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Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
Ranked #11 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Fabulous holiday”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stayed in this beautiful hotel for 5 nights in April 2014 with husband and 2 teenage children. We were blessed with lovely weather everyday; highs of 22 degrees but felt warmer on the beach, particularly when there was no wind. Water was a bit chilly but you soon get used to it! Had a lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite overlooking the pool area and gardens with a sea view. There was a sofa bed which was reasonably comfortable but the double bed was a bit too firm for my taste - I would consider taking a mattress topper next time. Suite did not have tea/coffee making facilities but I was reliably informed that kettles are are available on request and there are several nearby supermarkets where you can buy supplies if needed. I had several cups of tea with my breakfast every morning and that was enough for me. I would highly recommend staying on a bed and breakfast basis as the breakfasts are epic! Full English fry ups, omelettes, pastries, cakes, rolls, bread, cheeses, cereals, pancakes,fruit,champagne and juice galore, starting at 7am and lasting until 10.30am. There are 3 pools (2 are heated) with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas available, though I imagine it might get a bit crowded in the summer when the hotel is full. The poolside bar quite expensive but that was no surprise. We did not try the gym (free) or the spa (expensive) but they looked good. The beach is accessible through a private gate for hotel guests but could prove a bit tricky to get to for less able guests as there are plenty of steps to negotiate. It is not a private beach but it was not crowded. The beach cafe (run by the hotel ) was lovely and quite reasonably priced. There is another restaurant (not run by hotel ) further down the beach which we did not try but I will definitely give it a go on our next trip. There is a free hotel shuttle bus that runs back and forth to Albufeira every 2 hours until 6:15 pm. It only seats 27 people so don't leave it until the last minute to join the queue! Taxis to and from Albufeira are about 7.50 euros each way. We will definitely go back to Grande Real Santa Eulalia for another (longer) stay and will probably hire a car to explore the beautiful Algarve region further. By all accounts, April, May, September and October are good times to go. You get good weather and reasonable prices but avoid the crowds.

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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
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Grande Real Santa Eulália
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Ground floor garden room 11 with lovely views of pine trees and sea, didn't pay any extra for it. 6.50 for tuna sandwich which was nice and fresh and 4.50 for a large beer at pool bar. Dont eat in Martins Restaurante at the hotel entrance had the worst meal ever there. Ordered chicken piri piri and got a piece of fried chicken, dried up no taste and string fries, staff attitude was really bad. Breakfast in hotel was really good and best value. Used mini bar fridge for our water etc. Taxi to nearest supermarket and restaurant is 4 euros. Shuttle bus was really handy used it every day. All in great hotel and location.

Room Tip: Room 11 garden room sunny in the afternoon lovely views
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

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Jorge Teixeira
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

this is a lovely resort but be careful while walking as the path ways are all cobbles it is also far out and if you have any mobilty ptoblems this isnt the hotel for you there is a mini bus that runs hourly but only hold 17 passengers and at peak times for the size of the hotel only leaves the the choice of walking or using taxis there is a local bus stop at the gates of the complex but again if you have mobility problems its a bit of a walk the taxis arnt too expensive but the cost soon mounts up

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Stayed here for five nights romantic getaway. Very good all round. Quiet room overlooking the gardens. Food very nice and wide choice. All staff really good and helpful. Private beach is FAB. Good for children and adults alike . Taxis €5 into main Albafeira. Will probably return next year.

Room Tip: If you want peace,ask for garden view. Some rooms overlooking the garden also have a nice sea view.
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
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belfast
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We are just back from this hotel travelled from 9th April - 16th April we had room 139 & also parents in room 141 double sea view suites ( paid slightly more but worth every penny ).

When we arrived at hotel we were amazed at how beautiful it was , deserves all the 5 stars it is awarded in some european counties stars dont always mean much but in portugal they do.

We were so please that we had 2 double beds and 2 bedrooms and usually when we travel we have a sofa bed whilst r two kids have the main bedroom so were totally over the moon to have this and 2 balconies and 2 beautiful bathrooms one of which had a fantastic whirlpool bath that i used with a nice glass of red in the evenings.

