Hotel Los Monteros
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... friends before flying over to US of A.
We had the novelty of lunching with friends in reputably the third oldest English pub. Have a look at http://www.theostrichcolnbrook.co.uk/ and ...
As stated, there's no direct flights from Santiago back to the UK and so the options were Santiago - Madrid - London, Santiago - Barcelona - Cardiff or Santiago - Malaga - Cardiff, we obviously chose the latter. Leaving Galicia was double edged, I love the area, the people, the food but I'm shocked at the decline. I'm also so looking forward to seeing family in Benalmadena especially my niece that I haven't seen in over a year except on FaceTime. We arrived in Malaga at around 2:30am, ...
... 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 ...
... returned after that but that museum is one of three Picasso museums in the world. He saw the world so differently to many other artists in his time. His works were so abstract and unique. He was after all one of the artists that defined cubism. One thing that I took away from seeing his works today is that art doesn't have to be perfect. So many of his works had visible lines from where he changed his mind or seen something else he wanted to show. Those lines ...
... diehard golfers, but as for sun seekers they don't exist at this time of year. So as a result the accommodation places are either closed or running on empty where people like us can stay in a golf resort for a song, well almost! We stayed at the Hotel Guadalmina Spa Golf resort. This is located on a beach front, with a restaurant that overlooks ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Los Monteros Marbella
A real 5 star grand luxe property!
My wife, my daughter and I had spent 10 days at Los Monteros hotel in September and we all decided to return to this property as soon as possible. We never enjoyed such a great service with such a wonderful staff. Everybody made us feel like at home (even if we are not Spanish) and we will never forget the friendliness and attention to details we received during our entire stay.The beach club is just awesome with real 2x2 meters sun beds and a personalized service including massages, mineral water spray and a lunch buffet which is unique (I never had such an incredible buffet in my entire life including all-you-can-eat lobster, jumbo shrimps, crayfish, oysters, crabs, clams, a-la-minute cut fresh meat and fish grilled in front of your eyes, at least 20 different kind of combined salads, an authentic giant Spanish paella and a superb dessert buffet including all kind of fresh fruits, ice creams, sorbets and the best pastries).The size, quality and decoration of the bed rooms are with no doubt synonymous of the 5 star grand luxe category of this hotel. We also like the two ambiances of this property: at the main hotel a fantastic swimming pool in the middle of a dramatic landscape with an impressive mountain view and, 400 meters distant from the hotel, this amazing beach club with another incredibly large swimming pool. A bus shuttle deserves the beach club every 15 minutes if you feel like not walking.We can only recommend this property to everybody in quest of peaceful and perfect holidays. Dont be surprised if, like us, you cross some international celebrities in the corridors since this property has been attracting the rich & famous from all around the world for more than 40 years.EXCELLENT VALUE FOR THE MONEY YOU PAY!!!
This is Five Star?
Let me start by saying that My expectations werent as high as lets say staying in a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons property because there is a HUGE difference between a five star in the US, Caribbean, or Asia versus a five star in Europe. I've noticed from my travels that Europeans tend to focus more so on decor rather than ammenities and staff. That being said lets start with appearance ( I will use other hotels as references): The lobby although not grand as lets say the Wyndham El San Juan in Puerto Rico does make you feel as if you've arrived into a temporary getaway of luxory. The Guayabera shirts that the porters, bell staff, and doormen use is a nice casual touch. The reception from the staff was friendly and courteous at that time (I had a slight problem with concierge that I'll explain later). Considering the heat it would have been a nice touch for the hotel to lay out a fruit basket which I found out that the do however they were out of fruit when we arrived, a no-no in my opinion. A greater touch would have been to offer me a complimentary drink or at least a cool damp face towel while we waited 40 minutes for our room to be ready a la "The Jalouisie Hilton" in St Lucia. Once we opened up the door to our room I couldnt help but think "nice" but nothing special as I surveyed the decor. The room was rather small in comparison to other hotels I've stayed in. And there was not a king sized bed but 2 double beds pushed together (I didnt know hotels still did this) Still it was comfortable.
