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Barcelo Marbella Hotel is located in Guadalmina, 10 minutes’ drive from Puerto Banús and a 20 minute drive away from Marbella itself. This might not be your first choice for a more central Marbella hotel, but it’s location makes it more affordable. Nestled on the way up to the mountains, this hidden gem welcomes solo female travellers and families alike to indulge in a budget-friendly escape filled with relaxation and adventure. The Women’s Journal recently visited this 4-star hotel.

Barcelo Marbella Hotel


Barcelo Marbella may not be in the heart of Marbella but the hotel offers the right blend of seclusion and accessibility. With Uber now operating in Marbella, a 10 minute drive to Puerto Banús or a 20 minute taxi ride to Marbella Old Town won’t cost you much, further adding to the hotel’s reputation as Marbella’s best budget hotel. The nearby town of San Pedro is just a short walk away and offers a traditional Andalusian experience with tapas bars that embody Spanish culture in its purest form. Additionally, golf enthusiasts will find themselves in their element with the renowned golf courses of Guadalmina within easy reach, offering a picturesque backdrop for leisurely rounds of golf under the Spanish sun.


Whether you’re travelling solo or with your family, you’ll find the rooms spacious and a relaxing haven to unwind and recharge after a day of exploration. Enjoy natural light streaming through the large windows overlooking lush greenery or the golf course while you relax in plush bedding. And you can always count on the attentive staff to be on-hand to assist you quickly if you lock yourself out of your safe (which we did on many occasions)!


There are two outdoor pools, one with a children’s section and one for adults-only. Guests can also relax in the wellness centre, which includes a fitness studio, sauna, Turkish bath and a large sun terrace with Balinese beds.For those who want to enjoy a high level of comfort, the hotel also offers unique ‘Premium Club’ services, an exclusive concept of VIP services and facilities created by Barcelo Hotels & Resorts.

With a wide range of amenities for conferences and corporate events and meetings, Barcelo Marbella is extremely popular with solo travellers and business travellers alike.


The breakfast buffet will set you up for the day – you’ll find a mix of traditional Spanish options like ‘churros con chocolate’ and European ‘full English’ favourites.

For lunch and dinner, the hotel features a new dining concept that offers the best local and international cuisine coupled with a wide range of international tapas and a buffet with live cooking stations. Guests can also enjoy snacks from the food truck, a restaurant on wheels that serves a more informal menu by the pool.

For solo female travellers and families seeking a 4-star hotel near Marbella, Barcelo Marbella offers the perfect blend of affordability, comfort, and authenticity. Barcelo Marbella is a budget-friendly hotel option whether you want to relax, golf, or immerse yourself in culture.


  • Jennifer Read-Dominguez

    Jennifer Read-Dominguez is founder of The Women's Journal and a digital editorial director with over ten years experience in the media and publishing industry. Jennifer has led the digital transformation strategies for many market-leading lifestyle magazines putting SEO and e-commerce at the forefront. She is also founder of Jeneration Public Relations - a UK digital-first public relations and communications consultancy that provides strategic coverage for clients.

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