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Ria Park Hotel&Spa
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Reviewed June 12, 2008

This is the fourth or fifth time we have stayed here over the past two years as always the hotel is clean, comfortable, staff are excellent and the breakfast is amazing, it's become a home from home for me, my partner and son !

We always hire a car from the airport through (--) it only takes 10 to 15 minutes to get to the hotel. The lovely beach is only a 2 minute drive away and there are plenty of fantastic restaurants about our favourites include 2 Passos, Alambique, Casa do Lago, Don Giovanni's and Julia's in fact there are too many too mention and not enough time to visit them all !

The area is great away from the 'tourists' which is just how we like it!!!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Denise11
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Reviewed May 30, 2008

We booked this hotel via a travel agent using a BritishTour operator with a great reputation...looked nice in the brochure, seemed ideal for what we wanted [a week of r&r somewhere sunny and warm] and so we booked.
Then we read the reviews on trip-advisor...and were worried! We wont do it in this order again!!
So...if this helps...here's what we thought with regard to other reviews here:
HOTEL: Very clean, nice bedrooms, EXCELLENT and friendly staff.
ROOM: We had a suite - very nice - just two bedrooms joined together with a settee and chairs in one. Big bed. Widescreen TVs, mini-bar etc etc. Don't bother with this, if I were you...unless you can't spend more than 5 minutes in the same room with your other half.
SEA VIEW: We paid extra...but you get a side on look at it as none of the rooms look directly that way....our view was very nice: over the pool and surrounding villas etc but don't pay extra if you're expecting to watch the sunset on the water from your balcony as you wont be able to!!
FOOD: We were half board...and the food was terrific...really excellent BUT to say the restaurant lacks any sort of atmosphere is an UNDERSTATEMENT...it did pick up when we were moved to a smaller room so that a conference group could use the big restaurant...and that helped. NB though...in "summer" they apparently open up this area so you can sit on the terrace and this would be much better. BUT...the food, as I say, was really great as are the waiters/waitresses.
Breakfast was excellent...huge choice, fresh,very nice.
BAR: is in the lobby and it felt like it...again, like the restaurant: lacking in personality...but again, great staff.
SWIMMING POOL: The outside one is not heated and for me [someone who'll swim anywhere!] was too cold on all but the hottest days and even then was a challenge. The indoor pool is heated but is small, in a dark room and boring!
POOL AREA and POOL BAR: all very clean and fine. Pool bar is not cheap but was very handy and well used.
SPA: bit of a mystery this...hotel gave us a map which made it look as if the spa was somewhere else nearby but when I asked, I was told they did "treatments" in the health club area downstairs...that's not a "spa" to me...so didn't go and can't comment. Prices looked expensive to me too.
LOCATION: very quiet, exclusive area surrounded by very expensive villas [and they look like they'll be building more near the hotel judging by the "sold" plots...so beware future building noise??
BEACH: nice strip of sand...very long and not wide with a number of beach bars nearby - all of which are supposed to be really good. Not the rocky coastline that parts of the Algarve are famous for and I wouldn't swim off here as it was way too rough when we were there...we saw kite surfers too which shows you how windy it is!
MANAGER: I've read someone's review that says the Manager isn't very friendly...well, we were never introduced....BUT if it is the man I think it is, he could have at least said hello to us when passing on the stairs you'd think, wouldn't you? I think it was him and he could take a tip from his staff and smile a bit more and make you feel welcome...not that it would have made our week any better...but still. Maybe if we had been the business traveller + family from America he might have managed a hello...he seemed to be happy to sit with them....ahh well!!!

Just another note...if you book any trips from here via your rep or some such...ask how long it will take to do the pick ups from other hotels before you start the excursion...could be 2.5 hours like ours was....yawn.

Hiring a car would be a good idea if you want to see more...but the concierge will get a cab for you if you want to go for dinner somewhere and they were all good.

There is no small shop or anything nearby...so worth taking water or similar unless you don't mind paying the high hotel prices.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Travelling_Cumbrian
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Reviewed January 21, 2008

This complex (the grand ria, park ria and the humerously titled pinus ria) is totally stunning. From first entering the place you are blown away by the clean, polished interior and courteous staff. Everyone speaks englsih and the pool area is one of the best i have ever seen (i can only really speak for the Park pool, i didnt see the ones at the Pinus and the Grand) with its own bars and restuaurants lining it.

The food is excellent and the chef will produce something vegetarian/vegan on demand which is a nice bonus.
The decor throughout is stunning and locally authentic and the rooms are very spacious even at the bottom of their range and the balconies actually look out onto something nice which is the palm trees and pools.

On the downside the bars are VERY EXPENSIVE SO BE WARNED. I was paying 4.50 euros per half of lager and you cant go to the bar with cash you have to buy tokens from a guy with a machine in the lobby. Also a vodka and mixer counts as 2 tokens so they can cost up to 9 EUROS!! Then again if you are at a compex like this you can probably afford it (i got mine for free through work)

Overall this is an amazing complex, next to the beach (well, 15 min walk down the hill) with bars and restuarants as well as amazing pools and an overall great location if a little cut off from the outside world.

  • Stayed: May 2005, traveled on business
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Thank Dennyc123
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Reviewed October 16, 2007

Like a previous reviewer, we were upgraded from the Ria Park Garden which was overbooked.

Lovely hotel, clean and comfortable.

The buffet breakfast was great but to eat or drink in this hotel if not included in the price would work out very expensive.

The pool was very clean but moving off the decking on to the grass meant that we were plagued by flies.

There was a convention on, which lasted for two days and the noise from the congregating masses travelled from the foyer up to the fifth floor where we stayed and kept us awake until the very early hours. After a complaint to the Manager, we were dispatched a bottle of champagne and platter of fresh fruits which at least showed concern on the part of the management.

Not 5* as advertised but still a lovely hotel, well worth a visit.

We didn't dine in the hotel but found a lovely restaurant on the road to Almancil, about 4km from the hotel called Don Julio, what a gem. Something for everyone, fabulous food and very attentive waiters. Not to be missed!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bobbikins
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Reviewed August 31, 2007

stayed here for 10 nights at the end of august 07 in a group of 2 adults and 3 children. paid extra for sea view room but dissapointed to find that the hotel is turned side on to the sea offering a glimpse of the sea in the distance to the right. this also meant that virtualy no sun hit the balcony and the whole reason for a sea view room is to sit in the sun in the late evening with a bottle of wine and relax. thebeds are the most uncomfortable i have ever experienced. the catering is repetetive and after 10 days very boring. ( dont book half board ) the pool area is good and not overcrowded. the evening bar is dull with slow service with occasional musicians who were all dreadful. a small shop in the hotel offers very little.shuttle bus into vale de lobo is good and called upon request. vale de lobo is beautiful but dissapointingy dead during the day. in full the hotel is nice and i would rate it 4 star with 3 star food. (food very clean but lacking any flare)after 10 days we were desperate to leave and see some action. If you enjoy a very qite holiday with a good book then i reccomend this hotel. if you on the other hand like a bit of entertainment dont go. i would not return to this hotel

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank frankijr
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