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“Delightful hotel in a lovely setting”
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Hotel Riu Monica
Ranked #4 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Delightful hotel in a lovely setting”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

I've been visiting Nerja since 1987 when the Monica was a new hotel and my son learned to swim in their pool. We've tried other hotels,holiday flats and villas, but it's hard to beat the Monica for enjoyment and service. I've just returned from a very pleasant. week. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a very nice balcony and view of the sea.The food was wonderful value and the restaurant and housekeeping staff extremely friendly and professional. I was alone this time but felt very welcome. Only gripe - free IwI-fi access throughout would be apppreciated..

Room Tip: For single travellers a double for sole use with side sea view is amazing value.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

This was my eighth visit to this hotel so I don't think I need say much more. The decor in the hotel is now getting a little bit on the tired side but I was told by the assistant manager that it was closing down next year for refurbishment. I will give another go when this as been carried out.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The people who work at this hotel make you very welcome, the management really try hard to make your stay here as comfortable as is possible, food buffet hot and cold dishes with plenty of choice. Across the road there are plenty of bars for drinks and snacks if you are on half board.
the resort is very nice and not overcrowded. public transport locally available or go to top of town to get tickets for buses to go further afield, all in all I would return to this hotel again in the future.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for sea view, which we found the room was larger on the second floor.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We arrived on Tuesday after Easter for ten days - the weather was wonderful and the hotel provided us with excellent service. The rooms are spacious with plenty of storage and a secluded balcony on the sixth floor. The staff are great at this hotel, the room cleaning is spot on and the hotel even arranged for us to have ours cleaned by mid-day - the food is good considering it is a buffet style restaurant with plenty of choice and quantity. The grounds are lovely although I do not think that it is that suitable for children as the pool is not large and part of the grounds are gardens. We had been to the hotel seven years ago but, will not leave it so long to return - the other benefit is the super town of Nerja - so plenty to do

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

A stay over Easter with 2 children, this hotel provided us with a good standard of accommodation, enjoyable food and a relaxing environment where the children were made very welcome, despite being in the minority here.

The hotel is spacious and all of the staff were friendly and happy to help. Room cleaning standards were excellent. The evening entertainment was variable but fun, the flamenco show was certainly the high point for us.

The outdoor pool was a little chilly for my liking (in April) but that didn't stop the children! The indoor pool was warmer but a there was a distinct lack of loungers in this area.

Breakfast and evening meals were always good quality - some repetition of items, but always some new things each day too and the food off the hot counter was always freshly cooked and piping hot.

We liked being able to access the beach straight from the hotel grounds, through a security gate - straight across the walkway and onto the beach - no roads to cross. The beach is more gritty than sandy but the children enjoyed playing in the sea with its breaking waves.

Nerja itself is an easy 5 minute stroll away through the old, narrow street and was a very pleasant and civilised place to walk around. The views from the Balcon de Europa are spectacular and so are the displays of icecreams in some of the shops!

Very enjoyable, would return to Nerja and the Monica.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We have visited this hotel about 20 times and can recommended it as a most relaxing way to spend a winter holiday.The staff are efficient and friendly and never forget their regulars.There is plenty of choice of food available on the self service buffet and also in the pool bar.With 2swimming pools and a small gym or even a dip
in the sea for the very hardy it is possible to burn off some of the calories.Most of the rooms have sea or mountain views and the beds are very comfortable. Nerja is a small bustling village and although it has grown over the years still manages to keep its special appeal in the narrow winding streets.There is plenty of entertainment available for all the family or the chance to spend a lazy holiday on the beach or relaxing in the hotel garden for the less energetic.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from an Easter break at the Riu Monica .This was our third visit to the hotel however feel that although it is a good hotel it doesn't warrant Thomsons platinum status.
Over eight days the weather was great for five and a bit mixed for three.The Easter processions are fantastic to see starting at the church in the square,we'll worth watching.
The hotel is situated next to a small beach across town from the Balcon where you can either sit on the beach and hire a sunbed or by the hotel pool.There were a lot of sun beds availiable by the pool but a lot of them ended up in shade due to the 'T' shape of the hotel.

Staff at the hotel are all extremely helpful.We requested a room on the 7 th floor as they have a terrace rather than a balcony and get the afternoon sun and sea views.We were very happy that when we sent an e- mail request the staff replied promptly.

The whole hotel is kept immaculately clean.Bedrooms were a good size with lots of storage.Beds we found firm but very comfortable.We did have to ask for extra pillows as only one is provided and are very very flat.As we had some hot sunny weather the rooms got very hot and even though the air con appeared to be blowing it did not allow you to regulate the temp. We then found out that the air con isn't on in the hotel until May.For a 4* platinum this should be availiable all year.
The bathroom towels are terrible and definately need replacing,I have never stayed anywhere with such old thin towels.Room safes are available at a cost but are at the bottom of the wardrobe so you have to crawl round on your hands and knees to get in it!
Most of the clientele are quite elderley so if you are on late sitting at dinner(8.15) there is not much atmosphere in the bar area as a lot of people seem to go to bed.There is an entertainment program but we tended to go out.Good service in the bar and usual hotel prices.
Maybe an open sitting at dinner would be better like there is for breakfast and you can sit anywhere.
There are lots of friendly bars across the road or in surrounding area at very good prices.Also most bars offer free wi- fi which the hotel lets itself down on as you only get 90 mins free per day in the lobby and if you only go on wi- fi for five mins and go out of the lobby area that's your allocation gone.By doing this they are encouraging people to go out.

The television also needs to have basic satellite channels not just BBC world news. I know there has been a problem in Spain with the satellites changing but feel a 4* hotel should have made plans for this.

Food at breakfast and dinner was very good with lots of choice,all very hot with lots being cooked by the chefs, the breakfast chef particularly was very cheery!The dining room is run with military precision and really cannot be faulted. It's a big positive for the hotel.

Town is only a 10 minute stroll with lots of things to see and bars to soak up the atmosphere watching the locals.Burriana beach is well worth a visit, it's about a 40 minute walk or € 7 in a taxi.Lots of fresh fish,BBQ and paella freshly cooked.

Overall the Riu Monica is a good hotel but needs updating which I believe is in the near future.If this is done I would return but not until then as people now expect modern facilities,ie:free wi-fi, satellite TV, air-conditioning and fluffy towels! Basics in 2014, with this may bring a more varied age group giving a more balanced vibe.


Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Riu Monica
Address: Playa de la Torrecilla | Nerja - Málaga, 29780 Nerja, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
#8 Family Hotel in Nerja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Monica 4*
Number of rooms: 234
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* 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 * 800 m from the center of Nerja * 800 m 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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