Me and my partner (20 something couple) travelled to Corralejo on the 11th May 2011. When we originally booked this hotel in January 2011 the reviews for this hotel were great, otherwise we would have chosen a different hotel. When I read the reviews again just before we went the reviews had changed and had lots of different complaints regarding the hotel, so I was very worried about what to expect!
When we arrived at 7pm at night we were greeted by a very nice Spanish lady at reception who quickly gave us our wristbands as we stayed All Inclusive and our key and pointed us towards our room and wished us a lovely holiday.
Our room was nice and spacious, nice and clean with lovely decor. It was however incredibly hot as we were on the first floor we did not have a patio door - our patio was outside our front door, so we didn't get a lot of air through the apartment. We did have a fan which helped at night, it was a bit rusty but did the job. Bedroom, kitchen and living room were spotless. Lovely towels made into shapes with hibicus flowers greeted us in the bathroom. The bathroom was big however had a few bits of rust on the grill, in the bath and on the floor, however nothing too bad to affect our holiday. The toilet, sink and massive mirror were all very clean.
Pool area - the pools are salt water, and are incredibly salty, which did ruin it a little bit as it taste horrible and hurt your eyes. There is a smaller fresh water pool down the bottom of the complex however the pool and the area havent been looked after as well and there are tiles missing at the bottom of the pool and it is sandy as well. All very cold however wasn't expecting anything different! Plus the weather was scorching so its nice for a dip! The tiles around the pool need some attention, as a lot of them are cracked or raised due to the tree roots. It is dangerous if children do not look where they are going! The staff don't really seem to care much about this however. There was an incident whilst we were there as a child had a poo in the pool, and the lifeguard fished it out however dumped it straight on the garden next to children and didnt put it in the bin! His excuse was "it will make the garden grow" however there was no plants in there anyway! This was reported to reception as he clearly did not care and was made to dispose of it safely in the bin once the manager had spoken to him. The pool was not cleansed at all afterwards and people were swimming in it unaware!
Pool bar - opens around 10-11. Ice creams like magnums etc are NOT included in all inclusive - you have to pay for all of these and they start from 2 euros. Bar staff were friendly enough, water however tasted like it was out of the tap!
All Inclusive - food was mainly hot and fresh, however was monotonous after a few days. Chips, pizza, meat, salad, veg etc. They had a couple of themed nights of chinese/caribbean food which was OK. We ate out 2 times in the week we were there. Breakfast the sausages and bacon were pretty awful, so we ate beans and cheese on toast every morning and cereal. The fruit juices are all out of 1 machine which just takes like syrup, it was all pretty horrible and I didn't drink it. Water tasted OK out of the same machine though.
We booked this hotel over the Dunas Caleta/Los Allisios hotel as it stated online that it also had an A La Carte restaurant that you could eat in. HOWEVER this was shut. On the map we were given when we checked in, many different places labelled on the map had been crossed out. There is no longer a pool bar at the fresh water pool, no 2nd restaurant, no Pizzeria. 6 out of 14 things had been crossed out! If we had known the restaurant was no longer in use we would have booked the Dunas Caleta, as I have been before and knew the Caleta was in town.
The Oasis Papagayo is about a 15 minute walk to the town centre, on a slight incline coming back to the hotel. Its near to the Water Park and the Baku market and Animal Adventures - the water park and Animal Adventures was shut by the looks of it despite being in season. The market wasn't brilliant.
We had a lovely week however would not go back to the Oasis Papagayo. The food wasn't good enough for us and the hotel has gone down hill in the last 12 months also, I think it will probably continue to get worse. As we were a young couple we weren't bothered about entertainment etc however families with children, who were promised activities and entertainment, were greeted with nothing. There were no kids clubs as promised and nothing for the kids at night. The entertainment at night was fairly poor and didn't start until half past 9 at night.
The club bar was short staffed a few times so there was a queue for drinks. You're allowed 4 per person. The cocktails were so strong they tasted disgusting, although they make all drinks ridiculously strong. The staff were friendly though so I did ask for English measures of vodka so it actually taste nice. All Inclusive finishes at 11pm and the club bar shuts at 12am.
The Commercial Centre that was part of Oasis Papagayo is mainly shut. There once was an ice cream parlour, pizzeria, italian and an english pub called the Golden Goose. This was all like a ghost town, all shut down and clearly had been for a while.The only thing really open still is a small takeaway bar and the bowling alley next door.
OK hotel for couples, NOT for families.
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- Also Known As:
- Oasis Papagayo Corralejo
- Oasis Papagayo Hotel Corralejo
- Oasis Papagayo Sport & Family Fuerteventura/Corralejo