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Hotel Highlights

  • In the middle of Marbella's old town off Orange Square
  • Best value for money in Marbella
  • In the Spanish quarter, away from the Puerto Banus crowds

Overview

Located in the orange blossom-filled old quarter of this golden mile of the Costa del Sol, the Town House hotel cocoons you in a timeless, airy space. This intimate pensión feels like a private home: one impeccably decorated with antiques and modern pieces.

 

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Town House with us:

A bottle of cava in your room

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $193.13 (€145), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. Cheaper rates are available for single travellers - book through the Smith Travel team.

At the hotel

Roof terrace.

Our favourite rooms

9 has a large balcony; 4 and 8 have good-sized bathrooms.

Children

Welcome.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There is no restaurant.

Last orders

Bar open all day until around midnight.

Room service

Drinks only.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Lazy and low-key.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Speak to the hotel about chartering boats. The beach club at the Marbella Club hotel (www.marbellaclub.com) is one of the most relaxing spots to hang out on the coast, although a little pricey. It has a great restaurant, sun loungers and a swimming pool, though non-guests are charged for the privilege of using them.

Local restaurants

Bodega la Venencia on Plaza de los Olivos (+34 952 77 99 63) does fantastic tapas. Another great tapas bar, Pintxo, 7 avenida Miguel Cano (+34 952 82 93 21) charges according to the number of cocktail sticks you stack up. Zozoi on Plaza Altamirano (+34 952 85 88 68), serves modern, creative Spanish cuisine on two terraces, one at the back – quiet and romantic – and one out front in the bustling square.

Local bars

Minutes from the hotel, Buddha Bar on Avenida del Mar (+34 952 77 28 91) is a lounge-restaurant serving Japanese food until 4am. It also hosts live music/DJ performances. Gauguin on Avenida Fontanilla is a cosy bar not far from the hotel.

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Quiet Old Town backstreet

Town House

C/ Alderete 7, Plaza Manuel Cantos (ex Plaza Tetuán), Marbella, 29601

Planes

Fly with British Airways (www.ba.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) to Málaga Airport, which is a 45-minute car journey away from the hotel. There are lots of car hire desks, and buses travel regularly from arrivals to Marbella bus station. A single bus ticket will cost you around €4.35, and the taxi fare from the airport to central Marbella will be around €60.

Trains

Málaga Train Station (Maria Zambrano) is operated by Renfe (www.renfe.es) and connects the area to Barcelona and Madrid. There’s also a train station in Marbella, which is 2km from the hotel, and a €10 taxi trip.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car to explore the town, but if you plan to venture further afield, a set of wheels might come in handy. Hire a car from Málaga Airport, and park in the underground carpark two minutes’ walk from the hotel. Parking will cost you around €18 for 24 hours.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Tara Conlan , Media mover and shaker

To paraphrase the Foo Fighters slightly, I've got a confession to make. Not having been to Marbella before, I had only stereotypical images of the town to go on – gathered from stand-up comedians and blurry memories of equally blurry slides my grandparents brought back from a trip there in 1978. In my mind, stuffed straw donkeys and outsize sombreros mingled with high-rise blocks and package…
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Town House

Anonymous review by Tara Conlan, Media mover and shaker

To paraphrase the Foo Fighters slightly, I've got a confession to make. Not having been to Marbella before, I had only stereotypical images of the town to go on – gathered from stand-up comedians and blurry memories of equally blurry slides my grandparents brought back from a trip there in 1978. In my mind, stuffed straw donkeys and outsize sombreros mingled with high-rise blocks and package holidays. So, to find myself in the oasis of cool marble and Farrow and Ball-esque colours that is the Town House was a pleasant surprise.

Located in the orange blossom-filled old quarter of this golden mile of the Costa del Sol, the hotel cocoons you in a timeless, airy space. Tastefully chosen decor combines with a mixture of modern and antique-style furniture. So far, so Soho House. But what really makes the Town House is that, although you are in the heart of the bustle of Marbella – in a beautiful old square – the relaxed and quiet ambience of the hotel transports you to another world. (And unlike most stopovers in these parts, your wallet won’t get it in the neck in return.)

