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“Good location however,staff were v. rude” 2 of 5 stars
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El Tiburon Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Los Nidos 7 | La Carihuela, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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Ranked #47 of 74 hotels in Torremolinos
London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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“Good location however,staff were v. rude”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights recently at the end of August. There's no a/c in room 306, just a fan that barely turns so might as well be non-existant! Extremely hot during peak season, impossible to sleep. On arrival the staff weren't welcoming or friendly, no smiles at all! I wouldn't recommend trying the food, it's salty and greasy - much better off walking 2 mins down the road and eating at a local restaurant with fresh seafood.

The location is very good, the beach is just behind the hotel maybe 1 minute walk. The town centre is much further down. But the area has a lot of restaurants and beach side bars in walking distance. Plenty of shopping around - so well recommended. Except don't stay in this hotel if you're not on a major budget!!

Room Tip: Request a room on 2nd floor. 3rd floor will kill you with the heat and no AC!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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dublin , ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a 10 night stay here, we stayed in room 103 which had a pool view. There is also a small lift in the hotel. The pool was always warm and there were always sunbeds available. We had a drink at the bar one night and the atmosphere was friendly. We didn't eat in the hotel but there is a fantastic bakery 2 mins from the hotel - turn right at the hotel door then first right and the bakery is on the left corner It is extremely popular and everything is very fresh. They also make rolls to order. Most of the restaurants cater for Spanish but Nigel & Cheryl's - left at the beach walking towards Torremolinos was clean and friendly and good value - Sunday Roast every day or fish & chips mugs of tea, very good selection on the menu - its open all year round!

First the good points: Our room was very quite and the beds were comfy. There were 3 english tv stations. There is a bath with a powerful shower in it and always plenty of hot water. The rooms are cleaned every day and there are no creepy crawlies. There was a nice atmosphere in the hotel in a great location.

Not so good points: I know we booked room only but it would have been nice to have a fridge. There was no laundry facilities in the hotel or anywhere in the area. We bought a clothes-horse for 20 euros in a shop - turn right at the hotel door then first right and the first shop on the right sells them. We had to get an extension lead for the hairdryer which we bought at a shop left from the hotel door then first left and the shop is beside the taxi rank (approx 4 euros). There was no air-con and the ceiling fan was ok but we had to leave the balcony door open most of the time. For this reason I wouldn't stay in accommodation without air-con again (this was our first time to try it but air-con is necessary).

The towels were changed everyday but most of them were threadbare. We felt the sheets should have been changed more often.

TRIPS: The nearest train station is about 15 mins walk. We would highly recommend the BIOPARK in Fuengirola 1.80 each way on the train 17 euro entrance but worth every penny.

Also the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos approx 6 euros entrance I think it was around 1 o'clock they fed the crocs which was a great show and you can take a photo after on your own camera holding a small crocodile.

We got the train to Malaga. Picasso was born there and you can see his museum (6 euro entrance) and the house where he was born (3 euros).

If you want to go Marbella get the train to Fuengirola - then the bus from the bus station which is beside the train station.

La Carihuela is a great location but we found the sea cold even when you stay in it for a while. It was the same in Fuengirola as well which we didn't understand. The sea in Marbella had jellyfish in - so it is nice to have a pool in whichever accommodation you book.

The staff at the El Tiburon were lovely and the location is excellent. We would defo stay here again and pay extra if there was aircon, better towels and laundry facilities.

Room Tip: pool view is a must
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Just had 10 days here, room was on top floor with a sea view, well decorated and spacious. Not a great deal of storage space but we coped. Spotlessly clean, room cleaned every day and towels changed every day too by friendly maids.
Hotel is located one street back from the beach in La Carihuela which has countless eatieries and bars and is lovely. However.. there is no air con, which is a must certainly for summer. The ceiling fan wouldn't have blown out a match so we had to open the balcony door for some air.. which of course let the noise in. Lots of it. So, I had a terrible time sleeping here.
Apart from that, the pool is nice, the staff are all friendly and helpful and the bar never seems to close. They even rustled us up a pizza when we got in at 7am! Clientele is mixed, and hotel is suitable for singles, couples and families.
30 euros for a safe key was a bit steep, so it's up to you as to choose whether it is worth it. All in all, I would recommend. Torremolinos is such a nice resort with plenty to do that a hotel is only a base anyway.
It is handy for Benalmadena and the lovely harbour. Just go down to the beach and turn right and walk for about 20 minutes.

