Hotel Riu Nautilus  

Right on the beach promenade, the Riu Nautilus serves up great sea views and sand just footsteps away.

The adults-only Hotel Riu Nautilus is right on Torremolinos' restaurant-spotted promenade, just footsteps from the sandy beach. Benalmadena's upmarket marina is a few minutes' walk away, too.

This place had a total refurbishment for 2013. Rooms are dressed in plum and silver colours, and accessorised with modern prints, revamped bathrooms and big balconies.

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  • 7Floors
  • 293Rooms
  • 5Lifts

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

With sun terrace, snack bar, sunbeds, parasols and pool towels. Plus there are sea views.

Buffet restaurant

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.

Snack bar*

Lunch is offered from 12.30pm to 3pm.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and an extra bed when needed. Can be sold as single.

twin with limited sea view

Twin with limited sea view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and an extra bed when needed.

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Great but!

Exceptional value. Good holiday. Good food. Good staff. Nice place. Well worth it. Sorry to moan but: What is with the horrid little brown towels? Not to mention the appalling “free” WiFi. When queried I was told in a defensive manner that it was one "session" per day even if only 30 seconds! Who needs a 90 minute session on holiday?More

p5tty, Devon, United Kingdom

Perfect location

As the title says perfect location close to both Torremolinos and Benalmadena Marina. The area is kept nice and clean and the Marina with its shops and bars is great. The staff at the hotel are great and very accommodating. Thomsons only have rooms on the first 2 floors if you want one higher you need to email the hotel to book one and pay extra. Try to get a room on the west side as the east doesn't get the sun at all and can be cold this time of year. The entertainment can be a bit iffy the best acts start at 9pm and finish at 10pm if its a 8pm till 11pm act it can be not so good. The board outside the bar gives you this info. Rooms are ok the walk in shower is great.More

Michael R, Doncaster, England, United Kingdom

A Very Pleasant Surprise

This was my first visit to this hotel and resort. Although the Nautilus is technically in Torremolinos it is only about 100 metres from its boundary with Benalmadena The road in front of the hotel is one way, with bus stops to Torremolinos to the left and right of the hotel entrance. The one to the right as you exit the is nearest and the single fare is 1Euro 30cents. This area is a maze of one way streets so when you return you may think you're on the wrong bus because some streets will not be familiar, but as long as you catch the L1 bus you will be ok. This street also has all the basic shops you may need, eg newspapers, cards,chemist,coffee shops and a variety of restaurants. After a five minute walk uphill to the main road, you can catch a bus to Fuengirola, 1Euro 65c single. A visit here is a must , an old, interesting city 35mins away, is full of character . A bus to Malaga goes there in 45mins at the same fare. To the rear of the hotel is the promenade to Torremolinos. As you enter the town 2,5kms approx. there are steep steps up to the resort centre - about 200. But the easier way is to use the lift which is not well signed. As you round the headland and the promenade cafes finish, you need to continue walking for about 300 metres. The first proper street, fairly short, leads you towards the lift and is signed up at the far end, just beyond the 'Friends' coffee shop (.50 cents single) Turning now to the hotel. This is very extensive and has spacious public areas which extend to the bedrooms .Mine had plenty of storage space (wardrobes and drawers) with ample coat hangers - a pleasant change. There is a key operated room safe, given to you on arrival for a charge of 14 Euros weekly. From what I could see all the rooms had balconies with large ceiling fans (not needed during my stay 7th-14th Dec) Some rooms overlooking the promenade appeared to be larger than most. The dining room has two sittings for dinner, the first at 1800 hrs and the 2nd at 1945hrs. Upon arrival you appear to be allocated a first sitting, but during your first evening meal you are approached to ask if you prefer the late sitting. In addition each guest is allowed a meal in the a la carte rest per week. Many guests did not take this offer up because of the high quality of the food in the buffet restaurant and the freedom to eat what you like. There was a wide selection of food and the quality was equal to the best I've ever experienced. I would be very surprised if any reasonable person would find fault with the food. The staff are very attentive and helpful at all times. The large bar/lounge had a different entertainer each night, always a singer or singers. It seemed very popular but mainly with the British. There was also a good mix of nationalities, mostly German, then British, Belgians and some Spanish. Others I'm sure. The Germans were much friendlier than the Brits. To sum up, this is a top quality hotel with excellent facilities, which was an extremely pleasant surprise.More

TerryStaffordEngland, Stafford England

Another Great Stay at the Nautilus

Started December off with a great week at the Nautilus...Very good staff....Food.. Service..Free WIFI is now up to 90 mins a day....surely sooner than later it will be 24 hours a day, and maybe room wifi would be even better.More

Sherwood F, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Enjoyable stay at the Nautilus

We arrived at the Riu Nautilus just after 2pm and check-in was processed fairly smoothly although there was no smile or warm welcome from Jose on Reception throughout the process, He was, however, confronted by thirteen guests wanting to check-in at the same time whilst being the only person manning reception. Our room was on the third floor and had side sea views looking towards the marina at Benalmedina. The room was attractively furnished and had ample hanging and storage space. We also had a small balcony with a table and two chairs. We went down to the Pool Snack Bar for a quick snack after our journey and ordered two Cheese and Ham Toasties. Unfortunately when these arrived the ham on the toasties was grey in colour and should not have been served up at all. Although the staff apologised for this it certainly put us off returning to the snack bar again during our holiday. The hotel restaurant does have two sittings for dinner and during our stay these where at 6pm and 7.45pm. We have stayed at Riu hotels on several occasions and this system quite suits us. The hotel does also have an a-la-carte restaurant which can also be visited once during your stay although we did not visit during this holiday. Breakfast is served from 8am-10.30am daily in the main restaurant. There is always a good selection of dishes available in the restaurant which should satisfy everyone and always of a good standard. There is free wifi for 90 minutes each day and only available in the Reception area. We did purchase the Nautilus Premium Wifi option from the machine next to reception desk which allows use throughout the hotel and we found the connection to be quite good and reliable. The cost of the Premium Rate is 2 euro for 1 hour, 5 euro for 1 day, 15 euro - 4 days and 20 euro for 7 days. We chose the 7 day option for 20 euro but found this only covered just 1 device. Since we had both a netbook and a smartphone it is possible to use both devices if a gap of 20 minutes is taken between disconnecting one device and connecting the other. We did find that paying the 20 euro for 7 days unlimited use anywhere in the hotel saved a lot of inconvenience although do object to paying any charge these days when many hotels offer free WiFi to guests as standard. There have been many comments from other reviewers regarding the quality and colour of the towels. They are quite thin and a most drab brown colour. They have been in used in Riu hotels for years and it really is time for the company to upgrade these to better quality hotel standard white towels which would certainly improve the image of the hotel brand. The toiletries used in the hotel also do not adequately fit the brand and should also be of a better quality. Overall we did enjoy our holiday and have already booked stays at othe Riu brand hotels for both January and March 2015. If this part of the Costa del Sol appeals then this hotel is well positioned being just minutes walk along the promenade to the marina at Benalmedina and also to the restaurants and bars etc of Torremolinos.More

legend14, Dumfries

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