More about Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
We have just returned from a fabulour 5 night break at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort in Albufeira. We stayed in a one bedroom resort suite, which although is not attahced to the hotel, was only a short walk away from the main building. This suited us better as we took my nine year old son with us and so my husband and I had the bedroom whilst our son had a very comfortbale sofa bed in the lounge area, rather than being cramped all together in a hotel bedroom. In the resort suite we had a small kitchenette which was useful as it had a fridge. There was also a two ring ceramic cooker along with a microwave, toaster and kettle. The kitchen equipment of saucepans and all the utensils were fabulous - although I never used them!!! We ate out every eveing and usually had our lunch by the beach in the hotel snack bar.
The hotel is in a prime location right next door to a wonderful beach. It has many swimming pools and there are plenty of sun loungers. It is within walking distance of the town but we hired a car which I would thoroughly recommend. Overall, a fabulous holiday and I am hoping that we will be going back there again very soon.
The Omelette was Great!
The Agapito Restaurante is typically Portuguese, situated on the Estrada De Santa Eulalia, next door to Annabelles. The restaurant itself and the service, was very good, but I have to say not so good as other places we visited. that's not to say we wouldn't have returned there, but we only had a one week stay in town. I had fancied good old Chicken and Chips, and, yes, it was here on the menu. Mary fancied a Muchroom Omelette and chips, and she rated her meal as " One of the best". I, however, was rather disappointed, because I had expected a chicken leg or breast, but instead my meal consisted of bits and pieces of wings and legs, more like Pigeon really, haha. Mind you, it tasted nice even though I have an allergy against Garlic! (Yes, cooked in a Garlic oil). This was the least expensive restaurant we visited, at 5.50 Euros for each of our main meals.
Have just returned from a one week stay at Grande Real Estate Santa Eulalia.
It is a fantastic hotel and any one travelling there should have a great holiday.
We stayed on a hotel room with sea view.It was worth paying xtra for this as it was a good view and it avoided the risk of overlooking the car park.
All the spa facilities are lovely
Breakfasts are great - too great!
There a lovely little touches here and there like fruit kebabs at the pool etc.
Everything is spotless
Staff were all friendly and there are loads of them on duty - no one looked harrassed and the service was quick.
Beach is fab - busy but loads of room for all.
A few minor downsides that didnt bother us too much for a week but might if you were there for longer.
No kids disco as advertised in brochure
Jugglers one night but apart from that no evening entertainment for kids
no kids food available at eveneing buffet
lack of restraunts nearby so we had to resort to room service one night for a change.
Is a good hotel with an excelente locacion, the resort suite are good and the swiming pool are good too. Is a beutiful hotel. For me is not the best five stars in Algarve, is like a very good four stars... Is expensive, especially foods, there aren´t hotel beds on the beach, we must pay 15 euros every day. The staff is not very nice and when we arrived ar the hotel we must take the suitcases to ours room! I recommended This Hotel if you want a five stars nears beach but is the price is not synonymous of an excellent service!
Not planning to return!
Hotel looked good on arrival - very luxurious and smart appearance of everyone. Don't judge a book by its cover though. The staff and management not up to the standard you would expect of a 5 star hotel. Poor choice of restaurants - mainly buffet which wasn't always good. We found out when we left that our favourite restaurant on the beech didn't actually belong to the hotel - probably why it was good!! Our appartment was lovely and we couldn't fault the cleaners! Overall a disappointing holiday - also a tummy bug was going round and had been for weeks before we came - pools weren't checked as often as they should have been either. Never mind - just won't be going back. Much prefer the Sheraton which we went to last year - so much more choice for restaurants and more for the children to do.
great place to relax
enjoyed our second visit very much. staff very helpful and pleasant always. had dinner in the Club one night and realised that we could have just gone in for a drink and to experience the atmosphere. sun beds are quite expensive this year. would go back again.
Good for kids but watch out for special service to business groups
Great location, friendly staff, waterfront location, free parking, free internet, breakfast included, ocean view rooms, that is most are, great value. Nice gym and very swanky massage rooms. Negatives very hard beds, isolated location, which means drive to dinner. Thats because there,s only two restaurants and one or the other was closed during our stay to accomadate business groups. Free kids camp and they had fun to boot ! Overall probably 4 stars.
PS the Presidential Suite on the 2 floors is amazing with huge patio. Book it if you can
Beautiful 5 star hotel which is straight onto the beach. Fantastic palatial reception with helpful and friendly staff. Hotel A1, staff A1, service A1, and a fantastic choice at breakfast. There are two small outdoor circular pools on the terrace, when we were there they were not busy at all, so we had pick of the sun loungers - towels are provided. Rooms are 5 star with marble bathrooms, although ask for one with a SEA VIEW otherwise a "garden view" overlooks the car-park and doesnºt get the sun to the balcony. I would recommend this hotel for its 5 stars, service and location for the beach, however the one thing that lets it down BADLY is that there is NO indoor swimming pool which I would expect from a 5 star. It is a spa resort, so it does have a pool but this is only available at a charge and then, not for swimming in, but hydro only. There is a gym free of charge, but all of the treatments in the spa are very expensive, which is a real shame as if more keenly priced would be better used. So if you go out of season when it could be chilly outdoors (or rainy) go to a hotel with an inside pool and not this one. 1Km from the town of Allbufeira, the hotel does provide a free bus,every couple of hours, a taxi costs 3.25 euros, or walking along a busy (fast traffic) road takes approx 20 mins.
The main street is called "The Strip" and has bars, tourist shops etc along it, so plenty of places to eat. There are touts trying to get you in, but this is the norm most places.
This is are first visit to Portugal.
The first impression of albufeira was a little disapointed but after a weeks stay I was quite impressed overhaul
Albufeira is quite a large resort with a few diferent areas, we stayed in the Santa Eulalia area. This was quite and about ten minutes walk to the beach and the other way about 15 minutes walk to the strip.
My thoughts was it would be quite like Spain but I was wrong most of the Portugese poeple were very friendly and Albufeira as a big residential area not all tourism with a relaxed atmosphere.
There are many good beaches and coves which makes a change from staying around the pool.
The Old Town from around the Town Square is full off narrow streets with some nice restaurants and quite a few shops nice to have a look around and stop for a bite to eat or drink.
Grande Real Santa Eulalia
I am contemplating booking this hotel for a week in early September. Is it within walking distance of the "strip?" If not, is it easy to get a cab from the hotel to the "strip" and return?
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It's about a mile from there to the bottom end of 'the strip' with a couple of small hills involved.
In September you shouldn't have too much trouble getting a taxi if you need one.