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 10 minutes away on foot.
Within the hotel grounds you’ll find 4 pools in total, a trio of big ones and 1 just for kids. Plus, there are 4 restaurants. Activities are covered with tennis courts and hiking trails.
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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.
International buffet restaurant
Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner with show cooking stations.
Evening entertainment programme
Live music and shows on selected nights.
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Royal Junior Suite with Balcony or Terrace
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
These bright twin rooms are simply furnished with all your holiday needs in mind. With room for up to 4, you’ll find a double sofa- bed in the bedroom. There’s a balcony or terrace for that bit of extra space outside. You’ll also have a TV and minibar*.
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After a week long stay at the Sandos Papagayo we are struggling to understand any negative reviews or points the hotel may have previously got. Having arrived late on a Sunday evening, after a long day of travelling, we were greeted by very friendly yet efficient reception staff who were extremely polite and explained everything we needed to know. Luckily they gave us a map of the hotel, as this is a very large hotel! Having negotiated our way to block C, we opened the door to our spacious room with magnificent views overlooking the ocean, with Fuerteventura just off in to the distance. Plus the chilled bottle of bubbly and lovely letter from the hotel was a very nice touch! Maybe a slight downside to the room was the two single beds pushed together, however this wasn’t really a problem and the beds were extremely comfy. Always nice to have a fridge in the room and a working TV with BBC1, BBC2 ITV and channel 4. Bathroom was very spacious, and although the shower wasn’t the best in the world, it served a purpose. Great little balcony that was a great little suntrap in the afternoon sun, with the background noise of the waves crashing on the shore….what more could you ask for! One great thing about the hotel is that the all inclusive is 24 hour, so after our late arrival, even though dinner service in the main restaurant had finished, we were able to head to the snack bar and help ourselves to toasties, salads, beer and wine (even better if you go to the snack bar at lunch time when they have freshly prepared pizzas and burgers with fried onions). The main restaurant was huge, and yes could get a little crowded at some points but what else do you expect from such a large hotel. There was always plenty of food available, and never did we struggle to find a table in a area, indoors or outdoors, where we wanted to sit. Breakfast generally featured the same items every day (the hash browns come highly recommended!), with lunch and dinner having a nice varied mix of freshly cooked fish and meat, as well as various salads and pastas. There was no way any one could leave that restaurant feeling hungry. We tried the Fusion restaurant one evening which we had to book 24 hours in advance. The evening we chose was Chinese night, and although the food was fairly basic, it was still tasty and a nice change from the other offering in the hotel. One thing to note is that there seemed to be a very relaxed dress code for dinner, although we always liked to get dressed up for dinner and make it more special. One thing we did seem to notice which is no fault of the hotels, is that other guests dont seem to have any manners or a understanding what a queue is, this needs to be addressed as people included us were getting knocked about whilst waiting patiently. During the daytime the pool areas were often very busy, however not once did we struggle to get sunbeds together and indeed get them with some much needed shade. There were plenty of notices around about towels being removed if not in use, and although we never actually saw it happen, we had heard others mention it. The adults only pool always seemed very subdued, and was almost eerily quiet at times, whereas the two other family pools had a great atmosphere with various types of entertainment which you were never pressured into by the great animations team! The pool bar was ideal, although could have done with slightly bigger cups…..definitely would recommend the Mojito slush. It’s a shame that the other bars around the complex didn’t offer freshly made cocktails, instead just making do with pre-mixes which is never quite the same. We didn't bother with upgrading to Royal Elite, and to be honest for the difference in cost, we’re not even sure it’d even be worth it for us. The level of service and the variety of products available were more than adequate, so it didn't seem necessary to pay an extra £200 for a separate restaurant. The wi-fi coverage in the hotel isn’t brilliant, however there are specific areas where it will work perfectly, and we always manage to pick it up in the room, even if it was a little slow at times. And the air-con thankfully worked a treat, especially after a long day out in the sun. As previous reviews have stated, the hotel is quite a way outside of Playa Blanca itself, however its not so far out that you are completely isolated. Its a lovely 20 minute walk along the promenade to get to the marina and then another 25 minutes into the town itself, both in which are lovely. Plus it was only 5 euro for a taxi ride back! All in all a great hotel and certainly wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend.More
