THe Mirador Papagayo
About THe Mirador Papagayo
Playa Blanca is a very popular spot on Lanzarote. Located in the far south-eastern corner of the island, it is also home to the Iberostar Papagayo, a four-star hotel complex that has plenty to offer anyone looking for a luxurious stay.
There is plenty here to appeal to couples, but the Iberostar Papagayo is perhaps most appealing for families with young children to entertain. What’s more, the journey from the airport at Arrecife only takes around 40 minutes to complete, so it won’t be long before you’re unpacked and enjoying the facilities.
If you’re looking for a resort that isn’t right in the heart of the town, the Iberostar could be just what you’re after. Everything is still within easy reach though, and a taxi can easily take the place of a refreshing stroll if you want to get there faster.
All in all the resort offers everything you could need and want. Yet with other temptations nearby and the likes of the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya a little further afield (if you have a hire car) you’ll see how appealing this resort is. Book today and look forward to exploring soon.
Room Information and Room Facilities
There are numerous rooms here to consider, ranging from basic double rooms to junior suites. Some are available with a sea view but they all benefit from offering you either a terrace or your own balcony to appreciate. It’s just the place to enjoy a lazy start to the day or to watch the sunset in the evenings.
There is also a choice of both basic and standard family rooms for those who are travelling with the kids. All rooms benefit from air conditioning and the floors are tiled to keep the temperature down.
With patio furniture included on your terrace or balcony, it’s possible to enjoy the sun and relaxation without being right on top of the pool.
Facilities, Entertainment, Activities
If you want the opportunity to enjoy an active holiday, the Iberostar Papagayo has it all. With aerobics, spinning, water polo and tennis all available at the hotel itself (among other sports) you won’t have to go far to get rid of any excess energy. If you fancy something more relaxing you can head for the mini spa instead.
The pool area is great, with plenty of room and sun loungers to enjoy. Eventually though you’ll want to take a wander into the pool to cool down or simply enjoy a lazy swim.
By now you know the Iberostar is well-equipped for families. Children aged from four to 12 can enjoy the Mini Club throughout the year, with two two-hour periods of fun to look forward to each day. In the summer months kids aged from eight to 12 can take part in all kinds of activities and enjoy the entertainment provided at the Maxi Club.
Food and Drink Options
There is the chance to choose an all-inclusive option at the Iberostar Papagayo. This comprises a wide range of tasty buffet choices at every meal along with some great show cooking too. You can also look forward to numerous drink options to enjoy with your meal.
Of course you also have the opportunity to eat elsewhere — and there are numerous tasty choices available through Playas de las Coloradas. Look out for such delights as the Restaurant Lancelot, which serves local dishes to try out. There are plenty of bars and snack options to avail yourself of as well, so whatever time of the day it is and whatever you feel you need, there will always be something you can enjoy while staying at the Iberostar Papagayo.
37 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just back from a 4 night stay at the Mirador. Myself and my daughter thought the hotel was excellent. Check in quick and easy, Porter on hand to take luggage to room. Reception staff, dining room staff, bar staff, animation team all friendly and welcoming. Lovely pool, plenty of sun beds, reasonably priced drinks and a good variety of food all made our stay one to remember. Will be returning."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of October 2018
Dont expect too much
"I booked this hotel according to excellent reviews, but was a little disapointed. Its good for the money you pay, but dont expect more that an average 4 star. Talked to few other people in the hotel, and judge it like: 4 star for the hotel, 5 star for the staff and 3 star for the food. The food - you always got the same staff, some of it very good some really very bad.... Maybe if I wasnt expected too much, I would have been better safisfied...."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of June 2006
Great Hotel for a relaxing holiday.
"After booking this hotel from the reviews & forum advice given on Trip Advisor, My Fiance and I were extremely pleased with this lovely modern hotel. We have just returned from a very pleasant and relaxing 11 nights staying on an All Inclusive basis. You can't go wrong with this option and definately get more than your money's worth before the end of your holiday what with having Breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffees and drinks during the day and all evening. All local branded drinks are included in this option and if you prefer a glass of Baileys or a Smirnoff vodka for example,the supplement is 2 Euros for a VERY generous measure, which we thought was very reasonable.
We had a room overlooking the pool on the top floor which was a good size. Each room had a fridge which the maids topped up with small bottles of water daily...Fantastic idea..There was a side view of the sea from here which was an added bonus. The other view you could have was to the front of the hotel..the road, but it's not a through road,just an area where you could park your car, so not noisy. The advantage of these rooms I noticed were that they got the sun all afternoon and early evening..great to finish off the day sitting on the balcony. The room we had got the sun all morning, a time when you were not in your room.
