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Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #38 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 20 June 2011

Stayed in this hotel as a last minute break so didn't know what to expect. Arrived early so did not expect the room to be ready but the receptionist phoned the cleaning staff and room ready within 30 mins. While we were waiting, the reception looked after our luggage and sent us to the restaurant for coffee!
We stayed b&b and the breakfast was plentiful - plenty of choice, ceral, toast, cooked food, cakes etc etc.
Hotel is slightly out of the way (15mins walk to the beach) but it was ideal for us as we didn't want to be surrounded by nightclubs or noisy bars. The hotel provided a shuttle every hour although we chose to walk. Everywhere is walkable. Swimming pool area small but loads of sunbeds. Area was in the shade in the morning.
When we came to leave, our flight was not until late and although we were unable to pay to keep our room on as they were fully booked, we were able to use the spa facilities to get showered etc. Again the reception offered to look after our luggage.
We could not have asked for more at this hotel - room was great (bathroom excellent) and the staff were outstanding, especially at reception.
Hoping to go back to Albuferia and will go to this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank daisymaeDevon
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you for your kind review and comments, which we really appreciated.
It is very rewarding for us to hear that guests feel that our team did everything to make their stay as enjoyable as possible and we are very proud that you left feeling this way.
Thank you on behalf of the whole team and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Real Bellavista Hotel & SPA.

Kind regards



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Hotéis Real Algarve

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Reviewed 13 June 2011

We'll be travelling there on the 18th June 2011, very aprehensive as my wife booked it without my knowledge for us and her friend. I actually tried to cancel my booking but would have lost all the money. The possible problems are that A) It seems a long wa out of the old town, which I hear is very highly recommended. B) My wife and her friend are not very active in British weather, and from experience shuttle buses drop you off, but seem unable/ impossible to find when you are ready to return, C) Being so far out I'm aprehensive about the 'Captive Audience, situation, where things like drinks and meals are quite expensive, D) whether you get the premium room you pay for if you've never been there befoe, we went to Vegas last year to go into suites, and the rooms were like glorified hostels, we had to have a fuss before we were placed in the rooms we had paid for, D) the cost of internet access is always a sore point with me, I do about 80% of my business this way, and need 24/7 availability, but at Euros 72 per day, even with Skype available on my lap-top is prohibitive.
I realise that I may seem like a realy fussy traveller, but in reality nothing could be further than the truth, I'm looking forward to a well earned break, but unlike employed people I need to pay for it through business profits.
I'll leave a full review when I return, but thought it may be helpful to at least lay down the guidelines to my review beforehand.

Stayed: June 2011
1  Thank george2sooty
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for having shared your concerns with us.

We regret that you are not satisfied with your wife’s choice and hope that we will be able to change your opinion about our Hotel and that you will enjoy your stay with us.
We sincerely believe that some of the points mentioned by you will not be as critical as you believe. The cost for Internet, for instance, is not €72 per day, but €7,20. If you use the Internet on a daily basis, you can also opt for our for 3 days or weeks access cards, which might be more suitable and profitable for you. Do not hesitate to contact our reception who will be pleased to inform you about the different tariffs and assist you in finding the most convenient solution for you.
We regret if you had any contrary experiences, but we can assure you that in our Hotel guests are never downgraded to inferior room categories and that the shuttle bus does not forget to pick up the guests at the scheduled times and places.
Regarding the location of the Hotel, the walking distance between the Hotel and the centre of the old Town is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. In between the Hotel and the centre you will find plenty of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, etc, being the nearest restaurant just 2 minutes away from the Hotel. So we are not that far out of Albufeira that we do not have to fear any competition and charge prohibitive prices. You will find that the Real Bellavista is located in a quiet area, but close to the centre, Old Town or Strip, and that the prices for drinks or food at the Real Bellavista are regular prices, in line with what other 4 star hotels in this area charge.
We hope that you will spend an enjoyable time with us. Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Reviewed 4 June 2011

Stayed Real Bellavista 5th - 12th May. First time in Albufeira. Loved the hotel. Stayed in Premium room. Room very comfortable and clean. Great having fridge in room. Cleaning staff deserve special mention. Room always spotless. Great to come back to a lovely clean room. Anything we asked for we got straight away. Breakfast was good, maybe hot food could be hotter. Courtesy bus was a great asset. My husband used the gym alot. It was very well equipped. Pool area was the one area I felt could be cleaner. Loungers often had bird droppings. I also noticed ashtrays were not emptied every day. This is very minor observation. We walked to old town every evening. We loved it there. Had lovely meals, and enjoyed people watching with a cocktail or two on bar street. Will definately go back to Real Bellavista. Thanks to all the lovely staff for perfect stay. and enjoyed the sweets at reception. We had early morning flight and got packed breakfast which was lovely wasnt expecting much. Loved the really fresh rolls. Perfect airport transfer with Yellow Fish.

Room Tip: Definately worth getting premium room.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank PaulaMangan
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your kind review and feedback.
We are very glad that you have spent an enjoyable time at the Real Bellavista Hotel & SPA, but regret that not everything was perfect. We will pass your comment regarding the cleanliness of the pool area to our Housekeeping and Maintenance department and assure you that we will do our utmost to keep the pool area as perfectly cleaned as all other areas of the Hotel.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Real Bellavista. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance you might require.

