More about Iberostar Papagayo
Chilled relaxing hotel
I visited end of May/ start of June with my daughter ( 15) The room, food, service and staff were all great. The hotel is a little remote, however if you want a quiet break its the place to go. The entertainment team are very good and try to involve people without being too pushy and appear to enjoy their work, which rubs off in how they perform.
When we visited most brits had booked flights and hotel seperatetly. which seems to be the way to go.
Hotel had probably about 20% brits, with the rest being from all over europe. Overall a great hotel which i would wholeheartedly recomend
Brilliant Hotel - Would Visit Again
Booked this Hotel after reading other reviews. We have only just returned from our trip and thought it important to add our review as we found other reviews helpful in choosing our hotel.
The hotel staff were excellent and extremely friendly and helpful.
Hotel was very clean and had lots to offer with amentities either on site of the hotel or within a short walking distance.
We booked all inclusive and the food was so good I thought we would be paying for extra baggage on our return as we ate so much.
The location was fairly quiet which suited us perfectly, there were several Germans but we expected that and didn't cause us a problem, we would certainly visit this hotel again.
Just one tip I would add, and that is, request a room with a terrace, it was really nice being able to sunbathe right outside your room.
We stayed in early June 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful stay at this splendid hotel. We would rate the hotel as follows:
We were greeted by very friendly reception staff. They were able to switch languages with ease and very helpfully answered all our queries throughout the week. The restaurant staff were also friendly and provided an attentive service. They removed your plate as soon as you finished the last bite! The entertainment staff were very good too. Be sure not to miss the Cabaret evening which was so bad it was really very good!
We had a room with a patio and loungers, overlooking the sea. The view was unfortunately slightly obstructed by plants but still very pleasant and only a flight of stairs from the pool area. The room was cleaned every day and the fresh bottles of water each day were very welcome. The room was a good size. The hairdryer was adequate but you had to hold down a button to use it. There is a safe in the wardrobe, but you need to obtain the lock and key from reception. It was not a great lock unfortunately and we struggled on occasions to get it open. We had to call reception for a technician but they arrived in minutes and fixed it straight away. The best method seems to be to hold the lock in place whilst turning the key.
Try to "reserve" a sun lounger when you go down to breakfast as we found perhaps half were already taken. The best area is the raised area, overlooking the sea, which has some cracking views. The pool itself is rather cool first thing but does warm up by the afternoon. The black tiles probably give an illusion of coldness! Do make use of the two jacuzzi style areas; one with seats and one with beds. The reps have water polo or aquaerobics in there sometimes but these do not last too long. Beware the tiles all round the area as they get hot hot hot in the blazing sun; you'll definitely need flip-flops. The only downside of the pool was that it did have some little black bits in the water and we didn't see it being cleaned.
There was an excellent choice of food all day long. For breakfast you could have anything from yoghurts or cereals to fruit, meats or a cooked breakfast. There is also a range of breads, croissants and pains au chocolat etc. For dinner the choice is greater still. We had paella, mussels and other fish dishes, but also salads, lasagne, roast meats, Canarian potatoes, pizza, soup, more bread and an extraordinary dessert table. If you are staying half-board, like us, then you can pay 4 Euros for an infinite quantity of wine, beer or soft drinks. You can then take these into the basement for the evening entertainment. You can upgrade to full-board for 14 Euros per day, or just have a poolside all-you-can-eat buffet lunch for 6 Euros.
It is a lovely 40 minute coastal walk to Playa Blanca. The stylish marina is about half way there. We got a taxi there one night for 3 Euros 40 Cents. The Papagayo beaches are beautiful and it takes around 30 minutes to reach the nearest one, and perhaps two hours to reach the furthest and most delightful one. There is little car access to these and taxis do not go there, but we took the coastal dirt track. Make sure you wear good shoes for this. Also look out for the tiny beach sandwiched between beaches two and three. There are only about two other hotels in the vicinity so nightlife options are resticted to the hotel unless you go to Playa Blanca.
We had a fantastic time at this hotel and would recommend it to anyone, particularly couples or those seeking a peaceful, relaxing holiday.
Not quite all-inclusive !
Have just returned from two weeks stay at this hotel. We found it within easy walking distance of the Marina Ribicon, Playa Blanca and Papagayo beaches. Prior to our visit we e-mailed the hotel and requested a sea view. The reply stated that this would be an additional £250 for the two weeks!!!!!!!! We declined and settled for a room overlooking the road which was adequate. We had booked all-inclusive but felt that we did not get such value for money as we have at previous all-inclusive hotels. Tennis, Spa and safe were all extra. There were no snacks between meals and nothing available after evening meal. We were a bit peeved to notice that people who were not on all-inclusive (no wristbands) were helping themselves to wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. We even heard them boasting about how many drinks they had had ! All in all it was very clean, comfortable, staff were helpful and food plentiful and good.