There were plenty of sunbeds around the pool and although towards the end of the holiday the hotel got busier you still didn't need to reserve beds.
There is a free towel service ( You just pay a deposit upon arrival), so leave your beach towels at home. The pool isn't heated and was initially quite cold when you first ventured in but great when you were in it, I think the fact that it has black tiles gives it the impression of being colder than it is!
There was a very enthusiastic animation team at this hotel who arranged lots of activities incl. water polo, archery and a little poolside areobics in the mornings. There was no pressure from them though and you could join in as little or as much as you wanted to.
The Wellness center was great for a massage, this was extra but well worth having. There were many other treatments too, good for a cloudy windy day, which we had a few of at the beginning of our holiday. All the hotel staff were really polite and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them.
The hotel is in a very quiet area perfect for a relaxing break. There is a Netto supermarket opposite,but don't expect anything else. There is a path from the hotel that leads you in to Playa Blanca..a 25-35 min walk..passing through Rubicon Marina (15 min walk) which has bars,restaurants and shops and a market on a Wednesday and Sunday. Playa Blanca itself was lovely to walk along at night and there were numerous restaurants by the sea. A taxi back cost 3 Euros.
The food in the hotel was really good and there was a fantastic choice of meat,fish,pasta and salads every day. The wine was OK and the self service beer tap was great and yes very funny to watch!... Although we went All Inclusive, we did discover a fantastic Tapas bar in a the commercial centre on the left past the Princess Yaiza hotel or just to the right of Playa Dorada beach if you walk along the path. It was called "El Godino" and if you like Tapas, this is the place for you. Great Red Wine too....So good we went back 3 times!
Just a quick word on Car Hire..We collected a car from the airport which we prebooked with Auto Reisen. I'm glad we did as the queue for taxi's was horrendous and snaked all the way down the road.
We are in our mid 30's and wanted a relaxing holiday on a nice island with sun, places to see and good food and drink..This Hotel ticked all the boxes and was definately the right choice.!"
- Travel date: Tue 9th of May 2006
fantastic hotel delivers all it promises and more 5* rather than 4*
"visit this hotel with no worries. Forget all the others this is the best by far. In over 25 years of travel I have never given a review or been bothered to fill in the questionnaire. My visit to this lovely place has encouraged me to tell others about it. The rooms are very spacious, try and get a pool view, its not noisy and the lower level rooms have sunbeds which get the sun until about 1pm. Dont bother with a towel for the pool they are provided and can be changed every morning at reception. Do bother with a car if you like to see places, we went to the volcano-timanfaya - do go to the visitor centre if you want to know more about the geography, Yaita - a nice little village, el Golfo. Playa Blanca is about 15 - 20 minutes walk or a taxi costs 3 euros. Speaking of taxis a couple at the hotel waited for nearly 2 hours for a taxi from the airport and hired a car in the end. You can get a small runaround for 100 euros, we opted for the saloon size for 130 euros, considering the taxi is about 35 euros each way its worth the extra for the car. Back to the hotel - food is really nice buffet style which has something for everyone, plenty of things going on through the day if you want and the wellnes centre offers massage etc. The night time shows are quite funny for the wrong reasons - they give Basil Fawlty a run for his money!, the professional shows are quite good, dont just see one show if you arent impressed try another the team grow on you.
All in all a really good place to visit I will defnately return and I dont say that about many places I visit - enjoy"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of April 2006
Lovely Hotel, friendly staff, a bit far from anywhere
"Since I used TripAdvisor to choose this hotel for a holiday I thought I ought to put something back. The Iberostar is a modern, smartly-designed medium-sized hotel perched on the south coast of the island. We found it a little windy by the pool (we went at Easter) but the sea view from the balcony was magnificent. The staff are friendly and efficient, and you could sit in the lobby all day watching them switch effortlessly between English, Spanish and German. It's accessible for the disabled and we saw at least three wheelchair users on holiday there who seemed to be getting on just fine.
Our boys (11 and 9) had a great time, ganging up with half a dozen kids their own age. Half the time they entertained themselves without bothering anyone, and the other half they were expertly amused by the 'animation' staff with games of dodgeball, darts, water polo etc etc. (I have to disagree with one other poster - I saw no lifeguards on duty around the poolside - keep an eye on your kids.) The main pool is 125 cm deep, which is enough for an adult to dive into, but too deep for most kids under 10 years of age to stand up in. However there is an infant paddling pool and an intermediate pool which our nine year old had plenty of fun in. None of the pools is heated, and in April that meant they were pretty... bracing.
