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Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
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Reviewed April 4, 2011

Stayed here March 2011. Had stayed here before when it was Hotel Garbe, and always enjoyed it. Since becoming a Holiday Inn all the rooms have been completely refurbished, and are very pleasantly appointed. Many of the staff were here before the change, and are very friendly. We always stay in a sea view room. The balcony is small, but the view makes up for it. We were on a bed and breakfast rate. The breakfast is a buffet, and there is a very reasonable hot and cold choice. The dining room overlooks the ocean, as does the bar. Hotel wifi only really available in the bar area, however there is free wifi in the town (cmsfreenet) and this was picked up in our hotel room, so no problems with e-mailng home etc. Since our last stay, the work on the main street where the hotel is is finished, and it is now a mainly pedestrianised area, and pleasant to stroll along. There has been a lot of development in Armacao de Pera, but the sea front still has a 'village' feel about it, and the fishing boats coming in along the beach add to this. It is pretty quiet in March, which suits us. Think it may be very busy in main season. Superb long beach you can walk along, and cliff top walks if you prefer somehitng more challenging. Dined out in the evening, and would recommend A Grehla, Clipper, Restaurant Hera and L'Oasis Pizza.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2011

Thank you for reviewing your holiday here. We are very pleased that you once again enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your kind comments. The new pedestrianised street is superb for exploring, and nothing beats a walk along the beach to see the fishermen bring in their catch.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

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Reviewed April 1, 2011

After being a regular visitor to the Garbe Hotel (Holiday Inn Algarve) I think I am allowed to call it the Garbe as I been visiting for the past 30 years. Happy memories of these years, my first visit in the eighties when it was owned and ran by the Santos family. The meals were absolutely marvellous, there were 31 waiters on duty and 18 chefs to cook the meals, everyone had to be formally dressed for diiner gentlemen had to wear a tie no shorts!!. Time moved on and the Santos family sold the hotel. Another era began and extension and alterations began, some good some not so good. I have seen the two assistant managers grow up Mauela and Palo both teenagers then.Manuela on reception and Palo in the bar. They have never alterd in their dedication to the guest at the hotel, always very polite and very helpful, as are the rest of the staff. I would like to thank all the staff of the Garbe for the help and freindship they have show to Elizabeth and myself over the past 30 years it is appreciated. Many thanks Robert and Elizabeth Stanley

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2011

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stanley,

Thank you for your kind review. We are honoured that you have for 30 years chosen our Hotel for your holiday and thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.

With best wishes

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Reviewed March 31, 2011

Stayed here for five days and could'nt fault it for value. Good rooms with sea view from the balcony, good breakfast, excellent staff, direct access to miles of beach and - UK Holiday Inns take note - FREE WI FI IN BAR AND RECEPTION. Although we did'nt know in advance they also laid on free tea and cakes every afternoon at 3.30pm in the bar. All this for under £60 per day for a couple. Could'nt beat that in the UK and we will be going back.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

Having spent many holidays in the Agarve this was our first stay in the resort and we loved it. We have stayed in many Holiday Inns but this has to be the best experience. The location is so wonderful, a step from one of the best beaches on the coast and the sea view room balcony provided many relaxing hours just taking in the view. Tea and coffee in the room was much appreciated as was the free daily afternoon tea complete with cakeserved in the lounge with beautiful views. . Wifi was free in the foyer if you have your own PC. Small touches but much appreciated. The breakfast was good quality with plenty choice. The staff not invasive but attentive when needed. Check in was speedy and the staff really helpful. Free parking was also provided though may be an issue when hotel full. The pool area is not large but provides beds and an additional seating only area at a higher level. Layout geared more to couples than families. We used the RAJ Indian Restaurant attached to the hotel and it was brill. Staff so helpful and the food delicious. The pedestrianised walkway into the old town allows for a gentle amble in the evening with a supermarket en route and we enjoyed the food on the main road at Daves where fresh fish was lovely. On theopposite side of the road to the left iof the hotel is a really nice snack bar selling huge ice cream and cakes etc .We do not oftern return to the same hotel or resort but we will certainly make an exception for the Holiday Inn . It provided everything we needed for a realxing 5 night stay. Thank you to all the staff and in particular the Manager who made us feel very welcome througout our stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2011

Thank you for your review. We very much appreciate your great comments. As you say, the location of the Hotel is just spectacular - just perfect for a beach holiday. We hope it will not be too long before you return here.

