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Hotel Arenas del Mar
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in El Medano
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant winter break”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Myself and my partner have just returned from a week's break at the Arenas del Mar with positives and negatives to report. We arrived on the Sunday evening and were checked in quickly and efficiently by the reception staff. Despite being on an all inclusive package, I was asked to provide a debit card, in case any extra charges were incurred during our stay. We were allocated a room with a mountain view (or car park view, depending on how generous you are) which was tastefully decorated and perfectly clean. There was a bathroom, sleeping area with wardrobes and a separate living room area with sofas and a tv(all main British terrestrial channels available). There was also a balcony with tables and chairs. We did enquire about upgrading to a sea view room, but were informed that this would cost us an extra £100 for the week. We decided against this as on the whole we wouldn't be in the room during the day. A couple of things to note were that the bed consisted of two single beds pushed together rather than a proper double bed and you have to pay extra for the key to operate the safe in the room.
The food is served in a canteen style restaurant on the ground floor. Food was plentiful and fairly varied throughout the week and is served in a self service, buffet style. Breakfast consists of the usual cereals, toast and full breakfast foods, while a full hot meal service is provided at lunch and dinner times. There is also a full selection of soups, salads, breads, plus meats and fish cooked by the chef in front of you. There were a lot of fish dishes, pasta dishes and for those who can't live without them, chips every day. Dessert consisted of fresh fruits, cakes and ice creams. You can eat as much as you like and help yourself to unlimited soft drinks, water, beer or wine. My thoughts were that the food was often very rich and a bit oily, but this is more down to my personal taste and I had the option to eat soup or salad instead, which I did. The restaurant itself is a little bit bland and there isn't much atmosphere there, but if you treat it as somewhere to just grab a bite to eat, it's not half bad.
The hotel bar is located on the ground floor just along from the restaurant. It's a fairly small room with a tv, usually showing sports of some kind. There is also a spacious outdoor area, inhabited by the smokers or those escaping the awful entertainment. We sat out there most nights, but it did get a bit chilly and windy on a couple of evenings, so we had to venture inside. The entertainment consisted of poor quizzes, karaoke, live singers, dancers, an eagle show and a live snake show. None of these things are really our cup of tea anyway, but these acts were particularly poor in our opinion. This may be due to the fact that most of the the guests in the hotel were a lot older than us and so prefer a different type of show. The Bar man, Jesus, was perfectly pleasant, but rarely smiled and don't even bother to try and get more than one drink each at a time. The bar is only open until midnight and after 23:00, the all inclusive deal ends, so drinks have to to be paid for. In addition, the all inclusive deal only includes local spirits, beer, wine, sangria, soft drinks plus tea and coffee. Cocktails, decent wine and premium spirits all have to be paid for which defies the "all inclusive" label of the package.
The pool area is pleasant but not very large; we didn't struggle to acquire a sun bed, but there were days when the weather wasn't all that great. You may struggle to find one during high season when the weather is more settled. The pool is filled with salt water, but is lovely and warm. There is also a small bar serving drinks as part of the all inclusive package. There is a spa here which was not cheap; my boyfriend paid €39 for a back, shoulder and neck massage but he did say it was worth the money. The hotel is located over looking the beach and sea which is a pleasant location and it is about a 10minute walk into El Medano, which is worth a look- there are some nice bars and restaurants. The hotel, however, stands completely alone and there are no other food or drink establishments in its vicinity, other than a small supermarket next door which shuts at 8pm. Another thing to note is that the hotel is situated 9km from the airport, which means a very quick transfer time. However, it also means that the hotel is directly in the flight path of the airport and they fly over all day which can be noisy.
All in all, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a well maintained hotel with a bit of winter sun, you can't go too far wrong with this hotel. However, if you are looking to meet other young people in a lively 24/7 resort then this is probably not the place for you. Likewise, if you are looking for a gourmet food and drink experience, then you should look elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in march for a week. The hotel is modern inside and kept very clean. We had a junior suite overlooking the sea which was lovely, certainly better than id expected in tenerife. The staff are friendly and helpful but don't pester you if you want to be left alone. The food is plentiful, I think I'd get fed up with it after a week though. Most people are all inclusive as it is quite remote, there is however a small harbour area in walking distance with a few restaurants if you wanted a change. There is nightly entertainment in the bar but also a large seating area inside the hotel like a lounge if you want to have a drink away from the bingo. It's a really good design and means you can take or leave the entertainment.
The pool is nice with a lot of sunbeds but I think in the height of summer this could feel cramped and a bit claustrophobic as everyone is usually there all day everyday.
Overall if you want a week if winter sun in a child free resort then this is a very easy place to do all of that. I don't really go for all inclusive big hotels but to be honest this was perfect for what we wanted.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Just returned from a two week break, all inclusive in a mountain view room which was really nice, great view of Teide. Why pay for a sea view when your hardly ever in it? It was just what we wanted a quiet, relaxing and child free. On it's own on the edge of a small sandy beach about a 20 min walk to the small town of El Medano. Not the place to go if you want nightlife and partying. A great base for cycling, which my husband did daily, ( all up hill) !!!The rooms were cleaned daily with fresh towels. You could also get fresh towels for your sun beds daily from the Spa. The food was good, with a choice of freshly cooked fish and meat. The wine and beer was on tap so you could just help yourself at mealtimes and not have to wait to be served. The bar staff both at the pool bar and at the main bar were always very freindly and helpfull. The weather was good, but just remember that El Medano is famous for windsurfing and therefore windy at times!
The entertainment team of Richard and Jose made our holiday one to remember, especially Richard on the Karioke!!!! Always so freindly and really got you to join in all the games and entertainment.This is a great way to meet all the other guests.
Looking forward to going back soon.

Room Tip: We always prefere a high room. The veiw from the back over the mountains were great as I'm sure...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Just got back from Hotel Arenas in El MadanoTenerife Lovely Hotel good food and all the staff where lovely,If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday this is the place to go all adult Hotel,It is on the beach lovely views from the restraught always something different to eat every night and plenty of choice,freshly cooked chicken,chops,steak,pizza and plenty of salad, fruit and deserts,Plenty of choice for breakfast nice crispy bacon and plenty of fresh crusty bread every meal and lovely soup all the food was hot,The only thing was it says in the rightup it is only 10minutes walk to the harbour and town and it was 20-25 minute walk but it was very nice when you finaly got there lovely beach and plenty of cafe,s to sit and have a cupper, and a few shops.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We stayed here ages ago! But I didn't write a review - and I like to... I thought this was a really nice hotel, with a good location if you are happy to be away from the maddening crowd. El Medano is quite far from the main tourist areas of Tenerife, so you get a different experience. It's quite quiet. We used to go into the town each night. I found it so relaxed, even though the weather wasn't particularly nice (the sun was totally blocked out by the clouds) I had a nice time.

So, the town is about 20 minutes max walk away (depending on how slow/fast you go), and there are a few bars there - and English one too! If the pizza restaurant is still there, you'll only need one between you. We accidentally ordered a massive one each!

The hotel I found really nice, and liked the layout of our superior double. We were facing away from the sea, watching the world go by. It was really clean, modern, perfect. We didn't really stay in the hotel much in the evening, other than the last couple of nights. I got picked to take part in the bird show and ended up handling an eagle!

It is a small hotel with only one pool, so if you will be staying in the hotel, but don't like seeing the same people over again it maybe isn't the place for you.

I really enjoyed the food, my (then) boyfriend not so much, but he is quite picky. I tried some things I'd never eaten before, like Swordfish. They use a lot of local produce, which is great!

The bf felt it was lacking some attention to detail, like cleaning the dining room windows. It's right by the water though, so I can imagine that is a never ending job.

There was an animation team in the hotel, but due to the weather no-one joined in! Shame, as the animation lady was really enthusiastic.

And the all inclusive was really generous. If you ordered wine they just gave you a bottle!

It's also not too far from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island's capital if you fancy a visit there. We got the bus there. Just be sure to get change, as the driver was a bit narked when I tried to give him a 20 euro note, and told me to get some change. Lo and behold, he produced a pocket full of fivers...!! When you get the bus back you get it from the main bus depot. TITSA is the name of the bus company...

All in all I had a really nice time, and would be happy to go back if I was in the area. I really liked El Medano. Happy travels!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Just enjoyed a week all inclusive and have no hesitation in giving a 5 star, excellent rating. It's not for everyone but if you want a peaceful relaxing holiday and wish for nothing more than relaxing by the pool, eating the excellent choice of quality food, being served by helpful friendly staff, not requiring a trip to the shops, not expecting to be entertained, not insisting on premium drinks and just wanting to chill, then this is the place. A very short ransfer from the airport, plenty of strolling along the beach, no kids, no hassle from timeshare touts, a feeling of safety and security, an adequqte gym and very clean and comfortable rooms. If there is a downside it's having to pay for the spa, (i would expect to pay for treatments but not to just use the indoor pool and jaccuzi).

Room Tip: Our view was of the car park and Teide and not the sea but it didnt matter a bit
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

hotel very clean hotel with helpful staff not suitable if looking for shops nearby or good entertainment. because there was very little to do or see in the evening people tended to stay in their rooms or walked to el medano which is a 15 minutes away. Food was of a good standard but only biscuits buns and crepes available in bar between 3 and 7pm not really justify 4 stars. As a couple just fifty .years old found it too boring and would not recommend for the under 65s or for value .

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Hotel Arenas del Mar
Address: Avenida Europa 2, 38612 El Medano, Tenerife, Spain
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > El Medano
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in El Medano
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Arenas del Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 130
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