My wife and I spent 2 nights here. The apartments are very large, clean, and nicely furnished. The kitchen was big and well equipped - refrigerator, oven, and stove, but no dishwasher. The AC kept the room very comfortable. You have a big table to eat at and even some plastic chairs and a little table if you want to enjoy the view and eat outside. The beds were comfortable. Our unit had two bathrooms - one with just a shower and one with a full bath.
The employees speak a little English and tried to be helpful. The front desk is not manned between midnight and 8 am. They literally lock the door to the hotel so you cannot leave or even get something out of your car in the early morning since you are locked in. If you need an early departure, make sure you make prior arrangements. There is no wifi in the apartment although you can get a weak signal in the lobby and TV room.
The apartment is far away from almost anything else. You have to drive and drive on a little twisty road to get to it and it is not particularly scenic until the very end. Make sure you stock up on groceries ahead of time because there is nowhere to get supplies nearby and the onsite cafe is not very useful. There is a restaurant you can drive to in a few miles.
We used this as a base for Tomar and some other locations even though it is a bit out of the way. The first night we there was a Friday night in mid-July and there seemed to be only 2-3 other guests at the hotel. However, the parking lot filled up for Saturday night. The ambiance was definitely different as one night was very quiet while the second one was like any other hotel.
The facility does not have a laundry room or laundry service available even though the room guide said it was. Supposedly some rooms have a washing machine, but ours did not.
Free yoga and meditation classes are available at 8 am on Sat and Sun. The big advantage is the large amount of space. The price we paid was very reasonable although it seemed quite a bit below what was advertised so we may have gotten a special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Blue Lake at the Albufeira Castelo de Bode, this area offers a unique opportunity to enjoy tranquility, being the perfect place for aquatic sports and Nature. Each apartment is approximately 110 square meters, all of them featuring big terraces facing the lake and the mountains, fully equipped kitchen, TV, 2 bathrooms, impressive wood styled decoration designed to make you feel at home with Nature, making each apartment special and inviting. The apartments are located in a beautiful relaxing area surrounded by the lake and the mountains, perfect for travelers that are looking for a place where they can be in Peace, Tranquility while enjoying the Beauty of Nature. ... more less
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