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Hotel Highlights

  • Set right on the beach
  • Eight restaurants to choose from
  • Cosy village feel, despite its size

Overview

Welcome to Spain’s Golden Mile: hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella, sprawled along the sun-soaked Andalusian coast, might be big but its village-y layout and cosy atmosphere set it apart from the neighbouring beachfront behemoths – none of the traditional whitewashed buildings has more than three storeys. The resort’s show-stopping seaside tennis courts, three pools and eight restaurants make leaving the grounds entirely optional.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hotel Puente Romano with us:

For BlackSmith members, a bottle of Oloroso sherry; for SilverSmiths, a package of gourmet Spanish olive oil; for GoldSmith members, a bottle of champagne

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel Puente Romano

Early booking offer: 20% off Bed & Breakfast Rate

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

292, (258 suites and 34 doubles).

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge of €150. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $241.75 (€191), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€36 a person for a wide-ranging cooked buffet).

Also

Head to Rachel's bright and airy wellbeing space for a spot of indulgence: you'll find a cheerful café, organic beauty products, treatment rooms and a Pilates and yoga studio.

At the hotel

Treatment rooms, tennis courts, golf course, Pilates and yoga classes, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, wired or WiFi internet, Aigner toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Imperial Suite has a wrap-around terrace with sweeping views of mountains and sea. If you’re travelling en masse with family or friends, look into the interconnecting family rooms that give you two bedrooms and ensuites.

Poolside

Lay out your beach towel beside one of the hotel’s four pools. The family-friendly Beach Club Pool – down on the sands beside the Mediterranean – is heated and watched over by a lifeguard from 8am to 8pm in summer; the resort’s Main Pool and Central Pool are among the gardens.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your tennis shoes: Puente Romano has its own clay courts on site.

Also

The majority of the hotel’s common areas are on the ground floor, and there are several Junior Suites that have been specially adapted for wheelchair access.

Children

Very welcome. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour (book at least 24 hours in advance) and there’s a kids club during the summer with a jam-packed programme of activities.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets weighing less than 5kg are welcomed in guest rooms by prior arrangement, but not public areas or the restaurant.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

You won’t go hungry: there are eight restaurants. In Dani Garcia Restaurante, the eponymous Michel-star chef dishes up tempting tapas and other Iberian delights. Open in high season, Del Mar is right on the beach and specialises in fresh fish and seafood. There’s also the Sea Grill, right by the pool and with its own tandoori oven; Serafina, overlooking the gardens and ancient Roman bridge; Suite, the hotel’s moodily lit Asian-fusion restaurant that becomes a hangout for hip locals after midnight; Namazake, serving up spectacular sushi; and Rachel's, perfect for healthy breakfasts and light meals.

Hotel Bar

Sip your cocktail of choice at Bar Cascada, at the heart of the hotel; the large terrace is the place to be on warm summer nights. For more of a nightclub atmosphere, head to Suite restaurant after midnight to hear the DJs in action.

Last orders

12pm. Serafina, closed on Sundays, is open until 12.30pm, Dani Garcia until 10.30pm. Del Mar and Sea Grill start serving snacks from 11am. Namazake is open Thursdays and Fridays; Suite, open on Fridays and Saturdays, pours drinks until 4am.

Room service

24 hours.

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Dress code

You won’t be out of place in your best jeans, but dress them up with some smart shoes for the evening (don’t arrive for dinner at Dani Garcia in shorts or flip-flops). At lunch, a comfy-chic kaftan will help you fit right in.

Top table

In the Sea Grill, request a sea-facing table – candlelit dinner for two to a soundtrack of lapping waves is about as romantic as it can get.

Local Guide

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Hotel Puente Romano – Marbella – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Marbella deserves its long-held reputation as a full-service family holiday hotspot: there’s certainly no lack of fun to be had under the Andalusian sun.

