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“Functional but needs some soul”
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Salgados Palace
Ranked #28 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 September 2014

Stayed here for a week end of August, start of September '14. The hotel ticks most of the boxes in terms of location, facilities, staff etc, but everything always just feels functionary and a little soulless.

Also the previous comments regarding the gym are spot on, whilst I can't complain about the lack of equipment, there was never more than 1 person in there, the fact you couldn't use it till 10 am was very disappointing.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

The hotel had some really amazing features and some very disappointing ones as well. For sure, the pools were awesome and our room was fantastic. The lobby was also quite nice and the people working there were mostly warm, friendly, and helpful.

However, the buffet breakfast was not even average. The drinks served poolside were mediocre and ridiculously small. and the fitness center was a bad joke. I went to the gym to investigate the day we checked in and was amazed that a resort of this nature would have such a sad place to work out. they have ONE bicycle, ONE treadmill, and ONE stepper. The room with the weights was the size of a broom closet. To make it worse, the gym opened at 10 in the morning! 10?? What about people who like to work out early in the morning? (Actually, Europe has numerous hotels that have fitness facilities that open too late, but 10 is awful.)

Anyway, it has many nice features but isn't close to being 5 star!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

This is an ideal place for someone that wants to get away from it all and rest,or a couple that wants to have a go at creating kids.It is at quite a distance from the confusions of civilization,though easily accessible by car or taxi.Ideal for full boarders and has all the facilities that one or a couple might need on a complete get away.The public areas extremely well serviced,armed with very friendly staff,from reception,house keeping,bar and dinning hall.
I truly enjoyed my stay and i would for sure go back if i needed another yearly rest to recharge my batteries.

Room Tip: all rooms are quiet and comfortable.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Ronnieox
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CSHOTELS, Gerente de relações públicas at Salgados Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014
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Caríssimo Sr. Bruno,

Foi com muito gosto que rececionámos o seu comentário, muito obrigado.
Agradecemos também a sua preferência pelo Salgados Grande hotel como destino para as suas férias e esperamos que tenha a oportunidade de repetir a experiência, dando-nos o prazer de o receber novamente e a oportunidade de lhe proporcionar mais uma agradável estadia.

Com os melhores cumprimentos,
Bruno Gamito

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

5 stars for the actual hotel. However, only go here if you are all inclusive, and plan to stay at the hotel and go absolutely nowhere apart from a small local beach with hardly any restaurants. Hotel cute train takes you to and from beach every half hr, but unfortunately stops at 6pm. There a 2 nice seafood restaurants on the beach. Use the hop on and hop off bus which leaves directly outside of the hotel every 40 mins. Use it to go to the Albuferia harbour where you can take the cruise boat to the caves - DEFINITELY RECOMMEND it, truly beautiful. Take the evening 5pm cruise so you get to se sunset on return and also much cooler and spacious on the boat. Too hot during the day. Hotel is in middle of nowhere, 15-20min walk to local supermarket selling basics, but nothing else to see in area, it's totally derelict, surrounded by locals living in apartment blocks. Recommend for golfers, but definitely not for families with kids or couples/friends wanting to go out and enjoy restaurant food and nightlife. Stay closer to town. No sovenier shops nor a pharmacy in the actual hotel. Expensive taxis to get around 15 Euros one way to town centre or anywhere for that matter! Beds, the most comfortable ever!! Rooms were huge!! So was the shower!

Room Tip: Poolside view definitely the best!
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank munisha
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CSHOTELS, Gerente de relações públicas at Salgados Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your kind review, we really appreciate that.
Your presence at Salgados Grande hotel was very important for us and we feel very happy to know that you have enjoyed the hotel (even staying a bit far from the Town) and our services.
We wish you all the best and maybe one day you will give us the pleasure of another visit.

Kind regards,
Bruno Gamito

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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

What an excellent resort for couples retreat. Golf, beach, spa, everything..
We stayed for 5 nights and enjoyed every bit of it. We had half board, and they have funny rules about half board, like only one drink each allowed and the food was a bit monotonous over the 5 days and nothing portugese about it at all.

Overall a good place and well recommended..

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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CSHOTELS, Gerente de relações públicas at Salgados Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your review.
It was a pleasure to welcome you at Salgados Grande hotel and we will be very happy if you come back for another stay.


