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4.5 out of 5

"This is an excellent hotel with excellent facilities. We had such a nice time during our 4 day stay. The hotel is next to very beautiful Albufeira bea ... " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 03 Jan 2019

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Hotel Description

Our customers tell us they can't get enough of São Rafael Atlântico's great beach location. During your stay, you'll be within walking distance of Sao Rafael Beach. Features include free breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking. Built in 2009, this 5-star hotel has 149 rooms over 5 floors. All rooms offer free WiFi and furnished balconies.

  • Air-conditioned rooms with furnished balconies, 24-hour room service and LCD TVs
  • Free buffet breakfast served daily
  • Free WiFi
  • Free self-parking
  • The 3 restaurants, poolside bar and bar/lounge offer choices for drinking and dining
  • Take a swim in the 2 indoor pools
  • Treat yourself to facials or body treatments at the spa
  • Services include supervised activities for kids, dry cleaning/laundry and tour or ticket assistance
  • On-site recreation includes a fitness centre and a sauna
  • Guests really like the accommodation for the spaciousness and overall comfort
  • 12 minutes by foot from Sao Rafael Beach and a 2-minute drive from Albufeira Marina

Standard Double or Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
€97* Per night/room 18 May - 19 May

Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double or Twin Room (Nature)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double or Twin Room, Pool View

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

São Rafael Atlântico ratings based on 22 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for São Rafael Atlântico

Everyone (18) Couples (4)
5 out of 5
This is an excellent hotel with excellent facilities. We had such a nice time during our 4 day stay. The hotel is next to very beautiful Albufeira beach with private access from the hotel. The spa treatments are excellent too. Excellent food. and last but not the least, their staff is so helpful and pleasant. Special mention to Maria João Vieira, she made sure our stay is full of surprises and looked after us alot. We had a 7AM checkout and she made sure we get some breakfast packed for us for our way. Many thanks and we will visit São Rafael Atlântico again in future.

Posted by on 3 Jan 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Jan 2019 by Guest Relations

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico for your stay and for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted to read such an amazing review. Also, we appreciate your kind words regarding our attentive Team, they are truly appreciated by all of us. Thank you for your kind words of recognition. Our commitment to making our Guests holiday a memorable experience is our goal and your comments further motivate us on this daily objective. We look forward to an opportunity to welcome you again at our hotel in the near future and provide you another wonderful experience. Kind regards, Sara Fernandes Guest Relations

5 out of 5
Great hotel the beach behind was lovely, only one toilet at the swimming pools for all the guests men and women which meant there was a que almost all the time

Posted by on 10 Sep 2018

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10 Sep 2018 by Guest Relations

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our Hotel NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are really pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Also, we appreciate your positive comments about our privileged location near São Rafael beach. We take good note of your observation regarding the toilets next to the pool area. Our Managment Team is already aware of the situation and will, certainly, solve this aspect as soon as possible. We are looking forward to welcome you back sometime soon. Kind regards, Sara Alves Guest Relations

5 out of 5

Beautiful location and easy access to the beach.

Such a great and relaxing stay. Only 5 euros to Town. Buffet a bit expensive for some nights. We really enjoyed the Sushi restaurant, the staff is just lovely.

Posted by , from brighton on 6 Aug 2018

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12 Aug 2018 by Guest Relations

Dear Katia, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Nau São Rafael Atlântico. We are really pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and particularly appreciated our amazing sushi restaurant and also the service provided by our attentive team. We appreciate your feedback about the buffet price and we will certainly take your suggestion into consideration. We look forward to an opportunity to welcome you back. Kind Regards, Mariana Reis Guest Relations

5 out of 5

Beautiful hotel ! Lovely food , really comfortable

Definitely stay there again in a perfect location ‘ food was really lovely , the rooms were modern and clean right on the beach , just perfect

Posted by , from lancashire england on 27 Feb 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Mar 2018 by Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

Dear Mr. Simon, We thank you for choosing NAU São Rafael Atlântico for your stay and for sharing your review. We are really happy to read that you enjoyed our food offer and had a comfortable stay at our hotel. We strive to continuously provide a high quality service to our guests and we are really glad to hear that the same took place during your stay. Thank you again for sharing your comments We are looking forward to welcome you again at our hotel in the near future. Best regards, Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

5 out of 5

Perfect for a short break.

