Just back from a week All Inclusive at the Gran Hotel and have to say me and my Wife really enjoyed our stay, the Hotel is in a great location right onto the beach which is lovely, the Hotel was spotlessly clean and the staff were really friendly and looked after us really well all week, especially the barman “Jose”, he was a really nice guy, also worth a mention was the maid who cleaned our room every day and brought fresh towels, she was very good at her job, the compare Christina was also very friendly and deserves a mention.
The facilities in the room (514) were very good and the room was nice and clean with lovely views, the views at the rear of the Hotel are not as good as the front as there is a large storm drain which runs into the sea, this didn't bother us as we was at the front of the hotel, these storm drains are everywhere in Spain so you cannot really complain about them as it's the norm in Spain. The bathroom in 514 was lovely and clean with a great shower and B'day and was cleaned most days while we stayed.
The Bar is on the 1st floor and was excellent, it's the usual cheaper brands on the All Inclusive deal but they were all of good quality, especially the beer and sangria, we didn't use the pool bar as it was closed out-of-season, all the bar staff were excellent and really friendly.
The restaurant is at ground level near reception, the food was buffet style, I've read a few reviews on here with complaints about the food being bland and lukewarm but I have to say it was on the whole very good, the soups and stews were really nice, the breakfast was very good, loads of choice, the salads were good too and very fresh, each night there was lots to choose from and usually 3 or 4 different meats or fish, my advice to anybody who eats from a buffet menu is to get in early when the food is hot and fresh and you'll have no problems and will probably enjoy it, the kitchen staff here work very hard and deserve credit for the effort they make, we personally enjoyed all our meals and had no real complaints about the quality of the food on offer.
I'd give this place 7/10 on the whole, that's a good score and a fair score as there is always room for improvement in any hotel, I'd give the staff 8/10 as on the whole they were excellent, the location would get 9/10 because it is a lovely area of the Costa. Would we stay here again? YES!!! without question I would recommend this hotel to friends/family/couples/pensioners, it also attracts a lot of golfers as it's a popular area for sport, I would not recommend it to young lads/girls looking to party all night as the hotel and area are family oriented.
To get here we flew into Malaga then took the train (no. C1) to Fuengirola, the station is in the airport terminal, it cost just under 3 euro to Fuengirola and was quick and easy to use. From Fuengirola you can take a cab and that cost about 15 euro or you can walk 100 yards to the bus station and take the no. 220 heading to Marbella at a cost of 1.50 euro, it takes 20 minutes and leaves on the hour and half past every hour. Outside Fuengirola station there is a water fountain in the middle of the road, with the station behind you take a right turn at the fountain and the bus station is 50 metres down that road on the right hand corner, you will need to buy your bus ticket from the ticket office before you board at the terminus, if you board en-route you can pay the driver. The bus pulls off the highway into La Cala village so you won't get lost and the hotel is easy to find as it dwarfs most buildings in the area, but the locals are friendly and will direct you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The VIK Gran Hotel Costa del Sol is a 4 star hotel in Cala de Mijas (Malaga), located on the beachfront of Cala de Mijas with breathtaking views out over playa de la Butibamba. The hotel is placed only 15 minutes from Marbella and 10 minutes from Fuengirola , with big shopping malls . Sun , beach , golf and relax !! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Costa Del Sol
- Hm Gran Mijas
- VIK Gran Hotel Costa Del Sol Mijas/La Cala De Mijas