The atmosphere is like instant meditation – as though you've suddenly been injected with a syringe of liquid yoga. Retreating from the heat and bustle of the town, the cream calmness of the atrium will stop you in your tracks as you make your way to your individually designed room. Ours took us back to a bygone era, with a dark wood four-poster bed and colonial-style furnishings, and a pretty Andalusian-tiled bathroom.

Part of the ethos of the Town House, which opened in April 2004, appears to be to bring fellow guests together at breakfast. Amid the tea lights that burn ’round the cloc, the hotel provides the kind of delicate breakfast you need when you have the prospect of appearing at the glamorous Nikki Beach in a bikini later in the day. All guests help themselves to the buffet at the intimate hotel bar, while sharing stories of the night before or passing on tips as to where the best beaches and bars are. The atmosphere was reminiscent of backpacking days – but more upmarket of course.

Now we're grown-up, so we want our laid-back days served up with more luxury, and I was glad to see the rusting vending machines I remember from my teenage travels replaced by a gleaming chrome cappuccino machine. And the tales told by the pretty young things here are of afternoons spent cavorting on a huge day beds at Marbella beach clubs, dodging the spray of yet another bottle of champagne.

One of the best features of the Town House is the roof terrace. Covered in cream cushions and featuring discreet speakers wafting out old ambient Ibiza classics, it's a relaxing area in which to escape the hurly-burly of summertime midday Marbella, or to enjoy late-night drinks looking out across the moonlit terracotta-tiled rooftops. Look down over the cobbled streets and, among the pedestrianised warren of shops, you’ll also spy some great bars and restaurants, such as Pintxo for tapas – and it’s also only 20 minutes from the coast with the most, Nikki Beach of Miami and St Tropez fame. Top tip though, is to buy a good map.

We struggled slightly with finding the Town House, and half a dozen late-night U-turns and a detour through Marbella’s pedestrianised streets in a scene out of Herbie Goes Bananas ensued. Fortunately, by the next morning my boyfriend and I had established that I wasn’t really stupid, and that his parents had been married when he was born – but to save incurring the wrath of locals who had to fling themselves against shop windows to avoid us, arm yourself with a decent street plan.

It's also worth taking all of your Smith ‘In the know’ info with you, as the Town House prefers not to bombard you with information leaflets, leaving you more to your own devices. There are details provided of its companion hotel the Beach House, which is located out of town and specialises in yoga sessions; and if you ask the staff for recommendations, they'll also be happy to guide you. They are invariably polite and helpful, wafting around the hotel in crisp white, all smiles and tan, and more laid-back than a limbo champion. (The laissez-faire is best summed up by the honesty bar on the roof terrace. Rather than there being a mini-bar in each room, all the drinks are in a fridge on the top floor, and you have to write down what you've taken.)

Clearly, a few pennies have been spent to create this atmosphere of relaxed decadence. It is the sort of place you wish your own house might be more like, if only your flow of creativity didn’t keep being interrupted by practical necessities. The best way to describe the Town House is by its name. It is like being in someone's home, rather than a hotel – especially unique in a part of the world populated by pricey five-star hotels. And if you want to escape the trappings of hectic modern life – satellite TV, phones, information overload – then there is nowhere better suited. The only Blackberries that fit in here are in the jam at breakfast.

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 Town House's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's right in the heart of the old town and great if you want to explore restaurants and shops.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We had fantastic service from the minute we arrived. Caroline knew who we were and greeted us by name. Everyone was friendly and helpful and we liked that they offered us a map of restaurants and places that they recommended. The room and entire building was tastefully decorated. We loved the quiet rooftop terrace and that we could borrow DVDs from their collection and watch them in our room.

Don’t expect

The only challenge was getting there as all the roads are pedestrianised, but that's not something anyone can do anything about!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Town House interiors, friendly host and staff and the fact that it is central – close to the old town and amenities.

Rating: 9/10 stars