18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Eat where we tell you to eat.
"This hotel has to be the cleanest place that i have ever stayed in.Selection of drinks were fine,we stayed all inclusive. The food was average, every day was hit and miss,some good some bad.Normally in all inclusive hotels there are signs stating, NO FOOD ALLOWED OUT OF RESTAURANT. Here they ment it. We were stopped bringing a bananna out for our 5YR old who had not eaten a thing. Pool area lovely but the pool itself is SO shallow they should rename it a PUDDLE.Great beach outside with beautiful white sand."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of June 2009
Short Visit in February 2009
"Lovely clean hotel, spacious comfortable room. Excellent value for money.
Breakfast was varied and plentiful, but don't expect traditional "full English" (sausages and bacon were not at all pleasant!)
Dining room was crowded at weekend (queues in corridor), so timing is the key to a relaxing breakfast.
There were also queues in the evening although we didn't eat anything other than breakfast here - lots of bars/restaurants within walking distance of hotel.
Hotel has limited parking but there is some parking on the road and in a nearby carpark. The area felt safe.
Only about an hours drive from Gibraltar - well worth a visit!"
- Travel date: Mon 9th of March 2009
Hotel food awful, bar depressing....howe...
"Hotel food awful, bar depressing....however La Cala wonderful village with nice beaches. Fantastic bar not far from hotel called "Ocean Lounge" ran by Paul. Good food, decent priced drinks and service with a smile. Worth a trip there just to see Paul!"
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of June 2008
very nice hotel very warm an comfie staf...
"very nice hotel very warm an comfie staff were very polite food was great so was the deserts lol staff at the hotel worked very hard an were nice an plesent"
- Travel date: Tue 4th of March 2008
Although Saga holidays have usually been...
"Although Saga holidays have usually been of a high standard this hotel left much to be desired. As it included Christmas and New Year we expected to experience an atmosphere of celebration but this was far from the case.
Decoration was of the minimal only three meals could be described as celebratory, the 25th and the 31st and a gala dinner which is always provided on a Saga holiday, the other meals were inadequately heated and sometimes not cooked enough.
Other times salads containing easily recognisable ingredients offered at least two or three days previously.
The Staff were on the whole unco-operative, verging on rudeness when a complaint was made.
Rooms are good, maid service good but certainly something is lacking in staff provision and supervision, particularly in the dining room.
In all we consider our holiday a complete waste of a considerable amount of money, somewhere in the region of Â£2500 for one monthâs stay."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of January 2008
Christmas and New Year
"We stayed at this hotel for 23 nights over christmas and new year. After reading some reviews we were a little apprehensive but pleasantly surprised. The rooms were clean and spacious but we were near the main road and found it quite noisy with the door open but did get a room transfer nearer the sea and it was a lot quieter.
A major point to make when travelling by car is that they charge 10euros a night to park in the hotel grounds, but there is plenty of safe free parking nearby. The food was good and always something to eat,if a little cool.
Christmas meals were nice but new year added about 350 spanish for a few days who were extremely noisy, especially at meal times. t is mainly a saga hotel but very friendly. We would not hesitate to go back to this hotel. There were 3 computers so can easily check on emails.
On the down side the entertainment was rubbish and dissapointing over xmas and new year. Just a music man or dancers. Good value for money being all inclusive."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of February 2007
What a deal!
"Went on a last minute deal as it was so cheap with lastminute.com - Â£140 for two nights all inclusive and the flight.
The hotel was more than adequate and the staff were friendly. The overall feel of this place is very much geared around older holidaymakers, and the entertainment has been customised for this group. However, this did not have a negative impact on how much we enjoyed ourselves as a younger group, and if anything, added to the general mood. It was refreshing not to have to share the pool area with young children, and it was very much also not a posing competition.
The food was great - plenty of it and fresh and varied. The beach couldn't have been nearer and the town was pretty and had plenty of amenities.
All in all a nice weekend."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of December 2006
"After the exam stress, my friend and I took ourselves off on a little holiday. We booked it last minute, as we found such a good deal for all inclusive on the internet. We got put at this hotel, and were so delighted with it. The place was absolutely spotless, and the staff members were all really friendly. We were put in a room at the back of the hotel (overlooking the dried up stream), which meant that we had the sunshine all day, beating in on our room. The air conditioning in the room worked brilliant, so the room wasn't too hot at night.
The food in the hotel was gorgeous, and I really put some weight on over there, there was just so many appetising foods to choose from over there. AI wise, the drinks were ok, we got rather tipsy on the cocktails, but I don't remember there being anything that was off limits to us. There were no drinks limits in place. Snack wise during the day there were none provided, except peanuts at the bar. A little disappointing if you were hungry.
Cala de mijas, was a pretty enough place. Being 20, and put in a Saga hotel meant that we were a bit bored in the hotel, so we ventured out into the town at night. There were a few bars, which were fun enough, and we always had a great time. The swimming pool was fine for lounging about in.
As we were so young, we immediately made friends with the other younger people in the hotel. They were all really cool, and we used to go out with them on nights out. To experience the Spanish nightlife, we had to get a taxi to Benalmadena, which cost around 50 euros. During the day there were great bus links from Mijas to Fuengirola, which offered lots of designer and high street shops, and train links from there to Torremolinos and Malaga.
