For me it always feels like such a bonus to my stay, when the restaurant located within my hotel has surprisingly delicious food. When we stayed at the Marriott Playa Andaluza on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, we experienced this pleasant surprise.
The Solera Restaurant and Bar, the main restaurant within the Marriott, serves up a variety of international dishes mixed with the regional flavors of Andalusia. We had many meals here including the morning café con leche and bread while we got our internet fix.
It was nice to take advantage of the outdoor seating alongside the pool in the morning. We were here in mid-November and the temperatures are incredibly mild, even in the morning. The sparkling Mediterranean shines across the sands and under the umbrellas of the Solera’s outdoor seating.
One of our most memorable meals though was our first night at the resort. The six of us arrived late and tired after our memorable stopover at the historic Alhambra. It was dark and we didn’t want to try and find any other place to eat at that time of night.
We unpacked and made our way to the restaurant within an hour of its 10:00 pm closing. The staff was very pleasant and spoke a lot about the local menu and regional specialties. They made us feel welcomed even with our late arrival.
We shared an appetizer of Serrano ham, chorizo & tomato bread. My brother-in-law had roasted lamb chops with a vegetable salad. His wife had salmon with spinach, black olive, tomato tapenade. Both dishes looked amazing and I was told were delicious.
I had a grilled guinea fowl with curry sauce that was good not great. It was different than what I had eaten earlier in Murcia. Here you are close to the mountain areas, like the hill town of Ronda, that offer more than paella, such as roasted meats including the popular suckling pig.
The restaurant prices were reasonable but not cheap, you are at a resort. Most of the entrees were between $10-$30. Since this restaurant is located within the property filled with apartments that have their own kitchens, I was impressed by the quality of food and service. You don’t have to eat at the Solera Restaurant but if you choose to stop in for dinner like we did, or maybe take advantage of their breakfast buffets, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Marriott Playa Andaluza
Ctra. de Cádiz, km 168
Estepona, 29680 Spain
Phone: + 34 952 88 9230
Open breakfast, lunch and dinner
Photos by Sharon Castellanos
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