Previously known as The Garbe, Holiday Inn have taken over this hotel. They have invested in it by upgrading the rooms and public areas but have very sensibly kept the same wonderful, delightful staff.
The main advantage of this hotel is it's fantastic position right on the beach (not near it, or by it but ON it). The views are fantastic and out of season, it is quiet and tranquil. Do make sure you book a sea view room though as the street view doesn't have the same appeal.
The breakfast buffet is terrific and I always end up eating more than I should. The evening meal is a little disappointing and we never bothered eating in the hotel at night, preferring to discover the delightful little fish restaurants that abound in Armacao. They are not posh but the food is always very fresh and well cooked. Outstanding amongst all the restaurants we tried was Porters just off the main promenade. It is run by James (a Brit) and his Portuguese staff. It is without doubt my most favourite restaurant anywhere! The steak on a stone and variety of mixed hanging kebabs (my favourite is chicken with King Prawns) are just superb. This was our 5th visit and we hope to return after the heat and bustle of the summer is over. We noticed that Saga has moved in this time and there were quite a lot of 'snowgeese' , not a place for clubbers or party animals- fine for us with our holiday novels, glass of vinho verde and sun cream though. Already yearning for a slow amble along the gorgeous white sandy beach, looking at the sun glinting on the blue ocean, heading for a jug of sangria at Pedro's Bar!!!