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Overview
The Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort is the perfect choice for an unforgettable, upscale holiday. Set directly on the renowned Santa Eulalia Beach, this spectacular hotel was opened in 2004 and is a member of the prestigious “Great Hotels of the World”. The Grande Real is beautifully designed and furnished with elegantly appointed guestrooms. Set directly on a lovely beach with lush landscaped gardens and a selection of wining and dining options.

How far is the nearest beach?
This hotel is located 50m from the beach

Distance from Airport
This hotel is located 35km from the Faro airport

Rooms
The hotel has 344 luxury rooms including 155 luxury resort suites (studio, T1 and T2 resort suites), 189 rooms, among them 27 suites and 2 Grande Real suites, on the five floors which make up this Spa hotel. All units are equipped with full bathroom, air condition, direct telephone access, internet access, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe deposit box, rooms with connecting doors, and kitchenette in resort suites. Non-smoking and specially rooms for physically disabled people are also available.

Food & Drink
The hotel's main restaurant serves at standard mealtimes breakfast, lunch and dinner, all from a buffet or a la Carte, which can include special diet, on request. The Pergula is an a la carte restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine (open only for dinner). The hotel has three pool bars open from 10.00 to 18.00 (summer) which also serves snacks (sandwiches and salads). The Real bar with a fine wine cellar is an elegant high quality bar open from 09.00 to 01.00. Please note that from 01.06.2006 the half board service (dinner) will be either Table d Hote, A la Carte or buffet depending on the occupancy. In the Resort there are also the Restaurant Santa Eulalia and the Restaurant Le Club Dinner & After Dinner.

Sports & Entertainment
There are two tennis courts with artificial grass, a fully equipped gym with cardio-fitness equipment, four outdoor heated pools. including one seawater, and direct access to the beach, and three outdoor heated pools for children. Please note that the number of outdoor heated pools available depends on the hotel occupancy and the season. For children aged 3-12 there is a mini-club, Rea Lito with specially trained professionals, and here is also an 1000 m2 Thalasso Spa Centre (from 16 years old). And also animation programme for all guest and children.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 1055 reviews
 

High standard with great views

24 April 2015

This is probably the best hotel we ever stayed in. The location on the cliff side is amazing , the view spectacular . As well as the hotel there is villas and apartments on the complex. The...

This is probably the best hotel we ever stayed in. The location on the cliff side is amazing , the view spectacular . As well as the hotel there is villas and apartments on the complex. The gardens are well tended. The beach is right at the front of the hotel. There is a bus that takes you into Albuferia free of charge from the hotel . Getting to the hotel was also easy , we booked with a online private transfer company called yelowfish they were really fantastic, meeting us in the arrivals hall with our name on a computer tablet . They had a baby egg for our 4 month old and a booster back seat for our 4 year old , really well organised . We also got a bottle of wine as a gift from the company.

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Good quality hotel with high standards

22 April 2015

Very nice hotel next to superb beach, very nice rooms (or 2 rooms attached together for children) with fridge, free safe, large wardrobes and nice bathroom although the shower is a bit cheap and...

Very nice hotel next to superb beach, very nice rooms (or 2 rooms attached together for children) with fridge, free safe, large wardrobes and nice bathroom although the shower is a bit cheap and nasty so getting the right temp is very hard.We had a front of hotel room and as the road is such a long way away you do not hear any traffic or evening noise where as the rear over looking the pools and the sea you can get disturbed by the late loud wedding music, all rooms have a large balcony with 2 medium size pools (1 heated) and a small child's pool. On the 1st morning we went down with our towels to book our sun lounges at 9 ish only to find none pre booked so from then on did not worry. The hotel has very high standards. breakfast was really good (9 out of 10) and if you are booked in for lunch this is to a very high standard exceeds 10 out of 10 and the staff are excellent (April 2015), (we have heard as the summer gets nearer the class of food drops to a standard type of meal as in the evening. The evening meal, standards and choice drop to in our view to 4 out of 10, more like a UK 3 star hotel. The evening is very quite in the hotel and really no where to have an evening walk unless you have a car. All in all we loved the hotel an would go back again.

