Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa
Rua Do Estadio S/N, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200-127, Portugal
I didn't stay there, but a couple of Canadian friends did.
We visited them at night, and spent a great time listening to popular music played... exactly as it should be in a hotel lobby.
Our friends enjoyed the hotel, and, if we go back to Albufeira accepting to stay far from the sea, this will be one of the first options.
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A real 4 star hotel
Stayed at the Real bellavista in Albufeira for 4 nights before christmas ,after having just spent 3 nights in a 3* hotel you could really see the diffrence althoughit was low key at this time of year they still laid on alittle entertainment for you . I have been in quite a number of 4* hotels in this is definately one of the better ones.Yhe only downside was some but not all of the staff looked like they just didn't want to be bothered.If you want a bit of quality and comfort without breaking the bank and don't mind being 10-20 min walk from beach/resort i would recommend this one. in one word CLASS! Fine reception area,a very relaxing bar area super rooms and acoutesy shuttle bus to and from beach and resorts
Will stay again at hotel
If I ever go back to Albufeira and the price is right (under 65 Euros per person), I will definitely stay at Real Bellavista again. The room and service were great. The breakfast was good. About 5 minutes stroll away is a grocery store, shops and restaurants. We walked from the "Strip" to the hotel in 15 minutes. It was a nice stroll. The hotel offers a shuttle bus to go to 3 famous areas (Pescadores beach, Praia do Oura beach and St. Eulalia beach areas). The shuttle is available from 10AM to 7PM. Because of the shuttle, we were able to explore all areas. From each place, it costs about 5 Euros for taxi back to the hotel. The area is safe. I loved the St. Eulalia beach area most. It was less crowded and seemed private. It has a mixture of European and Portuguese tourists. If I didn't stay at Real Bellavista, I wouldn't have found this beautiful place. Praia do Oura seemed to be dominated by English tourists but the Strip (nightlife/entertainment/shopping district) is right around the corner from there. The Pescadores was lively, crowded and have great restaurants. There were beach volleyball nets up at this beach. I recommend hopping to all three beaches using the shuttle bus first and then choosing the one that best fits you...
Just returned from a week half board at real Bellavista in Albufiera. Quite a nice 4* hotel with big clean rooms but with what I would class as a 1*restuarant. The breakfast was passable but the evening meal left much to be desired- Ok if you like chips with everything and dont mind luke warm food. We ended up eating out as some nights the food was dreadful. Wouldnt pay a return visit as we found it far more expensive than other holiday places. It cost us £200 each extra for a week here than it did for a week in an excellent 4* in Tenerife in May.
We have just returned from a 3 night break at the Real Bellavista, what a fantastic hotel it certainly exceeded its 4 star rating, the food was exceptional helped by the excellent service received from the staff. The main purpose of our visit was a Hen Weekend, all 8 of us received the best welcome ever from start to finish, the staff couldn't do enough for us all, WELL DONE!!!. I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone and can see another visit very soon in the near future.
They could burn water!!
The Real Bellavista is a very smart,clean hotel with friendly staff who will try their utmost to look after their guests,BUT this is one hotel I would not go back to in a million years,here's why.
The pool is quite small and it does not take a lot for it to start getting crowded but that did not happen very often during our stay as the water was so cold most people did not use it for very long if at all.
The food in the hotel is generally dire,apart from the breakfast which very good,with a very wide choice.Unfortunately being there half-board we were obliged to eat in the hotel,but the meals were definately nothing to look forward to,any one who can eat there for two weeks must have no taste-buds or like overcooked dried out meat.The fact that the breakfasts were so good made this even more frustrating,we complained to our rep who passed this on to the hotel but ,unsurprisingly nothing changed.the food in the pool bar was possibly even worse,their attempt at a tuna salad has to be seen to be believed.
The hotel is also situated a fair way from the main bars and restaurants making it awkward to pop out lunchtime without getting a cab into town.
All in all the hotel tries hard but doesn't deliver for an enjoyable holiday.
A lovely clean hotel - a perfect base to explore Albufeira
I have just returned from a week's stay at the Real Bellavista Hotel with my husband and daughter.
From the moment we checked in until we left we felt really looked after by the staff who were all very friendly and polite and really couldn't do enough for us.
The room we stayed in was spacious and extremely clean and well presented with a very large balcony overlooking the pool area. The bathroom (which is always very important to me) was spotless and had everything you could possibly need including lovely fluffy white bathrobes and slippers and complimentary toiletries.
The Hotel is air-conditioned which is lovely especially as when we were there they had a mini-heatwave and it got up as high as 41 on a couple of days.