Room Tip: ask for a higher floor room for a sea view. We were on 4th floor. Gets the sun all afternoon too.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Just back from my seven night stay at el tiburon and can say it was fab everything was perfect the staff are lovely especially fernando and also pedro there was another chap but didn't get to meet him really made sOme lovely friends there only gripe I had was that the ceiling fan didn't really do anything to cool the room down but it was exceptionally hot the surrounding area is great 2 mins to bustling shops and resteraunts I suggest you go to alandino sports bar for a vodka and fanta lemon well cheap and good size measure also go to winstins bar lovely staff and the best chips ever wonderful place will be back

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Just stayed at the Tiburon for a short break, We arrived late at night, And check in was easy had a beer at the same time. Room was basic, but had all that we needed. Bathroom was a nice size, And there was always plenty of hot water, for a bath or shower. It was really hot when we were there, And there was only a ceiling fan which was'nt much good against the heat. We just left one of the balcony doors open, And the window in the bathroom open so a breeze blow right through, Which did help a bit. Rooms were cleaned and beds made everyday.
The pool area was alright not over big, Most of the loungers had really thick cushions on them which were nice and comfy. The hotel is in a really good location 5 mins to the front and beach. Did'nt eat in the hotel so car'nt really comment on the food. But was told it was ok. We had not been to Torremolinos before, And have to say we really loved this part of Torremolinos, Think it's called La Carihuela, There are not a lot of high rise buildings, the Front is lovely no traffic, Same on the street behind.
And even though there are loads of touristy shops, it has really kept that Spanish feel.
We will go back.

Room Tip: make sure you ask for a room with a balcony
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

I've just returned from a 6-night solo stay in El Tiburon. The room was cheap and clean and offered all that I needed - a bed, a bathroom and somewhere to put my stuff. It did get very hot, even with the ceiling fan on, and my room was noisy being a roadside one, but I didn't spend much time in the room so not a huge problem. The maids were very friendly and cleaned the room every day, replacing the towels several times during my stay. The staff were mostly friendly (there was one who made me feel a bit uncomfortable as a young woman there alone one day, but nothing scary). The room and bathroom were both a good size and the shower was a really good one. The location is excellent, just 2 or 3 minutes' walk from the beach (leave the hotel, turn right then right again), about 15 minutes' walk from Montemar Alto station if you want to take the train to Malaga (this involves a steep hill however!), and about a 30 or 40 minute walk along the sea to Benalmadena marina.There are some lovely restaurants on the beach and streets nearby, as well as the chiringuitos for drinks. I had room-only so went out for breakfast at La Tahona de la Carihuela (turn right when you leave the hotel and it's there in front of you when you turn right again to head to the beach), which offered a range of Spanish, continental and British breakfasts at good prices (I recommend the bocadillo tomate y aceite [tomatoes and olive oil on toasted bread]). The pool looked nice though I didn't use it as the sea was right there. I had coffee in the bar a few times, which was cheap and good, and being open all the day and night apart from 8am-9am the bar was convenient for bottled water, but I didn't have any other drinks there so can't comment on those. I would recommend this hotel for a cheap stay in La Carihuela, though I would personally try to get in at the Cabello first (where I stayed last year) if I were going on my own again, as I never encountered anything that made me feel uncomfortable there.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

just come back from our .2nd vist this year..the staff and hotel allthe same we talked to the new russian manager who told us the hotel will be renamed and completely refurbished to a 3 star prob half board fridges in rooms ect ..... i hope they will leave a bit of character there.....we are going in sept for the last time this year in the old tib ...hope they keep the staff next year

Room Tip: 307 have 4 beds
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Los Nidos 7 | La Carihuela, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #47 of 74 hotels in Torremolinos
Hotel Class:2 star — El Tiburon Hotel 2*
Also Known As:
El Tiburon Torremolinos
Hotel El Tiburon
El Tiburon Hotel Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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