Back from this hotel on 16th June. There were 2 in our party ages 35 and 46 frequent travellers to all inclusive resorts in various locatons. Our comments for the benefit of others are as follows:
LOCATION - The hotel sits high on a rocky cliff with great views out to sea. There is a pathway along the cliff edge right in front of the hotel which in one directon winds its way down to a rather nasty looking beach which is not pretty or used particularly much. The other directon on the path takes you towards playa blanca which is about a 30 min stroll away. So the hotel is not exactly in playa banca although its only a short walk away.
HOTEL POOLS/GROUNDS - Pleasant pool areas and grounds two pools in the main terrace area with a further pool on the other side of the road where the appartments are. You can access this via a tunnel which is next to the restaurant main entrance and goes under the road. There are plenty of sun loungers in the main terrace area which many of the rooms surround but many do not have padding and are taken early in the morning with the usual 'get your towels down' routine. You may find free logers with padding at the appartment pool. Grounds are well kept and loungers are hosed down each morning. The pools also have jacuzzi areas which are good. For a small deposit beach towels are provided so no need to pack your own.
ROOMS - We had a junior suite which was clean and came with its own seperate sitting area, dressing room and terrace with loungers overlooking the sea. Rooms cleaned daily to out satisfaction. Safes are in the dressing room. Bathrooms have shower in the bath set up. TV in the sitting area. Air con was present however ours was not effective in reducing the room temperature much which was at times unbearable for sleeping. There is a small fridge in the room stocked with water only.
FOOD & DRINK - We were on the all inclusive basis so made good use of the dining facilities. We found the food to be excellent. Plenty of fresh fruit, veg & salad as well as meat/fish dishes, pizza and chips. Lots of choice and well prepared and presented options. Drinks were fine usual soft and alchoholic options.
STAFF - The vast majority appeared to be well trained, pleasant and happy to help particularly the reception staff.
ENTERTAINMENT - We are not normally keen on these types of in house evening 'shows' however some of the offerings here were actually fairly good. Not really much more to do at night unless you want t travel into playa blanca or farther afield.
IN SUMMARY - Not the best location, no beach to speak of, dodgy air con and not that much to do however the hotel is pleasant, well run with good food friendly staff and a nice place to spend a week or so relaxing in the sun.
I enjoyed the holiday - hotel was beautiful. It was full of foreign people - hardly any English. Area was in develpment so not alot to do. About a 15 min walk to the marina (but was quiet there) and around a 45 min walk to Playa Blanca. 3 Euros in taxi to get there. Playa Blanca was OK - not alot to do there but is Ok for food. Not alot of bars.
Hotel entertainment was poor - stay away from the animacian team - a shocking performance of Greece. Hotel bars close around 12.
Hotel very clean - good variety of food. Pool area good.
We hada couple of rainy days - because of this - nothing to do.
The main part is Porta del carman - we will prob go there next.
Taxi from airport to Ibrostar is around 45 Euros.
On the whole - good.
Well worth the money
We stayed in April at this hotel. I cannot really fault it at all. For the price we paid (about £450 pp all inclusive) it was well worth it.
It is a very clean hotel with very friendly staff. Considering it is all inclusive, they do not scrimp on the drinks or food and rush to serve you at the bar at all times. The quality of the food was good although as usual , if you stay two weeks anywhere it would probably get boring.
If you want me to pick any faults, it would be to say that it is noweher near a beach and it is a little isolated unless you like to walk (but a nice walk) 10 mins to the yatching resort or 20mins to the main resort area.
I would recommend this hotel for the cleanliness, the nice staff and the very enthusiatic animation team.
I would try an iberostar again if they are all like this.
My boyfriend and I went during Easter and had a brilliant time during our stay. We went full board and we're very pleased and surprised with the variety and quality of the food and drink available, we would highly recommend this option. When you go out for the day they will give you a pack lunch, but I would just stock up in the morning and take a few euros instead.
If you can stretch to it we would recommend an upgrade to a junior suite, it did cost 180 euros on what we paid, but we had an amazing view over the bay and a walk in wardrobe, lots of living area and we felt it was totally worth it. Just want to make a comment about the staff, they could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. you must go and watch the entertainment, some nights were very cheesy but it was just as it says on the tin 'entertaining'. Be cautious of the tequilla sunrises they tend to catch up with you very quickly!
