I have just returned from a 6 day break at the Real BellaVista Hotel (booked with Globespan) and I loved it !
This was my first visit to Portugal and I really wasn't sure what to expect. I can honestly say that I would go back in a minute.
On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by very friendly and helpful reception staff. Our room was located on the 4th floor, it had a balcony, mini bar, bathrobes, fresh fruit and bottled water. The entire room including the bathroom was very clean.
The bar area was great - reasonably priced, plenty of seating and TV screens that came in handy for the start of Euro 2008. Special mention to two people who looked after us brilliantly - Joao and Jorge - very friendly and the service was excellent.
The pool area was lovely with a pool side bar to keep everyone refreshed. The indoor pool and spa looked great although we didn't actually use the facilities - the weather was too good to stay indoors.
We stayed at the hotel on a B&B basis and the breakfast was faultless. There was an excellent choice from fresh fruit salad, cereal, juices, pastries, bread, cold meats, cheeses and of course a cooked breakfast option. You could eat as much as you wanted and the staff were helpful and efficient but not intrusive. We had lunch in the bar on our last day and it was also great - the burger and chicken baguette can be recommended.
We chose not to eat dinner in the hotel as we were only there for 6 days and the choice of restaurants in the old town were too good to miss. Our favourite being Cabana Fresca.
The hotel offers a free bus to the old town, the strip and their sister hotel - this runs throughout the day and is great especially when you are not sure where you are going. The old town/beach area was my favourite location. A taxi back from the old town cost us 4 euros and saved the uphill walk. There is a supermarket close by - 5 min walk - great for buying more water and snacks for the room.
We also went to Villamoura for the day - a taxi cost approx. 16 euros but there is a bus that runs and will cost approx. 3.75 euros per person - one way.
My only recommendation for the hotel would be to supply irons for guests. I forgot a travel iron and although I appreciate clothes can be taken away and ironed I felt those prices were expensive -over 5 euros to iron a skirt. My ghd hair straighteners doubled as an iron during my stay.
Overall - an excellent hotel, worthy of it's 4 star rating and I can't wait to go back. I would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Real Bellavista Hotel And Spa
- Real Bellavista Hotel Albufeira
- Hotel Real Bellavista
- Real Bellavista Albufeira
- Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve