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“Not bad at all” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Avenue Gran Bretana s/n | Urbanización Mijas Golf, 29650 Mijas, Spain (Formerly Radisson SAS El Marques Resort & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Mijas
carlisle England
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26 hotel reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Not bad at all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2008

Stayed for 8 nights, in a 2 bed with sea and hill view,
great balcony which had sun from 10 until 5,
rooms fine, 1 double onto balcony, nice big bed, small plazma t.v
second bedroom big bed space quite tight,
has bed settee in living room if needed, plus table, plazma t.v. only c.n.n. and sky news in english
big coffee table, felt smallish but room is definatly 4 star
larger bedroom ensuite, smaller one has seperate large bathroom,
small but adaquate kitchenette no kettle
lack of soundproofing in any form is something i find a problem,

but apart from 1 english family making bit of a racket place was very quiet,

pool area reasonable sized if hotel was full then you may struggle for beds
pleasant quiet stay was had,

finding hotel, and although i read others had problems,
i thought it was ok, once you get turn off on busy mini roundabout, go past mijas police station (not mijas village)
you get first sign for hotel , then a mile further another one,
the hotel directions now up to date,
parking is either park in hotel underground or street parking which was bit busy but not bad,
gym
was ok although lat pulldown was broke, had loose weights (dumbells) cycles, etc,
staff very good apart from when checking out i asked for a pen
he said we have not many to give away i pointed out there was 11

stopped b&b breakfast was reasonable no more, chef made fried eggs if needed, plenty fruit, hot food mediocre.
free internet
didnt try the spa which looked quite busy

hotel is out on a limb, but with car no problem, only 1 restaurant close by
price i paid for 2 in b&b 2 bed de luxe was £91 per night which was ok i guess i would stay again but £70 is what i would pay

  • Liked — the balcony was superb
  • Disliked — soundproofing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester
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90 reviews 90 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

A nice room and good breakfast. Dinner is better at the Pueblo restaurant opposite the hotel.
Swimming pool is a good size but cool at this time of the year

  • Liked — Swimming pool, breakfast with good view if you get an outside table
  • Disliked — Difficult to find
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dublin
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2008

My family and I stayed here for 1 week in August 2008. we hired a car and used the directions on the hotel website to find our way.

The directions were very inaccurate and it took almost 5 hours to find the hotel despite phoning them 4 times ( journey should take 25 mins). We got talking to lots of guests after we arrived who reported similiar experiences.
I notice that the directions on the hotel website have now been changed.
Anyway our stay was very pleasant. The hotel is beautiful. We had a 2 bedroom suite with large balcony, kitchen and 2 bathrooms. After a few days I noticed a strange smell in the room that the maintenence man thought might be from the air conditioning.
We were moved to another 2 bedroom suite that was about 3 times the size of the original with a wrap around balcony and also a terrace off one of the bedrooms.

breakfast was buffet style and had a huge selection to choose from.
There was an a la carte restaurant that we didn't try and also a buffet style dinner which had a reasonable selection and was quite well priced. However I felt that mostof the food would not be to the liking of young children. There was very little plain chicken or meat etc. My 7 year old lived on a dinner of bread for the week but my 10 year old loved it. There was also a pool side bar serving tasty meals until 7pm.

As the hotel is located within a large golf region , you would need a car to get to any shops restaurants etc as there is only a small shop and restaurant nearby.

  • Liked — Lovely accomodation
  • Disliked — Very difficult to find
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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portsmouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

We stayed at this lovely hotel for 9 nights.

Positives

Great food
Staff very friendly
Hotel very clean
Great pool
Very nice comfortable rooms

Negatives

Quite isolated - really need a car
No evening entertainment
Expensive to buy food etc in the hotel

All in all a positive experience, we would definitely consider going back (which we have not done before)

Thank you to all the staff for a lovely stay!!

  • Liked — Room, food and staff
  • Disliked — Cost of food drinks etc
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

My husband and I have just come back from a week's stay at this hotel so thought we'd add our thoughts for people looking to stay here.

The hotel as you'd expect from a Radisson is very smart and clean and the pool and spa were superb. The staff were very friendly and helpful and even upgraded our room after giving bad directions on how to get there from Malaga airport.

The breakfasts were fine but we chose to go half board after having had great food at the Radisson in Tunisia. The buffet dinner here at El Marques was awful to be honest. There wasn't any options for vegetarians - just deep fried potatoes if you were lucky. The main dishes on offer were frankly inedible and the desserts were awful to. The mousse for example was likely to be powder from a packet mixed with milk. Main courses included cheek or squid in some very odd looking curry sauce.

So, I'd say don't go half board but bear in mind that there is nowhere to go for food without a car apart from one restaurant opposite the hotel which we didn't fancy (the owner seemed to throw food at the punters without even a smile).

There really is nowhere in walking distance and we were board stiff come sundown so headed off to mijas in the car.

