Hotel Ria Park Resort Hotel Hotel 3 star
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Vale Do Lobo - P.O. Box 3410, Almancil 8135-951, Portugal Almancil, Portugal -
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Located in a residential area 800 m away from the beach, the main asset of the Ria Park is its proximity to the three most beautiful golf courses in Algarve and the Formosa Ria Nature Park.

This review is a translation from our French website, Easyvoyage.com, by Traducteo.

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    Location 7.3 /10

    The Ria Park is  at the entrance of Ria Formosa Nature Park, at Vale do Garrao, twenty miles west of Faro international airport (20 minute walk) and 1 mile away from Almancil 
    To get there, take the road Vale do Lobe and the Vale do Garrao. Keep going straight on until you see the hotel on the left.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 166 rooms (27 mē in size) are comfortably furnished with wood, blue shades and coloured floor tiles. They each have a large closet, a television (60 channels), a stocked minibar, individual air conditioning, a direct international telephone line, an internet connection and a bathroom with a bathtub, hair dryer and bathrobes. They each have a large balcony with plastic garden furniture and a garden and/or pool view.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Opened in 1998 and renovated in 2003, the hotel complex has 175 rooms including 9 suites housed on 6 floors.
    In a "New Orleans" spirit, with colonnades and roundness, the Ria Park opens with a monumental lobby in clear marble. Styles are mixed (Colonial, Empire, Manuelin-Gothic) without overwhelming each other. The lobby leads onto a garden with palm trees and a beautiful, tender, green lawn where there is a very comfortable swimming pool. Around it, several deckchairs (a little too close to each other) have been fitted out.
    The new spa center, spacious and bright, has a seawater pool, a relaxation room, a large sport room, a sauna and a Turkish bath...

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The main restaurant (Lusitano)  is in a large, rather gloomy room. Its terrace, however, is very pleasant. It is spacious and is open out to the garden and the pool. The cuisine is served buffet-style or a la carte ( there is a modest choice of 4 meats and 4 fish dishes) and takes its inspiration from regional and international influences. The three bars are welcoming (located near the pool or in the hotel - cozy places with billiard tables). A live orchestra (piano, guitar...) plays nightly from April to October.

    Beach

    The nearest beach, Vale do Garrao, is fifteen minutes away by foot; Ancao is 600 m away. (5 minutes by car or 20 minutes by foot ); Quinta do Lado is 2.5 miles away. They are vast and all of them have nautical bases in a pleasant setting backed by ochre cliffs. At the hotel, the large outdoor pool and the smaller indoor pool are heated and open in to the garden - they are a pleasant alternatives to sea bathing.

    To know

    The Ria Park grounds are occupied by the 5* Resort hotel, and the 4* Garden hotel. With the exception of the months of May to October, the building mainly welcomes groups (companies).
    A free bus for Vale do Lobo.
    Around the hotel : a nature reserve with birds, flamingos, hedgehogs.
    The institution closes every year in December.
    In 2006, the hotel will change its name to the Ria Park Hotel and Spa.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, (paying), Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, (2 courts), golf

    • Whirlpool bath

      (paying)

    advantage

    • Proximity of the most beautiful Algarve golf courses.
    • The new spa center.

    disadvantages

    • The atmosphere is a bit cold.
    • A modest garden.
    • The nearest beach is 800 m distant (a 15-minute walk).

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