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Hotel Arena
Ranked #22 of 45 Hotels in Corralejo
Reviewed June 4, 2011

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.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

hi everyone ,

just come back from the arena hotel , travelled on the 25th may but was suppose to go on 24th may but the ash cloud made that impossible as our flight was cancelled from Edinburgh .

phoned the hotel to say i could get another flight on the 25th may and they moved my holiday forward 1 day without extra charge ( now thats was really nice of them i thought ) .

Ended up flying from Liverpool , anyway got to the hotel , first impressions were really good , reception staff are really helpful and Maria was always there to help .

Went for dinner it was 8pm and the restaurant was pretty empty , first impressions were ok but plastic glasses for your drinks at lunch or dinner in a restaurant .

Got my plate for self service , oh no it was dirty , got another it had ketchup on it , got another big chip in it , oh i thought what is going on here .The food was cold and it was pretty much cold all the time hence the reason for having a microwave at the end of the self service area.

The food was totally rubbish , it was cheap and really nasty so i thought it was cause we were pretty late but i thought i would have a bit of fruit , ha ha no fruit either , so i had plate of chips and a bread roll , how bad is that but for me there was nothing that even looked nice .

My partner is a vegetarian and it was more than difficult for her to find anything to eat , the only hot thing they had the whole time we were there that was hot and for vegetarians was rice and 1 night vegatable spring rolls , but anyway 1st night so off to have a shower and watch a show ,,, oh my god 1 game of bingo and then it was 10.30 , i thought we were waiting for the show to start but the bar shut at 11pm so off to bed cause there is nothing else you can do .

The shows were

parrot show
snake show
1 game of bingo
karaoke would of been good but it started at 10.15

The shows were very very poor and its a shame cause anything you could call a show would of been nice , but it was just a way of filling in time for them .

anyway that set the standard ,

restaurant food 1 star
bar 1 star
pool freezing and i mean freezing 1 star
rooms 1 star
breakfast 1 star
gym 1 star

now i have had my moan i can say the staff were so good its just a shame that the whole hotel let everything down , good thing is you dont have to get up at 7 for a sun lounger , Alvaro pool side barman is a great guy and he was always entertaining while serving you food around the poolside bar ..... HA HA great man !!!!!

The people at the hotel were great Fabio was a great man we met there and was from italy , most of the people there had the same moans and groans about the hotel , but most said they could be changed at a click of the fingers . Most also said they wouldn't return but you can make your own mind up on that one .

1 of the biggest things was the bar shutting at 11 , thats not right when your on holiday and also your sat inside and it would of been nice to sit outside and chill with a nice drink and a cocktail for my partner , instead beer in plastic glasses and a cocktail in a plastic glass ( very classy ). There is no other pubs or restaurants within the area so if you want to go for a drink its a 3 euro taxi t the centre , which is no problem or a 15 minute walk which is nice walking along the beach .

Anyway you will see for yourself if you go and i promise you this , when you come back you will say the guy who sounded like all he did was moan was 100% correct ...I am not moaning but when you expect a 4 star and dont get what you want then i think you feel like you have been let down .

would i go back ?

if they changed the standard to a 4 star and not a 1 - 2 star and fixed the pool i may go back , and also changed the times of the bar and put some proper shows on , then maybe but this hotel has 4 star employees who work so hard and they really do go out of their way to help , please and try and make your holiday a pleasant one . Just a shame the hotel standards dont match the staffs willingness to please its guests ......

SHAME !!!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

Arrived home yesterday from this hotel, and overall enjoyed our break. Staff were very friendly, and rooms were very large and clean. Stayed on an AI basis, and paid a bargain price of 350 pp for a week. Personally, I felt the food let down our experience a little, although I didn't expect to be blown away by the food for the price we paid. Breakfast for us was definitely the best course of the day. Dinner / lunchwise, I felt although there was a wide variety of food available, the quality of food was a little disappointing, inparticular the meat and fish. Didn't stay around too often for the evening entertainment, although did see a couple of shows which were mediocre. Drinks wise, the cocktails were of standard quality, but my boyfriend made good use of the local beer, which was handy being on tap, to help yourself to.
The location of the hotel is around a fifteen minute walk away, which wasn't a problem at all for us, as we enjoy walking. The walk can either be made on a well lit road, or along the beach.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel, and for the price paid was satisfied. Having said that, I would have been let down if we'd have paid a few hundred pound more, due to the poor quality of food.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

My biggest complaint about this hotel is that it has no lounge area if you dont want to watch the entertainment there is no where to sit and have a chat or get a drink.. We were there for 1 week and the entertainment consisted of snake show 2 nights, eagle show, parrott show and a flamenco show. The bar stops serving drinks at 11pm t and you are asked to leave at 11.30 so they can close up, again there is no where to go the only pub within walking distance closes at 11.30 and if you have a family you dont want to be getting a taxi at that time to the strip. We didnt travel with children we were 6 adults and we didnt want to taxi to the strip that late we would have been happy just .to sit and chat for an hour, I did not want to go to bed at 11.30 on my holidays !
The staff at this hotel are excellent and work very hard to make your stay enjoyable. but because of the lack of amenities and very poor food I would not return.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

We have just returned from a week at the Arena hotel, we had a fantastic time, we had originally booked half board, but upgraded to all inclusive on our second day. The staff where all freindly and helpfull, Andreas who is the resturaunt manager is the most polite and pleasant guy you could wish to meet. The food was varied and enjoyable, the rooms where clean and airie, and the bar and entertainment where enjoyable. I would recomend this hotel to couples and families, and will definatley return. Any bad reviews we read before going, in my opinion are incorrect and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

This hotel is worth all four stars the local travel board gives it. And its the staff that make it. Alvaro the bar man is awesome, he entertains and does his best to make you welcome. he even took time out to show us round the restaurant on the first day. The receptionists are fantastic and they will sort out any queries you have straight away (we forgot to find out our transfer time back to the airport but the receptionist had already phoned on our behalf and got the details). The rooms are very clean and they provide your essential needs like shampoo, tea and coffee & soap. The pool area is lovely. The hotel is situated about a 10 minute walk from the main street and only 5 minute walk from the nearest beach. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. Although there isnt much entertainment for children they do their best to keep them amused on an evening. Fantastic!

Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

Sorry folks,read all the mixed reviews before I went,but this definatley not a Four star hotel,just compare it to the Barcelo hotels on the island and you will know what I mean.It is the first "4"star hotel where I have had to pay for the remotes for both the TV and the aircon.
Bedrooms were a good size but badly in need of decorating,on a good note they were cleaned and towels changed everyday.
The food was extreemly bland and chips with everything,expected to have Tapas but no.No glasses for your morning juice's only plastic tumblers and when they ran out disposable glasses,not what you would expect from a "4"star hotel.
Another gripe about the dining room was that the fruit juices were just diluted at best.
Most of the staff were very friendly especially at reception.
Hotel was a good walk from the main drag but taxi's were cheap and plentiful.
Had to eat out the last three nights as the food was POOR,sorry guys but all you who were all inclusive should go into the town and taste the difference !
Will go back to FUERTEVENTURA,but next time I will stay in Barcelo's inCaleta de Fuste.Check it on the website,now THAT IS A 4 Star Hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Moro s/n, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > La Oliva > Corralejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Corralejo
#11 Luxury Hotel in Corralejo
#13 Romantic Hotel in Corralejo
Price Range: $115 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Arena 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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Arena Hotel Corralejo
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