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Ria Park Garden Hotel
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Almancil
Reviewed 13 September 2011

Hotel has nice rooms (we had a family room), pool is quite nice but unfortunately no view of sea (and is middle of quite deserted holdiay area). Food was very average - very mediocre buffet at night. Beach is lovely, only 5 minute shuttle, but as wehave small kids we had to have lunch at the hotel pool bar. This is the major gripe of our stay - £5 a beer, £10 for a very average and ham and cheese sandwich. Simple lunch for 2 adults and 2 kids came to over £50 every day and as there wasn't another option we ended up feeling ripped off by the hotel (and Mark Warner). The hotel staff were quite rude too. A couple of nice waiters but on the whole they weren't particularly helpful and often a bit moody. We have holidayed with Mark Warner in 4 different resorts so we know how good they can be when they get it right. We won't be returning here.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
5  Thank chippie03
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

friendly staff, average food and rooms but short walk to great beach
drinks outrageously expensive - £5 a beer and £8 a g&t
all a bit run down and will not be returning

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank tiff66
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

Put in this hotel while waiting flights as partner had had operation. Had to ask for room service, still waiting for breakfast in spite of paying full price! I suspect snobbish staff are waiting for tips! No ATM for miles so you need a car.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank shocked57
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

The Ria Park Garden is a lovely hotel. The bedrooms are a good size and are kept nice and cool with efficient air conditioning. The pool area is very nice and surrounded by lush and mature palm trees giving the whole place a tropical feel. There are free pool towels and also free beach towels at the reserved area on nearby Garrao beach. There is a convenient bus that takes you there in 5 minutes and spares you the 20 min walk. There are some great lunch/dinner venues here as well - Julias, Paradise, Izzys, Ta Certo. The tennis court area is really nice with two hard courts set in a nice grassed area and you book at reception.

On the downside, we found it slightly remote without a car and agree that the public areas are a bit soul-less. The hotel bar/restaurant was very expensive and the last bus to the Garrao beach is around 7pm - too early to use this for dinner which is a shame. If the hotel want people to dine in then they should make them more affordable. Like most hotels the tiled floors can also prove noisy if you have the nocturnal people staying above you like we did. Sea views? Forget it - you are too far away.
The nearby Spa is very nice with a lovely indoor pool but its quite expensive.

Finally, the hotel staff were great. We had various requests which were handled very efficiently. Unfortunately, we also needed to return home early which was handled extremely professionally by Luis who was an absolute star - thank you.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank JLN64
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

My family stayed here courtesy of Jet2 after our flight was cancelled. The hotel has a central lobby, with beautiful marble tiling. A sweeping, curved staircase leads from the lobby, up to each floor, with each floor having a circular balocony overlooking the lobby.
The room was sumptuous with very comfortable beds, the public rooms well appointed and very comfortable, the breakfast we had was suberb.
The garden and pool area was extremely well landscaped and very attractive. The view from the 6th floor is one of the best in the Algarve - uninterrupted from the sea to the mountains, with only trees and low level buildings in between.
The staff were very polite, helpful and accomodating. The hotel coped remarkably well with an unexpected deluge of 200 hot and tired travellers
The negatives are that the balcony leading off the staircase was not airconditioned, so was very warm & the service at the bar was very slow.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

We stayed at the Ria park at the end of a villa holiday. We booked a seaview room and when we arrived the seaview room was if you went outside on to the balcony and looked around the corner!! All seaviews are like this so really don't bother with it - the rooms all over look the hills!

The bathroom was nice but the room was dated - but clean and fine for a few nights!

The hotel is quite tired and could do with new furniture, but the staff are all so friendly and willing to help. It is 800m from the beach and they have a shuttle bus which takes you down there - again they were willing to pick us up after hours which was really kind of them.

Breakfast was good and the barman made a delicious hot chocolate - other than that we ate down by the beach - don't bother with Xenias restaurant opposite (not part of hotel) as food isn't good, but Julias and Izzys were both divine!

When we stayed here the hotel was only a third full and it really felt like an empty cruise ship - I wouldn't stay here again but that is mainly because it is totally not my type of hotel - I like small boutiquey hotels and booked here on a last minute deal!

Also there isn't really a spa - its a room with an empty jacuzzi and the swimming pool was absolutely freezing - i am pregnant so didn't go in as it was that cold!!! They could really do with heating it if only to take the edge off..

I have put i would recommend but thats because it wasn't awful it just needs to attention and it is really close to the beach!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank holidaylover9995
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

I great hotel but a bit far out, staff were friendly and views from the rooms were great.

Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
2  Thank JohnH5
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Additional Information about Ria Park Garden Hotel

Address: Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-951, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#7 Spa Hotel in Almancil
#10 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
Price Range: £99 - £305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ria Park Garden Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ria Park Garden Hotel - Algarve A relaxing hotel set in decorative gardens within the Ria Formosa Natural Park. In the peaceful atmosphere of its secluded location, it plans to offer good quality accommodation that suits a wide range of holiday makers. The hotel is just 20 minutes away from Faro International Airport situated in Vale do Lobo and 800 meters from a beautiful sandy beach, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the south coast of Portugal. Ria Park Garden Hotel is set among pine trees in the Ria Formosa Natural Park near Quinta do Lago, is ideally placed to take advantage of some of the best beaches and golf courses the Algarve has to offer. The Algarve, with its pleasant climate, is a perfect place for leisure and sports enthusiasts. Golf is particularly high on the list of things to do, and there are numerous golf courses to test even the most ardent player. At the hotel, of course, there are reduced green-fees at most of the vicinity golf courses, available only for our guests. Horse riding facilities are within four kilometers of the hotel, and numerous water sports activities and deep-sea fishing are within ten kilometers. The nearest town, with Roman remains, shops, entertainment and a casino, is Vilamoura, just 12 kilometers away. Estoi (20 kilometers) also has Roman ruins. ... more   less 
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