Booked a week all inclusive for the start of June. Private Transfer took about half an Hour booked through besttransfers4u (quite cheap). Got checked in quick enough and given a photocopy of the all-inclusive hotel facilities. When we later got to the room, we found another sheet with different times of meals on it dating back to when the hotel was called Hotel Atis. I'm sure it wouldn’t cost much to have these updated. In general - we were given very limited information about the hotel and surrounding area. We found Quarteria very Residential and therefore quite quiet, with little entertainment on offer.
We were quite pleased with the room (room 102). It was small but clean. We later found out that some people had 2 balconies whereas we only had one. Other rooms also had a large window as well as their balcony which our room did not. The negative points would be the grime underneath the sinks and the door frame has been damaged by water from the shower. On the plus side - the shower was great keeping a constant temperature which other hotels struggle to supply. Again, the rooms were very clean and there was a maid service everyday who do a great job.
Not very impressed with the food and drink. There was limited drink options, the beer was not very nice and the soft drinks were the cheapest of cheap (cola, lemonade, orange). Meal times are not the greatest and quite short and the only snack outside of mealtimes is a toasted sandwich (cheese and ham).
The breakfast was very basic some days - Bacon only once the 7 days we were there, no sausages (except frankfurters) at all - obviously catering for more a German market even though the majority of the people staying there were British/Irish. There is cereal and Apples/Oranges, cheese and ham, rolls and bread slices, beans a few times and eggs (different variations). You will always find something to eat but the quality just is not the greatest. This is also the only time of day you can get Pineapple juice (which is gorgeous) from the machine because after breakfast, they turn off the juice machine and the coffee machine. You can still get tea/coffee from the bar but the machine stuff was nicer.
Lunch and Dinner were pretty much the same. There was enough to get by but do not expect restaurant standards. Meat and Fish served most nights.
All Inclusive only starts at 11am (1 hour after breakfast finishes) and finished at 10pm. Pool opens from 10am till 7pm.
The staff are very hard working in general. The barmen do work very hard and the guy with the glasses does smile on occasion so he must be trying at least (with reference to earlier reviews). The waitress with the long hair is very nice and good at her job. Reception could improve by providing local area information to guests on arrival. But overall, they tried their best to help with queries.
The beach is a really short walk from the hotel - two streets. If you walk straight down to the promenade, turn right, there is a tourist excursion office. This is run by a family who are half English/Portuguese. They provide plenty of information and local knowledge. They also give you discount on a lot of the tours/day's out etc. There are plenty of eateries and a few bars but don't be expecting much of a club scene in Quartiera. The beach is massive and the promenade is a lovely walk. There is a fresh fish market at the end of the promenade and also fresh fruit. You can walk to Vilamora and it will take around half an hour at a leisurely pace. The harbour is something to behold. There is a short cut just past the Crowne Hotel in-between the Hotel and the casino. This will only shave about 5 minutes of your walk but it’s nice also.
We went on the Lagos and Sagres trip and have to say, it was a disaster. The bus broke down and what should have been a 5 hour trip turned into an 8 hour trip. This was with Paradise Tours so try and avoid them if you can. There was practically no information given on anything and we also stopped in the middle of nowhere to wait about 15 minutes on the tour guide to turn up, and she only spoke about 10 lines throughout the trip. The trip itself wasn't bad. We also visited the sand sculptures called FIESA, quite enjoyable to walk around, a must see! There is also a mini-golf park in Vilamoura which give us something to do but this was very expensive.
All in all – We did have a wonderful time in Quarteria, and the hotel location is superbly close to the beach, but if we were going back, I think we would choose a different hotel.
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