The adults-only Hotel Riu Nautilus had a total refurbishment for 2013 and can be found on Torremolinos' promenade, just footsteps from sandy Montemar Beach. It's a 10-minute taxi ride from the town centre's shops and bars, while Benalmadena's upmarket marina is a few minutes' walk away. You've also got a handful of restaurants and shops right on the doorstep. The hotel comes with a big outdoor space. In the middle of the palm-dotted gardens you'll find a large swimming pool, which is framed by a sunny terrace. The whole area looks out towards the sea, so great views are part of the package. At mealtimes, you can look forward to pan-global dishes in the hotel's buffet eatery. The cooked English breakfasts are especially popular. Weekly themed nights are also laid on, offering up specialities from around the world.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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With sun terrace, snack bar, sunbeds, parasols and pool towels. Plus there are sea views.
Lunch is offered from 12.30pm to 3pm.
With cooked English breakfast, show cooking and weekly themed evening. There are 2 sittings for dinner and you'll have the same table every night.
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My husband and I stayed at the Riu Nautilus in late September / early October 2013. On arrival we were very impressed by the modern looking reception area and its grey and purple colour scheme. Check in was quick, polite, friendly and efficient and the complimentary glass of cava was very welcome. Although our room was smaller than some it was quite sufficient and had an amazing view as it was at the front of the hotel overlooking the pool and beach. There was a charge for the safe in the room, which is usual for most hotels and was advertised as such. We preferred to empty the mini-bar and put our own drinks in (we checked with hotel reception first and they were fine with this). The bed was one of the most comfortable we’ve slept in on holiday – and we’ve slept in many good 4 star hotels. All staff in the hotel were pleasant, friendly and efficient. Cleanliness was excellent in all areas. The large pool was the same depth throughout meaning that people could spread out and it was excellent for anyone who isn’t a confident swimmer. Pool towels could be changed each morning at reception. The hotel had the usual problem with sunbeds as people went out early to reserve them – but as we are early risers this wasn’t a problem for us. There are many sunbeds so even later people could still find some, although they might not have been able to pick their area. The gym and spa (next to the pool area) was small but had an adequate range of equipment, all in good condition and was immaculately clean. Food is buffet service with two sittings for Dinner. For dinner a sitting and a table was allocated on arrival but both of these could be changed and we were asked on our first night if we wanted to do this. We thought that the tables inside were a bit closer together than we would like, so we opted to change to a table outside and were very happy there. There was plenty of choice of food at the various cooking stations. Drinks could be signed for and paid at the end of the holiday or paid for on the night in the restaurant. There was an offer of use of the A La Carte restaurant one night during our stay. We took advantage of the offer and the food and service were excellent. There was entertainment in the hotel in the evening, which was repeated for the second week, but we preferred to go out an about to the local bars so can’t really comment on this. The hotel is on the promenade with key code entry from the gate. The Marina is a 5 minute walk to the right on exit from the gate. La Carihuela is a 15 minute stroll to the left. A previous reviewer (Siluriandevon) stated that there was no senior manager or director present. During our stay the deputy manager was constantly coming round the restaurant asking people if they were happy or had any problems. He was very friendly and approachable and clearly had full authority and responsibility for ensuring people were satisfied. That reviewer was extremely dissatisfied with the hotel and was unhappy that his room didn’t have flowers and wine. We honestly can’t understand why this is a problem. Both can be bought cheaply locally if this is really important to anyone. This was our first visit to the Riu Nautilus. We spoke to a number of older guests who had been going to the hotel for a number of years and they weren’t so keen on the modern refurbishment. It seemed to us that the hotel is trying to appeal to a wider age range and we thought it was lovely. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Riu Nautilus and would have no hesitation in recommending it.More
dreamingsun, Billingham, United Kingdom
Now an even better hotel
Stayed for one week in early April. Have been quite a few times in the past, but first visit since the refurbishment. Have to say the Hotel looks really great with the new colour scheme. The rooms are really smart and the public areas look very up to date. Some minor niggles are still evident, the tables in the main dining area are squeezed in with very little room. It's not to bad if you can get a table for two near the window, but there are not enough for everybody. The entertainment is a bit limited but that seems to be the case in all Riu Hotels. In the week we visited there were two good acts but the remainder were very poor. Food , service and cleanliness still as good as ever. For regular Riu visitors the Gold Card does not get you an upgrade any more, you have to pay. You need a platinum card to get an upgrade now. All in all a great place for a holiday on the Costa del Sol, and we shall without doubt visit again in the future.More
inspector77, Leeds england
I smiled when I read the English contributions on this website about this hotel. Obviously the contributors do not know the Riu chain is owned by Tui which in turn owns Thomson's. Riu started out as a small chain in Mallorca many years ago and now has 100 hotels worldwide. It is still run by the Riu family, now the 3rd generation of the same family. Of course Tui is German owned hence the large number of Germans at this fine hotel. We are fortunate to share a hotel with our fellow Europeans who demand such a high quality of service. When travelling from the UK leave all your prejudices and negative baggage behind, don't read the Daily Mail or Express and you will have an anxious free, fun filled vacation. Bring them with you and read the above newspapers and you will soon start having negative thoughts that will leave you having a holiday that you deserve.....miserable and full of moans. This is a superb hotel with great rooms, staff and facilities that are the best on this coast....relax, chill and enjoy.More
Cant or wont pay
well its 3 months since my last review about this hotel. I checked out 3 days early but RIU GROUP are refusing to re emburse me for the 3 days. So its a case of buyer beware! . I am having to take this to Malaga arbration unit. Iwould have thought 400 euros would be small price to pay to keep their good name.I have still not heard a word from the CEO ot the OPS manager. My advice leave them aloneMore
siluriandevon, Ayamonte, Spain
Hubby and I have stayed in this location on 3 previous occasions in 2 different hotels but this time we thought we'd try a different hotel. We weren't disappointed with our choice of the Riu Nautilus. Yes, it's a little more expensive than some of the others but, you get what you pay for. The very friendly champagne welcome by receptionist (Anna Maria - I think) got us off to a lovely start. This continued on when we entered our room. Well-appointed and recently refurbished with a lovely sea view. (And the biggest wardrobe we've ever had in a hotel!) The room was well kept and the cleaning ladies were all very pleasant. We couldn't get back into our room one morning after breakfast but the cleaning lady was on hand. She made a quick radio call and, within 10 mins, a maintenance chap came and fixed our door lock. He was also very pleasant and courteous. Moving on to the restaurant. The choice and quality of the food, both at breakfast and dinner is excellent. If you can't find something to suit your palate then you're way too fussy. There was always a choice of red meat, white meat, fish and veggy for every evening meal with desserts to die for. Breakfast had a host of choice too. From the full cooked bacon, eggs, sausage, etc. to pancakes, breads, meats, cheeses, pastries, cereals, fruits, etc. The restaurant staff were always very friendly, helpful and courteous. Even the hotel managers made themselves known to you in the restaurant and were always on hand if you needed them. (Not hiding away like in some other places!) The only negative thing I would say about the restaurant is that some of the tables are too close together so that you sometimes felt that you were on a table of 4 rather than dining as a couple. The entertainment in the bar area was the usual array of hotel acts. Singers, keyboard players, flamenco dancers. Pretty standard stuff. All in all, we had a lovely time at this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to go back.More
Sue J, South Shields
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