About THB Royal
Can’t decide whether to stay in a hotel or an apartment? You get the best of both worlds at the Sun Royal Aparthotel, since it combines both into a great resort with plenty of appealing facilities. This three-star venue is perfect for couples looking for a base to allow them to explore nearby Playa Blanca. However it also provides plenty of appeal for family groups wanting spacious apartment-style accommodation with everything they could want.
So where do you begin? Well, the hotel is at the far south-east end of Lanzarote, providing you with a good coastal location that is ideal for exploring many of the sights in this area. If you hire a car during your stay places like the Aqualava Water Park and the Timanfaya National Park are within easy reach. But you’ll also find you can get to the Marine Rubicon shopping centre and of course everything Playa Blanca itself has to offer as well.
In short, aside from the Sun Royal Aparthotel itself, there is a whole other world of delights awaiting you nearby. With taxis available if you don’t fancy the walk, you’re about to get the best of all worlds.
Room Information and Room Facilities
You’ll soon see the benefits of enjoying an apartment-style room as it provides plenty of room for you to spread out in, along with all the facilities you would expect of a nice apartment. You’ve got the option to self-cater your holiday as the kitchen area provided has the basic amenities you’d expect, including a fridge and microwave. You can also brew up some fresh tea or coffee whenever you like — just the way to start each day!
You can also make good use of the satellite television if you fancy watching something of an evening, although most guests will probably want to settle down on their balcony or terrace to enjoy a quiet moment.
Facilities, Entertainment, Activities
If you are keen to have more than one pool to choose from, the Sun Royal Aparthotel is the place to be. The main attraction has to be the choice of two big family-sized pools everyone can enjoy. The kids haven’t been forgotten though, as there are two smaller pools for them too – both of which are salt water pools. Meanwhile if you love to soak up the rays you’ll want to head for the sun terrace and its collection of loungers and parasols.
Of course there might be the odd occasion when you’re feeling more active and you’d like to do something sportier. No matter, you can find the games rooms where table tennis might be in order, or perhaps a game of pool. Nearby at another venue owned by the same company is a mini-golf course along with a tennis court, free for you to enjoy as a guest at the Sun Royal Aparthotel.
And finally the kids will all enjoy the kids’ club that is laid on by the venue, to make sure no one ends up with nothing to do. They’ll love every moment of it!
Food and Drink Options
If you decide to go for the all-inclusive option at the Sun Royal, you’ll enjoy a great buffet selection at every meal. You can enjoy local dishes and specialities enjoyed by many in Lanzarote, while there are themed culinary nights as well.
If you are eager to have a treat or a light snack while enjoying the pool area, you’ll no doubt enjoy the services provided at the poolside bar and café. Finally, with numerous shops just moments’ away in town, you can also get all the supplies you could need if you decide to go self-catering instead.
62 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Garlic & one barman not a good mix not for Brits .
"Pluses . Room was good size as can be used by self caterers . Cleaning done in 5 mins flat ,towells not of good quality . Could usually get a breakfast but forget the other meals ,Garlic in everything , pork cooked on griddle was raw in parts mostly Spanish type food .Even the rice etc had bits of fish etc mixed in . Salad was nothing special never any cheese or ham to go with it . and how many variations of layered sponge for dessert ? colour changed but taste didn't . We lived on the kids chips , salad & bread rolls . We ate out twice to get sustainance . The bar is by the kids disco thing and is a cocophony of noise , not a place to relax in the evening . One barman to serve about 500 people so we only ever managed one or two drinks at the most .
Got the same report on food from a couple who stayed in the sister hotel Sun Beach .Some staff nice others begging for tips . eg you ok senor . yes ta you? . answer " better if I had money ". No tip given ."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of July 2011
Basic and expensive on site
"This was our 3rd time in Lanzarote and our first stay at Sun Royal and we thought it was okay, not brilliant. The apartments were very clean and well kept, although they could do with a splash of paint and were very basic. The kitchen was quite well equipped although there ws no tea towel to dry the glasses and was a very odd wine opener and no bottle opener for bottles of beer etc... and the bathroom was very clean with an excellent strong shower, however, there was a strong smell of drainage. There was a hairdryer in the bathroom but it wasnt very strong, i would recommend taking your own if you don't wish to stand there for half an hour drying your hair. There was nothing on tv to watch apart from world news, in english.
On site there were computers, costing 1 euro 10 mins, 2 euro 20 mins.We stayed on a self catering basis and were glad. We were told by people staying on an all inclusive basis that the meals were very repetitive. If staying on SC basis take your own drinks around pool as the bar was extremely expensive, we bought 2 soft drinks and an ice cream and it came to 8 euros, ridiculous!!
Some staff were okay, some not very friendly, you were required to find your own room rather than being escorted. The resort itself was rather large and if you want a pool view room you should ask, we did ask to move rooms as we were not happy with the one given. The staff didnt seem very impressed when we asked to move.
