Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella
What We Love
- Beachfront setting on Marbella’s Golden Mile surrounded by botanical gardens
- The food by two-Michelin-starred chef Dani García at his eponymous restaurant
- Seven restaurants, three pools and a beach club
- Good for couples, and the staff is brilliant with kids, too: There's a kids club and babysitting is available
What To Know
- Free greens fees and a free shuttle to/from the Marbella Club golf course (per person, per stay)
- Most pools are open only in the summer months, but the beach club pool is open (and heated) year-round
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Right on the beach between Marbella and Puerto Banus, Puente Romano has the feel of an Andalusian village, with guestrooms set in three–story whitewashed villas surrounded by lush subtropical gardens. The sprawling resort is home to no fewer than seven restaurants (each with a glass frontage to embrace the sea breeze) and stellar sports facilities including a tennis center inaugurated by Björn Borg.
Bed and Bath
There may be 266 guestrooms, but each unit feels completely private, with an entrance direct from the grounds rather than a hallway. They’re spacious (the smallest room is 376 square feet) and light, with classic wooden furnishings, pastel shades and subtle flower prints. The Junior suites are open-plan, and the One-Bedroom Suites offer separate bedrooms and living areas and glorious patios overlooking the gardens. The bathrooms are either modern marble affairs or they’re decked out in traditional Andalusian tiles. The rooms in the eastern part of the resort enjoy lovely evening sunshine on their west-facing patios.
Most of the restaurants are located around the “Plaza Village,” the heart of the resort where the tables spill out onto a square. Dine on tapas by Dani García at Bibo, a laid-back brasserie, pair sushi with sake at Namazake, tuck into modern Italian cuisine at Serafina, or splurge on a meal at Dani García, which features innovative Andalusian dishes created by the eponymous two-Michelin-starred chef. There are three outdoor pools, including the year-round heated pool at the beach club, and direct access to a four-mile stretch of beach. The neighboring tennis club is home to 10 courts and has played host to such tennis legends as Boris Becker and John McEnroe. The hotel has a partnership with the Marbella Club hotel, so guests also have access to a Thalasso spa and an 18-hole golf course.
In the Area
The hotel is positioned midway between the beaches of Marbella and the ritzy marina of Puerto Banus, which is filled with impressive yachts and lined with designer boutiques. The hotel offers a free shuttle to/from the 18-hole Marbella Club golf course, in the mountains around Benahavís, where the views stretch to the Rock of Gibraltar and the African coast. Visit Marbella’s celebrated bonsai museum, with its huge collection of miniature trees, some of them more than 500 years old, or make the half-hour trip to Picasso’s birthplace, Malaga, and visit the Museo Picasso, where some of the artist’s best work is on display.
How to Get There
I had a great stay in Puente Romano this past week. They asigned me a just renewed room and it was fantastic. What I loved the most was that the room was full with details that made my stay super nice. The room had fresh flowers too and the bathroom was so well equipped. I loved the welcome bottle of wine and the appetizers. The chocolate was also a very nice treat. The staff was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable.
Hotel without any ‘personal atmosphere’ very, very expensive with an anonymous service. The hotel restaurants can be characterized as unsofisticated. Very ‘nouveau riche’ Breakfast was lavish but without any nice ambiance nor personal service
The place is as the title says a good resort!
We were in s23 a recently refurbished deluxe junior suite, it was very classically furnished, all fixtures and fittings were high end, it was large and as requested an extra bed was put in for our 5 year old son (for 17 Euro a night May I add)
The resort and communal areas
In the main are immaculate, parts not as tidy as they should be, terracotta tiles were dirty and areas of the resort were not as pristine as a 5 star resort should be.... the main pool was closed but not actually closed (ie you could still get access to the area which was untidy). The beach was untidy with old furniture littering the sand and old tatty sun beds on the beach without any cushions on... unlike Marbella club which had immaculately clean cushioned sun beds.
The pool at the sea grill was open, nicely heated and was a pleasure to use, the bar was ok and staff were in the main ok.
The mini golf course was a massive hit with our son.... but wasn’t regularly maintained as there were leaves all over the course... this would take 20 min to rake each morning... small bits of attention to detail
New year gala dinner
This was an amazing night, extremely good food, excellent band and brilliant service from our waiter Alex a fantastic night I will remember for a long time!
The bar and restaurant
The main entertainment area was a covered court yard, with the bar in the middle and restaurant around it... we ate at Bibo which was excellent and the staff were brilliant, passionate and good hosts. The Thai was also good, with good choice of food and good quality. We ate at Nobu which was a disaster and I have done a separate review for!
The Bar is as you would expect super expensive....25 euro for a brockmans gin and tonic!!!! That beats Paris prices!
This is my biggest bug bare, in most 5 star hotels, staff are professional, polite, engaging and almost invisible...... here the staff were in the main professional, but not polite, not engaging and sometimes came across (imho) as rude!
The first cleaner we had was good but then things went down hill, leaving 2 towels for 3 people, 2 bottles of water for 3 people, sometimes the towels we requested to be changed were just hung back up..... I fed this back via the happiness app on the in room iPad and the next morning I got a call from guest services and after that the service was back up to the standards I would expect!
It’s an expensive hotel and in the main it delivers and we will probably be back in the summer!
The parking is poor, the rooms are noisy and seem to have inadequate sound insulation from each other and the bed is appallingly uncomfortable. Service is patchy, most people very nice. Food is excellent though and the grounds are lovely. The facilities are worth a visit but only while you are staying somewhere nicer.
We stayed at the Puente Romano for 2 nights over Christmas. We booked this hotel as we stayed the same 2 nights last christmas and it was wonderful. Although this year the service was still good as was the food, the room, which was fine, had the most terrible bathroom. It had been cleaned well however it was very dated, had tiles falling off the wall, the plumbing was absolutely terrible, at least 2 or 3 flushes to get a bit of paper down the toilet and the plug wouldn't release from the sink meaning you had to wait for 10 minutes for the water to go down watching your toothpaste spinning round the bowl.
We really found that this quality of bathroom is totally unacceptable for a hotel of this reputation and price, especially considering that the price per night had increased by 50% this year. If one takes into account the rate this hotel charges in the height of summer, one weeks stay would cost the same as a bathroom refit.
We also noticed that the front door to the room was made out of some kind of plastic moulded to look like the other rooms more quality hardwood doors???
Would we stay again? Well no not if we got a room like this but yes if we got a room like we had last year which was excellent. Undecided.
In a word, avoid room L23, ask for room R24