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Rua Dos Corais, Sesmarias, Albufeira 8200-613 Portugal
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#1 of 4 hotels in Sesmarias
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4.2
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4.2
Value
4.0
Just minutes from the centre of Albufeira, the NAU São Rafael Atlântico enjoys a fabulous location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with direct access to the São Rafael beach. The interiors are spacious, bright and airy, with contemporary design features. The rooms are modern in design and have spacious balconies with sea or garden view. The extensive gardens are magnificent, beautifully landscaped in Mediterranean style with an abundance of olive and palm trees. The hotel’s facilities also include a modern spa offering the most innovative treatments and therapies.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Evening entertainment
Kids club
Airport transportation
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Modern
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
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mickiss13 wrote a review Aug 8
Haifa, Israel80 contributions37 helpful votes
We had wonderful weekend as a family in the hotel. We took standard rooms which were beautiful , very big and full of light . The hotel is very very good . The way to the beach is on private deck and very close . The beach is public and beautiful . The hotel located in a quiet area so if someone prefer cloud , this isn’t the place. We loved the quit , the pool and the excellent breakfast! The stuff is wonderful- especially Ricardo and Ana Rita who did their best to help us. We really wanted to continue our holiday in the hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Family and couples who ask for quiet away from all the restaurant and the cloud city - this is...
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are very pleased to note your satisfaction with our service and hotel facilities. Your satisfaction is our main focus and we are proud to see that we met your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Yours sincerely, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Oli B wrote a review Jul 2022
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
Overall a very nice stay at Sao Rafael Atlantico. What brings it to a 4/5 is mainly the small elements which don’t really matter, but all together, they add up - a plug socket in the bedroom that doesn’t work, a headboard not stuck to the wall, drainage smells at times in the bathroom, loose hooks in the bathroom etc. The other problem was the restaurants… the breakfast buffet is fairly classic and worth it. The lunch pool bar is pretty ok… the evening buffet is not the best in all honesty, it does the job but that’s about it. The Raw Sushi Bar was very nice, despite being strangely located within the hotel (by the corridor to access one half of the hotel as well as a few metres away from the cigarette machine distributor). A mention as well to the Rooftop Bar, where the staff were excellent and welcoming, with some lovely live music. Overall, a very nice stay however. The beds are comfortable, we felt good in our bedroom and the view was lovely. The pools are great and we are happy to have chosen Sao Rafael Atlantico for our holiday.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Do the Bed & Breakfast deal - try the different restaurants as well as Albufeira.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest Thank you very much for choosing the NAU São Rafael Atlântico hotel for your stay. Your opinion is very important to us, thank you for sharing it. Our teams strive to ensure the maximum satisfaction of our guests, so we are very pleased to read in your review that this happened during your stay. Taking your comments into consideration, we will continue to make the necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure that we meet the high quality standards for which we strive. We hope to be able to receive you again in the near future and we will do everything we can to make your stay a truly memorable one. Yours sincerely, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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12hig3 wrote a review Jul 2022
Lancaster, United Kingdom67 contributions59 helpful votes
Stayed at this hotel 3rd July-14th 11 nights really beautiful grounds lovely pools rooms lovely, air con needs sorting out every time you opened the door it went off no instructions how to reset nightmare,staff in restaurant and bars lovely the two men upstairs sorry don’t know there names really worked hard and a girl called Maria I think dark hair and glasses works her socks off 5* for grounds and bar 3* for food really poor could always find something but I’ve had better in a 3* drinks really expensive. I would stay again if I wanted a relaxing holiday,reception staff need improving no information given . If you want something to eat go to beach bar it open late Friday Saturday Sunday reception didn’t even know this tried to tell me it didn’t open late
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest Thank you very much for choosing the NAU São Rafael Atlântico hotel for your stay. Your opinion is very important to us, thank you for sharing it. Our teams strive to ensure the maximum satisfaction of our guests, so we are very pleased to read in your evaluation that this happened during your stay. Regarding the meals served in our buffet restaurant, we always value variety and diversity, and there are different menus for every day of the week so that guests can enjoy variety throughout their stay. Breakfast has more than 60 items, and dinner has two meat dishes, two fish dishes, and the most varied side dishes, as well as simple and compound salads, several starters and a wide range of fruits and desserts. We regret, even so, that we have not met your expectations and we will pass this feedback to our responsible team, as our focus on maximizing the satisfaction of our customers is of utmost importance to us and we wish to offer an excellent service. Taking your comments into consideration, we will continue to make all necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure that we meet the high quality standards for which we strive. We hope to be able to receive you again in the near future and we will do everything we can to make your stay a truly memorable one. Kindest Regards, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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CanadaPhotoNut wrote a review Jul 2022
Calgary, Canada66 contributions37 helpful votes
