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“Excellent choice if Marbella, except for tennis courts!”

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Gran Melia Don Pepe
Ranked #5 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
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Dublin
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37 reviews
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“Excellent choice if Marbella, except for tennis courts!”
Reviewed 12 May 2012

This is an excellent choice of hotel in the Marbella area. We stayed in a reconditioned room which was quite good, and keenly priced. Breakfast is good, the hotel has a two Michellin starred restaurant Calima (which is a must if you're a foodie, but seriously expensive) , and a really classy coffee shop at the beach. Otherwise food is very average; at the pool and at the restaurant. Enjoyable walk into Marbella on the board walk (20 mins) , and to Porta Banus (1hr). lots of good places to eat and drink, particularly Zozoi in Marbella and Aretusa in Banus. Only major drawback are the tennis courts, which are like a car park surface. I would definitely stay in this hotel again.

Room Tip: Go for a reconditioned room above floor 3. Would not pay for the Red Club if I could avoid it and st...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hagley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

Just home from Don Pepe spent 2 lovely days there, staff fantastic,very friendly,very clean and efficient pool area very nice and clean waiters very attentive, would definatly stay there again

Room Tip: Make sure you have a sea view its beautiful
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

nice hotel. Beautiful location. Friendly staff. Not 5 star but 4.5 star. Bathroom in need of renovation. 5 star hotels should have walk in showers. Bathroom was small. Food fine. There is a cafe associated with the hotel that overlooks the sea and is a must, although some of it's prices are a bit steep - ie a Caeser salad for 17 euros - for the product that was served. Gym is adequate but lacks shower.

Room Tip: Sea facing a must
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Stayed at the Grand Melia Don Pepe in May 2012. It was a business conference with a group from North America and Canada,

This resort is a nice plan to stay, although has some drawbacks for large groups such as ours.

The elevators were VERY small and difficult to get more than 4 people in them at the same time. Once you add a few bags and /or suitcases, it jammed. If you are with a large group, you may as well take the stairs, and it will take 30 minutes to get everyone up.
Luckily i was on the 2nd floor and easy to take stairs.

Pools are very nice with plenty of loungers around. there were also cabanas you could RENT for $100 Euros a day. (beds with canopies)

Walking out of the backside of the resort, and down the stairs, you will encounter the main public boardwalk. Joggers, walkers, and many little shops line the boardwalk for a few Kms.
The only eyesore really are the guys trying to sell purses and other trinkets to the ladies. They don't pester anyone really, but for such a high class area, they shouldn't be allowed to hang around day and night to sell their garbage.

Overall the resort was nice, but our mistake was to go in early may. WAY to cold still. try July/Aug is you want HOT pool weather.

Room Tip: Low floor due to small elevators
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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midlands
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

Unless you are Spanish DO NOT go to this hotel. Staff are very rude and unwelcoming to English,took twenty minutes to get a refill of coffee at breakfast as all waiters were concentrating on the Spanish guests.
Very, very expensive for a very small room. Just so disapointed....
Spa - went four times, noone at reception. Left a note as instructed with mobile and room number but no responce at all.
Breakfast buffet very limited, do not agree with reviews of 'best breakfast' all food was cold...and staff rude.
Hotel was almost empty whilst we were there so asume be worse in high season .
Never again....

Room Tip: dont book !
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2012

My friend and I stayed here for two nights and were pampered form arrival to departure. The staff exceed expectations for service in all ways - check in, restaurants, etc. The grounds are beautiful and it is ideally situated. The inside decor is a little dated but clean and rooms are big. Free Wi-fi works everywhere. The gym is modern and huge. Sadly the outdoor pool was too cold to swim. When the weather is hot in April it's worth considering for them to heat it a bit. The indoor pool was comfortable but this area, including the spa, needs some renovation. The food at all ares of hotel was delicious and reasonably priced for the quality. Enjoy a lovely stay here.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

one of the best hotels i have ever stayed in all over the world the breakfasts are fantastic the service superb and the situation on the seafront a dream come true

Room Tip: corner suite red level the best
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Property: Gran Melia Don Pepe
Address: Jose Melia s/n, 29602, Marbella, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#2 Spa Hotel in Marbella
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#8 Business Hotel in Marbella
#8 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gran Melia Don Pepe 5*
Number of rooms: 193
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