Having read all the negative reviews about this hotel I felt I had to put my own experience in print. We were absolutely dreading going here but we needn't have worried. First of all, it is only a two star hotel, so don't expect four star treatment. I spent a week here with my sister and cousin from 4th Aug to 11th Aug and we had an absolute ball. Ok, there is no air conditioning, but we were able to hire a fan for ten euros from reception and there was no entertainment but we made our own with the fabulous group of people also at the hotel while we were there. The picture of the pool does not do it justice, it gets the sun for most of the day. The food, although basic was quite nice, breakfast was very basic but as I have said previously, it is only a two star hotel. The bar closes at 11.00 for all inclusive guests but unlike other all inclusive holidays I have been on, we were able to stock up on our drinks, no taking your glass back each time you wanted a drink. Any problems we had were sorted immediately by the staff on reception, one receptionist, a lady in her 40s was exceptionally nice, admittedly the young girl on reception needed a personality transplant, she was rather grumpy and not very helpful, but the rest of the staff were great, a please and thank you goes a long way with them. The hotel is in a great location, a short walk to the promenade away from all the hustle and bustle and any noise at night came from other hotels in the vicinity. We did visit the four star hotel next door one night to sample the entertainment but found it very boring as no one was chatting and looked very bored watching Flamenco dancing, not at all happy like the guests in the Santa Monica. We would definitely stay here again but only if they install air conditioning. I would say to anyone about to go here, you get what you pay for, don't expect four star treatment in a two star hotel and you won't be disappointed. Finally the Sportsman Bar on the front is a place to definitely visit run by a Liverpool guy. If you really don't like the breakfast in the Santa Monica, this pub does a really good full English for four euros, you can even leave your valuables behind the bar while you go to the beach, it has just won an award for Excellence and Best Bar" for 2013.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Monica El Arenal
- Santa Monica Majorca/El Arenal