Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel 5 star
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Calle de José Meliá, s/n 29602 Marbella Marbella, Spain -
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Located on the verge of the sea, the Gran Melia Don Pepe is an upscale, modern and conventional hotel, but pleasant for spending holidays under the sun. Its sport centre, accessible for free, is its main offer.

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    • Location

      7.5 /10
    • Accommodation

      8.45 /10
    • Overview

      8.45 /10
    • Food and drink

      8.45 /10
    • Beach

      7.45 /10
    • To know

    • The Gran Melia Don Pepe is located on the verge of the sea, at the exit of Marbella. If you want to go in the town centre, you will need 30 minutes by foot or 10 minutes by bus (1.5 miles). Malaga airport is located 32 miles away from the hotel. You will spend about 40 to 55 minutes for transfers depending on the traffic.

    • Renovated in 2003 and soberly decorated but with a lot of care, light shades with marble paving, the 201 rooms of the hotel are very comfortable. All the rooms are air-conditioned (individual A/C)  nd they offer satellite TV, a telephone with direct line for international calls, a large electronic safe for free and a stocked mini-bar. The advantage: free internet access and fax outlets in all the rooms. The bathrooms offer a full variety of facilities: bathtub, double washbasin, bidet, toilets (separated by a glass door), hair-dryer, wheight scale and make-up mirror. Half of the balconies of the rooms offer a view of the sea and the other half overlook the mountains. But make a note that some of the rooms that overlook the mountains don't have a balcony. If you want a nice panorama, you should ask for the rooms located on the upper floors. You can see in turn, the mountains, the rock of Gibraltar and the sea. 
    • Built in 1964, and renovated in 2003, the Gran Melia Don Pepe is made of a large curved bar of 8 levels, overhunged by a sign that is not very discreet. The ground level hosts a huge lobby decorated by wrought iron chandeliers, a winter garden with a pool, a spacious lounge and a lounge. You will find an indoor pool of 540 ft² in the building and a jacuzzi housed by a sun lounge. The place is nicely decorated with beach chairs, mattresses and green plants and palm trees. A sport club, equipped with a fitness room, an aerobics room, a sauna and a hammam are also available. Outside, a large garden of 6 acres, slightly hilly, separated and isolated by the promenade that goes along the beach. Here you will find the three pools, all round, that communicate between each other (3,230 ft², 860 ft² and 215 ft²). The smaller one mainly serves as a pool for kids. Located nearby, the pool bar offers a certain style with marine decoration embellished by fishing nets. The solarium is equipped by wooden beach chairs, king size mattresses for rent (8 euros a day, with food and champagne) and showers. At the end of the garden, a small ladder allows you go direcly on the beach.
    • For a 5-star local hotel, the catering services are quite standard. The main restaurant is a large charmless imposing dining-room. The beige furniture and the black marbled paving don't bring a happy note to the room at all. The breakfast is served buffet style. Breakfasts are classic and don't offer any special surprise. The ambiance of the "à la carte" restaurant is not really elaborated. But a Spanish cook-chief will stew Andalsusian specialities, besides an international cusisine. About 44€ for a full meal, not including the drinks. In high season, the hotel offers a summer restaurant where you can have buffet breakfasts close to the pool. Under the tight canvas, the ambiance is bucolic. In addition to the different catering sites, you can always enjoy a room-service available 24-hours a day.
    • The hotel is located in the front of the public beach of Casa Blanca. Located in the urban zone of Marbella, this long beach of 1.5 miles is bordered by a promanade recently built. The surroundings are not really squandered by the constructions on the verge of the sea, but there is only one city beach. The sand is fine - ochre-grey colour. The water is clean (Blue Flag obtained in 1992) and the beach is cleaned every day by the municipality. Moreover, it is supervised in summer. 1,640 ft away, a private boat club will allow you to practice different water sports like windsurfing, jet-skiing or pedalo. You can also use the services of the hotel's beach club (paying beach chairs and mattresses). Two beach restaurants are located right nearby.
    • About ten counselors concoct each week a sport programme. From Monday to Friday, you will have the choice between the gym, aquagym, stretching, aerobics, step, bodybuilding, Arabic dances and even karate. No special shows in the evening, only one dance once a week (flamenco, tango...). The bars are animated in the evening by musicians.
      The Gran Melia Don Pepe welcomes a majority of Spanish, British and German clientele.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, (2 courts), water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, jet ski, sailing, paddle boats, canoe, dance, step, bums and tums, squash, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Located on the edge of the sea.
    • The green areas.
    • The sport centre.

    disadvantages

    • Little conviviality.
    • Lack of charm.
    • The catering services a little deceiving.

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