Elena wrote to me on Facebook:
Me and my husband are planning to visit Marbella in September. We are arriving at Malaga Airport and we are staying at Vincci Estrella del Mar Hotel. Please help us to find the best solution for transportation from the airport to the hotel. We would like to take the bus from the airport if there is a bus station near our hotel.
This is my reply to Elena:
Hi Elena, thank you very much for writing in. I have never been to the Vincci Estrella del Mar Hotel so I went out to the hotel this afternoon on my motorbike to check where it is exactly.
When you arrive at Malaga airport your easiest option is to take the Malaga Airport bus service to Marbella. When you get to Marbella bus station, take the next bus to Fuengirola back along the coast road. There are two buses every hour.
The closest bus stop to the Vincci Estrella del Mar is the La Vibora bus stop. Look at this list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola and you will see exactly where to get off. You can also use the L7 local bus service to get to La Vibora but the M220 MARBELLA - FUENGIROLA service is quicker and there are less stops.
When you get off at the La Vibora bus stop, you will see a parking area, walk across this open area and take the first road to the right. The street is called Avda Vibora Baja and on Google Maps it is called Avda. Urb. Real Zaragoza but don't worry because where you turn right there is no signpost anyway! Walk along this road for 400 metres then turn left into Avda José Ribeira for 100 metres. You will see the hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar on your left, parallel to Calle Goya. The total distance is probably about 600metres.
In Reception I spoke to Marina, one of the receptionists. She was very helpful and gave me a map for guests needing transport by bus. The hotel looks really impressive and she explained that it had only been open for two years. I must go back and have a look around.
Elena, if you are arriving after dark I suggest you take a taxi from Marbella bus station to the hotel. There are no lights along the roads where you will be walking and while I think it is perfectly safe, it will be easier to find your way in daylight. The concierge told me that the cost of a taxi from Marbella bus station to the Hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar during the day is €14 and after 10pm and at weekends it will be €16 approximately.
Here are the contact details and address for the hotel:
Hotel Vincci Marbella Estrella del Mar
Urbanizacion Estrella del Mar
Las Chapas Carretera Nacional 340.
Tel: + 34 951 053 970
Fax: + 34 951 053 980
Thanks again for writing in Elena, I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can give you any more information. Best wishes to you and your husband for a pleasant stay at the Hotel Vincci Marbella Estrella del Mar.
PS I took the photo standing in Avda José Ribeira. On the left of the hotel where the red car is driving, this is Calle Goya. It is really just a road for the hotel guests to park their cars and does not go anywhere.