Around 140,000 people are permanent residents here. People have been living here for centuries, but things really didn't get moving for Marbella until the mid-1600s when people started growing sugar cane in the hills above the town. In the 1900s iron was discovered driving a small boom in industrialization. By 1918, the first resorts and hotels were popping up and the wealthy jet-set of the time flocked to the beaches. Spain went through some troubled times in the middle of the 20th century and Marbella went through a period of decline. Today though, you would never know as it is a thriving and popular destination.
Marbella is known for the social standing of some of its residents, past and present. It has a relaxed atmosphere, with panoramic views of Gibraltar and Africa in the distance. The hotels in Marbella are some of the best on the Costa del Sol, with accommodation for everyone's budget. It is a great place to do business, with many deals made on the courses in the Golf Valley in Nueva Andalusia. Marbella also has a thriving international business community, and the university there is known for its International Business Management program. Reflecting the city's status, many hotels in Marbella offer venues for business seminars. While you are in Marbella, make sure you spend at least one day at the horse races. The Hipodromo Mijas Costa is just outside the town centre, and there are races all year round. Another excellent activity you can do here, one that many people do not realise is possible, is skiing. It is around 90 minutes away from town, but it's a short drive considering how much fun it is to ski at the famous Sierra Nevada ski resort.
Thanks to its infrastructure, Marbella is a good location to hold a conference. The MBH Business Centre is a full service business centre with easy access to many of the hotels in Marbella. Both the Malaga and Gibraltar airports are within an hour’s drive of the city, and there are shuttle buses from the airport to many of the hotels in Marbella. The Spanish national train service, called Renfe, offers connections from all of the larger cities in Spain to the Fuengirola station. Marbella also has two bus stations, with improved facilities for both the business and holiday traveller. Train services are available, but limited. If you plan on travelling by train, you can only get as far as Fuengirolo, some 30 kilometres away. From there you will have to complete your journey by bus or taxi. Getting around in the city is best done by rental car or taxi.
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Welcome to a combination of cosiness, elegance and comfort at the hotel Central Marbella. Its tastefully furnished rooms promise an unforgettable stay. For a good start into the day, a continental breakfast is offered. Moreover, the friendly staff at the reception desk of the hotel Central takes care of the guests 24 hours a day.
The family-run holiday hotel Fuerte Miramar in Marbella warmly welcomes its guests into a modern ambience. It offers bright and comfortably furnished rooms that provide an elegant interior and all desirable amenities. In the appealing restaurant, guests may take delight in regional specialties. Moreover, the hotel Fuerte Miramar provides a fully equipped spa and beauty centre.
Hotel Fuerte Marbella is a premium holiday hotel on the Costa del Sol. It provides numerous comfortable rooms in different categories, of which some provide a magnificent sea view. Classical Mediterranean dishes are served in the restaurant and refreshing drinks may be enjoyed in the lounge bar. Moreover, various sports and wellness facilities, including a swimming pool, are available.
Built in 1971, the Hotel Monarque El Rodeo in Marbella provides a unique charm. Appealingly furnished rooms ensure a comfortable stay. In the restaurant with separate non-smoking area, guests help themselves at the rich buffet offering various national and international delicacies. Furthermore, a medical service belongs to the standing facilities of the Hotel Monarque El Rodeo.
The Hotel Lima in Marbella warmly welcomes its guests to a friendly atmosphere. It offers comfortable and cosy furnished rooms equipped with many modern amenities. Every morning, the attentive staff of the Hotel Lima serves a rich breakfast buffet. HRS guests benefit from free Wi-Fi access in their rooms.
The El Faro Inn Hotel & Apartamentos in Marbella warmly welcomes its guests to a friendly atmosphere. Each of the apartments is designed to offer comfort and quality. The daily continental breakfast of the El Faro Inn Hotel & Apartamentos ensures guests are well prepared for an eventful day. HRS guests benefit from free Wi-Fi access in their rooms. The terrace and the outdoor pool invite to spend relaxing and refreshing moments.
Guests who like their freedom and privacy on their holidays will feel at home in the family-run Aparthotel Puerto Azul in Marbella. The spacious and comfortably furnished apartments with terrace and sea view provide every amenity for the whole family. If you don’t feel like cooking, then the Puerto Azul restaurant offers light Mediterranean cuisine, only a few metres from the beach.
The holiday apartments Monarque Sultàn Aparthotel welcome its guests to Marbella. Spacious and cosy rooms with fully equipped kitchen guarantee a pleasant stay. Sit back and enjoy a wonderful view either on the mountains or on the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, the wellness area of the holiday apartments Monarque Sultàn invites with hot tubs, Finnish Sauna, several treatments and a gym to relax.
Located next to Marbella's Guadalpin Beach, Gran Meliá Don Pepe offers 3 outdoor pools, a spa and a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. Each luxurious room has a large plasma-screen TV.
The NH Marbella, surrounded by 2000 m2 of gardens with outdoor swimming pool, is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, close to the famous Milla de Oro between Marbella and Puerto Banus.
The Renowned Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort And Spa is located on the southern coast of Spain; Right in the heart of The -Golden Mile. Open Year-Round, The hotel offers guests accommodations of the highest level. Luxury bedrooms and suites harmonize with Andalusia-Style villas with private gardens and with private heated pools. The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa has the ideal location for a dream vacation year round.
The NH Alanda, surrounded by 2000 m2 of gardens, is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol , close to the famous Golden Mile between Marbella and Puerto Banus, and next to the Mosque. Very close to the NH Marbella.