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Hotel Lima Hotel 2 star
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Avenida Antonio Belón, 2 Marbella, Spain -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This little family-oriented establishment is located at the heart of Marbella, a few metres from the beach. It is a rather modest establishment that stands out for its friendly atmosphere and the French cuisine served in its refined restaurant. The facilities on offer are a bit poor and there is not much in the way of leisure activities.

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      Lima   -   © L. Asenjo / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 8.64 /10

    It enjoys a prime location, some 150m from the beach and the same distance from Marbella's historical centre. The famous Avenida del Mar, lined with statues by Dali, runs parallel to the street the Lima stands on (barely 25m away). A short walk will take you to the cab and bus stops, or to the Marbella tourist office (70m from the hotel). As the hotel is in the centre of the city, you're very close to various hairdressers, supermarkets, restaurants, ice-cream vendors, and tobacconists, as well as many other retailers and services.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The hotel has 64 guest rooms: 7 triple, 10 single and 47 double. All are spacious and well-lit, with simple decoration inspired by the Castilian style, and a fully equipped bathroom. Some of the rooms include a plasma screen TV, a soon to be standard feature throughout the hotel. All of the rooms have a hair dryer and a balcony, which looks out on the surrounding buildings. The streets around the establishment are, as everywhere else in Marbella, very narrow. The hotel also provides services that are not included in the price of the room, such as the rental of an iron and ironing board, or the use of a safe (£1.70 per day)

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The hotel was built in 1964 when Marbella was no more than a small village of the Costa del Sol, before the Jesus Gil era and the construction boom. It is, in fact, one of the most traditional hotels in the city. Its interior and structure have undergone several modifications since those days. Entirely renovated in 1999, it now resembles an 80's-style hotel with a clean, welcoming, and friendly aspect (despite being quite simple). Some elements are reminiscent of that era, such as the dial telephones in the rooms. The style is best described as Castilian, especially with regard to the furniture in the sitting room next to the café (on the ground floor, near the reception) and even the guest rooms. In addition to the ground floor lounge, the hotel has only one form of entertainment and relaxation to offer its guests: a solarium on the rooftop terrace. It is a secluded place where you can sunbathe on one of the 15 deckchairs and admire the splendid view of the Sierra de las Nieves (and the surrounding hotels). Let's not forget that this is a 2 star establishment, a level that the Lima hotel has no difficulty in surpassing.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Breakfast is served in the café from 8:00am till 11:00am. If you want to try out some tasty recipes, head for the adjoining establishment, the Marbella-Paris, which invites you to enjoy their lunch and dinner for a reasonable price. There is a special lunch menu that will set you back between 7.5 and 12.5 pounds. If you prefer to eat à la carte, it will not cost you more than 25 pounds per person. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with references to various French cities, specifically Paris. The Parisian ambiance is a success thanks to various elements, such as the ceiling frescoes, the menu written on black slates, and the French background music. The restaurant offers a wonderful cheese selection and will prepare dishes ranging from couscous to quiche lorraine, crepes and many other marvels of French cuisine.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    The closest beach to the Lima Hotel is a mere 150m away, and it is one of the liveliest areas of the beach and Marbella's seafront. Surrounded by numerous restaurants and bars, you can enjoy a drink while admiring the sea view or simply indulge in some shopping. Nearby there is a playground for children. The sea and the sand are clean all year round, just like Marbella. Depending on the season though, finding a quiet patch of sand on the beach becomes impossible, unless you feel like getting up at the crack of dawn.

    To know

    This is one of Marbella's oldest hotels. Ever since it was created, it has kept its original location (even though it used to stand right beside the sea) and size. It has also managed to retain some of its original guests, who've been spending every summer here for the past 30 years. In the low season, however, it is primarily businessmen who frequently come for a stay. Once you arrive at the hotel, forget about your car: you won't need it to go for a dip in the sea or to enjoy Marbella (sightseeing, drinks, shopping, etc.), as all of this is easily accessible on foot. There is a public car park a short distance from the hotel or you can use one of the hotel's five designated parking places, but you'll have to pay a daily rate of £10 for these. The hotel has Wifi access but you have to pay for this as well. The lounge in the common area includes a computer (£5 per hour). The clientele consists mainly of holidaymakers and Spanish guests in the summer, whereas in the winter it primarily includes businessmen and tourists from England and Finland. Therefore, the Lima offers free Spanish newspapers (local press), as well as Finish and English newspapers to its guests. The hotel also offers (free of charge) a complete guide to golfing in Andalusia to guests who enjoy the sport. You should also know that you can buy game rights on the hotel's Internet site. There is a shuttle service that will take you to the surrounding golf courses or to the airport, but it is also available to guests for an extra charge. A beauty parlour, some 100m from the Lima, has a partnership with the establishment and offers treatments such as massages, hair removal sessions, hydromassages, etc.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, mountain bike, sports

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The friendliness and efficiency of the staff
    • The friendliness and the helpfulness of the personnel.
    • The delicious cuisine served at the París-Marbella restaurant (adjacent to the hotel), which offers excellent value for money
    • The cuisine on offer at the Paris-Marbella (the restaurant next to the hotel): both tasty and reasonably priced
    • The good location, right at the heart of Marbella and close to the beach
    • Its location: in the heart of Marbella and very close to the beach.

    disadvantages

    • The bathrooms are basic and modest
    • The bathrooms are simple and modest
    • There is not much in the way of facilities, other than the café and the lobby (there is no swimming pool and none of the other areas for leisure activities that you would expect to find in a seaside hotel)
    • The lack of facilities (other than the café and the lounge) is regrettable (for a seaside establishment, the absence of a swimming pool and other forms of entertainment is a true shame)

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