Riu Palace Algarve  

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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  • 1Building
  • 4Floors
  • 349Rooms
  • 4Lifts


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Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

With pool towels, sun terraces, sunbeds and parasols.

Buffet restaurant

Offering buffet breakfast and evening meals. And there's a themed buffet twice a week to keep things varied.

Themed restaurant*

Open for dinner and lunch, this restaurant can be found poolside. Open between May and the end of October.

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twin room with garden view

Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with 2 or 3 beds and the 3rd bed is a camp-bed.

twin room with limited sea view

Twin room with limited sea view sleeps up to 3, with 2 or 3 beds and the 3rd bed is a camp-bed.

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We found the hotel to be excellent and though we have only been once feel like many regular visitors it is a pity it is being taken over by another company. From what we heard it is going to be completely changed. Yes some bits were a bit tired but far prefer bathrooms the way they are than with basin type sinks on top of a flat service. Also prefer HB to all inclusive. Are there going to be any hotels left that do HB.More

Mary P,

Pleasant week away

We stayed here in the last week of September as a family of 3 generations from 3-60. The building itself and the decor are quite dated and when the lease is taken over I'm sure a refurb will be in order, but everything was clean and pleasant. The entertainment reflected the average age of the guests at this hotel (older) and my boyfriend and I did comment that the lounge bar felt like we were in Benidorm! Our room was clean, the bed was very hard but that doesn't really worry me. The air con took a while to get cold, as did the mini fridge, but if you took the door key off the electricity fob you could get the room to an acceptable temperature, with the ceiling fan on as well. The pool was cold and could have done with a slight bit of heating to take the edge off, but once you were in and you were moving around it was alright, and it was much need refreshment!! Lots of steps down to the beach as many mention, or just a 100 if you go through the hotel up the road. This is for the falesia beach which is a lovely long beach to walk down and you can go to Vilamoura (and beyond if you were to continue after the marina there.) We preferred the town beach which involved walking down a big hill and going back on yourself to get to the hotel, but the beach had some nice coves to sit down at. Although the falesia beach had the benefit of a cafe which had showers adjoined to it - they don't seem to be as keen to install showers on any beaches in Portugal like they do elsewhere abroad, so if you went down to the beach you spent the rest of the day a bit sandy. Although the hotel was very quiet, it was nice and relaxing and the small town had enough bars to watch the Ryder Cup in to keep us entertained. The food was not the best buffet standard I've had recently, the breakfast was poor for the hot food and the dinner didn't give the greatest variety of foods but everything was cooked nicely - just nicely though, there wasn't a single meal that excited me. Unfortunately I was ill on the Portuguese night, so I am sure this was probably more exciting than the usual buffet, but I didn't experience it due to getting sunstroke that day in Albufeira. Staff were all excellent and I hope that they get new contracts when the hotel is taken over by a new company.More

Emily L, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Thank you and Goodbye!

Have just had our final stay at this wonderful hotel. Standards as usual were excellent. Everywhere immaculately clean. Food choices as good as ever. Can't understand some of the previous negative comments. For the price of this hotel, and bearing in mind that it is buffet service serving several hundred people each night, I don't think it could be faulted. As usual, all the staff were excellent, and also as usual the management were highly visible. The furniture and fittings are now looking tired and I think the hotel is ready for an update. It's just a shame that this won't be done by the Riu group, as we have come to trust their very high standards. A huge thank you to all at the Riu Palace. We have enjoyed every minute of our six or seven stays (can't remember exactly!) Good luck to all the staff in the futureMore

lynne s, Manchester, United Kingdom

Good luck RIU staff

there are many reviews on this subject, but I would like to add my well wishes to all the staff for their future. special mention to louis, bar supervisor and fabio waiter. 2 really nice people, also to nelson and valerio both waiters who were mad as hatters, and at times better than the entertainment, riu you are losing some of the best staff i have ever had the pleasure to meet. it appears that the new owners are making this into an adults only/ couples hotel, on a half board or all inclusive basis. i hope that the new owners take note of the criticisms that are genuinely put forward. like..... the main pool is way too cold, it was supposed to be heated, but if it was then the heater needs turning up! beds.. far too hard, even with a mattress topper it was like sleeping on concrete. meal times.. why the you will eat at 6 or 8 attitude? its like being back at school, please change it.More

jph15178, birmingham,england

End of an Era !

Just arrived back after a very nice 2 week stay, have been coming here twice a year for 4 years and are sad that Riu will no longer be owning it at the end of the month. We now understand that the new company will be doing a refurb and the Hotel will be Adults only on HB & AI basis. Yes the Hotel is winding down a little, but the service and food was still excellent in my opinion! Would just like say a special thanks to Xisco,Nelson E, Joaquim & Team and wish them all good luck and hope we meet up again in the future!More

iocasti, cheshire

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