Ratings based on 539 Verified Reviews

4.6 out of 5
94% of guests recommend
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.7 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from cambridge

Great hotel about 15 mins from the airport

Posted Aug 17, 2017
Lovely hotel right on the marina we stayed at the hotel the first and last night of our holiday the first night we had a beautiful room overlooking the pool with separate dineing room with chocolates on our bed and even chocolates in the baby's cot and dressing gowns slippers and was very special however our last stay of our holiday we were put in a basic room and we were even asked if everything was in the mini bar mmm we opened up the curtains and saw we were overlooking the air condition units we no chocolates and very small bedroom we felt let down on our last stay with the room but could not fault any of the hotels facilites I would recomend this hotel but ask for floor two or three on your stay .
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from UK

Very Pleasant Hotel

Posted Aug 5, 2017
Pros: A very nice comfortable hotel with very polite staff.
Cons: Suggest the food & drink prices are reduced if you want people to purchase more from the hotel. The evening singers/entertainers were appalling!!
A very pleasant hotel worth the extra for the harbour and lagoon view. Excellent & easy check in with full explanation of the hotel facilities & surrounding areas, with a map provided. The hotel is very expensive for drinks Wine E20 a bottle, E15 for a jug of very weak Sangria. We found a small shop only 5 mins away where a decent Portuguese bottle of wine was E 2.50 so in support of the local businesses we purchased our supplies here & filled up our "water bottles" accordingly. ;-) The pool area was busy on a daily basis & sun beds were reserved with towels very early in the morning which could be a bit frustrating. The pool surround was damaged in places & you had to be very careful where you were stepping. The staff were all really helpful and very polite. Breakfast was plentiful & a good selection. The surrounding area comes alive around 7pm where the few restaurants become full of predominantly Portuguese. The quality of all the food was really good & the local fish was amazing. We only had B & B at the hotel so ate at a different restaurant every night & wasn't once disappointed. We booked a 5 hr boat trip around the lagoons with Sabino Tours that included lunch on one of the Islands. This was the highlight of our stay & we cannot recommend this highly enough. The area is quiet with not much going on so if you are looking for time to relax this is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & would recommend it to others for a quiet restful break with good food.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 6, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments. They were very kind and we absolutely loved them. It is really gratifying for us to learn how enjoyable your stay was and that you were pleased with our service and staff. We would also like to thank you for your detailed description of our services and facilities, our location as well as the services closer to us. We are sure that these will be greatly appreciated and very helpful for future guests. Thank you so much for leaving us your feedback about our Hotel and we hope that we will have you again for another great time. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from London

Could be 5 star; needs ongoing renovation.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Pros: Spacious rooms; good breakfast choice; friendly staff; close to town's amenities. A seaview room is essential.
Cons: Broken decking around pool needs repairing as could cause a fall or broken / twisted ankle. Decor needs updating to make it fully 5 star.
Location: On the seafront close to the town centre with its restaurants and shops. Easy to catch a ferry to the island beaches.
Firstly, only stay here if you get a seaview room at the front of the hotel. The back overlooks a dusty carpark. Hotel could be 5 star if it did rolling renovations; some of the decor is shabby (marked carpets, scuffed walls etc). The main improvement should be the decking round the outdoor pool; it is broken in places and actually could be quite dangerous. Staff were very friendly and the breakfast was very good.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 6, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, We are happy to learn that you've had a positive stay with us. We will share your positive opinion about the rooms as well as the quality of the breakfast and the friendliness of the staff with our team. Please be assured that your other comments and suggestions will also be taken into consideration and we assure you that we will do our utmost to improve wherever we can. Thank you so much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon at the Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Aberdeen

Lovely Hotel with a great location

Posted Jul 31, 2017
Pros: Location, Pool, cleanliness, breakfast
Cons: A bit of maintenance around the pool area
Location: Great restaurants and bars Ferry to islands with beautiful beaches Recommend doing the wine tasting tour with Love Tuk - Excellent
Hotel is a 5 minute walk from restaurants, bars,etc. We had a sea view room which was bright and spacious and over looked the pool as well. Room was cleaned every day. Good choice for breakfast. Great choice of restaurants to choose from for lunch/dinner just a short walk away also very reasonably priced. We got the ferry over to one of the islands one day, great beaches and a few cafes for something to eat/drink. Well worth a visit. Olhao is not as commercialised as some of the other resorts and has a very chilled out feel about it. Would definatley recommend place and hotel. No complaints.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 6, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, It is really gratifying to know how enjoyable your stay was and that you were pleased with our service quality. Thank you so much for your constructive comments and review. We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon to our Hotel. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jul 23, 2017
Pros: Everything
Excellent Hotel and location, very helpful staff. We stayed in a suite with a view of the river, the room was very spacious with two separate area and bathrooms with a wrap around balcony and fabulous views over to the islands.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 30, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, It is really gratifying to know how enjoyable your stay was and that you were pleased with our service quality. Thank you so much for your kind comments and review. We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from S. Wales

Scorching Portugal

Posted Jul 11, 2017
Firstly use caution when booking your room!! Our initial room, although it was lovely, had a view reminiscent of the Mexican Bronx! We then upgraded to a sea view room which was amazing. This may sound petty but when you have huge patio doors and a balcony overlooking the Bronx, you can't really enjoy it! Other than that, fanstatic hotel, great location and lovely views.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 12, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for the feedback and for your constructive comments. It’s always important to know our Guests' opinion in order to maintain and improve our service every day. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future at the Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Cheshire

Fantastic hotel. Nothing too much trouble.

Posted Jun 29, 2017
Pros: The staff were the hotels greatest asset.
Cons: A kettle in the room but can't think of anything else.
Location: Very quiet location. Not loads to do as not a holiday resort but a fishing town. Great boat trip went from directly across the road from the hotel.
From the moment we arrived the staff bent over backwards to make us feel welcome. The food was amazing, especially the evening buffet. Loads of choice, 4 courses and wine/beer/soft drinks included for 28 EUR per person. Also a live duo playing whilst eating under the stars. Lovely time had by us both, will definitely return.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 6, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for the comment and for having such a great opinion of our hotel. It’s very special for us to see that your experience was great and that you had a very pleasant stay with us. It truly is for comments like yours that our team works every single day. We are also very glad to learn that you wish to return to our Hotel. We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon. Kind Regards, Miriam Alexandre
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Quiet but comfortable

Posted May 30, 2017
The hotel is in a quiet part of the algarve , far from the usual holiday hotspots; albufeira and vilamoura. Having gone in may instead of the peak of summer there was a quiet atmosphere about the town, and there was little choice on restaurants in the village however I do think that in the middle of summer ; July and August , the village would be thriving. It was perfect for a relaxing sunbathing holiday in May. Half board wasn't what wasn't expected as the buffet had very very little choice however the hotel staff were very accomodating letting us use our meal voucher for room service or lunch ( the hotel does not have a menu to order from in the restaurant in the evening ; only buffet)
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 21, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for the feedback and for your constructive comments and review. It’s always important to know our Guests' opinion in order to maintain and improve our service every day. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Miriam Alexandre
5 out of 5
by R N F

Posted May 16, 2017 on Hotels
Excellent hotel in a very pleasant Portuguese town - 5th visit!
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 21, 2017 by Real Hotels Group, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments. The nicest compliment that our team can get is you coming back every year. We look forward to your next visit to our hotel. King Regards, Miriam Alexandre Real Experience Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Belfast

Fantastic Hotel

Posted May 10, 2017
Location: The old town in Olhao and the food markets are highly recommended. If you can, take a boat tour of the Ria Formosa and visit the nearby islands.
We stayed for four nights in May in a Ria View Suite. The accommodation was luxurious, spacious, and very comfortable. The hotel is fantastic. Excellent spa facilities, indoor pool, jacuzzi and outdoor pool. The food at the pool bar and the restaurant was delicious. The staff were very helpful and attentive. We received a very warm welcome at the hotel, and the staff provided complimentary drinks at a meet and greet event in the hotel reception area on one of the evenings. You can also arrange boat tours and excursions at the hotel. We highly recommend this hotel. We had a very relaxing holiday.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 21, 2017 by Real Experience Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for the comment and for leaving us your great opinion of our Hotel. It’s very special for us to learn that your experience was great and that you had such a pleasant stay with us. It's for comments like yours that our team works daily. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind Regards, Miriam Alexandre