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Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Olhao
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is the first chance I've had to relax completely in years and after a long winter in London, I felt like new in just five days. I travelled with my child who had a brilliant time as the place is very child friendly and there were some lovely kids to play with. On the other hand, it remains relaxing for those without kids as there is plenty of communal space and peace and quiet to relax. The facilities are spot on; we spent hours in the pool and went for some lovely walks. Breakfast is a relaxed affair and runs till 10:30, with every breakfast option you could wish for. The food in the restaurant is delicious - we tried the lot and found the fish choices fantastic. The icing on the cake is the friendly staff who are happy to help with just about anything. It's well worth paying for the sea view. Very quite at night. A new hotel so sound insulation is good. Best in the Algarve, although don't come looking for night-life because there isn't any!. Having said that, the choice of restaurants in Olhau is quite something and reports were excellent, although we ate at the hotel restaurant as the food was impeccable (worth noting that wine options are on the pricey side, but the house wine is a good all-round choice). Recommended.

Room Tip: Sea view is best
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your review and recommendation.

It was gratifying to read how much you enjoyed every single aspect of your stay with us, from the food, to the location, facilities and especially the service provided by our team. It was also rewarding to learn that you not only had a perfect stay, but that you were able to completely relax and even felt rejuvenated after a few days, which is exactly the feeling that we want our guests to have and we hope that this effect is still lasting!

We hope that we will be able to welcome you back soon for another enjoyable, relaxing stay at the Real Marina Hotel & SPA.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
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Real Marina
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed here with my husband 4 nights in April/Off-season.
Exellent service from check-in to check-out, great room. You should spend a bit extra on the sea-view, its worth it! I´ts been a year since our visit, and I´m still thinking about the fantastic breakfast (I was pregnant at the time, so it was torture to not beeing able to try everything).
We also spent some time at the pools and in the spa - very nice!

A short walk to all the restaurants, cafés and ferry to the islands - great location.
We will definitly be back, and would recommended this place to all our friends and family.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea-view on the higher floors.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

We and our Kitchen team are really happy with the many positive remarks about the food and in particular the breakfast, but we are especially glad and even a bit proud that you consider our breakfast to be the best in the Algarve! Thank you so much for this and for your kind comments about our team.

We only regret that you didn’t get the chance to try out all our dishes and specialties, but we hope that you, your husband and your baby will visit the Real Marina Hotel & SPA soon and that next time you will be able to fully enjoy our breakfast buffet.

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Jorge Teixeira
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Real Marina
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

My wife and I decided to try Olhao and the Real Marina Hotel & Spa following the good reviews on TA. I arranged transfers via www.faroairporttransfersalgarve.com and we were greeted at Faro airport on arrival and were stood in the hotel reception within 15 mins. Good value and zero stress. I chose to upgrade our room to a large suite on the top floor and were not dissappointed, it was huge with two bathrooms, separate sitting area with fridge, large balcony and great views over the sea front.

As the weather was not great on the first night we chose to dine at the restaurant and the food was excellent and the cost was very reasonable even with the inclusion of a bottle of superb local wine recommended by the waiter.

The hotel is situated a short 5min walk from the restaurants and there are plenty to choose from. We tried those that scored highest on the TA website and enjoyed them all. Typical cost for two course meal for two with a bottle of wine with bottled water was ~50 Euros, which was about teh same as the hotel price. Our favourite restaurant was Pizza na Pedra, very friendly, deceptive from the outside but lovely inside, high qulaity and fantastic food and wine (even if you just fancy a pizza). However, try the flambed king prawns with a fresh pizza base straight from the oven, it's memorable.

We enjoyed the Spa facilities (pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna) and had a massage included in our deal. The pool is not huge so it will get overcrowded if the hotel is busy and the weather is not good enough to use the outdoor pool.

As mentioned in previous reports the bar areas lack atmosphere and it would be much nicer if they provided one comfortable lounge type area with music and lounge chairs rather than just large TV's showing football.

We enjoyed Olhao as a whole, it has a certain charm as it's a working fishing community rather than a polished tourist location. If you are expecting marbled promenades you will be dissappointed and apart from the various options of taking a boat to explore the local shore/natural reserve area there are no great attractions to visit. As it turned out, it was a tad on the windy side to venture onto the waves so we stayed ashore and just chilled out at the hotel in the Spa area with a good book during the day and if that's what you like doing then this hotel fits the bill.

