- Style Revamped royal townhouse
- Setting Coastal old-town Andalucía
Once the home of Napoleon III’s wife, Hotel Claude in Marbella is a 17th-century townhouse, revamped and restyled to meld authentic period features with modern design pizzazz. Original elements such as the well and Moorish arches are complemented by huge purple banquettes, hanging glass lanterns and a shady roof terrace where you can sit to watch the world wander by on the winding streets below.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $345.82 (€255), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and entry to the nearby O2 Wellness Centre.
- Facilities Library, roof terrace, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout. Guests can use the nearby spa, pool and fitness centre. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock. All rooms have king-size beds.
- Poolside A few minutes walk from the hotel, Marbella’s O2 Wellness Centre has two heated pools available to Hotel Claude’s guests.
- Check–out 1pm. Check with reception when you arrive if you want to arrange a later departure.
Children Baby cots can be provided free and babysitting can be arranged via an external agency (€15–€20 an hour). The restaurant supplies high chairs and a children’s menu, and will heat milk or baby food on request.
- Also To maintain the pin-drop-peaceful atmosphere, mobile phones are frowned upon. Guests can smoke on the roof terrace.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Claude’s seven rooms are each uniquely styled – top of our to-book list is Francesca, the only room that looks out onto the old town’s main street. A large balcony and a huge floor-to-ceiling window keep it bright and airy, and the high, wood-beamed ceilings and decorative arch leading to the minimalist mosaic-fitted bathroom create a sense of spaciousness. Up in the eaves, Flammandes overlooks the roof terrace and has its own private stairwell leading up to a smart loft-style studio with glossy oak floors and a semi-open-plan bathroom. Listening to the church chime outside and looking out over the steeple, you feel like a princess in a tower. Savannah and North African-themed Marroquí are joined by a courtyard, making them ideal for families or friends travelling together.
- Packing tips Don’t bother bringing a deck of cards – there’s a load of games in the library to help you pass the time or practise your card-sharp skills for Marbella's casinos..
- Also Make sure you have a taste for tapas; some of the Costa’s most tantalising bars are on your doorstep.
Food and drink at Hotel Claude
- Hotel restaurant None, but Hotel Claude's chef can provide light meals and snacks on request and, with 48 hours' notice, can rustle up dinner. In summer, you can eat by candlelight on the roof terrace.
- Dress code Rat-pack suits and plenty of sparkle.
- Top table In one of the roof terrace’s many intimate nooks – try the pagoda surrounded by billowing muslin, or secure yourself the terracotta-toned private dining area.
- Last orders Drinks are available through the night.
- Room service There’s a 24-hour snack menu.
- Hotel bar There’s no bar area, but you can settle down with a cocktail in the library, surrounded by ceiling-high shelves of architectural and design tomes, or gaze out at the rooftops from the terrace. Soft drinks and coffee available from an honesty bar.