Riu Monica Hotel Nerja
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Monica Hotel Nerja
We stayed at the Riu Monica for 2 weeks in 2004. The hotel was beautiful and the room was excellent. The room we stayed in was reallly big. We had a room with 2 views. One at the side looking over the pool and the main view from the balcony straight over the pool area and the sea beyond. Food was good but did get a bit samey by the second week. Every night the Manager went round getting people's views. He took his role very seriously and he had a good presence there, seen around often.
The hotel was on the outskirts of Nerja so a walk into the centre was a good half hour's walk. If the had been a walkway along the front it would have been ideal.
Good out of season choice
In December this hotel offers some good deals. Reception is friendly and efficient, the rooms are fine and it's in a quiet road. Only 10mins walk from Balcon, with several bars/shops two minutes away. Might be a bit claustrophobic at busy times, but recommended out of season.
Very good Hotel
Das Hotel war im Großen und Ganzen sehr gut,besonders weil ich esse nicht alles,aber das Essen hat man essen müssen ! Ein fettes Lob an die fleißigen Köche:-)
Der Service war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.Auch ein Lob an die Kellner!
Nur was besser sein könnte ist das abendliche Programm und die Hygiene.
Aber ich würde jederzeit wieder kommen und ich kann es nur empfehlen schon allein wegen dem Essen und der guten Strandlage
Liebe Grüße an das Team und dem Bingoman !
We stayed for 4 nights and booked direct with the hotel which was very easy and efficient.
We took an 11 year old and she also loved it especially when she started talking spanish to the staff!
Breakfast was good but watch out for people stealing your toast!
The rooms are nice but could do with a face lift as a little dated but still very clean, we had a room overlooking the sea which was fantastic. The town of Nerja is very relaxing and it is lovely to roam around the lanes. Only problem we had was trying to get sunbeds on the beach as they are always reserved so we just set up by the pool and strolled over to the beach. Not many English people in the hotel and the entertainment is a bit rubbish so worth while going into Nerja to see the street entertainers.
Our family have just returned from a week in Nerja at the Riu Monica. We had originally booked a week at a different hotel but were influenced by some adverse comments on TripAdvisor. How glad we are that we did. We did pay a premium for a 'real' sea view, but all rooms were spacious and reasonably well equipped, even with an exra bed for our daughter.
The season is at its start, but even then, the sun-bathing facilities were beginning to get a little stretched (i.e. towels on beds at 7:00am, and they did generally belong to our German friends). The hotel is 7/8 floors and therefore half the grounds were in shadow until midday or beyond. So if the sun is what you want, be prepared for some early mornings! The pool area though is lovely, though the main pool is deep throughout (about 1.7m).
The 'old' town is about 10-12 minute walk away from the hotel and is charming, with lots of restaurants and bars, and the shops were open until around 9 - 10pm. The Saturday evening in particular, with all the locals out and about was great fun and with a very friendly atmosphere!
The food, both at breakfast and evening, was great with a most amazing choice. My 'rather fussy' daughter never had a problem!
I would say though, that the best aspect of our stay was the amazing quality of the staff at the Monica. Whether it was reception or bar staff, cleaners or restaurant staff - all were just fantastic at what they did! Indeed, I would say that I have never experienced a better level of service.
Great Riu Hotel
We booked this hotel following personal recommendation and good reviews on Tripadvisor.
Just as previous reviewers say, the service at the hotel is excellent and the buffet style food very good. The bedrooms could do with a bit of an update but our room was clean, very spacious and easily accommodated two adults and one child.
The pool area is clean, well equiped with loungers and there is some nice garden areas away from the pool areas for those who want to relax in a bit of peace and quiet.
