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Dissapointed with this hotel
My wife and I have just returned from a 1 week holiday at the Hotel Arena,Corallejo,Fuerteventura. Having experienced 3 star hotels in the past, we were looking for at least 4 star and after reviewing comments on Trip Advisor, decided to book for 1 week half board via teletext holidays, This hotel was rated as 4 star and the cost of £ 336.00 per person seemed reasonable.
On the positive side, it was a peaceful hotel with reasonable facilities for lounging beside the pools and the hotel and rooms were cleaned every day.
However our hotel room did have a damp aroma about the place and we had a leaking pipe under the bathroon sink. We did not complain and left a towel beneath to catch the water.
In our opinion, the only thing 4 star about this hotel was the price of the drink. For example EU 2.50 for a small beer and EU 4.80 for a Bailleys or equivalent.
At breakfast, there was a choice of fruit juices from a dispenser with a variety of cereals and fruit. If you liked continental, then there were a choice of cold meats, cheeses and bread rolls. If you wanted to toast bread, then you had to put the slices through the machine at least 3 times. However if you liked a cooked breakfast, it was very disappointing. The food was greasy and luke warm.
For dinner it was a similar story, with a poor quality of hot meals and we ended up eating out, 4 times from 7 nights.
The entertainment was basic, but for the time of year this was understandable.
During the holiday, we decided to pop in to another hotel, which was 4 star, and it was night and day.
Despite our experience, the holiday was very good and we will return to Fuerteventura again, but definately not to the Hotel Arena, as in our opinion this facility does not live up to it's 4 star rating.
Brian & Shirley Smith
Great hotel for reasonable price
My husband and myself spent a week at hte Arena hotel and were very satisfied with the quality of the room and the very friendly staff. The equipment is lovevly with a heated swimming pool and quiet garden to take a rest or a meal by the pool bar at lunch. The room is large and clean with a lovely view. Be careful though, as we have noticed that some rooms have no view at all.
The restaurant is reasonable. Not much choice but fresh salad and fruit every day with a selection of fish or meat.
We certainly will return to this hotel if we go back to Fuerteventura next year.
Pleased with the Arena
My partner and I stayed 7 nights in February at the Arena Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis, our first visit to the Canaries. We were happy with the hotel. Our room and bathroom were spacious, well equipped and immaculately clean, although the decor was dated. There was ample choice of the usual fare at breakfast, with a "chef" preparing fresh omelettes, fried eggs, pancakes & bacon to supplement the ready cooked food in the warmers. All staff were frendly & helpful.
It is a 15 - 20 minute walk to the town centre, but in fine weather this can be along the beach, so very pleasant.
Our criticisms would be that the shower and toiletries were adequate but not of 4 star quality. The TV reception was disappointing, the only English language channels being CNN & Sky News. The pool area & sunbeds, adequate in low season, would be very crowded in a busier period.
Corralejo feels very safe and pedestrian and family-friendly. Wide choice of places to eat - we particularly liked the Patio restaurant in the town centre.
Very Good Accomodation, Shame About The Food
We have just returned from Fuerteventura wher we stayed at The Arena Hotel in Corralejo, like most people now i checked the reviews before I went and decided there was nothing bad to worry about so booked it.
We would not fault the accomodation, very good, clean , roomy, staff friendly enough, perhaps a bit far from the town but we knew that before we went.
The food is awful. having holidayed abroad some 40 times in various countries we know what to expect and dont expect too much but this was by far the worst ever, tepid food, tasteless, poor quality, little choice, nothing to actually tell you what it is except a picture, even the soup is served cold or tepid, although one saving grace was breakfast was fine. Having paid fro half board its dissappointing to find you have to actually eat out to get a decent meal. If you plan on going here please bear this in mind.
Value for Money
My husband and I have just returned from a two-week stay at the Arena Hotel. The hotel is rated as a four star hotel and although it is good value unfortunately it is not of a four star standard. On the plus side the hotel is clean, well managed and very friendly, particuarly the management and catering staff. The bedrooms are spacious with good facilities. There are good leisure facilities and the sunbathing areas are adequate. The food in the restaurant at breakfast is excellent and in the main, dinner is very acceptable.
The negatives in the restaurant are that it is quite small, it is at times difficult to get a table and in the high season, they allocate dinning times for dinner, also, the dress code that requires gents to where long trousers is not adhered to and we found that men were dining in shorts and vests/t-shirts which is not pleasant to guests who make a point of changing and dressing for dinner. Unfortunately, this habit of not dressing correctly for dinner is becomming a regular event in many spanish hotels. The other problem maybe one of lack of space in summer periods. As we were there in the winter and the whole hotel was only a quarter full, there was adequate space but without a lounge and restricted space around the pools, I do believe that when the hotel is full it may become overcrowded.
Overall, a pleasant hotel within walking distance to the beach and shops and worth it's money.
Great place great value
For the money, I paid, it was absolutely excellent. Of course Ihave been to better hotels (but not on a package hols). However 'like for like'It was excellent.
Food = V good (for a buffet)
Rooms= Very nice
Staff= Mostly v friendly.
An absolutely excellent place for my wife, son & I.
It is in a great location.Close enough to walk to town and on a quiet street.
Hotel ok - Food awfull
Sitting in the hotel lobby typing this as I await a cab to take us into town for some diner. Just can´t bring ourselves to eat in the restaurant as its is very poor, which is a great shame as like the comments from other reviewers the general standard of the hotel is ok but not four star.
Rooms are spacious and clean, pool area is small but again clean and well kept. Staff are friendly and welcoming. The whole experience is unfortunately let down by the food which is very poor and is a major turn off more the majority of people who are staying here this week.
Whilst appreciating that everyones tastes are different, its the basics which let the hotel dowm. Juice and coffee from machines, no bread for toast and food which is plentifull but certainly not four star.
Hope the management read these types of feedback as its unfortunate that the food lets down a very pleasant small hotel that is good value, but not if you need to walk into town for both your breakfast and evening meal. After all even if budget, you have paid for it.
WE Loved This Hotel
We just got back from a week in this hotel and loved it. I agree with the previous post that cooked breakfast wasn’t great – bacon greasy, scrambled egg weird but OK, and yes we said too at the time that it was a shame the coffee etc was from machines. But from the food point of view, well it’s Spain! And they’re catering for many nationalities (although most were Brits) so we didn’t expect a classic full English from them. We got stuck in and it was fine. There was plenty of very fresh bread, freshly cooked fried eggs to order, pancakes etc. We were perfectly happy really and weren’t looking for problems. You make tea yourself with hot water and it was brilliant whether you had one or 5 (yes that means you C!)
We didn’t book for evening meal but one evening tried it and it was pretty poor for the price of £12 each – yes, £12. So unless you’re full board don’t bother. And yes the drinks prices at the pool were a joke – about £2.00 for about a third of a pint of lager.
SO if you want to basically stay at the hotel all the time you will get fed up with the evening food and drinks prices, but we weren’t sitting around drinking there so if I paid over the odds for the odd beer, so what? There's a shop within 3 mins walk and I just went there and stocked up on beer and Coke Zero there for the room's fridge - no funny rules here (as in Turkey e.g.) about not bringing your own food and drink into the room).
The overall holiday value was amazing – this hotel is far nicer than even Thomas Cook’s brochure and web site make it look. We were delighted from the moment we got to our room. We are a couple in mid 40s who wanted to relax with no loud music blaring at the poolside and no football-shirted loudmouths and we got exactly what we wanted. Virtually no children too so no noise ever. Bliss. (Not a child-hater by any means but nice to have some peace and quiet for 7 days in my life.) Some very quiet Spanish music in the bar one day, rest of the time – nothing, perfect. Mostly an older, quiet, British crowd. If you want non-stop fun and razzamataz, give it a miss but if you want a lovely quiet place outside the town centre to sit around in peace and quiet all day reading and sunbathing and having a dip and a sip, then that’s what we wanted and we loved it. Hotel must be quite new – all looks very fresh and modern.
