The Best Cheap Hotels in Marbella
There’s more than a touch of Las Vegas about the H10 Andalucia Plaza | Courtesy of H10 Andalucia Plaza / Expedia
When you think of the smart Spanish resort of Marbella, it’s probably not budget-friendly places to stay that first spring to mind. Yet hidden spots for cost-conscious travellers still exist amid the superyachts – and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.
With its glitzy Golden Mile, flashy yacht-studded marina and more luxury shops than you can shake a credit card at, this famous town in southern Spain is hardly known as the most budget-friendly of destinations. But that doesn’t mean visiting this buzzing Costa del Sol resort has to cost a kidney, as there are plenty of affordable places to stay that go easy on your wallet.
4.3/5 (809 Reviews)
Courtesy of NH Marbella / Expedia
Now from $68 per night
The NH brand is known for giving good bang for your buck, and the Marbella outpost is no different. Located halfway between the city centre and Puerto Banús, its Golden Mile setting puts it within easy reach of the resort’s swankier spots. The hotel’s centrepiece is a fab freeform pool surrounded by manicured gardens and with a poolside bar. All 163 rooms are smart and modern, reaching onto balconies with many featuring shimmering sea views to the front, or to the sculpted Sierra Blanca to the back.
4.2/5 (73 Reviews)
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Now from $113 per night
Opened almost 60 years ago, Hotel Lima was around when the resort first shot to fame among the international jet set. There’s still more than a smattering of old-school pizzazz about the place, and nowhere more so than on its rooftop terrace with pool, cocktail bar and fine sierra vistas. Rooms have been tastefully updated with a touch of the retro, and the restaurant is pretty fancy, too. What’s more, it’s a mere three-minute stroll from the lovely sandy strip of Playa de Venus.
Hotel Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort
Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel
4.2/5 (835 Reviews)
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Now from $127 per night
With a broad sandy beach on one side and the rolling fairways of an 18-hole course on the other, you might expect a stay at this golf and spa hotel would hit a bogey on your budget. Entry-level rooms, however, are surprisingly affordable, and you might even be treated to a sea-view balcony. It’s a bit of a way outside Marbella, but with a pair of restaurants to choose from and some lush spa facilities, you might find little reason to venture too far from the hotel.
H10 Andalucía Plaza
4.1/5 (945 Reviews)
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There’s more than a touch of Las Vegas about the H10 Andalucía Plaza, with its palatial Andalusian architecture and sumptuous interiors. The lobby alone is vast, and extends to several restaurants, a deluxe spa and a central sun terrace with a huge freeform pool. Rooms blend old and new elements to eye-pleasing effect, with sleek modern bathrooms and walk-in showers. Free access to the adjoining casino adds to the Vegas vibe.
4.5/5 (176 Reviews)
Courtesy of Vasari Resort / Expedia
Now from $116 per night
This self-contained resort comprises numerous impressive terracotta-toned buildings set amid lush Mediterranean gardens. You can get lost among the forest of palms and cacti, and find your own secluded shade-dappled spot to unwind in. Accommodation is spacious and apartment-style, with anything from one to three bedrooms. There’s a multi-sectioned pool, too, with a jacuzzi and kid-friendly areas, plus an all-important poolside bar.
La Morada Mas Hermosa
4.6/5 (43 Reviews)
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Now from $112 per night
This gorgeous Old Town Marbella hotel may have only two stars, but it has all the beauty and charm of a boutique hotel. It’s housed in a charming whitewashed Andalusian townhouse down a tiny cobbled pedestrian street, lined with flowers and overhanging with wrought-iron balconies. The inside is just as picturesque as the outside, painted in light shades of lemon and blue, with romantic double beds and local artworks. Some rooms even have their own private balcony, but there’s a cosy living room and beautiful roof terrace to enjoy, even if your room doesn’t.
4/5 (84 Reviews)
Courtesy of Pension Aduar
Now from $36 per night
This budget pension can be found in the heart of Marbella’s Moorish-influenced Old Town. The highlight is the central Andalusian patio, where you can enjoy your breakfast or just sit and relax. They offer single, double, triple and even quadruple rooms, so it’s ideal for a family or a group of friends who want to stay together.
Selin Star Light PB
3.7/5 (28 Reviews)
Now from $46 per night
Located right along the main road in Marbella – Avenida Severo Ochoa – one block from the beach, the Selin Star Light offers visitors a collection of budget apartments perfect for those who want the added that benefit of basic cooking facilities. The studio apartments are stylish, light and bright, decorated in tones of white, cream and beige and with attached marble bathrooms and kitchenettes within the room.
Bluebelle by Pillow
4.2/5 (98 Reviews)
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Now from $63 per night
Situated in Marbella’s picturesque Old Town, Bluebelle by Pillow is a boutique hotel with a budget price tag. The rooms are dressed in tones of pastel blue and mint green, and boast all the amenities you’d expect, from flat-screen TVs to air conditioning. As well as private doubles, there are family rooms and suites with terraces for even more space. There’s no cafe or restaurant on- site, but you’ll find plenty of places to dine nearby, and the beach is just 600m (1,970ft) away.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Esme Fox.
These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.