Papagayo - Good effort...
I visited this place in late April with my girlfriend and it was very good. We were treated like royalty, given FREE room upgrades on arrival and I am sure our slate was a fraction of what it should have been. Whenever you needed help the staff were brilliant. Not just efficient and available but also very friendly. The rooms were immaculate and the air conditioning fully working.
The food was utterly brilliant but by the 3rd or 4th night it became very hard to enjoy. Not because it tasted bad but because so much is left completely uneaten! I ate 9 plates of salad just to ease my conscience but it is shocking how much is left untouched. Just block out all those images of Sudanese orphans before you enter the dining hall, I felt like taking a doggybag down to the beach and leaving it there just incase a group of African immigrants landed.
I was surprised by Lanzarote itself, which I stupidly referred to as LanzaGROTTY. It has more class and culture than you'd think, the volcanic national park is pretty good and the helicopter tour is amazing albeit ridiculously expensive.
There isn't much to do in the Hotel but relax, bless the entertainment staff - they do try. They lap the pool several thousands times before 3 kids and an old lady agree to toss metal balls into a sand pit. There was a good variety of activities but because everyone's overfed they're too bloated to bother leaving their sun loungers.
The only bad thing about this hotel is that there is only one English t.v channel - Sky News and even that plays on a tedious 15 minute loop, I know that most people don't come on holiday to sit in and watch television but after 10p.m its either this or the staff's mindless rendition of 'Grease' in the basement.
My partner and I booked half board with sea view room for 17-28 September 2006. Room did not disappoint. It was on the ground level so had a terrace with 2 sun loungers instead of a balcony with table and chairs.
The hotel itself - very clean, pool area had plenty of sun loungers, no need to get up ridiculously early to reserve one. We didn't think the hotel was full though (especially our 2nd week) so don't know how different this is in peak season. Pool lovely and cool. For €3p/p you can go in the Wellness Centre - jaccuzzi, sauna, ice-cold pool. Although it isn't compulsory, it was suggested we removed all our swimming stuff and enjoy the facilities in the buff! Don't worry about packing beach towels - a €10 deposit secures as many towels as there are guests and can be changed each day between 9am and 12pm.
The room - comfortable, air-conditioning was a blessing (as was the little fridge) and super-clean, testament to excellent daily maid service. We found only having Sky News to be a bonus as we actually re-discovered the art of conversation!
The food - we were definitely in a minority staying only half board (the majority appeared to be all inclusive). You can upgrade to all inclusive if you like (€20 p/p/p/d) but we didn't bother. Breakfast - huge selection - fresh fruit, cereals, breads, toast, cheese, meats, salad and loads of cooked breakfast. Fantastic. Lunch - we didn't sample their lunch. Dinner - again a huge selection. Soup, plenty of fish, pizza, meat, vegetables, pasta, chips, a huge salad bar, lots of dessert choice (cakes/gateaux, puddings and icecream), fresh fruit, cheese and biscuits. Even my vegetarian partner didn't go hungry.
The service - we knew from reviews before we went that we should expect English guests to be in the minority. However we were sometimes frustrated and a little annoyed that a couple of the staff seemed to be anti-English (or it could've just been us!). The rest of the staff were great and always polite and friendly. (If you go all inclusive, they certainly don't skimp on your spirit measures at the bar!!)
The amimacion - very willing and enthusiastic - left you alone if you didn't want to join in any activity rather than dragging you off kicking and screaming like some hotels. Their role encompasses the evening entertainment in the lower bar - we didn't watch much of the Irish dancing, but they are certainly willing and enthusiastic!
Being reasonably sporty, the animacion daytime programme had plenty to offer - football, water-football, volleyball, archery and not least tennis. If you're a tennis player of any level, there's a Tuesday session (free) run by an English LTA -professional - Neil Weatherburn. Everyone is welcome and it was great fun. €5 on Friday gets you into a tennis tournament. Neil has plenty of rackets and balls to use. If you're a bit more serious about tennis, you can arrange coaching lessons with him too in your own time.
The area - we enjoyed being out of the centre of Playa Blanca. We reckoned about 2.5 mile walk to Playa Blanca - nice walk though. About 0.5 miles from the hotel is the Marina Rubicon - an area that has several bars/restaurants/shops and a couple of cash points. Playa Blanca itself is nowhere near as 'English' as Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen, but for those patriots who go abroad to seek out an English pub, fret not, there is the Red Lion in Playa Blanca!
2 minutes up the road from the hotel is the Netto supermarket, will give you a fix of England if you're really missing it.
Overall - great holiday - just what we needed for recharging the batteries.