With many thanks and kindest regards.

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Reviewed March 2, 2011

Everything about the Holiday Inn was excellent. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, the views and beaches were spectacular. But the most impressive thing was the staff which was the friendliest and most helpful group that I have encountered at a resort. The Raj Indian Restaurant was a special treat with good food and service. We also played golf at three local courses which were busy but well organised. The golf office at the hotel organised everything for us.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2011

Hi,

Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and very much appreciate you writing about our Hotel here on TripAdvisor. We hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure to welcome you back.

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Reviewed February 9, 2011

Enjoyed very much our short stay at this hotel in August 2010 for 5 nights.

Hotel is very clean and modern thoughout with good facilities, nice bar with light evening entertainment. Reception staff were OK but a bit moody, even somewhat grumpy, which was the only slight downside!! However, this did not put us off as this seems quite normal these days with hotel staff in many locations.

We were on half board and the food was excellent - buffet style - with the restaurant overlooing the Ocean, with an option to sit on the outside patio area with views over the hotel pool and beach. Restaurant staff were very friendly indeed.

Now the rooms. They were OK but nothing to rave about. We had three rooms with sea view - would not liked to be in the rooms facing inland - so well worth paying the supplement. However, they were not the renovated ones, which they might be by now? The beds were hard and not comfortable, had to ask for an extra mattress. Couple of issues with the rooms that we had to deal with the grumpty reception over which was amusing but they got there in the end, needed a bit of nagging though. Also the cleaners need to be told to knock properly - and then wait - before entering (they also came at erratic times) and caught me at least twice in the nud!

Location in the town is first class being on the front and directly on the sandy beach. Pool was a bit small at the busy times and got somewhat overloaded with kids!

Overall a great stay and would recommend this hotel. Would definitely return but want to be sure in a renovated room.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 4, 2011

A good quality, well established hotel with long serving staff and many repeat guests with whom we renewed friendships. Retains the best of the of the Garbe atmosphere while the whole hotel has been freshened up and revitalised following its Holiday Inn facelift. Weather in January was exceptional this year - sun and 18 C for many days - not always like this!!
Most of time we dined on their main buffet meals- improved over the years- while we sometimes used their Special menus when we had a smaller appetite. The Raj Indian Restuarant is an excellent alternative for a different flavour while there many local cafes and restuarants within easy reach.
Highly recommended.

FIS

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2011

Thank you for your review.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay here once again, we just love your comment -

"Retains the best of the of the Garbe atmosphere while the whole hotel has been freshened up and revitalised following its Holiday Inn facelift. "

We look forward to welcoming you back again next year.

With many thanks and kindest regards

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Address: Avenida Marginal, Armacao de Pera 8365-909, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Garbe)
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Armacao de Pera
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Price Range: $27 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera 4*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you want to relax in the sun, take leisurely strolls on the beach or are looking for something more active, the Holiday Inn Algarve, formerly known as Hotel Garbe, is the perfect choice. Commanding a prime beachfront position with stunning panoramic views over the bay of the Algarvean village of Armaçao de Pera, the hotel lies within strolling distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The holiday Inn Algarve is one of the best located Armaçao de Pera accommodations. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the Algarve, with regular bus services to nearby towns and villages. From almost every angle guests enjoy breathtaking ocean views of the sparkling Atlantic. Direct access from the hotel leads straight on to the magnificent sandy beach, one of the longest in the Algarve. ... more   less 
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