Lovely hotel, we had a free upgrade to a great room. Good quiet location. Private path to the beach. Nice and warm indoor pool. Use of the spa is 10 euros per day per person but we did not use it. Fantastic buffet breakfast and friendly staff.

Posted by , from Shropshire on 16 Feb 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

24 Feb 2018 by Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

Dear Mr. Geoff, We thank you for choosing NAU São Rafael Atlântico for your stay and for sharing your amazing review. We are also really grateful with your positive comments concerning our location close to the beach, buffet breakfast and indoor pool. Our teams work to continuously provide a high quality service to our guests and we are really glad to hear that the same took place during your stay. Thank you again for sharing your review. We really hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again at our hotel in the near future and provide you another perfect short break. Best regards, Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

4 out of 5

Sao Raphael Atlantico

Pros: Clean, good facilities, very laid back and polite staff.
Cons: When people have empty glasses on the roof bar, the waiters should be circulating and asking if people would like another drink - be more proactive
The Hotel is modern and contemporary, great facilities and close to a wonderful beach. The roof terrace is a nice feature but the seating layout contributes to a lack of atmosphere. Plenty of choice at breakfast but getting a "hot" cup of coffee or tea is a challenge. It is a 30 minute downhill walk to the Marina and a further 15 minutes into Old Town Albufeira. If you ask reception to book a taxi to Old Town it is 10 euro, it's 8 euro if you phone your own cab but its 4.50 euro with Uber. 60 euro airport transfer via hotel 30 euro airport transfer in travel agents in Old Town. I would come back again as I have no complaints about the hotel, it is lovely. The swimming pool isn't heated so it is freezing, but so is the sea, you just have to brave it. It is a good base and the Sao Rafael beach is lovely. Next visit to Albufeira I may look to stay in the town itself.

Posted by , from England on 5 Oct 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

15 Oct 2017 by Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

Dear Mr. Billy. We thank you for choosing NAU São Rafael Atlântico for your stay and for taking your time to share your experience at our hotel in the Expedia platform. We are really happy to hear that you found our hotel lovely, modern and comtemporary, specially by reading your positive comments concerning our facilities, location, overall cleanness and staff service. We work to continuously provide a high quality service, therefore we took note of your suggestion concerning our Arabian Sea Chill Out bar service for the consideration of the improvement of our service. Thank you again for sharing your review. We hope to have the opportunity in welcome you again at our hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Filipa Freitas – Assistant Manager

5 out of 5

A real paradise

This is an absolutely fab hotel. Everything you want in your room - kettle toiletries TV coffee.towels beds change everyday. Pools fab. Sun beds loads. Shuttle then every day 3 times a day to albufera.

Posted by , from Ireland on 6 Sep 2016

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 13 Dec 2019

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16 Dec 2019 by Guest Relations

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review regarding your stay at NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We all look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back in the near future. Best regards, Sara Fernandes Guest Relations

5 out of 5
Sehr aufmerksame und freundliche Mitarbeiter, das Essen im à la Carte Restaurant war sehr gut und die Paarmassage hat ein super Preis-leistungsverhältnis! Das zimmer war sehr sauber, ruhig und mit Meerblick, vom Hotel haben die Gäste einen privaten Holzsteg bis zum nah gelegenen Strand und die 3 verschiedenen runden Pools inmitten von Palmen sind sehr einladend! Es ist ausserhalb der Stadt Albufeira, es gibt aber ein regelmässigen Shuttleservice welcher kostenlos ist! Am Hafen, 30 Gehminuten entfernt, kann man diverse Bootrips buchen.

