I have been twice with my family (July 2011 and July 2012) in this lovely Hotel.
I can only make positive remarks, the only thing you need to be careful is the location: It is in the Ria Formosa National Park on the coast of the Algarve it is close to Faro, is one of the area's most popular destinations for bird lovers and good if you are looking for relax with its 5 barrier islands and 2 penisulas, but altohugh it is on the coast there is no beach in front of the Hotel.
We knew that and it was not a problem for us but, well is probably not the right place for families with teenagers that looks for bars or discos.
Hotel is simply great, a big value for price, spotless clean and large rooms, very friendly and helpful staff and a nice pool. Being there the second time with a small kid we really appreciate a second small children pool with very shallow water.
Good breakfast, wide parking in front of the hotel and a garage in the basement (you probably want to hire a car if there for more than two/three days), quiet and absolutely to recommend.
The second time with small daughter and mother in law, we got a large and sunny suite with two bathrooms for a really good price.
There are many beaches easily reachable with a car (10 to 30 minures driving) on teh sea coast or on the river side, but our preferite is the one you can reach with a boat in fron of the hotel, on the Farol island (one of the barrier islands). Isalnd itself is nice and location of many holidays houses, but the beach itself is gorgeus and almost empty (at least for mediterranean standards), with clear blue water, and a great restaurant nearby.
I cannot comment neither SPA nor the restaurant, bar is fine, but Olhao is a very nice port city, center of fish in Algarve and is packed with many, cheap and delicous fish restaurants all at walking distance from the hotel.
To summarize, it was a pkeasant surprise (although partially expected after reading the reviews) and we'll try to get back
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