Tom D, 186356
Short break to celebrate birthday
Had a short 4-night break at this all-inclusive hotel in south Lanzarote with sister in law and her hubby, Taxi from Arrecife airport took about an hour, early morning flight so had to wait for room when we got there which we expected, not a problem as there was a secure room for our cases and we simply got changed into our swimsuits and started lazing around the pool Rooms were 'good' bathrooms had double sink, very clean, bottle of fizz and chocolates upon arrival, maid service good There was an adults only pool/area which was quiet, plenty of sunbeds available, there was a Jacuzzi tub in the area but didn't go in it,- too many people not bothering to shower off their sun oil before getting in so looked a little scummy. Upon arrival room service bought round 2x 2ltr bottles of water, there as water available all the time but you had to keep your bottle and refill when empty- not a problem, You have to put a deposit down for the key if you wanted to use the safe in your room Main buffet was good, plenty of variety always found a table whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is also a satellite restaurant which alternates one night as Mexican and one night as Asian, to be honest although the food was good I wasn't impressed, could have got better from a take away at home, again it was buffet service We didn't go to watch any of the entertainment although it seemed quite popular, usual thing when you go to a family hotel (which is to be expected) the entertainment is usually catered for the children, we preferred to sit up on the outside Bar Canario and just chat, drinks were ok, not premium brands but still did the trick, there was an adults only indoor bar where you could go and buy premium brands if you wanted to We took a taxi to the local town and walked along the waterfront, very relaxing Overall this was a great short break the hotel is mid range so you are not going to get the buffet restaurants, Jacuzzi in the room etc etc but the only things I didn't like was the swimming pool being very cold so I didn't go in, (not many did) and the fact the all inclusive drinks stopped at 11, but I knew about that before I went so cant really complain Definitely a good hotel!More
andy h, 644358
Nothing to fault
I cannot fault anything about this complex at all! Lovely relaxing holiday after a very stressful few months. Royal Elite is definitely worth its weight in gold if only for the waiter service in a morning and evening. The separate bars were always stocked up and staff would go well out of their way to help you out. The animation team were out of this world and really loved their jobs which obviously gets passed onto guests. Will definitely be returning!More
Nice hotel but very big
Took the option of Royal Elite and was glad we did as the breakfast and evening service was much quieter than the main restaurant. Snack bar at pool offered fair options. Plenty of sunbeds available and it was nice to see the pool attendant removing the towels left by guests who did not appear at the pool before lunchtime, if at all. Food was good and room was kept clean. The stocked minibar was a good touch as part of the Elite service. The biggest gripe we have is the shower as it was impossible to get a fair temperature and at times it could have been dangerous if a child had been in the shower. 20 minute walk to nearby Marina where there were a few nice café bars and it was only a 5km walk along the coastal promenade to the main resort centre of Play Blanca or a 5 euro taxi ride if you don't like walking. Hotel is well away from the main tourist areas. We walked the path several times and it was a pleasant change from the pool area. Weather when we stayed last week was very disappointing only 2 full days of sun the remainder were heavy cloud with a few intermittent sunny spells. Wifi was free but very unreliable.More
Lindy L, 552070
Good but not special
Our first visit to hotel recommended by good friends, the hotel borders on 4star with the royal elite it makes it four. The junior suite we had was a nice size it had been refurbished but not to a high standard,we had soft drinks but no beer in fridge as others have stated, choice of meals was good, with good choice of fruit and salad. Rooms were cleaned to good standard however when looking at our balcony door even on 6th floor it was damaged as though it had been forced so make sure everything of value is in a safe which for elite is free with a 20 euro deposit. Pools were fine, good idea if you put your towel down and don't use in 45 mins they can be removed by pool staff saves all the reserving going on for no reason. Overall it's not a bad place More
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