First of let me start with Airport to Hotel/Hotel to Airport information. A cheap, fun way of getting to the hotel from Faro airport. We got a bus (1.90 Euro each) to Faro, then from the bus station in Faro we got a bus to Conceição de Tavira (4.50 Euro each). 10 minutes form airport then around an hour to Conceição de Tavira. The only thing is that the timetable of buses and trains are not regular so unless you're patient and adventurous I suggest you pay silly prices for a taxi to drop you off. Getting back, we got the Train from Conceição de Tavira to Faro and that was (7.20 Euros for both) and then we got a bus from the bus station to Praia Faro, which is a very nice beach 10 minutes away from the airport.. spent the last 5 hours there before traveling back and that only cost (1.90 Euro each).
Transport in general is a pain because of the times in between the services but if you ask the receptionists who are very nice and friendly, you can have a timetable and plan things better.
As for the Hotel, it was in a very nice quiet area... I am not sure if it was the season or if it is always quiet there though. The Hotel was massive and nice from the inside once you pass reception.. felt like a new built flat complex. The room was great, really spacious and very clean. My only cons are that the shower curtain seemed stained and needs replacing and the two single beds stuck together were annoying for a couple to sleep on and thin sheets but that is personal preference. The kitchen has everything, toaster, microwave, cutlery etc...
There is a huge pool and mini ones surrounding it, I did not use because it was very cold and not hot enough outside. There is also a Jacuzzi on the top of the Hotel with a decent view that closes at 8pm. Also a small Sauna room and a little Gym area. All pretty decent but nothing amazing for a 4 star hotel. The restaurant is very nice, we had an amazing meal there and was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was.
Around the Hotel/Area there are many restaurants but the area itself is almost like a ghost town. We were there from Saturday to Tuesday and I have never been in a place so quiet on a weekend.. suppose it's because I am used to London and the busy streets. There is an amazing Grill restaurant with a lady that works and runs the whole place.. nice cheap food and very funny lively lady. It has that local feel and taste to it. There are also a few supermarkets although most seem almost full of empty shelves? No idea why. But if you are self catering like us then no need to worry.
We hired a bicycles and they came in handy for shopping and trips to the train station. We even used it to travel to Tavira and to the waterfall (Pogo De Inferno) which was painful but worth it. Don't do it if you are not fit enough because of all the hills... going down was lots of fun but going up with a pain in the a...
The great thing about this hotel is that it's in an area not too far from Spain, so we went by train to Vila Real (8.40 Euro Return for both) and then got the Ferry which is 10 minutes walk from the station.. and that was a little fee of (1.70 Euro each). The Ferry takes 10 minutes or so to get to Ayamonte Spain where it is more lively and a good place for shopping and relaxation. Unfortunately we could not do our original plan to go Seville because it's 2 hours by bus and the times of the buses were crap but if you are staying for more than a few days I'd highly recommend going and maybe staying the night in Seville as it would be pointless to come back with that silly time table for buses and trains that they have.
In general, it was a great Hotel and I'd highly recommend it.
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