Read all the reviews prior to visiting this hotel and wasnt sure what to expect. We arrived when the sun was shining and the views out to sea were amazing. The hotel is right on the seafront with picture windows that make the most of the surroundings. You are so close you can almost dip your hand in the water! The restaurant has amazing views and its so lovely to sit having a meal and watching the waves roll in and what spectacular waves they were!
The hotel is very clean and the rooms lovely, modern and warm. We had a room that said land view but it was a side view of the sea and lighthouse which was an added bonus. Showers were hot and powerful.
We had breakfast included and it was plentiful with a good choice. The cooked breakfast was very basic with the same dried scrambled egg and fatty bacon everyday. It would have been good to have fried or boiled eggs some of the days but this is not a hotel frequented by Brits so you have to eat as they do and we enjoyed the other food on offer. I had read that the coffee machine was disgusting and I thought it couldnt be that bad but believe me it is and I'm not usually fussy!!! We took our own tea and coffee and a kettle as none in the room. Got strange looks when we asked for cups but we are english so expect that!
We ate dinner in the restaurant twice. The food was good but rather overpriced as was the wine.
The drinks were also very pricey. There is a pool table but it was 8.50 euros for an hour so we didnt use it which was a shame as there isnt anything else to do and we would have played on it a lot if it was cheaper.
There is a lovely spa which again is very expensive. We used it once and it was very relaxing. When we checked out we were told we could have it complimentary which was very kind of them but if it was cheaper we would have used it much more.
On the roof there is a terrace with stunning views and hot tubs and sun beds. As it was winter they werent in use but in summer it must be amazing.
We would certainly stay there again and it would be good to see it in the summer.
There is a lovely restaurant on Praia Velha beach just past the lighthouse called O Pai Dos Frangos. The service was great and the food really good. The wine was excellent and very reasonable. Again the views are amazing.
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