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ClubHotel Riu Guarana
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Olhos de Agua
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Faro, Portugal
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“Great fun great location”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Great for families and couples. Just in front of the hotel we have a big Sports & cocktail bar Oasis. Live music every day and karaoke. Lots of entertaiment near by. Open until 4 am.
The hotel is just 100 m from the beach and center.
All staff is amazing!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

I visited the hotel for a long weekend with 2 friends in early March, having booked a late deal through the Riu website. I've stayed at the neighbouring Riu Palace Hotel a few times before, so I was pleased to find that the ClubHotel Riu Guarana was of a similar high standard, with the added bonus of being all-inclusive. The hotel is modern, clean, and we found the staff to be incredibly helpful - nothing was too much trouble for them.
We had a lovely large room, overlooking the pool area. As there were three of us staying in the room, we were making use of the sofa bed. The first night on this was a bit uncomfortable but after a quick call to reception the next morning, the bed was well and truly transformed with an additional frame and mattress. It was definitely worth asking!
The hotel has a well laid out pool area with plenty of sun loungers and parasols (which we needed as temperatures were around 24 degrees celsius). Given it was March, the swim-up bar wasn't open, but the main bar and outside bar were both available for pool-side drinks. There is also a terrace outside the main bar, which was nice to sit out on in the early evening.
The entertainment team were really friendly, and managed to create a great atmosphere throughout the day - both by the pool and in the bar area. The evening entertainment was quite cheesy, but good fun, and we really enjoyed the animation team's "crazy show" on the Friday night.
The food in the hotel restaurant was great - plenty of fresh salad, fish, meat and lovely desserts - and there was lots of variety so we didn't get bored at all. We ate all of our meals at the hotel, but maybe if we had stayed a bit longer we would have wanted to eat out a few times (sadly, my favourite local restaurant, Pizzeria Fratelli, was closed for holidays).
The hotel sits at the top of a small hill and the road from it runs down through Olhos D'Agua to the beach, going past a few local restaurants and shops on the way. It's a small, fairly quiet town/village (even in June/September when I usually visit) and as the holiday season wasn't yet underway properly, quite a few places were still closed or on reduced opening hours and the beach loungers hadn't yet been set up. We were there to relax though so this didn't bother us at all.
All in all, we had a great 4 days/3 nights in Olhos D'Agua, and left feeling like we'd been relaxing for far longer. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous reception area which had a huge window with a view of the pools and garden it's gorgeous when you arrive .
We got agree with an earlier poster that the best way to get to the hotel is probably with yellowfishtransfers they provide a great service and even have wifi in the car .well priced too compared to what our travel agent Thompson Holidays were charging .Thompson charge per head , yellowfish taxischarged by the car much cheaper.
The food was all inclusive and we found it very good not repetitive at all and the drinks were brilliant varied on fact they would even make your own concoctions if you wished and they did use plenty of alcohol ..
Yes the entertainment could of been more proffessional but the staff were nice and it was perfectly enjoyable just don't expect too much.
A good size room for our party of four and clean and modern . 
We had clean towels every time we requested , usually every 2 days .
Plenty of room around the pool and lots of sun loungers .
We had a great time . 

  • Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Portugal in 2012 with his teenagers.

We absolutely loved it, its a great place for families, close to the beach and lots of variety. The pool scene is brilliant, we always managed to get beds close to the bar and the staff were really lovely. There is some afternoon entertainment that can be a bit noisy but to be honest you get used to it and there are other times of the day to have a nap! The evening entertainment is surprisingly good, yes its cheesy and a bit butlins but they try really hard and we really enjoyed it!

The food is good, fresh and varied. We did eat out of the hotel quite a lot so we didn't really get bored with the buffets as we weren't there every day.

Its a safe little town, the teenagers went off on their own in the evenings and the shops stay open late with caricaturists and sellers in the street.

The beach is quite crowded but its a nice little beach. We did go further afield, we rented a car to go further up the coast to go surfing and we went to another beach to go jetskiing.

It is a big hotel but we still had a really relaxing stay. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Stayed with the family for an all inclusive week in summer and were positively surprised. Clean and well managed, but big hotel.

Animation programme is OK, nothing which I was keen on but if the kids love it, parents have less trouble as well :-)

Food quality (being an all-inclusive hotel) was very good, I have seen much worse in my life. Variety each evening is great but the food-themes do repeat within a week. That could be improved!

Location is OK, inbetween other hotelcomplexes of higher and lower standard, 10min walk to the sandy beach. but if you want to see something you should hire a car to get around in the vicinity.

We definitley can recommend the hotel, value for your money! Keep on going like this!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My wife and I were here for 10 nights at the Riu Guarana at the start of July.

