My girlfriend had a 2 week head start and stayed a couple of blocks off the beach. I only had one week and found Las Arenas over the internet and she checked it out and that's where we stayed for 7 glorious nights. After numerous experiences with large to very large all inclusive resorts I found Las Arenas very refreshing, peaceful and quaint. The rooms are very basic but well maintained and adequate for a few meals. We ended up cooking our own breakfast the last 5 days and even pan fried some delicious local fish on a small 2 burner gas stove which reminded me of a glorified Coleman camp stove. But hey, that was part of the fun and the local markets and shops had more than enough to chose from. We stayed in room #16 which does back onto the street but I had no problems whatsoever falling to sleep. We were there for the few days leading into the St. Patrick's day festivities and were greeted the last couple of mornings to a wake up call consisting of trumpets, tuba, trombones and drums parading down the street at around 7:00 am. The grounds were immaculate and a nice little pool for taking a dip to cool down. I preferred swimming in the ocean and started every day with a refreshing 10-15 minute swim and found the surf perfect for the occasion. The staff are limited in English but the lady at the front desk had a good enough handle to figure things out. All the staff were very friendly and hard working so don't forget to leave your maid a good tip. I would definitely stay at Las Arenas again and recommend it for a relaxing and peaceful stay.
Hasta pronto, Steve and Vicky from Langley, B.C., Canada
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- Las Arenas, Beach Front Hotel, located downtown of Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico, is a completely renewed property with 13 bungalows and 5 rooms, with kitchen, wifi, heated swimming pool and other services. ... more less
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