The Townhouse, Marbella

This morning, we’re transporting you all away from the gusty autumn weather we’re experiencing, straight to the sunshine with a Florence travel post by the lovely Rachie. The lucky thing jetted off to Marbella for some last rays of sun before the weather turned and has been kind enough to share her hotel review with you all – definitely one to bookmark for a future mini-break or get-away!

Hi everyone! I’m Rachie from A Chi Chi Affair and I’m so delighted to be writing for Florence Finds. I thought I would share a review of a short break we went on to Marbella in Spain a few weeks ago.

The weather was turning in the UK and with pretty much all hopes of an Indian summer dashed we decided to book a last minute break away. The criteria for the break were sunshine, good restaurants and general lounging so we decided on Marbella in Southern Spain. What with our upcoming wedding next year we’ve also been saving the pennies so opted for a budget boutique B&B booked via Mr and Mrs Smith called The Town House.

I’m not a fan of huge corporate hotels so The Townhouse suited us perfectly, and with only nine rooms it was furnished beautifully, all white washed walls, marble floors and antique furniture with Molton Brown toiletries. It seemed to have a very chilled out vibe. As we were there slightly out of season it was lovely and quiet too. On arrival we were greeted by the very friendly owner who checked us in promptly and recommended a lovely restaurant for that night.

We woke up in the morning to the sound of church bells feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep in the comfy beds (which had a mattress topper on – I asked!!) As per normal, I was looking forward to breakfast, (!) luckily served until 11. The Mr and I do like our lie-ins! Breakfast was a help-yourself affair full of different breads, cheeses, croissants and the best Serrano ham I have tasted. We took ours up to the roof terrace which we had to ourselves and admired the lovely views over the old town.

The Mr loves the beach and it was only a short walk away. Marbella has a long promenade which although was quite touristy was fun to stroll along, and we admired the Dali statues which brought back memories of Art at school! I would imagine it would be heaving in the summer but in the early autumn it was nicely busy. The Townhouse had recommended a beach club called Cappuccino where we spent a few days lying on the sun loungers reading, swimming in the sea and having late afternoon cocktails – Bliss!

The hotel is situated in the old town of Marbella full of narrow streets, boutique shops and restaurants. It’s so pretty and we spent many hours ambling around admiring the colourful buildings, the numerous orange and lemon trees and doing a bit of light shopping.

Nights were very buzzy, and we spent ours in the many lovely restaurants. I love the Spanish style of eating late and staying up to the small hours. We tried a great Italian, a rustic fish restaurant where I tried out my rusty Spanish and a traditional tapas place. Most nights we then retreated back to the roof top at the hotel for late night drinks where they had a very reasonable honestly bar with local cava and beers.

I would highly recommend Marbella for a short trip. It’s a mere 2 hour flight away so it’s great for an autumn break. Avoid the crowds and stay in old town if you can as it has so much character. We came back feeling rested and recharged ready for the great British winter.

Rachie xo

Thank you so much Rachie for sending this over – and even better, Rachie will be letting us into her packing tips next week! (It’s a real snoop inside the bag type of post – you guys with LOVE it!)

Now it’s time for me to put a request out. Florence Finds will often require guest posters and the travel section is no exception. This is your invitation to submit a review to me – just drop me an email on with your review or idea and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Your submission could be a hotel review like Rachie’s, or destination guide (UK, Europe and beyond applicable for both categories,) anything you think constitutes a fabulous Find for Florence’s readers! Think the best sights, hidden restaurants and stylish shopping.

Get sending peeps,


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17 thoughts on “The Townhouse, Marbella

  1. Emma and Rachie, assuming you’re both members of Mr and Mrs Smith – is it worth signing up to? I considered it for my husband’s bday recently… And honestly Rachie when I read this earlier this morning I was soooooooooo jealous it made it really difficult to get out of the house and brave the autumn blusters of Glasgow! xx

    • I would say yes but only become one if you are about to book something. Their service really is good and there are lots of little extras you get from being a member like 10% off Hertz/Cath Kidson/Liberty Online/Astley Clarke – Rebecca!! and loads more x

    • I got my Blacksmith membership as a Christmas present and (once I got around to using it) it’s definitely been worth having – but like Rachie says mainly if you know you’re going to use it! I love the little member extras – at The Scarlet we had a free session in their hot tub, for example, so the card immediately paid for itself! – and you get money back for each booking (it goes onto your account), which is handy, plus money if they publish your guestbook review. Not bad, really! Oh, and they’re really helpful – I thought I was going to have to cancel our booking as it looked like my husband might not get the time off work (it worked out in the end, phew!) and they got straight on the phone to me when I dropped them a line to let me know my options.

  2. Love The Townhouse, my mum stayed here in August and loved it sooo much. I actually booked the whole house for my hen do last year but in the end thought it was too nice and peaceful in the old town for some raucous hens 🙂 but the owners were lovely! And I love Marbella too, for all it’s TOWIE connotations it’s actually a very pretty, sophisticated holiday destination providing you know where to avoid 🙂

  3. Hi Girls,

    Pete and I are members – I think the service is excellent – we started using them pre-honeymoon and have done ever since. They will always price match if you find it cheaper elsewhere and you get freebies with every booking like free bottles of wine or cocktails on arrival. There’s also a reward scheme.

    Best of all for us I think is that we just email the regular rep we have booked through before and she always comes good, suggesting alternatives if they’re booked etc. The service is impeccable.

    I love the idea that The Town House is so close for even a weekend break when you’re desperate for sun and still warm at the end of Sept/beg Oct.


  4. I’m sold! That hotel sounds perfect for a mini-break. Great review Rachie.

    We are also Mr and Mrs Smith members (joined whilst booking honeymoon hotels) and I would definitely recommend it. We’ve stayed in 2 of their hotels now (one in the UK and one in Rome) and they were incredible. Not only do you get rewards in £s to spend on your next stay, but the freebies we got more than made up for the membership fee xx

      • Aww, thanks Emma! I was meaning to tell you! We went to Italy – Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome. It was bliss and we did get the great food and wine that we wanted! x

        • Fab! Sounds perfect! Fancy doing a reader’s honeymoon feature for the site? Would love to have you back – drop me a line if so.

          Sorry, Rebecca, will stop pimping my site on yours 😉

  5. What a lovely place and a great review by Rachie. My OH and I are always looking for nice holiday spots away from the huge crowds and terrible buffets so this will definitely go on my consideration list 😉

    Also, this is the first I’ve heard of Mr and Mrs Smith so this review has been a great help – going to look into it now for our holidays early next year!


  6. This sounds lovely 🙂

    We are not members of Mr&Mrs Smith (although I do keep thinking about joining and will do at some point) but always use their site – I find that if a hotel is featured on Mr&Mrs Smith and gets a good rating on TripAdvisor (top 10%) then it is almost certainly going to be a good ‘un! Obviously TripAdvisor has its own pitfalls, but having a range of places to read about hotels is always good in my opinion.

    I can recommend Mr&Mrs Smith hotels in Morocco – we went in April and ended up staying in two of their properties (although booked directly with the hotels – sometimes I find you do get better service doing that) – if anyone is going to Marrakech and fancies treating themselves then can completely recommend MaisonMK – was completely wonderful!

    I could comment for hours about holidays, but will leave it there for now. Another great post Rebecca/Rachie.


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