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“The Sparkle Has Gone from the El Tiburon” 4 of 5 stars
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El Tiburon Hotel Boutique
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C. Los Nidos 7 | La carihuela, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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Ranked #17 of 73 Hotels in Torremolinos
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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“The Sparkle Has Gone from the El Tiburon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

This is our second visit to the El Tiburon and I agree with the other recent posts that it is definitely going down hill. Don’t get me wrong it was still cheap and cheerful but I found it not to be as clean as my last visit. The banister up the stairs was sticky with dirt, our loo smelled like it had never been cleaned and the stairs and floors did not seem as clean as usual.

The receptionist has reached new heights of misery and spent the whole time outside smoking.

The lovely lovely barman was not his usual self and looked sad and withdrawn. In contrast the breakfast fella always had a big smile on his face.

The lack of free breakfast was OK but it certainly put another 10 euro’s a day on our trip. We did eat in the hotel a few times, it was fine but nothing to write home about. We ate brekkie at La Tahoma patisserie, that place is fantastic, they do everything from pasties and the most amazing cakes to snacks and tapas, we ate there a few times and were always very pleased.

Happy Hour still a total bargain, 2 huge vodka’s with diet coke for 4 euro’s.

Its hard to explain but it did not have the same vibe as it had the previous year, however I would not rule out another visit to the El Tiburon but next time I will be looking else where first.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

stayed at the tib as usual its up for sale and the owners cant sale it quick enough this reflects on the poor barman who has been there 20 years and is not his usual happy self and the staff has lost intrest cant blame them the hotel was spotlless clean and the breakfast was good for the money we had a great time as usual and we hope new owners will get this fab little hotel back on track we live the location carrihule is a fantastic place to stay the walks to torri is fab will be going back soon but looking for somewhere else to stay untill tib gets sorted

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2009

I stayed with my sister a week in this hotel. It was very clean and the location was excellent. Near to the beach and on a quiet place. Most of the staff was very friendly, only one female was not interested in the guests at all, but we decided to not bother about her. Probably she has big personal problems.

Our room was pretty small, but had a balcony and a bathroom. It seemed to have been and to be cared for with love.

There's internet access near the reception, that costs 2 € for about 50 minutes.

For all this we paid only 189 €! Booked with Hotels4you.com

  • Liked — The good price
  • Disliked — No breakfast
  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 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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lancashire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

Recently returned from an enjoyable break at El Tiburon in Carihuela. This hotel no longer does a buffet breakfast, but you can buy a variety of breakfast items in the bar 9.00-12.30, that we found tasty, reasonabley priced, freshley cooked and served with a smile. We also sampled meals later in the day and found them the same, there are only three tables suitable for meals so this could be a problem at busy times. We found the rooms quite basic, no fridge/minibar or kettle, but very clean, with a safe, a TV with 2 BBC channels, a bathroom with a shower over a half bath and a balcony overlooking the Pool. The biggest niggle was creaking taps and noisy plumbing, the biggest plus was the value for money and the quiet location yet very close to the beach and the delightful pedestrian streets full of restaurants that cater to most tastes and budgets. In conclusion a well located budget hotel, with tasty food available and generally friendly staff (with one exeption described perfectly in a previous review)!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2009

now there's nothing major wrong with tiburon the maid service daily is excellant and the room i had was spacious and stacks of hot water,it's also well situated for access to nearby restraunts,beach and the fantastic walkway along the coast,the niggles a staff member who looks like being miserable is her day job not much in way of friendly holas here,i don't watch much tv on holiday but only english channel in the room is bbc2 wales for some reason even news 24 would be a welcome relief from that,and the biggie no KETTLE in the room,so generally okay for the price i paid but would upgrade or get a proper self catering apartment if i was to revisit the area.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2009

I have stayed in El Tiburon many times in the past. The rooms are still very clean and maid service every day but now breakfast in not included and I believe there has been a management change - staff no longer interested in anything apart from smoking outside reception. It no longer represents good value for money. Not sure why the pool area was out of bounds it was warm enough...Many better options nearby.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

I stayed for 7 days in December. I found the room dated and fairly small but adequate. I thought I was self-catering but there was no cooking facilities in the room and I was actually half-board with a good breakfast cooked by a friendly chef each morning. The sound-proofing in rooms is poor and I was able to hear my neighbours, especially a foul-mouthed brummie. I wouldn't stay here again for this reason. However, the staff were helpful, polite and accomodating. The hotel is in a good location in Cariheula, near to the beach, shops and promenade. I found the area and Torremolinos in general to be dated also. There is a lot of grafitti and dog mess around and a plethora of seventies and eighties built hotels. I found this not to my taste, but if you like simple bars and restaurants, you won't be disappointed. The beach area is spotless, well-kept and with many loungers and play areas for children. The local trains and buses are frequent and cheap. I would recommend hiring a bike and cycling along the promende. You can cycle to Fuengirola and Malaga easily and it's cheap and fun (€10 per day).

  • Liked — Cleanliness of rooms
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C. Los Nidos 7 | La carihuela, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#12 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Tiburon Hotel Boutique 2*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 100m away from one of the most charming beaches of the Costa del Sol, La Carihuela, 3-star Boutique Hotel El Tiburon is recommended for adults who wish to enjoy the most comfortable, pleasant and luxurious stay in Torremolinos. Opened in 1963 is one of the first hotels built in the Costa del Sol, staying since both renowned artists and personalities of high prestige at national and international level. In 2012 the hotel has undergone a complete reform with the greatest care to give it a stylish and cosmopolitan air that makes it the most exclusive hotel in Torremolinos. Be seduced by El Tiburon: the hotel that changes Torremolinos. ... more   less 
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El Tiburon Hotel Boutique Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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