If you like the 1970's, you'll love this hotel. It's like a step back in time, complete with red and white leatherette furniture and wood effect panelling. On the positive side, the hotel is very clean, with a good maid service every day. The communal areas are very clean, as is the dining area. The meals are buffet style, and tend to be a little repetitive, although there's always something for everybody. My wife and I are both vegetarian, and on some days there was very little other than chips...it was often difficult to tell what certain dishes were as they weren't labelled. However, on the whole, dining was a pleasant experience (the food was always hot). We went all inclusive with drinks being served in little plastic cups, with only 2 drinks per order. The only snacks available during the day were cold ones...cheese and ham slices with bread, fruit etc. There weren't any hot snacks between meal times. The one issue I had was with noise. The walls seemed to be paper thin, and some of the guests got very drunk and would often roll in late arguing and shouting...entertaining but not great for a good night's sleep! The other negative was the resort itself. The beach was lovely (albeit with a lot of litter) but parts of the resort look like a shanty town, with buildings in various states of disrepair and grafitti. There also seems to be an issue with prostitution in the resort. Although we wouldn't go back to El Arenal, I can honestly say that we've had a good 4 night stay at the Caribbean Bay...You can also use the facilities at the sister hotel, the Palm Bay, although this does not include the restaurant. You'll probably need to go there for games etc. as there are hardly any (or any entertainment) at the Caribbean Bay. A good choice for a short stay, with good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel has been refurbished recently. The rooms have a full bathroom, satellite TV, telephone and air conditioning. There is a large bar lounge with recreational areas and two swimming pools: one is located on the upper terrace of the hotel to let you enjoy with friends or with your partner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saga Hotel El Arenal
- Saga El Arenal
- Caribbean Bay El Arenal, Majorca