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Hotel Algarve Casino
Ranked #17 of 77 Hotels in Portimao
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Great location”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The hotel is in the best possible location for accessing the beach,places to eat etc and not as noisy as further into PdR.
It is a bit old fashioned but set that aside it's spacious,clean and the places to sit and read or chat are fantastic -way beyond that of a more cramped modern design.The pool ,set in beautiful gardens overlooking the beach,is a salt water pool and it is kept meticulously! It's a perfect place to unwind.The bedrooms are similarly spacious and the rooms are quiet at night,meaning a comfortable sleep is likely in the ample beds.
Breakfast is excellent though there is a need for a closed cabinet for the fresh fruit to beat the fruit flies at this time of year.which while not dangerous are off putting.
Staff were pleasant and helpful.
I look forward to going back,and must say I can't square my experience with some of the more negative comments from fellow travellers.

Room Tip: Sea view is a must!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Just returned from 11 nights at this hotel. Nothing really to fault it. We had paid extra for a sea view and it was definitely worth it. The room was clean and comfortable and plenty of hot water. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had a couple of problems in our room which we reported to Reception, and these were sorted out immediately. We were also there during the Poker Tournament and it was nice to eat in the Pool Restaurant, although we both liked the usual restaurant, which we didn't consider to be at all hot or dark. The breakfast choice was adequate, but, for a 5 Star hotel, could have been better. Whilst staying at this hotel, we visited a 5 Star hotel in Alvor, and I must say that all the facilities were far superior to the Algarve Casino. During our stay we booked for the Dinner and Show in the Casino Restaurant at 40 euros each. The dinner was good, but the choice limited, and the show was mediocre. The hotel definitely needs updating, both inside and out, to compete with other hotels in the surrounding area.

Room Tip: Definitely worth paying the extra for a sea view and balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Derby
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013

If you want a hotel right on a beautiful place, then this has the perfect location. However, 5 star it is NOT. The reception is light and modern, but the rest of the hotel is very dated and a bit dingy. We were taken to our rooms which were overlooking the street with NO balcony. Not happy at all, we were later shown rooms overlooking the sea and pool at an extra 180 euros- not cheap, but worth paying the extra for the sea view. The rooms are large and equipped with the basics. The furniture is dark and uninviting, but are cleaned daily with towels changed . The toiletries are very nice! The weather was perfect during our stay as we lazed around the large pool and just a few steps down to the beach. Seriously need some new tables and parasols though. We ate breakfast daily and the choice was plentiful for us. We had a couple of snacks at the pool bar and they were delicious. No entertainment, but that suited us fine as we ate out every night. Pool towels are free and so is the safe deposit. We were there during an International Poker tournament, so breakfast was taken in the pool side restaurant which we enjoyed far more than the dark and hot restaurant. The hotel is seriously in need of being updated and modernised to compete in this busy resort.

Room Tip: Choose a sea/pool view, otherwise you will be overlooking the street with no balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterford, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stayed here in October. Were very lucky with the weather thankfully. The rooms were fine, cleaned daily but no way 5 star. Would have to leave the shower running for a few mins before hot water came through lol.
It was very very quite. Not much to do and not very forthcoming with info on things to do unless it was in the casino. The staff on reception were very helpful, couldn't fault them, but by god, don't get a snack by the pool, the one working there was let's just say the opposite to friendly.
The pool is very large which is a bonus and the hotel supplies towels for lying out which was a huge benefit!
The style of the hotel is lovely, certainly a bit dated but I liked it. The brekkie in the morning really was a 3 star. It did the job but I've had much much better.
Would I stay here again? If it was going extremely cheap, then yes. Otherwise, no.
Now if you have it booked, you will enjoy, don't fret. Sitting out on the bar watching the sun set over the ocean is a bonus and I loved it. I've just experienced better is all.

Room Tip: Sea front have little balcony, try one of them
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Been to this hotel on a number of occasions. We love the location and the safety of Praia Da Rocha. Great breakfast. How ever the rooms need to be updated especially the TVs. It is very clean and the staff are very friendly, we will be back again, hopefully they will update this hotel soon.

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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This hotel was a nightmare. It was sold to us as a five star....maybe twenty years ago but by today's standards it was barely three star. Even though we had requested a cot for our son to be in the room when we arrived ...it was not. It was bed time, cue a cranky 20 month old. Their response was that 'children didn't usually stay in the type of room we had'. The room was possibly the noisiest room I've encountered, we could actually hear someone above us going to the toilet (with sound effects) and flushing it. not a pleasant sound as you can imagine!
They were most unhelpful, charging us to heat up our sons bottle with the milk that we had provided for them. I complained on check out and they couldn't have cared less. The Bidet in the bathroom was dirty with what looked like urine when we arrived....I purposly did not clean it to see if it would be spotted when they were doing their daily clean...we were there for five nights and the stain was still there when we checked out. I would definitely not recommend them .

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

we spent last Christmas here,the hotel was nice and the staff attentive but its not 5 star,fairly quiet which suited us.
great facilities and next to the beach(which was great,the water was warm even at Christmas)We wouldn't come here in the summer as the area will be packed!

Room Tip: always get a room with a seaview as the other rooms are facing a busy road
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Algarve Casino
Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira | Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Portimao
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Portimao
#14 Luxury Hotel in Portimao
#16 Romantic Hotel in Portimao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Algarve Casino 5*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Praia da Rocha, close to many tourist facilities - golf, marinas, water parks and evening entertainment - the Hotel Algarve Casino combines comfort and refinement, entertainment and relaxation, leisure and business in a unique way. With an enticing view of the beach and the sea, the five-star hotel provides unforgettable holidays for the whole family, with the guarantee of excellent service, comfort and quality. The Casino, next to the hotel, complements what the Hotel Algarve Casino has to offer, inviting to moments of pure fun with evening entertainment, fantastic shows, musical evenings, restaurants, bars and modern games rooms. ... more   less 
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