Overall we would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
Excellent hotel - just not a very nice town
Stayed Feb 2005 at 80 Euros per night. A good location in the heart of Nerja, right on the beach. A great welcome with friendly staff and a glass of Cava in reception! Adequate rooms, good pool area - this is an excellent hotel - but book in advance as the tour operators block book rooms (it was nearly full in February). As for Nerja - well it has turned in to England by the sea. Traffic, English pubs, fish and chip shops, tourist quality restaurant food - if this is for you then a great place to stay and it is only a very short drive to the wonderful village of Frigiliana. No complaints about the hotel though and would stay again (if it wasn't in Nerja).
Excellent, quality hotel
I stayed at the Riu Monica last september & was pleasently suprised. The hotel is well maintained, clean and spacious & suitable for all ages although if your looking for noisy clubs, bars and brand shops head for Benidorm as Nerja is a little village surrounded by mountains with this being the only high rise hotel.
Location: The hotel is directly on the beach & is accessible through the pool area. It really is convienient. The beach is a lovely golden sand & the sea is clean & suitable for children as there are no rocks or sharp pebbles, yet there can be quite strong waves. On the other side of the hotel across a road is a few cafe/bars, tourist shops & a supermarket which are all accessible. The place has kept its tradition & even has a market 100m away once or twice a week selling cloth & jewellery.
Facilities: The pool is large & all the time we stayed there it wasn't crowded. There are lovely large gardens surrounding the pool & hotel with lots of shade & waiters are always at hand. There is a games room for the kids & fun activities such as water bomb games. Also two tennis courts & billiards room.
Food & Drink: Breakfast & dinner are situated in the main hall & the managers are always there to greet you, it felt like a 5* hotel! The food is really good with a seperate section for hot & cold food. Wide choice for breakfast & a carvery in the evening. The only complaint I have to make is that you have to assign a time for dinner & get seated at the same table every night. There is an outdoor lunch area serving a range of food but there are some lovely cafe's in the center 200m away max. The bar/lounge is large & comfortable with friendly staff.
Entertainment: As there isn't much to do outside the hotel in the evening, the nightly entertainment is focused in the hotels grounds, with a range of comedy programmes, dancing & singing shows, all of which are quite fun to watch sitting outside by the beach with cocktails (all served in ceramic fruit shaped cups & also quite strong!)
Accommodation: In total we had three rooms (party of 6) & ours faced the pool but sometimes grasped the smell of cooked breakfast through the kitchens vent in the morning. All are angled to the beach & gardens which is nice in the evening. The rooms are spacious with fully fitted bathrooms, all perfect condition & nicely furnished. Room service is excellent & at no extra cost. The A/C was perfect & one room was like an iceburg which was nice in such heat. TV shows a good selection of British channels.
Overall: Lovely holiday & definately worth the money. If you like a peaceful holiday then this is for you, but teenagers could be a little bored after a week as there is not much else to do. I recommend hiring a car to explore the sights of the Costa Del Sol as we did& was very entertaining!
Riu Monica great holiday
The hotel was terrific. The staff were most corteous and obliging in everyway nothing was too much trouble. The room service was excellent the food very good. The only thing I could find any critisism with would be the evening entertainment a little lacking. I would certainly recommend the Monica to anyone. The situation of the hotel was excellent just a short walk from the bustling centre of Nerja. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday we will return.
We stayed at the Monica for Christmas last year, and found the hotel to be excellent. Although the furnishings are getting a little tired and are probably due for a refurbishment, this doesn't spoil things. The staff were excellent, and every night when you went in for dinner, there to greet you at the door was the Hotel Manager and all his staff. The food was buffet style, very fresh and loads of choice.
It was a short walk into the town centre, which meant that it was quiet at night, with very little passing traffic.
We met many people who had come back to the Monica year after year, and I can understand why. We found all the staff to be extremely helpful and they made it clear that if you had any problems, they couldn't put it right if you didn't tell them - what a refreshing change!
Although the music wasn't always to our taste, there was a lot of entertainment provided in the hotel.
I would certainly recommend the Monica and I am sure we will revisit there again.