With my very best wishes,
Bruno Gamito

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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Salgados Grande excellent location 15 minutes walk from a beach. Ample free underground car parking to ensure your car remains cool. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities which of course means there is a kettle, if your kettle is missing make sure you contact reception. High quality beds, good news for the back brigade.Dining room can be crowded as tables and chairs are close together, however the food is very reasonable and standard fare self service. Worth noting that at the evening meal each person is entitled to a complimentary bottle of water and 1 glass of wine, tea and coffee are freely available at the end of the meal, it is a self service event. External 3 round swimming pools, approx. 30metre diameter. These may be crowded in the high season. Small frustration, access to floors designed to be by lift only, except in an emergency. This may be annoying as obviously at peak times the lifts are at a premium. The issue is furher complicated due to the technology of the controls, although high tech and all glass the lifts are called by selecting your floor from ONE pedestal control for all 3 lifts. No floor buttons in the lifts.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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CSHOTELS, Gerente de relações públicas at Salgados Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you for choosing Salgados Grande hotel for your stay in Algarve last summer.
Your review was very appreciated and made us very happy to know that you have enjoyed your holidays with us.
Your presence is a pleasure for us and will always be so, we hope that you come back to stay here again.

Yours sincerely,
Bruno Gamito

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

- Firstly the hotel itself is fantastic, staff are so helpful and polite, rooms are spotless and spacious.

- On arrival the hotel is quite breathtaking, so peaceful and beautiful.

- Food in the hotel itself is quite basic, but maybe was just not to my personal taste. This is where I would advise people to do a bit of exploring.. The OS salgados on the beach, Bellavita and Museu are all within ten minute walks and served fantastic authentic local food. There are many other lovely restaurants around so just explore yourself.

- Taxis into Old Town Albufeira varied greatly in price with some costing under ten euros and others over 15.. I found it best to ensure the taxi driver knew you had a good idea where you were going, so as not to let them think it was your first time to risk them overcharging you. Ask them to drop you somewhere specific eg. The square in albufeira which is at the centre of shops etc. There is also a taxi rank here to get collected for returning to the hotel.

- The beach is a short ten minute walk away which is beautiful. So spotlessly clean, with lifeguards on duty.

- The pools in the hotel are amazing, so relaxing and quiet, always plenty of sunbeds throughout the day and plenty of fresh towels. Waiters serve you from your loungers both food and drink.

- The entertainment in the hotel is quite laidback and more suitable for families. We found it nice to have a drink or two here and then head in to town for some more lively bars. The bar hostess, named Vanessa, in the hotel lobby was fantastic, so obliging and excellent at making cocktails.

- Overall, if your worried about this hotel being away from amenities etc, there is plenty around if you just go walkabout. Supermarket is only ten minutes walk away. Make sure you look up things to do and ask receptionists for activities etc as we wasted a day or two hanging around the hotel as we thought there was nothing close to us but were proven wrong after some googling :)

Will definitely return... Obrigada to all the staff!!

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  • Stayed: August 2014
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CSHOTELS, Gerente de relações públicas at Salgados Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014

Dear guests,

Thank you so much for your kindly review.
We were very pleased to welcome you at Salgados Grande hotel and we feel very happy to read that you will definitely return, will be na honor to welcome you again.


With my very best wishes,
Bruno Gamito

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Address: Herdade dos Salgados | Guia, Albufeira 8200-424, Portugal (Formerly Salgados Grande Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#21 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £81 - £287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Salgados Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 228
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Salgados Palacel is located near Albufeira, between the golf and the beach, at Herdade dos Salgados. With majestic interiors, its design is contemporary, however cosy. Here, you will find plenty to spend your time. In the morning, walk along the Salgados Beach with the family or explore the Salgados Lagoon. Later in the day, lounge around one the 3 outdoor pools, before a massage in the magnificent SPA. By late afternoon, save some time for an aperitif in the Sunset Bar, whilst enjoying, in the horizon over the nature reserve, the spectacle of colours after which the bar was named, followed by dinner in one of our restaurants. The hotel, ideal for couples and families, has 228 accommodation units and features great facilities, as well as a modern Congress Centre. A place where design and comfort walk hand-in-hand, between the golf and the beach, this is truly the best of both worlds. ... more   less 
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