If you’re planning a trip to southern Spain, check out our guide of where to stay in Marbella. It has an excellent location on the Mediterranean Sea. Situated between Gibraltar to south and Malaga further north, Marbella has been a tourist hotspot for decades. While predominantly known for its string of Costa del Sol beaches, it also has an evocative Old Town. What’s more, this is a great place to delve into the region’s culture of tapas on a tour. Find more hotels in Marbella, or check out all of our tours in Marbella.
Where to Stay in Marbella’s Old Town
Marbella’s Old Town is a surprise to many first-time visitors. Still following a street layout that echoes the original Islamic city, narrow streets more like alleys lead towards sunny plazas. Yet, just a short distance away are a number of popular beaches perfect for soaking up the sun.
Hotel Claude Marbella
Hotel Claude Marbella blends historic features and modern amenities. Both public and private spaces are filled with original details, from local floor tiles to columned brick archways, fireplaces, and chandeliers. Each of the seven double rooms are richly decorated, with plush soft furnishings. Guests can also make use of a rooftop terrace, and a business center.
C San Francisco, 5, Marbella
This is a fully-modern hotel with a fine street-facing appearance that continues inside. Rooms are well-sized, and tastefully decorated. Guests have use of a shared space inside, as well as a terrace outside. There is also a rooftop outdoor pool with its own bar area. Hotel Lima has a great location roughly 100 meters from the beach, but also close to the center of the Old Town.
Avda Antonio Belon, 2, 29602, Marbella
Amare Beach Hotel Marbella
The rooms at Amare Beach Hotel Marbella have light interiors with a beach feel which matches this hotel’s location. The large windows and balcony spaces offer views of the Mediterranean Sea to one side. To the other, they direct the eye inland to the tree-studded hills. Live entertainment is often planned for the evenings. During the day guests can opt between the outdoor pool, gym, sauna, and spa. There are also three restaurants on site, and a hair salon.
Avda Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella
Where to Stay in Golden Mile
West of Marbella’s Old Town neighborhood, the Golden Mile is named after its string of very desirable Mediterranean beaches. One of the city’s most affluent areas, the hotels here are luxurious, and the restaurants well respected.
Marbella Club Hotel
Marbella Club Hotel is a homely series of buildings with whitewashed walls, red terracotta rooftiles, and a variety of terraced spaces. Its rooms are each individually-decorated in a classic style with comfortable armchairs and tasteful artworks. Large windows and high ceilings provide a feeling of space, and views of the Mediterranean from many of the rooms. There’s an outdoor pool in the secluded garden, a full-service spa, and outdoor tennis courts. However, the main draw for many is its golf course.
Av. Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, S/n, 29, Marbella
Nobu Hotel Marbella
Cool modern interiors comprising neutral tones and a blend of natural woods define Nobu Hotel Marbella. Rooms come equipped with espresso machines, and either a private balcony or patio space. Guests are able to enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast, before heading to the outdoor pool with its poolside bar. There is also a health center, and a spa.
Boulevard Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe S/n, Marbella
Puente Romano Marbella
Puente Romano Marbella has an elegant country atmosphere while being a short distance from the city’s Golden Mile beaches. Its many activity-based facilities include large outdoor pools, clay court tennis courts, and gym. There is also the Six Senses Spa, and the option of 14 different restaurants.
Boulevard Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe S/n, Marbella
Boho Club Marbella
Boho is the right name for this luxury boutique hotel. It celebrates in its eclectic mix of interior design, decoration and furnishings. But that doesn’t mean the space appears muddled or unfinished. Instead, it creates a relaxed atmosphere where people can feel at home. The use of lots of natural materials, such as wood and wickerwork, helps bring the outside in. Stepping out, guests will find landscaped gardens with tall palms, and wide leafed bananas, as well as an outdoor pool.
Urb. Lomas de Río Verde 144, Marbella
Where to Stay Outside Marbella
Beyond the Old Town and the beaches of the Golden Mile, the city’s neighborhoods further afield still have plenty to offer visitors. With a greater amount of space, many hotels have even more expansive sports facilities. At the same time, the countryside vistas are as impressive as the blues of the Med.
The Oasis by Don Carlos Resorts
Stylishly contemporary, this resort hotel combines gleaming panels of glass with whitewashed walls. Despite this, the rooms manage to exude a natural warmth. This comes from the use of woods, as well as expertly designed furnishings. Rooms also boast large windows, and high-end bathroom amenities. The Oasis‘ grounds include gardens, two outdoor pools, and multiple tennis courts. Here guests can improve their clay court game, before visiting the gym or spa facilities.
Av. Zurita S/n Marbella 29604
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavís Marbella Resort
Rooms here have a hint of authentic Andalusia. Uniquely-finished, they have antique-style furnishings and a generally sophisticated and mature decoration. Bathrooms are finished in marble, a material that can also be found on floors and fireplaces. The Anantara Villa‘s shared spaces are reminiscent of a stately home, while expansive grounds stretch down to the Mediterranean. They include a golf course, outdoor pool, and tennis courts. Other facilities include a health center and spa.
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis, Benahavis, Marbella
Finca Cortesin Golf & Spa
Dedicated to tranquility, Finca Cortesin has effortlessly shifted from its former role as a farm. It is centered around a large outdoor pool and terrace with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. Just a short distance from the coast, this is a sophisticated offering. Rooms are classically furnished, spacious, and well-equipped. Elsewhere, guests will find a bar-lounge, gym, spa, and hair salon, as well as a golf course.
Ctra de Casares km 2, Casares
Staying in Marbella
Look no further than this guide when it comes to where to stay in Marbella. Known throughout Europe for its soft sands and almost guaranteed sun, this city in southern Andalusia also attracts athletes and history lovers. If you’re looking to explore more of Andalusia’s beauty, see our guide to 2 days in Granada or our Seville design guide. We also offer a selection of where to stay in Seville to take the guesswork out of planning your dream journey.