I am one of the middle aged brigade who form the majority of users of the hotel.
My wife and myself visited the hotel for 10 days in June on a half board basis with my elderly father in law who had a single room on the same floor with a side sea view(floor 3 main building).
I would reiterate the view of the solid majority of posters who speak fairly highly of the hotel.
This area seems to be fairly typical of the Costa`s in terms the feel and building design and you get exactly what it says on the tin from the hotel and a 4 star experience .
The location is very good and a selection of cafes immediately opposite the main entrance to the hotel ranging from the Brit pubs offering cheap booze like 1 pint for a euro,coffee/brandy for 1.30 euros,watch soaps/play bingo to an Irish bar where drink is considerably dearer and about 8/9 other Irish Bars within a couple of hundred metres but there is not a noise issue to be concerned about.
There are also a couple of Spanish cafes so really you have most things on your doorstep for daytime snacks/drinks and one of the Spanish cafes(El Cordobes or similar name)situated 50 yards to the left of the main entrance looked to serve nice meals for evening.(The sole looked amazing)
We spent most nights having a couple of drinks there as we much preferred that to the Brit/Irish bar type atmosphere which we felt fine for the relaxing lunchtime/teatime pint.
Loads of other cafes,a chemist,internet cafe within a few hundred yards down to the right.
On the other side of the hotel at the pool side is the beach area and you have very pleasant walks with the marina to the right and Benalmadena beyond.
To the left lies La Carihuela where you again have a number of shops,cafes and a nice place to visit generally.Recommended to visit and The Marina)
!5-20 minutes stroll.
Either left or right are a number of beach cafes/restaurants so you can stop for a drink if you like and there are also plenty benches for the elderly or people with young children to stop and rest along the way.
To turn to the hotel itself.
No problems whatsoever either booking in or out and staff also spoke and understood English very well and very friendly/helpful.
Even our hotel expenses bill was perfect.
Items like hiring a safe I regard as essential but not the nightime drink we had on the nice terrace overlooking the sea after dinner each evening.
Still it was a pleasant holiday pleasure although pricy in comparison to the local cafes as expected but no more than you would expect from a 4/5 star hotel.
6.75 euros for a vodka/coke and a small beer 1.75.
At reception you are requested if you wish an early evening dinner slot or a later one around 8.30pm which we opted for which I understand can be changed on request.
On arriving at the restaurant you are allocated a table which you use for your stay for evening meals but sit anywhere at breakfast.
The quality of the hotel food is very good and varied and there was always at least a few meats suitable for the British palate including a carvery and also fish dishes and veggie options including a large salad bar .
Breakfast also pretty good with eggs poached,boiled,scrambled spanish style bacon,disappointing sausages however,and the usual range of items as accompaniments.
The items I identified are only given as a sample and of course there were numerous items more suitable for the continental palate at both meal times.
Fresh fruit and desserts/cakes bread rolls/bread in abundance.
I would suggest that the quality of food is good and varied enough that if you wished you could eat in the restaurant for the duration of the holiday without venturing outside for meals.
My elderly father in law liked to go to the entertainment every night and as he used to be responsible for booking entertainment at a social club I would estimate a fair judge but obviously his thoughts would be be that of a mature gentleman but not a fuddy duddy.
The entertainment in all our views was dire almost without exception.
Part of the reason he felt was that the atmosphere in the hotel was not condusive to providing entertainment as it was watched by only about a dozen people.
Perhaps the quality of the entertainment was the reason there were only a dozen people watching.
It was a lot busier the night of the Spanish dancing but as my father in law remarked" I`ve seen a lot better"
Broadly speaking very poor entertainment.
Standard and good sized rooms with decent view and balcony.
Nothing to write home about but nothing to be too unhappy with.
The usual crappy shower with the hose wanting to go everywhere but your body but no worse than most hotels
The air conditioning in our hotel was broken when arrived and it took 2 visits to repair but I thought it was really poor.
The hotel was very good in all aspects but if I travelled with a young family it would not be so suitable as I thought very little for them to do.No kids club or organised entertainment of any description and the kids paddling pool was only big enough for 4 very young children.
Very satisfactory for an older age group and I have only a very few negatives which are relatively minor but perhaps would be better described as suggestions for improvement.
1.At breakfast times I have previously enjoyed omelettes made to order.
You know you stand in a small queue and there is a chef waiting to make it and you tell him your prepared filling.
2.There is no air conditioning in the very small lifts(only take 6 people).
In hot days pretty uncomfortable and stuffy)
3.At other hotels we have been in we have been offered a complimentary drink or canapes prior to entering the dining room at evening meals.
Think it happened once at the Nautilus but we always thought of that as a nice touch in at other hotels.
All in all a very enjoyable experience.
- 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