I emailed the hotel prior to departure requesting a room with a pool view. They replied by email saying they couldn't guarantee, but they would check availability. On arrival they allocated a great room overlooking tennis court/pool on end of hotel. rooms all floors 01 - 04
We were in 204.
beds are hard, but request a mattress topper and they are fine.
Air con is rubbish but fortunately the room we had didn't get sun all day, so it was bearable.

The choice of drinks and quality were absolutely fine and the food was cooked perfectly and plentiful with loads of choice.
This was our 3rd trip to a RIU and the food has been great and service exceptional at them all.

We sampled the Asian restaurant on a couple of occasions which needs to be pre booked which is effortless and the standard was excellent. The grill restaurant was ok if you like everything battered

We love Sardines, which Portugal is renowned for but they were only on the menu once in 10 days.

Only two little annoyances to mention.

We went right at the start of July to miss the school holidays, and Thompson who we booked with recommended this for couples, as our children were old enough to go on their own holidays this year.
it was fine for the first week, but then the Spanish/ Portuguese families started arriving.
This shouldn't have been a problem as there is an absolutely huge family pool with slides etc and away from this is a quiet/ couples pool with no inflatables, ball games and such. but obviously this doesn't apply to our foreign types who blatantly ignored all this and inundated this area with children. the staff were complained to numerous times by dozens of British couples but to no avail.
So note to couples go slightly earlier or after school holidays.

Also i know you shouldn't really expect entertainment, and the animation team did work very hard, but their shows every night were awful. just very bad miming to music everyday.
Which is a shame as other RIU's have been excellent.
Overall summary excellent location, just few minutes walk from beach. excellent food and staff and cleanliness.
Would definitely go again but outside holidays (check foreign holiday dates also)

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Stayed here in April. Good hotel, the entrance is pretty impressive when you arrive, up the steps and into the large marble and glass foyer.

The room was fine, not particularly large but not on the small side. I would say it was a pretty average size. We had a view over the pool and down to the town which was nice, and our balcony was a decent size (some appeared smaller than others). It also enabled us to watch what was down by the pool some nights. The linens were changed once during our week stay and the towels were changed whenever we wanted- just threw them in the bath. There was adequate hanging space for clothing and if we wanted anything the maids were more than amenable in doing so (she brought us some extra cups one day.)

We stayed at the hotel on an all inclusive basis and it was the first time (we have since this now stayed at others who employ this method) we'd been to a hotel that had self service pumps. As we stayed in low season, April, this wasn't a problem because the hotel was largely empty but I imagine this may get to be a problem in July/August when the hotel is busier. However, this was fine but didn't feel like the billed stars with having to serve yourself. It also meant that some of the younger Portuguese teens were having a great time in the middle of the day! The cocktails were alright too and the beer is quite nice.

The entertainment team were also quite good, despite the fact that I usually am not really into the hotel entertainment. However, as there wasn't much going on in April we decided to watch the show a few nights and join in. The sangria making by the pool was particularly fun, and amazing to see how much alcohol went in! One night the staff were also riding the lifts with champagne for guests on the way to dinner which was funny.

The food at the hotel is alright, there is always something to eat, however we were surprised because in April none of the other restaurants were open (it said in the brochure one at least would be open). This was particularly disappointing because when the buffet themed 'chinese' night was on for a taster of the Chinese restaurant, the food was the best we had all our stay. However, as all inclusive goes it is the standard local dishes, themed dishes, and general chips chicken etc.

The surrounding area is nice and even in April when it was quiet the bars down by the shore were open and welcoming. The Italian restaurant was particularly nice in the square just over the road and a special mention to the Chinese across from the hotel which was a fabulous meal, run by an absolutely lovely young Chinese woman. It is upstairs over a bar and she is wonderfully accommodating and friendly.

Overall our stay was fine, the hotel was nice for a weeks stay. However, I don't think I could justify paying the price for it in the summer months when this hotel reaches over a grand a week. When we stayed we were lucky that the children were mostly at school however it is a much more family orientated hotel than adults. Perhaps if adults were travelling they would be recommended to go to the half board Riu over the road (which we looked around and would stay in, spectacular views of the coast).

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: ClubHotel Riu Guarana
Address: Quinta do Milharo | Olhos D'Agua - Algarve, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 08200, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Olhos de Agua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Olhos de Agua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Guarana 4*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renovated in 2017. Located in Olhos d'Agua in the Algarve. 6-Storey main building and 2-storey annex building. 15 Minutes' walk from Praia da Falesia beach. Access to a small cove from the hotel Riu Palace Algarve is via cliff side steps (an approximate 10 minute walk). 8 Km from Albufeira. 500 M from various shops. 35 Km from the airport. 500 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa. ... more   less 
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