Had a great stay at this place from 25th May until 1st June 2013. As mentioned by nearly everyone else, the staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you. I couldn't fault them at all. A lot of reviews have mentioned the poor evening entertainment but I thought the guy did great. Every night there was a kids disco from 8:30 (which never seemed to actually happen since there were virtually no kids there) and then there was usually a quiz (logo quiz, general knowledge, music, movies)+ followed by some other entertainment (Mr Hotel Arena, Kenya Boys dancing / acrobatic show, a guy singing Reggae songs (forget his name but he was good) etc - something every night, not all of it to my taste but most of it I enjoyed and you have to remember its catering for a cross-section of people.
The other often mentioned topic seems to be the food - personally (like many others) I found itperfectly fine. Definitely not The Ritz but you (hopefully) won't have paid those sort of prices either. Anyway the food consisted of:
Breakfast = cereal, fruit, yoghurt, cheeses, meats (salami etc), a few salad bits, lovely fresh bread (three varieties usually i.e. sliced and then tasty loaves) cooked breakfast bits (bacon - not like home but not too bad, sausages, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, omlettes, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms (with some other green vegetable) and then some days it was croisants, pancakes and / or churros... probably was more stuff I have forgotten but thats a great selection anyway to be fair.
Lunch = salad bar, lovely fresh loaves of bread and bread rolls, sometimes soup, cheeses and probably 8 hot options plus accompaniments like rice, pasta, chips etc, fruits (fresh and tinned style), ice cream, cakes.
Tea / Dinner = soup (different one every day), breads again, salad bar same as lunchtime plus ready made salads with tuna / pasta / cheeses / meats and dressings in/on and again about 8 or more hot options plus accompaniments like rice, pasta or chips.
Hot options I can recall from lunch / tea over the different days include spare ribs (not sure what the sauce was but meat and sauce was nice), various fish dishes, goat (why are people complaining about this?), veal, pizza, various hotpots / casseroles with meat in, steak, chicken, pasta and sauces, paella (Spanish night), fajitas, noodle dishes.... I could go on and on. People moaning there isn't much selection must be mad. What I did find was that every night I would try a bit of everything (in case they didn't have it on again) which did mean it felt a bit repetitive but it didn't bother me for a week. If it bothers you then I suggest only eating one option each night like you would at home, do this and you would never need to eat anything twice.
My only slight complaint about the food was that sometimes it wasn't very hot - a microwave is provided to heat it up and you can understand its not an easy task to display / serve foot and keep it hot.
The booze isn't strong at all which is why the staff give you such huge measures yet you'll never have a hangover (or at least I didn't anyway). The coffees out of the machines in the restaurant / pool bar and night bar are nice. Even better when you have it with Baileys - they put in as much baileys as coffee and it tastes great. Beer is nice and as other said, the pump faces out and you help yourself. Various other cocktails and spirits on offer most of which I didn't try but the Amaretto was nice - just a shame about the mixers as others mentioned, they are mostly awful, no fizz, too much syrup or not enough syrup... buy a bottle of coke (or whatever) from the shop and use that with the Hotel's spirits.
Not that we go on holiday to watch TV but they did have ITV+1, ITV2, BBC1 and BBC World Service, you just need to flick through to find them, could be as high as channel 60. We didn't bother with aircon as wasn't stupidly hot at night.
Special mention to three members of staff, the Italian guy doing the day/night entertainment speaks numerous languages fluently and flicks through them with ease and works hard. The bald lifeguard who doesn't speak much English but is a lovely bloke, works very hard (cleans up when no one in the pool etc) and is really friendly and finally the young guy with dark hair and a fair bit of hair gel behind the bar at night (and also restaurant in the day), again really friendly and works so hard manning the bar on his own and clearing tables etc. All of the staff work so hard from first thing in the morning until last thing at night.
Location of the hotel was not an issue for me, the beach walk is about 15 or 20 minutes right into the centre of town but not easy going on the beach if you have a pushchair, but it is nice and scenic and flat. Otherwise you can walk on the road which is probably 25 minutes but easier with a pushchair and take in some shops - free maps in reception to find the way. There is the shopping centre and a few other mini-supermarkets / corner shops within 5 minutes walk. The blue flag beach (left out of the hotel, left at the main road and follow it as far as you want to go after the roundabout - look out for the kite surfers as a reasonable gauge) is also a reasonable walk and is nice sandy beach with easy access to the sea (rather than the volcanic rock access in some places).
Finally a little tip - on the last day they will charge you 30 euros if you want to keep your room on later which seems steep to me. However they have a shower room in the Sauna with towels provided - ask for the key at reception. They will even book slots for you so you know you can use it at the time you want it.
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Corralejo
- Fuerteventura Hotel Arena
- Hotel Arena Corralejo
- Hotel Arena Fuerteventura/Corralejo