of course we canīt forget that marvellous beach club!!!!!