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Hotel Cristal Praia Resort & Spa

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We loved this hotel. It was the perfect spot for our holidays. The beach just across the road was stunning and the waterpark was great fun. We loved out room, which had a little Mezzanine floor for the kids. The food was really top standard. So much choice and always really fresh. the staff really stood out for me, wonderful customer service. nothing was too much trouble. The Anamation staff did wonderful performances each night. The staff in the restaurant were so professional it made every meal fine dining. (Martha and Philipa. Bar - Hugo and wonderfully welcomed by Carolina). There was very little I would change about the holiday. Loved it.

Visited in January for a convention when the hotel would normally be deserted. The staff were the epitome of friendly and helpful. They all speak impeccable English. Superb food and a very enjoyable weekend. Drive time from Lisbon c1 hr 40 minutes

My 1 week stay was very pleasant. This is a 4* resort, but food is 5* grade. I was completely surprised. Rooms are nice, staff was very nice all the time. Great wifi coverage (and free/included...) Downsides: - Going into the main hotel (indoor pool, spa, other restaurant, ...) by a wood ladder is not brilliant (elevator was broken) - Water pressure is not so great (need to find better taps?) and during a bath water temperature varied without any touch on the handle. - We didn't use the safe, but it didn't look very safe... :-) - Even on the all inclusive mode, the bar only opened at 11.30, and mid-afternoon snacks were only available between 4pm-6pm. And the room where this was served was generically very hot.

Beautiful, spacious bedrooms, beautiful view of sea and water park. Beautifully decorated. Fantastic choice of buffet and kids choices. Lovely white tablecloths and napkins at dinner. Such attention to detail. Lovely friendly staff. Beautiful white sandy beach, bit too wavy for the sea though. Entertainment and water exercise is excellent. So much fun. My only upset is the entertainment team and a few of the staff speak very little English so sometimes you are unaware what is happening during the entertainment time. Definitely would recommend for families. Would love to come back.

This hotel is really good with a good level of service. The rooms are clean and spacious . 
It has a good and safe area to let children play around without constant supervision.

 The staff is very profissional, always helpful, welcoming and competent. 
 The animation team is amazing both for children and adults. Everyday you have shows and activities and the evenings always starts with a mini-disco for children. Fantastic! About the food, in the all inclusive package, you have local, fresh food/specialities and a corner for children with more common food as well. The quality is amazing and it is more than enough.
 The indoor pool was very well appreciated. Good Wi-Fi connection will be more than welcome because it can be weak in several areas. The children loved it!! We will come back for sure!!

A typical group run hotel I prefer family hotels.We were in the beach chalets which were ok but entailed a walk to the main hotel for meals which was no fun in the rain,the meals were like the January sales push & shove for food that was nondescript you had to guess what it was.The scrambled eggs at breakfast contained grey bits which looked unappetising, on the whole not a good experience.On the last day I found my way out to the front onto the beach the hotel is a maze !!

Husband and I spent the second half of a Spain/Portugal coach tour here and it was a REAL let down after our lovely Spanish hotel ! Unfortunately I did not pay enough attention when I booked our trip otherwise I would have realised that we did actually stay here on a coach holiday several years ago - and the food was so awful that I swore we would never return. The food has improved very slightly in that there is now more of it and the buffet is re-stocked during the dinner period ( before it was a case of get in the dining room immediately or find most food had gone). Unfortunately the quality of the food is just as bad if not worse - poorly cooked, badly presented junk food that looks really unappetising especially after other guests have messed about with the buffet and they still do not put any labels on the buffet so it is impossible to tell what the food actually is. I was really ill one night after tasting a small spoonfull of what looked like meat stew only to find it was a fish stew which had mussels in it which I am allergic to. During the 5 days we were there I ate only vegetables at dinner - and not much of those. Desserts were good although you had to get those before your other food if you wanted to be sure of getting any - the hotel was packed and mealtimes were a bun fight with lots of pushing, shoving and general unfriendly behaviour which was very off putting. Breakfasts were dire with bread/toast and some cereal being the best option - the rest of the buffet was just about inedible. The staff were fine and clearly doing their best to cope and the rooms were spacious and clean (our group was put in the chalets at the back of the hotel as the hotel was very busy - this was probably just as well considering how busy they were but it was a nuisance to find that there was no cover when it rained and the main restaurant was over in the main hotel). Wifi was VERY hit and miss and there really isn't anywhere to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. The Bar was never open. The few available seats in Reception were largely taken up by other guests who had to vacate their rooms earlier in the day and thought it fair to stretch out and sleep on the sofas. I do now remember how I felt on our previous visit and I will CERTAINLY not fall into the same trap in the future.

I staying in March 2015 with my girlfriend. We wanted a place to stay where could get some rest near the ocean. This hotel provided us a great service and we loved our stay. We did the massages, pool,etc and we loved it. We will come back if we can. Hopefully with a bunch of kids.

I stayed in this Hotel at a time of year where there is nothing going on in Vieria. It was rather cold and rainy. The hotel is not the newest and has had better years I guess But they had renovations going on, so they are doing something to improve. The room was nevertheless clean and good. The breakfast was, lets say, not very special...cold coffee was the worst of it. But the personell at the reception was really nice, this keeps the stay in overall good memories. I am sure in the summertime this hotel will have a much better flair and great vibrations so close to the beach (just across the road). So its a good overall pick for a stay in Vieria!

As an overall, the hotel is really good with good level of service. The rooms are quite spacious (duplex rooms) and clean. 
The hotel is having enclosed area making it safe to let children play around without constant supervision.

 - Staff is always helpful, welcoming and competent. 
 - The animation team is amazing both for children and adults. Everyday of the week you have shows and activities and in the evenings it always starts with a mini-disco for children. 
- Concerning the food, in the all inclusive package, you get a lot with everyday different local specialties and also a corner for children with more common food. The quality is good and quantity much more than enough.
 - We also took Spa and massage and it was of good quality in a relaxing environment. It has to be noted that the rooms where the massages are done needs some refreshments but this did not affect the quality of the massage from the qualified personnel. 

 The indoor pool was very well appreciated during the days were we had no sun. The weakest point is the lack of Internet access (no Wi-Fi and no LAN) in the rooms, in the bars and restaurants. Wi-Fi is only available in the 2 lobbies of the hotel. Really insufficient despite good connection. Some Wi-Fi repeaters will be more than welcome.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Family Villa

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 249 reviews