This resort, formerly called the Sandos Papagayo Arena, is big, bright and bursting with things to do. Take the pool scene. You’ve got three to choose from, with a poolside bar making drinks o’clock dead easy. You can also add a daytime and evening entertainment programme to the mix, as well as sports like tennis, mini-golf and archery. What’s more, kids will love it. They’ve got two of their own pools, mini-discos and a hotel-run club – perfect for making new mates and giving you a bit of ‘me’ time. And as for location, you’re looking at a six or seven-minute walk to the beach, whereas the closest restaurants in Playa Blanca are about an hour’s walk away, don’t worry – there’s six restaurants back at base.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. 24-hour snacks. Dinner in the international buffet, pizzeria, Mexican or Oriental restaurants.
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirits 10.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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3 outdoor pools
With towels, parasols, sunbeds and sun terrace.
Evening entertainment programme
Offering pre-show, show and the disco. Live music on selected nights from 9pm.
International buffet restaurant
Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and Mexican or Oriental themed evenings with show cooking.
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Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds and a double sofa-bed. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
superior twin room with sea view
Superior twin room with sea view sleeps up to 4, with a minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
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Very enjoyable break
It was windy when we stayed but it didn't stop us from getting a tan. Service was good, particularly at reception. We didn't see all the entertainment but the magic show and Tanzania was fun to watch. Food was ok but we did find it quite bland and repetitive. On the last night we ate out in Puerto Calero (La Portena). We hired a car for the week from Plus Car. All went to plan, they are based upstairs in the car park. A trip to Timanfaya and West coast were good. Puerto del Carmen is always fun. I'm not sure we'd return to this hotel, but we love Lanzarote. More
kevm6, Birmingham, England
It takes all sorts
This is an all inclusive hotel with a clientele ranging from pregnant mums followed by gaggles of kids to senior citizens still holding hands 40 years on. Having just returned, I'm looking forward to going back in the near future. The Sandos Papagayo hotel is a massive complex designed by an architect who would be happy to spend spend his own holiday there! There are outside swimming pools on different levels, jacuzzis, saunas and bars, tastefully lit at night. At the centre there is a massive rotunda surrounded by blocks of accommodation all painted in traditional white. The staff are very friendly, helpful and polite. In fact they are everywhere keeping the place clean. The food is of high quality, often cooked freshly before your eyes. Guests can help themselves to as much as they like: there are no "food police" in evidence to determine portion size. At breakfast I regularly saw lots of Glaswegians, (presumably in preparation for independence), breakfasting on eight rashes of bacon, three eggs and two whole tomatoes, then wiping their plates clean with three pieces of toast. There are lots of bars which provided unlimited, oversized helpings of spirits often using well-known brands. The bedrooms are large and well insulated, with enormous beds and bathrooms containing both showers and baths. During February/March 2014 the weather was absolutely fabulous: warmer than an English summer. The one downside to this place was a 75 min airport transfer time. Apparently this can be mitigated by taking a taxi which costs only 5-6 euros more, so pack your bags and get ready to go!More
A Nice Hotel in a Nice Resort
We stayed here from 20th February to 2nd March and booked via First Choice. The holiday representative was available most days and very helpful. We had a sea view room with balcony and it was very pleasant to leave the door slightly ajar and listen to the breaking waves on the beach nearby. The Papagayo Arena Hotel is at the very north end of Playa Blanca and is very much a family hotel so expect children including very young ones. The important centre of the hotel is a tall round building from which most activity radiates. We nicknamed this the 'Rotunda' and it can be seen from many locations around Playa Blanca. The lowest level tends to be quiet in the morning and is a nice place to sit and read the paper. We liked Playa Blanca. It is a relatively new resort and shows signs of sensitive design with a mixture of residences and hotels. There are still a number of undeveloped gaps. From the Papagayo Arena it is possible to walk the whole length of the resort along the nicely paved Promenade almost to the Lighthouse at the other end where the paving gives way to a walkable track. There is little in the way of shade so perhaps this could be an issue in high summer. The place is very clean and we were not bothered by the sort of 'pestering' that you find in Tenerife for instance and we felt safe. We are not typical guests in that we are an active couple just into our seventies and many of the facilities on offer such as the sun beds and the pools do not apply to us and we are usually in our room before the entertainment starts. We like to escape from the UK winter, we are fond of our food and drink and we love to walk. We did not use the speciality restaurants and kept to the main buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner and took some snacks in the Snack Grill. The main International Buffet Restaurant does get very busy with guests moving hither and thither and you have to move carefully. We were very happy with the food during our stay and always found something to interest us. We liked the Cava which, to us, had a slight muscat tang. All