GRANDE REAL SANTA EULALIA RESORT & HOTEL SPA
Name of hotel
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, Albufeira
One of the Algarve’s most modern five-star hotels, with a cavernous lobby, spacious public areas, a wide range of facilities and abundant sea views.
A hotel that works, rather than one that is necessarily going to win design awards. An appeal for almost all types of visitor - ideal for holidays, spa breaks and business, and equally at home catering for couples, families, conference delegates or clubbers. Its huge without being soulless however, and there’s so much space it rarely seems crowded, even when busy - which it invariably is, especially during the summer and on public holidays, when Lisbon and the north of Portugal tends to descend.
The hotel seems to have struck a good balance to satisfy its main target markets of leisure and business, and is particularly favoured by the 25-55 age group. Your granny probably wouldn’t feel that comfortable here.
65 classic twin/doubles with sea view
83 classic twins/doubles with resort view
5 classic twins/doubles with heated Jacuzzi on the terrace
7 classic singles with resort view
19 suites with sea view
7 suites with resort view
1 suite with heated Jacuzzi on the terrace
2 Grande Real suites
30 resort studio suites
105 resort suites (one-bedroom)
20 resort suites (two-bedrooms)
The classic (standard) rooms have all the mod cons you would expect from a five-star resort, and the sea views from your terrace are superb.
Families might like to opt for the resort suites, set just away from the main hotel building. They have a separate swimming pool area, and with their own kitchens, are ideal for self-catering.
Food and drink options
The food is international, with a Portuguese influence.
Real Restaurant - main restaurant open from 7pm to 10.30pm, 12.30pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm. Outside terrace.
Santa Eulalia Restaurant - seaside location, open every day in summer from 7.30pm to 11pm. Open for groups and events in winter.
Le Club - bar and nightclub with separate restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Located right on the beach. Restaurant open from 8pm to midnight, bar and disco open from 10pm to 6am. Open every day in July and August. Open for groups and events in winter.
Bar Atlantico Coffee Shop - for a late breakfast, light snack or drink. Open from 9am to 7pm.
There are also:
- Three pool bars serving drinks, light meals and snacks. Open from 10am to 6pm in good weather.
- Bar do Real, open during the day serving snacks and in the evening for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Winter: open from 9am to 1am. Summer: open from 9am to 2am
- Mezzanino Bar, open only for special events.
- Sea’s Lounge, open for special events, weddings and during summer.
- Real Spa and Thalasso centre, with 16 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, gym, sauna and steam room, offering a range of spa and beauty treatments.
- 2 artificial grass tennis courts
- 4 outdoor heated pools
- direct access to the beach
- conference and banqueting facilities for up to 700
What could be improved?
Tea and coffee-making facilities in the room? More efficiency and less officiousness on the part of the men at the security gates?
When to go?
A year-round hotel. Like many places in the Algarve, it’s more enjoyable when the sun is shining, but at least on bad days you can cocoon yourself in the spa.
Is it part of a chain or a marketing group?
Hoteis Real is a Portuguese hotel group operating a range of 4- and 5-star properties, including the Palacio in Lisbon, the Bellavista in Albufeira, the Villa Italia in Cascais, and the Real Marina in Olhao.
The Santa Eulalia is also a member of the Great Hotels of the World marketing consortium.
Right on the beach in Santa Eulalia, just outside Albufeira. Take the main road from Albufeira to Olhos d’Agua. The hotel is clearly signposted on the right hand side of the road, and accessed through security gates.
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