The combination of the crisis, along with poor management by some companies without much idea on tourism, has finished off some of the best known hotels on the Costa del Sol.
Many well-known flagships of Luxury-Tourism on the Costa del Sol have disappeared in recent years and in view of the approaching summer holidays you might wonder which are the well-functioning hotels with an excellent standard.
Here you get the answer in our updated 2013 review of 5 star hotels on the Costa del Sol.
Marbella is still the epicentre of high-end establishments on the Costa del Sol, with a total of nine 5 star hotels among which the guest is spoiled for choice. These are:
Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort and Vincci Seleccion Estrella del Mar (both located on the eastern outskirts of Marbella, halfway between Fuengirola and Marbella).
Hotel Puente Romano (situated in the heart of Marbella, the Golden Mile).
Melia La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort (situated in the “Golf Valley” north from Puerto Banus, open from April to October).
Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa (located on the eastern outskirts of Marbella, halfway between Fuengirola and Marbella).
Gran Melia Don Pepe (situated on the seashore, in walking distance to Marbella´s historic centre).
Hotel Los Monteros (located on the eastern outskirts of Marbella, close to several Golf clubs).
Villa Padierna Palace Hotel (situated slightly inland in Benahavis, surrounded by Golf courses).
And last nor least Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus in Puerto Banus.
Further west there are situated two 5 star hotels in Estepona, Kempinski Hotel Bahia and Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa.
In Casares, located between Estepona and Sotogrande is situated Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa.
East of Marbella to date there is a rather limited supply of this type of establishment. Specifically, there is a recently opened 5 star hotel in Malaga city, the Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio (situated in the historic city centre, close to monuments, park, river and port).
And in Benalmadena there is another Vincci awarded with the Travellers’ Choice award, the Vincci Seleccion Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spa (situated close to the seafront and in walking distance to the Marina).