Hotel Fuerte Marbella
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Well situated traditional hotel in the heart of Marbella
On the whole a delightful 10-day stay but the hotel can improve itself even further. A return visit after some 20 years, this time on honeymoon. Booked a seaview room on the internet 6 months previously and said that we would be on honeymoon. On arrival, we were kept waiting whilst another guest negotiated at length for a better room than the one he had been allocated. We were then given a room with 2 single beds! We trailed back to reception. No doubt in view of our maturing years, the staff asked which anniversary we were celebrating. On being shown the new wedding rings, there were congratulations all round and a more appropriate room was allocated.A little while later champagne and chocolates arrived. Very thoughtful--pity the original booking was not read before arrival to save the hassle after a tiring journey.
Storage is not easy in the rather compact rooms but the seaview was splendid and the balcony was spacious. No problems from noise just the pleasant lapping waves at night. Total privacy. Staff very helpful on the whole but could be improved in the bar--it becomes an artform to pay the bill or sign for drinks there. Very laid back and sometimes you have to search for service. Good breakfast but don't expect plates to be cleared until you leave your table at the end. they pile up on the compact tables for two. Lots of waiters, just a better system would help.
The room had no handbook which would have helped to explain the various systems operated by the hotel--eg getting and returning towels for the sunbeds.
Delightful gardens for lounging, with ample shade and seaviews.
This is not modern luxury but the hotel offers an excellent site and the many returning visitors suggest a highish level of satisfaction.
Best location in town
Great value with offers from the El Fuerte web-site. Pleasant staff, good-sized rooms (sea view rooms very expensive but others have large balconies although overlooking side streets), good leisure facilitiies - gym, outdoor and covered swimming pools. Good buffet breakfast. Nice bar with some entertainment but not overwhelming - you can still have a quiet drink out of the way of the very good flamenco dancers! The real plus about this hotel is the location - on the promenade - you can walk all the way to Puerto Banus without crossing a road. Very near the old town so convenient for drinks and meals out. Very good tapas bar within two hundred metres. Great for all age groups though there does seem to be a tendency towards older age group and golfers - but would also suit those with teenagers who wanted to be a bit independent and those with young children (easy for buggies etc).
Fantastic Location / Expensive / Can be noisy.
Stayed Feb 2005. What a location! Across from the beach, sea views, international restaurants close by, Tapas bars, a small marina and the old town a very short walk away. But What a price, 190 Euros per night! It was Valentine's weekend and they said they were full and the room was a full on sea view - but rooms were available on the Internet for half the price (I just did not have access to a printer!) - moral of the story - book online before you go! Free Car Parking. On a negative point, a continual gripe of mine in Spain - thin walls. You can hear people talking, televisions being switched on etc and you expect more peace for top prices. If you can put up with occasional nighttime noise - then there is no better hotel in the Costa Del Sol (at a price!). Will stay again.
Christmas in El Fuerte
I have just got back from Holiday in Marbelle, staying at the Hotel El Fuerte, really enjoyed it nice rooms, wonderful breakfast buffet,
and one of the finest Christmas Buffet i have seen.
Wonderful stay there, hope to return there again very soon, fully recommend a stay at the El Fuerte.
Best location in Marbella
The best hotel location-wise in Marbella, literally steps away from the beach on one side, and the whitewashed old town on the other.
It's not a brand-new hotel, but I didn't notice the wear and tear some of the others here described ... in fact, everything looked as if it were newly refurbished.
We had a full seaview room. Keep in mind that the ocean noise at night can be surprisingly loud ... I found it soothing, but light sleepers may find it annoying.
Breakfast buffet is excellent, one of the largest we've seen in Europe. It even included free all-you-can-drink champagne!
For those that like to go to bed early, remember that you are in Spain, and Southern Spain at that, in a hotel full of vacationing foreign tourists. The point here is that there is noise from the patio lounge/bar at the ground level that can be heard very loudly on the seaview side of the hotel from about 10pm to around midnight. Most nights it is the lounge singer crooning old show tunes and playing the piano, but on Tuesdays they have a flamenco show ... the stomping reverberates through the entire structure. We just popped open a bottle of wine on the balcony and enjoyed the flamenco dancers from above.
