Recently returned from this hotel, our stay was from 15th - 22nd April. Have stayed, over the last couple of years, at some new hotels with the minimal look and quite like it. The beige and brown is preferable to the white I have seen as it is less clinical and rekindles my memories of the 70s!
From the out set we were a bit disappointed that the beach bar was not open as we were looking forward to spending quite a bit of time in there. However we quite quickly found the small cove/beach to the left of ours, which had a very nice beach bar. We felt the hotel missed out on a lot of potential trade, but were told at the reception later in the week that the beach bar associated with them was no longer owned by them and had no idea if and when it would be open.
We also felt it was a great shame that the bar with the best view and pool table was not open either during the day or evening. Apart from the spa or watching the numerous TV's the pool table would have been a welcome additional indoor activity on the days that weren't so nice.
The rooms were very spacious and comfortable, especially the bed. The large semi-open bathroom was good, but we weren't too keen on the frosted glass door, that didn't fit, on the toilet. Married 30+ years, but not something we wish to share! We had to get reception to sort out the fact that our safe wasn't fixed to wall/wardrobe/anything, which we thought strange, but all was put right quickly without any fuss.
The food was very good, although not the largest selection we have ever come across, very good quality and well cooked. There has been mention on here about the warmth of the food and I can honestly say there were always plenty of hot plates available and the flames licking up under the hot plates kept everything hot. The only thing about the dining experience I didn’t like, were the TV’s, I really didn’t feel that they were appropriate for a restaurant.
Went to use the spa swimming pool on one occasion only to be told we had to wear caps and could buy them for 5 euros each, a bit surprised as we have never come across this before, even in other 5* hotels.
Also mentioned here was the fact that the hotel is a distance from Albufeira, which it is and also why we choose it! We walked in once (about 45 mins) and also got the free hotel bus in once. If you want to go further on an ordinary bus, just walk up to the main road (couple of mins) and in front of the CS Suites Hotel are the bus stops.
This holiday and hotel gave us exactly what we wanted a nice place to rest and relax with comfortable rooms and good food in a quiet location.
- 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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