Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The clifftop location offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean
- Step straight out the door onto the award-winning championship golf course
What To Know
- The weather can be bracing even in summer; bring layers
- You’ll need your own transport if you want to venture outside the resort
- Lisbon is about an hour's drive away
- The relaxed feel appeals to golfers and vacationers alike
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Low-rise and sea-facing, the hotel makes the most of its stunning coastal location. With large picture windows in all the public areas framing views of the Atlantic, it creates the feeling that you’re on a non-moving ocean liner. The decor is smart and sophisticated without being overly memorable, although the Moorish-style courtyard entrance gives a passing nod to the country’s heritage. The superb links course is a golfer’s delight and is as challenging to play as it is spectacular to look at — think Scotland with sunshine.
Bed and Bath
Golf or Ocean View rooms all have floor-to-ceiling French windows and balconies to make the most of the vista. The bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and clutter-free, and the one-size-fits-all concept — neutral decor, pullout sofabed, work desk — makes them suitable for golfing pals and busy executives as well as vacationers.
The star attraction is the championship golf course. Set in an expanse of pine forests and undulating dunes, the links course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlenga Islands. There’s a golf academy on-site, and the main putting green is one of the biggest in Europe. Active types who aren’t into golf have access to indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, football facilities and a spa and gym. The Atlantico Grill is the hotel’s casual all-day dining facility, offering a range of Portuguese and international cuisine. For dinner, Romy serves a modern Mediterranean menu, while bar options include the Cliffs Bar, the Ocean Lounge and the summer-only Sharx Pool Bar.
How to Get There
I stayed for 4 nights in August.
We booked a driver for pick up from the airport. The price suddenly changed a day before our arrival. After an angry email it was corrected to the same price we were given when booking the driver. The driver was friendly.
The welcome at the hotel was just ok. No effort at all to give you a room one min earlier than official check in time. Even if you are a silver member going on gold.
Don't bother paying extra for an oceanside room. We got a room looking at another balcony. Would have preferred a golf view.
The pool and beach are really nice and the golf course (walkable distance!) is amazing. We took golf lessons as there is absolutely nothing else to do on a cloudy day.
The kids club is only for very young kids.
Check out was ok but here comes the worst part. We booked a driver from the hotel to Lisbon. We added the charge to the room. At checkout everything was paid.
Imagine my surprise when I was called in Lisbon by the hotel claiming it was not paid! Honestly, this is really not ok! After stating it was already charged to the room, they said they would check again. And of course nobody called back as it was clearly paid. This was really unprofessional and I wished someone would have called back to apologize. Our stay in Lisbon at the Sofitel was fantastic. I wish this marriot would have had the same level of service.
The service level was just not as it should be.
We stayed at the hotel as it was the venue for family's members wedding
The whole experience was amazing
We received a very warm welcome from the receptionist on arrival
Our room had a beautiful view of the garden and the sea in the distanced was well appointed and very well maintained
The outdoor events as part of the wedding celebrations were great with the sea in the background
The staff made it special by being very helpful and friendly
It was a memorable trip
We would be happy to return for a short break
I've stayed in many a Marriot Hotel in my time, and I felt this one may have been a 5 star many years ago, but now it's in dire need of an upgrade. The carpets are dirty and grungy, the rooms and bathrooms style are old and cold. The room was a nice size, lots of space with a fantastic view, we opted for a frontal sea view, so location wise this is as good as it got. Didn't use the pool area, the weather was very very cool. It all looked lovely.
The staff are super helpful and amazing. Those are the good points I can credit the hotel for.
The issue for me is you are truly out of the way location wise, like a good 20 mins from any town. So you are forced to eat in the hotels restaurants.
Food wise, be prepared to lower your standards and get fleeced while doing it. 15 euros for a vege soup room service!!! Ridiculous. 33 euros buffet dinner per person which is OKAY. Breakfast is also just okay, all the pastries were stale. The coffee was an ABSOLUTE JOKE. We had to get coffee from the coffee station upstairs, there it was at least warm and tasty.
The golf course is stunning, was worth playing. Unfortunately SLOW PLAY is a reality- no marshals around.
All in all, was very disappointed. if you are here to play golf (which is lovely), get prepared, shop at the nearest town before arriving, and accept the average food and overpriced food or drive into town for food alternatives.