Basic but OK
Posted Sep 15, 2016
Expected a little more from a 4 star hotel - rooms are quite basic, we had a double room but had twin beds pushed together, they charge extra for most things e.g. 14 euros for a lock for your safe for a week!
Reasonably close to the beach, takes 5-10 mins to walk down the road - bit more of a distance to the main shops / restaurants area - can walk this in about 20 mins. They do have a free shuttle bus (on weekdays) but the times aren't particularly helpful the return buses only run twice at near midday and 5 pm so can't get it back after dinner so we only used it one way once.
Quite a lot of different restaurants, a lot of Italian places (probably more than portuguese) and a couple of nice beach side bars and gelado shops.
There is nightly entertainment in Carveiro centre which is sometimes quite good... the hotel entertainment, on the whole, was pretty awful!
Without hiring a car a week was definitely enough, there isn't a massive amount to do but if you just like sitting by the pool / on the beach it's fine! Also quite a nice cliff side walk.