There were 2 large pools, with plenty of sunbeds. The pool at the bottom was freezing we went in once and it was awful. We were told that the pool at the top of the hotel was heated but we never went up there. When booking you are told you can use the spa in one of the sister hotels, this will cost you 3,50 (which it doesnt state when booking) and is only open from 2-5 on certain days i think. Expect about a 10-15 minute walk, we did not visit the spa as we felt it was too far away from our hotel. And when booking it also states there is a maid service 5 times a week, our towels were changed twice and so was the bedding, we felt this was a little inadequate.
From Sun Royal expect a 10-15 minute walk to the main centre of Playa Blanca, where all the restaurants are located. We would recommend Jumbo ( a chinese restaurant), Restaurant Grill Timanfaya and Varaderos. In the other direction is the Marina Rubicon, where there is a bowling alley, perfume and clothing shops etc... We never ate in the bar at Sun Royal as we thought the staff were a little rude. There was a shop on site but again it was expensive so we took a 5 minute walk the the dino mart at the end of the road, out of Sun Royal turn right and it is at the end of the road, which was very handy.
We visited at beginning of march, and the weather was okay. Dont expect hot weather during this time, summer months are usually hotter. The weather at night time wasn't too warm so i would recommend taking a jacket of some sort and some jeans. Expect cloudy days and some windy days. Also visit Puerto Del Carmen, 5 euro on bus (which gets very full) or 33 euro one way in taxi. We found the weather was better there when cloudy at Playa Blanca.
Overall, we probably wouldnt stay here again but if you are wanting a cheap basic aparthotel this would be brilliant as the rooms were vey well kept and clean. "
- Travel date: Mon 14th of March 2011
Excellent food, accommodation & value
"We stayed for 2 weeks all inclusive in May 2010. We had visited Sun Royal 10 years previously and found that the accommodation had been maintained to a high standard which has not diminished over the years. There was an excellent variety of food to suit all tastes. Breakfast consisted of (the spanish take on) traditional English, continental incl fresh fruit/dried fruit/nuts/museli/ yogurt etc. Lunch & dinner consisted of a variety of hot fare (sometimes traditionally spanish (including goat! not recommended). However in the main all tastes catered for plus at each meal there was always the option of going for salads (which were supplied in abundance) or the kids fare eg fries & sausage, chicken strips etc. Also delicious desserts including ice cream & fresh fruit available at lunch & dinner. The pool area is spacious and clean and the apartments (whilst a tad small) are comfortable and very clean. Overall the appartments are well run and staff are very friendly. The walk to the beach/resort takes approx 15 mins and is very welcome in between courses when you are staying 'all inclusive'. Minor downside - night time entertainment poor and appartments can seem quite deserted off season. On the plus side you dont have to queue for food/drink and if you are in good company there should not be a problem.
Restaurants in PB are also high standard. Tempted to book for Christmas!"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of July 2010
Excellent value for money, would recommend/return!!!
"The holiday was brilliant. The accommodation at the Sun Royal, which had to be changed by the tour company just 2 weeks beforehand, was excellent. We had asked for, if possible, a high up apartment overlooking the pool but we were allocated one overlooking the road. We asked if it could be changed to a poolside one; this was done immediately with no problem.
The apartment was spacious and clean and well furnished with free TV. Our only negative comment was that the coffee table was badly stained, however this did not distract from the rest of room. The kitchenette was well equipped with a 2-ring hot plate, fridge, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, juicer and ample crockery and cutlery. There was only one day when there was no maid-service, but this info was displayed in the reception. Bed linen was changed twice during the week; we had fresh towels every other day. We paid 35 euro for air con and the safe, however, got 23 euro back at the end of our stay, which we thought was excellent value for money.
All of the staffs were very friendly and helpful. We only used the dining room for breakfast, all nationalities were catered for and there was a more than ample selection and amount of food and drinks on offer. The other facilities in the complex were good, although the supermarket was not particularly well stocked and it did appear to be expensive for essential foods. However, there was another supermarket less than a 5 minute walk away which proved to be far better both on stock and price.
One really good thing to mention is that were two swimming pools and it seems that the cliental was divided into families and couples so pool was busier with families the other was quieter for the 'oldies'!!!
The first beach, Playa Dorda, was about a 15 minutes stroll and the other beach, restaurants and shops were about another 5 minute stroll away. The whole resort was clean, tidy and had a relaxing atmosphere.
We enjoyed the fact that hotel/resort was used by Spanish holiday makers (always a good sign!!)
Alison and Jon
(55/57 years young!!)"
- Travel date: Mon 5th of April 2010
What they don't tell you
"Well equipped,clean aprtment. About 10/15 minute walk to beach/town centre - ask at reception for a buzzer to enable you to go out of the rear entrance (cuts about 5 minutes off the walk). Good free bus to the beach but it does not run in the evenings. Supermarket is downstairs in the Food Centre in Sun Tropicana the adjacent hotel. Food in the all-in restaurant ok but very limited choice. Evening entretainmetn poor. Grounds and pools well kept.
- Travel date: Mon 15th of March 2010
"You get what you pay for. This is 3 star and that is what you get so don't expect more.
Stopped here May 09 and was very happy with the accommodation. Complex is located in quiet part of Playa Blanca and about 15 - 20 mins walk to main resort and 10 mins to beach. Staff were very welcoming on arrival and booked in with 5 mins of arriving.We were given room 1020, but had bad damp musky smell. Staff changed our room to 1017 without any problems. Room was at rear of complex and was very quiet. Room was clean, tidy and in good decorative order. facilities in the room was impressive, with, toaster, juicer, coffee maker, kettle and microwave. we were B and b so never eat in the room. maid came in 5 days of out 7 day stay and changed bedding twice, towels 3 times. Breakfast was good and plentifully. There were a selection of fruit, cereals, cheese, meats and yogurts. Toaster with lots bread and croissants. There was a sort of full english breakfast with boiled, fried and scrambled eggs. Spanish bacon and sausages, with tomatoes and beans. One day there was mushrooms. there is also tortilla, which was very nice. As we ate out, cant comment on other food. Supermarket about same price as Netto down the road, but I think both were a bit pricey! Top swimming pool is heated and attracts most people and has entertainment going on. Not for us so we went to pool outside reception, which was cold but quiet. There was always sunbeds and cushions available. Overall the complex was clean and comfortable. As we went out every evening hard to comment on the evening activities, but what we did see was poor in "My" opinion. Hotel is geared for the spanish, so expect things to be in spanish. If you want Brits abroad type entertainment and kids club, this may not be for you. Marina and main resort is around 15 - 20mins walk. plenty of restaurants in both and expect to pay around Â£20 for 2 courses and drinks in resort, but bit more in the Marina. there are several British bars with the usual Sky sports and English Fare if that's for you.Also a Burger King in the small shopping centre. If you like curry, i would recommend "Spices" indian on the promenade. Wont recommend anywhere else, as we all have different tastes.
Overall I would recommend these apartments for a relaxing holiday for young families and more mature couples. The resort of Playa Blanca is still developing and not for people wanting nightlife at the moment."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of May 2009
Sun, Sea and Sand - Perfect!
"Myself and my boyfriend have just returned from a week away self catering in the Sun Royal Aparthotel, we were Originally booked to go to Cyprus but this was cancelled by another tour operator so had to find something very last minute, we travelled to Egypt last year with Portland and found them fantastic so booked this through them - it was my boyfriends first visit to the Canary Islands and he absolutly loved it and is trying to get me to book us up to go back already.
These apartments are perfect for a week in the sun - they had everything we needed and more. The rooms were spotless and were cleaned at least 5 times during our weeks stay (Bedding was changed twice). We didnt really have much to do with the staff there but on the occasion that we did need any help they were always polite and ready to help.
The trek to the main Playa Blanca resort is a bit tedius at times when you simply cant be bothered to walk - but most times it is nice to either work up and appitite or walk off your dinner on the way back home. The beach in Playa Blanca is beautiful and there is plenty to do like pedalo's, jetskis and banana boat rides aswel as shops and resturants along the sea front.
Weather at this time of year was a little cloudy but generally hot, the wind is a welcome releif sometimes - one day of rain but beats the weather in the UK hands down.
The only fault that i could find with these apartments would be the lack of catering for the English guests here - the TV in the room only had 1 English channel (with really old and dated programes on)I know that you do not go on holiday to watch TV but it is nice to have something to watch to pass the odd hours here and there.There was nightly entertainment in the hotel but was nearly always in Spanish, sometimes this wasnt a problem as it was dancing or singing and you didnt need to understand what was being said but other times a little consideration for the English/French/non Spanish guests would have been appriciated - there was the odd word or sentence that was translated but by this time you had switched off as it had all been in Spanish and you actually missed what was being said in English. We didnt have kids with us but we could see that the kids entertainment was great and there was always something going on to keep them entertained - although i do now have the kids club theme tune perminantly going around in my head!lol
The choice of Resturants in Playa Blanca is fantastic - we loved Jumbo's chinese (loving the shot glasses) and New Orleans - only meal we didnt enjoy was in the Taurus Steak place (with the cow print sign) this was very disapointing and tastless but apart from that we couldnt fault the choice.
