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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Heated in winter. With sun terrace, snack bar, sunbeds, parasols and pool towels. The pool looks right out to sea, so great views come as standard.
With cooked English breakfast, show cooking and weekly themed evening.
Lunch is offered from 12.30pm to 3pm.
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Better than ever
After the big refurbishment we visited in April/may 2013 and remarked on trip advisor that the slippery showers had no handrails. We went back in November and were delighted to discover that this has been remedied. What would be nice now is a hoist for the disabled in the indoor pool.More
Nevnjude, Newquay, United Kingdom
Modern and stylish hotel
Just returned from a week at this 4 star hotel on the Costa del Sol. We took the half board option and were not disappointed. Breakfast was from 8am till 10.30am and for the evening meal you were given a choice of 2 sittings at either 6pm or 7.45pm. You were given a fixed table for the evening meal but could sit anywhere for breakfast. Both meals were buffet style and the choice was immense. You will not go hungry! Our room was in the annexe on the first floor and was very comfortable. However, like many of the rooms, the view was not great, just looking across the road at an apartment block. However we could see the sea if we looked left along the side of the hotel. The best rooms would be those at the end of the hotel looking out over the sea and the outdoor swimming pool. The outside pool is a very good size but as our stay was in November it was not warm enough to use. During the week we stayed we hit a bad patch of weather and most days the poolside was pretty much deserted. But there are plenty of sunbeds weather permitting. The evening entertainment was quite acceptable. Mostly singers with backing tracks but on several nights the music played was fine for those who like to dance. Most of our fellow guests were in the 55-75 age group. We felt that the maids and dining staff were very friendly and professional. Unfortunately the reception staff were a little stern and not particularly friendly. Our other disappointment was the indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room facilities. We only tried these once but on the day we did we found the pool was very cool, the steam room wasn't up to scratch and the jacuzzi wasn't working properly. The private leisure club we belong to locally is much better than the Riu's. However, on the whole we were pleased and satisfied with the hotel. It is the second time we have stayed at a Riu and on both occasions we have been satisfied with the accommodation and the quality of the food. We do have a problem with the general area though. The hotel is on the border of Torremolinos and Benalmadena. The nearby marina is very pleasant with lots of shops and restaurants. But most of the nearby infrastructure is very dated. Both resorts were developed in the 60's and 70's and many of the hotels and apartment blocks are poorly designed, pretty ugly and look run down. The Riu stands out as one of the better hotels in the area. The road on which the hotel stands has several small supermarkets and a number of bars/restaurants but these were not very enticing. We have decided we will not be returning to the Costa del Sol. If we return to Spain we will visit the Balaerics and the Canaries both of which we prefer.More
Alan G, Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Annexe Garden Room - Disappointing
This was our second trip this year to the Nautilus, first time a lovely sea view room, this time a very disappointing Garden Room probably the worst room in the Hotel 063, we had no natural daylight as the room was located at the very end of the building next to a delivery drive with a bamboo fence and heavy shrubbery completely dark at all times. I had emailed a week prior to our arrival to request any room with a sea or marina view, so when I was given the room number I checked it out first and told the reception manager I was unhappy with the location I was told the hotel was full, I offered to pay for any upgrading but again I was told the hotel was full, the next day a female reception manager was on and she put us on a list saying we would be lettered the next day, nothing happened and on checking with reception again I was told we had a room change for the day before we were departing - No thanks, it would appear they have changed the system for room allocations after our booking was made direct with Riu, so please be aware of the 2 tier system now. Apart from the room everything else was just perfect the cleanliness and the staff especially in the restaurant were all first class, we will be back but we will ensure we have a superior room.More
franks60, east kilbride
First time at the Riu
Well what can on say first time at the Riu, have stopped in Torremolinos over the last four years The Riu was refurbished last winter and our usual venue was closed this winter so tried the Riu.The new refurbished room OK but very clinical would not have liked to be any bigger with the toilet and bidet at the end of the bathroom in almost a small cubical no room to move. Booked a partial sea view and asked for a high floor also early sitting for dinner (raise the issue with reception 0nly to be told floor three is high also no other room available as the hotel was full and could not change late sitting for dinner. Pool in door freezing no chance of using it with that low temperature. Buffet food passable but no better than the average hotel fare. Very disappointed do not think I will returnMore
A relaxing last minute break
We have just returned from a week at the Nautilus, having been recommended the hotel by a friend. We wanted a quiet week in the sun, in a relaxing and pleasant setting and this is what we got. Arriving in the small hours after a delayed flight, we were quickly "processed" and told that there was a cold buffet available in the dining room, which we certainly were not expecting. The room in the annexe was large, with 2 huge beds, lots of storage space and an enormous walk in shower. The room was kept spotlessly clean by housekeeping. Breakfast is a buffet; the selection is tremendous: fresh fruit, cakes and pastries, cold meats and cheeses, various styles of eggs, bacon, etc, salads,juices, endless tea and coffee etc etc. The evening meal is again a buffet with a choice of an early or later sitting. A wide range of starters, soups and salads, various main courses, changing daily, with a different roast too, various veggies and a mega dessert buffet too. There is also the opportunity to book into the small Ole restaurant for one night of your stay, where typical local food is served. The hotel is right on the promenade, an easy and pleasant walk into both Benalmadena and Torremolinos. The local service buses into Malaga, Mijas or Fuengirola are a 5 minute walk away. Yes, in November many of the residents are older, but they seem to be the active variety! All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and would be more than happy to return.More
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