Just got back from a week at the RIU Guarana, and overall we all (that's a family of 4 with 2 teenage boys) enjoyed the experience. However, we maybe were a little lucky. When we first arrived the hotel was full and (as previous reviews have said) there were many families with young children. The hotel obviously is marketed as a family venue. Maybe Spanish / Portuguese children are allowed to express themselves more than we are use to, and there was a feeling of massed ranks of kids running around making a lot of noise. Frankly, if the week had been the same throughout we would not have had such a good time. However day two (Good Friday) many of these families left, perhaps for a more traditional Easter at home? There was a small influx of Brits, but the hotel remained about half full - and much more peaceful!
The hotel is very clean (even my other half was impressed and that's saying something...) and the staff good - very helpful and friendly. The rooms are big enough and well equipped, good bathrooms and even a good selection of UK TV channels. We were all inclusive and found the food generally of a good quality. The other restaurant (that was alternating Asian and Grill food when we were there) was OK, but the food pretty much the same as the main buffet. It did have a feeling of a more adult atmosphere, but not so different really. Yes, the menu was repetitive but there was a wide range to choose from including various meats, fish and pasta. The repetitive nature is no different from other AI's we have been to, but the quality was good. I have to agree with previous reviews about the evening entertainment - it was not very good, made all the worse by the fact that there is only one bar and that is in the same area as the evening 'show' (if that's what you call it). Maybe there is a 'quiet' bar in the summer? The entertainment team do work hard, but the end results are not up to much.
The only other main point is about the beds which are very hard, and a long relaxing nights sleep was hard to achieve. Also the swimming pools (which are large) were very cold, but this was mainly due to the time of year.
Nice area, the village has some small shops and restaurants if you fancy something different and a small beach area. There is also a vast beach the other side of town, but a lot of steps to contend with. Albufeira is a short bus / taxi ride away, so something for all generations.
All in all, a good week away - but not sure how we would have felt if the massed ranks of kids had remained...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renovated in 2017. Located in Olhos d'Agua in the Algarve. 6-Storey main building and 2-storey annex building. 15 Minutes' walk from Praia da Falesia beach. Access to a small cove from the hotel Riu Palace Algarve is via cliff side steps (an approximate 10 minute walk). 8 Km from Albufeira. 500 M from various shops. 35 Km from the airport. 500 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa. ... more less
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- Clubhotel Riu Guarana Albufeira
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