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Reviewed 4 June 2011

My husband and I stayed here last year in June. The hotel is fab, the rooms are very clean and staff extremely friendly.
The only downside I had was the food (a little repetative - but very nice all the same) , which I filled out the questionnaire from the hotel. A few days afer arriving back home I received a letter from the Manager of the hotel to advise that they had made necessary arrangements so that the menu was more varied. I have never had service like this. This year we are returning in July along with my parents as we have recommended this as a brilliant place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicnshaun
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your last stay so much that are returning in July.
Since last summer, we have undertaken some changes to our dinner selection and hope that the current selection will better match your expectations than the selection last year. Should it still not be as expected, please do not hesitate to contact our F&B Assistant Manager or Head waiter during your stay, who will be pleased to assist you and, if possible and practicable, can apply changes to our menus or suggest you individual menus.

We look forward to your next visit and remain at your entire disposal for any assistance you might require.

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

The way we discovered the Real Bellavista Hotel was by flicking through the travel book and just stopping it randomly, not the usual way you choose a hotel i know, but i'd never been abroad before so any where would have been brill!!

My husband and i have been together for over 6 years and are going back for the 4th time in september this year!!
We have been to other places abroad but always find ourselves coming back to Real Bellavista Hotel, we even went there on our honeymoon!!

The hotel is always lovely and clean, rooms cleaned daily, staff present through out the day for any needs you may have. There is a small hotel shop where you can get papers magazines sweets etc, as per every hotel shop its a little pricey but acceptable for a 4 star hotel.

All the rooms have a safe which you can get the lock for from reception and keep all your valubles jewellery money etc in!!

We go for room service on our first night there as we always arrive after the restaurant has stopped serving for the evening, there is a good variaty to choose from and they arrive to your room pretty quick too.

The restaurant has a huge selection at breakfast to suit all eaters, we always go for the bed and breakfast option as we are quite fussy eaters!!. We look at the menu which is posted daily to see if we fancy anything for the evening meal, the restaurant does tend to be a bit pricey for the meals though, but the restaurants near by have better prices. There is a bar menu for luch time which has hot and cold options to choose from.

The spa is very relaxing with a gym and sqush courts.

We went for the last world cup with friends, and the hotel set one of their meeting rooms up with its bar and a screen for those who wanted to watch the matches daily.

The swimming pool isn't the biggest for a hotel of its size but we've never had a problem with room in there, the only thing i will warn people of is that the pool is always freezing so just beware, but it's a lovely way to cool down when you've been sitting in the heat for a while!!

Ok, so the entertainment may not be the best around, but the staff are always very welcoming and friendly!. There's plenty of places to eat and go to for entertainment in the Old Town which is a short walk or you can get a taxi from the hotel which is pretty cheap!!
The Strip, which is in the opposite direction to the Old Town is more of a night life clubby vibe with the bull fighting stadium on the same road.

We always sleep like babies when we go as its very quiet, once you work out how to use the air conditioning its lovely and cool too!!

There are plenty of day trips including Slide and Splash which is the local water park and the Marina where you can swim with dolphins.

Overall we have always LOVED our holidays there and will continue to keep going back there for a lovely relaxing break, top marks rating!

Room Tip: ask for a sea view with a balcony!
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  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank meadowsh
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your kind review.
We are glad that your unusual selection method brought you to the Real Bellavista and that you were not disappointed and even returned several times.
We look forward to your next visit to our Hotel and would like to assure you that we will do our utmost to provide you another enjoyable stay with us.
We would just like to add that you will note one change however. Unfortunately, we do not have the small hotel shop anymore. Should you require any assistance or further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Hotéis Real Algarve

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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Lovely hotel, nice helpful staff, the pool was great and clean at all times, and even has an indoor pool area which was good for my husband who prefered to swim inside while I soaked in the sun. He enjoyed the gym area as well. The towels were nice and you got them for the pool fresh each time which was nice.
Breakfasts were good, maybe a bit more variation would be good but the standard was pretty high. Didn't eat there in evenings as we went out every night, so can't comment on evening meals.
Location ok if you're fit, as it's up a slight hill. Away from noise though so we slept well.
Make use of the free shuttle bus, very handy, and goes all the way to the sister hotel which is a lovely private beach that you can use.
We prefered the old town for a night out and meals as it's a bit more classy and romantic than the strip area, however it's not too bad there either - a bit louder nightlife, but food not as good around there.
Overall nice holiday and would use this hotel again, although we never tend to go to the same place twice.

Room Tip: Garden side was nice and quiet with best views
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  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lnstorm
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us so much that, although you never go to the same place twice, you are planning to return.
In order to not create false expectations, we would just like to clarify that, like all beaches in Portugal, the Santa Eulália Beach is not private, but a public beach.

We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Real Bellavista Hotel & SPA.

Kind regards


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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Stayed in this hotel from may 22nd - may29th, excellent service from day one, room service provided every day, rooms are big, with fridge included, excellent restaurant for both breakfast and dinner. Lovely pool area with adjoining bar. Indoor pool, jaccuzi, sauna and leisure centre included.
A 20 min walk to the beach, old town and new strip, but these are easily accessed by the free shuttle bus provided by the hotel.
Corridors in hotel a little dated and beds are very hard, but otherwise a fabulous hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ollieOffaly_Ireland
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, General Manager at Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2011

Dear guest,

Thank you, on behalf of the whole team, for your review, which we really appreciated. We regret if the beds were not comfortable enough for you. Should you ever return to our Hotel, please contact us prior to your arrival and we will be pleased to prepare your bed with mattress toppers.
We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa soon for, hopefully, another enjoyable stay with us.

Kind regards



Lourenço Ribeiro
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Hotéis Real Algarve

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Address: Av. do Estadio, Albufeira 8200-127, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#16 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#18 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#29 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#29 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £32 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 195
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