Posted by on 6 Dec 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Dec 2019 by Guest Relations

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review regarding your stay at NAU São Rafael Atlântico. We are constantly striving to provide the best service to our Guests and we are delighted to hear that you had such a great experience. Our guest satisfaction is our main purpose. We all look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back in the near future. Best regards, Sara Fernandes Guest Relations

5 out of 5
Sehr schöne Anlage mit sehr grosszügigen Zimmern. Personal sehr Freundlich. Frühstücksbüffet war super mit sehr viel Auswahl. Waren auch 2 mal beim Abendessen am Buffet, auch das war ok aber halt nicht mehr vorallem sehr Fisch/Meeresfrüchte lastig aber das ist Geschmackssache. Im Spa funktionierten ein paar Sachen nicht richtig was ärgerlich ist vor allem weil man extra bezahlt. Garten und Poolareal sind sehr schön und auch der Strand ist toll auch wenn es schnell voll wird. Al a Card Restaurant war super aber auch ein wenig teurer. Wenn man einen Wagen hat kann man aber in der Umgebung auch gut und Preiswert essen gehen. Uns hat es sehr gut gefallen und wir würden dieses Hotel wieder wählen.

Posted by on 11 Sep 2019

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13 Sep 2019 by Guest Relations

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing NAU São Rafael Atlântico for your stay and for taking your time to review us. We are very happy to hear your positive feedback concerning our facilities and services. At São Rafael Atlântico, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer, therefore your feedback is very important to us. We would like to apologize for the mentioned aspects that unfortunately were unable to exceed your expectations. Rest assured that your comments will be delivered to our top management for consideration to the improvement of our services. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards, Sara Fernandes Guest Relations

About the São Rafael Atlântico

Location Sesmarias, Albufeira, 8200-613

Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from October 28 2020 to March 31 2021 (dates subject to change):

  • Sauna
  • Hot tub

Property Features

As a guest of São Rafael Atlântico, you'll find a full-service spa, 2 indoor swimming pools, a sauna, and a fitness centre. There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a nearby snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include A poolside bar and A bar/lounge. Free breakfast is available daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business centre. Event space at this hotel measures 4413 square feet (410 square metres) and includes conference centres. A kids' pool, a terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at the luxury São Rafael Atlântico. Self parking is free. This Art Deco Albufeira hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 149 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • 4413 sq ft of conference space
  • 410 sq. m of conference space
  • Built in 2009
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Deli
  • Supervised kids' activities (surcharge)
  • Business centre (24 hours)
  • Conference centre
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Number of indoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Airport: Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.) (47 km / 29.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

São Rafael Atlântico offers 149 forms of accommodation with minibars and a safe. Rooms open to furnished balconies. Beds feature premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 40-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include a shower with a rainfall showerhead, bathrobes, bidets and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include a hairdryer and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

  • Private balcony (furnished)
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Luxury bedding
  • Pillow options
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Bidet
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout curtains
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wardrobe or cupboard

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free buffet breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Seven Seas – On-site buffet restaurant.

Mediterranean – On-site fine-dining restaurant. Open daily.

RAW – On-site sushi bar. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Chill Out Bar – Overlooking the ocean, this rooftop bar only serves light fare. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

2 indoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Free bicycles nearby

Spa Services

The on-site spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include facials and body treatments.

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments

Accessibility

If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cots (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at São Rafael Atlântico

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards in all accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service. Each guest room is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of Clean & Safe (Portugal) guidelines.

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property follows regional sanitisation guidelines Clean & Safe (Portugal)
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Property Registry Number – 7284
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Facilities fee: EUR 20.00 per person, per day and includes use of: sauna; spa tub; spa

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Atlantic Sao Rafael Hotel
  • Hotel Atlantic Sao Rafael
  • Hotel Sao Rafael Atlantic
  • Rafael Atlantic
  • Rafael Atlantic Hotel
  • Sao Atlantic Rafael Hotel
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Albufeira
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira

You should know

  • Pool access available from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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