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Ria Park Garden Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I read the reviews on this hotel so was sceptical about booking here but it was a last minute decision to go to Portugal. The staff were nothing but pleasant and helpful. The room was large and comfortable. I'm pretty sure we were given an upgrade as we had a spare bedroom and my daughter in another room had a lounge and dining area. It would actually make a great adult only hotel because the garden has nice sun beds and is a little oasis, which brings me to my one problem with this hotel due to it being August there was too many children. Having said that they were all well behaved but they need a separate pool or at the least a section in the main pool so us adults can swim. The breakfast was really good. There is a mini bus to take you to and from the beach with no hassle. They actually have their own beds on the beach for a charge. There aren't many restaurants near by but you can actually walk down to the beach where there are several. Izzys was much better than Julia's but must be booked as very busy. We would definitely stay again at this hotel.

Described as a 4 star hotel should Only Be a 2 star at best. You arrive to what feels like the side entrance for the staff. This is the best part. Good points: Showers were powerful, rooms clean, maid service good and thorough. THe staff at the reception are ok but not a warm welcome by any means. The first room they showed us was via a lift I would describe as one you would find in a multi storey car park. The room was dated and actually very depressing. Asked to be moved and they did move us to a detached part of the hotel where the rooms were slightly better and a bit brighter. But still grim for the £200 per night price tag. The pool area was small and again quite depressing so we didn't go there at all during our stay. Towels hard, pillows hard, mattress hard. Breakfast was ok but basic selection as you would find in a premier inn. Staff were a mixture of helpful and down right rude. We decided on the first night to go to the bar. Shouldn't have bothered, it was like a large sparsely furnished doctors waiting room. No atmosphere. A large TV playing. The ria park spa is 5 stars and only £50 per room extra- didn't go to see it as didn't want the children to compare and spoil their holiday but from the outside looked very nice. According to some reviews the garden hotel is only open in the summer season so the temporary feel it has is because it is. If it was £100 per room you would be disappointed but the saving might be worth it if you just slept there. PLEASE pay the extra and stay somewhere else-

The hotel was all around average. The room we had was large but the bed was an absolute rock (firmest bed I've ever slept on). The hotel staff did their job, but I never got the feeling they were happy to help or particularly interested in us enjoying our stay. The breakfast included with the stay was the only thing above average and was very good! The hotel has a shuttle down to the beach and also has a cabana on the beach where you can rent two chairs and a shade ( 9 euro for 5 hours). The beach is nice and sandy and while we didn't partake it looked really easy to rent jet skis, go tubing or parasailing. Restaurants within walking distance are limited to hotel restaurants or the 5-6 on the beach.

We stayed for four nights in August. The hotel and grounds are vast and there are things to keep children occupied like tennis courts and two very nice swimming pools. It is walkable to the beach which was nice. The staff were lovely and the breakfast was great. There's nothing to do in the evening as far as we know but there are restaurants nearby within walking distance again.

We stayed here the first week of August as a family of 5 and loved every minute. The hotel is unusual in that some of the rooms are in the main body of the hotel and some are across the road in houses surrounding a pool and two hard court tennis courts. We were lucky enough to get rooms in one of these houses and it was perfect - the pool was quieter than the one at the main part of the hotel and the courts were right beside it. The tennis courts were free to play on but you have to book via reception as they are popular at times. The hotel runs a shuttle bus to the beach which was great though sometimes you had to wait for it, we never waited more than fifteen to twenty minutes. Otherwise you can easily walk to the beach if you cut through the partner ria park hotel. The bus to the beach stops at 7pm and since most of the restaurants are at the beach if you have no car, we had to walk back most nights, our kids got used to it! The breakfasts at the Ria park gardens were lovely, maybe lacking a few fancy things some 5* hotels might have but what they do have is good. We ate at the buffet at Ria Park hotel twice and it was pretty good, it is 5*. Rooms were lovely and clean and serviced every day. Overall we loved this holiday, and would definitely go back if we got a good deal.

We stayed at Ria Park Gardens for 5 days. Rooms are spacious and clean. We had a fantastic view of the pool and the garden area from the balcony. Staff couldn't have been more helpful and there is an on demand shuttle bus to take you to the beach area and other hotel. Breakfast was nice and plentiful. Never a problem getting a sun lounger around the pool. Only criticisms are the lack of tea and coffee facilities in the room and it is very very quiet in the evenings so you have to go out. All in all though, a lovely relaxing stay.

A lovely hotel for a short break away, although not much to do apart from being by the pool and going to the beach, the stay was very relaxing and other families were quiet and respectful around the pool. The staff were willing to help. Definitely recommended.

I cannot rate this hotel on personal experience as having booked a holiday here via Easyjet we arrived to find it definitely closed. Had it not been last minute I would have checked more carefully. We were informed by local restaurant owner that it only ever opens in school summer break. Be that as it may, we did have room in very nice villa opposite and breakfast at 5* Ria Park up the road. This is a very quiet exclusive area, with flower filled tree lined streets. Yes you would need to hire a car to get out and about. There is nothing else near apart from the beach and a few beach restaurants. There is a lovely long quiet sandy beach but steeply shelving and not so good for small children.

staff not very helpful. water only given every day in rooms if full board, did not tell us about local super market over the road, milk not replaced in bedrooms every day. nice location, short walk to beach with cafes and restaurants. taxi rides to every where else. out door pool nice, not heated. good friendly bar staff. indoor pool nice too, not so cold. towels and bath robes available. breakfast good, hot plate not manned tho. rooms very boring no pictures on walls! only mirror in bathroom, shower was hit and miss as to whether you had a very hot one or a cold one.

We stayed at the Ria park in July/August 2014 and had a great stay so we booked again for 2015 but we decided to go in September (just outside the season). I have to say that I was very disappointed this time, mainly because of the restaurant but also the fact that even though the hotel was not full, the reception tried to push us to one of the 'overflow' rooms off the main hotel grounds. This would have separated us not only from the few guests that were there but also would have made it more difficult to come back the to the restaurant each day. During the season in 2014, Ria Park offered a very extensive buffet meal each night and it was hard to eat the same thing twice over a 10 day stay. In addition you could visit the buffet as many times as you liked. This time we booked deliberately just out of season to avoid the kids etc and paid for room and half board for the benefit of the buffet evening meal. When we arrived however, we were told that there was no evening buffet as the season had just finished and the hotel was only partially full.. Only à la carte was available or a limited fixed menu. We cancelled the half board and opted for bed and breakfast instead, paying to eat each night as we choose. The à la carte menu is very limited and during the 10 days we were there, the entire previous week was repeated the following week. In addition it worked out much more expensive than the buffet and certainly never offered the selection that the buffet had done in the previous stay. We were told that the buffet finished at the end of August and it would have been nice to have been told this when we booked rather than when we arrived. Overall the hotel looked a little more 'tired' in 2015 and I think this will be our last stay here. There is very limited entertainment locally and if you want to eat at a reasonable price, you have to rent a car which is expensive in Portugal. I don't feel we had the same level of service that was offered the previous year and overall it was quite disappointing. The hotel is worth staying at but be aware of the limitations that occur outside the holiday period .

Room options

Double Room, Sea View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Family Suite (2 adults and 2 children)

Queen 2 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4


Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double or Twin Room

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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64% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 82 reviews