The accommodation at the Arnos Vale Vacation Apartments consists of a one-bedroom apartment (Apartment 3) on the first (upper) level of the building, and two two-bedroom apartments on the ground floor. Between them, the apartments can accommodate a total of up to 13 adults.
Due to the amount of luggage and equipment needed for our 8-week review tour, we opted for the smaller of the 2-bedroom apartments on the basis that we could use the second bedroom to store the equipment flight cases, rather than falling over them. It had been over two years since we had inspected the Arnos Vale Vacation Apartments and I had forgotten how spacious all the apartments were. Having stayed there, I can truthfully stay that we could, and gladly would, have stayed in any of the three. However, as we chose Apartment 2, we will start the description with details of that apartment:
Apartment 1 (2-Bedroom)
Located on the ground floor of the property and offering a substantial 1025ft2/95m2 of accommodation floor space, one can only describe this lovely self-contained apartment as extremely spacious. Comfortably accommodating up to six adults, it would undoubtedly make an excellent home-from-home for a small group or family.
With the exception of the bedrooms and bathroom, the apartment is open-plan and the main living area is some 12m long and 8m wide. The main entrance is to the rear of the apartment and leads into the kitchen area. A dining area occupies the middle of the room and a spacious and comfortable seating area the frontage. Wide glass doors then lead through to an attractive, but narrow (1.5m-wide), covered patio with decorative arched pillar frontage. The patio is furnished with a small circular table and four chairs.
The kitchen is equipped with a four-ring gas oven with grill, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and a large and very efficient fridge-freezer. Kitchen cabinets separate the kitchen from the dining area and provide under-counter storage. A wide but disparate range of cooking utensils and implements is provided. The amount of crockery, cutlery and glassware could prove a little challenging to larger parties. Still, knowing Victor and Ursline, all you need to do is ask for anything extra that you need. As with all other aspects of this lovely property, everything was in good working order and immaculately clean.
Located next to the kitchen, and ideally separated from it by the kitchen units, is a large dining table. This would comfortably seat six adults should the apartment be fully occupied.
The living area comprises of two four-seater sofa beds, plus an armchair, arranged around a 32-inch flat-screen cable TV. Immediately adjacent are wide glass doors leading onto the front terrace. The main Arnos Vale road passes just a few metres away, but surprisingly little traffic passes and traffic noise is never more than a momentary annoyance.
Wide glass-louvered windows with discrete metal security bars fill the exterior wall on one side of the living room. The two bedrooms and the bathroom are on the other side. The living area is not air-conditioned, but with all the doors and windows open, the apartment keeps remarkably cool. If that is not enough, there is a large ceiling fan above the dining table and an electric tower fan is provided. Cool ceramic floor tiles throughout the apartment help to enhance the cool feel.
The master bedroom is reasonably spacious (3.3x4.4m) and furnished with a queen-size bed plus a standard double bed. The bed was firm but comfortable and the linen clean and of good quality. A small bedside table with lamp and alarm/radio is mounted against one wall, but the room would benefit from bedside tables/nightstands on each side of the master bed. A double wardrobe offers a metre of full-length hanging space, but there is limited shelf storage. Mosquito nets are not fitted as standard, but are available on request. We had no trouble with mosquitoes during our stay.
Both bedrooms are fitted with small air-conditioning units. The one in the master bedroom is quite old and Victor informs me that it is scheduled for renewal. Compared to the best modern units, it was noisy. We prefer to avoid air-conditioning wherever possible and achieved a perfect temperature with minimum noise using the excellent tower fan from the living room on low fan setting. The air-conditioner in the second bedroom is a quiet and efficient modern split-unit.
The second bedroom is smaller, but still spacious. It is furnished with a double bed, dressing table, a small armchair and 1.5m of open hanging space for clothing. There is shelf-space above, but this is too high to be ideal.
The centrally-located bathroom is, again, spacious. It is simply, but adequately equipped. A large washbasin is set into a wide vanity unit and provides lots of storage space, both on top and beneath. As to be expected, the bathroom also has a pedestal toilet and a large walk-in tiled shower. Hot and cold water is available in all basins, sinks and showers. The bathroom is also equipped with a large concrete sink plumbed for cold-water; ideal for hand-washing garments and small articles when returning from the beach.
All the apartments are naturally fully serviced before guest arrival. Towels and bed linen are changed every three days and the apartments given a basic servicing at that time.