We did not have dinner at the restaurant, but prefered to wander over to the whitewashed old town, where all the local restaurants had their tables spread across the narrow cobblestone alleys. Very nice.
All service was excellent, front desk, concierge, bartenders, waitstaff, everything.
If you're looking for an isolated hideaway with a golf course, there are other options for you out there, but if you want to be in the heart of Marbella, this is the place!
When making your reservation (and telling the taxi driver which hotel to go to) make sure you know that this is the original El Fuerte hotel, the older one. El Fuerte is actually a chain, and they do have a couple of other properties in Marbella, such as the El Fuerte Miramar, etc. This one is just plain El Fuerte hotel.
Worn, Musty smell, location is strong point
We stayed at the original El Fuerte not the newer spa late oct,2003.
The hotel is located very near nice shopping and the so called old town. The rooms and common areas smell very musty. We were there 3 nights actually scheduled for 4 but chose to move on to Ronda. The front desk is Ok. The staff is definetly hit or miss. Some go beyond some are merely tolerant to do there job. The beach here is gravel/brown and course. The breakfast is OK. The grounds are very nice. 180E/night. I would not stay here again.
We stayed one night at El Fuerte as we toured along the Costa del Sol in Sep 2003. Location was great - right in the center of Marbella where we could walk to the downtown area and all the stores. The outside grounds were beautifully landscaped. Inside was well kept, stately lobby but a little worn as this is an older hotel. We checked in on an Orbitz confirmation at 188 euro for the night (with sea view) although the reception clerk told us that the nightly rate was 228 euro. This was finally resolved by a manager who confirmed the original rate. Our room was actually a suite although it was prepared for occupancy for a family. The sofa in the sitting room had been pulled out and made up as a bed and a baby crib was placed in the bedroom. We asked that this be remade and the staff was very prompt in doing so. The room was was OK but nothing special. The sitting area did not even have a TV. The morning buffet was fabulous (included in the price). All-in-all, we rated this on a 3-1/2 to 4 star level, somewhat overpriced but you can't beat the location.
Terrific hotel, was totally delighted
We'd never been to Marbella so were confused about which hotel to pick, but the moment we arrived, we realized this hotel had everything we needed. The location is ideal, right on the beach and near the old town, where we loved to sit outdoors and have meals. And when you're there, don't pass up the churros and chocolate, which you can get in Old Town or on the beach promenade.
Our room, which had a partial ocean view, was lovely and we were thrilled by the clothes drying line on the patio. The hotel is large and comfortable, but isn't cold or commercial.
As for the pool area and beach chaises, they were terrific. You could bake in the sun or find an umbrella for shade. Towels are available at all hours and in September, we had no problem securing lounges. The beach is sandy, large and pleasant. There are many restaurants on the nearby promenade, making it an easy resort to enjoy, even without a car. This is particularly the place to stay if you don't have transportation.
Just visited this hotel for 4 days and 3 nights and it was fantastic. Really upmarket and in a great location, right next to the beach and very near the old town of Marbella which is extremely pretty with a lot of upmarket, designer shops. Puerta Banus is about a 10 minute taxi ride away. My sister and I had a fanastic time, the rooms are wonderful, and the staff are lovely too. The only criticsm would be the prices at the bar, which were extorionate. We visited the supermarket on the corner and took our drinks around the pool!! Still, I would go back in a heartbeat!
Older hotel with lots of charm. Rooms were a little worn looking, but the rest of the hotel & location are worth it. The lounge areas and courtyards are similar to tropical jungles with relaxing chaise lounges. Great breakfast buffet with wonderful selection of items and great food. The hotel opens through an exclusive gate to the central part of the boardwalk/beach. From the front of the hotel, you just cross the street and you're in the old part of Marbella with cobblestone streets, cafes, shops and the cathedral. A very lovely place to spend your time here.
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