CS Sao Rafael Suite Hotel
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-Plane+Hotel cost = $1472
-Took tram to Jeronimos Monastery, a monastery built in 1502 and finished in 1552. It was built on top of a deteriorating hermitage, where Vasco da Gama and his crew stayed and prayed before they went on the expedition to India in 1497. When they returned, the monastery was built in …
... sun shines and of course I will have brought all the wrong clothes! As I said, within 15 minutes we were whisked off for tea, then a walk to the local supermarket and a coffee in their favourite cafe, then a walk down to the beach, then back to their place for a meal - pork in tomato sauce with mushrooms and lots of veg. - and wine and port! All very pleasant. And ...
... I didn't realize how much I missed simply having a meal with people and just visiting with everyone! We woke up Sunday morning and got an early start on our exploring. This time we went back to the beach which we visited the first day, and worked our way around the coast back to the beach we left off the first day! This hike was pretty challenging, and at some points we were literally crawling along thin ledges looming over at the ...
... so beautiful, but by the time we had checked in, unpacked, and got ready to go again the sun was hiding and it was a bit chilly. We went down to the beach with our bathing suits on regardless of the lack of sun and enjoyed the gray sky and crashing waves. We had previously just got off a 15 hour train ride so we were a bit exhausted, so we had an easy going restful evening as the rest of our hostel went on a night of the town! The next morning we got homemade pancakes made ...
... Too wackered for tennis, we freshened up then went to the lobby bar for happy hour. As mentioned in a previous blog, the drink prices from 5:00 - 7:00 are 1 euro 25 (under $2 Canadian) and the glasses of house wine are huge, mon! Also,fellow travellers are ready and anxious to share new pertinent information (Olympic updates, newly discovered scenic towns, pubs, etc). So, we sipped, we chatted a bit, we played some darts, we watched the brother-sister duo set up ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews CS Sao Rafael Suite Hotel Albufeira
Klasse Hotel, kann aus auf keinen Fall bemängeln. War mit meiner jungen Familie dort und fand das Hotel und Personal sehr kinderfreundlich. Das Hotel ist blitzsauber und hat ausgezeichneten Service. Mein kleiner Sohn wurde sehr krank und man hat mir innerhalb von 10 Minuten einen englischsprachigen Doktor organisiert.
Kann dieses Hotel jedem empfehlen.
Lovely hotel, staff very friendly, helpful and could not do enough for you , food exceptional with high class service, bar and food staff always happy to help, very very clean.
Yes the hotel was a little walk to the beach but they run a shuttle bus for you, and with 3 different size pools who needs the beach.
Rooms were clean, spacious and had everything and more.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone old, young or with children.
Go experience it for yourselves.
Sao rafael problem
We stayed for two nights on a corporate trip and were happy with most aspects of the hotel. The food was excellent, especially the buffet and the breakfast, and the sea is quite walkable from the hotel, which was spotless and in a quiet area. However, the hotel should look at the showers in the suites. There are 2 taps instead of a mixer and the water is far too hot. As a result, one of our party was injured when he tried to turn the hot tap down but found it worked in the opposite way to the cold tap, an ilogical set-up. Stepping back from the hot water, he broke the shower door and was cut and and had to be treated at a clinic. The problem, hopefully, will be fixed because this is a hotel I would like to stay in again.
I enjoyed staying at this hotel - it looked really nice design-wise, rooms were nice with lovely little balconies outside, everything was clean and crisp, breakfast was good (i tended towards the continental selection though as sometimes the hot food got a bit dried out), they had the most heavenly apple and cinnamon jam - i would go back just for that, but that's just me being greedy. there is a nice bar as well where you can chill out and watch football on the plasma tvs and they'll make you a really nice (expensive) cocktail. the spa was really nice too but the pool is quite small - when someone else joins you it spoils it a bit, but its lovely when you have it to yourselves. I think that there were only about three couple in the hotel in the week we went (really really quiet) so it was okay! gym is stupidly tiny, don't bother bringing your kit!