rooms have a TV, a rather ancient one in our case but fully functional. I suspect that few UK guests will be even remotely interested in watching TV and, in any case, the channel selection is limited. You have some international news channels and the BBC World Service, which is almost totally about world news and of no use at all if you do want to spend a few minutes each day catching up on what is happening at home. At a hotel in Tenerife on a previous holiday we had Sky News and BBC2 which was a much more useful combination for UK guests. Most guests will be conscious of an undercurrent of bad feeling that local bar/restaurant owners in holiday resorts have against 'All Inclusive' which they regard as a threat to their livelihoods and sight of your wristband can generate hostility. Indeed, on this visit we saw, for the first time, a sign in a bar towards the other end of the promenade actually banning entry to 'All Inclusive' customers. This is unfortunate and we wonder if the hotel management could run a wristband removal and reinstatement service when leaving and re-entering the hotel or at least reach an agreement with certain bars/restaurants that hotel guests are definitely welcome there. Otherwise it is down to you to disguise the evidence with wide watch straps and bangles etc. etc. Amongst the excursions on offer there are two that are almost obligatory and we organised tickets for these these via our First Choice representative. The first is the part day one to the Timanfaya National Park which involves geothermal party tricks followed by a drive through the volcanic landscape. The pressure on this resource is enormous with cars and coaches queueing up to feed their passengers through the geothermal demonstration and we felt rather rushed through. The subsequent drive through the volcanic landscape is awesome and will last long in the memory. The second excursion is that to the north of the island to see the volcanic caves and the Mirador del Rio designed by Cesar Manrique who has had such a profound and beneficial influence on the Island of Lanzarote. Again, many memories to savour. Walking from the hotel is very pleasant with many possibilities. You can simply step out of the hotel from reception, turn right and make your way north via multiple paths to Punta Papagayo and then return. It is easiest to stay slightly inland but you can also walk down to the four beaches at the cost of some climbing and walking through soft sand. You will also encounter naturists on these beaches so if this bothers you then fix your eyes on the horizon and walk on. The farthest of the beaches is Playa Papagayo and we found it to be the most pleasant. There are a couple of bar/restaurants here that look down on the beach from above. Take water and expect to take three hours or so for the walk. The simplest walk in the other direction is along the promenade to Playa Dorada taking in the Marina Rubicon if you wish. This walk take half to threequarters of an hour. You can then get a drink and walk back or use the hotel complimentary bus. A valuable resource is the 30 bus which will really open up the resort for you. We were given a Lanzarote map sponsored by Fund Grube and Hyperdino and the Playa Blanca street map shows the complete 30 bus route with all of the stops--note that the route is slightly different in each direction. The bus stop nearest to the Papagayo arena is number 28--Las Coloradas and to find it leave the front of the hotel, walk down the hill bearing left past the Congelados Roper supermarket and Taxi rank, then cross the two joined roundabouts and you will find the bus stop on the other side of the Calle de las Buganvillas. This bus stop is used in both directions and buses leave from here at around 15 minutes past and 15 minutes to the hour. Sadly, many of the bus stops have lost their identification and timetable information but it is fairly easy to know where you are by looking at the hotels nearby and consulting the map. The current fare is 1 Euro 35 for all destinations and the driver may request a destination i.e. it is not possible to ride up and down all day on one ticket! We found the bus drivers to be quite helpful. Using the 30 bus to get to stop 10--Bajo los Riscos takes you very near to the path up the Montana Roja which dominates the resort. You will need to wear sensible footwear but the climb is not difficult and you will be rewarded with superb views including the very large caldera which you can walk across. On the day that we did this walk the winds were quite brisk and we took care not to stray too close to the edge. The bus route allows you to choose walks of any length by simply crossing from the chosen bus stop to the promenade and then walking back to the hotel. All too soon our ten days were up and it was our turn to make the sad sound of cases being wheeled on stone floors to reception. We enjoyed our stay and felt that it was very good value.More
Absolutely love this hotel and will keep on coming back that's why we have been 5 times now. Lovely staff, food, rooms pools, chill out bar great ambience we have just visited the Sandos hotel in tenerife not a patch on this hotel. Hope to visit again soon the Trevor family.More
Carla_and_Arfon, Mold, United Kingdom
Good hotel, quiet location
Stayed for a week in January for my boyfriends birthday. Hotel is located at the end of the resort in a quiet area(about 20 minutes walk to the marina) stayed all inclusive and was impressed with the quality and variety of food available. Pancakes are served daily in the snack bar which are a must. Cava and orange juice available every afternoon in the area by reception. The evening entertainment was ok. It was a bit chilly for the outdoor area and the selection Of drinks in that area are not great. We used the free courtesy bus into the resort a few times. Taxi back only about 5 euros. Used the spa in the resort but was not overly impressed. Would benefit from a refurb. More
Hayls79, Bargoed, United Kingdom
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