We stayed in the Atismar from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day morning.
Some aspects of it are better than others – in fact, the 1 main thing that lets it down is the food. It’s like school dinners. It is of course true that you get what you pay for, but the difficulty for us was that, at the time of booking, there was nothing else in the area for less than about £100 more than the Atismar for the dates we wanted. By comparison, when we went to Tunisia in 2011 for eg, there were about 10 or 15 hotels to choose from all within about £10 or £20 of each other. Another surprise, especially in a Western country in this litigiously hyperallergenic day and age, was that they don’t even label the food – you have to ‘suck it and see’. For us this wasn’t a huge problem, but for eg the salad (the one consisting of chopped-up food mixed with mayo) often had meat in it which you wouldn’t discover until it was in your mouth – a nasty shock waiting to happen if you’re veggie!! Suggestion – go for B&B or room only, then eat out. Also the lifts are stupidly small and not immune from breaking down.
Anyway, criticism over. Walter on reception was quite possibly the nicest receptionist I’ve ever encountered. The location was good for transport and supermarket while for the beach it was not perfect, but OK enough.
The room is pleasant and gets cleaned every day, although if you like drinking tea and coffee bring your own kettle. We landed on our feet with the room location - 5.09, on the corner of the building is about as close as you can get to a sea view in this hotel and with not 1 but TWO balconies - a north and a south facing one. Possibly the rooms on the 9th/10th floors will have a sea view too – may be worth checking on this one.
And finally - those of Hindu origin will be gratified to note that this hotel’s name backwards reads ‘Ram Sita’ !!
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- Also Known As:
- Atismar Hotel Quarteira
- Hotel Atismar Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal