You're just 900 metres from the centre of El Medano, and you're right on the seafront too. In other words, when you stay at the Arenas del Mar Hotel you're absolutely perfectly placed for a fabulous holiday in one of Tenerife's most popular spots. And what about that beach… it's one of the most impressive stretches of beach in the whole of Tenerife. It really is amazing: beautifully black sands that stretch as far as the eye can see, bordered by the irresistible blue of the Mediterranean.
The Arenas del Mar Hotel has certainly earned its four stars and its incredible reputation. People flock to El Medano for that beach and that wonderful weather. And for anyone who's stayed there, the Arenas del Mar Hotel is just as much of a draw.
The views are outstanding, and its position on the seafront within easy reach of both town and beach is unrivalled. But location isn't everything. The Arenas del Mar Hotel is so enduringly popular because it's such a smart, modern hotel with fantastic amenities.
Just wait till you see the pool. Fringed by recliners and a wave of trees, – and then by the beach itself; there's something so much more exhilarating about swimming with the unmistakable scent of the fresh sea air in your nostrils.
Whatever you do, don't forget that there's an indoor pool too. Part of a wonderful recreation suite, with the superb spa facilities available*, you really could spend a lot of time here. Floor length windows let in loads of that wonderful light, and bring out the gorgeous colours in this little haven of peace and tranquillity. Please note the recreation suite is open to Adults only.
One of the really nice things about the Arenas del Mar Hotel is that sense that whatever you might hope for, the reality is better. The guests' rooms are a good example. Bigger and better than most hotel rooms, the standard rooms are actually junior suites. So there are double beds as standard, and plenty of room for you to relax and unwind.
All rooms come with a wonderful balcony – well, you really do want to make the most of those incredible views. They also satellite plasma TV and phone, room safe and minibar. Sea view rooms are also available.
The Arenas del Mar Hotel is choc-full of amenities too, ranging from its own internet cafe and shop, to a TV lounge and all sorts of activities. With a restaurant, cafe and pool bar as well, this really is one of those hotels that you could quite happily luxuriate in for a week or more.
The Arenas del Mar Hotel in El Medano is a tourist hotspot. Some are drawn by its wonderful beaches; but some – those who've been before and stayed at the Arenas del Mar Hotel – can't resist another stay at the region's premier four star facility.
*Some facilities may incur an additional fee.
Prices in the calendar are based on the cheapest room(s) available and your search criteria
The 4* Arenas del Mar is situated on the seafront in El Medano, just 900 metres from the centre. It is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday with stunning views of the ocean and a fantastic array of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, entertainment area, bars and a superb modern spa at a fee. La Jaquita Beach, a black sandy beach is close to the hotel.
The first impression was good. Friendly Check-in, good-sized room with lovely balcony with seaview. A closer look, however, uncovered things we did not like at all. The bed cover was not fresh, so my wife removed it...
We took the two blankets which were packed in a plastic bag. On one of them we discovered hair from another person. When we complained, two new blankets were brought to our room. They definitely smelled of fish. So it took a third round to get reasonably clean blankets which we dared put on our beds. The decorative cushions on the bed had greasy spots, so we had to ask for covers before we could use them. The sofa was not clean either, so we used the decorative long and narrow bedspread to sit on. The TV set is so small and old, you better bring your binoculars. The bathroom is a special affair. The faucets had not been cleaned for some time, the magnifying mirror was full of dirt spots. The wall tiles were covered with dirt spots and partly sticky. The glass panel on the bathtub was covered with dried-up water drops... The lift had its dirty corners and panels. Let's talk about the good things. The buffet dinner was very good. That's the end of the good news. The wine, white and red, comes from the tap. It is the worst wine I have ever tasted in Spain. Breakfast was not so hot. The best you can say about the orange juice is that it was yellowish. It certainly had never come near a real orange. For the whole dining hall there was one single woman to clear away all the dishes. She came with one of those wagons and loaded it with the used plates, cups and cutlery. It was no-star cantine style. All tables were quickly wiped over with the same old rag. Not a trace of disinfectant as if there was no Covid. And fresh cutlery are paper napkins were taken from the same wagon and put on the table for the next guests. The pool is nice, the water warm, but the sun lounges are pretty crowded and there is rather a strong and unpleasant wind most of the time. Another thing that I cannot understand in times of Covid is that the pool towels are only changed every second day. On day 3 we went to our room at one o'clock and saw that there were no towels. We informed reception. At 5pm still no towels. At 5.30pm reception would not answer the phone. So my wife had to go down to reception and get the towels herself. What service! When we confronted the manager with our problems, he saw our point and invited us to dinner, which was a nice gesture. As self-booked guests we definitely had the impression that we were paying too much. Especially when we looked at the other guests, most of whom on an all-inclusive package holiday from the the UK. When I asked a "lady" not to move her sun lounge any closer to mine, considering Covid, she told me to shut up. I could only answer "Thank God for Brexit". So all in all, I would not want to go there again,not even if it were cheap.
Our room - we booked a seaview which was worth every penny. The room was spotlessly clean and larger than average Tenerife hotel rooms. We were on the second floor just above the outside bar area - noise never bother us but entertainment is quite low key at the moment. There is a kettle, fridge, mugs and teaspoons. Supermarket next door for milk.
3. Pool area - you couldn't access the pool area until about 9.00 so this stopped the early risers reserving loungers and going back to bed. Don't think there was an issue any day during our stay when you would not be able to get a bed more that some spaces are more sheltered than others.
4. We had planned that if the food was not to our liking we would go into town to dine of an evening. We didn't do this once. Breakfast - eggs (all varieties including poached), omelettes freshly cooked, fried and scrambled, beans, sausages, tomatoes, porridge (very hot), pancakes, toaster, fresh french sticks and rolls plus an assortment of pastries and the usual hams, cheese and fruit. Coffee was via a machine which suited me as it was always hot. Lunch was always different to dinner. The selection of salad was amazing, we also had roast pork, roast beef, assorted fish including salmon. Various soups and lots of crusty bed. Wine was red or white which you helped yourself to along with soft drinks and beer.
5. The all important bar - the most we saw people queuing was about 4 but this was only because one person was allowed at the bar at a time. You certainly didn't wait long for a drink. I used to get a Cava at the bar and take it into dinner. 6. Entertainment - this is one area we have no interest in but could see it was slowly reappearing - quiz night, live music and disco. We were quite happy to sit in the bar/lounge area and play cards.
The whole hotel is very clean and everybody wore masks while moving around and removed them while dining, drinking, lounging on sunbeds and swimming.
Would definitely visit again.
Had a wonderful 10 day stay in very comfy suite 206. Lovely to have such a huge bed and a bath as well as shower..and a sitting room and fridge. Although I have a complex heart & lung condition, we were allocated a suite with an ashtray..and although our balcony had beautiful sea/el Medano views, the private balcony was exposed to our neighbours smoking...
So I had to spend more evenings indoors than out on our balcony.as the dividing Walls were only head high. That said, I'm sure we could have changed our suite, but as we had such a marvellous view and were close to the lifts, we decided to stay put. My mobility is limited so the walk to town was NOT walkable for me. However a taxi ride was less than 4euros each way and well worth it to stroll along the promenade and to explore the cafes, creperies and shops, including le Toque...a little gem where you can find lovely handmade jewellery, that the shop owner happily adjusts/ remodels for you and the Tenerife pearls are very reasonably priced. Back to the hotel, it's handy to know that there are cheap trips from the hotel to Los Christianos three times a week, including to the Sunday market for 10 euros each. Sadly they can be cancelled at short ( 10 min) notice. So we took a taxi instead 30 euros and a bus back 704 from Los Christianos bus station. Other trips available can be pricey. Best ones for us were the Island Tour and the Royal Delfin catamaran to see dolphins, whales and tuna, with an onboard meal and drinks. Disappointed with the Tiede at night...as there was a full moon and almost daylight. The staff at the hotel are in the main, friendly, helpful and kept very busy. A big shout out to Regina on reception who was an absolute star helping us with PLF forms. Please be aware..masks are mandatory around the hotel, unless sat drinking/ eating. Spain do not recognise exemptions..but I had my lanyard and it's certificate translated by Regina to show if required. But I opted to wear a paper mask ( more breathable short term for me)on coaches and public transport...and the only grumpy challenge was made in the restaurant by a Spanish tourist. 🤷 Food...breakfast was standard buffet...and sadly the only meal at which filter coffee was available. Lunch was fine on days we went to the buffet...but evening meals were hit and miss. I ended up with bread, pate & cheese on 2 evenings, and one evening we had to eat in an overflow room. Pork is frequently on the menu and on night was woefully undercooked to the point it was unchewable. You choose your sitting on arrival, but few people seemed to stick to it. Also we liked dressing for dinner..and the hotel requests gents wear trousers in the evenings..but many wore shorts and even saw people in bikini tops!! So dress code not strictly enforced. Our last night we had a restaurant manager checking people in when entering the dining room, so maybe things will change. Spa is extra..but my hubby had free access to jaccuzi/ sauna etc whilst I had treatments. All in all we had a good holiday ..but the hotel is more 3+ star in my experience Tips for a visit..bring your own tea bags and buy still water & semi skimmed fresh milk from the supermarket in the hotel to make tea in your room...tastes so much better than using the awful tap water.
A relaxing week away - just what we needed; decent hotel with good food, drinks, friendly service, ok gym good pool area, warm weather and a small town with some rustic/quaint and authentic feel restaurants, shops and bars with a chilled/surfer feel which we really loved - we took the 15 minute stroll at least daily. So, the hotel and location hit the mark for us wanting a chilled but decent quality break. Why not 5 dots? Being fair, there are some things we thought the hotel could consider to give a better quality service and go from good to great, albeit some are small scale points, they do make the difference;
All other drinks were great standard though.
We booked a deluxe penthouse sea view suite here for 8 days in November 2021. Without flights the all inclusive rate was €1330 for the two of us. We had room 510.
If you want to read a single sentence about the Arenas, rather than the whole review - it’s an excellent adults only resort, so book it, you’ll enjoy it.
I have to begin by saying that as we approached the hotel in the taxi, it’s not the prettiest of buildings, but it’s Modern and functional, and once you’ve walked into reception, it’s lovely.
We could have chosen a much cheaper room but we’ve had a couple of disappointing breaks recently where the room let it down, so we chose the best they had.
Loved room 510, huge balcony with open sky above unlike the ones underneath...
Sea view is fabulous too, you can see quite a few miles of coastline right down to Montana Roja to the west. King sized comfy bed in its own separate bedroom area, then a lounge area next to the balcony containing a sofa, chair, desk, side tables etc. Plus, oh joy, a bath as well as a shower… 😊😊.. in a large bathroom.
We would have happily stayed a month, never mind a week!
Facilities are as you would expect, lovely pool area with its own bar, and although it was busy there was never any trouble getting a sun bed. Tenerife is a windy island, so sensibly they’ve enclosed the pool area with glass screens to lessen the impact.
Also a very pleasant indoor spa you can use for an extra fee, but whilst the lady of the house had a massage, they gave me free use of it. Most enjoyable too. The massage was about the norm price wise, €65 for a 50 minute treatment.
Now onto food.
All meals are served buffet style in the dining room. There’s a really good choice of food at each dining session, you may not like everything they offer but the choice is huge. From a personal preference I’d have rather have proper service for dinner in the evening, but this didn’t in any way detract from our stay.
One aspect to dining did bother me. But it’s not the fault of the hotel. They supply you with a disposable Covid glove when you enter the restaurant, the idea being that you use that to handle the spoons, tongs and so on whilst at the buffet.
However, we watched the majority of people slicing up the French bread sticks whilst holding the bread in their bare hands, and from that moment on we avoided the bread sticks altogether. There are small individual rolls you can choose anyway, but the sticks are superb.
I guess the Arenas could police it a bit better, but it did worry me just a little bit.
They stagger meal times during the day and you pick your slot from a choice. Works pretty well and we never felt harassed or cramped at the buffet as sometimes happens on the bigger cruise ships.
On the drinks front, at meal times you can choose from self service wine, beer or soft drinks. I stuck with Amstel but my partner had the white wine which she said was fine.
In the main bar, they didn’t seem to mind what you had on the all inclusive package. I’ve stayed at plenty of all inclusive resorts where the gin is like paint stripper! Here you get a decent Gordon’s with your tonic. And generous measures too!
Another nice touch is that there is a small menu of cocktails on the all inclusive package, so really you have a great choice at no extra cost.
The staff were all lovely, no complaints at all, reception speak good English, some of the other staff speak less.
Lastly they offer entertainment most evenings, quizzes, live music etc etc.
We would absolutely love to come back to Arenas another day, and we’d take the suites like 510 like a shot!!!
Oh and finally a tip, don’t get a shuttle from the airport, just grab a taxi for around €15, it’s only a short drive.