10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
oh dear the food!
"The Mijas hotel is an attractive hotel on the edge of the town with views towards the sea in the distance. The superior rooms are worth paying the extra for, Air conditioning and a view of the sea in the distance. The pool is nice with enough sun beds. The grounds are well maintained with some nice planting. We stayed at the end of June and for some of the time it seemed as if there was only a few of us there, perhaps other potential guests had heard about the food, quite simply and with no exaggeration it was the worst I have ever encountered in any hotel let alone a 4 star. There was very little choice at meal times I hardly ate any meat all week, it was so unappetising, food was'nt replaced on the buffet quickly enough if at all (one day we came in with an hour of service still to go and the trays looked disgusting with just scraps of food remaining, I waited for stuff to be replaced, it was'nt, I ate chips the only thing they did cook well.) There were the same baguettes at breakfast for 3 days which guests took to banging on the table to prove to themselves that they really were rock hard. They seemed to go to a lot of trouble to prepare fresh fruit every day but everything else was woefull, we just had to eat whatever we could manage and try and make light of it."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of July 2006
Great hotel in a lovely village
"We have just returned from an 11 night stay at the Hotel Mijas. Before going we had been somewhat unsure of what to expect given the mixed reviews on this site. However any fears we had were unfounded. The hotel was lovely with beautiful, well kept public areas and gardens.
Our room, although not large, was more than adequate, with plenty storage, a large very clean bathroom. a nice balcony and a wonderful view to the coast. Towels and sheets were changed daily. We had requested a mini fridge which had was provided. I do agree with a previous reviewer that a hotel guide in the room would have been useful.
Breakfast was plentiful each day even though we were often not there 'til 9:45am.
The pool area is lovely with plenty of sunbeds. The pool itself was immaculately maintained.
Mijas itself is charming with lots of nice restaurants and bars.
In summary we would be more than happy to return to the village and to the hotel"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
"went to hotel mijas june 2006 had a great time mijas itself is very beautiful the hotel grounds and pool are first class the rooms are clean and comfortable but the food is poor so is the sevice it certanly is not sevice with a smile but that did not spoil our holiday and we would return a relaxing holiday in a very nice hotel"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of June 2006
Perfect place for vacationing
"we were in this hotel in May 2006, it was one of the best experiences we had. the hotel service was perfect, the food was amazig. the staff are very helpful and freindly. Thanks so much.
Hana and Maamoun"
- Travel date: Sat 17th of June 2006
"My husband and I had long looked forward to staying at the Hotel Mijas and booked an independent holiday on the internet. The hotel displays 4 stars and is beautifully appointed in the public areas with plenty of seating, pictures flowers etc. We arrived at 8.30 p.m. and were checked in quickly. No help was offered with our luggage although we are obviously of advanced age. We had paid for a 'superior room' but it was small with space for only one upright chair. The bathroom, however, was attractively fitted, towels changed when requested, but the bedding was not changed during the week. There was no hotel information in the room. On half board, we were never shown to a table either at breakfast or dinner. At breakfast we had to lay our own places. Everything was self service. Food was unimaginative and unvaried, much of it from catering packs, tins or frozen. In the bar we carried our own drinks. A snack bar was indicated but not yet open.
We felt the service left much to be desired, lacking even cheerfulness from the few staff around. Our departure went unobserved by the reception staff.
A hotel we will not re-visit."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of June 2006
"Just spent 10 nights at the Hotel Mijas. Check in was fine, but I'd asked for extra pillows, and bearing in mind that the hotel wasn't huge, it took over 4 hours for them to be delivered. Breakfast was a good choice, loads of fresh fruit, bacon, eggs etc, the only problem was that they must get a lot of coach tours in, and obviously they have to leave early in the morning. Due to this, often we came down and there were no basics like yoghurts and quite a lot of the time the food certainly wasn't topped up like it should have been, considering the breakfast was meant to be from 7.30 to 10am. I wouldn't liked to have come down then, as there would have been nothing left. Coffee was out of machines which we don't particularly like, and the juices the same, very watery. Waiters weren't particularly friendly.
Rooms were fine, nice and clean and we were given a sea view room. On checking out, we were given a bill of 105 euros, which we said wasn't ours, and on looking it did have our room number on, but the hotel obviously hadn't asked the people for their key card, which they should have done to verify the room. Bad marks for that."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
"We had just returned from a 3 night stay in the hotel Mijas. The staff were excellent and they could not have been more helpful. We were travelling with a small child and were made to feel nothing was too much trouble. The view from the room was wonderful. We stayed on a bed & breakfast basis and found the food selection excellent."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of April 2006
"We have just returned from a week at the Mijas Hotel which we were looking forward to very much.
It looks very impressive upon arrival and although the rooms are dated and the balcony extremely small we had a fabulous view. We did query whether we did infact have the right room on arrival as we had paid extra for a superior room to sleep 3.
We decided to accept the room as it was quite a traditional spanish property. However our son had to sleep on a camp bed in the corner which had to be packed away each morning to gain access to the wardrobe.
The worst was yet to come. We can only say that the evening meal was totally unacceptable. After the third night of hardly eating anything we resorted to eating out in Mijas.
We can only suggest that you do not take children to this hotel and that you only stay on B& B basis."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of April 2006
the big 50
"booked with twelve friends for the big 50 arrived wed 16th what a great stay. party time was at the restaurant valpariso was excellent very busy but it was on the saturday night. good time for a break with only the long winter nights to look forward too back home in durham. lads played golf while the girls shopped in malaga puerto banus and old town marbella"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of November 2005
"I thought the review dated the 27 Sept from Essex was very detailed and gave a very good description of this hotel and area.
I stayed for 3 nights in May whilst visiting friends, the hotel is way above average for what i would consider a very good 3 star hotel, it has a very spanish feel, but as i was just off season there didnt seem enough staff for the guests ratio, for example the breakfast room was messy and the waiters were in a hurry for you to vacate at 10am The pool bar/rest was closed, and could have done with a waiter service, or at least someone popping by if you wanted a drink.
I thought the reception wasnt particulary helpful and considering when we arrived the area was holding a massive festival which had our friends not told us about we wouldnt have known about or possibly have found where it was taking place. The hotel should publise things like this. it was a fantastic day/experience. Hense why i give it three and not four stars for rating.
The rooms are oldy world but nice, the rooms are clean, the terrace bar is really nice with fab views, the area is very spanish and quite extensive when you explore on foot, a lot bigger than you initally think with lots of hidden areas. I liked the area and felt i was in real spain. We didnt have a car and got around very easily by foot, bus or taxi. The roads are very narrow, so i wouldnt have wanted to drive. Also not a area or hotel for the less mobile as steep/hilly in parts.
Just a tip the taxi driver hadnt got a clue where it was from malaga airport so make sure you have a tel number on hand so they can call hotel for directions if necessary.
A hotel I would recommend to visit the real spain."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of November 2005