This place has mountain views, a beach on the doorstep, and a great choice of pools and restaurants.
Locations don’t get much more dramatic than this. One side of the hotel looks out to Los Ajaches mountain range, the other has panoramic views across the Atlantic. Plus the beach is around 5 minutes away on foot.
Within the hotel grounds you’ll find 5 pools in total, a trio of big ones and 2 just for kids. And of the 5 restaurants, the French one really stands out. Activities are covered with tennis courts and hiking trails.
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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.
All are included except where indicated.
With towels, parasols, sunbeds and sun terrace.
Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner with show cooking stations.
Hotel-run kids' club for 4-12 year-olds offering various games and activities.
Twin room sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds, a double sofa-bed and a shower or bath. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds, a double sofa-bed and a bath or shower. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
We visited Sandos Papagayo this Easter with our daughters aged 20 and 12. We had 2 rooms overlooking the sea in G Block. The blocks are arranged behind and in front of the pools and look to be all the same. We were happy with ours especially as we hadn't paid for the sea view. The rooms are large and could easily have slept the four of us had we booked the one room. The decor is a bit '90s, like the rest of the hotel, but they're spotless and comfortable. The bathrooms are also a good size with 2 sinks and a shower over the bath. We had no problems with hot water etc. The main hotel areas are very nice with beautiful views to Fuerteventura. There are several pools with activities for the kids (and the usual pool aerobics etc) but there are quiet areas too where you don't get bothered. The hotel has a policy of not reserving beds. Some people still do stake their claim early morning, which we found rather funny. There are enough beds to go round so it is pointless. The restaurants serve just about everything from roast chicken, beef, pasta and salad to traditional Spanish fare and a separate Italian area. People who say it is repetitive make me wonder. .. If you pile your plate with everything every night then yes, you'll get the same stuff. But I had paella, fresh cooked Italian, veal, fish and roast chicken on different nights, although I guess I could have had them all every night! We didn't eat at the French restaurant. It carries a charge and we discovered the Rubicon Marina which you can walk to around the bay. There is a lovely walkway looking out over the sea to the marina where there is a large selection of very nice restaurants and bars. No pictures of food outside and "English breakfasts served here" signs, thank goodness! We ate there 4 times during our stay. Twice for delicious Canarian tapas and twice at Italian restaurants. I would highly recommend it. It provides a bit of exercise and a nice change from the hotel. There is quite a lot of entertainment in the hotel. A theatre where the kids seemed to really enjoy the shows and very often music in the bar at the bottom of the rotunda. I found the staff very helpful and polite. Especially if you try a little Spanish. Worked wonders at the pool bar! Overall I would recommend this hotel for families. It is in a lovely position. You can walk to the gorgeous Papagayo beaches in the Nature Reserve, go and see the volcanoes, take a trip to Fuerteventura or just spend every day relaxing by the pool. Pretty good value for money and does what it says on the tin. More
I had a few reservations about this hotel given some of the reviews. However, the hotel was perfect. It sits at the end of a promenade with a 15 minute walk into Marina Rubicon which is a lovely marina with places to eat and supermarkets. To the other side of the hotel are the lovely papagayo beaches which are a 5/10 minute walk away but well worth a visit. My kids loved the beaches here. There is a small beach beside the hotel which is also fine just not as stunning. The hotel is big but not in a bad way. It actually never felt busy even though it was full. We had already booked a sea view room but upgraded to Royal Elite. The room was freshly decorated and with RE, you get a full bar, fresh water daily and milk/coffee replenished, sweets for the kids, dressing gowns/slippers, aloe vera bath products and a free safe (20 euro deposit still required). RE gives you access to a quieter room for breakfast in which you are served fresh orange juice and hot drinks along with access to the RE lounges where you can help yourself to alcoholic and soft drinks including tea/coffee. We used this every night and had no problem getting a seat. The bathroom was a good size with a brilliant shower. The room had a large double bed and sofa bed for the kids. All were very comfortable as were the pillows! They are upgrading the decor in rooms so yes there is some building work going on but not enough to upset your holiday. We heard some hammering/drilling on our first day but that was it. We did have access to another room freshen up in before we left on the last day. This overlooked the pool and had not been upgraded. However, the decor was fine and I would have been just as happy in this style of room for the duration of the holiday. The food was excellent. We mainly sat in the Italian area in the evening as it was quieter. Fresh pizza and pasts were always available, both very tasty. The International restaurant, served a variety of foods, all of which were well cooked and tasty and ranged from salads, soups, fish, meats, paella. There were always different options available and I doubt anyone would struggle to find something they liked. The same variety was available at lunchtime in addition to food being available beside the pool which served pasta, salads, croissants, burgers and hot dogs. The beer and wine were also fine. Cava is available during meal times and fresh orange juice and cava are available in the reception area every afternoon. The hotel has 5 pools but we tended to use the heated one which was fine once you were in and as long as you kept moving. We didn't really see much of the animation team mainly because we were out and about most days. We hired bikes from Crazy Bikes, near the hotel, and cycled to the other side of Playa Blanca which was a great way to spend a few hours and see the other hotels in the area and the other beaches, which were all busier than the one's near the hotel. All of the staff were really friendly, we had no issues at all during our stay. I would happily recommend this hotel and would and come back.More
Mudpen, Glenrothes, United Kingdom
We booked an all inclusive for a family of 6. Ist impressions were ok but with a little fine tuning could be great. On arrival after a long journey there was a long queue at reception. You could help yourself to OJ and fizz but there was none left by the time we arrived. More reception staff on the desk would have improved the situation We had requested a room on the top floor after a helpful review showed a balcony over looking scrub land and a security fence . Although we didn't get a top floor room our room was fine ,kept very clean by the maids although the toilet smelt at the end of the day,a drainage problem.? We met a few guests who had upgraded to the royal elite and if we'd had 3 and not 4 kids the difference in price between a suite and x2 rooms would have been miminal. The restaurant was more like a canteen. The staff were great and worked really hard but waiter service for drinks would have been better. On the whole the food was good but more variety of salads would have been better and breakfast cereals . The juices were disgusting and the cream on the desserts plastic tasting ( don't think that typical for just this hotel ) We booked for the Mexican and the oriental restaurants which were excellent but book early ! Most of the pools were freezing but my husband and children disagree! Tip. We booked online on a viator tour to fire mountain. Cost Â£75 for 6 compared to the first choice half day trip costing Â£164. Lovely walk across the headland to papagayo beaches ,crystal clear water and away from the crowds Hotel a little shabby in places but signs of renovations Animation team worked really hard and their show nights were really professional. Particularly enjoyed 'we will rock you'More
Rooms excelent, service very good, but let down by the food. We paid for Royal Elite Service, and it was worth every penny. A bottle of fizz on arrival, complementary tea and coffee, robes,superior drinks, sea view, and as an adult group the adult only lounge and breakfast room was a bonus. There is a choice of restaurants and we sampled all but the a la carte French restaurant (extra charge) and we felt let down by the quality of the meat, and the cooking of it. As a 4 star hotel this standard of food is a let down. We did not sample the entertainment , so can make no comment on this, but there was an extensive day and evening package on offer as well as a children's club. Wi fi was ok in the main building, but non existent in our room. Block B.More
Eleanore S, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
We are just back from a stay here. It was amazing. We stayed in block b and the room was fantastic. Walk to marina was lovely. Food and drink was so nice, everything so fresh. Will come again. Great spotMore
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