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“Good Hotel in Great Location”
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Hotel Riu Nautilus
Ranked #4 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 5, 2009

We stayed for oneweek mid-july at this hotel, we chose a Riu hotel as we have stayed in this chain of hotels before.
Upon arrival check in was very quick and efficent we were in our room within 15 mins of arrival.
The room, on the second, floor was what you would expect from a good 4 star hotel. Large, very clean, good views of the med. There are large grounds and many areas for relaxation around the pool.
The best reason for recommending this hotel is the location, only 5 mins walk from the beautiful marina, with shops and bars. However the bars and restaurants are very expensive. The area directly in front of the hotel is also full of 'typical' english bars (read: scruffy and full of chavs!) we used to walk about 2 mins up the road to Charnleys bar (opposite the Farmacia) for our meals as this is easily the nicest (cleanest) and really good value for money also House Ming for chinese food as easily the best chinese on the road!. We ate in Kanibal one night which was also a nice treat but too much food/cost.
All in all I would happily recommend this hotel if you are looking for some luxury in a great location!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

we stayed at this hotel for 8 days. Welcome at reception was average. We found lots of staff on reception with limited English. Hotel was 75% Germans. We asked for a high room (floor 2 or 3) and had to wait a couple of hours for someone to check out. (We arrived at 11.30). The wait was well worth it. If you don't have a sea view some of the balconies on the lower floors are buried in the gardens. As it was our balcony looked out on the service road next to hotel although it did not inconvience us that much. Noise was OK. The hotel is strange in that it takes a while to find your way around. Reception area is dark and rooms are OK but bathroom not spacious.

On the plus side the location is superb right on the beach and about 5 minutes walk to bellamedena. The pool area is large and the swimming pool usually fairly empty. Loads of unbeds and umbrellas. Don't worry if you can't get an umbrella just ask a member of staff and they will find one or pinch someone elses that isn't being used. Despite the number of Germans the only people to reserve beds seemed to be the English. Sunbeds and umbrellas are on beach but they are 9 euros a day. The service at the bar and restaurant was excellent and the food up to the usual Riu standard. Entertainment in the evening was average but there are lots of bars, pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance.

All in all acceptable but not outstanding. Would I recommend it NO would I put someone off going again NO. Would I go back again NO

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank fgwilson
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

Just returned from a 10 day stay at the Riu Nautilus. First visit to a Riu hotel and definately won't be our last. This is a really good quality hotel, with excellent service from friendly staff, quiet, relaxing public areas and large comfortable bedrooms that have great soundproofing, so you are not aware of people in the adjacent rooms. Food was good, varied & plentiful. The position, directly opposite the beach, right on the promenade adjacent to Benalmadena Marina and a short stroll in the other direction to the lovely Carihuela area, makes this hotel a perfect choice for a relaxing break in the sun.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank bubblesmum
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Reviewed April 22, 2009

We have Just got back from a weeks stay. we thought the hotel was very clean & the food very good. All staff always pleasant, Excellent location. The only negative we could give this hotel was that the pool was very cold and could do with been heated.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank redcar22
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

Have stayed at the hotel 4 times over the last few years. Friendly staff great food. Evening meal they allocate you your table for the length of your stay and allow you to choose early or late sittings.
There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool and you havnt got to be up at the crack of dawn to get one.
It is about 5 minutes walk to Benalmadena harbour along the promenade which is directly in front of the hotel.
The only downside is that if you have a room overlooking the road it can get a bit noisy on the weekends but ask for a high floor or a room with a pool view and you can avoid these problems.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank petelesbenbow
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

Me and my family just returned yesterday from 8 days at the Riu Nautilus. We are used to stay with the Riu Chain, when we are abroad, so we normally know what to expect. We were 5 adults and one child, which would need 3 rooms. We booked the rooms in April this year. We were there because my mum just turned 50, so this would be a great trip for all of us, to be together and celebrate her.

