Marbella, Spain

Town House

Rates from (ex tax)$116.54

Price information

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

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR104.01), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Tasteful take on a private pensión


Quiet Old Town backstreet

Amid the fragrant orange-tree scents that waft through the streets of Marbella's old quarter, stumble upon the unassuming white-washed walls of Town House hotel. Between its crisp white linens, ornately carved wooden details and a warmth usually expected only at a private residence, this breezy hideaway on the Costa del Sol is the stuff of daydreams. To top it off, the rooftop terrace is the perfect retreat at the end of a day of exploring, both for people-watching and sunbathing.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of cava in your room


Photos Town House facilities

Need to know




Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Latest possible check-in is 9pm.


Double rooms from $116.54 (€95), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

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

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR94.55), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast of cold meats, cheeses, cereals, boiled eggs, fruit and a selection of teas, coffees and juices. Lower rates are available for single travellers.

At the hotel

Roof terrace, boutique, DVD library at reception, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

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


The hotel welcomes over-14s; however, there's no space for extra beds in rooms.

Food and Drink

Photos Town House food and drink

Dress Code

Lazy and low-key.

Hotel restaurant

There's no restaurant at the hotel, but the staff will happily recommend a few of their favourite local eateries. 

Hotel bar

Enjoy refreshing afternoon drinks on the all-white roof terrace, and come evening, sip cocktails while watching the city light up below you.

Last orders

Bar open all day until around midnight.

Room service

Drinks only.


Photos Town House location
Town House
C/ Alderete 7 Plaza Manuel Cantos (ex Plaza Tetuán)


Fly with British Airways (, EasyJet ( or Aer Lingus ( 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.


Málaga Train Station (Maria Zambrano) is operated by Renfe ( 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.


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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Speak to the hotel about chartering boats. The beach club at the Marbella Club hotel 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

You don't need to walk far from the hotel to find tempting fare: Il Tartufo, a mere minute's walk from the hotel, has inventive Italian food, such as tortello stuffed with duck confit and pear, and king crab and chilli linguine. Just a little further along Tetuan Street, Tempora's tempting dishes are crafted from fabulously fresh local produce – traditional European cuisine is spiced up with zingy Asian flavours. Momo sits next door to Tempora – its globally influenced menu has dishes as diverse as duck à l'orange and pork fillet gyoza dumplings. Bodega la Venencia on Plaza de los Olivos does fantastic tapas. Another great tapas bar, Pintxo, charges according to the number of cocktail sticks you stack up. 

Local bars

Minutes from the hotel, Buddha Bar on Avenida del Mar 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.


Photos Town House reviews
Tara Conlan

Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The central location right in the old town. The bedrooms are small but functional and included a simple continental breakfast.


Stayed on 17 Nov 2017

We loved

The location in the old town, and morning sunshine on the terrace for breakfast.


Stayed on 29 Sep 2017

We loved

I just loved everything about this hotel: location, terrace, and service. 10/10

Don’t expect

It's a really small hotel so don't expect typical resort activities.


Stayed on 5 Apr 2016

We loved

The staff. Our flight was severely delayed and Linda Marie organised a taxi for us and waited up until after 1am to greet us. Exceptional service I thought! Recommend hiring bikes and ride along the Paseo Maritimo. Restaurant wise, if you like quality fish in a local atmosphere, check out Altamirano is Plaza Altamirano. 

Don’t expect

A double duvet! :) Also, we were told there would be an 'extra' - a bottle of cava waiting for us on arrival, but there wasn't, so maybe don't expect that!


Stayed on 20 Mar 2016