If we had one reservation it was that the Iberostar felt a bit far from anywhere. It's a 20 or 30 minute walk (depending on your stride) to Playa Dorada, the nearest beach, and although the sea views are beautiful (the land is not much to look at) there are no bars or cafes or ice-cream kiosks along the way - unless you count the very new marina development ten minutes' walk from the Iberostar. It's full of restaurants and chi-chi designer shops, and clearly designed for the yachting crowd.
There's a shuttle from the hotel to the Playa Dorada but it's not very frequent. The beach itself is on the small side considering the area it serves, and was quite crowded during the Easter break. There is a sheltered bay just by the hotel but it's pretty stony and wetshoes or sandals are recommended if you want to walk or swim there. (Perched on the shore there, in the lee of a larger hotel, is the cottage of a local who has clearly refused to move out. His roosters crow loudly during all the hours of daylight - but you can barely hear them from the Iberostar... )
The beer is good. The food is superb and varied. The free evening shows vary between the excellent and the barely-watchable. If you're a fan of Irish culture be sure to miss the 'Celtic Pride' show which is about as authentic as the green cocktails they serve at the bar during the show (to numb the pain, presumably.)"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of April 2006
Good all-round hotel
"We have just returned from a week all-inclusive at the Iberostar Papagayo. The hotel has good facilities and the sea-view rooms are well worth the extra giving a view of the Papagayo beaches close-by and Fuerteventura on clear days.
The pool is large and has two areas containing jacuzzi style seats and loungers. Entertainment was provided nightly by the animacion team taking it in turns with professional bought in acts. There was also a lolly-pop disco for the kids. The animacion team did an excellent job of keeping you entertained during the day with sporting and more causal activities like bingo.
The food was good although a little tiring at the end of the week (try eating in any restaurant for 7 days, it's bound to get a little tiresome). The food was always varied and there was always loads of choice including delcacies like swordfish and rabbit as well as the usual pasta dishes and pizza. Drinks are self-serve and it's great to be able to pull your own beer and even more fun to watch other people pour half a glass of head!
The only advice we would offer is that you arrange for a hire car at the airport. The taxi from/to the airport was 40 Euros each way and a car for the week would have been around 120 Euros. We ended up hiring a car for the day to do a tour of the island (visit Timanfaya and Montana del Fuego they're well worth it) which cost 50 Euro.
This was our first holiday with our new daughter (5 months old) and we were concerned how everything would turn out. As it was, the staff were very good and extremely friendly and provided everything that we needed (cot etc).
All-in-all an enjoyable holiday at a very good hotel that we would recommend."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of April 2006
"We travelled to Lanzarote in mid April and we had a really lovely time. We arrived at the airport and as we didnt have transfers we had to get a taxi - there were a lot so no need to wait. It cost about â¬35 to get to the hotel.
The hotel itself is beautiful; pool area is clean and child friendly with 2 childrens pools and lifeguards on duty. The reception area is also nice for relaxing. The bar and restuarant are fab. The food is varied every night and they have a great selection. I am vegetarian and even I was pleased with the choice! The rooms are bright, clean and well kept by housekeeping. We had a pool view and we had no problems with noise at all. The waiters are very family focused as we saw them talking to the children at dinner. Also there is a full list every day of things organised by the hotel; e.g. archery, water polo, rifle shooting, childrens disco etc.
Just to note; the hotel is about 3km away from Playa Blanca itself but it has a supermarket which is really good and has lots of british products, discounted drink and a good selection of clothes, flipflops etc if you have forgotten anything.
We hired a car for 3 days and its best to do this from the hotel - they are a little more expensive than the others but they are better for two reasons 1. We were let down by the other car company in town who forgot to book the car for us and 2. If you hire from the hotel you can keep the car for as long as you like on the night it has to be back, so you can just drop the keys at reception at 3am if you want!
Places worth a visit are Teguise Market for bargins, Peurto del Carmen for the Casino/nightlife (we won â¬525!) and lots and lots of restaurants and take the submarine trip; its good for the whole family. The Aquapark is good for the kids but its small and a bit grubby in places.
Overall; this resort is quiet and relaxed; best for families and older people. We are in our 30's and we wanted a relaxing holiday but if you want a mad girly/bloke holiday then its best to stay in Peurto del Carmen.
Highly recommended for a relaxing break!"
- Travel date: Sun 16th of April 2006
A really nice hotel.
"We stayed here for a week at the beginning of April after reading the reviews on this site and were not disappointed. The hotel is a little out of the way but I think that adds to its charm, it's only a short walk or a 3 euro taxi ride into Playa Blanca.
I agree with previous reviews that it is definitely worth going for the All Inclusive option, the food is fabulous, very varied and has something for every taste; certainly the best buffet food we have ever encountered whilst on holiday. We had great fun watching various people trying to pull the perfect pint from the self service beer pump; very few actually managed it!
