With its clifftop location and nearby beach, this hotel is well set up for a peaceful escape. And its Gold Medal award means customers really rate it.
The Riu Palace Algarve crowns a towering cliff, so the hotel’s sprawling sun terraces and some of the room balconies are treated to wide-open ocean views.
Its clifftop location might give this hotel an away-from-it-all feel, but it’s just a 5-minute drive from the centre of town. Plus, lively Albufeira is 15 minutes away.
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|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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With pool towels, sun terraces, sunbeds and parasols.
Offering buffet breakfast and evening meals. And there's a themed buffet twice a week to keep things varied.
Open for dinner and lunch, this restaurant can be found poolside. Open between May and the end of October.
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Pity it is closing
The hotel is situated at the top of the hill and is a 10 min walk, with no shortcuts down to the sea/village with many cafe's and restaurants, on pavements or down 300 plus wooden steps, need to take a taxi which would cost 4 euro each way. The hotel is very quite throughout the day and night, great for a relaxing holiday. Cannot pick out any of the staff they are all excellent, professional and put the customer first. You also had daily excess to the Manager who was always available in the Restaurant at breakfast and evening meal, great person, approachable, you can see why the staff where so helpful he lead from the front. Excellent idea in the Restaurant, on the first day you are told what sitting you are at for the evening meal either 6.30 or 8.30, when you arrive you are taken to your table which you keep for the rest of your stay, Meals large variety of choice, well cooked Rooms are very good and spacious with excellent views, cleaned daily. Would love to go again but I understand that the RIU Hotel group are closing this hotel, their is another Riu hotel across the road, much larger and VERY NOISY, all day and late into the evening, That god my choice was the RIU PALACE cannot understand why people complain on Trip advisor when the Management where available each day and VERY HELPFUL, very much appreciated, WIUSHING YOU AND ALL THE STAFF ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTUREMore
Barry999932, Barton under Needwood, United Kingdom
Good Hotel, wonderful position, fantastic staff, but!
We stayed here for a week from the 2nd to 9th September. As has been well documented the Hotel will be closing this autumn. This is due to Riu not renewing the 10 year lease they had on the property. They already have the very large and noisy all inclusive ClubHotel Riu Guarana next door. Everything good about the Palace has already been said. What we didn't like was the eating experience in the evening, this was split into two sittings @ 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The buffet food was ok but not great, but my main gripe was that you felt you were in a canteen rather than a restaurant. It doesn't have to be like this, we have stayed at various Hotel's over the past few years, namely, from the groups H10, Barcelo, and Hipotels, their buffet restaurants are all very good. The Palace also has an a la Carte Restaurant which is available to guests at no extra charge, but before you get too excited, there are only four choices, of starter, main and sweet these never change, and are very Noveaux Cuisine in portions sizes. Considering that all the staff's jobs are in a state of limbo, they were all absolutely fantastic, with special mention of Luis on reception, and our cleaner Anabella, thank you. So watch out for this Hotel in the future, and whoever takes it over, it could be great.More
David66102, London, United Kingdom
Very, Very good first stay in Algarve
Just returned from 2 weeks at Riu Algarve, really enjoyed hotel, area and an amazing 2 weeks of blue skies all day with very hot weather. I'd asked for a top floor with evening sun and that's exactly what we got, with a side sea view. As has been said all staff excellent. Yes the rooms are in an older style but I liked it, mini bar is kept empty and holds 1.5l water, full bottles wines etc so good size. We always got sun loungers at any time of day and as it was so hot, really enjoyed using the pool. Entertainment not our thing but we just walked down into the village and enjoyed the atmosphere down there. Breakfasts, plenty of choice (tho I didn't have any of the hot plates), we went to the Al A Carte 3 times and although small menu, we really enjoyed it. Evening meals again lots of choice but I am not a big meat eater and a bit fussy on what meats I do eat so I had lots of soup, fish, pasta etc, the desserts were really good. I loved the village still authentic and walking distance to albufeira and villamoura, which we did few times. The steps to the beach are unique and make it quirky, and works off the desserts! Beautiful beach can walk all the way to villamoura. We will watch to see who takes over this hotel which according to our Thomson rep Alex who was excellent by the way, is imminent, as we would return, not half board, as we much prefer going out to different restaurants at night but if b & b yes! would love to go back and also stay in the old town... really enjoyed our first visit to Portugal.More
leel02, Fort William, United Kingdom
Very nice hotel, amazing food
The hotel is very nice, nicely located in the Algarve area, so that you can easily reach both coast near to Spain and extremity of Portugal. Of course, you really need a car if you want to visit different beaches. About the hotel itself, here are some pros/cons Pros 1) Food is amazing, both buffet and a la carte restaurant, and breakfast is never ending. 2) The swimming pool is large enough, lots of sun beds (never had a problem to find one free during the high season). 3) The hotel is very clean. Some reviewers wrote that the furniture is dated: that's true, but is of high quality and clean. 4) The personnel is very helpful and kind Cons 1) There is no in-room service 2) The beach is very small 3) the Gym has few equipmentMore
Francesca843, Boston, Massachusetts
It was our second stay in a row at this great hotel, need I say more? We had a great view of the ocean and Falesia beach from our balcony, even though the room (1002) was on the first floor. There was some noise from the pool bar that was located directly in front of our room, but nothing loud or disturbing. Although if you mind some people looking up to your balcony at times, your should choose a room on the other end of the building. For us it was not a problem. The garden on the back of the hotel is beautiful - you should definitely take a walk there. Service in the restaurant was very good - friendly and quick. In particular, Nelson L was amazing - he always tried to read our minds. The staff during the entire stay was great in general, so we were even more surprised and shocked to learn from other guests that RIU Palace Algarve will close permanently at the end of October! It seems like there are some issues with the rental agreement for the building and they weren't able to agree on an extension. Very sad. Fortunately, it looks like the hotel will re-open under a new name and brand, and from what we heard everyone will keep their jobs! They certainly deserve it.More
LightwizHH, Hamburg, Germany
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