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“Basic, but ok for the money” 3 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 #46 of 74 hotels in Torremolinos
South West UK
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Basic, but ok for the money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

Booked 6 nights for October half-term 2009 - paid a very cheap price for room-only basis. The room was extremely basic and the beds were hard; it was clean-ish and the balcony was good to have. The bed was made each day (same sheets) and a fresh bath towel provided. I would hate to stay there in the very hot summer months as there is no air conditioning - only a ceiling fan. The bathroom had seen better days and could have been cleaner. There was a safe in my room for valuables - I rented it for 3 euros a day.
The majority of the staff spoke a little English and were helpful and friendly. The execption to this was the lady (who I think owned it) - she barely said a word (though understood English) and never raised a smile. However, when I complained about a window that would not lock, it was sorted next day as promised. There was pricey internet access available in the lobby, and the pool was pleasant, though unheated. The bar prices seemed reasonable (I only ordered a couple of beers), and I can't comment on the breakfast/food as I didn't eat there.
To sum up, a few minor changes would improve this hotel a lot, but it was ok as a base from which to explore the Costa Del Sol for a week.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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BARNSLEY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

Had a great time, the staff were extremley helpful, location great, bar open 23 hours excellent service, fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

My wife and I Stayed in the El Tiburon (the shark) again this year. Generally the hotel hasn't changed much, except this year the hotel was room only. Although we don't bother too much about breakfast, not being able to wander downstairs for a cup of coffee and a glass of fruit juice did make a big difference. There are no other facilities in the bedrooms to make a cuppa but you can hire a kettle, toaster or whatever from the reception at a cost. You can also buy a breakfast betweem 09.00 and 12.00 from the bar. I felt the atmosphere at the hotel had changed somewhat and there didn't seem to be a happy hour at the in the afternoon any more which was dissapointing. People didn't seem to hang around the hotel much because of this so it felt empty. You might as well get a studio apartment instead of staying here room only for about the same money and you will get a cooking facilities fridge and a kettle.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 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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Finland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 helpful votes 29 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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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 #46 of 74 hotels in Torremolinos
Hotel Class:2 star — El Tiburon Hotel 2*
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