We arrived at Hotel Rural Quinta dos Poetas on NYE 2012 and stayed for two nights. It was hard to find the hotel; we mistakenly relied on our GPS to get us to the hotel (which it didn't), so ask the hotel for directions or map out the directions beforehand. You definitely need a car at this hotel because there's not much within walking distance.
We had previously exchanged email corrrespondences with the staff to book NYE dinner at the hotel restaurant (the hotel promptly responds to emails). We were so pleased by the NYE dinner. The hotel restaurant is a nice 5 minute walk from the hotel. The restaurant staff was so welcoming; the chef came out to speak with us throughout our meal and even gave us a glass of port after dessert. We felt like we were celebrating with our family. The food was very good (5 course meal for approximately 50-60 euros), with constant wine and water service. The restaurant also accommodated our toddler son (they had a high chair and changing table in the bathroom).
The hotel grounds are wonderful; there is a walking trail around the back grounds of the property, two play areas for children, a pool, and putt putt /golfing area.
The hotel itself is modest but inviting. Our room (facing the front of the hotel) was a little small compared to our other hotel rooms in Portugal, but was sufficient. Room was simply decorated but very clean. Wifi is limited to the lobby area only. Breakfast was good -- cheese, fruit, cereals, breads, cakes, juices, yogurt, and coffee.
Hotel management was always present and willing to help, and I was truly impressed that every time I was in the lobby I saw the owners.
We found our stay at this hotel a refreshing break from the hotels we stayed at in Lagos and Lisbon. Highly recommend this hotel for those looking for a little R&R and a change of scenery from the standard hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the most beautiful natural scenery that the Algarve has to offer, Quinta dos Poetas brings together the best that can be expected of a rural Portuguese hotel: A warm and familiar environment, tranquillity, comfort, proximity to the beach and excellent gastronomy. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, large pool, beautiful gardens, jogging track, gymnasium, games room, free wi-fi, putting green and private parking. The rooms feature enhanced decorations have the most modern conditions of comfort: air conditioning, LCD TV, free wi-fi, telephone, minibar, safe, fully equipped bathroom, bathrobe and hairdryer. A few minutes by car or bicycle rented in the Hotel, you can explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of the natural wonders of Portugal, known for its beautiful beaches and islands or the interior of the Algarve mountain range and their rural villages, a journey marked by the interaction between Nature, Heritage, Rural Life, Tradition, Innovation and Knowledge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Dos Poetas Olhao