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Lovely hotel

21 April 2015

We visited the first week of easter holiday with our two children (7 and 4). The hotel decor was really beautiful, staff extremely helpful and our apartment was clean and comfortable. I'm surprised...

We visited the first week of easter holiday with our two children (7 and 4). The hotel decor was really beautiful, staff extremely helpful and our apartment was clean and comfortable. I'm surprised at some of the comments on the food. We were delighted with the variety and the use of local fresh produce. The breakfast buffet had everything you could want and more and the waiting staff were excellent. The location is great if you want to explore the Algarve, which we did by hiring a car. The coastline is stunning and there are lots of picture postcard towns to explore. If you want to stay local , the hotel runs a free shuttle bus into the old and new town . It's personal taste but I wasn't impressed with Albufeira at all. I found it to be very tired and run down and pretty tacky in parts : I was so glad that we had such a great hotel with such good facilities. The pool area was great and the kids club staff were very professional. My only criticism of the hotel was that it would have been nice to have some entertainment in the evening. I'm sure they want to maintain a certain serenity in the hotel but even some local musicians or background music would have created a bit more of an atmosphere. Very quiet. I would recommend this hotel and would definitely return but not in April- weather was too unpredictable and quite cold at times.

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Lovely Hotel In Great Location

21 April 2015

Just came back from this hotel and wish I was still there. It's in a great location right next to the beach looking out to sea, not far from the new town part of Albufeira. The reception staff...

Just came back from this hotel and wish I was still there. It's in a great location right next to the beach looking out to sea, not far from the new town part of Albufeira. The reception staff were helpful, friendly and polite despite our numerous requests throughout our stay. We stayed in a suite overlooking the swimming pools and the sea and a highly recommend room 243 :-). The room sizes were large with a decent size bathroom with the usual safe and fridge. If you want an iron though be prepared to pay 5 Euros per day for the privilege. At the time we went, there was only one of the 3 pools at the back of the main hotel that was heated and the other 2 were a little too cold to go in so consequently on occasion the heated pool was busy. To be honest I think this hotel could do with one big super duper pool and a small kids pool rather than the 3 circular pools it has. Food was absolutely fine and the lunch especially good, just don't forget your food vouchers each mealtime (except breakfast). Drinks were priced very fairly for a 5 star hotel (probably a 4 star by UK standard) with a pint of beer 4.50 Euros. The upstairs bar makes great cocktails too with a large menu to choose from. Entertainment wise, not great. usually one man bands with an instrument and a portable speaker but because everything else was great and we went in a large group it was not really an issue. For the kids there is a kids club house and small park which our lot loved and went to after breakfast every day. If your children are under 3 years old though you will have to stay with them there so no sloping off for beer :-) There is a free shuttle from the hotel into town every few hours too that some might find useful but to be honest the Taxi's were so cheap we just used them. Another plus (or negative) is that there is excellent WiFi throughout the hotel so if you were hoping to get away from work or keep the kids of FiFa 15 that might not happen :-)

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Additional Information

  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon
  • Language Portuguese
  • Currency Euro

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Bath
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Lifts
  • Living/ Dining Room
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Steam Bath
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool (Salt Water)
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • Turkish Bath
  • TV Lounge
  • Whirlpool
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Tourist Information

Weather

It may be cold, wet and grey in the UK, but the weather on Albufeira holidays couldn’t be more different. Summers are hot and dry and last right through until October, while winters are much milder than British ones. With so many great beaches around the area and great sunshine, your Albufeira holidays will be packed full of great memories.

Jabs

Hepatitis A - Vaccination sometimes recommended 2 weeks before travel

Electricity

230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard

Visa

No visa required