With the beach just a stone’s throw away and a laid-back pool scene on offer, it’s easy to see why the Hotel Riu Monica draws people back each year.
The Hotel Riu Monica has built up a loyal following of fans over the years, mostly thanks to its good-looking pool scene.
Location is a big pull for those staying at the Hotel Riu Monica. It overlooks the beach and promenade, and the surrounding streets host a handful of tapas bars and pubs.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Breakfast, with a full English on offer, and two sittings for dinner at 6pm and 7:45pm are on offer. Show cooking and two weekly themed buffet nights take place here. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice. Just so you know, gentlemen need to wear full-length trousers to dinner.
There's a range of equipment in the gym, which is free to use.
Sunbathers have plenty of room to spread out on the sunbeds here with a large terraced and garden area. Pool towels are available with a deposit.
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Twin Room with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These twin rooms give you a full sea view, plus they include a balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, air-con and satellite TV.
Twin Room with Limited Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These twin rooms come with either a balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and a satellite TV. They offer a partial view of the sea.
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No negatives to be found here.....
This hotel is in a lovely situation overlooking the sea and being only a 15 minutes stroll from the town center. Our room was very spacious and extremely clean. The slight disappointment with our room was the view being on the side of the hotel overlooking the flat roof of the dining area. Unfortunately as we were on the first floor we were not elevated enough to see over the flat roof area to the sea beyond. The food at breakfast and dinner was plentiful and varied but maybe lacking anything spectacular. There is one on site Spanish restaurant serving a small set menu of tapas, mains and desserts. One downside however was the menu did not seem to change the whole week we were there. There is a lovely restaurant next door to the hotel called Merendero Cobos. It is open lunch times only but serves fabulous fish cooked on an open bbq and other local dishes with great service and is definitely worth visiting. The staff at the hotel were all very curtious, polite and professional and always happy to help. There are plenty of bars opposite the hotel if you fancy a change from the hotel and would especially recommend the Spanish one called Sal Pimienta for good service and drinks. We did not however try the food there. All in all we could not find anything negative to say about this hotel and would definitely recommend it.More
My wife and I booked 7 nights at this hotel in early October 2017. The weather was amazing. We were told while we were there, by other guests who had been before, that the hotel had had a fairly recent renovation which in their has transformed the hotel. 'So much has changed, much more modern now, beautiful layout etc etc'. We agree it is a lovely hotel, I would suggest a 4star+. We did find it a little strange that the hotel boasts to have just 234 rooms. We happen to be given 234, on the 2nd floor, but there are 9 floors to this hotel and at every restaurant sitting it was packed, far more than the 234 couples one might have been expecting. The swimming pool and bathing area was okay, though a lot of the lounger parasols failed to grip the pole and thus slid down again and again and again, despite our best efforts. After 3 attempts and 3 different parasols we eventually found one that stayed where it was. No pool staff offered to help despite having an on duty lifeguard there most of the day. Warning the pool is as cold as the sea in October! Suggest you reserve a sunbed before having your breakfast, everyone does including the Germans! The double beds are actually 2 very large singles pushed together with a narrow gap between. There were very comfortable though the pillow was strange, long and very soft though we got used to them eventually. We had asked for a room from the 3rd floor upwards but to no avail. We could see the sea from an angle. They have a gym which is free to use but the indoor pool was locked. Spa and massage facilities are available at a cost. We didn't ask. The 2 downsides to this hotel that we found was the the entertainment and the restaurant arrangements. There is in-house evening entertainment every night. All the ones we saw were singers. Am not being racist when I say that the British entertainers were much better than the Spanish. Most of the Spanish could sing but they had no charisma or personality. Warning - if a Spanish female singer called 'Monica' is entertaining, forget it. Worse than karaoke. She even ruined Dancing Queen by Abba. Dreadful and she was on 2 of the nights! Now then, the restaurant arrangements - all the tables are set out for full buffet. There are 2 evening sittings 6.30pm and 8.15pm with one breakfast sitting 8am to 10.30am. There is NO waiter staff to bring you anything. We asked for a replacement fork and was told to go up to the cutlery trays, basically, get it yourself! For breakfast you can sit anywhere but unless you change your timed sitting, you are told to sit at the same table number every evening. Our 1st 2 evenings were on the 6.30pm sitting. We were overwhelmed by the masses of eating guests but more so by the restaurant staff. Most were rude, ie trying to hurry you along in order to clear the tables ready for the later sitting. One waitress pushed my wife's arm out of the way in order to pick up her empty plate and then preceded to grab my unfinished plate. She was unsuccessful !! No apology was given. She dropped cutlery a lot and made a lot of ceramic noise! After 2 nights of that we changed our sitting to the 8.15pm and changed our table too! Sadly, though it was a little less noisy and less panicked, the restaurant staff (mainly the waiters) constantly spoke loudly to each other over the heads of the paying guests. They only fell silent when a head waiter or hotel manager was on duty. To me that's poor for a 4star hotel. The only incident is that we had booked a trip to Granada and the Alhambra Palace but because the pick up wasn't until 2.30pm we new we would miss our normal evening sitting. We mentioned it to the hotel reception and was pleasantly surprised to be told - no problem, we'll book you a late meal for when you arrived back. We did actually have a late lunch while in Granada and it was just as well as when we returned to the hotel we were told (as were quite a few other guests) that there was no booking for a late meal. This time a head waiter (wearing a waistcoat) was extremely blunt to my wife demanding who we had spoken to and our room number!! We returned to our room but received a phone call saying they could prepare a cold meal for us (apparently other guests were given bread, cheese and fruit). We declined their poor suggestion! I think 7 nights at this hotel is enough from our experience. The area of Nerja has a lot to offer tourists. We will probably return but maybe the other end of Nerja towards the caves would be better as the beaches there are much sandier and there's a lot more tapas bars and nightlife. Maybe a B&B option would better and probably a lot cheaper.......More
Stayed here for one week and really liked this hotel. The reception staff are brilliant so helpful and a credit the hotel. I had a small problem and reception helped fix in minutes. It also helps that you get a nice welcome drink and a smile. Food was plentiful and well cooked great variety. drink prices reasonable. Nice dining room. Bedrooms are nice and beds comfy. We were lucky to get a room on a higher floor that had privacy. Would not like a room lower down. Only down side is the air conditioning was not very effective if it was hot not sure that it would cope. One criticism is the pool area. the sunbeds are too close together and. are badly needing replacing. they are really saggy. I could not lie on them. Also would have preferred to be on the grassy area but this is not allowed. However the beach is really close by so we sat there. Staff are a real asset here no complaints The town is brilliant and the locals were have Fiesta and lots of the women were dressed in traditional flamenco dresses and concerts going on. The streets were all decorated with nice light displays.More
This must be the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in. It is absolutely spotless. The staff are absolutely fantastic in all departments, but what I found particularly pleasing was the presence of either the manager or his assistant at all times of the day. The only downside was the practice of reserving sun-beds even though it is frowned upon by the hotel. I do not know the solution.More
Best for us
Second time here which tells we like it here! Breakfast is like all Riu hotels, enough choice, good and fresh. Beds are quite hard, can feel my body when I wake up in the morning. Rooms are okay, not much bigger as other hotels. Diner is the parts I would like to skip as there are so many nice restaurants in town but; we can not only book room & breakfast, we need to include the diner as well which is in our case a waste of money. The a la cart restaurant is a better choice when you make the reservation a few days in advance. Swimmingpool water is cold all year around but sea is even colder. More
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