NOW HERE IS WHERE IT GETS NEGATIVE. YOU BE THE JUDGE OF WHETHER THIS IS STAR MATERIAL
First off, the bathroom robes that were supplied looked to be a year old; they were frayed and dingy. They werent inviting, they kind of made you wonder how many other bodies had been inside of them.
The minibar servive was terrible. The first couple of days at the property My wife & I grabbed 2 sodas, water, and peanuts. THEY WERE NEVER REPLENISHED during our entire stay.
Housekeeping was lousy. It was the worst clean up job in a hotel I'd ever seen. Our clothes were neatly moved to the side, not folded or hung as is the case with most hotels I've stayed. My wifes shoes that were in the middle of the floor werent arranged, they were pushed to the corner. The worst was that the empty cans of soda & water that we'd accumilated over our stay that werent disposed of by us, werent disposed of by housekeeping either. Can you imagine coming back to your so called clean room and seeing an empty bottle of water on the nightstand that you drank 2 days ago? hello!
The first evening we were to go out we searched the room for an iron to press our wrinkled clothing. not only was there not an iron in the closet but when we called housekeeking and concierge we were told that Irons dont exist on the premises ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
The bath products which I use but my wife doesent were horrendous. It was the first time in years that I can remember not snatching up a bath gel or two during a hotel stay. I collect these from different hotels (my pet peeve) and they really come in handy especially at the gym.
These were down right odorous.
When we returned to the room our last night before checking out an invitation had been placed underneath the door to join the hotel for complimentary drinks however it for for the next evening. HELLO, we're checking out in the morning!
THE RESTAURANT I forget the name of the restaurant at the property and to be fair my wife and I only ate breakfast there. The spread of food was adequate (Americans beware, If you like your eggs stif you must specify to the chef, in addition the bacon is not exactly cooked to perfection. You will not find pancakes, waffles, french toast and all the other fatty foods we overweight americans love so much) The service was idiotic in this respect. Seating is indoor and outdoor by the poolside. EVERYONE wants to be poolside so it would be nice if the staff would assist in seating people instead of having wanderers look for an empty space while I'm trying to eat. I witnessed a yelling match between 2 Brits ) VS a family from Spain over who got to the table first; idiotic and uneccesary.
The Gounds Very much unkept. There's a trail that leads from the pool to the rooms going towards the back closer to the water. There is a small bridge crossing the turtle/fish pond. Not only was it dirty but it kind of smelled as if something had died in the bushes the night before.
Location Although the property is 10 minutes away from Marbella or Puerto Banus it is easily accessible by taxi. Word to the wise if you will be traveling in August PLEASE RESERVE CAR RENTAL AHEAD OF TIME. It took 2 days to finally get a car. At night taxis are scarce and taxi stands are blocks apart.
Activities Although there are things to do at the property, you'll want to get out in town. I dont believe Marbella or Puerto Banus represents the true essence of Spain a la Sevilla. It kind of reminded be of South Beach, Miami but 5 times larger. There is a great beach party on Sundays @ Wonderful Beach in Puerto Banus. Shopping is great and although the people are rude (I know this is an ironic statement coming from a New Yorker) It was a good trip. However 5 star? Hmmm
Bad Bad Bad Staff & Cost, Hotel nice
Terrible from the off! Really bad staff was the worst issue. Rude, arrogant bar and restaurant staff although the Spanish Waiteress were far better than the men. They were unhelpful, did not want to help, did not want to pour your wine and the pool staff would only make your sunbed if you paid them in advance. Is this what you should expect from a 5 star hotel. I do not have an issue with paying expensive prices but when you have to pay £9 for a portition of chips that was delivered by a rude waiter or £7 for a scoop of ice cream that took 30 minutes to deliver after asking for it twice, well you can forget it. I have to say that the physical hotel was splendid although in the middle of no where. It was right next to the main higway which was good for easy access and the hospital opposite is good for emergencies!!! I had to complain from the off (watch your room tabs, someone was over charged by 40 in one week) and the management were excellent. They took the complaints on board and dealt with them properly but you should not have to complain in the first place. We were not the only ones to complain as well, one lady got told by a waiter there was no wine available with her meal at 5PM!! To sum up, rather over priced, nice hotel if you could put up with the rude staff and just want to sit around and do not alot. PS This is no longer a Le Meridien hotel, I do not think that Meridien would allow this kind of service, maybe thats the reason???
