Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
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A distant trip. Expressions of "moments in time" are lost; filled in by current thoughts and memories. I could be upset with myself, but this is real life. Being upset would dilute the learning experience. Truth is, a whirlwind of new rides and adventures consume me when I return from Portugal and Spain. Writing gets put on the back burner. Three …
... wall leading down from the house today, to edge a flower bed and contribute to the positive feng shui by breaking up the straight line of the path to the front door. We're joined by two Germans, Hanas and Inken. Like all 20 something travellers they are fabulous switched on and friendly and they cheerfully bobbed about the site in the back of the tractor tailor collecting strangely shaped stone which Ol and I tried our best to jigsaw into the wall. The connection ...
... nighttime activities consisted of comparing Portuguese lagers and watching penalties, you can tell the Dutch have been practicing, they even have a special keeper only for shoot-outs. Hats off to Costa Rica in any case. Today we might quickly check out Faro, but our next stop is now inland. Evora, another unesco heritage place, awaits us in the ...
... are going up slightly. The highlight of today was undeniably the best beach I've seen so far in Portugal, Carvalho beach near Lagoa, between Lagos and Albufeira. Some places in Lagoa look like a Portuguese version of Beverly Hills, but it has really sweet collection of cove beaches. See pictures below. Tomorrow, we may or may not make it to ...
So that's where all the tourists went. To the south coast of Algarve. Mind you, I can understand them, the beaches are certainly pretty here in Lagos, and the historic town center does have a lot of character (and restaurants). It's just that the contrast with the empty campgrounds of west Alentejo and Vicentine coast is pretty extreme. The beaches here are already pretty packed, even tough the water is still seriously freezing. It didn't stop us this time ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa Albufeira
Apparently in Portugal the "Do Not Disturb" sign means: come on in! Don't worry about knocking...yeah it's ok that we are only wrapped in a towel...We call down to the front desk and remind the manager that we do not want maids in our room. We travel with camera gear, computers etc. and do not need people riffling through our shit. Apology accepted and thank you for the welcome chocolates. Then, that same night, we walk into our room only to notice that someone came in to turn down our bed! We call the manager again...ok, another apology. This steals the show though...the next day we walk into our room to a maid on her hands and knees cleaning our bathroom...we said no one in the room! What? And...then, we are missing a few items! We report this to the manager and his only reply is, "you should have used the safe!".
So...this experience, coupled with shitty food choices makes this a zero star in my book.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa Albufeira
For a 5 star hotel, we felt that this hotel was rather disappointing.
Have just returned from an amazing holiday at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia. We travelled out 20 may for 2 weeks (second week half term week).
We decided to try out the Santa Eulalia after really enjoying its sister hotel the Bellavista for a number of years. Overall impressions of it are that it is clearly aimed at the top end of the market, corporate clients and so on and it seems very impressive on arrival. However, under the gloss we found it disappointing in its lack of warmth and friendliness as a family hotel - something much more evident at the Bellavista which is simply less pretentious all round. Also its sheer size makes it less cosy and a bit like being in a huge resort, not an exclusive hotel. As for specific problems - we were told that we didnt need to book for dinner on the first night and as we were too tired to go out searching for food we looked forward to dining in. On arrival at the restaurant we were told that they were expecting a large party and no tables were available. The maitre d wasn't even apologetic and my two children were visibly hungry and tired and it was already late. I complained and she eventually agreed to find space if we waited 30 mins. Awful service for a hotel of this standard in my opinion. Secondly, I had been led to believe when I booked the hotel on the web that breakfast was included (it always is at the Bellavista) but after we had eaten our first breakfast I was presented a bill for over £50! This is absurdly expensive and again when I complained they were very reluctant to remove the charge. Awful customer relations for a 5 star! We won't be going back as the Bellavista is better all round and far far better value.
The luxury is amazing
travelled here for a short break after admiring this hotel being built. It was absolutely first class. Lovely outdoor pools and decking. surrounding areas have been decorated to a five star standard. Hotel rooms very modern but traditional portugese. Free liquers and sweets on arrival. Stayed in apartment which was excellent and immaculately clean. Would stay here again as it deserves its five stars. Might prove a bit expensive during the summer months though as i travelled in winter when rooms were available for £67 per night. The bar areas and restaurants were very good quality and reasonably priced for a hotel of this standard
We wanted something a bit special to celebrate our wedding anniversary. So booked the portugese suite at this hotel. Although expensive. Worth every penny. You get treated like royalty and lots of little extras. Wine, room service sending you cakes, smoked salmon, champagne. No extra charges. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 balconies, kitchen, huges lounge, & dining tablet. 2 huge TV's. Staff that cannot do enough for you. Excellent food. Hot! swimming pools! Lovely beach bar/cafe. Nice beach next to hotel. Not overpriced bars or food. I would recommend booking this for a special occasion, lovely. Small bar/taverna just outside hotel. Courtesy bus from hotel to bars and shops. Everything you could wish for at this hotel for a real 5 star stay. I can't thing of one negative point to make, except I want to go back!
We stayed at this hotel during the peak holiday period but the hotel was quite quiet, I assume this is because it is still new and has yet to build up a reputation. We were originally booked into one of the apartments which would have been overlooking the pool and gardens, however we opted to upgrade to a suite within the hotel which more than adequately catered for two adults and two children. The room overlooked the sea, had two balconies and two bathrooms one with jacuzzi bath. The maid service was very good.
Stayed in 1 bed apt - 2 adults and 1 x 3 yr old in Sept 05. Great hotel with extremely helpful staff. Hotel was very quiet, however all the facilities were available - even the kids club which on some days had only my son playing in.
We spent 9 days at this hotel in August 2005. Every year we normally go to the Sheraton Algarve but last year felt their town houses were looking tired and we weren't very comfortable.
We have just come back from a week away at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort on the outskirts of Alburfiera and could not have wished for a better trip.
This is a new 5* hotel located on the beach at Santa Eulalia with superb views across the ocean, four swimming pools, several restaurants and facilities for children. We spent four nights there off season (in January 05) and experienced genuine friendliness in the welcome and throughout our stay. The service was excellent; discreet, with a willingness to please that impressed us. The seaview rooms are large, with a balcony catching the sun all day. (Blackout curtains prevent the sun from waking you early!) Bathrooms are big and luxurious, as you would expect. The public areas are stunning, with comfortable and interesting seating, with a lot of natural building materials being used in the design. The Spa is a treat, with good therapists who know what they are doing. Try the Vichy shower, and the cranial facial. Definitely a great place for a short break or a week or so. We will return....