- Stayed there in July for two nights. Room was large and clean. Free underground parking, as promised. Easy to find. Free wi-fi. - Paid extra for the "seaview", but it wasn't worth it - sea was hardly visible and the curtains were closed most of the time due to extreme heat. - The hotel has some serious issues with air conditioning: hallways are not air conditioned at all and it feels when it's +40 outside. Breakfast restaurant is not AC'd - if there are no tables available outside, you are seated inside and it was not enjoyable at all. Our room wall controller was not working and had to be re-set by the maintenance person (although, very promptly - within 15 minutes of the call). - Famous Sao Rafael Beach is listed as one of this property's main attractions. But is' not theirs. You have to pay to a private operator to get lounge chairs, umbrella and towels there. - Hotel pool areas are very nice, comfortable and well-kept. We did not have any problems getting chairs and umbrellas. - Roof-top bar is very nice in the evenings. Good musicians create good atmosphere. Prices are very high though comparable to other places in Portugal (12 euros for a shot of port wine). - Breakfast was included and was nice - good variety of all food groups and well-prepared/presented. Also, good selection of specialty coffees and pastries. - Paid 180 euros to book a couples massage at the spa. Then were asked to pay 10 euros fro swimming caps, because it's the policy. Felt a bit like hassling. - Accessibility is a bit of an issue. The three buildings are all built at different levels causing some confusion with elevators - you have to change elevators a couple of times to get from you room pretty much anywhere. Not a big deal, jut a bit of a nuisance. Overall, we paid 400 euros per night to stay there and we did not see the value matching the price paid.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Don't pay extra for a seaview room. Not worth it.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest First of all we would like to thank you for selecting our Hotel São Rafael Atlântico for your stay. We also thank you for taking the time to share with us your comment, which deserved our attention, and the constructive spirit in which it was made. We are very pleased to note your satisfaction with our service and hotel facilities. Your satisfaction is our main focus and we are proud to see that we have met your expectations. Taking your comments into consideration, we will continue to make all necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure that we meet the high quality standards for which we strive. We hope to be able to receive you again in the near future and we will do everything we can to make your stay a truly memorable one. Yours sincerely, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Stephen C wrote a review Jul 2022
Barnsley, United Kingdom8 contributions6 helpful votes
This was our first holiday post covid and we’re a little apprehensive. We didn’t need to be. The hotel more than lived up to our expectations. The standard of cleanliness was very good and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The gardens, pool and beach are very good and very relaxing.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jul 14, 2022
Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for selecting the NAU São Rafael Atlântico hotel for your stay. Your opinion is very important to us, thank you for sharing it. Our teams strive to ensure the maximum satisfaction of our guests, so we are very pleased to read in your review that this happened during your stay. We hope to be able to welcome you again in the near future and we will do everything we can to make your stay a truly memorable one. Best regards, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Antonio santos wrote a review Jun 2022
Bury, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
Very high end hotel, pool was the best I’ve seen so relaxing and the rooms were very good, spacious and very comfy beds. There was a direct route to a lovely beach also which was very nice. But the service was slow at times and didn’t feel like a 5 star service, this was partly due to no bar to go to Order drinks, you had to wait for a server to come to you, which at times was to long. Overall had a great stay but just small things weren’t great
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 26, 2022
Dear guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are very pleased to note your satisfaction with our service and hotel facilities. Your satisfaction is our main focus and we are proud to see that we met your expectations. Taking your comments into consideration, we will continue to make all necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure that we meet the high quality standards for which we strive. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest Regards, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Steven T wrote a review Jun 2022
Aberdeen, United Kingdom6 contributions
Fabulous hotel and genuine 5 star experience. Everything is exquisite, stylish, clean and high quality. Rooms and beds are very comfortable. We stayed, half board, family of four. Buffet dinner and breakfast is awesome, with loads of choice and great quality fish, meat, salad, dessert and fruit. Wine is very good and reasonably priced. Spa and gym are excellent, pool and grounds are exquisite with direct access to beach which is wonderful. Evening entertainment is low key but changes daily and we enjoyed some fabulous musicians and singers. If you want a rowdy hotel with nightlife look elsewhere. If you still want nightlife, Uber into Town is reasonably priced 5 to 10 Euro. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jun 26, 2022
Dear guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are very pleased to note your satisfaction with our service and hotel facilities. Your satisfaction is our main focus and we are proud to see that we met your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Yours sincerely, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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George wrote a review May 2022
Essex, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Overall the hotel is clean tidy and the staff are really lovely and friendly. Their English speaking abilities are superb. Rooms are spacious but dark. The hotel is close to a beautiful beach (€20 for sun beds per day). Negatives: Main negative was there is no pool bar - surprised nobody has mentioned this, but we really missed not having somewhere to pop and get drinks whilst sunbathing. They do have a waiter who serves drinks back and fourth from the restaurant. No entertainment or much atmosphere, so extremely quiet. Breakfast was good, but limited to pancakes in terms of hot food. Minor issue but one of our drinks got knocked over as soon as the waiter placed it on the table by the wind - unlucky. But just had to pay for the drink twice so €22 was expensive for one mojito. Questioned it on checkout but reception looked blankly back which is poor from a 5*. The shuttle service is ok, but there is only 3 a day and at inconvenient times so only used it once. It’s not 5* I would say more 3*.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 3, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. The total satisfaction of all those who visit us is of paramount importance to the team and, in this sense, we regret the situations that occurred during your stay, as well as the constraints that may have caused. We would also like to clarify that our pool bar is undergoing improvements and for this reason is operating alternatively in the terrace of our buffet restaurant, Seven Seas. We also have personalised service available so that the impact on our guests is as minimal as possible. We still regret that we have not met your best expectations. São Rafael beach, which you have direct access to through our hotel, is a concessionary beach operated by another company. For this reason it is not related to our hotel. Finally we would like to mention that our hotel is aimed at a public looking for a calm and relaxing place to rest. That's why our entertainment is all directed towards that. Taking into consideration your comments, we will continue to develop the necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure compliance with the high quality standards by which we are governed. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you on another occasion and to reverse the less positive image you may have had of the Hotel. Yours faithfully, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Kiran B wrote a review May 2022
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Amazing experience, with great service and very friendly staff. Every thing avaliable was ace, and easy walk to the beach makes for a great visit. Definitely returning again in the future. Shout out to Francine who looked after us in the rooftop bar every visit and was incredible with her service (we work in the industry) so make sure to check out the bar. Thank you
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely check out the kayaking on the beach, and the marina (about 20 min walk or 5 mins in a...
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Responded May 28, 2022
DearKiran, Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are very pleased to note your satisfaction with our service and hotel facilities. Your satisfaction is our main focus and we are proud to see that we met your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Yours sincerely, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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Louie L wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
So I left an initial review but needed to rectify. This place has potential to be brilliant. Location is great if you don’t wanna be stuck in Albufeira. Which I personally hated, reminded me of magaluf. It’s a cab journey away which costs around 10€ , I’d pay that to stay away. Lovely grounds , clean & tidy , well maintained. BUT… The food isn’t great , breakfast 6/10 being kind. I don’t wanna line up for coffee in the morning, you pay enough not to have too. Add some smoked salmon and get someone making omelettes for a start. The buffet dinner is terrible.. €30 euro a head could be better spent on grilled fish at the beach bar attached to the hotel. RAW restaurant is pointless, never see anyone eat there. Also the gym needs to open up before 10am , I’m a morning trainer and this really irritated me. Indoor pool is basic and you have to wear caps which is ridiculous. Gym opens 10am to 6:30pm btw. This place needs a decent restaurant selling the same amazing food as the beach bar. You’re a stones throw away from the ocean get some fresh fish & BBQ EVENINGS going and it’ll be a hit! I’m a week out of season so it’s not completely happening yet.. It needs a little more vibe, some better pool service rather than ice coffee in plastic cups & over priced cocktails. Some background chill music at the pool would be nice. If they added the above it would be amazing. The beach restaurant is by far the best experience, get friendly with the staff and they look after you. Sit down there till the sun sets drinking cocktails by the ocean
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded May 19, 2022
Dear Guest, First and foremost we would like to thank you for selecting our Hotel São Rafael Atlântico for your stay. We also thank you for taking the time to share your comment with us, which deserved our attention, and for the constructive spirit in which it was made. We are very sorry for the inconveniences and hope to be worthy of the trust you have placed in us. Even so we would like to clarify that your comments will be passed on to our chief executive as well as to the f&b director and will certainly contribute to the improvement of our services. We also inform you that it is possible to open the gym at any time upon previous request at our reception. Taking into consideration your comments, we will continue to make the necessary efforts to improve our services and ensure compliance with the high quality standards by which we are governed. We hope to be able to welcome you again in the near future and we will do everything we can to make your stay a truly memorable one. Kind Regards, Beatriz Português Guest Relations
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PRICE RANGE
$102 - $361 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
São Rafael Atlantic Hotel
LOCATION
PortugalAlgarveFaro DistrictAlbufeiraSesmarias
NUMBER OF ROOMS
149
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico
Which popular attractions are close to Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Nearby attractions include Praia Sao Rafael (0.1 miles), Praia da Coelha (0.7 miles), and Praia dos Arrifes (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a rooftop bar, and free wifi.
Which room amenities are available at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Dom Dinis, Restaurant O Marinheiro, and Restaurante Margem Sul.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico have airport transportation?
Yes, Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Sesmarias.
Are any cleaning services offered at Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Nau Sao Rafael Atlantico offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.