Excellent service and food
The rooms and style of this hotel are excellent as is the service and food in the restaurant. The pool is a little cold and the gym, well, broom cupboard with a ball in, is a little poor. Nearby to nice beach with good beach bar/cafe owned by the hotel and at which you can charge food and drink to your hotel room which is useful if you dont want to take money out with you.
The Hotel was very trendy.... leather sofas and excellent decor in the hotel & rooms. The pool was great and there was always a spare sunbed for relaxing on. The bedroom we paid for was a suite and everything was spotless. Hotel staff were courteous, one evening they took ages to order us a taxi, but I think it was more the taxi companies being busy as opposed to the staff at the hotel. Only gripe was that the beds were solid as rocks. Apparently this is standard in Europe, but we have not experienced beds this hard. We did sleep over all. The Hotel is about a 10 min taxi ride from the resort and the restuarants there were excellent. If you want quiet and luxury, then I would definitely reccomend this hotel. We are even thinking of going back again next year.
Christmas a year ago I wrote a review of the Vila Vita Park hotel which I said was the best luxury child friendly hotel i have ever stayed at.Whilst we were there we walked along the 3mile beach until we came to the beatiful nature reserve of Salgados.We fell so much in love with place that we bought an apartment in the new development of Herdade Dos Salgados. A couple of weeks ago we returned to see how our property was developing and whilst there stayed at the Sao Rafael Suite Hotel which was built by the same company building our apartment and in a "similar" style.We stayed in a one bedroomed suite and had a special three day 2night winter deal including breakfast and one evening meal for 220 euros and I think it was very good value!! The hotel is very modern and is designed in a minimalistic style.There are modern paintings covering the walls in public areas and restaurants and we walked passed them several times before we realised that there were intricate poems laced into the colour and fabric of the paintings.The Spa and inside pool are magnificient, very relaxing,last summer we were at a spa in the red rock mountains of Sedona Arizona and the modern ,simple ,modern style reminded me of being there.Somebody else has written about the beds being hard!! and they were! But my wife told me that this was good for my back,so i will let it go.Breakfast was adequate and our evening meal included was well prepared,if it took alongtime to be prepared!!! I will tell you a little secret from a seasoned traveller.You can sometimes get the best deals from 5 star hotels and this was one of them. I will definately go back to the Sao Rafael and try and unravel more of the Da Vinci codes in the paintings !!!!!
Excellant hotel, could not fault in any way. Travelled with my young family and found the hotel and the staff very child friendly. the hotel is spotless and excellant service. My little boy was very sick and they were able to get me a english speaking doctor in 10 minutes. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.
First impression was of a very modern hotel.Desk staff a bit on the cool side and dont expect to be made a fuss of.No champagne reception!Our room had probably the best seaview(Room 306)It had a HUGE roof terrace but no umbrellas so it was too hot to use during the day.The seaview was,however looking over houses!There was no storeage in our room although Im not sure if all the family suites suffered from the same problem.It wasnt possible to open the wardrobe in the 2nd bedroom as the bed was in the way!There are empty cubes instead of drawers so underwear is hard to store!Breakfast was(I thought)repetitive and not very interesting.There is champagne but nobody opened another when it was finished so I opened it myself!There is no level of service and nobody seemed to know what they were doing.We had buffet dinner one evening,pretty average and very expensive.There are a few restaurants accross the road that have a bit of atmosphere and do nice locally caught seafood.Not expensive.The kidsclub seems ok and my two were happy to stay there.Beach is accessed by complimentary bus and is quite nice although hard on the feet.The CS beach seafood restaurant is there and they served your food on cold plates and charged a fortune!Swimming pools ok but they played the same cd for the whole week,no kidding!
I stayed at the CS Sao Rafael from August 20 - 25, 2005 with my husband, two year old son and my two 13 year old stepdaughters. The CS Sao Rafael is rated as 5 stars. I was attracted to the CS for the space it offers in its two bedroom suites and all the offerings usually found at a 5 start hotel/resort. Unfortunately, the CS did not meet my expectations of a 5 star hotel.