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.
Rooms ► View all
superior twin room with balcony or terrace
These superior twin rooms can sleep up to 4 people with a twin bedroom and an extra bed in the bedroom that's suitable for 2 children. There's air-conditioning provided if you'd like to keep your room cool - plus you'll also have space outside as there's a 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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both sides of the coin
We stayed here last year on the standard package and said we wouldn't return. However, other family members booked to stay royal elite for a week at the end of this September, so we decided to join them. For anyone wondering whether it's worth paying for the upgrade, having experienced both, I'd say it definitely is. Our room was superior to last year, the minibar was stocked on arrival with soft drinks, water and beer. There was also a turn down service where chocolates were left on your pillow, and there was a kettle with tea and coffee which was replenished daily. The food in general has improved much on last year and the elite restaurant for breakfast and evening meals was much better than eating in the usual buffet room. Yes, you do have to help yourself to food, but everything seemed fresher, the ambience was much better and drinks are served at your table; including a whole bottle of nice wine rather than the serve yourself not so nice wine in the main buffet. The Asian and Mexican speciality restaurants (which anyone can book into) have also improved a lot on last year and make a nice change to the usual buffet. Book these on arrival to ensure you get the day and time you prefer. We loved the elite outdoor chill-out terrace where the branded drinks were of an excellent quality and even included things like Remy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne. The entertainment was also better than last year. We enjoyed the Lion King production, but the highlight of the week was Sunday's White Party, where even my severely disabled son even tried his best to join in the dancing :) The animation team really are brilliant, and I'd encourage anyone to try and get involved in at least some of the daytime activities, such as the aqua aerobics (hilarious). It was my Mother's birthday while we were there and reception left a bottle of cava in her room along with a card, which was appreciated. We did venture out quite a few times over the week, not because the hotel wasn't excellent, but as Playa Blanca is such a nice place it's a shame to spend the week solely in the hotel. It's about 4 euros in a taxi to the Marina or around 5 into Playa Blanca. The hotel also have a free bus up and down until around 5.30pm, but as our son is disabled a taxi was the better option for us. Some of the places we ate out it included; Lanni's on the Marina which is a lovely place to sit and a DJ plays there from 11am on Wednesday's and Saturdays. We ate at the Spice Fusion restaurant in the Papagayo Centre one night and for any curry lovers I'd say give it a go. It was as good as the best of curries we've had at home. We also had a lovely afternoon eating tapas and drinking wine at El Lagar de Baco, which is just around the corner from the hotel behind the supermarket. We all thoroughly enjoyed our week away and would definitely return, but only as Royal Elite guests. I'm not saying you can't enjoy your holiday if you don't pay for the upgrade; it's just for us it was a completely different experience from staying non elite and worth every penny extra.More
Review Sandos Papagayo
Hotel was lovely and clean. Room spotlessly clean. Food pretty varied facilities were really good and the entertainment team were fabulous Reception staff were alway polite and very helpful. Nightly entertainment was varied More
Stayed at the Sandos Papagayo resort end of September for my birthday. This is a fantastic hotel, accommodation can appear a little dated but is spotlessly clean and room are really large. We stayed on an all inclusive basis and couldn't fault the food. Plenty of choice and an excellent standard. The staff were very polite and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. There is lots to do at the hotel, the pool areas are spotless and there are plenty of sunbeds to be had. There is plenty of entertainment within the hotel but it is also a lovely walk from the hotel along the beach to the Marina and then into Playa Blanca itself. Both areas have plenty of lovely bars and restaurants. We have already been looking for when we can go back.More
Loved it, will be back
Our 4th holiday in Playa Blanca and far and away the best hotel we have stayed in (the others being, Cay Sun, Iberostar Papagayo (now called the Mirador), and Marconfort Atlantic Bungalows). On the edge of town, so a walk into the Rubicon marina (20mins) and town centre (45mins). We love the restaurants in PB, but to be honest were so happy with the all inclusive setup here that we only ate out twice. Had a Royal Elite room overlooking the beach, bottle of Cava on arrival, and then another delivered to our room the next day - which was my partners 40th, nice touch. Room was excellent, bed, balcony, mini-bar, well equipped bathroom. WiFi was patchy wherever you were. Royal Elite restaurant was excellent for breakfast and dinner, egg station, pasta station, plenty choice. Main restaurant for lunch was fine too, if busy at times. Tried the Fusion restaurant one night (Chinese), was ok, nothing special, as a result didn't bother trying the Mexican night. Popped into the entertainment a few times after dinner, very good standard I thought. Could do with a larger reception desk and more staff for such a size of hotel, we waited 30mins to check-in since our bags were last off the bus. Helped ourselves to the Cava while we waited though! On the Royal Elite question - was definitely worth paying the extra for us, 2 adults no kids, the adult only bar was great to get away from it all. Pour your own drinks in this bar and the Terrace bar. Will definitely go back.More
stayed here for a week, our 2nd visit in 2 years, the Royal elite has been upgraded and the dining experience is much improved, the staff throughout the hotel are polite and courteous, its location is only 1 mile from the Mariana, nice to see and dream! the only minor point is the beech, its not a yellow sand beech its pebble and quite small, however there is a beech a short walk, albeit hillyMore
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