Lovely soft dressing gowns and towels were waiting for us and i can honestly say i have never had a towel as soft before.

There was a large bottle of water and some smarties left for kids arriving which i thought was a very nice touch, plenty of toiletries were left and replenished through the break which i thought was very kind.

Rooms cleaned everyday and fresh towels if required , could also get towels for pool from reception this is fab saves on worrying about extra luggage weight for beach towels.

This hotel is an amaxing location right on beach 2 minutes and your on it, we had lovely weather when we were there which made it even more perfect.

We were on a b&b basis and i can honestly say best breakfasts i have ever experienced abroad and anyone that says you can get fed up with it well what do you want? there is everything from full frys, beautiful fruit selections, croissants pastries, hams, cereals, yoghurts, toast, eggs cooked to likings, boiled poached, scrambled fried everything fruit juices coffee , teas (tetley) hot chocolate for children fab service at breakfast very efficient.

Only thing that would have made my stay better would have been a mattress topper both us and parents found the beds to be very hard my husband has had back surgery and step father has a dengenerative bone problems we did find it hard. We slept but did wake sore , but it was fine it would not put me off coming back at all.

The hotel offers shuttle services to new town and old town with children and parents we did prefer the old town lots of character and shops just a different atmosphere.

There is a kids club which one of my daughters went to i didnt send my other one as she has special needs , they are very good with children my daughter only went for an hour / hour and half most days but really enjoyed it and its free.

There is a very well equipped gym which is free and the spa i did not try it so can comment on it , seemed expensive but if you want a treat then perfect for it.

There could have maybe been more entertainment at night for children but again you cant have everything.

Pool bar was expensive i thought 3 euro for tin of juice for kids and 4.50 for a large beer but bring your own kids juices save some £££ s thats what i did. We used heated pool which was fine in size but just be aware dip to deep level 1.5 meters in middle , there are baby pool if u have a toddler. plenty of sunbeds and grass area to lie on.

We might try apartments next time so can cook with kids as eating out in portugal in some places is not that cheap although you can get lunch for 5 euro in lots of places but the drinks add on.

I would like to thank hotel and staff as they do an amazing job , felt very safe beautiful environment and will defo return next year

Room Tip: Chose a sea view if you have kids then a suite is perfect feels like you have your own space in your...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
Manager
Grande Real Santa Eulália
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

This hotel was fantastic. Staff were great, No loud music, Most pools were heated, Lovely beach. I had a great sleep but my father, who slept in the bigger room, said his sleep quality wasn't great and there were occasions where he didn't get any sleep at all.
I didn't go to the spa or have breakfast here because I went self catering but I had a look online and the prices weren't exactly cheap.
Location was great. There is a free bus service into the strip and the old town. If you want to go to the strip get off the bus at the first stop and walk along the road (left) untill you get to it. It isn't far.
I highly recommend staying here as it is absolutely beautiful (even though other reviews say it's old fashioned) and it was, in general, a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a pool view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
Manager
Grande Real Santa Eulália
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Dublin
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Visited Portugal for the first time from 22nd to 29th March 2014 and thrilled with the welcome there, in particular in the Hotel. My husband and I met up with friends from the UK who we have known since first meeting while on holiday 9 years ago in Canada. Our holiday in Portugal was excellent in every way and especially with the standards in the Hotel. We stayed on a B&B basis and found the staff and food excellent. The Hotel in general gets full marks, only "small" complaint we have was that we found the charges for the use of their Spa quiet expensive, so did not avail. We will definitely be going back to Grande Real. Thanks for making our holiday so enjoyable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Due to the implementation of a new Property Management system, we have not been able to reply individually and personally to all reviews as we usually do, but we wanted to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback with us and assure you that your comments will be taken into consideration. As soon as possible, we will start replying to each one of your kind comments and reviews individually.

Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to one of the Hotéis Real Algarve.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
Manager
Grande Real Santa Eulália
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Property: Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
Address: Praia de Santa Eulalia, Albufeira 8200-916, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
#5 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#9 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#9 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:5 star — Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 344
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