Stayed 2 nights at Arenas Beach. Hotel and restaurant staff were friendly, the place was generally clean and the beach is gorgeous. The positives more or less end there, though. Good luck ordering half of the drinks and/or food on the menu... it's a coin flip on whether or not they'll have it. Bed was equipped with 2 pillows and a top sheet. That was it. A request for extra pillows and a blanket was turned down by hotel staff "Sorry, we don't have any extras.". Ask for more than one beach towel per person and you'll get a hesitation and a funny look... and then a ratty towel, if you are lucky. Some of the photos on their website are laughable... the Boat Bar was never once used while we were there.. just an empty boat with a canopy over it. The scooter/golf cart rental place next door is an absolute dump... they barely have anything that even RUNS. Took them about 45 minutes just to get a very run down and beat-up golf cart started for us, and it was very iffy if it would continue running at times... it took a deft touch to make it go. Also, the sand flies at the beach are horrendous... suffered hundreds of bites before the hotel staff finally clued us in to what was eating us alive. Worse than mosquito bites... lost a lot of sleep after getting home and required a steroid prescription to get through it! Poor water pressure and lukewarm water at best... although this seems to be the standard throughout most of Central America and wasn't that big a deal to us. In any case, we moved over to Casa Canada after 2 disappointing nights... there's no comparison. Casa Canada doesn't have the beach that Arenas does (or any beach at all), but is far, far superior in every other way. Having been all over the island during the week we were there, it's probably the only place I'd stay on Corn Island, although I'd consider giving Mary's a try... they are just down the beach from Arenas. Didn't tour their accommodations, but they do have a very nice outdoor restaurant and bar.
We stayed in the bungalows... perhaps the hotel rooms might be better?
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