Pros

  • 10-minute walk to Nikki Beach, plus close to restaurant and shops
  • Apartment-style rooms have air-conditioning and living/dining areas
  • Apartments have well-equipped kitchens with washing machines
  • Two lovely outdoor pools with loungers, plus an indoor pool
  • Restaurant receives mostly good reviews
  • Cozy bar with happy hour specials and outdoor terrace
  • Kids' club with a ball pit, and an outdoor playground
  • Well-equipped fitness center, sauna, and squash courts
  • Free on-site parking
  • 32-minute drive from Malaga Airport
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Cons

  • Some rooms have old-fashioned furnishings in need of refresh
  • Free Wi-Fi and upgraded options are reportedly slow
  • Late check-in and early check-out (4:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. during our visit)
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Bottom Line

The 150-room Alanda Club Marbella is an upper-middle-range property located within walking distance of Nikki Beach, as well as various bars, restaurants, and entertainment options. The well-equipped apartments provide all of the comforts of home, including kitchens, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs, but some have old-fashioned decor in need of an update. Family-friendly features consist of two outdoor pool areas, an indoor pool, kids' club, and a fitness center. Food at the restaurant receives mostly positive reviews and the bar has daily happy hour specials. Note that Wi-Fi reception is reportedly poor, even for guests who purchased faster option. Couples may prefer El Oceano Beach Hotel, which has a spa and doesn't allow kids under 14, though rooms lack kitchens.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Scene

Elegant apartment-style hotel with some rustic, Spanish charm 

Alanda Club Marbella is composed of multiple whitewashed buildings with tiled roofing and pops of mustard-yellow, all named after cities in Spain. The grounds are gorgeous and well-manicured, with lots of flowers, palm trees, and rock accents around the pools. Interiors are warm and inviting, furnished with a mix of elegant and rustic accents in neutral tones. The charming lobby has white-marble floors, wooden ceiling with a hanging lantern, chic tufted couches, and Asian artwork. The restaurant is a simple affair with a vaulted wood ceiling, dark stone tiling, and olive-green walls, while the cozy yet open bar area has a fireplace, lots of seating, and terra-cotta terrace with occasional live music. The apartment-style rooms and abundant kid-friendly features make the property more popular with families, but the atmosphere is generally relaxing.

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Location

15-minute drive to Marbella's Old Town; walking distance to the beach and restaurants 

The ability to explore the area surrounding the hotel on foot is a big plus for many visitors to Alanda Club Marbella. A rental car isn't absolutely necessary, with so much within walking distance, but for guests who would like to visit neighboring towns and avoid taxi fees, a rental car might be beneficial. Marbella's Old Town is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, Fuengirola is a 20-minute drive, and Puerto Banus is a 17-minute drive. There's plenty to do within a short walking distance, too; Nikki Beach is a 10-minute walk away and Aventura Amazonia, an adventure park nearby, is just a six-minute walk. Of course, there are quite a few bar and restaurant options within easy reach as well. Marbella Airport is a 32-minute drive away, and the hotel can arrange an airport shuttle. Parking is free.

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Rooms

Apartment-style rooms offer all the comforts of home, some at a cost 

Alanda Club Marbella has 150 spacious apartment-style guest rooms ranging from more old-fashioned to sleek and modern. The apartments are ideal for groups and families, as many can accommodate up to six people and Penthouse Apartments can fit eight. While Comfort Apartments have some dated couches and bedding, most apartments have contemporary, elegant decor that includes hardwood floors, chandeliers, framed art, and sculptures. Most notable is that all have well-equipped kitchens with electric stovetops, microwaves, full-sized refrigerators, dishwashers, coffee- and tea-making facilities, cooking and dining necessities, and even washing machines. 

Also standard are air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free safes. Wi-Fi is free but slow, and even the paid upgraded options are reportedly spotty. Attractive bathrooms vary slightly from room to room, but all have walk-in showers, bidets, hairdryers, and free bath products, plus some higher-category rooms have jetted tubs. Some rooms have furnished terraces with pleasant views, while others lack balconies and have unexceptional vistas. It's worth noting that check-in is a bit late and check-out is a bit early (4:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. during our visit).

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Features

Indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center with sauna, and kid-friendly amenities

The Alanda Club Marbella offers a solid array of on-site features, particularly for families. Most action takes place around the two outdoor pools, which are surrounded by ample loungers and straw umbrellas. There's also a decent-sized indoor pool with an adjacent hot tub, but no loungers. There's no spa, but a sauna and on-site masseuse are available. In addition to squash courts, there's a well-equipped gym with modern cardio and weight-training equipment. Kid-friendly features includes an outdoor playground and kids' club with a ball pit. The on-site restaurant receives mostly positive reviews, serving Spanish, Mediterranean, and international cuisine, while the bar has happy hour specials and occasional live music.  

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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