This is a beautiful hotel. The lobby and reception are stunning and I instantly felt we had made the right choice. We stayed in room 137 which is a two room / two bathroom suite that is on the groundfloor and looks over the pool and beach but is still very private and peaceful. I loved sitting on our balcony of an evening hearing waves lapping onto the beach. The room was beautiful, clean and comfortable and was cleaned every day by a lovely lady who even made sure my daughter's teddy and blanket were laid out on her bed ready for bedtime. There was a tv (cartoon network for the kids) and mini bar in each room plus a safe with a pin code entry.
We stayed half-board and would recommend this option as the food can be expensive. The restaurant for breakfast served a wide selection of options, our children loved the pancakes and chocolate sauce. The fresh fruit was always ripe and delicious but they also served the good old "full english". Don't worry about your morning cuppa, they provide english breakfast tea. Lunch and dinner was always buffet style consisting of a few meat and fish options with plenty of different salad, pasta and potatoe accompaniments. The only very slight criticism I would make of the food is that the childrens menu was very limited which could leave fussy eaters with the same food every night (my 6 year old daughter lived on bread and chicken and red jelly but my 9 year old son loved the food).
The pool area consisted of three pools, a small shallow baby pool, a larger fresh water warm pool and a larger cold salt water pool. There were plenty of good quality sunbeds and parasols and the hotel provided beach towels daily for the loungers. There was also a poolside snack bar that was alot cheaper than the main restaurants.
The only criticism of the hotel would be the kids club. We were assured that we could leave the kids at the club and they would not be allowed to leave unless we collected them and this was the case on their first two occassions they went but on movie night our children made their way back to our room on their own. To be fair to the hotel, movie night might have been the exception to the normal rule and maybe we should have checked at the time also our kids are very sensible and knew to come back to the room. For this reason we didn't feel the need to complain.
We used the free bus into Albufeira on one day. We got the 10:20 into Albufeira and the 16:05 back and had no problem getting seats. The journey took approx 10-15mins but a taxi would have only cost about 7 euros if the bus was full. I think Albufeira has had it's day, it was dirty, scruffy and stank of sewage in parts and if you love browsing tat shops then you will be in heaven because that is all there is. If there was a quaint old fishing town there somewhere then it's long gone. The tat is also not cheap.
Get an odd numbered suite (they seem to have the sea views whereas the even numbers look onto the car park and entrance)
Book half board and use vouchers for dinner. Then buy your lunches at the snack bar or leave the hotel, turn right and walk 5 mins up the road to a supermarket and stock up on drinks and goodies that can be stored in the minibars.
Go and have dinner at the beach front Santa Eulalia Restaurant that accept your meal vouchers, the fresh fish is delicious and the view is divine.
Use Bravo Tor for your airport transfer, they were fab, friendly and efficient.
Overall a great holiday made possible by a great hotel and it's staff.
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- Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal