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“Nice place - shame about the area.” 3 of 5 stars
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Club Calahonda Crown Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ur Sitio De Calahonda, Ctra.cadiz Km.196,50, 29650 Mijas, Spain   |  
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Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Mijas
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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“Nice place - shame about the area.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

We stayed at Club Calahonda for the first 2 weeks in October 2011 in a 2-bedroom apartment. Although the apartment standard was quite good, we really didn’t like the area it was in.

The apartment was well equipped and furnished and quite clean. Everything worked apart from one very small shower which had a badly broken door which the management didn’t seem bothered about fixing despite being repeatedly asked. One potential problem during the summer would be the lack of air-conditioning, which we understand is the norm in most other equivalent residences. To be fair the ceiling fans worked well in October, but in our experience they wouldn’t be enough in the peak season. Additionally, the site has obviously had a security problem; there were many security advice notices and leaflets left in the apartment; the site entrance is via coded gates (which some people continually left open!). There was a safe in our apartment, for which we were surprised at having to pay in the light of this!

The site is also good with two swimming pools - one heated, the other unheated. There were plenty of sun beds around - but not enough with a “sit-up back” for our liking! The grounds are well kept and the Palm Tree restaurant provided a reasonable selection of meals at a fair (= non rip-off) price. There are also two supermarkets and other restaurants within walking distance.


The location is NOT exactly where shown on the Tripadviser map - the “star” shown points to Club Marbella - Club Calahonda is closer to the sea between Urbanizacion Jarales de Alhamar, Calle del Conde de Jordania and Av de Espagne. The whole of the coastal strip is just now one long suburb, virtually continuous from what we can make out west from Malaga. We found that there was no real centre nearby, or anywhere nice for a walk after dinner in the evening. The coastal road - now a continuously day and night roaring dual carriageway - separates the area around Club Calahonda from the sea. The nearest reasonable beach is several km west by car/bus.

Club Calahonda is OK if you want to either stay in the grounds and relax, or use it as a base for visiting places (Granada, Gib + many others). However, it is not suitable if you want somewhere within walking distance of a decent beach with some local flavour without having to negotiate continual traffic.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed at two 2 -bedroom apartments. The apartments were lavishly furnished, tidy and had all the kitchen utensils and a washing machin, with washing powder. The stuff were very polite and helpful. The pool is not big but is sufficent for having fun. The beach is 5 minute walking distance, and there are two big supermarkets nearby, and lots of restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

My wife and I visited this complex through our RCI Timeshare Points System..It was an excellent all round place to stay, All the staff were very pleasant and helpfull and spoke good English..The room we stayed in had 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms looking over the tennis court which at about 4.00 pm the balcony was a great sun trap.. The rooms were kept immaculate has was the resort. The Palm Trees restraurant owner Antonio and all his staff were brilliant. advised to book a table on karaoke night its good.. if you smoke reserve a table outside... There is good entertainment on at the Palm Trees every night and the food is great,,About a five minute walk up the hill to the small strip there is more restrautants and would recommend The Far Isles first one on the left walking down.. We visited this resort in September 2011 weather was good all week..

Room Tip: If you want a little privacy ask for a room facing the tennis courts..
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed here the first week of August 2011 as part of an RCI exchange and I would definitely stay at Club Calahonda again.

The room itself had a kitchen which was well stocked with equipment, and a washing machine. Living room with sofa, television and dvd player, dining table and chairs for six, a large balcony with a table that sat 4 and had several sun loungers for use. One double bed in the bedroom was off the balcony, the second bedroom, with twin beds was opposite. Two bathrooms, of good size. All in all, a very nice room and spectacular view of the water. The resort charges 28 euros for electricity for the week - however, the room does not have air conditioning, it is for normal utility consumption. I was a bit surprised as I have regularly been charged an extra electric fee for air con, but never as an extra for normal consumption. However, I did regularly use the washing machine to wash sandy towels and clothes, so I am not complaining. They had a large clothes rack out on the balcony to dry the wet laundry and put swimsuits and such.

The room was clean and neat. A couple lightbulbs were burnt out, but we contacted the front desk and maintenance came within an hour to fix. Mid week they changed the linens on the beds and all the towels.

Also, security is a concern, with coded gates to enter the property, and signs in the room all instruct you to lock your valuables in the safe, and to lock your gates which slide across the glass doors if you take a nap and when you sleep. However, in order to use the safe, you must rent a pin from the front desk at 1 euro per day. I thought this might be overkill (all the gates and such) until we met a woman at a restaurant who was staying at a different property and had fallen asleep on her balcony during siestsa. Thieves apparently climbed the balcony and entered her room as she had not locked the gate. They stole her purse and all her credit cards/money etc. Again, this did not happen at this property, but it does happen often enough in the area that management places signs in your room to remind you.

The pool looked nice and had lots of loungers, however, the week we stayed it often looked like kid soup. Most of the guests were British or Spanish, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Our room faced the pool and it was noisy until around 11pm every night, but didn't bother us. This is a place for families. Our teenage daughter just didn't want to go as the kids were all much younger. Many times it too hot to sleep until well after midnight, so we shifted our schedules to more of a Spanish one (dinner around 10pm, bed around midnight, 1am, sleep until 8am), siesta around 2-3. The beach was not far and we took the shuttle once down and walked back. We also spent time exploring the coast and found several nice beaches and great restaurants.

The front desk offered us an arrival package for 20e which included eggs, bacon, bread, tea, sugar, milk, juice, coffee, thus allowing us to make breakfast in the morning. (The markets close early Sunday, and were thus closed by the time we arrived) It was very nice and unexpected.

I found the front desk to be very helpful and nice. The Little Palms Restaurant was ok foodwise - we ate there the first evening. Discovered other restaurants for breakfast/lunch which were much better.

There was plenty of parking, and a small elevator to use so we did not have to haul heavy suitcases up flights of stairs.

They do not have beach towels, so plan on bringing your own or buying some. The welcome packet had a comment that the front desk rents beach towels, but I didn't see it until after I bought a couple. Not sure what the price was. Loungers were available at every beach we went for 4e for the day and included an umbrella.

It was hard to find the first time, despite having a GPS. It is also a bit further from Malaga, Fuengiarola and other places than we realized.

If I was just staying to get a bit of sun, I might forgo renting a car. We had a car, as we had flown into Madrid and driven down (7 hours driving), and found we spent a lot of time driving around as we explored the rest of the coast.

Almost everything a guest may want was in walking distance or shuttle distance, and at the end of the trip I felt a bit exhausted from all the driving. The resort does offer tours to Grenada and Tangier and several other locations, but you must arrange several days in advance. Also, there is train service to Sevilla from Malaga, but it was expensive, so we chose to drive to Sevilla for the day, spent the night and then came back to Club Calahonda the next day. It was convenient to use as a base for exploration as this was our first trip to Spain and there was so much to see..

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We booked this hotel thinking that we were getting a twin room with a kitchen. However, upon arrival, we were given a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 large bathrooms, a large living room/diner and a kitchen with very modern appliances. Although check in was confusing (you have to go to Club Marbella just up the road, from which you get a free minibus to this resort), we were welcomed brilliantly with a fantastic room. The room was very clean and had a balcony overlooking the pool. All the essentials were provided in the room such as an ironing board, washing machine and clothes horse and we were pleasantly surprised when we found there were complimentary washing tablets! The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the supermarket and a 10 minute walk from the beach. Depending on what sort of holiday you are on, you can take a free minibus to a beach up the road which has watersports etc. However, if you want something quieter, walk down to the beach from the hotel where there are lovely beach bars and not many children! The resort itself has a large amount of sunbeds, meaning you'll always find one free at any time during the day. There are two pools, one is heated and the other is not. The pool are in sunlight for most of the day so it is a guaranteed spot for a suntan! Overall, our stay was very pleasant and we will definitely be using this hotel in the future. The only thing I would say is that the staff in the restaurant could smile a little more!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

My Husband and I recently visited Club Calahonda through and RCI time share and it was very relaxing.

Our apartment was very well kept with a nice kitchen which had all the amenities of home. There are two pools in the complex, one heated and one unheated. The heated pool was usually more crowded but we never had trouble finding lounge chairs. There is a small cabana near the heated pool which sells drinks and snacks.

Although people have said that a car is required for the area, we were perfectly happy walking. The supermarket is just down the road and the beach is easy to get to, although you have to cross over a major highway to get there. There is a nice strip of restaurants/bars about 1/2 mile away which we visited most days. Our favorite bar was The Loft- they serve tapas and the bar itself is beautifully decorated and the staff were very friendly. The resort has a shuttle which takes you to another beach about 3km away which is much nicer than the closest beach.

We ate at the restaurant one night and the food was unimpressive (especially for vegetarians) so we cooked in our apartment the remainder of the trip. They had live entertainment which was what you would expect in a beach resort - karaoke, live singing, etc. Not really our idea of hot entertainment but the older crowd seemed to enjoy it.

We took a taxi from Malaga airport which cost €55. On the way back we took a bus/train which was much cheaper (€5 for 2 people). The bus stop is just on the other side of the highway and goes twice an hour. It takes about 30min and drops you off directly in front of the Fuengirola train station.

This resort is really great if you are looking for a quiet holiday.

Room Tip: Go for a ground floor room for easy pool access
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

I am biased as I have owned here for 22 years !. The resort had some pretty bad times for the first few years with the owners wasting our maintenance fees. This all changed mid 90's and the complex has gone from strength to strength. The apartments include full kitchens and 2 bathrooms and the majority have lovely views. The staff are always very friendly and any broken equipment repaired or replaced within an hour. The only issue I have is with people hanging towels from balconies and making the place look a mess - don't they realise they have a clothes airer !! Antonio at the Palmtree is very friendly and goes out of his way to help.. great place..

Room Tip: I have a few favourite rooms !!!
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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ur Sitio De Calahonda, Ctra.cadiz Km.196,50, 29650 Mijas, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Mijas
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Calahonda Crown Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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