Just come back from a week staying at the CS Atlantic. The hotel is only a couple of years old and is very clean and comfortable. The staff were all friendly and helpful. There are 3 pools one of which is for small children. There are sun beds around the pool, more than enough for this time of year. There is not a lot of information about the hotel in your room so need to ask the staff at reception who are happy to help. Pool towels are available from the Spa free of charge. Rooms have a safe, a fridge, kettle & hair dryers at no extra charge and also provide robes and slippers. Large shower room. The hotel layout is quite confusing as not all lifts go to where you want. The decor is brown & cream and has a very Corporate feel to it, could do with some bright colours to liven it up a bit. There are no brochures or leaflets telling you about trips or what's on in the area so once again you will need to talk to reception who will arrange any trip etc for you. The food is ok buffet style but not very hot, so we ate out in the nearby restaurants in the evenings. Praia Grande is quite a good restaurant. It's a 20 min walk to the Marina and about 45 mins walk to Albuferia, although the hotel runs a courtesy bus 3 times a day. São Rafael and Arrifes beaches are lovely- small with sandstone cliffs. At this time of year they weren't too crowded but should think they would be very busy in summer. There is a wooden stairway down to São Rafael beach but if you don't want to use this you can always go out of the front of the hotel and walk down the road. We had a lovely week as always in the Algarve and probably would use this hotel again in the future.
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- 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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