June/July 2011. The hotel was very nice on first impressions, the room was comfortable and spacious with a nice balcony overlooking the pool area. I had booked a sea view but we were told just a week before that there were none available. This did work out quite well as when we looked out, the sea was that far away from all the rooms it wasn't worth paying the extra for a sea view in my opinion.
Restaurant: We thought the food was only mediocre not 5 star and the restaurant ambience
was let down by the management letting guests in for dinner in shorts and tee shirts, one lady was going along the buffet with a fork trying the food before deciding what to have! The other thing which spoilt the restaurant area was the fact that there were 4 large TV screens on the wall, not really what you want whilst dining. The small restaurant downstairs was much nicer but the menu lacked choice over the two weeks we were there. The pool area was nice but was let down by the fact if you went down after 9am all the sun beds were gone – this was made worse by the fact that people had reserved both sun loungers and a canopy bed, very selfish. After I complained the hotel did ask people to release one or the other, much to their annoyance. I think its very sad if you have to get up at 7am whilst on holiday to ensure a sun bed.
The resort itself is none existent just a couple of restaurants and a few bars, which isn't a bad thing.
There is a small beach which is very nice, but did get quite busy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Sao Rafael Atlantico enjoy a spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic sea, direct access to Sao Rafael Beach and only at a short drive to Albufeira centre. The interiors have contemporary design features with space and light throughout. The rooms are modern and have large balconies with views over the sea and gardens. The extensive gardens offer a beautiful mediterranean landscape with olive and palm trees. There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring leading wellness therapies and treatments. ... more less
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