With so many Marbella hotels to choose from, how do you decide on which is the best for your family? Well, a lot depends on your budget, which location you prefer (beachside, golf side, within walking distance of cafes & boutiques, with a view) and what type of amenities you are looking for.
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There are so many Marbella hotels, that we can only list some of the most popular. There is everything from luxury hotels to simple one star hotels, hostels or rooms. When it comes to 3 or 4 star hotels Marbella has loads to choose from. This class of hotel suits many families, because the rooms can accommodate a small family and the prices are more reasonable. However, if you prefer to spend to spend a bit more or need the extra room, then there are quite a few nice Marbella 5 stars hotels such as the famous Villa Padierna where Michelle Obama spent the night or the Marbella Club hotel, which was one of the first luxury hotels to appear in Marbella.
If you are looking for a nice family friendly Marbella hotel on the beach, then we like to recommend the Guadalpin Banus. This is a five star hotel, however a bit more reflective of a four star. The location is unbeatable within walking distance to Puerto Banus and right on the beach. The beach itself is one of my favorite beaches, because there is a nice cove created that is shallow with no waves, which is ideal for little kids. The sand must be imported and cleaned, because there is a huge difference between this beach and the one just a few hundred meters away in San Pedro. Some of the recreational amenities include excursions by coach or private vehicles, aquatic and adventure sports, children´s playground and golf information and reservations.
Another nice five star hotel is the Hotel Villa Padierna made famous by Michelle Obama's stay with her daughters in the summer of 2010. This hotel is located technically in Benahavis, although many call it Marbella. The Villa Padierna Hotel is an oasis located on a golf course away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella, which is about a 15 minute drive away. This Marbella hotel is pure luxury and more sophisticated in design than the modern Guadalpin Banus.
The Marbella Club hotel is also one of the most popular Marbella hotels, because it was one of the first luxury hotels to appear on the scene. Built by the famous Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe who discovered modern Marbella and made it a popular holiday destination among aristocrats, the rich and famous. The Marbella Club Hotel is located beachside, but prepare to fork out an arm and a leg - this place is expensive.
Kempinski Hotel Bahía - Perfectly located to enjoy the Costa del Sol’s amazing lifestyle, gastronomy, golf, history and culture. Choose from seven different settings to eat, drink and enjoy with their wide range of restaurants, relax and be pampered at the Kempinski Spa, swim or sunbathe at one of their three outdoor pools. Adjacent to Laguna Village.
If you are looking for a beachside hotel in Marbella, then you must decide if you would like to be in the San Pedro area or closer to the center of Marbella, or even further out. Four star hotels in Marbella are significantly cheaper than some of their first class rivals so can offer great value for a family.
Three star Marbella hotels offer the best value, particularly if you are a larger family and need more than one room. Many of the three star hotels in Marbella offer typically Spanish village environment called "pueblo Andaluz" style. These hotels are often a bit smaller and have fewer luxury amenities, but you may still find them to be even better located than their more expensive counterparts.
There are a couple of hotels that deserve honorable mention. These are small boutique hotels that are located in the mountainous areas of Marbella or just outside the borders. Nothing is really far from Marbella, but with these hotels you will feel a million miles away. Not a choice if you want to be in the city and not ideal for small kids.
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