Hotel Los Monteros is DELIGHTFUL!!!
This is a great place to stay in Marbella. The Hotel rooms have been completely renovated in 2002. My room with a sea view was the nicest room I've ever stayed in. The bathroom was also brand new and had all the extras you would expect in a fine hotel. After checking-in, a bowl of fruit and bottle of wine were placed on a table in our room. This was compliments of the hotel and was a great touch. And what about their private beach club La Cabane? A magnificent private oasis right on the shores of the Mediterranean, with the most famous Gourmet Buffet in Marbella. Just delicious whit soft jazz next to the pool anc beach during all day! To sum it up, this is a great location in Marbella. The Hotel Los Monteros has done a wonderful job in renovating their rooms and earns its 5 Star G.L. rating. I would definitely stay here again.
Marbella At It's Best!
It is a couple of years since we stayed at this fabulous hotel but from the latest reports it seems Los Monteiros just gets better. Their beach Bar was a bit tatty when we were there but it may have been refurbished by now? The hotel itself was very comfortable and extremely well managed. The staff back then were also very friendly so I do hope they have not changed as we intend to go back! I was surprised to read the review titled "Hideously Expensive and Snooty Staff" - this review stood out because it was so drastically different from everybody else's experience including mine. Marbella Hotels are notoriously expensive and I don't think 26 Euros is that outrageous for a Beefburger in a genuine 5 star hotel. Try the Paphos Amathus in Cyprus they were charging £2 for a Coffee in 1996! Just don't eat at the hotel. There are a lot of fantastic restaurants that are more reasonably priced with better food. Try La Famiglia in the old town not far from Orange Square for a fanastic Italian experience - owner might have retired so be careful to get a current review before going!
From the moment we stepped into 'Los Monteros' until we left four days later...we were treated like the most important people in the hotel. The staff goes out of it's way to accomodate each and every request...with a smile and "It's my Pleasure". Beautiful setting, wonderful staff, lovely hotel. We would stay again and again!
We just stayed at Los Monteros for our Honeymoon. It is far and away the most refined, ultra-luxurious, wonderful hotel that I have ever stayed in. Great food at their finer restaurant. La Cabanne, the beach club, is not to be believed. I know this hotel is currently not working with the Meridien chain, the Meridien site says they cannot substantiate the hotel's quality right now. Let me tell you-- this hotel is 5-star all the way! Yes, definitely expensive, especially with the food. Location, about 4km outside of central Marbella is wonderful. We questioned whether it would be so good in the high-season when the town is more crowded and traffic to and from the hotel is more difficult.
Hideously expensive and snooty staff
I had high expectations of this hotel having read the reviews on trip advisor however I was completley under-whelmed by the inpersonal snooty behavioural of the staff and the horrendously expensive food - 26 euros for a hamburger!
Quite simply the best hotel I've stayed in. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the food is great. It is expensive, but there's no where better in Spain. Everyone should stay here once!
Loved it! More of a resort 10min by car to marbella!
Fantastic resort in Los Monteros *****-hotel, staff was great! We got a 3-floor suit, but payed for a standard room, they have their own beach club (free shuttle bus) and fantastic food. Don´t miss their champagne breakfast and lovely pool at the hotel area. They have sent me 2 letters with great deals since i was there in july -02. Great service! (To get to puerto banus 15min, marbella city 10 min)