Monday, 31 October 2011

TripAdvisor - “Excellent hotel, great service”

We stayed for 5 nights from 20th October 2011.

Having viewed previous reviews on Trip Advisor, I was a little tentative as I'm a real clean freak and expect good service. I wasn't disappointed. We arrived really late, but the chap on reception was very helpful and efficient. Both rooms were newly decorated in a contemporary style and immaculate (4th floor). Although the shower was a bit cool first night, it was fine the rest of the time and really powerful.

The views were stunning and the beach really clean too.The breakfast was lovely, plenty of choice, from full English (buffet) to fresh fruit and cheeses, pastries etc etc. The chef was very attentive to replenishing and the breakfast time was nice and long - 7am til 11am.

I can't fault this hotel, and I'm very choosy. The cafe over the road was excellent too and served us a meal at 11pm! If I have to say one thing, it would be that the other guests were much older than us and we felt a bit self-conscious at breakfast time as it was very quiet and not family-orientated.

If you love peace and quiet and want excellent service this is a safe bet when staying in the region. If you're after a livelier hotel with young families and trendy young people then maybe it's not for you.All in all a great experience, very relaxing and we'll be returning. Thank you so much.

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Portuguese Cockerel

The cockerel is probably one of the most popular symbols of Portugal,

But do you actually know why it became such a famous symbol?

The legend dates back to the 14th Century, and like all legends, each narrator adds his own flavour.

In Barcelos, a small town in Portugal, a passing pilgrim, who was on his way to São Tiago de Compostela (in Spain), was wrongly accused of theft, for which the penalty was death. Feeling threatened in a foreign village, he only had his faith to call upon.

He appealed to "Our Lady" and St. James (the patron Saint of protection) that justice be done.

The pilgrim found his way to the Judge who was to decide his fate.

The judge was about to commence eating a roast cockerel for his dinner. The pilgrim pleaded, "If I am innocent, that cockerel will get up and crow.

The cockerel at once got up and crowed heartily. The pilgrim was released and went on his way.

And to this day, the cockerel has been a symbol of faith, justice and good luck.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Car Hire - November, 2011 - March, 2012

We work with Cordial Car company here in the Hotel - please see below their rates for our guests for next winter.

November, 2011 to March 2012

Group B - FIAT PANDA 5 doors €.100,00 – no air conditioning
Group C - FIAT PUNTO HYNDAY ATOS €.110,00 – no air conditioning
Group D - RENAULT CLIO, OPEL CORSA €.120,00 - air conditioning
Group E – FORD FIESTA, SEAT IBIZA , SEAT IBIZA STATION WAGON €.150,00 air conditioning

The prices above include: Unlimited Mileage, Fully comprehensive Insurance and VAT

Baby Seat – €:15.00 – 7 days
Additional Driver – €:15.00 – 7 days
AIRPORT TAX – deliver and return - – €:30,00 – 7 days
P.A.I. (personal accident insurance) – €: 3,00 per day

For more information or to book your car please send e-mail to or see

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fiesa Photography Competition Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Fiesa Photography Competition - Mrs. Maggie Madeley who has won a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis for two people at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra.

My brother Philip and his wife Mandy, both with learning difficulties doing their interpretation of the sand sculpture behind them! Such a happy photo!

Taken 2nd May 2011

1st November - Bank Holiday

November, 1st is a Bank Holiday in Portugal.

It is All Saints day.
The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Christmas Eve Sandcastle Competition

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pêra

Saturday 24th December 2011

Grand Sandcastle Competition

Build a sandcastle containing at least
4 towers, a moat and a flag
Prize for the best ‘Castle’

Starts 2 pm

€2.50 per person

Teams of up to 4 people
adults especially welcome
it’s not just for kids!

Tel: Holiday Inn Algarve on 282 320 260
to book your bucket & spade
and join us on the beach!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

This weekend - All Saints Fair in Silves

The traditional annual All Saints Fair is taking place in Silves (just north of the Castle) from 29th October to 2nd November.

From traditional to modern, there are numerous articles and products for sale at this five-day fair, from footwear to clothes, housewares and toys, and of course, hot chestnuts and roasted octopus.

Friday, 21 October 2011


In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

The 2011 Poppy Ball

at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra.

On Saturday, 29th October, 2011.

Welcome Drink, Buffet Meal, House wine, water and coffee.

Dancing to Live Music

30 Euros per person

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Eddy and Maria de Bie - Tel:-282 381 184 or e-mail

Special rates for overnight accommodation at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

Please contact Vicki Good Tel: 282 320 260 or E-mail

Associaçao British Legion Portugal UK registered no 219279 Branch no BR3443 Portugal IRS no 507170261

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

From our inbox

From: Richard
Sent: domingo, 9 de Outubro de 2011 14:06

Subject: For the attention of the hotel manager: Feedback on our week with you (1 - 8 October)

Although we filled in the feedback form in the room, I just wanted to say again how very impressed we were with the hotel, its facilities and – especially – its staff.

The hotel was beautifully placed, and very handy both for the town and its beaches. We particularly thought the breakfast buffet was excellent.

Our deal was bed and breakfast only, so our feedback on the restaurant staff is relatively limited, but I wanted to say something particularly about the Reception staff.

The Reception staff (- we had dealings with several) were unfailing helpful and keen to please. We booked two excursions (- nothing to do with the hotel on either occasion), both of which messed us about a fair bit: each was subject to several changes of pick up time and location. The Reception staff kept us up to date admirably and could not have been more helpful in making sure we joined up with the rest of the group. Similarly, they helped confirm our pre-arranged transfer back to Faro airport and made sure everything went smoothly.

I’m not sure anyone says ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ enough these days, but your Reception staff certainly deserve it.

Sue and Richard