Los Monteros, first Marbella hotel inspected for use as makeshift overflow hospital

Inspectors arrive at the Los Monteros hotel.
Inspectors arrive at the Los Monteros hotel. / JOSELE
  • Since the government ordered all hotels to close across Spain, establishments are being selected to be adapted for coronavirus patients with less serious symptoms to free up hospital beds

Hotel Los Monteros could be one of the first in Malaga province to be adapted for use by the health service in its fight against coronavirus.

Inspectors visited the iconic Marbella hotel on Monday to see how it can be adapted or "medicalised" to provide overflow beds for hospitalised patients with the virus when the Costa del Sol hospital reaches saturation point.

The Costa del Sol health agency (Agencia Sanitaria) aims to use the hotel, which has 173 rooms, half of which are suites, to accommodate patients with milder symptoms, to free up beds in the hospital for more serious cases.

It could also be used for health professionals who are not resident in the area but are being brought into to strengthen the staff at the Costa del Sol hospital, which is one of the medical facilities on the frontline of the battle against the pandemic.

The hotel has the advantage of being close to the hospital as well as to the main Costa del Sol dual carriageway.

A disadvantage could be that a lot of the rooms in the hotel have steps. If it is not deemed suitable for hospitalised patients, the hotel has offered the health service its beds and other equipment if necessary.

Until just over a week ago the hotel was full and looking forward to a busy Easter. Now, the 140 staff have been temporarily laid off and remaining guests have gone home.

Nationwide closures

The Spanish government announced last week that all hotels in the country must close by Thursday this week.

The Ayre Gran Hotel Colón in Madrid has been in use as an overflow hospital for less serious cases since the end of last week.