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“Gusto restaurant- a must visit for locals and visitors alike- preferred to Vila Joya- fabulous!” 5 of 5 stars
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Conrad Algarve
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada da Quinta do Lago, Almancil 8135-106, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Almancil
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“Gusto restaurant- a must visit for locals and visitors alike- preferred to Vila Joya- fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

A local to the area, I visited Gusto on Sunday night with my family. We tried the taster menu with the addition of the wine pairing. These was incredible value for money and delicious to boot. The staff were friendly and curteous, the restaurant busy and the ambience relaxed but classy. As someone who visits Vila Joya for a 2 Michelin star experience I can genuinely say I would rate this as better food with a more modern atmosphere. I will definitely be back for both this menu and to try the a la carte delights. A great addition to Quinta do Lago.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Conrad A, General Manager at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
I am delighted that you have chosen our restaurant Gusto with your family, and enjoyed not only the meal, but also the ambiance.
We sincerely appreciate your kind words and are very much looking forward to welcoming all of you back again very soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is a fabulous hotel and bar far the best on the Algarve! I've stayed in the Vila Vita Parc before but in my opinion this is better and worth every penny.
The location halfway bewteen Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo is excellent, the hotel and facilities are just stunning and the staff really could not do anymore for you.
The whole set up deserves high praise and the staff are excellent.
Thank you so much for a wonderful week's stay!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, General Manager at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. I’m delighted to learn that you were very impressed with the property, in particular the facilities, and our team members. I will pass on the message to them. Thank you again for having stayed with us, and we hope to see you again in the near future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Together with our two sons (9 and 11 years old) we spent 5 days at the Conrad Algarve. We stayed in a pool view suite which was extremely clean and luxurious with attention to small details. The room was large with a separate sitting area and a large bathroom with bath tub (and a tv in the wall) and separate rain shower (a real one!). The balcony was very nice; large with on one side a table with four chairs and on the other side a sofa and lounge chair and coffee table and a beautiful lamp.
Hotel staff was very friendly in a genuine way. They really make you feel very welcome and want you to have a great holiday. Service is excellent, nothing is too much trouble. Children are approached very nice as well. Staff (overall young) is enthusiastic to work at the Conrad, this we noticed immediately and adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
And then the food...I don't think there is a hotel in the Algarve which can beat breakfast at the Conrad. Not the one in Sagres, or in Porches or in Falesia...the difference with normal extensive breakfasts is that here all food is of the best quality and freshly prepared (the orange juice as well!). From the home made pear jam to the home made honey and best roast beef, and smoked fish fillet to the nicest smoothies I've ever tasted. It was hard not to eat too much during breakfast but although we did we did not feel 'bad' because the food made you feel extra healthy.
The same goes for dinner at Louro and Gusto. Staff at Gusto was extremely nice and willing to help out by choosing a course for our youngest son. The oldest joined us with the Tasting Menu which we can recommend to every one to get a good impression of the fantastic food which is prepared there. Again, the quality of food was very hight. Although 7 courses (with the wine tasting, the sommelier was great, by the way), it did not feel like we had too much to eat and we left with a very satisfied feeling.
We've tried several good hotels in this region but Conrad is our absolute favorite. It'll be only a question of time before it is number one in the Algarve. We've booked to visit again in May which says it all.

Room Tip: The suites are wonderful, very convenient with a separate sitting area
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, General Manager at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
I am very pleased that you had an absolutely delightful 5 days at Conrad and that our team members also had a contribution. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as it is a vital way of monitoring the level of our services and facilities in order to make the necessary improvements and further enhance the guest experience when needed.

