Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort

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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Based On 3423 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 4Buildings
  • 7Floors
  • 488Rooms
  • 24Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board buffet meals. 24-hour snacks. Dinner in the international buffet, pizzeria, Mexican or Oriental restaurants.

Drink

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.

Hotel-run kids' club

For 4-12 years. Offering various games and activities.

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twin room

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 sea view

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.

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great week at lovely hotel

after some hesitation with reviews we read we decide to try this hotel and what a nice surprise hotel was excellent in every way we took the royal elite service and it was worth the extra we had ocean views. the food was more than adequate with plenty to choose from i would recommend this hotel if you want a nice peaceful holidayMore

peter g, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Enjoyable 10 nights

Sandos Papagayo when you first arrive is an impressive looking hotel. As other reviews correctly state it is the last hotel along the beach. Check in was efficiently handled by the reception staff that were always ready to help, and despite some guests being downright rude they were always smiling. We made a request during our stay which was dealt with immediately and with no fuss. This was the norm for all of our dealings with reception. We ordered Taxis, changed money asked for a menu for the French restaurant and a few other things all done straight away. Our room was on the 5th floor of block B and this was clean and spacious. The bed, for our liking, was a little low; this however is a personal choice. The bathroom was well equipped but we felt that the layout could be better, for example the shower head was difficult to reach without climbing into the bath first, something which less agile people could find difficult. We always found a good choice of food and used all 3 a ’la carte options during our stay. We enjoyed the French best although this is not a part of the all- inclusive package. We were Royal Elite guests and the terrace on the top floor was a haven during the day. Most days we sat looking out over the sea and relaxed with a drink from the well-stocked self-service bar. Entertainment is what lets this hotel down badly. We felt that there was very little happening which had a “spark”. The adults only Green Bar for example had a choice of a Violinist who was on for two nights a week, and a Saxophonist for a couple of nights, we called it nursing home entertainment. This wouldn’t be so bad if there were other bars etc. nearby but because the hotel is quite a distance from both the Rubicon Marina and Playa Blanca itself it felt like we were a captive audience. We actually felt that the two Royal Elite areas should be swapped around. The adults only one is next to a family bar where children were enjoying their holiday, playing on the games etc. The family one is in a quiet secluded area. Perhaps the hotel could look at this? Would we go back? We have both changed our minds several times on this question so who knows?More

caz3008, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Loved it!

After reading all the great reviews on tripadvisor me and the hubby decided to book this hotel. Our daughter and son in law also booked up. We chose not to go royal elite. My reviews are as follows. HOTEL.. Very large, but it takes no time at all to find your way around. There are loads of lifts and plenty of signs to show you the way until you get your bearings. This hotel is a little dated in places but absolutely immaculate. STAFF... On the whole the staff are pleasant, but in the main restaurant they are always courteous but slightly miserable. (They are very hard working and keep the restaurants looking immaculate so perhaps they don't get much time to smile or interact with their guests.) The maids do a fantastic job, and always have a smile and a greeting for you. Reception staff are pleasant and helpful and bar staff are friendly too. FOOD and drink. Beautiful, plentiful, hot tasty food in the international restaurant with some of the best meats I have ever tasted. Lots of fresh fish, vegetables etc. Fresh breads in abundance. There is also an Italian restaurant with gorgeous pasta made to order and fresh pizzas etc. Its lovely and cool in this restaurant so if you use the international restaurant sit in the italian instead.. ItsLess crowded in there. Chinese, Mexican and french restaurants too. (French incurs a surcharge) i wasn't overly impressed with these but my husband and daughter loved them. Drinks were great.. Branded soft drinks available too. ROOMS... Very large immaculate rooms with two beds pushed together. Great air con and fridge and a good size balcony. The furniture is slightly dated and the room has two huge wardrobes. The bathroom is great.. Bath and power shower, his and her sinks and a partitioned off part for toilet and bidet. Towels changed daily and rooms kept immaculate by the maids. Safe cost is €20 deposit and €3 euro daily. ENTERTAINMENT... They were the best animation team I have ever seen in an all inclusive hotel who done a couple of very proffessional 'musicals' they are a Very talented and entertaining bunch who never ever bothered you around the pool. SPA.. great jacuzzi's, sauna and steam room. Pool towels are free and can be changed as often as you want. There is so much to say about this beautiful hotel, so all I would add is give it a try... Gorgeous hotel in beautiful location, very relaxing with loads of chill out areas. Sun beds were never a problem, you could get one any time of the day (they could however do with a bit of an update though as they were looking quite tired) All in all a fabulous holiday... We will definitely return. Infact my daughter is booking up for May 15.More

