We took a 4 day break at the Riu Nautilus the week before Christmas, and with us staying there 3 or 4 times a year, I think we should at least let people know why we keep going back time and time again.
It's incredibly convenient, no more than 15 mins in a taxi from the front door of Malaga Airport. There are no long transfers and you can always get a taxi at the airport. (20-22 Euros)
The welcome at the Hotel is warm and friendly, and despite the fact that sea views cannot be guaranteed, the reception staff will always assist where ever possible. During check in there is the complimentary glass of bubbly or chilled juice. The reception area is now covered by Wi-Fi - there is a small charge but it’s much cheaper than using the hotel computers.
The rooms are always clean and to a good standard. The housekeeping staff do a great job maintaining the rooms during your stay. Although TV choice is limited you can get Sky News, BBC1 and Eurosports. There are a number of bars close to the hotel showing everything from Sky Sports to your daily fix of the soaps. Each room has a safe which we find is a must, especially in the summer months when you’re at the pool for the majority of the day.
The Hotel Restaurant has two evening sittings, we always chose the latter sitting as it gives us more time either by the pool or to enjoy our siesta. There is always a varied choice on each day’s menu. My wife is a vegetarian and always finds plenty of choice for herself. Manuel and his team really do look after you, the waiting on staff are very attentive. As we are half board, we tend to have a mooch around the hotel if we choose to have a snack at lunchtime. Very close to the hotel we found that Juan's (opposite the main hotel entrance and some really good fish dishes) and Mirage Bar (just to the right - and with real chips) were both of good quality and very reasonably priced.
The pool area is great, plenty of sun beds and plenty of room. During the summer months, we found ourselves sitting out for an hour before breakfast. just to get more sun!
The only niggle we find the price of the drinks in the bar and as luck would have it, we found Tom's Tavern right opposite the hotel.
Dave and Jean, along with Michael run a great place, very friendly and the prices are very very competitive. Open from 10am you can read the morning papers and enjoy fresh coffee (and a brandy for little more than a Euro!!) With the roof off the terrace it’s a great sun trap in itself! No TV's or loud music, just nice people. If you fancy a pint (or a coffee and brandy) whilst you’re away make sure you pop in.
The Marina is approx 10 minutes walk one way and Torremolinos 30 minutes the other. Both of which have plenty of restaurants, shops and bars for your enjoyment. We have noticed that due to the exchange rate, some places can appear to be quite costly. If you seek you will find the places that are quite well priced.
On this occasion the weather was not as good as last year, in fact we lost a day due to the heavy rain. That said the sole purpose of this break was a few peaceful days away before the Christmas festivities kick in, so the weather was not an issue. However, this is the first time we have seen rain there for years and are looking forward to the warm temperatures and sun when we return in May and September
One tip we were advised of a couple of years ago. If you’re on email, sign up to the news letters for BMI Baby and Easyjet who still let you take 20kgs of luggage. They will send info on when flights become available and when they are reduced. No matter what time of the year we travel and because we book up in advance (we have already booked May and September) the flights are much cheaper. Our December trip cost us under £100 including 2 Bags. And watch out for your baggage weight. BE WARNED The check in clerks at Malaga WILL charge if you’re over the allowance and check the size of your cabin luggage.
The Hotel is great. The rooms, the food, the accommodation, the pool, THE STAFF just make each visit a pleasure. I just can’t see the point in looking to find another hotel when this one ticks all of our boxes. All in all, we can't help but to recommend this hotel. We find it great. And hope you will too. (Not that we’re counting but only 122 days to go.)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riu Nautilus Torremolinos
- Riu Nautilus Hotel Torremolinos
- Hotel Riu Nautilus Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain