We stayed here from 9th september until the 23rd...
We arrived at midnight to be greeted by a friendly male receptionist who quickly and efficiently checked us in, we found our room quickly but had slight trouble getting in to the room as all rooms are on a key less entry system which i think may still be having teathing problems as we had a few problems while we were there. On getting there we were over the moon with the beautiful room and hotel although slightly dissapointed with the balcony overlooking the car park but within a couple of days we realised this side had the sun all day and was still blazing at 8pm and was peaceful and private unlike the rooms overlooking the bar/restaurant.
We went on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfast was of a good standard and plentiful, i personaly feel that if you couldnt find something to eat then theres something wrong with you!
There was one small childrens pool and one gorgeous infinity pool that was the cleanest pool i think ive ever come accross and yes it wasnt the biggest pool ive ever seen and yes it was cold but the hotel was at full capacity and i never once saw it looking overcrowded and its not heated but it was 36 degrees so who cares and i was gratfull of the cooling off.
If not on a all inclusive basis the drinks were a little over priced and we tended to only buy them at happy hour but local wines from the supermarket are just over 1 euro a bottle but i have to say i really enjoyed having a glass of wine over looking the river or at the end of the jetty.
The hotel is in Parchal which is not in the tourist area at all but is not run down or rough its just how old portugal is, i have been to portugal many times and if your looking for blackpool abroad then this is not for you as its up to a 40 min walk to portimao or ferragudo, the latter of which is a beautiful portugese fishing village practically unspoilt by tourism and is well worth a visit with its handful of lovely restaurants.
I would advise you hire a car as there is nothing around this hotel and its a lovely way to see the algarve, i would reccomend a trip to alvor which is about 10 mins away and a 10 euro taxi fare but it is totally worth it which its stunning beach and harbour and lots and lots of fabulous traditional portugese restaurants.
There is a supermarket (mini precco) just to the left of the hotel wich stocks all your essentials and a river boat that takes you to the beach daily which was geat and my nine year old loved.
This hotel is for relaxation and there isnt a great deal for children but that didnt stop my daughter having a great time.
Now for the people on a all inclusive basis, from what i heard the food wasnt the best but i cant comment on that as i never tried it.
I found the reception staff to be very helpfull but the bar staff were not and to be honest it was quite an effort for them to just serve you but in there defence they had to put up with the moaning and complaints of us fellow brits for 18 hours a day and i witnessed a few times some rude behaviour towards the bar staff.
Overall i really enjoyed my two weeks here and for me it was exeptional value for money at under £12 a night each, i consider my self quite well travelled and have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and have paid the appropriate price.... so in my opinion if you want the hilton then dont pay for the travelodge and then complain that it doesnt have the luxers that one would expect in the hilton and lets face it your hoiday is what you make it and some people will moan and complain about anything especially the british and it certainly hasnt put me off as im coming back to the riverside next month.
Thanks Agua Riversise
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