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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- Also Known As:
- Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel Albufeira
- Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort And Hotel Spa
- Santa Eulalia Portugal
- Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve