El Arenal is a bit off the beaten track. As such, lodging options in town are few and far between. But you don't need to worry, as if you look to the surrounding area and you will discover an excellent variety of budget to high-end accommodation options that ought to tick all your boxes. There's at least 47 lodgings listed in Travelocity's Mexico hotel database that are located within an easy commute from El Arenal.
The Los Abolengos Grand Class Casona Hotel, Jalisco, which is the closest Travelocity-listed place to stay, is situated 13 miles (22 kilometers) from the heart of El Arenal. A secondary easily-reached alternative is the Clarum 101, which is found in Jalisco, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from the center of El Arenal.
The Camino Real Guadalajara is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) from the center of El Arenal. On the other hand, the Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara Autonoma is located 17 miles (28 kilometers) away. Two other alternatives worth looking into are the Presidente InterContinental Guadalajara and the Holiday Inn Guadalajara Expo.
40 miles (67 kilometers) to the southeast of El Arenal, you can find Ajijic, which is where you can spend a few hours exploring Chula Vista Country Club and Tobolandia. A few Travelocity-listed Ajijic rooms include the Hacienda del lago Boutique Hotel and Casa Tres Leones. Or, you could stay in Zapopan, 15 miles (25 kilometers) to the east of El Arenal, where you can choose between the Hotel Intercity 100 and Hotel Real Zapopan. If you visit Zapopan, be sure to venture to the Metropolitan Park and Autonomous University of Guadalajara.
If you are interested in sport and really like thrilling clashes you could get to Jalisco Stadium, found 20 miles (36 kilometers) to the east of El Arenal. Travelocity users that like the convenience of booking a hotel not far away, book a room in the Hotel Demetria or Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel.
When you are flying to El Arenal, the most practical gateway is Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. The closest accommodation option is City Express Guadalajara Aeropuerto.