Be Live Playa La Arena

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Address: Calle Lajial 4, Playa de La Arena, 38683, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

An impressive looking hotel in a quiet, family resort.

Once the darling of the west coast, the hotel has recently been bought by the Be Live group who have introduced an all-inclusive option. Consequently, when I was last there the standards of food and service had deteriorated. But the hotel is still one of the most impressive in the area, the grounds are splendid and if you go for bed and breakfast and use the resort’s good selection of restaurants, I still think it’s a good choice for a Playa de la Arena base.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.2
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

In the centre of the resort of Playa de la Arena, opposite a Blue Flag, black sand, sheltered beach which is ideal for families. A 40-minute transfer from the south airport and a 20-minute coastal walk to Los Gigantes.

Bedrooms

Rooms are generously sized with twin or double beds and standard hotel furniture - nothing special but comfortable. Walls are salmon coloured, with wood half-panelling. Most rooms look out over the pools and gardens with a partial sea view, but you can request full sea view.

Public areas

The lobby is a vast atrium of training vines from ceiling to floor and tiered balconies dripping exotic foliage; above, glass-fronted, bullet-shaped lifts glide effortlessly. A huge expanse of marble flooring is bordered by comfy chairs in pink and candy-striped upholstery, into which you can crawl with a copy of Fitzcarraldo and feel like you’re really there.

Eating and drinking

With no a la carte restaurant on site, buffet dining is the order for breakfast and dinner. Choices are quite good but the standard is generally poor and food can be less than hot unless you’re prepared to join the early scrum. My advice: forget half board and all inclusive, and try some of the local restaurants instead. Casa Pancho on the beach does some nice tapas, and El Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes and Marlin in Playa San Juan are both well worth the short taxi ride.

Leisure facilities

After the lobby, the hotel’s second wow factor is its pools. Sub-tropical gardens contain a spectacular waterfall rockery, large freeform swimming pools, one with a wooden footbridge, and oodles of sunbathing terraces.

Service

Not what it used to be, or should be. Animation staff, however, are excellent.

Who stays there

Families on a budget. Popular with Canarios and Spanish mainlanders at weekend, when the hotel gets considerably busier.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation

Pros & Cons

  • Playa de la Arena is a nice, family resort
  • Impressive lobby and pools
  • Food
  • Service
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