The hotel was excellent value for money and can’t be beaten for this.
We were really lucky with our room being on the second floor with an unobstructed view of the pool. The balcony was large with a drying rack, small table and two chairs. The fridge was very slow to cool at first and we wondered whether it was working, but it was. The wardrobe doors were mirrored so you got a full length mirror. The power points were inconvenient - in the wardrobe, in the bathroom (where the kettle lead didn’t reach the counter) and by the bedside; the TV/fridge plug was hidden away. There was only one very small bin in the bathroom, we usually had more than enough rubbish/recycling to fill it. We could not hear our neighbours although some guests could be heard coming home round the pool at night.
Buffet meals were acceptable, the choice was a bit limited but there’s something for everyone, but most dinner dishes were rather salty. There was only one soup but this was always very good. The fried eggs at breakfast were not to our taste, very crispy. The fruit juice was more like a squash mix. The staff always seemed rushed off their feet clearing tables. We went half-board so did not have lunch in the restaurant; all-inclusive guests could also have snacks from the poolside bar and drinks.
There was a book swap in reception so you can leave a book or take a book. The free wi-fi in reception was mostly very patchy, it kept dropping off, only one night out of six was it stable and was very good the time it worked. Some guests were using Skype in the daytime and seemed to be having success.
Staff were friendly and we got good service. However, on the first day reception must have forgotten it was a Sunday, as we were told the time of the bus which didn’t turn up, then we later realised from the timetable it ran only hourly and not every 30 minutes on Sundays.
There was always just enough room for us at the pool although some empty beds were reserved for a long time. There was a smell of burgers and onions cooking, which drifted around, as the pool bar serves snacks.
Alcohol is cheap in the supermarkets, eg. ‘Hyperdino’, a bottle of wine from around two and a half euros, and a litre of beer around a euro. (If you want to pay by credit card there, you will need to show your passport.) So you don’t really need to go all-inclusive to save on the drinks. The first night we paid 4 euros for two drinks in the hotel bar, then the next night exactly the same two drinks were 5 euros! A small beer there was 2 euros and a large one 3 euros. The shows started at different times so make sure you check the poster in reception to the left of the second double doors, could be 8.30, 9.30 or 10 o’clock. The shows were good with parrots, snakes, eagles, and acrobats the best.
We did the trip to Lanzarote for 67 euros, which takes you over on the express ferry and round the volcanic national park and to other places. We looked at the range of trips from reception and chose the one from the white ‘Holidayextras’ folder. We booked at reception but were surprised when they didn’t take card payments, so be warned, you have to pay for these trips in cash. You may find that lunch is included whether you book it or not!
We did the free PAL ‘blanket’ trip on a Wednesday, the rep said we would go to Betancuria, a pretty village, but they must have changed the itinerary as we did not go there. The lambswool mattress presentation was light-hearted and there was no pressure to buy but took around an hour and the whole stop there about 90 minutes, then we stopped at a coastal resort. A good way to see some of the island for free and the commentary was good. We also took the local buses which were cheap and reliable but there are breaks in the timetable for siesta.
We went to the dunes and the cost of the sunbeds was 3 euros each and 3 for an umbrella. There are public toilets there. You can’t miss the bus stop, it’s near the second Riu and by the Diana supermarket, then you walk down the road to the beach.
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Corralejo
- Fuerteventura Hotel Arena
- Hotel Arena Corralejo
- Hotel Arena Fuerteventura/Corralejo