First time at the hotel. Stunning contemporary appearance. I'll start with the positives, but please read on ...
On the plus side then; the receptionists were superb; very knowledgeable, with some excellent recommendations. Bar/waiting staff were friendly and efficient. The rooms were, aside from the points mentioned later, very well appointed. Air-con was efficient and most welcome. Room safe was large and infinitely changeable. Wi-fi reasonably priced. Pool area beautifully maintained. Not a massive pool, but not a massive hotel. Plenty of options available in our inclusive breakfast. The hotel's "Serenata" restaurant deserves special mention (would rate it as excellent, if it were listed in its own right), for dinner options. We only ate there once (after a long day, and didn't fancy venturing out), but couldn't fault the food in any way (not much atmosphere though, to be truthful). Try it if you go.
Storage space (drawers in particular), was nowhere near adequate. We ended up leaving one suitcase full to pick from; and the backs of chairs came into play. Couldn't get sink plug mechanism to function - bit of a pain when it came to wet shaving (didn't appear broken). We paid extra for a sea view. TV a bit limited, for that pre-evening chill-out period. Being on the lowest floor of the sea-facing rooms (albeit with the bigger balcony), the sea was, technically, in view, but only just. Also; the view to the pool area was blighted by the ugly roof over the terrace below. Mains sockets were few, and pretty inaccessible. The dressing gowns, whilst a nice touch, were for very small people, with very short arms. Roof terrace had stunning views, but the evenings-only bar didn't open, as promised; the night we were there - shame.
On the whole; we'd definitely go back though :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is an island of serenity in Santa Eulalia, near the busy Albufeira and at 500 meters from the famous "Strip", one of the main nightlife atractions. The direct access from the Hotel to the Bicos Beach - 400 meters away - and the inspiring view over the Atlantic Ocean complete this unique Hotel in the heart of the Algarve. This 4-Star Hotel, from Details Hotels & Resorts, features a daring and modern architecture, offering a memorable and relaxing experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pedra Dos Bicos Albufeira
- Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal