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“Good value for a budget holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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Apartamentos Nucleo Cristal
1.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Decano Pedro Navarrete 4, Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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stockport, cheshire
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good value for a budget holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

If you are looking for a cheap & basic stay in la carihuela then the nucleo is perfect. its no 4 star but has everything you need. ideal for families, close to shops and the beach.

Good points:
we wanted an apartment in the la carihuela end of torremolinos, this was a perfect location. apartments were large plus very secure- keys to the building main door as well as the lift and double locks on the apartment door.The room was basic but nice. nicer than expected even! it had a lovely sized kitchen, living room & bedroom. A fan was provided (but it didnt work very well). The complex had a big pool which was never crowded. supermarket and pool at the main block. A cleaner came twice while we were there, changed our towels and mopped the floors. The kitchen had an oven, microwave, fridge and toaster. plenty of plates and glasses but no bowls.

Bad points:
firstly and a big problem for a family of 4 was the lack of hot water, we would have one shower and it would be all gone, there was a wait until it warmed up again. There was only cnn news on the tv, they need to get more english channels if they want to attract english guests, a tv is not a major requirement for us but its something we find useful with having young children and early nights in. The balcony was lovely and big but was not suitable for younger children, there were big gaps in the bars for little people to fall through. For this reason we couldnt use it. The grass around the pool had toadstools in places again this is not good for little children, my baby puts everything in her mouth. Apartment got quite stuffy and the lack of air con was a pain!! The fan was useless, old and slow!!

Room Tip: The second block was much more secure than the main and quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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84 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

We booked an apartment from a private Spanish owner (building A, first floor, corner). The apartment had 3 bedrooms (1 without a window and 1 with a high sleeper), 1 bathroom with tub, smalle kitchen, nice balcony large enough to sit with 6 people. We were with 4 adults and 2 kids. The a/c didn't worked (repair took a week), but because of the breeze we didn't missed it in the beginning. The pool was large and we had a direct view on it. There is a guard on duty, sometimes you can go in free, other times you have to show your card. Beds at pool are at a charge. Just 5 minutes walk from beach, boulevard, good restaurants and shopping area, just GREAT! Supermarket in building, Internet cafe opposite building, busstop around the corner.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

In good location near beach and resturants. Local bus service nearby. Rooms are basic stayed in studio . Had 4 rings ,oven,microwave,fridge,iron and hairdryer and TV. Reception staff were pleasant. Stayed for a week and got no linen change and only one towel change. Would come back as know what to expect from aparments.Swimming pool was good size and would be good in summer months as plenty of room round the pool.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

We booked this apartment via booking.com, having never really noticed it before, having been in La CArihuela many times before. Anyway, pleasantly surprised: previous reviews have said it's a wee bit tired and i would agree, but as a base, it's more than fine. We had a one bedroom apartment which gave plenty of space.The kitchen is small, but it has a four ring cooker, full oven and microwave/ grill oven. Good shower and bathroom, with a fully functioning hairdrier (a la 1970s!) and plenty towels. However, downsides are: no air con, and no bed linen change or general clean in one wek. But there is a fan which does help. Back to the positives, this block is part residential, which means concierge free but has good security via the key entry system. There are two buildings, A & B. Building A is totally residential. This is where the pool is. The pool is a good size and very clean. There are plastic beds and you can have a thick matress for 1euro per day (compaired to 9euros on the beach). There is also a grocery shop, connected to a bar/ taparia whic is open to the pool. Excellent prices: cana & tapa 1.50 euros, with other drinks around the same price. You could also buy a beer/ drink from the shop and take it to the pool area. Friendly bar and shop staff with community feel. To summarise, the apartment is two minutes from the beach and one minute from the pool. It is in the heart of La Carihuela, which is very convenient for everything. Torremolinos is a ten minute walk, but bus stop is two minutes away. Benalmadina about twenty minute walk, but again bus stop two minutes away. For a budget break, we would definetely return, but expect no frills, you get them elsewhere: that's why you go to the Costa Del Sol!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Apartamentos Nucleo Cristal

Address: Decano Pedro Navarrete 4, Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Apartamentos Nucleo Cristal 1.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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