Earlier this week it looked like the five-star Hotel Los Monteros might become an emergency annex to the nearby Hospital Costa del Sol.
The building was the first to be inspected, after a series of hotel owners in the Marbella area offered up their premises.
However, despite being just across the A-7 motorway, it seems that too many stairs and outside corridors have put off the hospital bosses.
The nearby Vincci Estrella de Mar was the second to be visited but also has not been found suitable and other hotels are being considered.
The extension would house patients with mild infections and, separately, key workers.