El Arenal is a locality in the bay of Palma between the municipalities of Palma and Llucmajor. The border between the two municipalities is the Judíos stream. The side belonging to Palma constitutes the well-known Playa de Palma, while the side belonging to Llucmajor is generically known as Arenal.
Since the end of the 19th century, some houses have been built near the beach, but they were mainly fishermen’s shelters. However, very soon this magnificent beach became a very popular destination for Mallorcans. In the 1920s it was divided into three sectors: one for men, one for women, and a third for livestock.
In the 1940s, after the civil war, the locality grew in size with the construction of summer residences, and at the end of the 1950s the first tourist boom arrived. Most of the small front line hotels were built in the 1960s, and by 1980 there were over 200 establishments, including hotels and hostels, causing great pressure on the beach.
During the 1990s the infrastructure was improved, the present promenade was created, and the hotel plant was modernised. Throughout the town, a large complementary industry has flourished: bars and restaurants, discotheques, shops of all kinds, etc.
Visitors to Arenal can choose from a wide range of establishments to stay in, from the most basic to the most luxurious, with different types of accommodation and a wide variety of services.
We present you 10 good hotels in El Arenal
Hipotels Playa de Palma Palace & Spa
This fantastic complex, one of the best in Arenal, is able to satisfy all types of guests. It has family rooms and services to cater for the little ones
It has sports facilities, and its location makes it ideal for cyclists. And at the same time it offers the possibility to relax in its magnificent spa. And all this just three minutes walk from the beach.
For the gastronomic offer there is a buffet restaurant, a snack bar by the pool, an elegant lobby bar, and a lounge bar where the entertainment shows are offered.
Facilities: car park with charging point; three swimming pools (one indoor, two outdoor); buffet restaurant and three bars; spa; gymnasium
Services: music and entertainment; bicycle rental; sports activities (for a fee); babysitting (for a fee); massages and beauty treatments (for a fee)
Hotel Playa Golf
This four-star hotel is located on the beachfront and stands out for its exceptional service, which has led to a large number of repeat guests. Its location is excellent, very close to the airport, close to leisure areas, but at the same time isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city
It is ideal for both relaxation and for sportsmen and women looking for a good rest after a day’s activity.
It has a restaurant, snack bar and an authentic beach bar next to one of its swimming pools with a solarium terrace.
Facilities: two outdoor swimming pools; buffet restaurant and two bars; spa, gymnasium; tennis court; bicycle room
Services: car rental; sports activities (cycling, tennis, golf; for a fee); massages (for a fee)
HM Ayron Park
This modern and elegant five-star hotel is ideal for family trips, trips with friends, or even business trips. Only 50 m from the beach, and less than 15 minutes from the airport, it is located in the quietest area of Arenal, but at the same time close to leisure and dining establishments
For those who prefer the swimming pool, there are five to choose from within the complex, two of which are on the rooftop, with spectacular views of the bay of Palma. There is a buffet restaurant and snack bar. For business travellers there are meeting rooms of varying sizes.
Facilities: parking (surcharge); five swimming pools (one indoor, four outdoor); gym; spa; bicycle garage
Services: car rental; bicycle rental; massages (for a fee)
MySeahouse Flamingo – Adults only
This four-star adults-only hotel is an ideal destination for relaxation. Its complete spa includes a thermal circuit and different types of facial and body treatments. Its Arrels bistro restaurant and bar with terrace contribute to the peaceful atmosphere
The most sporty guests will enjoy its complete gym, and in the case of cyclists, the excellent facilities for cleaning, repairing and storing bicycles. They will also advise us on the best routes around the island.
Facilities: two outdoor swimming pools; restaurant and bar; bicycle garage (with workshop and spare parts shop); spa; gymnasium
Services: car hire; yoga classes; beauty treatments and massages (for a fee)
To enjoy the Arenal and the bay of Palma, luxury is not essential. This comfortable and complete three-star hotel is the proof. Just 10 minutes from the airport and 80 m from the beach, its location is enviable
It has a buffet restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and a snack bar open 24 hours a day. It has a swimming pool with solarium terrace. Although the hotel does not directly offer sports or leisure activities, it has agreements with collaborating companies to offer these services at an advantageous price to its guests.
Facilities: outdoor swimming pool; restaurant and bar
Services: car rental; sports and leisure activities (for a fee)
This four star hotel is located in one of the best areas of Arenal, just 10 minutes from the airport, 50 m from a bus stop, and only 200 m from the beach. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal
For cyclists, there are excellent facilities for repairing and storing bicycles. For those seeking relaxation, there is a spa complex.
Its restaurant offers buffet breakfast and brunch, and à la carte dinners. There are two bars, one indoor and one pool bar. Leisure activities include live music evenings and DJ sessions.
Facilities: two outdoor pools; restaurant and two bars; spa; gym; bicycle garage (with workshop)
Services: car hire; bike hire; entertainment and live music (check calendar); yoga classes; massages (for a fee)
BQ Carmen playa – Adults only
Perhaps the most striking feature of this four-star hotel is its colourful and original decoration, both in the rooms and in the common areas. Another highlight is its excellent location, 10 minutes from the airport and 200 m from the beach. Nearby there is a wide variety of restaurants and leisure facilities
The hotel itself has a buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner, and a relaxed poolside snack bar where you can enjoy a drink or a light meal. There is also a full gym and cycling facilities.
Facilities: outdoor swimming pool; restaurant and snack bar; fitness centre; bicycle garage
Services: car rental, bicycle rental
Planet One Hotel
This completely modernised hotel is located on the beachfront, just a few metres from the Club Náutico de Palma. In fact, it offers special offers for sailors. It also has an outdoor saltwater swimming pool and a garage for bicycles
The restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and à la carte lunches and dinners, with a wide variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine. It also offers entertainment shows, live music and the organisation of different sports and leisure activities outside the establishment.
Facilities: outdoor swimming pool; restaurant; snack bar; bicycle garage
Services: car rental; organisation of sports and leisure activities (for a fee)
Playa Grande – Adults only
This budget three-star hotel is located on the beachfront, in a quiet pedestrian street. The location is excellent, with a bus stop just a few metres away. The rooms, and the establishment in general, are comfortable and convenient
It offers a breakfast buffet and has a snack bar in the hotel itself. It offers the possibility of contracting sports activities with collaborating companies, and although the hotel street itself is quiet, it is located very close to many entertainment venues.
Facilities: snack bar
Services: car rental
Hostal Villa Maruja
This modest hostel makes up for the lack of luxury with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It has a wide variety of rooms, including several for groups of up to four or six people
On the negative side, there is no lift and the hotel is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
The hotel has a snack bar where breakfast is served and which offers cafeteria service and snacks most of the day. They will also facilitate the organisation of different sports and leisure activities with collaborating companies.
Facilities: snack bar, gymnasium; bicycle garage
Services: car rental; organisation of sports activities (for a fee)