Let me be very clear about this lodging. It is not a hotel in the true sense of the word; there is only one person on the desk, which is situated by the door; no cafe, no breakfast room, no dining room, no bar and no staff apart from this one young lady and, I presume, cleaning staff, although we didn't actually see any.
The entrance to the lodging seems to work on a telephone system if there is nobody managing the desk and if the door is locked. As there was somebody on duty on our arrival, and we were given keys to the room and to the front door, it didn't matter to us.
I did notice that the desk by the door often had keys laid out on it, with new customers names attached. Presumably this was to ensure that new guests picked the correct room if nobody was around, although I didn't bother to figure out how they got in, in the first place!
Our room was one of those on the top floor so it did have a double bed, which I had asked for, and a sort of a view. The bed was mega uncomfortable and the bathroom was not very good either.
We noticed immediately that the cold water tap in the sink did not work. We went straight down to let the young lady know. She came up to take a look, totally agreed that it was not functioning and said she would get the plumber round straight away to fix it. By the evening it had not been fixed so, as we were lucky enough to find her at her desk by the door, we mentioned it again. She apologised but said it could not be fixed as the wife of the plumber was in labour, so he was at the hospital and would not respond to a call out. Was he the only odd job man in town? Apparently so! For two days we cleaned our teeth using the bidet cold tap.
The location is fine, so long as you know where it is, and can find somewhere to park your car. We fell short on both counts, but eventually got a parking spot at the bull ring and got some help with our cases from the young lady.
In short, it is not the place to stay when you are well into your retirement years and looking for a bit of comfort. Certainly not in the same league as the Youth Hostel at Pillar in the Lakes when, as a boy of 17, I asked the warden where the bathroom was, and he pointed to the stream!! But I was a healthy 17 years old then, and had no complaints; so, do beware, I suspect that most of the glowing reports for El Escudo de Mijas come from the relatively young!
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