We booked this hotel, because of its location, and because of the views from the rooms, as we saw in the brochure from the hotel.

We arrived very very excited to see the hotel and the rooms, but got extremely disappointed. First of all could we not get the rooms beside eachother. We are used to sit out on the terrace every evening and talk to eachother, and since we have a mother and her child with us, its very important for us, that we have the rooms beside eachother, so she also can stay out with the rest of us, while the child is sleeping. That was the first disappointment. All the rooms was either down in a basement, with no view at all to the sea, but looked directly in a huge tree, or
with the view in a stone wall. It was so depressing.
We were promised to have a great view of the sea and all the rooms together.
We went to talk to the manager, which name was Jose, and he was extremely rude. We explained him the situation calmly, and told him about the mother and her child, but all he could say was " its not my problem", "I dont care about your problem" and rolling his eyes behind our backs. It was really really a bad service. We complained to the management all day long, and after explaining to him 5 times throughout the day, he could "maybe" promise us new rooms in 4 days. We got the rooms 3 days before our departure, and on that day, we felt the holiday began.

The only star in the management was a girl called " Carmen Galvez". She was extremely sweet and caring. She came many times a day, and asked how we were, if everything was fine and so on. Without her im sure we had left the hotel the same day. Thanks Carmen! :)

Food and rooms were fine. If you know how Riu is decoration there rooms and how the evening buffet normally is, then you will not be disappointed here. Extremely good cleaning in the rooms.

Location of the hotel is extremely good. There is a long beach promenade, where every evening is a splendid marked, where you can buy a lot of things.
Right in front of the hotel is the beach. You need to walk for 1 minut and you are there. You can reserve the sun beds, so you are sure to get the beds all in front of the beach. That is a very good service. If you are interested in doing water sports, then there are plenty of offers to do that.

When booking the rooms for your stay, you need to make sure, that you dont get rooms on the street with lots of bars. If you get those rooms, it will feel like being neighbour to a disco until 1 AM every night. I read this warning in another review before going to Riu Nautilus, and wanted to see for myself if that information was right...And it is! So watch out :)

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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6  Thank Shadow_girlDK
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stayed at this hotel and as yet I have never been disappointed or had any problems.

Upon arrival it does appear a little old-fashioned but this feels right for this particular hotel – it’s a friendly and relaxed hotel ideally situated for a sun, sea and sand summer holiday with the family – old and young alike seem to enjoy it here – however I know from past experience that if you visit in the winter months it is likely to resemble a retirement home!

The rooms are clean and spacious with traditional furnishings in keeping with the rest of the hotel. This year we opted for a junior suite – I wouldn’t bother paying the extra for one again but if you do decide to have one be aware that at least some of them have an interconnecting door to the next room – we could hear everything very clearly from our neighbours room and were very conscious that we too could be disturbing them.

The staff are friendly and efficient and seem to remember all their regulars and make you feel very welcome.

The food is very good with something for everyone – an old-fashioned custom that many hotels no longer seem to do is that if you choose to have wine with your meal they will label the bottle for you and it will be at your table again the following evening so no need to splash out on a new bottle every night.

There are a good variety of bars and restaurants close by to the hotel – ‘Champagne Charlies’ (opposite the Sol Aloha Puerto) is one of the nicest places to go for a drink, would also recommend ‘Rumours’ (almost opposite hotel). For a daytime snack/meal it has to be ‘The Dark side of the Moon’ (leaving hotel from main entrance: turn right and continue along until you get to the ‘Farmacia’ turn right and its on your right when you get down to the promenade – or from promenade exit of hotel turn left and continue along promenade until you see the restaurants set back after the large lawned area – either way it’s only about 5-10 minute walk. The food is excellent and the owners and staff are lovely. For a good ‘Happy Hour’ I recommend 6-7pm at the ‘Sol Aloha Puerto’ – hotel itself is a bit of a dump these days but their champagne cocktails are very good!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Address: Avenida Salvador Allende 39 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
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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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Torremolinos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#2 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range: $118 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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