We only stayed on a bed & breakfast basis but have to say that the breakfasts were magnificent - lovely fresh fruit every day plus the usual bacon, eggs (and loads more) plus fresh breads, pastries etc etc etc. There was always somewhere to sit in the restaurant and you could go up as many times as you liked to refill your plate. I liked the fact that breakfast was served until 11am so you didn't have to get up early just to rush down to breakfast if you wanted a lie in.
The bar was very well equipped and practically empty most of the time so you could just go and sit quietly and chill out if you wanted to. The bar staff were very attentive and even remembered what drinks we wanted after the first day.
The pool, although a little small for the hotel (we had read this in Trip Advisor before booking so knew what to expect) was adequate although people did tend to hog sunbeds with their towels. There was an indoor pool as well which hardly anyone used so we could do some "serious" swimming when we felt like it and a hot tub/jacuzzi which was gorgeous and had views over the rooftops to the sea.
We didn't use the health spa facilties as they did look a bit pricey but it all looked very impressive and the gym looked very well equipped.
We went on the jeep safari which we would definitely recommend - it cost about 111 euros for 3 of us and lasted all day - they take you up into the mountains stopping along the way to pick fresh fruits from the trees to show you, ie carob, pomegranetes, limes, oranges, almonds etc etc. You then get taken to see an old lady in her 90's basket weaving and have the opportunity to buy some of her wares or just stop for a cool drink. Then onto see how the famous "firewater" is made (v. strong!!) and also the local honey and again chance to buy some to take home. Included within the price is a 3 course meal in a restaurant right off the beaten track - homemade vegetable soup, chicken piri-piri and fresh oranges all washed down with plenty of local wine - delicious. The guides on these tours all have mad names after racing drivers or the like and are huge fun and really go out of their way to make your day a laugh a minute - well worth going!!
The only other organised trip we went on was to a water park called "Aqua show" - we did this trip because our daughter (aged 12 years) wanted to do it so it wasn't really our cup of tea. It was very hot and the coach dropped us on about 10am and picked us up about 5pm which to us was too long to spend there - there are a lot of queues for every ride and slide but if you like that sort of thing it's probably okay.
We took ourselves on the bus to Villamoura one day which was very easy to catch and quite cheap just to "people watch" on the marina and watch all the yachts coming in. It cost about 3 euros each person each way but the last bus goes quite early (about 7pm) so after that you would need to get a taxi back to Albufeira which can be quite pricey.
The Hotel is ideally situated halfway between the "lively strip" and the old town and both were in very easy walking distance and very nice particularly at night to stroll down and find somewhere nice to eat. We preferred the old town where you could go and sit in a restaurant overlooking the sea and have lovely food and just watch the world go by.
We took advantage of the hotel's free shuttle bus to Saint Eululia (excuse spelling) beach which was lovely and we also used the little tourist train which you pay 3 euros for the day and it runs from 9am until 3am the next day and you can just get on and off an unlimited amount of times in that day - perfect for dotting around from the lively strip to do a bit of shopping to the old town to have something to eat.
A lovely holiday and we would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. We will definitely go back at some time in the future.
Disappointing- more 3 star than 4 star
After reading some positive reviews on this hotel my boyfriend and I booked 10 nights here Bed and Breakfast basis through Alpha Rooms from 26th July -4th August 06.
On first look the hotel is very attractive: very clean with a grand reception and marbled floors. However the experience was somewhat disappointing and we felt we have to warn future holidayers about the reality of staying in this hotel:
Our experience was as follows:
We arrived at the hotel around 12am on the Wednesday 26th July. The receptionist we believe was a manager and did not even manage to crack a smile for us. He gave us the impression we were not welcome and told us our room would not be ready for at least an hour. That’s it, no suggestion of what we might want to do until then, so we enquired about the bar and were given a pointed finger in the general direction. Not a very warm start.
2 The room:
The room was very clean and of good condition with a beautiful bathroom.
However, we had specifically requested a room with a double bed when we booked but were given a twin room instead and there was no fridge or tea/coffee making facilities. For the price we paid we did kind of expect this level of facility to provided as standard, as with other 4star hotels.
[Our room was located right above the restaurant and every morning from 6.30am onwards we could hear the kitchen doors squeaking loudly open and shut as the staff passed through making it impossible to sleep in. So we mentioned this very politely to the manager on the third day, the same one who checked us in, and he actually laughed at us. He told us there were no other rooms for us to move to- they were fully booked. We explained this was not necessarily what we wanted, the problem was the noise coming from the restaurant door and asked if it was possible to oil the door (you know with WD40?) He said he would look into it. He obviously didn’t as it was never resolved until day 7 when we met a very helpful female receptionist and mentioned it to her. Thankfully it was sorted by the next morning and she even enquired with us to check it was now okay. She had even offered us a change of room if we wished- much better customer service!]