All in all, nice hotel but bad food and no atmosphere. Th pool bar was hardly open giving nowhere for guests to drink other than the lobby/ seating area - clearly not a bar.

If you like early nights than this is the one to go for...

  • Liked — The apartment was lovely
  • Disliked — Food not great & too quiet
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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journeyor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

My husband and I recently stayed at the Radisson SAS El Marques for a week. We agree with many other reviewers thatyou definitely need a car, as its distance from anywhere else would be a problem without one. Its distance though puts it in a lovely location and the views are beautiful, when we arrived we had booked a one bedroom suite and were upgraded to a deluxe one bedroom suite (not sure I would have noticed the difference). The reception staff were incredibly polite and friendly, they gave enough information without it becoming tedious. The room was very pleasant but I feel they have tried to make it too much like an apartment and because of the amount of furniture have reduced the size of space in the rooms, its a pity.
We had booked half board and looked forward to our evening meal as we arrived just after lunch, this is where it unravelled a bit. The restaurant has what I would think of as little or no atmosphere, its too bland, just like the food. The hotel obviously caters for visitors from other countries butnot really Britain, the food was too warm when it was meant to be cold(eg. slices of cheese sweating and curling at the edges). Food that was supposed to be hot was cool to say the least. It had been placed whilst still warm into the contaioners that were obviously cold and this made for a most unpalateable experience, so much so that we went down the 2nd night and looked round at the food, which was the same again and then we left. Fortunately there is a small restaurant over the road which we used nightly during our stay. The breakfasts were not much better, except the bread which was lovely, but the hot drinks which we had to dispense ourselves from a machine were luke warm again!!!!
This in my opinion is not an hotel for families as there would be nothing to do for children except the pool, we noticed that most people only stayed for a couple of nights anyway. Take a good book or two as the Television, although cable, has only two channels on which English is spoken and both of them are news channels.
In all the hotel is in a beautiful location, could have been improved by better dining facilites and better cleaning of the rooms, and the beds are a little hard, so wouldn't return. But Mijas is very nice and easy to get to the main road and go in every direction you wish. More a 4 star (but this is due to the food).
If you decide to stay better to book Bed and Breakfast then you can please yourself where you eat.

Stayed September 2008
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Lancashire
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

Myself and my boyfriend have just got back from a week here and really enjoyed it. First thing though - I read the reviews on here before going and as nearly all say it is vital to have a car to stay here otherwise it really is quite hard to get around as it is a long walk to any public transport and taxis are expensive. We did actually lose our way to the hotel on the night we got there, despite having printed off directions and taking a sat nav with us but if you get lost don't hesitate to call the hotel as they gave us very clear directions which got us there very quickly. The room was lovely and very large, was brill to have a kitchen and we had lunches and two evening meals in the apartment as we had the facilities to make something. If anyone is interested - 3 english channels on the TV but all news. Beds are comfy and we had a beautiful view over the pool from the balcony and a beautiful view over the mountains from the bedroom (we were in room 611 on the top floor). If you can try and stay on the top floor as the views are lovely. The pool is lovely and there was never any problems getting sunbeds the only thing is the pool is really really really cold and they supply towels aroud the pool but only from 11am onwards. The breakfast here is lovely - massive selection and look out for the bottles of cava which you can help yourself to as well (we only figured this out on the last day!) Myself and my boyfriend loved this place and said we would possibly go and stay here again perhaps for a long weekend. Easy to find and get around (with a car!) when you have got your bearings and well placed for Marbella, Puerto Banus and Malaga. I would really recommend going into Malaga as we did on our last day and the historic part is beautiful and some really good restaurants etc. Would also recommend visiting The Alhambra in Granada if you have a car while you're there (takes about an hour and a half from the hotel and is very easy to find). The Alhmabra and Granada itself is stunning. The only not so good thing we found about this hotel is the food - we had lunch round the pool one day and it came to 25 euros for 2 salads and 2 pepsis which is probably about £20 which we thought was way too expensive (hence why we had lunches in the room). We also ate at the Scratch Restaurant on our first night as we were too tired to go out but this was also expensive for what you got and the service was terrible (very polite but very very very slow). I would definately recommend for any of my friends or family to stay here in the future and we may go back too.

  • Liked — All very clean, modern and staff very very friendly and helpful
  • Disliked — It looked like something had leaked into the ceiling of our bathroom and had not been repaired but really didn't bother us too much
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Avenue Gran Bretana s/n | Urbanización Mijas Golf, 29650 Mijas, Spain (Formerly Radisson SAS El Marques Resort & Spa)
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Mijas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Mijas
#7 Luxury Hotel in Mijas
Hotel Class:4 star — El Marques Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Also Known As:
Radisson Sas El Marques Hotel Mijas
Radisson Sas El Marques Resort And Spa
Radisson Mijas
Mijas Radisson
El Marques Resort & Spa Spain/Mijas, Costa Del Sol

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