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“Hotel Atismar Christmas 2012”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Atismar

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Hotel Atismar
Ranked #39 of 49 Hotels in Quarteira
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Hotel Atismar Christmas 2012”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had a great time here this Christmas for the second year. All the staff were friendly, helpful and professional. Fantastic value for money if you go all inclusive. The extra cost for A I is well worth the money. Even if you do decide to go out to eat for a change. Although we were finding the evening meals a little repetitive, there was always something we could eat, infact I'd say we probably ate more healthly.
Concerning the weather .....we had one cloudy day and half a day of dense fog (see photos) but we still managed to return home with a nice tan. I would say that it is T shirt and shorts weather at this time of year if you like to spend time on the beach and the temperature starts to drop after 15:30. There can be a slightly nippy breeze too. Hey ho, but that's much better than home though!
Things to take with you....A kettle and a Hair dryer as they don't have them in your room.
You can get bottled water from the bar so don't bother doing the lugging around of 2/3Lt bottle from the local supermarkets until you settle in. The all inclusive bar finishes at 10pm, but the bar stays open till 12am during which time you have to pay.
Although there is no entertainment at the hotel I found some traditional Portugese live music being played across the road from the hotel, in a little bright green kiosk with a tent like extension. We went there Christmas Eve and it was great fun they were very welcoming, child friendly and it is liscenced if you want a drink.
The only down side is that I came across a couple of silver fish in our room, despite our room being cleaned everyday. Something I shall be watching out for if we return next year.
All in all a great Christmas get away.

Room Tip: We had a room on the 10th floor great views but if you don't like heights don't go up there...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Just come back from our 2nd xmas at this hotel and it was great to see couples visiting again that we met here last year the weather was fantastic as was the room with a sea view and the sunsets are so nice to see from the balcony if you have a sea view room !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

We have just returned from a week over Christmas at the Atismar. We found the staff very helpful and friendly, the room clean and comfortable, the towels changed every day. We enjoyed the food as we love fish and other choices of a Mediterranean variety, breakfast was a reasonable choice. Unfortunately some people go abroad and expect typical British food and are too free with their criticism of local food.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

For what we paid for this weeks stay, all inclusive, was well worth the money. I really dont know what some people expect when they pay so little. We had read all the negative reviews and were a bit unsure about what we would find.

We had a large room with 2 balconies which was cleaned every day and towels provided when necessary. The room had tv (only BBC World news) and a heater. The bathroom also had a wall heater, good size bath with shower over.

The food was a very limited choice but we found it quite acceptable, especially the fish dish every day. We didn't find the food inferior or of a bad quality. Put on weight whilst we were there so couldn't have been that bad.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

As on previous reviews there is no entertainment at this hotel and the resort was very quiet at this time of the year, so some would find it a bit boring. Lovely walks along the promenade though, for day time.

There were a few 'guests' that liked to drink their body weight in alcohol from dawn to dusk and then proceed to bang doors, scream and swear and set fire alarms off in the early hours, but they were in the minority and we were just unlucky to be on the same floor as them. The management should have thrown them out of the hotel though, that is my only critisism of the hotel.

As long as you dont pay too much for this holiday you should be satisfied.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

We have just returned from 1 week at the Atismar hotel. The hotel was clean and towels changed every day. We stayed in a room on the 8th floor which had a sea view and was a sun trap in the afternoon.. The food was o.k. but you had a limited choice, however we did not go hungry or eat out The beer was a local beer which was alright..There are plenty of walks in the area I particularly liked Villamoura which had a beautiful harbour. This hotel is a bargain at this time of year we paid £170 all inclusive from Edinburgh including tranfer. The staff were lovely always polite and helpful we even got a picnic for plane home.

Room Tip: High floor with sea view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here with my partner in July for five days . We got a really good deal , £500 all inclusive including flights and transfers .
The hotel is in a very convenient location , 5 minute walk from the beach and bus station. Our room was spacious with a modern bathroom . The bed was slightly hard but that's my only complaint really .
The reception staff were very helpful and gave us information about day trips etc .
Although we were all inclusive we didn't like eating at the hotel. The food really was awful and there was hardly any choice , I'm a vegetarian and I really struggled to eat anything other than chips and salad !. All inclusive drinks were the cheapest brands too.
Pool area was very small so we went to the beach instead as it was so close .
Overall I would recommend this hotel but on a bed and breakfast basis only .

  • Stayed July 2012
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

To start, my friend and I spent a lot of time looking for the cheapest 5 day all inclusive, this was the 2nd cheapest we found. we paid £200 each for flights, transfer, 1 bag in the hold and 5 nights at the Hotel Atismar. this worked out at £11.40 per night. This included our food and drink, a sea view on the 9th floor and a en suite.
We found that the beds were a little too close for our personal comfort but nothing that we couldn't cope with.
The meals were what we would pay £11.40 in any pub in England.
The beer was cold and the glasses were clean. Other people have put on here that the beer is watered down - not only is that more difficult to do that it's worth, but it's highly illegal. We are willing to admit that we came here to sit in the sun and drink our body weight in lager yet seemed not to get drunk or hungover, but maybe that says more about our constitution than the beer.
The room was cleaned every day. There was a small amount of wear on the seal under the rim of the sink, but otherwise the hotel and our room was immaculate.
The lifts are small, more that 2 people is a little cosy.
The staff were friendly and competent.
very little sun seemed to reach the pool area, but our balcony was a perfect sun trap during our stay.
In fact, the only thing that truly marred our stay were a number of the other guests. Most of them were rude to that staff, unappreciative of the standard, and I cannot believe that any of them paid much more than us.
We had whole grilled mackerel twice during our stay, which was delicious, and a rare treat. perhaps the other guests just aren't into that sort of thing, but we found it much preferable to chips, which were also available each mealtime.
We visited Faro one day, which we didn't think much of, but that staff showed us where the bus station was, I do advise to buy a ticket in the office, rather than from the driver.
Vilamoura is a short taxi drive away. The harbour is well worth a visit. As we visited in the end of November, many places were shut down, but there was enough going on to keep us entertained.
The market is also worth a visit, a short stop on the bus from the same bus station.

In conclusion, At the price we paid for 5 days sat in the sun, drinking lager, I cannot understand why anyone could complain about this place.

Room Tip: the 9th floor had a sea view, but there is 11 floors in total.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Atismar
Address: Hotel Atis Avenida Francisco Sa Carneiro, Quarteira 8125-146, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #39 of 49 Hotels in Quarteira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Atismar 3*
Number of rooms: 101
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