The hotel is clean and staff are very visible in their housekeeping duties. It is a bit dated however. Arenal is aimed at the German market so understandibly the food in the hotel was quite continental. Breakfast was cold meats, cheeses, breads,cereals, yoghurts and a selection of fried items. Lunch was salads, paella, soups and various hot dishes. Icecreams, mini cakes, jellies, mousse and lots of fresh fruit. Dinner was similar to lunch. Wine, beer, water and soft drinks were all self service. There is a sign saying you are not allowed to fill your water bottle from their dispenser. I took some glasses of water to the table and discreetly poured them into my bottle there. We commented that the staff were not overly friendly. We speak some spanish but they did not seem particularly interested to chat. There was a really nice lady on reception - she stood out as the only one who laughed with us. The maid was also very helpful in getting us extra pillows. The beds were surprisingly comfortable. It was the usual twin bed set-up common in spain.
Entertaintment was dancing, bingo, acrobatic act. There was a lovely atmosphere in the large bar area every evening. The guests were mainly spanish, portugese, german and dutch. People in general were not drinking much alcohol. The coffee machine was used more than the beer one. The teenagers seemed content to drink expresso and talk. There was a real family atmosphere.
The only things that let the hotel down are its location and paper thin walls. We were treated to every noise imaginable by the couple in the next room. On the other side we were woken by their mobile phone alarm. The hotel is in a built up area and the noise from surrounding buildings and from within the hotel was really bad. Thankfully we had earplugs. I dread to think how bad it would get in the height of summer when all the hotels in the area are full. The pool area is quite small and is in the shade for a large part of the day due to all the other high rise buildings. In front and to the side of the hotels are some rather shabby looking apartments with dogs that seem to bark for hours after dark.
Arenal is a nice area. The beach is clean. There is a good selection of places to eat and the usual cheap tat shops and some high street names. The number 15 or 25 bus takes you into Palma. It costs €1.50 each one way. This can be picked up along the sea front on the landside. The no.23 goes to the airport and can be picked up on the road that runs 1 street back horizontal to the sea front. It cost €2.50 each and takes about 20 mins. Airport taxi is €20 so bus is better value.
We would go back to Arenal in a heartbeat but not to Pinero Tal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOCATION: 14 km from Palma city centre and 300 m from the spectacular El Arenal beach. ROOMS: Full bathroom, central heating, air conditioning, safe deposit box (with charge), TV-SAT, terrace, telephone and all the rooms are outdoor facing. Maximum capacity: 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults. FACILITIES: Restaurant, bar, games room, lounge. Internet suite (with charge). Outdoor pool, solarium and terraces. Heated indoor pool in winter and gymnasium. With extra charge: Sauna and solarium. Climate-controlled public areas. Night-time animation programme. DINING-ROOM SERVICE: Buffet. Half board: Breakfast and evening meal. CHARACTERISTICS: Last refurbishment Winter 2005/06. 198 Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pinero Tal Hotel
- Hotel Pinero Tal Majorca/El Arenal