We have just come back (03.01.13) after a 7 day break at the hotel taking in the New Year.
All the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help.
Booking in at the reception, went faultlessly and we were in our rooms in a very short period of time
The hotel is very clean and the rooms and surrounding areas are spotless, the maids even came to change the towels and bedding on New Year’s Day?
The bar (we were all inclusive) served up good beer and spirits, whilst there was an option to use the front bar for tea or coffee.
The location of the hotel is good, 2 mins from the beach and promenade, where there are many restaurants and bars to choose from and the whole area retains a certain charm
Not so good points:-
The food was not the best we had every eaten, although there was usually something to pick n pike at. Having said that, we ate out a lot of the time through choice.
We were there for seven days, including New Year and there wasn't a hint of any entertainment or Gala meal, it was crying out for something. The odd time it felt like a doctor’s surgery, it was that quite
The hotel is situated a street back from the beach adjacent to other high rise buildings, this meant the sun never got on the patio area and resulted in nearly all the residents heading for beach bars where they could take in the rays.
Quarteira itself holds a certain charm, still not too commercialised, but has all the amenities one could want. At the end of the main beach road there's a traditional fish market well worth a visit and another 15 min stroll you’re in Vilamoura, this is more commercialised but still a nice place to go and admire with envy the large yachts and millionaire lifestyle . Quarteira has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from, many of them being local cafes, but they owners are very friendly and accommodating. There's a large Brazilian population and boy can the party, try the bar just across the road it was banging to the samba beat day and night. We also frequented the Fantasia, D'Artagnan and the Cadillac bars all very good.
We ate out a lot, but one restaurant to keep well away from would be the Oceanos on the front. Four of us went in and ordered (3 of us wanting Pri Pri chicken), we was told all the Pri Pri had been sold and did we want anything else? We'd set our hearts on that dish so we had a drink and told the owner thanks but we were moving on. Suddenly before we went he said he had 2 portions left and would we stay. We agreed and our 3 member who missed out on the chicken opted for steak & eggs. After a long wait the meals came, omelette and the steak meals looked good, the 2 Pri Pri came, small bits of left overs that would have not amounted to one full portion, a total rip off?
Would I go back the Atismar, yes but we'd only use this as a base to explore the local area.
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- Also Known As:
- Atismar Hotel Quarteira
- Hotel Atismar Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal