Our room was very clean, on the 6th floor and facing the sea and pool, plenty of room for the two of us and our 12 year old daughter. The hotel itself is a little dated, kind of lost in the 70's but that might be its charm, it gives you the feel of how Med holidays were years ago. Yes the staff are very good, friendly, humorous and polite. The pool area is not as big as it could be and can get rather crowded. The sun loungers are a problem, the thing is if you don't bag yours early, you will find it hard to get two or three together after 8.30am. We saw quite a few people walking around hopelessly looking for loungers at 9am - not good. Although this problem would only occur during the school holidays.So I'm afraid yes I was one of those many that bagged my 3 loungers at 7am but if I didn't, we were screwed. I'm not sure the food was really all that, ok the food itself was well cooked but the variety of the main course was poor and lets be fair a salad is a salad, puddings though were very good and a small selection of cheeses were and added bonus. The plates are on the small size, which is a bit crafty. At times in the restaurant it was like being in Butlins as it was a little chaotic, especially during 7 - 730, we went in at around 7.30 at which time was a little less manic. I have to say, dinner was a tad disappointing. The bars directly over the road were ok, we had one drink over there on our first night but didn't go back, nothing really wrong with them but very samy and very much catered for the British (if you know what I mean). Out of the Hotel and turn right and after about 50 yards or so on the left hand side of the road, there was a small tapas bar, looks a bit like a deli from the outside, has two tables on the pavement, with a couple of barrels also used as tables, spend half hour or so there for a nice drink - beer or wine and the owner (Spanish) just keeps bringing out free tapas, he's a very nice man who doesn't speak much english but enough and he made us feel very welcome and it was very pleasant sitting there watching the sun go down, rather than with the hoards in the bars opposite the hotel. The area is very safe and geered up very much for the 55plus and young families. While we were there it seemed a lot of Grandparents, their children and their grandchildren were there, which was not a problem and quite nice to see. The drinks in the hotel were not expensive, the bar area and lounge were again very 70's and the entertainment in the evening was at best was average. All in all, we kept ourselves to ourselves had a good time and I would go back, although my wife may not, so I suppose we won't but don't let that put you off, it really is a good area, good bars, good food in the bars going towards the centre if you want something to eat for lunch. Not quite a 4* hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Refurbished in winter 2015/16 * Located in Nerja * 7-story building * 3,000 m2 of lush gardens * Separated from "Playa de la Torrecilla" beach only by the beach front promenade * * No children's pool and no playground * No pets allowed * All bathrooms are equipped with shower (no tub) and special make-up mirror * Minibar (extra charge, only on request) ç * 800 m from the center of Nerja and from various shops * 80 km from the Malaga airport * 50 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nerja Riu Monica Hotel