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Riu Arecas Hotel 4 star
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Urbanizacion La Herradura - Parcela 1 Costa Adeje, Spain -
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The Arecas is a good choice for couples, older rather than younger, who are looking for a hotel away from the hubbub of the town centre, close to the beach and with perhaps a little old-fashioned charm. It certainly isn't the most modern or aesthetically pleasing of Tenerife's hotels (although the exterior isn't bad) but it does comfortable, functional rooms, a large restaurant with decent food and excellent staff. Children are very welcome at the Arecas, although there is no kids club or activities dedicated to them. Certainly worth a punt if you're not bothered by the dated décor and lack of animation.

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    Location 6.75 /10

    The hotel is situated in a quiet zone of the southern resort of Costa Adeje. There are just a few other hotels in the immediate vicinity otherwise the nearest 'signs of life' are the town centre, about a 10 minute taxi ride away, and the Playa del Duque beach which is just 500m away. The hotel does have free car parking but if there are no spaces left when you arrive, then you'll find a place n the roads nearby without problem. The island's southern airport is 14 miles away while 52 miles separates the hotel with the northern airport.

    Accommodation 7.50 /10

    The Arecas offers two categories of room: standard and suite. Each has two different views with the balconies looking out over the pool and sea or the street and mountains. The two types of room are similar, the main difference being that the suite has a living area. It is also quite pleasant to have a real key to open your bedroom door with, as opposed to those ubiquitous characterless key cards. The wooden furniture in the room, reminiscent of a country cottage's, comprises a desk, bedside tables, head board, butler and wardrobe. Amenities include safe (12? per week), stocked minibar, small regular television, telephone, radio and armchair. There is a small balcony with plastic garden furniture while the bathroom, in white tiling and black and white marble, has a bathtub with shower, bidet, hairdryer and basic toiletries. In the suites, you'll find a small salon with sofa and armchairs and a flatscreen television (also present in the bedrooms) and in the bathroom the toilet and bidet are separate and there is a double vanity. The walk-in wardrobe seems to us to be an unnecessary waste of space and the sunbeds on the balcony are a nice touch but if lying down on them the beautiful views are lost.

    Overview 7.25 /10

    Although it is slightly old-fashioned with its florally upholstered chairs and matching lamps, the lobby of the Arecas is actually quite welcoming. There is plenty of space to take a seat upon arrival after a long journey or indeed during your stay there to relax or take a drink .You'll receive a very warm welcome from the staff at the reception desk and there is certain buzz about the place at various times of the day. Also in the lobby you'll find coin-operated PCs for surfing the internet and the wifi (1?/15mins, 5?/5 hours) is only available here. Outside are two main swimming pools as well as one for kids. There is plenty of room around both for taking in the sun's rays, although due to the height of the accommodation buildings, the sun doesn't appear until around 11 o'clock. There are good sea views to be had from the poolside and just next to the space is a kids playground and a beautiful lawn with palm trees. There is an animation team at the hotel but they are there mainly to look after the grownups with activities such as water gym, rifle shooting and bingo in the evening. In the evening, after the minidisco, there is a professional show brought in from outside (several times per week) and live music every night.

    Other amenities at the hotel include tennis courts, a hairdresser, a few shops where you can buy souvenirs and supplies and shower rooms for those departing after check out. The hotel's public spaces are well kept and clean and access to the rooms is quick and simple. The corridors are decorated with modern prints and there are great sea views from several parts of the hotel, including the outdoor terrace.

    Food and drink 7.50 /10

    The hotel has one buffet restaurant in which guests take breakfast and dinner. The room itself is spacious and there are many covers, however this does mean that the tables are fairly close to one another. Smartly laid tables are surrounded by comfortable blue armchairs and each table is graced by a flower which makes a big difference to the appearance of the space. The food itself is of a good quality and there is plenty of choice at both breakfast and dinner. One night per week there is a themed dinner, for example Canarian, and vegetarians will not go hungry with several options for them. It is important to note that there are two sittings for dinner and when you arrive you must choose which one you prefer for your first night. The pool bar, which is covered, has a menu of light bites which runs on a one-week cycle. There is another bar, this time indoors, which is in the room where the shows take place.

    To know

    There are a total of four RIU hotels in Tenerife, one of which, the Palace is just next door to the Arecas. Due to its proximity, guests at the latter are able share the wellness facilities at the former. For details of the 'Body Love' centre, see the RIU Palace hotel profile.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Staff
    • Away frm noisy town centre
    • Close to beach
    • Spa (at RUI Palace)
    • Free parking

    disadvantages

    • No kids club
    • Date décor

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