Budget Friendly Hotel in Marbella

by Tina on March 5, 2014

in Spain, Travel, Travel Files

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Over the years we have been to Marbella, Spain many, many times.  When we lived in Morocco it was super easy to just drive over and catch the ferry across for a few days of the western world and tapas, so we tried to do it as often as we could.  Trying to find a budget friendly hotel in Marbella and something that is family friendly can be pretty tricky because there are so many options.  We have stayed in some absolute dives, but this time we found an absolute gem in Cortijo del Mar Resort.

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For a little over $100/night, the walk up to the apartment is very promising, even in the dead of winter.  We really like renting apartments when we travel as a family because it is so expensive to rent two rooms in a hotel and we hate being apart from each other, but with Cortijo del Mar you get the amenities of a hotel with daily maid service but the luxury of an apartment for everyone.

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I’m always so appreciative of simple decor when I am searching for a budget friendly place to stay because I would much rather have clean, simple, and bright than dark, dingy, and old… which unfortunately can be the case when you don’t have a ton of money to splash out with.  This place also comes with a kitchen, so you have the option to cook and refrigerate milk for the kids.

The kids freaked out over the jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and my son called the shower in the second bathroom a “car wash” because it had so many gadgets and gizmos.  There was also Disney Chanel in English, which was especially nice when our littlest was feeling under the weather.

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I snapped a few shots before we settled in so I could show you what it looked like.  What I love so much about this place is the fact that the ground floor apartments have gorgeous terraces and this one in particular overlooked the pool.

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Just outside our door, the pool is so gorgeous and the birds of paradise seem to be popping their heads up, inviting visitors to come and play.  Even in February the water was warm enough for the kids to play in, though I was not so brave.  I opted to sit in a chair by the side of the pool, soaking up some vitamin D, and catching up on Spanish Decor magazines.

I couldn’t get over how warm the temps outside were, though.  I mean, really?  Shorts and bathing suits in February?  That really surprised us!  We basically had the place to ourselves, which felt like such a luxury!

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We wandered around the property and loved all the amazing views.  Now, this budget friendly hotel in Marbella is not on the beach but that is a sacrifice that we were willing to make in exchange for something so clean and modern.  We also have a small infatuation with the mountains, so it is definitely the kind of place we would visit again.  You will need a car to get here, which is a must oftentimes when staying in and around Marbella.  We always rent a car at the Malaga airport with Sixt, a budget friendly car rental company,  then enjoy the spectacular drive down to Marbella.

What about you?  What do you look for in a budget friendly hotel?  

Photography: Tina Fussell

Cortijo Del Mar, Marbella Spain

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Anne March 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

We do similar things. The first time we visited Valencia, we stayed a five minute walk form the City of Arts and Science – spectacular !(but I digress). We rented a small apartment and it was fantastic. All the amenities of the city at our doorstep, but the room to spread out and make our own breakfasts and anything else we wanted to. The next time we visited, we stayed in another apartment in the same area as my daughter was auditioning for an opera scholarship at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, which was just across the road. Last year, we were back again for another audition, but this time we decided to stay right in the old section near the Plaza de la Virgen. It was wonderful! We had a cute little apartment. We visited the Mercado Central. We ate at local restaurants and cooked ourselves. My daughter had somewhere to practice and relax. It is also so much more economical than staying at a hotel and there is so much more room. It is the only way to travel I think.


Sanne March 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Looks amazing! And the area is so nice. Going there in May again and I can’t wait. This time I’ve been invited by my parents, but I will definitely remember this one for the future.


Andreia March 5, 2014 at 11:42 pm

So gorgeous!

Thanks fot sharing. We love places like that too!


tea-in-tangiers March 6, 2014 at 5:05 am

thanks for sharing this – we are planning a drive from Tangiers to Jalon in Spain in the summer and this looks like it good be a good place to re-charge en-route!


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