We stayed from the 19th June for 7 night in a Junior-suite which was lovely, modern and spotless. This is definitely worth the money to get such an great room. The view of the river was amazing and we were pleased to have our own kitchen area with a huge balcony and sun loungers/ chairs. The kitchen was well equipped and also had a dishwasher; we only had to buy dishwasher tablets.
Although we had a dishwasher we were surprised to see that the cleaners (who cleaned daily) even washed our dishes. The beds were made perfectly and bathroom towels can be changed if you leave them on the bath. This made the stay even more relaxing and we felt spoiled.
The staff were always friendly and tried their best to overcome the language barrier. There was always someone to help at reception as well as waitress at the pool to bring drinks straight to our sun loungers. The pool was lovely and we always managed to get sunbeds. At the beginning of our stay the pool was very cold but it seemed to warm up towards the end but it was never unbearable. The free spa was also really nice it included: jacuzzi, sauna, steam-room and pool. The only problem we had is that the spa caused our eyes to sting so we felt we couldn't stay for any longer than around an hour. We also had to wear swimming caps which was slightly embarrassing but also quite funny.
The food in out opinion, was also a lot better than reviewed. We had breakfast every day and felt there was a lot of variety including: bacon, egg, beans, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, cold meat, fruit, cereals, pastries and bread for toasting. We had also had lunch which was very nice. My girlfriend had spaghetti carbonara and I had a burger and we both enjoyed what we had but the menu had a lot more. We also inquired about dinner but only to find that it was buffet every night at 18 euros each drinks not included so we decided to eat out.
We found a very nice restaurant on our last night in Praia Da Rocha called 'La Gioconda' (right at the end of the strip behind another italian restaurant). The staff were very friendly and the food was great. The beach at Praia da Rocha was amazing it is definitely worth visiting and is only 10 euros away in a taxi (just ask reception to arrange this). At night time Praia da Rocha got a lot busier with clubs and bars as well as stalls selling nice clothes and jewelry.
We also walked into Portimao which is the city across from the hotel. This only took around 25 minutes. It is a lovely city and we came across a huge shopping center called 'Aqua Portimao' and decided to have a look and ended up spending the day there and ate at the foodcourt which included: a Chinese, McDonalds, Pizza-Hut and lots of other healthier places too. We were surprised to find a Primark, H&M, Zara as well as loads of other equally good shops too.
We wanted to visit a local market and were recommended a place called 'Odiaxere' by the receptionist. This was a pretty poor market and contained very little and we were very disappointed. We decided to go to Lagos zoo instead which turned out to be brilliant but quite expensive for a taxi (around 70 euros there and back).
Overall, we had an amazing time for our first time in Portugal and we would definitely go back to this hotel if not, the same area. We felt that we were barely in a "run-down" area at all and that travelling was also no problem and we didn't have to rent a car. Taxi's were really cheap and the hotel is such short distances away from such nice places. We find it strange how people have complained of a smell from the river as we only came across this for short periods at random times and it was a very slight river smell. We were on bed and breakfast and we found this to be satisfying enough and we were pleased we did not go all inclusive as a buffet for dinner every night may have gotten very boring.
We would one-hundred percent recommend this hotel to anyone; as long as you do some reading-up on the area and check the distances between places you shouldn't have a problem. :)
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