My fiancé and I chose to stay here for a weeks holiday after some research into Portugal and it's towns / hotels as we had never been before. The trip advisor ratings for real marina were very good so we went with quite high expectations. We did not want your average party type town with lots of tourists and Olhao itself has proven to be a lovely place to stay. It has a lot of locals and spanish people on holiday there and has numerous good quality restaurants to eat in at great value. The local people are friendly and the trips to the nearby islands / beaches make the experience a bit more cultured to most package holidays. The hotel however was more like a 4 star and lacked a bit of soul. It was clean and the rooms were well maintained by house keeping. The staff were pleasant at breakfast and there was a good selection of food. ( We went b&b and were happy we did as there were so many good restaurants to try in the town). Our room had a funny smell which I noticed straight away and when we said to the house keeping lady she did try to do something about it but I think it was coming from the drains outside and was never going to go away easily. One reason why we had chosen the hotel was because it had said that the rooms were sound proofed as My fiancé is a very light sleeper. It was very disappointing then when at the weekend, we had to listen to extremely loud dance music coming from a nearby nightclub until after 2am. Our room was at the back of the hotel over looking some waste land ( we didn't mind the view as we weren't spending much time on the balcony anyway). We are not afraid of a bit of music ourselves but would have gone to one of the more livelier resorts if we wanted to listen to music until the early hours. When I said to the reception staff about it, they did not seem overly concerned about the fact that we had to get up for a very early flight the next morning and were going to have little sleep with the noise. I don't complain about anything and am normally very easily pleased when on holiday as long as the rooms are clean but we had chosen the hotel for good reasons and were slightly disappointed. Will definitely be returning to Olhao but not fussed on the hotel. If you are staying here, I would definitely pay the extra for a sea view at the front of the hotel which means you won't have to listen to the night club noise.
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