We cant wait to return as soon as possible and will definatly recommend this hotel and the resort of Playa Blanca. "
- Travel date: Wed 8th of April 2009
Sun Royal Apartments
"Great flight all went smoothly and arrived a bit early. Coach transfer perfect. Apartment was spotless and very roomy. We were in 151. Staff very pleasent and helpful. Restaurant value for money as you got 3 courses for 30 Euros and down in the mail part of Playa Blanca you paid the same for one course. Best restaurant we found was Sideria Arena. Only small complaint was the distance from the apartments to Playa Blanca itself which was a bit of a trek but the taxi fare was only 2.50euros if you felt really knackered.
Absolutly brilliant holiday and we are deffo going back next year,(maybe even this year. "
- Travel date: Sat 7th of March 2009
"food is expensive ;cut down on clothes and shoes;take as much food as possible;e.g bacon 5 euros;ham 4e;butter 2.75e;tea40 bags;2.30e..bread 2.50;coffee 4e;cheese 4e;small pk....went by thompsom..essential you buy a inflatable cushion to sit on ....meals on board were awful especially breakfast.3h 45mins going;from cardiff;Â£45 to park car ;highwayman..2 weeks.little to do at blanca...rubicon marina bout 2 miles walk ...opposite way similiar journey to few shops;nothing cheap anymore cept ciggies..Â£2 pkt average.spirits ludicrous prices...harveys bristol cream @16 euro was our record. beach good;if windy go to the right in the rocks nr bar...loungers 2.50 euros;each.mass of restuarants along seafront ....but cheaper in p.del carmen..bus 2.40 single fare same price return.biggest problem t.v in chalets useless ...take lightweight p.c or dvd player and plenty of films...front pool cold .top pool heated ...grab a sunlounge cover to lay on ..blue n white ..keep for your stay...you need water ..cheapest netto 5 litres 99 cents...its on the way to beach...well layed out ..but very expensive overall ...go to sparload up get cab back...so its left at netto for rubicon ..and right for spar...although it is developing slowly ..its a lot of walking ..so my prference would be in or near p.del carmen..on site bar ..expensive.take games for kids to play good luck."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of February 2009
Sun Royal. Playa Blanca
"We visited sun royal in playa blanca on the 1st feb until 11th feb. On arrival we greeted by friendly reception staff and very pleased with our apartment, very clean as was the whole complex and surrounding resort was imaculatly clean. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly go back again. We found our way around easily, finding nice resturants, we would recomend china city and Jumbos a chinese resturant which were great food and very friendly waiters. The beach was lovely and also very clean with two bars on the beach.The hotel had two pools one was very cold and the other heated they were also spotless. The hotel has a small shop but they dont have everything which may be required. But within a 3 minute walk there is Nettos or the hotel next door has a small shop which can be used. The marina rubicon was only a 10 minute easy walk where the beach is and many many resturants to chose from, also there was markets on wednesday and saturday which were great.Overall we loved the place and would deinatly recomend it to anyone. "
- Travel date: Sat 14th of February 2009
New year at the Royal
"We booked for a bed & breakfast holiday but upgraded to half board after sampling our first meal in the town and breakfast at the hotel. The hotel gave fantastic choice,& the food was displayed to create appetite. We were always in early, so meals were fresh and hot. We had a few problems because the list the waiter had, recording the status of holiday makers at the hotel, was not updated to our current siuation, but was cleared up when reported. The reception staff were extremely helpful and helped with any problem brought to their attention. We were given a room as asked, on the ground floor with a view of the pool, only problem for us, as older people, we were also situated next door to the children's club, but on bringing this to the attention of the staff, we were given another room. Our only complaint was neither of the rooms got the sun at anytime and so never warmed up.
Weather wise the wind was chilly, and we needed to find sheltered areas, it rained most nights, but when the sun shone it was warm and beautiful, we managed to find ourselves places to relax and get a good suntan. Make sure to take something warm for the evenings.
Playa Blanca has a lovely promenade which runs along the seafront in both directions, we walked each day, being able to sit when there was a seat free. A visit to the Rubicon Marina is a pleasant walk, especially when the craft market is on, also carry on through and continue walking to Colorados a new area being developed.
In the evening we went to an English Pub called "The Nags Head" run by Ian & Elaine a lovely couple who made us and all customers very welcome, it was like the old fashioned local, where everyone chatted together, they helped make our holiday a very pleasant time."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of January 2009
not what we expected
"This complex is OK,But our apartment (905) was clean but due to the vent in the bathroom there was a unbearable smell of grease (day & night due to the cooking of the local people that live there).All the entertainment was in Spanish,but the English was not catered for in aspect of the holiday.
We were told by the tour operator that the distance from the complex to the town was a short walking distance when in actual fact it was 2 miles by taxi, Which also it cost us Â£180.00 overall in fares during our stay.(again another misrepresentation on their behalf.
The day trips where very expensive for e.g. 50 euros each for the coach to visit the teguise market.
we would not recommend the sun royal apartments or lanzarote itself."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of December 2008