This huge complex packs in a triple helping of pools, plus an impressive waterpark. It’s only a short walk from Arenal’s centre and sandy beach, too.
The waterpark is this place’s crowning glory, with pools, ring rides and slides to keep speed demons grinning like Cheshire cats. Watery fun aside, there’s also loads of sports and activities going on.
The hotel’s set in 12 acres of greenery, and is really close to Arenal Beach – you can walk it in less than 10 minutes. The town centre’s really close, too.
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- Kids' clubs at selected hotels
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Tea and cake 16.00-17.00.
Selected beer, wine, local spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee 11.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Situated within the main building, these twin rooms are decorated in light tones and modern furnishings. They come with a balcony for that extra space outside, plus, you'll get air-conditioning, an extra bed, a child's bed, and a shower in the bath.
First Choice Kids' Club
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system.
3 outdoor pools
There are 3 large pools in the hotel, one at each block of apartments. Each pool has a poolside bar which is open from 11am to 5pm.
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Noise in the room very bad
Not a 4 star hotel its a 3 star hotel Its needs an update the rooms are very bad it's a bungalow split up with just a door separating the back from the front so the NOISE IS VERY BAD they might as well be in the same room as you ( we had children running about screaming and crying at 6am every morning as their mum and dad was in another bedroom ) we got all the noise.The Rooms for 3 people are at the back of the bungalow so small nowhere to put your clothes just a very very small wardrobe, the 3rd bed pulls down and is very small, the whole room is not good and they only clean it and make the beds every other day. The all inclusive drinks are a joke it's two drinks per person and they are given to you in a small water fountain plastic cup ( beer and wine as well so small, we stay in all inclusive hotels all the time and have never had drinks like that its very poor ) On the other hand food was very good and always very hot and the restaurant and snack bar was very clean the staff was great too. For the children it was great. The pool was good the water park great and the reps worked very hard they entertained the children very well and they was at the hotel all day. I don't think the hotel is worth the money we paid, (we paid the same as a adult for a 4 year old) This hotel needs a lot of money spent on it too bring it up to date.More
Wendy B, Essex, United Kingdom
stayed august 2015
An expensive holiday for the accomodation, and amenities, Stay with my daughter and her family. Initially put in two rooms quite apart from one another despite asking for adjoining room. Eventually moved into to two room (bungalow style). Ok, but rooms not cleaned on a regular basis. My beds made once in the 11 days, my daugher had to make her childrens every day. Food ok could always find something to eat. Salad bar disappointing. Lay out for food could be better (sauces Ibrown tomato and mayonaisse with fruit!). Griil area did have seperate cooking area, but nothing to say it was cooking as not every day. Drinks were ok but felt like watered down and always in plastic cups, unless you managed to grap a glass at dinner and held onto it. NO WHERE ENOUGH SUN UMBRELLAS around the pool, did ask hotel staff , no extras, and reps informed us that they had been asking for more since the beginninng of the season. Bit worrying given advice re sun and skin cancer. Aqua park good, and life guards were on scene very quickly following an accident. None in ordinary pools, and no checks re late night swimming by children!!More
Susan S, Bexley, United Kingdom
We had a great time!
After reading all of the negative reviews, I was worried about staying at Marina Parc, but I didnât need to worry as myself and my children thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I stayed here for one week at the end of August 2015 with my three teenage children. On arrival we were greeted by a very pleasant receptionist who offered us sandwiches and fruit as we had just missed evening meal. A lovely rep carried our cases to our room, 238. We had booked a two-bedroom apartment which was very spacious which had a large lounge area with a flat screen TV, we also had a kitchen area which we didnât use; but the fridge was handy to keep water cool, we also had two bathrooms which was more than we expected. Our room was located in the D2 section of the complex which was right next to reception and just across the road from the restaurant and evening entertainment. The food was more than adequate, even if you were a fussy eater you would always find something to eat. The restaurant staff were always happy to help and approachable, my son has a peanut allergy and they would always check to see what he could and couldnât eat. Yes, the drinks were served in plastic cups but with it being a family friendly hotel, I would prefer this than broken glass. The entertainment at night wasnât great but you have to make the most of it because youâre on holiday. But during the day the reps made up for it as they were always working hard to entertain the whole family around the pools, with activities such as; aqua aerobics, water polo, obstacle races, and quizzes. The water park is excellent; only a short walk away and we saw no accidents. The beach is only a 10 minute walk away and is a must to visit because it is beautiful with a boardwalk running the length of it. A big thank-you to all the hotel staff and First Choice reps, especially Martyn for making our holiday even better.More
ahoward123, Burnley, United Kingdom
11 day break
For the people who rate this hotel all I can say is you must of stayed in some poor hotels.we recently stayed end of August,firstly the room very very basic with a door adjoining the other room where you could here a pin drop,the food at the restaurant was as basic as you could get.arenal is a lovely place beautiful beach.i would go back but would give this dump a wide berth!!More
Mainman402015, Stockport, United Kingdom
I have been holidaying with Thompson / First choice for many years and this is the first time i genuinely feel that the brochure and reviews do not match this hotel at all. I honestly am shocked at the positive reviews for the Marina Parc. The rooms were possibly the worst rooms we have stayed in smelling damp dirty full of cobwebs talcum powder from the previous guests. Now we've stayed in some pretty grim places 2* basement studios in Greece 20 years ago so I'm not snobby expecting a higher standard than I've paid for. Just please don't waste your money on this hotel. There are some positives we always found the food to be warm and plenty of choices the bar staff were very friendly especially Jose! The whole hotel was just running on a small amount of staff leaving the hotel looking very Shabby and dirty. .More
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