Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort

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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 3125 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.

Hotel-run kids' club

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

International buffet restaurant

Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner with show cooking stations.

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twin room

Twin room 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.

twin room sea view

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.

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Nice rest

Wife see the holiday at very reasonable price AI. Booked on the Sunday, flew out on the Wednesday!! We've been to Papagayo area 20yrs ago and remembered the rugged cliffs with the quiete stunning beaches. Turned out this hotel was the closest to them! Nice coincidence! This area being a nature reserve is really unspoilt so if you plan to stay on one of the beaches take some water and grub with you, also sun cream . Ah yes , you will also see people in their birthday suits. If that bothers you stay around one of the pools back at the hotel I guess!! The hotel is very large but you don't feel hemmed in . Most rooms have beach and sea views. The " beach " has hardly any sand and quite rocky. The view of the sea spanning out is really nice. Our room was adequate. Food plentiful and varied. Give the so called Mexican restaurant a wide berth it's crap... The Italian consists of pasta and pizza . French one really nice , that's why you pay on top for that one!! Snack bar open if you miss one of your courses. Never tried it, I think it's burgers n stuff. All in all we had a good relaxed week. Would go same sort of time again , out of the school hols. I've always taken the view I don't go for the staff , good or bad , however they had the time of day for you. Only down side we got stuck on the M11 on way home.. Good ol UK...More

3lunon, Hertford, United Kingdom

Lovely location

We visited Sandos at the end of June for a weeks break. The hotel is situated at the very end of the prom walkway from Playa Blanca which takes around 20 mins to walk to the pretty harbour. The beach directly opposite the hotel is volcanic and quick stoney but if you turn right out of the hotels front entrance and follow the quite undulating path you will find a fabulous large sandy beach. Follow the beach to the far end and you will find 2 or 3 secluded coves where nude sunbathing is the norm. We arrived at the hotel after a 90in transfer and was impressed with the speedy and friendly check in. We were shown and given a map of the hotel which is useful in the first few days as the hotel is large on many levels spread over 3 buildings. We upgraded to the sea view and premium drink option which we believe was worth while. We had a lovely room with Central sea view located near the spa, restaurant and main bar. Having your own lounge with premium drinks throughout the day was a nice touch if you wanted a break from the sun. The pools were warm and relaxing and as we only used the pools for a few hours a day if that getting a lounger wasn't an issue. We used the beach for the majority of the day. The restaurant does get busy but the food is really nice with great choices most nights and for lunchtime too. We used our exclusive dinning room for breakfast which was relaxing first thing in the morning. Staff were very friendly and helpful which seems to be the norm in Lanzarote. The one thing that could be improved on is that the IC option at the bar stops at 11pm which is a shame as most people disappear at this time when things are just starting to flow. You can still get draft beer and 'wine' from the all night snack bar but it wasn't to my liking. If the option was to midnight it would be nice to continue chatting etc without feeling that everywhere is closing up for the night. The WiFi is hard to connect to in busy periods of the day buy didn't cause too many issues. We still managed to get our dose of Facebook etc. after all you are on holiday so it was nice to be app free really Overall this a great hotel with good food and friendly staff. If you don't mind walking to the beach or Playa Blanca (free bus runs 3 times a day to Playa Blanca beach) or just wish to chill by the pools than this is a great place. If you wish to party party then you may find it a little too quite in the evening. We may return at sometime as it is the best out of 3 hotels that we have stayed at in Lanzarote. Happy holidays. More