ShellW64, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

Nice resort

Stayed 8 days. Room was 1205 nice room clean. Had a covered area to the front you could go outside and sit back patio faced the walking paths. hotel tries to get clients involved in games/water arobics. Night time shows etc all available to everyone. a lovely walk along the marina will give you more little shops. Hotel also has them available. Champagne and orange juice are there to greet you upon arrival. Bit if a maze at first finding your way around the resort but if in doubt follow the crowd you will either end up at the restaurants or at a bar both are good choices. I would come back to this resort on another trip had a great time. if I had anything to complain about it would be there WiFi service.very poor but having said that you go to a resort like this to relax and that is exactly what you have to do and disconnecting from the outside world due to poor WiFi service helps you to relax.More

Jackie M, Fort St. John, Canada

Good Value for Mnoney

Been back home nearly a week now after a very relaxing week in Sandos Papagayo. A bit hesitant about doing a post as whilst we had a great time and thought our first experience of all inclusive really good value for money, we do feel the extreme views in the many reviews a little over the top. As I say, we had a great time, very relaxing in a complex that is very well located. A very pleasant stroll one direction takes you to the lovely marina area and further on inti Playa Blanca itself from where a taxi back is only 5 euros if you've had enough walking for one day. The other direction is a very scenic stroll to a wonderful sandy beach. Not at all difficult to get ones bearings we found, in a large and interesting complex which boasts brilliant pool areas with plenty of beds. Perhaps we were lucky, in fact I am sure we were, but we had a brilliant room with a spectacular view over the pool area and the sea beyond to Fuertaventira. Big room and bathroom and massive balcony. Fittings a bit tired but everything worked as it should, including very good fridge - and all thoroughly cleaned every day. A few more coat hangers would have been good though. We did not pay to upgrade to 'Elite' , and don't feel we missed anything. All public areas clean, spacious and comfortable. The beer was fine and pretty much the same as anywhere else in Spain, plenty of choice in brandies and the G & Ts were excellent, so we were well satisfied. All good then, so why not as enthusiastic as some? Well, mainly the dining experience. In fairness this is a very big hotel and so perhaps it's understandable that the quality and variety of food did not match our experience of other four star hotels we have stayed at, and for the same reason it is inevitable that it will be a bit manic and crowded. However, there are in our opinion a few simple things that could improve this important aspect of the holiday. Real fruit juice instead of colored water at breakfast and wine that is at least a little better than vinegar at dinner would help. Also, whilst the cleaning staff always acknowledged you with a cheery 'buenos Dias ', the admittedly very hard working restaurant staff never engaged with anyone unless they had to, hardly saw one smile all week. As for the 'chefs', well ...you would think it was coming out of their pockets! And whilst many patrons did make a special effort at dinner, there were many who had clearly come straight from the beach or poolside, which again kind of spoils the atmosphere. We found the Mexican restaurant much less manic, but limited choice of food which was exactly the same both times we went. So we felt the dining experience, and indeed the entertainment, very much more three star than four, though in fairness we really only paid a three star price. Overall, we had a good relaxing week which flew by, and if any of my friends asked me should they book here then I would recommend it as very good value for money.More

Shuggy, Lancashire

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