We travelled to the Arena Center on a Thomas Cook Package tour, this is unusual for me as I normally book everything separately on line but the deal was so good I couldn't do it any cheaper myself. Our group consisted of Myself and my husband (in our 40's) and my two teenage kids (18 & 19) and their boyfriend/girlfriend.
On arrival at the Hotel we were checked in quite promptly but only 2 of the 3 rooms were available, It was not a problem as the check in was completed anyway and I just had to return for the 3rd set of key cards about half an hour later. The man on reception was very friendly and efficient and spoke excellent English.
We had asked for 3 rooms close together in a quiet area, these requests were met fully. The rooms were on the opposite side to the main hotel with the balcony overlooking a quiet footpath, this meant that the bathroom, kitchen area and outside corridor were a sound buffer between the sleeping are and the pool/entertainment area. We could hear some of the entertainment at night but only very slightly nothing to keep me awake. The rooms were very clean and in good condition. The entrance area was a small kitchen area with the bathroom off to the side and then beyond that was a large bedroom with a 2 large single beds pushed together, a sofa bed, cupboards and bedside tables, there was also a large built in wardrobe with a safe (you need to pay to use this). There was a small balcony off the bedroom with table, chairs and a clothes airer. My daughters room had a very large terrace at the side that gave lovely views of the mountains. (Room 1215) The kitchen area had a 2 ring hob, sink, fridge and a few cupboards. I'm not sure I would have wanted to be self catering in this small area but it was ideal for making a sandwich and the fridge was good for keeping the drinks cool.
The rooms were kept clean throughout the stay and towels were replaced if left on the floor. On arrival we were supplied with 2 small soap bars and 2 small shower gels, these were not replenished and were not enough to last 2 people a week. The shower in the room was very powerful and always hot. The air conditioning was not very efficient but just about adequate.
The pool area was kept clean and tidy and the lifeguard (Angel) was really friendly and had a chat with us most days. There were plenty of sunbeds and a strict no reserving beds rule. There was entertainment and activities around the pool area and the music was only on at certain times so it didn't get too monotonous.
The food was excellent with a large selection to choose from everyday. Even my fussy son managed to fill his plate every day. If anyone thought the food was cold they could warm it up in the microwave but I never felt the need. There were chips and pizza or nuggets if that is what you like but I like to try the Spanish food and enjoyed most dishes. The drinks were quite reasonably priced with a 500ml bottle of water being 1.80 euro and a cola 2 euros. The restaurant staff were all very helpful and friendly and most spoke some English although we did attempt a bit of Spanish.
The hotel is in a good location for the beach with a gate leading from the back of the property out to the street and then about 100m walk to the seafront. The supermarket was about 50m away and not too expensive with a large baguette being 55 cents or a small one for 30 cents you could also buy a 8 litre container of water for 1 euro.
We all enjoyed our stay at the Arena Center and noted how hard all the staff worked, the lifeguard was always at the pool by 9.30am and didn't leave until after 8pm. Everyone was helpful, I borrowed a spoon from the restaurant for my daughter to take some medicine without any fuss and also my son was provided with a dressing from the main reception when he fell and badly grazed his leg on the seafront.
I would recommend this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Roquetas De Mar
- Arena Center Hotel
- Arena Center Roquetas De Mar
- Arena Center Almeria/Roquetas De Mar, Spain