We stayed here for a week long holiday. The hotel is beautiful undoubtedly and in a lovely position across the road from the beach. The staff were polite and the room was very clean, the beds comfortable and we had crisp clean sheets every day. There is parking for residents in a private car park in the road behind the hotel. There is free broadband. These are the good points.
When we were shown to our room I was a little surprised to discover that a luxury room at 140 euros per night (locally you can rent a three or four bedroomed villa with swimming pool for the same price) was not large and although it had three large windows two of them faced the street and were at eye level of people passing. These two streets were busy and we were obliged to keep curtains or shutters closed for privacy when we were in the room. Towels and bathrobes were thin and fairly skimpy - no luxury feel here. There was one narrow wardrobe with one drawer to store clothes - fine for an overnight but we lived out of suitcases for a week using up the scarce floor space.
At our first breakfast my husband had to point out that the fruit in a bowl was rotten and mouldy. The hotel claims to offer a breakfast buffet but we weren't keen to eat any of it. We were given a plate with a stale croissant and two pieces of bread each, a few slices of cheap cheese and ham and one portion of butter each. We had breakfast twice more but ate little although things improved very slightly and were laid out in a larger room.
We asked to borrow a chair and umbrella for the beach but were the hotel did not have these. Underneath the stairs at the front of the hotel outside our room an umbrella and some chairs lay unused all week. We could find no information about the free hotel sports.
We loved Sao Martinho and we realised in the surrounding area that hotels are scarce and not luxurious so this hotel should have captured the market. I think if my hotel was empty I would ensure that the few guests I did have received a great welcome and an excellent experience. We did not.
I would recommend this hotel for a one or two night stopover but no longer and would suggest breakfast for a few euros from one of the excellent pastelerias in town.
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