Sometimes it is fun to make a last minute booking but beware the consequences! I found myself with a few days to spare and needing a break from a heavy book I am writing to deadline. I looked around for a break in the sun, picked Spain and settled on a hotel advertised as one and a quarter miles from the village of Mijas, quiet during the day(for poolside sunbathing) and close to the excitement of Fuengirola. It might have been a mile or so if I were able to fly but, up the steep hillside, it was a lot longer, in fact an 8-10Euro taxi fare. Strike One. The hotel was packed with Spanish families. Quiet! Not on your life! Strike Two. Excitement of Fuengirola , pardon me. I spent one morning and couldn't wait to return to my hotel. It was, in a word, grotty and, indeed, made me appreciate what I had.
It needed a sit down chat with the manageress to sort out some of the problems, like the room not being cleaned properly, chipped paint and graffiti on the bathroom wall, the long wait at the bar while all inclusive customers filled shipping orders for extended families, and other minor odds and ends. The room, once clean, was fine if a little spartan and offered me critical WiFi at no cost, good job because my telephone did not work for the entire week.
For an hotel so isolated I was staggered that they did not sell essentials like sun cream(because, I was told, we are not by the sea!) but to counter that a very kind man named Paco brought me back an English newspaper every day when he took his son to tennis lessons.
On the credit side the pool was kept really clean, the service at the desk and the bar was polite and friendly and the breakfast(buffet style) was extensive. I did not eat other meals there until my departure day when I had a buffet lunch and again the choice was vast and the food good. But when they ran out of items at the bar they were not immediately replaced, indeed some not at all.
I did not return to Fuengirola but visited the delightful Mijas every night for dinner and discovered that, if asked, the hotel would provide free tickets for the bus up the hill but be prepared to wait for a service which was anything but shuttle, again as advertised.Never once did the bus run within 10 minutes of the advertised schedule.
Found a couple of really good - if quite expensive- restaurants but the third top restaurant had closed for refurbishments - in the middle of the season. Very strange.
But the net result was that I came back rested and extremely tanned.
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- Hacienda Puerta Del Sol Mijas
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