The room was lovely with good beds, nice sofa and coffee table area, huge balcony overlooking pool. V nice large bathroom. Staff very friendly, whole place very well designed, large pools one cold one heated slightly, very clean. Hotel is 5 mins from beach and from there you can walk into town along it, which is great, or walk there via roads which takes about 20 mins – no probs, as you get to walk off your huge breakfast and we only did it once or twice a day. No noise nearby from roads or planes. We got the quiet relaxing holiday we wanted. Outside the middle of town but all the better for it.
Regarding value – well £370 each including flights for a week here – cheap at the price. Holidays have cost £370 for about the past 25 years! We couldn’t believe what a fantastic holiday we had and thought it was worth more - and my friend/girlfriend/ whatever used to work for a holiday company and is bloomin’ picky!
Went up town every night to wander and eat so not interested in entertainment at hotel and didn’t see it. Not our thing. Would recommend B and B at least as nowhere nearby to have breakfast, and unless you find it hard to get about, I wouldn’t bother with evening meals too.
It's also only 10 mins walk south to the start of the big sand dunes - it's great down there, we really enjoyed it.
I searched Trip Advisor for hotels that suited us and kept coming back to this one and we are both so glad we did. I’ll be back here as soon as poss – we loved the hotel and the town; one of our best ever holidays.
Avoid the sausages ! Everything else GREAT !!
We stayed for a week in March on a bed and breakfast basis which worked out really well. We had a junior suite which was literally 3 steps away from the pool - fantastically appointed. The pictures on the website don't really do it justice! Our room was serviced everyday and was very clean. When we arrived the staff had arranged our towels into the shape of swans and there were artifical flowers on them - we had a good laugh at them and it was a nice touch! Breakfast was very well presented although I have to agree that some of the hot items (mainly the sausages - although the mushrooms were canned and the scrambled eggs were not seasoned, making them taste a little unusual!) were ok for a couple of days but you couldn't eat them everyday.
We didn't eat any evening meals at the hotel so cannot comment, we preferred to walk into the centre where there were many restuarants to choose from. However we did come back early on two occasions and had a drink in the hotel bar which was really quiet - not really worth a visit.
We had a really good holiday - probably because we hired a car for the whole week and got to explore the island. Would have no issue staying at this hotel again. Not really a four star but pleasant anyway. If you book this hotel expect a decent, clean environment, excellent pool area but do not expect the same frills as a UK 4 star hotel.
Went on week's half board with a bit of trepadation after reading some reviews. The hotel is spotless, staff very friendly. Towels changed daily on request, (though could not bear to spoil all the lovely designs that greeted us). We arrived after a 7 hour delay to find they had kept us sandwiches and fruit as we had missed dinner. The food is not top class but we did manage to find something to eat every night. Main complaint is that hot food was not kept hot enough and some of the cold and raw food left out with no cover or any means of being kept chilled. As temps were in the 38-40's when we were there avoided these foods. There were very few British guests mostly Spanish so food seemed aimed more at them. Think it may only be time before it disappears from the British package holiday brochure. The entertainment is practically non existent but we had a good laugh playing bingo with Spanish and Italians. Would return again and hope the food has improved at least slightly. Biggest bonus for most people will be the fact that you can choose your sun bed round pool at any time of day - and despite this people were still putting out towels at 8 am!
Amsterdam on the Cheap
Can anyone recommend an inexpensive, small hotel in Amsterdsam that is clean and safe?
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Check dila Amsterdam page (http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2a405/71211/3/)
Re: Amsterdam on the Cheap
if you dont mind to share a room
the shelter is nice at bloemstraat.
i think you pay around €20 with breakfast
otherwise the hostel at zandpad is also nice it think you can get a room too or again share rooms.
more info on my site.
the other hostels are cheap but i dont know about clean. i could not look inside.
nice area for hotels is
j w brouwerstraat
those streets are in the museum area
i hope you get more response because i dont know a lot about the hotels because i live in amsterdam.
i only hear or ask some tourists about the hotels/hostels
have a great time
Re: Amsterdam on the Cheap
Arena hotel is always worth a look. Clean and cheerful.