A spur of the moment booking. Having visited the Algarve many, many, times over the past 30 years but have I have only once before stopped over in Olhao (pronounced OL-YOY) for a quick coffee whilst 'en route' to Spain. Reading the description of the Real Marina Hotel & Spa instantly appealed as ideal location for a quiet break for an off season, non tourist (eg, loud nightclubs or cheap tacky shops) genuine Algarve experience - this ticked every box.....!!!!
The Real Marina Hotel is quite superb, Staff are fantastic with an honest liking of their Guests. Reception was warm and friendly and being an ex-Hotelier was so impressed for the time that was taken to describe all facilities and experiences available.
This is a large Hotel but the standard of cleanliness throughout is worthy of mention. The rating is 5 Stars and for the Algarve it is - I'm responding to a review from "agnuk".
Accommodation was excellent, we enjoyed at a sea view room (some extra cost but no complaint, I guess one could always ask for an upgrade but that would be at the discretion of the Management if it was granted). A superb bathroom complete with quality FoC shampoos, and general toiletries plus complimentary bathrobes. A spacious bedroom, ample balcony with a table and chairs. We asked for twin beds and these were excellent resulting sound sleep. Fridge, tv with some English speaking channels. Air con', auto heating, keyless room entry, everything there. A quick confession, we did take our own travel kettle.
Buffet breakfast, in my opinion, as good as such a facility can be offered, it was fastidiously prepared and monitored. Checks regularly made on temperatures of the hot food impressed me.
I noticed on TripAdvisor that there were some adverse comments regarding the Table Service - what utter nonsense .... the clearing of used cutlery and platters was swift, unobtrusive and entirely suitable for the scale of the operation - my thanks to the Management for putting on this standard of service. FULL MARKS.
Dependant on what you are seeking, or, how long one is staying, but I found the Restaurant expensive but only in comparison to local venues. For me, if I want to eat somewhat formally then I do that here in UKGB but whilst in Olhao or anywhere on vacation it has to be where the locals eat informally. Sorry about that to the Real Marina Hotel Management....!
The leisure facilities are great, fantastic outside heated "infinity" pool on the first floor but for me was the Spa pool and Gym - free towels, where ever do you get this...?
If you want Night Clubs, theme or Sports Bars, all day English Breakfasts and sandy beaches its not for you. However, if you want a 'chilled out' relaxing and genuine Algarve experience then the Real Marina and Spa is a serious option.
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- Also Known As:
- Real Marina Hotel And Spa
- Real Marina Hotel Olhao