All in all, even though we were on a Saga holiday, as students, we had a FABULOUS time!"
- Travel date: Mon 10th of July 2006
"GRAN HOTEL COSTA DEL SOL
We have just returned 14 June 2006 from a holiday at this hotel and really enjoyed a lovely relaxing break. The rooms were excellent, and very clean and the air conditioning couldn't have been better. The pool was really for children but you could swim at one end if wished. There were lovely grass areas with the pool and the beach bar
inbetween where there were plenty of sunbeads and umbrellas. Here you could sunbathe away from the children in the pool (if you wished) and watch the sea. The children were never a problem and seemed to enjoy themselves in the pool. Although it was 87 temperature there was always a lovely breeze. Food - good choice, nicely presented, plenty of it although it was sometimes on the cool side but not cold. Lovely salad area. The bar is excellent and for all inclusive a very good choice of drinks also the beach bar. The staff in the dining room were excellent and if you arrived when the restaurant was rather full a waiter was always there to show you to a table. You went through a gate to the beach with sunloungers, umbrellas which you had to pay for, the beach was really nice and close to the sea.
We are hoping to go again next year.
- Travel date: Wed 14th of June 2006
Nice, Clean and good value
"My wife and I stayed here for two nights while on on a trip to see my parents who live in La Cala De Mijas. Had read the previous reviews and on checkin, which was excellent by the way, we asked for a room on the side of the hotel that didn't overlook the river bed that runs down one side of the hotel. The receptionsist was more than willing to give us a room where we wanted. The lobby is very clean and nicely decorated, the lifts were all good and the room was nice. Good size balcony, two double beds in our standard room, and the bathroom had a full size suite, 2 sinks and a very powerful shower. All done in marble and very nice. We went on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfast was fine. Buffet style with full english and continental offerings. Bacon was of the spanish type, streaky and thinly cut. The scrambled egg seems to have had some sort of flour powder to make it up so if you fancy eggs either go for the boiled option or visit the chef based in the middle kitchen area to do you a fresh fried one. There's juice and coffee machines for you to help yourself.
There's entertainment on at night and during the day (paella making, etc) so if you're into that it's available. It's true that the average age of the guests here is well over 50. This does however have its benefits for the younger visitor as any rowdiness is kept to a minimum.
The hotel is within a short walking distance of the centre of La Cala De Mijas so is very conveniently located."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of May 2006
Excellent hotel but be careful where your room is
"Hotel is all you would expect from a four star but unfortunately some rooms overlook a dried up stream which does not smell very nice and attracts flies. We were allocated a room on the first floor facing the pool but found it a bit off-putting that everyone walking past could see in. The Receptionist was very helpful and offered us room 632 instead. On initial inspection the view was fantastic but once stepping out onto the balcony we couldn't get away from the flies. They made you feel that they were on you all the time, we felt awful asking for another move but again the Receptionist was very helpful and we were given a lovely room overlooking the pool on the second floor. Ideal rooms are even numbers ending between 2 and 28.
We stayed bed and breakfast and there was a good selection at the buffet. English sausages but the bacon was the usual streaky kind you get in Spain. We did find the hot food was only warm though and the orange juice was squash although you could see oranges growing not too far away down the coast! The bar area is large and there seemed to be a good take-up for the evening entertainment. For the first couple of days the hotel was quite empty - mainly Saga clients who even had their own lounge but the hotel gradually filled up with Spanish and French visitors and by Good Friday you had to queue up to get into breakfast. The location of the pool is quite strange - you have to come out of the front door of the hotel and walk past some of the rooms to get to it. It is very shallow so not suitable for serious swimmers but the pool area has plenty of sunbeds and you have a lovely view of the sea. We did find it was quite windy and the waves were crashing a bit but that is probably down to the time of year.
La Cala the resort was disappointing, not many restaurants or bars and the place was very quiet - hardly a soul about after 11pm. A few expats sitting in the English bars and an Irish bar called Biddy Mulligans where there is live music a couple of nights per week. We would recommend the Monday act who play all their own instruments and were fantastic. (Called Monkey something!)Apart from that we were struggling to find somewhere to go, maybe again the time of year was significant.
Worth mentioning also is that the hotel has a decent size car park but it costs 10 euros per day. There is adequate parking however just around the corner.
In conclusion providing you get a good room you will like the hotel, if you are not bothered about going out at night it would be ideal."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006
a place to avoid
"We have just returned from 4 weeks here and we found it to be awful.
Unless you are lucky your room will overlook either the car park and garage or worse still a polluted river - with dead cat.
Entertainment almost non existant unless you like Flamenco dancing at least 3 times a week. Very very busy at weekends with locals taking over the hotel, almost to the exclusion of anyone else.
The hotel is right on the beach but there is no promenade to walk on and the beach is difficult-certainly not the place for people with walking difficulties.
The food was not too varied, very predictable and was mostly served up only luke-warm.
If you enjoy good holidays avoid this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of February 2006