To use an old English phrase "All fur coat and no knickers". Very impressive reception/lounge/foyer. Then clean, adequate but dated rooms, no complaints, but a let down from the first impression.
Similarly, the buffets looked great, but very disappointing quality. Over-cooked, under-seasoned/bland, "school dinners", dressed up as "speciality cuisine". Breakfasts weren't bad, with a wide choice and reasonable quality, however, you often had to play "hunt the spoon, bowl or whatever they ran out of that day".
Evening meals and lunches were worse. We started to operate a "less they had done to it policy" I.e avoiding stews etc., which were usually tasteless and mushy. The food was highly repetitive, despite the speciality evenings e.g French, American etc, (My husband particularly hated his soggy beefburger. All food tasteless, under-seasoned and therefore bland.
The hotel was very clean, and had nice grounds and pool area. However, the usual hassle to get a sunbed, umbrella etc. staff polite and helpful.
All inclusive not as generous as at others we've stayed, e.g only glasses of wine served not bottles, cocktails cheap reconstituted versions, no ice creams by the pool.
Have had a good holiday,but wouldn't recommend this to others. Particularly those with children, as entertainment for them is all in French. However, nice setting, close to Los Gigantes and Porta Santiago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Be Live Experience Playa La Arena is a complete family resort in Puerto Santiago, Tenerife. The hotel, located by an exotic beach with black volcanic sand, offers all the facilities you need for a perfect holiday at the Costa de Santiago del Teide. At the Be Live Experience Playa La Arena you will be able to enjoy the quietness and the lovely atmosphere of Puerto Santiago: nature, gastronomy, sports, beach and sun all year round. This hotel has the ISO 14001 Certification, as a result of its effective environmental management system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Be Live Playa La Arena Hotel Puerto De Santiago
- Spring Hotel Santiago Del Teide
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