Just returned from a fortnight's holiday. Lovely hotel which although not perfect was definitely getting there. Previous reviewers have been very critical of so many aspects of the hotel and I am wondering what do they really expect for the very fair price charged. The buffet was always excellent at breakfast and in the evening there was so much choice although now and again some of the main course dishes were not quite to everyone's taste.
The 3 other alternative a la carte restaurants served extra special food beautifully presented but they were catering for a very small number in each case and therefore it was expected that they could achieve a higher level.
The bedrooms were very smart and modern and well cleaned. Personally we did not like the pilllows but hey we were not at home and each to his own.
The entertainment was made special for us by the young duo North Stars. What a talent they were but it was not suitable for them to perform on the large terrace. They were suited to a cosy and intimate environment and should always have been in the Chill our Bar where they performed some wonderful 'gigs' to a very enthusiastic audience.
The beach is not strictly at the bottom of the garden as advertised. It is a bit of a trek for anyone with mobility problems or the older guests which is a shame as we met a couple who were not able to get down and up the many steps to the beach.
Overall, the staff at this hotel are truly excellent each striving to give top service and make their guests feel special.
Yes, there is the old age problem with sunbeds and I do not know how this can be solved unless you have a full-time pool attendant to issue the beds as and when needed. This will in turn cost more money for the hotel to administer and therefore put up the price for the holiday.
Anyway, I could go on and on but hope that this review helps some people.
- 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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