It is very nice to know that our restaurants were to your satisfaction, and that your children also enjoyed it. I will pass the message to the team members and once again thank you so much for having stayed with us. We look forward to seeing you and your family back in May.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We have been impressed with the service offered and the setup of the hotel. Although there are still a number of little things to improve, new hotel recently opened, , this is a true 5 star. Do not miss a visit to the restaurant Louro ... a true culinary experience. (We spent a week on site)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, Gerente geral at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel for your holiday and writing about your recent experience with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed our restaurant Louro and that you have found it to be a true culinary experience.
We are taking your constructive words into consideration and making sure that quality service is delivered to all our guests.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

What a week we spent here. Stunning new hotel on the outskirts of Quinta do Lago. Pure luxury from start to finish. Beautiul room, fantastic food and attentive service the whole week. Genuinely couldn't fault it. So refreshing to experience such good service after some very bad experiences within Quinta do lago itself (reviews to follow)

We'll be back again before Christmas! Brilliant, brilliant hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, Gerente geral at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you for having stayed with us and for letting us know your experience. I am delighted to hear that we have contributed on making your stay such a good experience, and that you are planning to come and see us again before Christmas.
We look forward to having you with us again soon
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

I spent a long weekend at the Conrad Algarve with friends. The hotel is beautiful on the outside, very well-decorated on the inside. This is definitely a hotel to keep in mind when visiting the Algarve, but maybe not just yet. It has excellent potential, but as it had opened only ten days before we stayed there, many things went wrong.
Let's start with the positive aspects. The rooms are big. They have a Nespresso machine, a kettle, excellent quality tea, a well-stocked mini-bar, an iPhone dock, a big bathroom with bath with TV as well as separate rainshower. The Aromatherapy toiletries come in large sizes, but weren't restocked during our stay.
The staff is extremely friendly. The pool areas are amazing. Both outdoor pools are beautiful, with extremely comfortable loungers. On arrival at the pool, you are immediately served complimentary water bottles in an ice bucket, as well as a refreshing glass of juice.
There is a semi-indoor pool with jacuzzi and the spa area has yet another set of pools (indoor and outdoor) with a water circuit which guests can use for a small fee. The spa service is excellent and the prices are not too steep for a luxury hotel. They have a very well-equipped gym and a relaxation room where you can take your iPad or laptop.
The breakfast selection is great. Besides the buffet, you can order almost anything: pancakes, toast, granola, etc. Orange juice is not freshly-squeezed, though.
The hotel has a shuttle service to Praia do Garrão beach, which is great. They have a beach concession with loungers and sunshades, but for a fee. I wasn't very happy about this, as it was October and the beach was practically empty. The hotel is conveniently situated right next to Quinta Shopping, an outdoor shopping area with restaurants.
So what went wrong? On two nights, I was woken by the alarm going off in the hotel, requesting evacuation. Once at 9am, the second time at 1:15am. As you can imagine, guests were furious. Staff in the breakfast room were a little disorganized. On the first day, we ordered fried eggs, which never arrived.
Overall, though, I highly recommend the hotel. A very relaxing experience in beautiful surroundings. And with time, I expect this will become one of the top hotels in the area.

Room Tip: As for a room far from the elevators, as they make quite a lot of noise.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, General Manager at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for having stayed with us and for letting us know your long weekend experience. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast and the general feel of the hotel public areas together with the service our team provide. We are sorry for the fire arlam but these problems have been solved out. Will take note about your constructive feedback and consider it in our improvement planning. Again, thank you for your review and we look forward to your return visit.
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Vale do Lobo, Portugal
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Went for a coffee, and to look around this amazing new hotel with family visiting us last week. Wow a hotel to be proud of in our local area, booked to go to the spa this Saturday which looked fantastic. Feel we need to stay a night to get a real feel how special this hotel is.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Conrad A, General Manager at Conrad Algarve, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We would like to thank you for your comments. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your short visit. We are looking forward to seeing you, this time to experience our Spa & Health Club.
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Address: Estrada da Quinta do Lago, Almancil 8135-106, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Almancil
#1 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
#1 Family Hotel in Almancil
#1 Romantic Hotel in Almancil
#2 Green Hotel in Almancil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Conrad Algarve 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Conrad Algarve is one of the most modern 5 star hotels in the Algarve. This contemporary luxury hotel is uniquely styled, from the guest rooms to the private balconies, from the majestic spa to the five individual restaurants and bars, offering a sophisticated range of fine Portuguese and international cuisine.With an impressive setting in the exclusive, yet naturally beautiful Quinta do Lago, the Conrad Algarve is located next to the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching golden, unspoilt Algarve beaches is simple with the dedicated shuttle bus. Many internationally famous golf courses, including Quinta do Lago Sul and Laranjal are on your doorstep, as is the natural park of Ria Formosa. ... more   less 
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