Right on the bay at Arenal, with its fine sandy beach and views out to sea.
All of the seventy bedrooms have sea a view and a terrace, although curiously enough the one suite doesn’t. They also look over a lawned garden. All the rooms are identical, large, bright and airy. Unfortunately, that also means samey, and there is nothing that makes the bedrooms particularly special.
A large salon beside the garden terrace is separated into separate areas of sofas and arm chairs. It also houses the bar and café. A second enormous lounge repeats the idea, but with brighter fabrics. Guests can stroll in the lawned garden with patches of brightly coloured flowers and towering palms, with the indigenous plants identified by their name written on a slab of stone.
Eating and drinking
The bar/café has a small menu of snacks and light lunches, and the main dining room at least adds a splash of colour, with a scheme of yellow and white, with blue upholstered chairs achieving a relaxed Mediterranean feel.
The hotel has a swimming pool, which, despite being right next to a sandy beach, gets pretty good use during the summer, mainly to avoid the crowds of hoi-polloi basking on their beach towels. Free swimming classes are given. A gym and sauna give off an air of never being used.
What many people don’t realise is that the Paradors are owned by the Spanish government, making the staff civil servants. Unfortunately this shows more often than it should, and the staff all too often appear as if they just want to get through the day rather than show any real interest in the job.
Who stays there
An international selection of the well-to-do and those making the most of many of the alliance club discounts the group offers.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Perfectly positioned for the beach
- The lovely gardens are just for show. It would be delightful to set a few tables and chairs up to take tea