El Fuerte Marbella, the hotel Walt Disney and Pluto fell in love with on the Costa del Sol

El Fuerte Marbella, the hotel Walt Disney and Pluto fell in love with on the Costa del Sol

The Mediterranean hotel renovates its iconic space once again to  welcome the international jet set like the legendary creator of Mickey Mouse before them


Marbella, 31 January 2023. Although its origins date back to 1544, when King Charles V ordered a fortress to be built on the Marbella seafront, it wasn’t until 1957 that El Fuerte became a 4* hotel that would establish itself as a meeting place for celebrities such as the illustrious Walt Disney.


The cartoonist was one of the first guests to stay at the hotel in the spring of 1958, staying for several weeks with his dog Pluto. From Los Angeles to Marbella, Disney was first drawn to the Costa del Sol searching for locations and sets for his films, but ultimately, he ended up surrendering to the charms of Marbella as a unique place to live and a major source of inspiration. While Disney was at El Fuerte Marbella, Pedro Guerrero, who still works at the hotel, walked Walt’s dog Pluto every morning and afternoon in exchange for some rather generous tips. When the film producer left, what began as a simple service turned into an enduring friendship, blossoming through daily visits and long conversations over food at the cartoonist’s house in Marbella.


It’s no secret that some of the biggest personalities in the arts world have been drawn to Marbella, and over the years many of them have chosen El Fuerte Marbella as a base for their time in the city. Now, the iconic seafront hotel, located in the heart of vibrant Marbella, returns to once more become a meeting point for famous faces like such illustrious stars as the poet Rafael Alberti, the actresses Diana Dors and Penélope Cruz, and the great Lola Flores before them.

A bright new chapter in the company’s story


With more than 60 years of history behind it, El Fuerte Marbella is getting set to revive the spirit of spring ’58 and write a new chapter in its story this May. The new 5* hotel is reopening after a complete 18-month refurbishment carried out as part of an ambitious project led by the renowned Jaime Beriestain. The interior designer has sought to combine casual luxury with the Andalusian charm that so enamoured Walt Disney, brought through to the present day with a contemporary twist.


Thanks to its privileged location, just five minutes from the old town of Marbella and overlooking the beach Pedro Guerrero walked Pluto, the resort is once more one of the most luxurious resorts in the capital of the Costa del Sol. The Hotel will have a total of 251 rooms, 80 of them selected suites, a spa area, backed by the Clarins brand, and a gastronomic offering inspired by the maritime tradition of Marbella.

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FREE TRANSFER

Get a free round-trip transfer from Malaga Airport if your booking amount exceeds €4,500.

The offer conditions are as follows
  • Free round-trip transfer from Malaga Airport to Hotel El Fuerte Marbella. Standard car; please consult the supplement for a higher model. Maximum capacity: 3 adults (2 large suitcases of 20kg each or 1 large suitcase and 2 small ones).
  • When making your reservation over €4,500 through the website, choose your transfer for €0. Also available by calling our Call Center.
  • If your reservation includes 2 rooms or more, the amount must exceed €3,000 per room.
  • Available for bookings only through the website or the Call Center.
  • For more information, call +34 951 562 004.
Black Friday offer 2023 25% off

Autumn sale

This autumn, get a discount from 20% at El Fuerte Marbella and visit the Costa del Sol during one of the best times of the year. Book on our website or by calling +34  951 562 004it’s only valid for 7 days!

The offer conditions are as follows​:
  • Discount starting from 20% at El Fuerte Marbella.
  • Offer can be combined with your Club de Amigos discount.
  • Offer can be combined with Second Chance Rate.
  • Offer available only until the 16th October 2023, inclusive.
  • Applicable to bookings at El Fuerte Marbella from October 22, 2023, to January 6, 2024.
  • Not valid for use with other offers.
Free transfer

LAST CALL

Book on our website or by calling +34  951 562 004, it’s only valid for 7 days!

The offer conditions are as follows
  • Exceptional discounts starting from 30% at El Fuerte Marbella with Second Chance Rate.
  • Offer can be combined with your Club de Amigos discount.
  • Offer available only until the 24th July 2023, inclusive.
  • Applicable to bookings at El Fuerte Marbella (from 30%) for the entire season.
  • Not valid for use with other offers.
Charme & Taste blue logo

exclusive TASTING MENU

The “Charme & Taste” breakfast, included for Selected guests, consists of a tasting menu with an exclusive variety of dishes. A 9-course journey created by our chef and dedicated to the most exquisite palates.

Only available by booking through our website or Call Center. A tasting menu per person and stay. The date and time chosen must be arranged in advance with the hotel.

Would you like to be "Selected"?

Become part of a small, select group that enjoys exclusive access to the finest that El Fuerte Marbella has to offer.

Would you like to be "Selected"?

Become part of a small, select group that enjoys exclusive access to the finest that El Fuerte Marbella has to offer.

  • Accommodation in the finest rooms with excellent views.
  • Free hydrotherapy session per person per day.
  • Branded amenities “Molton Brown”.
  • Luggage packing/unpacking service.
  • Enjoy the Selected area at breakfast (from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Access to our Private lounge including food and drinks from 11:00 to 21:00h.
  • Late check out until 15:00. Subject to availability.
  • 2 hours free access to our meeting room.
  • Transfers to places of interest in Marbella (from 15/07 to 15/09).
  • Free parking after your sixth day with us and free for your entire stay for those guests in La Dama Master Suite, Selected Junior Suite Front Sea View & Selected Suite Front Sea View rooms.
  • Accommodation in the finest rooms with excellent views.
  • Free hydrotherapy session per person per day.
  • Branded amenities “Molton Brown”.
  • Luggage storage services.
  • Enjoy the Selected area at breakfast.
  • Access to our Private lounge including food and drinks from 11:00 to 23:00h.
  • Late check out until 15:00. Subject to availability.
    2 hours free access to our meeting room.
  • Transfers to places of interest in Marbella.
  • Free parking after your sixth day with us and free for your entire stay for those guests in Master Suite, Junior Suite Front Sea View & Suite Front Sea Views rooms.

OTHER SERVICES

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Air conditioning

telephone

Telephone

minibar

Minibar

hair-dryer

Dryer

tv-led

High definition
LED TV

kettle

Kettle

Iron

safety-box

Safe

coffee-machine

Coffee maker

Free Hygiene & cleaning products

We'll offer you the pillow of your dreams
PillowHeightHow do you sleep?
AlboránLowIf you sleep face up or you ofter change position
BrasiliaMediumFor people that sleep face up o sideways
ElbaHeightThe perfect pillow for people that sleep sideways
MariposaCervicalMaximum ergonomics to take care of your neck
  • Flex pillows offer you a refreshing sleep.
  • Choose yours depending on your sleeping position
  • Hygienic pillows. treated with Teflon: a protective stain – resistant film by DuPont laboratories.