Marbella, Spain

La Fonda Heritage Hotel

Price per night from$410.43

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR376.89), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Colonnades and courtyards

Setting

Old town Marbella

It’s not just La Fonda Heritage Hotel’s showstopping original features – all stately pillars, soaring stone archways and ancient frescoes – that give this breathtaking boutique bolthole the wow-factor. Try not to let your jaw drop when you first glimpse your ultra-luxe bedroom, with its beguiling views of the cute limewashed church on the square, or across Marbella’s red-tiled rooftops; some rooms and suites even have expansive terraces shaded by the branches of centuries-old trees. And, if the restaurant’s glorious setting inside a rediscovered 16th-century hermitage fails to render you speechless, the food – grilled sardines from the Calabrian Sea, tender Iberian pork, and cured manchego-cheese ice-cream – surely will.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

20, of which three are suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Check-in is at 3pm. Both are flexible when availability allows.

Prices

Double rooms from £317.46 (€377), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Buffet breakfast is available for €35 and is served between 8am and 11am in the Los Patios de la Fonda restaurant.

Also

The hotel has one wheelchair-accessible room – although Marbella’s old-town cobbles may prove more of a challenge…

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: Loewe smart-screen TV, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, Illy coffee machine, Alessi kettle with a variety of teas, Dyson hairdryer, minibar, free bottled water, organic Meraki bath products.

Our favourite rooms

No two rooms at La Fonda Heritage Hotel are the same, making it all the more difficult to play favourites. Accessing yours via a covered passageway overlooking inner courtyards, you might open the door to find glass walls, white wood-beamed ceilings or vast floor-to-ceiling windows framing widescreen views of old Marbella’s palm-lined streets and red-tiled rooftops. If it’s the hotel’s most storied stay you’re after though, opt for the sainted Heritage Suite: as well as being one of the hotel’s most spacious rooms, it’s also home to restored 18th-century frescoes adorning its vaulted ceiling.

Packing tips

Bring binoculars for ogling La Concha and the Marbella skyline over sangria slushies at the hotel’s Sky Bar, dark glasses and a decoy paperback for surreptitious people-watching along the exclusive Golden Mile.

Also

The hotel’s €7.5m restoration project revealed lost architectural features including the altar and nave from one of the building’s previous incarnations as a 16th-century hermitage, which now forms part of the atmospheric Jane Restaurant.

Pet‐friendly

Pups are welcome in the Deluxe Room for €50 a night, just let the hotel know they're coming in advance. See more pet-friendly hotels in Marbella.

Children

Extra beds can be provided in suites for an additional fee, up to a maximum of three guests.

Sustainability efforts

Energy-efficient sensor-activated heating and lighting systems and taking measures to reduce water consumption in bathrooms. The majority of produce used in the restaurants comes from local farmers and fishermen and the hotel is committed to eradicating single-use plastics. As well as avoiding use of these within the hotel, La Fonda has also requested suppliers to avoid plastic packaging in deliveries wherever possible.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bag a table among the hallowed walls of Jane Restaurant’s rediscovered 16th-century hermitage, where the Andalusian flavours and sommelier-recommended wines might just take you to a higher spiritual plain.

Dress Code

Go maximum Marbella in designer togs, branded beachwear and catwalk-worthy dancing shoes. Wear ‘last season’ at your peril….

Hotel restaurant

La Fonda has three. Los Patios de la Fonda occupies – as the name suggests – a lovely patio, with whitewashed walls, bold floral cushions and all manner of tropical planting. This is the place for buffet breakfasts and lazy brunches that are served till mid afternoon.

Take your pick from prime spots in any one of Jane Restaurant’s three distinct zones: the cocktail lounge with its plush banquette seating and velvet drapes, the plant-filled garden patio or – best of all – the glass-roofed 16th-century chapel, where zig-zag floor tiles contrast honey-coloured stone walls that bear the ghostly imprints of ancient arched windows. Dinner is equally extraordinary, boasting a menu of inventive Andalusian-Mediterranean dishes with an international twist. Try the lamb and foie-gras sausage with date and olive tapenade or Jerusalem artichoke wonton with cockle broth and oyster emulsion.

The Sky Bar is your summer-only option for small plates to go with your cocktails, accompanied by balmy sea breezes and far-reaching views over the old town to the coast beyond.

Hotel bar

The signature cocktails in Jane’s sultry lounge area pack something of a punch but don’t worry, that tree growing up through the middle of the room is no figment of your Aperol-addled imagination. Recline on sumptuous banquettes or head out to the garden patio, where a live DJ soundtracks long summer evenings. Upstairs at the Sky Bar, you can pair old town views and widescreen seascapes with ice-cold bubbles from the champagne bar. Both Jane and the Sky Bar stay open past midnight. 

Last orders

The bars keep the cocktails flowing until half past midnight.

Room service

A dedicated room service menu is available for most of the day while the kitchen is open, but not through the night.

Location

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Address
La Fonda Heritage Hotel
Plaza Santo Cristo 9-10
Marbella
29601
Spain

La Fonda Heritage Hotel is tucked deep within the colourful labyrinth of cobbled lanes, lively tapas bars and bougainvillaea-strewn balconies that is Marbella’s old town, a 10-minute stroll from the nearest beach.

Planes

Malaga Airport is 30 miles and around 40 minutes from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged for around €150 each way.

Trains

Málaga María Zambrano is the nearest station with connections from Barcelona: the hotel can arrange transfers from €75 each way.

Automobiles

A car gives you the freedom to fill your boots with as many Costa del Sol beaches and whitewashed hill towns as your heart desires – heck, you could even tick a few off on the short drive along the AP-7 from Malaga Airport to Marbella old town. There are plentiful rental options at the airport and secure underground parking with a shuttle service pick-up for hotel guests 200 metres from La Fonda.