3 The pool:
The pool area was okay- very basic though. It doesn’t cater well for children, the kids pool was just a 2 meter square shallow pool, and cold.
The pool bar was very expensive. The entertainment (such as aqua aerobics and badminton matches) was provided by less than enthusiastic reps.
There was a daily battle for a sun-bed and a parasol - there were not nearly enough for the number of guests staying at the hotel. In some cases this led to other guests arguing over them! Not very relaxing.
4 The Spa and Gym
These facilities did look good but we personally felt they were too expensive for what they were offering so we did not take advantage of them. 5 euros a go to just use the sauna 7 Steam room and then another 5 euros for the gym etc. Treatments – again pricey for what they offer even with 20% discount.
5 The Food & Drink
The Breakfast was okay- a good range of food on offer, from cereal and fruit to cooked breakfast and pastries.
The bar food was tasty. The bar drinks were, yes you guessed it, very expensive. E.g: around 7 euros for a spirit and mixer. We heard one or two guests complaining about their bills at the bar.
6 Night Entertainment
Not bad but then not enticing enough for us to choose to stay in the hotel all night. We found the best option was to head down to the Old Town, which has a wide variety of different bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
The new town (The Strip) was not our cup of tea as we mainly found tacky bars, a very British-drinker orientated experience.
WARNING: Never be fooled by any so called tour reps standing on the strip offering you scratch cards- even if they say you have won a big prize- it is a time share scam- Don’t fall for it!
This hotel is not suitable for those who have any mobility difficulties- unless you are prepared to get a taxi everywhere. Although the hotel itself is accessible for disabled customers it is actually located at a very high point in the town. This means in order to go to the beach, or even any local shops you have to be able to walk down slippery cobbled streets and then back up again. Luckily we quite like walking so this wasn’t too much of a problem but by the end of the evening walking to and from the old town we were shattered. The old town and nearest beach is about 3 km away from the hotel and the Strip about 4 km.
Transport: The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the beaches, the Old Town and the Strip at the following times: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm. This was handy and there was also a local bus service but we found this quite difficult to follow.
You can get a taxi back from the old town, which are only a few pounds but you will wait in a queue for at least 30 minutes in peak season.
8 Over all experience:
The general impression we were given by this hotel was that they looked down on British holiday makers. They are happy to take your money but not very willing to offer you the advice and service you need to give you the best quality experience. We asked other guests and they felt this way too.
We had a great holiday as the weather was great and we made best of it but we would be very cautious about booking a 4star hotel abroad in the future.
The quality of the service provided by the hotel did not match the price tag in our opinion. We stayed in a 3 star in Majorca the previous year, which we feel far excelled the Real Bella Vista experience.
Nice 4* Hotel
Me and my girlfriend have just returned from a week at the Real Belle Vista. Overall we enjoyed our stay and the sister hotel was a godsend.
***** Pro's ******
* Hotel lay on a free coach to the Old Town (beach) and the St Elulua Five star Hotel and beach
* Staff very helpful
* Clean and tidy rooms with nice bathroom
* Good Maid service
***** Con's ******
* Limited sunbeds around pool (unless you are up at 9.00am to race for a bed)
* Bit of a trek to the beach or restaurants
* No/poor entertainment
* Breakfast was the same every day (nice but a bit repetitive)
Nice Restaurants - (only 2 worth writing about)
If you have kids then it is best to eat in the Old town otherwise you have to eat at both of these during your stay.
Vino & Kahn - Brazilian restaurant. One of the only restaurants within walking distance. Get the non stop Rodizio for 20 euros each. 9/10
Tres Palmeiras - The Portuguese receptionist told us this was the best restaurant in Albufeira and he was not wrong. 10/10
Stayed here for 12 nights in July. On arrival check in was quick and friendly. The room was large and both it and the bathroom were very clean. Stayed here on a B+B basis and we found the breakfast to be excellent. The air con in the room was good and the tv had 3 English channels. The only slight downside to the hotel is its location a 20 minute walk downhill to the beach...at night we walked to the Old town and got a taxi back only cost 5 euros...the new town was a similar walk but it is really tacky and only went there a couple of times..Taxi from and to the airport cost 40 euros each way...The swimming pool was small and it was amusing in the mornings to watch people race with their towels to claim their sunbed (such sad people!!!!) ....However overall a very good hotel.
PS....We found it cheaper to book this hotel on the Aer Lingus hotel web site rather on the hotels own web site!!
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Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa
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Address: Rua Do Estadio S/N, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200-127, Portugal