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Sao Rafael Atlantico
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sesmarias
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We stayed for 6 days starting the easter weekend and it was amazing from start to finish.
The beach front access was beautiful, The sea room view was a beauty especially when you wake up in the early hours to see the sun rise.

The hotel was neat and the facilities were great. The location is ideal as it's close to the albufeira town and the marina which gives you a variety of everything.

Hotel staff were really lovely and helpful

Definitely going back there in the near future

Room Tip: The sea view is defo the best .
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I chose this hotel specifically because the CS group's website suggests it when you select 'adults only hotel' on its search function. We don't have, nor want to spend our holiday with children but unfortunately there were more than a few there over Easter (can't understand why parents would take children there as there's nothing to entertain them as far as we could tell). Children aside, the hotel is not 5 star by UK standards; probably more like 3.5. There are cosmetic issues like patches of chipped wallpaper and water stains on ceilings which take the shine off an otherwise smart, modern hotel. Our non-smoking room suffered from the smell of cigarettes coming in through the toilet/shower vents which was not pleasant. Nor was the lingering smell of sulpher in the toilet. The hallways are part carpet, part tiled which makes it ridiculously noisey with people walking past. The on-demand film system has problems which means the film you've paid $9.99 for jams, won't restart or keeps cutting out - we gave up after 8 attempts and the hotel refunded the charge. The toilettries provided were basic; bath gel, body lotion and shampoo - no conditioner?! You don't even get that much in the spa though, where you're expected to wash hair and body with the hand wash! That spoilt an otherwise relaxing afternoon in the spa as I had to return to the room to re-shower and wash (but not condition!) my tangled barnet! You get access to the spa facilities with a treatment or you can pay €10 which seems reasonable. Another downside though is you have to wear a swimming hat in the pool and jacuzzi which can be purchased for €5 (although this didn't seem to be enforced as one man felt the rules didn't apply to him and got away with it). Food at the buffet was average, the breakfast queues ridiculous but the a la carte restaurant should not be missed. We had a wonderful meal in there for a very reasonable price. There is nowhere nearby to eat or drink outside of the hotel with the nearest place being the 'old town' part of Albufeira. It's a 15 minute taxi ride which costs less than €10 and has bars and restaurants aplenty. It is nice for a daytime trip out, but be prepared for the stereotypical 'Brits abroad' and by evening, it turns into a tacky hen/stag paradise, all about loud music and cheap booze.
We didn't use the three pools (the brown tiles don't make the water look appealing) and the sea-view restaurant was closed as out of season.
The few plus points of the hotel; the staff were very helpful, professiobal and courteous and spoke very good English. The lobby bar was pleasant for some drinks, massages in the spa were very good and not priced unreasonably. There is a private beach which is a plus point, and our sea-view room was very nice.
To sum up, we didn't have an awful holiday, but it certainly wasn't the standard we expect from a 5 star hotel. Would we return? No, but those who prefer a slower pace, quiet surroundings and not a lot going on would undoubtedly enjoy it.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Great location. Minutes to a beautiful beach.

The service was excellent and staff are welcoming and friendly. Children can use the kids club up the road at the Atlantic Suites but my daughter didn't,the outdoor pool and beach kept her occupied. The breakfast is amazing plenty of variety. The only downside here is the limited access to Wi-fi.

Room Tip: Apparently Rooms on 4th floor
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Stayed here with my family but is was very quiet. Not music in almost any area. It was boring for my vacations.The suite was fantastic with beautiful luxury rooms. The food was good. The barman took little care who is next on line was disappointing though . Pool water is warm and is big. The beach was rough stayed for a short time. Initially, booked the other hotel with the same name but it did not have access to the beach, that's when we decided to pay the difference and moved to this one. When booking on (Booking.com) was not easy to tell if both had access to the beach. If you have all included, you need to get it yourself.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

One of the best hotels. Location is great on the coast with its own beach. The gardens are really good. The Spa is excellent. Food is superb. Rooms are clean and comfortable. You cannot ask for more. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: We had a garden room which was superb.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Stayed in this hotel during low season in March, and seemed to own the whole place. Very quiet indeed, a great place to relax. Set among beautiful landscaped gardens with many palm trees, modern architecture and decor of minimalist style.
Stayed in a suite on level 4, huge space with 2 large balconies overlooking the swimming pools and the sea beyond. Liked the design of open plan bathroom, walk-in shower room and separate room for toilet/bidet.
For dinner only the a la carte restaurant was open. Food was outstanding, with a modern twist. I also had the best tasting club sandwich in the bar one afternoon. I must salute the chef for achieving such high culinary standard.
Great massage, in-door swimming pool nice and warm. The spa was closed for maintenance for 2 days during my stay. There were many facilities but not as good as I had expected, jet stream not relaxing and Turkish bath had strong aroma.
Wifi only available in lobby and bar area, not in the bedrooms.
Nice walk down to 2 beautiful beaches with stunning rocky landscape, but beach restaurant closed at this time of the year.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

If you're unsure where to spend a relaxing weekend - definitely go to Sao Rafael Atlantic. We spent a fantastic Valentine's weekend there. Hotel design is clean but warm, facilities are modern, rooms are spacious and well-equipped. Spend a bit more and you'll get a nice terrace with fabulous ocean views. There are plenty of reasons to go there:
1. This is a real 5* hotel - without any doubt
2. Location - right next to the marvellous Sao Rafael beach - great for a cliff-walk and an indulgent picnic
3. Spa - vast, clean, with great facilities and treatments
4. Restaurant - perhaps, the best you can find in a radius of 20km. Gourmet food and an extensive wine list at very reasonable prices (eg 100 Euro per couple with 3 courses and wine)
5. Very friendly and helpful personnel
6. Free parking
7. Great value for money

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for a sea view room - well worth it
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rua dos Corais, Sesmarias, Albufeira 8200-613, Portugal (Formerly São Rafael Atlantic Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Sesmarias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sesmarias
Price Range: £67 - £259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sao Rafael Atlantico 5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just minutes from the centre of Albufeira, the São Rafael Atlântico enjoys a fabulous location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with direct access to the São Rafael beach. The interiors are spacious, bright and airy, with contemporary design features. The rooms are modern in design and have spacious balconies with sea or garden view. The extensive gardens are magnificent, beautifully landscaped in Mediterranean style with an abundance of olive and palm trees. The hotel’s facilities also include a modern spa offering the most innovative treatments and therapies. ... more   less 
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