We went to the Marbesa Club Resort, which is the same as the Club Playa Real, on an RCI "freebie" but were given accommodation way up the hill at El Toro appartments. There is a pool there but nothing else and without a car we'd have been completely stuck. It's quite a climb from the small beach.
Having not attanded the meeting to welcome newly arrived guests, we were visited by a very charming lady who came to check we were settled in and who explained that her role was to promote Roberto's, the Itslian restaurant on site and would we like a voucher for a free breakfast there for the following morning? Yes, we would - or so we thought. Apart from the meal being dreadfull, we were too polite to walk off before we were given four hours of hard sell on the Heritage Holiday Package offer. Basically, once you've removed the so called benefits and discounts possibly available, it boils down to you giving them nearly five thousand pounds and over the next three to five years they give it to you back in tranches of eight hundred pounds which has to be spent on buying holidays from them - plus three free weeks!
Roberto's might be fine for dinner, but we didn,t try.
Their other restaurant, Papillon, however was quite good if not a bit pricey. Nice position down on the beach. See photo.
The accommodation at El Toro was adequate, clean, airy, spacious, with all amenities (having remembered to ask for a hair drier), but it faced the wrong way. We could not sit in the evening sun, only the mornings on our spacious balcony.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the beach, close to Marbella town centre with famous Puerto Banus nearby. Built around beautifully manicured gardens which house a magnificent outdoor pool and poolside bar, Club Playa Real will fill your days with whatever you wish: lazy hours around the pool, sunbathing, strolling for miles along the beach or dining in one of the numerous "chiringuito", beach bars along the fabulous Marbella golden sands. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Heritage Resorts Club Playa Real Hotel Marbella