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EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Dublin, Ireland
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80 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great value and lovely hotel”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

This hotel is new and in "soft start" mode.
Everything is shiny and clean, local restaurants are great.
Room is comfortable and quiet,
Bathroom is stunning.
Local restaurants are excellent with well priced local fare, particularly A Lagosteira and the even more local Flor Do Mar.
Nice gym & indoor pool,
Great beach walks in either direction to the local towns like Vilamoura. Albufera is a bit further, but you can come off the beach at any time and catch a taxi back to the hotel.
Algarvet Luxury Taxi Service is highly recommended 00351 289 352525

Room Tip: The whole area is stunning, but of course sea view is best
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Spent some fantastic days here. The hotel is new but feels like staff have been here forever, very professional. The rooms are fantastic. The gardens are among the best I've seen and the beach which is easy and beautiful to walk miles either way is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Some great pools and a good gym if the mood takes you. Equally, some lovely day beds in the gardens if you want to relax, but all rooms also have balconies. The food is very good. No problems with air con on my stay, maybe it was a glitch with other reviewer. No problems at all - would recommend a stay here. I was on my own and saw lots of couples and families but equally felt relaxed enjoying a break alone with a few good books.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Probably one of the best hotels in Europe , if is not now it will be in the near future,
The only problems with this hotel is the fact that it is so new and a lot of systems need to be refined , the accommodation is pretty well sorted, it is mainly the catering and bars that require fine tuning ,E.G. the buffet service at dinner just does not function properly, the plates and bowls that are meant for hot food are not heated at all therefore when hot food is placed on cold plated the food is instantly cooled and when the food is at best warm it is not a pleasant experience, in fact it is my opinion that buffet service is out of place in an hotel of this standard,
Most people will have their own opinion on dress code for diners and I am no exception , whether gents wear long trousers or not does not bother me but if people are allowed to dine in shorts they should at least be smart, ,
we shall return to this wonderful hotel very soon but will leave it till later in the year when most wrinkles should be ironed out

Room Tip: all rooms have a nice outlook but for sunshine on the balcony in the afternoon rooms overlooking the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Best points are:

1. The design, the bedrooms (we have stayed in a family suite and it is really perfect with a huge balcony to the swimming pool, stretch chairs and all the amenities you may ever need) and the overall facilities (6 swimming pools, gym, kids club, gardens… all very good)

2. The food at the restaurant both in main meals as well as breackfast, well presented, with choice and in a very nice environment and decoration both inside and outside if the weather is good (during our stay an acustic guitar group was present In one of the dinners for ambiance and they were fab)

3. Employees very nice and catter for all your needs with a smile

Some points to improve but I think mainly due to the fact the hotel is very recent:

1. Although is a closed park there were no security on the outside premises… should be

2. To access the beach you have to go out and walk on the street around 5 minutes (very good beach, Falésia though). The hotel seams to be thinking in implementing a direct access to the beach similar to the one their nearby neighbor and also excellent hotel Sheratton Pine Cliffs.

All in all, deserves fully what it costs.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

Rooms are very comfortable and stylish. The shower and bath were amazing. The staff were very polite and friendly particularly the Bar staff. However this hotels cooling system was poor in very hot weather, it took four hours to reduce the temperature in the room from 24degrees to 19degrees. Everytime you went out and took the keyboard the system shut off and heat rose again to an uncomfortable level.

Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We were fortunate to stay at this hotel for 9 days in May/June.As other reviewers have said the hotel is new, as a result all the rooms are in pristine condition and cleaned daily. The hotel was well below its occupancy as a result it was quiet which suited us for a relaxing holiday. The food was excellent ( beautifully presented sweets)!. The staff are friendly and polite. We could not really fault the hotel and hope that the standards are maintained. We hope to return to find out!
It's a short walk to the beach which is so lovely to walk along to Olhos de Agua or Villamora.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

This is a long overdue review. My family (2 little girls 3 & 5) stayed for three nights from 31st may . This place is brand new and got great architecture . We stayed in a apartment over looking the main road but still it got some good views. The standard is top class , very modern toiltes and a walk in ensuite from master bedroom with plenty of space. All kitchen equipments were smeg brand so the quality is bespoken.
The staff were great every one wants to make your stay pleasant ,the check in was very quick and were whisked quickly to the apartments by the buggy. The porter shows you how to operate all equipments.
We stayed half board and the breakfast Was great dinner was good with a nice spread,will be limited for choice if you are vegetarian. The staff at the restaurant were great and PAULINA who manages the dinner was exceptional and was a great example to excellent customer service. She always keep both our little girls entertained by giving them colouring stuffs so we can enjoy the meals, which was great.
The location is bit out of main towns (£19.00 from villamoura and £ 17.00 from albufuria Marina ) so if you want to be close to town may not suit if you don't drive. This is just five minutes walk from the famous flacica beach which was the best we have visited in Europe so far.
So the best five start hotel we stayed so far and the staff make it an epic stay hats off to them. It's was not crowded when we stayed there . Also must mention the great children's club they have and the staff were great they organised a party on 1st June to commerate children's day and all children enjoyed the event and made lots of friends.
Great relaxing holiday .thanks

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
Address: Pinhal do Concelho, Praia da Falesia Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection 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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#1 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located overlooking Falésia Beach (Albufeira), the EPIC SANA Algarve has 162 Bedrooms, 24 Garden Suites Deluxe and 43 spacious Resort Suites with a modern design, complemented by up-to-date amenities and the latest generation technology. A large SPA, 5 outdoor swimming pools and an indoor swimming pool, Kid's club, Games Room, multi-sport court, three restaurants, two bars and a snack-bar next to the swimming pools, are some of the facilities on offer at the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel. With 1.848m2 of meeting rooms and more than1,000m² of outdoor areas, the Congress Centre of the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel will be a reference point for congresses and events. ... more   less 
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