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Hotel Riu Nautilus
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Salvador Allende 39 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 73 Hotels in Torremolinos
Crayford, United Kingdom
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“A real gem of a hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Cannot fault the cleanliness, staff, location or food. If Torremolinos is your destination choice this hotel is perfect. The no under 17's rule is also a bonus for those wanting a quieter type of holiday.
A few observations:
- take an extension lead with you. Power point right over the other side of the room from the mirror for those who use hair straighteners etc.!
- the set times for dinner was a little annoying. Everyone turning up at the same time and having to then queue around the various buffet tables. I'm not keen on sitting at the same table every evening either but that is just my personal choice.
- be prepared to get up at the crack of dawn to go and get your sunbeds. There were plenty available but the prime locations are taken by about 7am. There is a no reservation rule which is completely ignored so it is a case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".
- the evening entertainment - we were treated to a medley of "Viva Espana", "Spanish Eyes", "By the Rivers of Babylon" and various other cringey tunes from the 1970's. Don't take it too seriously. After all being in a prime location there are plenty of other things to do of an evening.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Hull UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

First visit to this hotel and very satisfied and would like to record a few observations. Would appear that smoking is allowed in the outside restaurant. General opinion from the non smokers is that this was an annoying irritant particularly when some guests were smoking cigars. Alas the entertainment was disappointing. In some circumstances even boring especially on nights when we were being entertained with solo artists on the classical guitar and saxophone. It was also noticed that around the swimming pool there was evidence of bathers who were not residents in the hotel and this sometimes could lead to confrontation. Otherwise a very enjoyable holiday very highly rated in all other aspects. Recommended..

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is my second stay at a Riu hotel and wasn't disappointed. The hotel was lovely throughout, with a large reception area which is tastefully decorated, there is 90 minutes free wifi available in reception or 20 euros for a week used anywhere around the hotel.

The staff who we spoke to during our stay were very nice and helpful. Also the Thomson's rep was very helpful for the enquiries we made about trips and a couple of minor issues, these were nothing to do with the hotel may I add.

The rooms were nice and spacious and decorated nicely, the bathroom had a big walk in shower and the toilet was in a separate area off the bathroom which I thought was a great idea. The air conditioning worked great, plenty storage space and safe available for 2 euros per day. Maid service was great and room always spotless. I've noticed on previous comments moans about there hardly being any English channels on the TV, who goes on holiday to watch tv anyway? Also moans about the room and pool towels being too thin. Personally don't know what the fuss is about when they are just for drying yourself and lying on.

Food was very good, always plenty choice. On arrival you are allocated a time for dinner as there is 2 sittings but you can change this on your first dinner visit if you wish. Tables are very close together together though and this was the same with first Riu hotel we stayed at. The restaurant for lunch was very good, good size portions for a reasonable price.

The pool area is very nice and quiet, but its too quiet. There is no music or any entertainment. Sun beds aren't too bad to get but like every other hotel there is the usual early morning towel brigade reserving loungers, I personally think this shouldn't be allowed as loungers were empty for hours after being reserved. One day we went down at 10.30 and stayed till 5.30 and there was at least a dozen beds in the area we were in that had been reserved that hadn't been occupied during the entire time we were down! This is not fair on other guests!

Although I did enjoy my stay at the hotel and have no complaints about it or the staff and being an adult only hotel I found it very relaxing with no children around, however, it was the guests I found a problem! Obviously not them all. This hotel when we were there was about, in my opinion, about 80% occupied with over 60s, the rest 40s and 50s, with a very small number of younger couples like myself and husband. In the dining room I was looked at like rubbish by other diners, can't make up my mind if this was because of my age or how I dressed as some nights I wore dress shorts and nice tops but nothing revealing! One guest stood right in front of me, looked me up and down and shook her head one night I was waiting in line for food! Also, the couples that were on tables at either side of us kept staring at us and what was on our plates! Around the pool area I experienced the same looks again walking around with shorts and t shirt on and swimwear, I even saw a few older men staring at me whilst sunbathing which I did not like!

Anyway, overall, despite some guests it was still an enjoyable holiday.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterford, Ireland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Stayed here in May 2013. The hotel is actually on the beach, the beach is full of shops and restaurants and you can walk around all day and not get board. The hotel staff were nice, the rooms were spacious, clean and the bathroom was fabulous. Such a clean clean hotel. There's the outdoor and indoor pools, i did both, both were just to die for. The food was lovely, big spread. Its not really a hotel for kids at all. MOre for adults. There was entertainment in the form of singing and dances for the 'ouldies' in the evenings, which we, although we were too young to take part, thoroughly enjoyed. The food in the restaurants around was very cheap. Embarrassing to pay for a full meal sometimes for what they were asking! So, i would highly recommend and would love to return :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Went to this hotel in June for 11 nights leaving on July the 4th. Very warm welcome on arrival glass of Champagne or Orange juice. The hotel has been redecorated since last year , what a great job they have done. Everywhere it is spotless and all Staff were very friendly. The new showers in the bedrooms are superb. Food again was of a good standard but in my opinion not quite as good as last year. The pool is now very easy for people to get in and out of well done. the new indoor pool was very nice but empty so could not try it out.The only dissapointment was the Sun Beds they are not as good quality as last year also no cushions to go on beds as there was last year. Overall a great Holiday.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

First riu have stayed in. Was absolutely perfect. Rooms were lovely, clean and air conditioning was really good! Had to switch it off was too cold! Which is great when it's so hot outside! Beds in the room was the best hotel beds I have had in a while!

Food in the restaurant was great. Breakfast was great. So much choice! Dinner something different every night!

Swimming pool was great and sunbeds were plentiful. Ignore the other comments regarding sunbeds. No matter what time you went always got a bed.

Location of thd hotel is perfect too. 5 minute walk to bemalmadena harbour. But its more expensive there for drinks in the evening. We always went to the left when you go out the back gate. Lovely bars and shops! Would recommend the launch bar. Free wifi and cheap drinks!

Would definitely go back again!

P.s - note to cat lover's there is a lovely little ginger cat that stays at the hotel. Save her a little bit of fish after dinner!! She doesn't bother anyone but just a sweetie!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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Edinburgh Scotland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Just back from a fabulous week at the Nautilus.Lovely rooms, comfy beds, ice cold air conditioning, quiet beautiful pool, well tended gardens. Restaurant is very nice, meals were plentiful and beautifully presented.Adults only is a definite bonus! Chef was always very helpful if you require anything. Outdoor terrace for breakfast in the morning is gorgeous. Rooms were very spacious, great showers, Staff were very pleasant and helpful. There were different shows on every night, some not too bad. The only thing that was a pain was the smoking policy on the outdoor terrace part of the restaurant. Nothing worse than trying to enjoy your food when chain smokers are sat at the next table. Why have a beautiful restaurant and spoil it with allowing smoking, even though its outdoors, the doors are kept open to the inside part of the restaurant. Perhaps the management could look at this.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Salvador Allende 39 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#1 Spa Hotel in Torremolinos
#3 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
#5 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Nautilus 4*
Number of rooms: 293
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located 2 km from Torremolinos* 3-storey and 7-storey buildings* 2,500 garden* Separated from beach only by the beachfront promenade* 700 m from Puerto Marina* 700 m from various shops* 8 km from the Malaga airport* 100 m from a bus stop ... more   less 
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Riu Nautilus Torremolinos
Riu Nautilus Hotel Torremolinos
Hotel Riu Nautilus Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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