phil-le18, UK

My 4th visit - as excellent as before

First note that while this Hotel is a 4 star hotel, it's a SPANISH 4 stars. There have been some bad reviews online which mostly came from people with unrealistic expectations. That said, this is the best hotel I've stayed in in the Canaries, and fully intend to return their in every 6 months. I'll put up front that the hotel has probably the best location on the island. It is however, a good 20 minutes walk from the main town. It's also probably not suitable for anyone who struggles to walk, as it's spread across multiple floors and a large area. (It's massive!) Pushchairs should be fine though as there are lifts and ramps. While the beach in front is pretty awful, literally 5 minutes walk down the Hill is the 1/2km long completely unspoilt golden sand Papagayo Beach. Go out of the the reception door and turn right as you exit the car park and follow the well defined path into what appears to be nothingness and you'll find it. (Sadly a bit too rough for wheelchairs!) Note there are no toilets, shops or ANYTHING on the beach... just sand. The hotel has been undergoing a series of improvement since changing hands a couple of years ago, including a rebrand and a refit of some of the bar. This appears to be an ongoing investment process and looks good for the future. My room was excellent although a little dated. The TV was a 21" CRT, and doesn't cost any extra, and had a few English-language channels include BBC world service and CNN... same as normal really. Bedding was clean and all the towels seemed newish and not the sandpaper offered by other hotels. Air-con was included and worked, just remember to shut the patio door as there is a sensor. Important for me is always the safe as I travel with a lot of electronic gadgets, and was the key-then-code type where you put the key inside then enter your own code. It safe was €3 a night plus €20 deposit and was big enough for my netbook but wouldn't fit a full sized laptop and you have to keep putting the code in afresh each time. The cleaners were efficient and regular, and don't hassle you if you put up the "Do not disturb" sign. The daytime facilities were great, although the mini-golf could do with a lot of maintenance. The evening entertainment was sparse, a show for the kids and an occasional turn, but you probably don't go to this sort of hotel for the night-life. The bars are open until 00:30, but only serve all-inclusive until 23:00, except for the snack bar which is open ALL NIGHT, which is VERY dangerous and can leave you with an unplanned hangover! Have a good hunt when you get there and find all 5 bars, the "Chill-out" bar is on the rooftop right at the end through the main bar, however when I visited was undergoing a refit, with the pool-side bar re-opening to fill in. Most bars just about had Wifi. Food was good... the main "international" restaurant was similar to most good quality all inclusive hotels, but the Hotel also includes, as part of the All-inclusive package, access to it's Italianish, Mexicanish and Orientalish restaurants - though you need to book early to get a place as they are popular. All the staff were friendly and competent and spoke good English.More

casaloco_cricklade, Cricklade, United Kingdom

great stay would highly recommend

arrived for a 7 night stay here.myself and girlfriend from the 10th to the 17th of july. first impressions of the hotel was the size massive! and you could tell it was well maintained the cleanliness was great which is what you want. when we got there our room wasn't ready as the flight was running early for once but this wasn't a problem as we checked in at reception and our suitcases were stored for us in a secure room. we were then free to walk around the hotel but first a quick help yourself glass of champagne in the main lobby and perfect timing as lunch was being served in the restaurant so we went for some food. the choice over the week was excellent, could not fault it at all always something new to try fresh fruit and lots of different meat and fish. I'm a really fussy eater but tried so many different foods and loved them. the oriental restaurant was so good fantastic dishes cooked fresh, book it as soon as you get there at reception as we only managed to get booked in it for one day as there was no space the rest of our stay. so much choice at breakfast buffet too which is in the international restaurant. never worry if you miss restaurant times as food is on the go all the time at the snack bar next to the chill out bar the times are on the bars and restaurant for there opening times. there is 4 pools at this hotel, we always managed to get a lounger to get some sun. we always used the one down from the chill out bar easier to get a drink :). drinks where good too cocktails at night only but red, white and ros'e wine, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks available all threw the day both alcoholic and non-alcohlolic slushes and ice-cream served there too. some spirits not inclusive so check but very cheap and good measures. our room was nice and clean a brilliant view from the balcony looking over the atlantic ocean and night view of fuetaventura lanzarotes sister island. air-con worked good make sure patio door is shut properly as that activates air con, the tv only news channels in English but your not there to watch tv. the room safe isn't included in the price what was a bit of a let down, and we were only given a 1 litre bottle of water which you had to refill yourself or buy from the machines. there is great views from the hotel and you can have a nice walk to playa blanca which takes about 15 mins to walk to. you will find the market which is on Wednesday and Saturday great chance to grab bargains and souvenirs . keep walking to the marina were you will pass the boat harbour amazing yachts etc.. to be seen and costa dorda where there was many shops and restaurants also excursions shops if your wanting to have a great day out as they all look great we would recommend the eco tour in the Renault twizy from the playa blanca supermarket. it was a great way to look around the island and seen some fantastic views. all in all if you want a nice chilled out holiday great food and relaxing time this is the place to go. we would defiantly return as our stay was excellent. the staff were nice always said hello/hola and a very clean hotel. also loads of things for kids to do. happy holidays :)More

andyema, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Good hotel, good location.

The hotel is overall very nice, clean, tidy and friendly staff. The standard rooms are a little dated but again they're clean and tidy with comfortable beds and lovely views from the balcony (we had a sea view). The 'air con' is little more than a cold built in fan but was acceptable. The restaurants and bars were all very nice and the food/drink was a very good standard with plenty of choice. The pool areas were also nice although I don't think (or at least it didn't feel) that any of the pools were heated. There are also signs everywhere that clearly state that sunbed reservation with towels is not allowed. This was not enforced and everyday was a struggle to find a shaded bed that wasn't reserved if you didn't get out early enough (on one occasion the beds next to us were vacant for 4 hours despite having towels on them). This isn't really a hotel for people that don't like children as there were loads and it wasn't quiet. The hotel is in a good location by the beach and a short walk along the prom to other areas. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would recommend this hotel to others.More

LCM83, Dover, England, United Kingdom

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