There are plenty of sunbeds and it's only neccessary to get your towel on a bed early if you want to nab a particular spot which I'm ashamed to say that we did most mornings but 8.00 was plenty early enough to do it despite the fact that most of the other guets were German. We also found that the poolside entertainment wasn't too intrusive; you could participate if you wanted or be far enough away for it not to be annoying.
We paid a little extra for a room with a sea view which was certainly worth it especially as we were able to go to sleep each night to the sound of the surf crashing onto the rocks below. The rooms were kept meticulously clean with the sheets changed every other day and towels whenever you wanted. In fact the entire hotel was spotless especially the public toilet areas.
If I had to find fault with anything about our holiday it would be that the beach right by the hotel looked like it had a load of rubble dumped on it rendering it unsuitable for use. I presume work will eventually be done on it to bring it up to the same standard as the other nearby beaches. However this did not detract from our overall enjoyment of our stay in this really nice hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
"We stayed at the Iberostar Papagayo in February 2006. The room was excellent, and we were half-board, although we did opt for all-inclusive on one day (you could pay a daily rate). We ate loads of food, as there was a good choice and plenty of variety whether you were an adventurous diner or not.
There is a small fitness suite, and a spa with jacuzzi's steam rooms etc., and an excellent masseur (there are charges for these, although reasonable compared to UK).
Our only grumble about the hotel really was the lack of English channels on the TV. The hotel entertainment was only about an hour long at night, and there really is nothing to do in the resort, which is just a big bunch of hotels. Despite a high number of English guests in the hotel, the only channel in English was Sky News, so we were very well informed on current events when we came home. In February, the weather was not great, so we spent quite a bit of time in the room, as we have done all the sights on the island on previous visits. We did ask at reception about them changing one of the other fifteen channels to something English, but received a negative reply. This would really be our only grumble."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of March 2006
Nice, relaxing hotel
"This hotel is a very good standard of accomodation and worthy of its 4 stars.
The plus points -
The food is good there is plenty of choice - perhaps a little more geared towards the germans but you can always find something to eat. There is a huge choice on the salad bar alone and usually a choice of 5/6 desserts and icecream as well as biscuits and cheese if desserts are not your thing.
The hotel is very friendly and the staff are excellent we never had to wait to be served at a bar even during busy periods. The cleaning staff were also efficent our room and the public areas of the hotel were always spotless.The reception staff are all very friendly too.
The rooms are a good size with a nice bathroom and having the fridge in the room for the bottles of water the maids leave in the room every day is a nice touch.
The minus points-
Hotel is geared more towards couples than families the only children there were all under 2 there was a kids club and kids pool there but in the 5 days we were there we didnt see any kids using either facility.If you have children who are in the 2-teens age bracket this perhaps isnt the hotel for you (it might be worth checking out the iberstar papagayo apartments over the road from the main hotel)
The hotel is quite isolated there is a Netto up the road from the hotel but if you want other shops you can do the 10/15 min walk to the Rubicon marina or there is a courtesy bus into town 4 times a day.
To sum up this hotel is perfect for couples (old or young) looking for a relaxing quiet break in a high quality hotel"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of March 2006
One of the best holiday hotels
"We arrived home 2 weeks ago and we are still glowing with warmth towards our hosts at the Iberostar Papagayo. Our only complaint was at having to leave, although Els and Danni on reception insisted that we were leaving of our own free will and were welcome to stay on.
This is the only hotel where I have sought out the Manager to offer my appreciation. Unlimited good and varied food and drink on the days we chose to be upgraded to fully inclusive (yes you can fix that with the hotel when there); clean, comfortable rooms - and then there is the entertainment. Daytime activities (with prizes and medals) and outstanding shows led by four energetic full time entertainment staff plus guest artists.
Language was never a problem and the staff are amongst the most professional we have come across. They were always efficient and made us feel that we were their only guests. The atmosphere generated a feeling of friendship amongst all the guests - I have never been in a happier hotel anywhere.
In short an outstanding hotel in a secluded setting right by the sea. You need never leave the hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of March 2006
"Stayed at this hotel on 17 march for 11 nights,on arrival we had been upgraded to a sea view,from a side s view, the reception were excellent,the rooms very clean,staff very helpful, animation team,kept us entertained from day one,we got little treats while sitting by the pool,ice lollies one day to sweets and kit kat bars another.As we went all inclusive,the only small complaint was the food a little bit Samish at both lunch and dinner,and sometimes it was cold.We would definatley consider returning.there is a 10 to 15 min walk into town but the hotel bus runs most of the day,or a service bus also operates from the main road."
- Travel date: Sun 31st of March 2013