Marbella, Spain Hotels
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Located on Spain's Costa del Sol, Marbella is a destination that has long attracted holidaymakers of wealthy and modest means. With soaring mountains in the background, agreeable weather year round, and some of Southern Spain's loveliest sands, it is not hard to see why.

While this fact is reason enough to visit, few realize that this city used to be just a fisherman's village sixty years ago. It wasn't always this way, as buildings and ruins from Roman and Islamic times can be found throughout the area. Marbella is a destination that leaves an impression on everyone that visits for the first time. 

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Marbella, Spain

Globales Cortijo Blanco
Globales Cortijo Blanco
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3.9
Avda. Jose Luis Carrillo Benitez, s/n San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella
from $66
BlueBay Banús
BlueBay Banús
Crta. Nacional, 340 Km. 173 Puerto Banus, Marbella
from $75
NH Marbella
NH Marbella
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4.1
Avenida Conde de Rudi, s/n, Marbella
from $70
Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort
Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort
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4.1
Carretera Cádiz, Km.187 Urb. Los Monteros, Marbella
from $136
Barcelo Marbella
Barcelo Marbella
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4.0
Camino de Granadillas, s/n, Marbella
from $84
Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar
Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar
A-7 Km 190.5 (Antigua Carretera N340) Avenida José de Ribera nº 25, Marbella
from $135
Alanda Hotel Marbella
Alanda Hotel Marbella
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3.9
Blvd. Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella
from $82
Senator Marbella Spa Hotel
Senator Marbella Spa Hotel
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3.9
Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Parcela 97, Marbella
from $58
Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
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4.5
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella
from $386
Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel
Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel
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4.5
Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella
from $101
More About Marbella, Spain Hotels...

When is the best time to come to Marbella?

While most tourists visit Marbella during the height of summer, the best time to plan a holiday here is in September.

The beaches empty as schools re-open and office workers return to their jobs. The weather remains solid, as daytime highs remain in the mid to upper 20's (mid 70's to low 80's Fahrenheit). This keeps the water warm enough for swimming well into October, and in some years, into November.

Late spring is another perfect time to head to Marbella, as daytime highs between May and June are also in the mid to upper 20's Celsius. However, those looking to take a dip in the ocean should be prepared for a refreshing experience, as average ocean temperatures hover just below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) during this time.

While those looking for a beach holiday during the winter might be disappointed, as the water is too cold for swimming, the arid climate of Marbella means that sunshine is abundant when it is scarce elsewhere in Europe.

With plenty of low season Marbella hotel deals on at places like Don Carlos Leisure Resort and Spa, as well as average temperatures that are exceptionally mild compared to the gloomy north, Marbella stands as the perfect getaway for those looking for a quick weekend break from the depressing weather that defines winter in much of the Northern Hemisphere.

What parts of Marbella are most affordable?

Those looking for cheap hotels in Marbella might be surprised that most of the affordable accommodations in town can be found in the historical center. Most luxury hotels in Marbella are located on the outskirts, with resorts being scattered along the coast (Villa Marbesa) and in the scenic hills above Marbella city (Villa Candela En La Colina). 

One of Central Marbella's excellent value accommodations is Hotel San Cristóbal, which sits within minutes of Venus Beach, the marina and museums, and within a stone's throw from Ornage Square. Another fine example is the Gran Hotel Guadalpin Marbella & Spa, which delivers five-star luxuries at rock bottom prices in the low season ($59 USD), while still being priced at a reasonable $153 USD in the peak season.

How to experience Marbella on the cheap

Despite the fact that Marbella has a reputation of being a playground for the rich, there are a variety of things to do in this gorgeous town on the Costa Del Sol.

Start by exploring the cobblestoned streets of Marbella's Old Quarter, as its character will seduce upon first sight. Filled with shops, restaurants, bakeries, and residences of lucky locals, the atmosphere here will change your perception of this place being just another resort town on the Costa Del Sol. 

While you might not be able to afford the toys of the super wealthy, it still is fun to gawk at their opulence. One place where this is a popular pursuit is at the Puerto Banus Marina, where massive yachts are moored between excursions, and luxury stores featuring all the latest brands are situated on the street opposite the marina. Keep your eye open for A-list celebrities, as they frequent this area.

Finally, set aside at least a couple days of your trip to Marbella to cruise its many stylish beaches in pursuit of fun and a good tan. Bounty Beach is a must if you count yourself among the young and fabulous, while those looking to have a celebrity encounter should take their binoculars to Nikki Beach.

How do I get to Marbella from Malaga Airport, and are there airport accommodations?

A direct airport bus service runs from outside arrivals to Marbella, with the first departure at 8:15 am, and the last at 10:30pm. The bus terminates at the Marbella bus station, where taxis can be hailed to your hotel. If you get in too late to catch the last bus, or if you have too much luggage to lug around, then taking a taxi is your best option. 

The proper taxis are white in appearance and sit outside arrivals at terminal 3. The average fare from the airport to Marbella should run you around €70. Taxis are metered, so rates will vary slightly below or above this rate in accordance with your destination.

Given that Marbella is a solid 45-minute drive from Malaga Airport, you may wish to spend the last night of your holiday at a hotel near the terminal if your return flight is an early one. Our pick for this purpose is TRYP Málaga Guadalmar Hotel, which sits on the beach only minutes from international departures, allowing you to spend your last night in the Costa Del Sol in a breathtaking spot instead of a sterile one.

What are the hostels like in Marbella?

While Marbella has a reputation for being a high-roller haven, it hasn't stopped hostels in Marbella from giving backpackers a chance to mix with the jet set of society. In this area, they are more like homestays than party hotels, as places like Pension Aduar and Hostal Plaza are family run outfits that offer a small homely atmosphere, allowing for more authentic interactions with the locals.   

What is the Airbnb scene like in Marbella?

Marbella Airbnb rentals offer an incredible amount of value considering the prices of hotels with comparable amenities in the area. An excellent example of this can be found in one of the hillside suburbs west of Marbella, as Airbnb rentals in this area can offer up to four pools, lush gardens, four bedrooms, and modern furnishings, all for less than $40 USD a night.

Airbnb rentals in the center of Marbella may feature a house in the traditional Andalusian style, 150 metres from the beach, yet in an area that is quiet at night. Those that smoke or want to take their furry friend on holiday will be well accommodated here, as both are allowed on most properties. 

Resources that will Help with your Stay 

The official site of Marbella is http://www.marbellaexclusive.com/en/. Have a look through their site to find tips and trips for the area. They have an excellent list of attractions to keep your time occupied here.

Marbella is located in the region of Andalucia. There are tourist offices located throughout the region to help visitors plan their stay. Have a look at http://www.andalucia.com/marbella/touristoffice.htm for location and office hours. 

 

 

 

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