The hotel has a great location. The hotel is by the beach offering amazing views of sea. There are lots of restaurants & shops nearby. The rooms are clean, and the facilities are excellent. The breakfast is good. It includes hot food, pastries, fruits, and a range of different juices as well as tea/coffee. The only downside is the free wifi. The internet is very very very slow.
From check in, to the minute I left, it was hard to find fault with anything during my stay. The only let down, was the disappointing weather....not something they are responsible for!! It should be highlighted when booking that the main Bar area, is closed out of season but that wasn't a major issue and should have been pointed out by the holiday booking operator. The minimarket was also sparsely stocked but again this was due to it being out of season and all basics were still available.
The nearest supermarket is a Lidl, which is approx a 15 minute walk from the resort. Lots of good restaurants within walking distance and a courtesy bus to the local beaches. A quiet location, with no real nightlife, other than the restaurants and surprisingly, a rather sleazy looking strip club??
Our room smelled a bit like smoke, but the hotel addressed this up front, and did a very thorough cleaning the next day that took care of the problem. The staff person (Andrea, I believe) was extremely conscientious and helpful. We enjoyed our stay very much. The breakfast facilities are decent, too, and we enjoyed our meals. I am not sure the hotel really offers a "sea view" as a building blocks most of the rooms for having this. A great staff person again makes all the difference.
Pauline from Dallas, TX
The Santa Catarina Algarve is a great 3 star hotel in the seafront of Portimão , in the Algarve coast. Facing the splendid …More
Just came back from a stay at this hotel, which was close to the beach, bars and restaurants. The staff were extremely pleasant and efficient. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the breakfast extremely good. Would more than happily stay there again, wish all hotels were this good.
Took B@B. Great room, good b,fast. Good courteous staff. Nice pool and garden areas,spa and indoor pool. Gym facilities. View from room interesting but scrubland to front did not make for highly recommending. View across river and watching river traffic pleasant enough. Shops etc in easy reach. Rear of hotel area (ie streets) not very pleasant and local council should do more to brighten and clean it up to keep it in line with a good class resort.
Great location, quiet and removed from the relative loudness of the rest of Praia da Rocha.
Staff were superb - and the breakfast could keep you going until dinner.
Pool was an oasis - and the rooms, while a little cramped, were fresh, clean and comfortable.
If you do stay - best restaurants with a view nearby are Restaurant F, and Dockside. The rest of the town is mostly British and Irish bars. If you want a bit more tranquility, take a 10 euro cab to Alvor - pretty little fishing village full of restaurants.
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