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“Nice Hotel, Super Location.” 5 of 5 stars
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Sao Rafael Atlantico
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sesmarias, Sesmarias, Albufeira 8200-613, Portugal (Formerly São Rafael Atlantic Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sesmarias
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel, Super Location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Just a few Kilometers from Albufeira, good romos, great Breakfast selection, very plesant staff. The beach just below the Hotel is stunning!! They recommended a Bike guide for me that showed up on time and afterwards shuteled me back to the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We originally booked CS Sao Rafeal Suite Hotel but then was moved to their sister hotel as the relax centre was closed. When we got to the Atlantic hotel you could really see the difference 5* quality. we were shown around the hotel and to our room by a lovely young chap. This was me and my boyfriends first trip away. The breakfast was superb had everything you could think of fresh fruits, patisseries, omelettes, full English you name it. The beach was a private beach only 5 min walk away. we went to the town a couple times and the nightlife was awesome.

To wrap it up cannot fault the hotel best holiday of our lifes.

Thanks from room 352 :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Moscow, Russia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This hotel is located in a very nice area. Sea is about 15 minutes walking down a panoramic escalator that brings to a wonderfull natural area on the sea. The beach is quite small and not private to the hotel guests. Room with nice modern design. Food quite standard as all international hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Hotel was clean, quiet, good breakfast but was let down by the evening meal on each of the 4 nights I stayed here.
The hotel has a boardwalk down to the beach which is worth spending time at.
Hotel provided us with a proper sized iron and board.
The Internet only works in the reception area for my iPad, for a laptop in your room you need a cable to connect.
Corridors to rooms are very dark at night, they need to invest in brighter lights as they don't feel very safe at night.
There is a mini bus 3 times a day to the old town. Quite a distance to walk to town in the heat.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

As the President of the 47th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation, I have nothing but good things to say about the service provided by the hotel. Not only the meeting venue and rooms are amazing, as the surroundings were highly praised by all involved. I have to thank Claudia Carvalho and Sandra Esgarrancho (and Filipa Maximiano, before her) for the impeccable organization, sympathy and plasticity in trying to accommodate last minute requests, even if those requests were highly disruptive of the original plan. All the hotel staff was also very helpful and kind, which made our stay very smooth.
The meeting rooms were appropriate to the event, although we had some temporary problems with the wireless internet connection. The meeting dinner and welcome reception had excellent food and a very good and rapid service, again praised by everyone.
All the participants and invited speakers I spoke to insisted that the hotel rooms were of the highest quality and they all said they were impressed with the quality of service. My family suite was impressive, spacious and clean.
Again, I must complement the hotel for the excellent service they provided, especially because the prices were very acceptable. In fact, price and location were the two criteria that led us to choose the Hotel CS Sao Rafael Atlantic for the meeting. We hope to one day return for another meeting or, personally, to spend some vacations in your hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Dorridge, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Originally booked into CS Sao Rafael Suite but were re-directed on arrival to Atlantic which is about 2K away.
Were allocated a suite for the three of us - wonderful luxury. Have never experienced so much comfort and space in a hotel and the pillows were sooo soft.
The staff were excellent, very helpful and friendly. Everyone we met spoke very good English - even the chambermaid.
The hotel was extremely clean and apart from the Jacuzzi not working the indoor pool area was great.
Breakfast had a tremendous variety of choice and was first class,. Had meals in both the restaurant and bar area which we all enjoyed.
Wished we stayed longer than our 4 night stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Lovely hotel with great views and garden areas. Good spa area and excellent internal and external swimming pools. Only negative is that there are not enough sun loungers at the pool areas for all guests. This may result in you having to sit on a bean bag by the pool instead. Hotel staff weren't concerned by the lack of space.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sao Rafael Atlantico

Address: Sesmarias, Sesmarias, Albufeira 8200-613, Portugal (Formerly São Rafael Atlantic Hotel)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Sesmarias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sesmarias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sao Rafael Atlantico 5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Sao Rafael Atlantico enjoy a spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic sea, direct access to Sao Rafael Beach and only at a short drive to Albufeira centre. The interiors have contemporary design features with space and light throughout. The rooms are modern and have large balconies with views over the sea and gardens. The extensive gardens offer a beautiful mediterranean landscape with olive and palm trees. There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring leading wellness therapies and treatments. ... more   less 
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