Guests at Puento Romano Beach Resort Marbella can tee off for free at the 18-hole golf course at the Marbella Club Golf Resort in the Benahavis hills, which has views stretching from the Andalusian beaches across the Mediterranean to the coast of North Africa (Bulevar del Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella 29602; +34 (0)95 282 2211; www.marbellaclub.com). The high-quality greens of the El Higueral Golf Club's par-36, nine-hole golf course are dotted with lakes (Bulevar del Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella 29602; +34 (0)95 282 2211; www.marbellaclub.com).

Choose from a menu of treats and treatments at the full-service Marbella Club Thalasso Spa, located at Puente Romano's sister property. Take a dip in the 800sq m spa’s indoor seawater pool, lounge in the hammams and saunas or just lie back in the relaxation room overlooking the sea (Bulevar del Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella 29602; +34 (0)95 282 2211; www.marbellaclub.com). Also at the sister property, enjoy horseback views of the Rock of Gibraltar and across the sea to the African coast from the Marbella Club Equestrian Centre; take private lessons or hire a guide and explore the Benahavis hills.



 

Local restaurants

Enjoy traditional Mediterranean cooking (and a 150-strong wine list) in stylish modern surroundings right over the sea at El Gran Gatsby; after dark, once the DJ starts up, it’s a beautiful location for dancing (Muelle de Honor, s/n, Puerto Banus 29660; +34 (0)95 177 8797; www.elgrangatsby.com). At Restauranta Trocadero, book ahead in high season to enjoy the freshest of fish in a bustling atmosphere right by the beach (Playa Santa Pentrolia, Paseo Marítimo de Marbella, Marbella 29610; +34 (0) 61 070 4144; www.trocaderoplaya.com). Masqueria La Pesquera is the perfect spot in for people watching: it overlooks a traditional square in Marbella’s Old Town. It’s also a top choice for fresh fish or tapas and a beer (Plaza de Toros, Avenida de la Reina Victoria, Marbella 29600; +34 (0) 95 276 5170; www.lapesquera.com). The super-stylish MC Beach hangout serves juicy barbecued prawns and more from a boat by the sea. Pick a spot in the shade, or by the misters if it’s particularly hot (Bulevar del Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella 29602; +34 (0)95 282 2211; www.marbellaclub.com).
 

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Spanish seaside village

Hotel Puente Romano

Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella, 29602

The resort occupies an enviable spot on the prestigious coastal strip near Marbella that’s known as the Golden Mile (actually four miles of beachy Spanish paradise).

Planes

It’s a 35-minute drive to Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (aka Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport) which has regular flights to destinations throughout Europe, including London, Birmingham and Manchester (www.aena-aeropuertos.es).

Automobiles

A car will make it easier for you to explore the coast and countryside; you can rent a car from the Málaga airport or at the hotel itself, and there’s free parking on-site.

Reviews

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Hotel Puente Romano – Marbella – Spain

Anonymous review

by Sam Mann , Stargazing supermum

I could go for a gradual build up; a detailed description climaxing with the declaration that the Puente Romano is the jewel of Marbella’s Golden Mile. But never one for shimmying around the edge or dipping my toe, I’d rather dive straight in and state for the record that this place is truly, truly special. While the rest of the hotels along this famous stretch of golden sand jostle t…
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Hotel Puente Romano

Anonymous review by Sam Mann, Stargazing supermum

I could go for a gradual build up; a detailed description climaxing with the declaration that the Puente Romano is the jewel of Marbella’s Golden Mile. But never one for shimmying around the edge or dipping my toe, I’d rather dive straight in and state for the record that this place is truly, truly special.

While the rest of the hotels along this famous stretch of golden sand jostle to be seen – each one bigger and grander and shinier than the next – Puente Romano (named after the ancient Roman Bridge which stands among the lush grounds) is almost inconspicuous from its low-rise and unassuming exterior. Once inside, it’s a different story.

There’s no fuss or fanfare as we arrive, just friendly staff ready to greet us. Miss Smith is already making friends in the cool, polished marble reception, and thanks to a generous receptionist she has a new partner in crime: a teddy bear sporting the hotel logo. Just as well she’s got assistance – there’s a mystery to solve. Terracotta urns acting as table legs to the oversized glass have nesting birds in them! How did they get in there? More to the point, how does a two-year-old rescue them?

Leaving this unresolved for now, our attention is diverted to our easy-on-the-eye porter who has loaded our luggage and Mr Smith onto his golf buggy, ready to give us a tour around the grounds en route to our junior suite. Mr Smith is playing it cool as his two girls playfully flirt with Pau (which, swoon, means ‘peace’ in Catalan). Signorita Smith is particularly enamoured with our tanned chauffeur; she’s never seen such a cool pair of wheels. As the wind blows through her hair she squeals with delight; I do the same as the Pau points out Bar Cascada the ‘best place for sundowners’.

Simple and beautifully decorated, our suite is a lesson in understated luxury. A corner desk and drawers is made from soft cream leather and exquisitely cut Venetian glass. The bathroom, in contrast, is resplendent in traditional jewel-coloured Andalusian tiles. Mr & Mrs Smith agree: we are going to like it here. Keen to explore our miniature version of the famous white towns of Andalusia or Pueblos Blancos as they are know locally, unpacking is put on hold. Traditional whitewashed walls studded with splashes of red in the form of geraniums in baskets abound – it’s like walking through a scene from a postcard, with the added sweet scent of fresh flowers.

Reach any of the hotel’s six restaurants, leisure facilities or the beach, with a walk through sub-tropical gardens of giant bamboo, ferns, palm trees and grapevines complete with ornate water features and a gently bubbling stream. Wildlife in the form of swans, frogs and terrapins make it more magical. Add to that, us being fortunate enough (so Mr Smith tries to convince us) to witness a real-life David Attenborough moment as a water snake wrestles a frog. Those not keen on reptiles needn’t be put off: the excited staff watching assure us that we are witness to a very rare occurrence. Lucky us, eh? It is the frog’s lucky day too, as he lives to tell the tale.

WiFi throughout the hotel grounds means this couple can also keep friends and family updated on our wildlife adventures, sharing pictures of our water baby in her stunning new setting. Delightful bath-water-warm pools (there are three in total, one specifically for children) means that at the end of each day she’s reluctant to be led away by her wrinkly hand.

In-suite computer wizardry means that everything is also available at the touch of a button: restaurants and spa treatments to pore over and book in the comfort of one’s own room, perfect for this indecisive Mrs Smith. The Thalasso Spa offers first-class therapies and those choosing to exert themselves on holiday are also spoilt for choice – the hotel’s internationally renowned tennis club has 10 courts. To my untrained eye I’d say that the centre court is not for the faint hearted with an audience capacity of 2,500 and the claim that the world’s greats including Becker and McEnroe have trodden this clay. Perhaps sign up at the club for a few lessons from a pro beforehand.

The Sea Grill restaurant is an especially romantic beach setting to take in the breathtaking Med view while tucking into mouthwatering fresh fish. The waiters strike a perfect balance between offering enough attention and allowing you to enjoy your feast privately. And then there are the ice-cream sandwiches. Divine little triangles of sponge filled with creamy goodness… The fight is on for the final triangle. Mr Smith goes for an underhand swipe but a sneaky backhand sees Mrs Smith triumphant. Mmm… pistachio. I’d go as far as saying it’s up there with my all-time favourite sweet treats… and the same goes for the hotel. You’d be nuts to pass on the opportunity to try either.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Puente Romano's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the terrific location over looking the sea – our room terrace was fabulous (Y12 above the pool, beside the Sea Grill restaurant, with own terrace with two loungers, two chairs, a table and a parasol). I loved the gorgeous bath robe and bathroom goodies! The staff was simply lovely. It's quiet, yet there's heaps to see from our balcony. The entire hotel and grounds are very clean and fresh; I gather a renovation took place last year. Go for block Y or Z for a sea view.

Don’t expect

I would've liked more of the hotel restaurants to be open during the week (perhaps this only applies out of season?)

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the restaurants, pools, beach, garden, staff, seashore and walking to Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Even though there was construction during our stay the grounds are laid our beautifully and the fitness center is a bonus. Breakfast included great choices and was amazing.

Don’t expect

More rooms could be more open close to water.

Rating: 10/10 stars