Other

Marbella has its own helipad: give the hotel the nod if you wish to arrive like an A-lister.

Worth getting out of bed for

You don’t need to amble far from La Fonda’s tranquilo courtyards to get a flavour of Marbella’s mediaeval old-town magic. Palm-flanked Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz is among the city’s oldest and most photogenic churches, and sits just across the plaza from La Fonda Heritage Hotel, its whitewashed lime stucco façade as eye-catching as the blue and white ceramic tiles that cap its square belltower. Wander the bougainvillaea-scented maze of streets to tiny squares where tourists devour churros y chocolate beneath orange trees and cats stretch out on the warm cobbles. The Iglesia de la Encarnación is another holy highlight of the old town, with its impressive rococo door, lofty belltower and bling-tastic gold-leaf altar.

If La Fonda’s plant-filled corridors and courtyards have you hankering for more of the green stuff, head just south of the old town for the frenzy of tropical foliage that is Alameda Park: park yourself on one of the azulejo-clad stone benches to watch the world go by, and don’t miss the evening light show at the ornate central fountain.

Art lovers and beach bums alike should continue south towards sandy Playa de Venus, making sure to take in the 10 Salvador Dalí sculptures along Avenida del Mar en route. And no, you’re not suffering from acute sunstroke; these huge hallucinatory bronze statues really do depict fantastical feats such as Perseus holding Medusa’s decapitated head aloft and a man surfing on a dolphin.

The stretch of coastline that runs west from popular Playa de Venus to hard-partying Puerto Banús is known as the Golden Mile for its ostentatious displays of wealth. Expect jet-set fashions, gleaming sports cars and liner-like superyachts. Bring yourself back to (sur)reality with a bump by seeking out Dalí’s 3.6-tonne Rhinoceros Dressed in Lace lurking coquettishly on a roundabout at the resort’s eastern end. Or escape the madness altogether on a road trip to Playa de Cala Sardina, a remote sandy cove backed by tumbledown whitewashed hilltop houses, about 45 minutes south of central Marbella.

Local restaurants

The antique wooden beams, tiled floors and old stone walls just ooze history at Casanis Bistrot in Marbella’s old town. Climbing plants and vibrant modern murals breathe new life into this characterful 150-year-old building (where there’s outdoor seating in summer)., A refined menu of French and Mediterranean dishes includes smoked burrata salad and suckling pig with gratin dauphinois and green beans; the wine list stars a broad selection of French and Spanish vintages, and cocktail lovers can go wild with the Japanese Mule’s fiery kick or skip dessert and go straight for the sugar-kick of a bourbon-fuelled Snickers Old Fashioned. 

In-the-know Marbella foodies make a beeline for Zozoï on Plaza Altamirano, with its bright airy interiors, eye-catching geometric tiling, sociable outdoor spaces, and traditional Andalusian courtyard. Dine tapas-style with friends and tear into a long list of nibbles and starters that includes kalamata olives, osetra caviar, butterfish ceviche and Burgundy snails. The steak-heavy mains menu and crispy wood-fired pizzas are your not-for-sharing options. We’re backing the Galician beef entrecote with fries and the pil pil pizza with chilli prawns and garlic for the win.

Local cafés

Occupying a lively little spot right on the edge of Alameda Park, La Canasta is a stalwart of the Marbella brunch scene. Drop by for a long, lazy breakfast, or grab an espresso and cram a paper bag full of freshly made cakes, tarts and pastries, then take your sweet quarry to enjoy beneath rustling palms on one of the park’s azulejo-tiled benches.

Sweet tooth still not satisfied? The gelateria just across the street from La Canasta has your back. There’s a veritable kaleidoscope of flavours to choose from inside Gioelia Cremeria, such as creamy, crunchy Sicilian cannolo, dark orange chocolate and moreish mango sorbet.

Local bars

Maybe it’s  the Costa del Sol sunshine, but Marbellans know a thing or two about fiesta, so you never have to stumble far to find a candlelit tapas bar or polished cocktail den. Located on the edge of Puerto Banús, Air is very firmly in the latter camp; a rooftop bar with La Concha views, a jungle’s worth of lush vegetation, a signature cocktail list as long as your arm and the opportunity to scope out what a superyacht owner orders during happy hour. Take note: a bar as exclusive as Air requires pre-booking and a minimum spend of €50 each. Just west of the Parque de la Constitución, Gauguin offers an altogether more pocket-friendly cocktail experience, mixing up martini masterpieces and artful zombies that more than live up to their name. What this has to do with the absinthe-guzzling French Impressionist is anyone’s guess.

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this grand 16th-century residence in Marbella’s old town and unpacked their Havaianas and dancing shoes, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside La Fonda Heritage Hotel in Marbella…

Mediaeval mysticism meets modern Andalusian flair at La Fonda Heritage Hotel, a painstakingly restored residence opposite tiny Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz church in Marbella’s old town. A €7.5 million, five-year renovation of the hotel’s trio of buildings has revealed – and retained – a number of unique features that echo down through the centuries: we’re talking graceful stone arches, traditional floor tiles, religious murals, ancient trees that rise up through the hotel and its tranquil courtyard; even an unearthed chapel altar. Sleek contemporary design – glass walls, pale-wood furniture and modern lighting – provide an irreverent counterpoint to all this history, plus,a raft of luxury touches in rooms are resolutely 21st-century. Their Illy coffee machines, Marshall Bluetooth speakers and Chromecast-enabled Loewe smart TVs are almost – almost – enough to distract from dreamy views across Marbella’s 16th-century rooftops.

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Price per night from $410.43