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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Marina Rio Hotel Lagos Algarve, Portugal

The Marina Rio Hotel in Lagos as seen through the rigging of yachts in the marina last weekend. This was our second stay in the very friendly family owned hotel on the banks of the Bensafrim River and I can recommend it strongly.

It takes a comfortable four and a half hours by car from Marbella to Lagos and we were taking a chance on escaping the seemingly continuous rain that had been falling all February in Spain. Sure enough as we crossed the Centenary Bridge over the Guadiana river separating Spain from France in the afternoon the clouds cleared, the sun came out. As we drove westwards into the setting sun I put my sunglasses on for the first time since last year and enjoyed the natural warmth streaming into the car again for the first time in months.

Check in at the Marina Rio is a simple process and we were given room 201 on the corner of the building. With a parking place right outside the hotel on the pavement it was easy to ferry the bags from the car up to the room. You can see our room on the second floor on the left corner of the hotel building with a great view towards the sea, the marina in front and also the Saturday morning market right next to the hotel.

Internet access is available in some rooms and wireless is free with a strong signal on the ground floor. The Hotel Marina Rio serves an excellent breakfast. Our room rate including breakfast was €61 per day including VAT and when we checked out the total was exactly what we expected, nothing more and nothing less.

Address and contact details for the Marina Rio hotel are:

Marina Rio Hotel
Av. dos Descobrimentos
Apartado 388
8600 645 Lagos, Portugal

Tel: +351 282 780 830
Fax: +351 282 780 839

If you are arriving by bus, it's just in front of the Lagos bus station.