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Hotel Marina Rio Hotel 4 star
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Avenida Dos Descobrimentos, S/N Lagos, Portugal -
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The Marina Rio, formerly the Albergia Marina Rio, is a dated hotel located just on the Lagos marina a short walk from the town centre. Although the hotel is comfortable, its clientele actually comprises mainly of a retired crowd, so if you are looking for a lively and contemporary place to stay, this isn't it. A well located, practical and calm place to stay, we wouldn't recommend the hotel for people with young children, or couples looking for a romantic escapade.

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    Location 5.95 /10

    The Marina Rio is situated right on the Lagos marina. The historic town centre is just behind the hotel and makes for a quaint little stroll. There isn't much else in the immediate surroundings - Lagos isn't one of the most picturesque areas of the Algarve. Faro is about an hour and a half away eastwards on the N-125. There are a couple of golf courses nearby (Palmares and Boavista). The nearest beach is Praia Meia, about 10 minutes walk away from the hotel.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    The 36 rooms have been recently refurbished and although plain and basic, they add a touch of modern to the rest of the otherwise dated hotel. Decorated in a palette of red and green, the rooms are on the small side, so not ideal if you like your space. The most popular rooms are located along the marina front as they all have balconies overlooking the harbour. The rooms to the back of the hotel have a view onto the garden and part of the old town - some rooms do look out onto the car park, so make sure you negotiate a fair view before you arrive.

    All rooms are twins - so they all have two single beds pushed together (not great if you hate having to lie in the groove between the two beds if you require a double bed). All rooms have televisions, air-conditioning, a safe and a small fridge (empty). There are also complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities in each room.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    Opened in 1990, the hotel is one of the most old-fashioned in the region and caters to an elderly crowd, despite its well-intentioned naval theme. The lobby, with its wooden panelling, mirrored surfaces and pastel palette, isn't to everyone's taste. A small card playing area is located at the end of the lounge in a small elevated area. There is also a computer here for guests needing to access the internet; there is also a small library with a collection of books left behind by English guests. The restaurant is just to the right of the reception desk. To the left of the reception desk is the bar, open until 11:00pm.

    In terms of facilities, there is a lounge down at reception, a small area for playing cards, a terrace for sunbathing up on the roof, a small roof-top pool (heated in the colder months), and a small restaurant area. There is also a shuttle beach to the nearest beach, Praia Meia, which is just at the roundabout close to the large Vila Galé Lagos Hotel.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The small non-descript dining room has several tables laid with baby pink table cloths. Classical music plays softly in the background. The large windows let in plenty of light and as the room is located just across the road from the marina, the views are pleasant in the mornings with the early sun. The hotel only serves breakfast. Guests tend to venture out into the old town for lunch and dinner. The bar to the left of the reception desk is open from 11:00am-11:00pm. There is room service from 8:00amtill midnight.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The beach, Praia Galé, is one of the most beautiful in the region if you like flat, wide stretches of golden sands. There are no other characteristics here like rocks or vegetation. The water is calm, transparent, and turquoise, but deceivingly cold! The sea here takes all summer to warm up, hence why you won't see many locals having a dip until September. Further up the beach, just opposite the Vila Galé Lagos Hotel, is a beach club that serves lunch by a small pool and becomes a nightclub at the weekends and every evening during peak season.

    To know

    The hotel is a four-star establishment, but due to the small size of the rooms and the limited facilities, we have marked it down to three stars.

    There is a car park to the right hand side of the hotel, but it does tend to get full quickly, so be prepared to search for an alternative parking spot. During our visit there was no Wi-Fi at the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, mountain bike, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Location - close to the town centre and overlooking the marina.
    • Small and quiet.

    disadvantages

    • A hotel suited to a retired crowd may not be everyone's cup of tea on holiday.
    • The old-fashioned décor.

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