Room Tip: See view is a must. We were in an end suite at the west end that was exposed to the wind so was too...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad that you have had a perfect, relaxing break with us, although the weather apparently was not as nice and sunny as it usually is.
Thank you also for pointing out the one thing that you believe should be improved, the atmosphere in the bar. It is true that we are currently not offering live music in the bar, just once per week in our restaurant on special theme nights, but we will consider having live music performances in the Bar during the summer season, when the occupancy of our hotel increases.

Thank you once again for your kind feedback and we hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Real Marina Hotel & Spa soon.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
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Real Marina
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights at the weekend, it's a lovely hotel, big rooms, had a sea view which was nice. Breakfast was included , plenty of choice, didn't have dinner there as there are too many restaurants by the waterfront. It was my birthday while I was there & at 18.00 on the day , there was a knock at the door,a waiter had brought up a trolley with a chocolate cake & candle & a bottle of sparkling wine for 2! 
Very nice of management , will definitely stay here next time I visit Olhao ! 5* all round!
There was free wifi in the hotel which worked good in the foyer, but patchy in the rooms & by the pool.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

We really appreciated your kind review and are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us so much that you are planning to return!
Thank you for mentioning the difficulties you had occasionally in accessing the wifi network in the room and by the pool. We will make sure that our Internet provider is informed and checks this.

Thank you also for having chosen the Real Marina Hotel & SPA to celebrate your birthday and we are glad that you enjoyed our small gift.

We look forward to welcoming you again for another pleasant stay with us and remain at your entire disposal for any assistance you might require.

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Jorge Teixeira
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Real Marina
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London UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for a week at the end of March while attending a family funeral, so my review is not from a holiday makers' viewpoint, however I found the hotel very comfortable, easily accessible from Faro airport, helpful, very clean and well presented - in the mould of a higher end business/conference hotel. The beds are great, the breakfast is quite extensive and delicious - particularly the coffee! The spa area is lovely and the staff I found to be very friendly.

I wouldn't get too hung up on the star rating; what constitutes a star varies from country to country I believe and is quite subjective - to me 5 star would imply near perfection and this hotel is not without it's small niggles and flaws, as described by some other reviewers, but it is a very good hotel and I had no complaints, especially as I found a very good deal online for a seaview room with balcony. It's worth going for the seaview, as the view from the other side of the hotel is a little bleak.

Olhao and the surrounding areas seem lovely and I'd love to come back one day to explore properly - I'd certainly be happy to stay at the Real Marina again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.
We are really sorry to hear about the circumstances of your stay, but are pleased to read that you still have spent a comfortable time with us and that you in fact were so impressed with the service, facilities and town that you are considering returning.

We really look forward to welcome you again for a relaxing, enjoyable stay at the Real Marina Hotel & SPA and remain at your disposal for any assistance you might require.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
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Real Marina
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We booked an apartment here and our stay was 5* grand!!! Absolutely loved the apartments & the service.. although the location was boring, nothing much to really do and places to shop required a taxi journey the actual apartments felt heavenly! we stayed here twice in a year!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your enthusiastic comments about your stay.

In order to avoid misunderstandings, we would just like to note that this stay was not in the Real Marina Hotel & SPA, which doesn’t have apartments, but in the Real Marina Residence, which is the neighbouring apartment complex.
Although the reception service is shared, these are two independent properties, but we are really glad to read that you were so impressed with the quality of the apartments that you already visited them twice in a year and we hope that you will be back to the Real Marina Residence soon!

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Jorge Teixeira
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The hotel deserves it's 5 stars. Staff very friendly, professional and helpful. Beautiful bedroom with a huge bed, massive and well-appointed bathroom. Communal areas spotless. Fantastic buffet breakfasts and extremely good evening meals. Big south-facing balcony overlooking the marina. I asked for a feather pillow and it arrived immediately. Can't fault this hotel.
Very handy for everything in Olhao.

Room Tip: Worth paying the small additional price for a sea view. Our fourth floor room was very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hoteis_Real_Alg, Manager at Real Marina Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

We really appreciated your kind review.
It was really gratifying to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us, the hotel’s facilities, food and the quality of service provided. These kind of comments are a real motivation for us and we will make sure that they will be passed on to the entire team.

Thank you once again and we hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Real Marina Hotel & SPA soon.

Kind regards


Jorge Teixeira
Manager
Real Marina
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Property: Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Address: Avenida 5 de Outubro, Olhao 8700-307, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Olhao
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Olhao
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Hotel Class:5 star — Real Marina Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 144
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