The Magnolia Hotel | Affordable Luxury In Portugal’s Algarve

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I received a complimentary stay at The Magnolia Hotel as part of a Press Trip to Quinta do Lago in the Algarve. 

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The Algarve, Portugal’s southern most region, is known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, delicious cuisine, and a multitude of activities to keep the traveler busy. You can explore a small fishing village, hang out on a beach, go for a trail walk, engage in sport, or hang by a pool all day, just to name a few.  For many travelers, the best holiday is one in which most of these things are included and that makes the Algarve a perfect place to relax and unwind. There is definitely something for everyone as the region is famous for its world-class golf resorts that cater to every member of the family providing all sorts of fun things to do. Of course, when you think of golf resorts, you might also think of luxurious surroundings that come with a high price. I recently discovered the Magnolia Hotel situated in the heart of the Algarve that allows travelers to have that posh experience without breaking the bank.


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Where is The Magnolia Hotel?

The Magnolia Hotel is located in Portugal’s Algarve region and is only an approximate 20 minute drive from Faro International Airport. This makes both the region as well as the hotel super accessible. The Magnolia Hotel also sits at the doorstep of the Quinta do Lago resort, one of the Algarve’s premier golf resorts to which you will have access by staying at the hotel. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and quiet fishing villages, it’s a perfect base to discover the Algarve and enjoy beautiful, warm weather.

 


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Why Stay at The Magnolia Hotel?

As I’ve already said before, the Algarve is a gorgeous part of the world. The weather is consistently perfect year round with warm temperatures and and very few storms. That makes it a perfect holiday destination for most people. But the one thing that makes the Algarve a bit inaccessible is the cost. Staying at most resorts and similar lodging facilities can come with a pretty hefty price. But The Magnolia Hotel only costs around $200 per night which is pretty affordable for most people. This means you can experience the Algarve and enjoy everything it has to offer without breaking the bank when it comes to lodging. The Magnolia Hotel is the perfect solution for those who wish have their own Algarve experience but may have a bit tighter budget. With its ultra comfortable rooms, suites, cottages, you’re bound to have a great stay.


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Cool Vibes at The Magnolia Hotel

The Magnolia Hotel is, simply put, a cool hotel. Just because you can stay at this hotel for a lower price point does not mean you are going to lack any of the luxuries you might expect of lodging in the Algarve. The first thing you’ll notice is that it feels like a 1950’s style motel in the best of possible ways. Does that seem confusing? Well, this hotel is very reminiscent of something you might find in Palm Springs with its Mid Century Modern design and decor. It is bright, airy, colorful, and definitely comfortable. It’s decor all comes together to make you feel like your having a modern hotel experience but their is a bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure.


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My Room at The Magnolia Hotel

The Magnolia Hotel offers 74 rooms, 3 suites, and 7 cottages. All the rooms at the hotel face outward with views of the surrounding countryside so you’ll have plenty of natural light to elevate your mood. I really enjoyed taking in the sunrise in the morning from the balcony of my room. Now, as for amenities, the rooms include your normal amenities such as WiFi, a telephone, safe, television, and great bathing products. But there are two things that really stood out to me about the rooms. The bed in my room was probably the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in and the water pressure was excellent. As you may or may not know, often times water pressure and beds are not the best in Europe but these two aspects of my room really were fantastic. I spoke to the management of The Magnolia Hotel and was told they really put a lot of effort into making sure people would feel well rested when staying at the hotel. So they stripped out the useless stuff you typically see in a hotel and put more effort into the things people want. I know that if I have a comfortable bed and am able to take a great shower, I feel on top of the world.


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The Magnolia Hotel Perks

Aside from having some comfortable rooms where you will feel rested, The Magnolia Hotel also offers quite a few perks. The hotel’s pool is fabulous surrounded by colorful lawn furniture and lush gardens. It’s ideal for having your own Instagram photo shoot! There is also really easy access to the hotel’s bar and restaurant from the pool if you’re feeling peckish or thirsty. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice adult beverage while sunbathing next to a large, beautiful pool? I know I do! Speaking of the restaurant, I had dinner there one night and the food was excellent. You’ll find items offered on the menu using local ingredients and inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine.

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The Magnolia Hotel also offers an excellent gym. Most hotels have a couple machines and maybe some free weights that guests can use. The gym at The Magnolia Hotel is substantial and I was able to keep up my fitness routine with ease during my stay. Near the gym you’ll also fine the sauna and hot tub which are modern and very relaxing. If you’re hoping for spa treatment, the hotel staff can help you arrange it. The hotel also offers an entertainment room with games, video games, and other things to keep you entertained. On top of this, there is a theater room where you can screen a movie in comfort. This is especially helpful if you have children traveling with you. And if you get a little stir crazy at The Magnolia Hotel, you can gain access to many of the amenities offered at the nearby Quinta do Lago resort including golf, restaurants, trail hikes, beach access, and more.


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Quinta do Lago’s Campus Fitness Facility

When you stay at The Magnolia Hotel, you gain access to many aspects of the nearby Quinta do Lago golf resort. There are tons of things to do at the resort and The Magnolia Hotel will gladly arrange transfers to the resort and the beach for you. I’m not going to go into detail about Quinta do Lago but there is one facility that I think is worth mentioning and that is The Campus sports complex. If you aren’t interested in athletics or working out then you can just skip past this part. But if you are and you stay at The Magnolia Hotel then you need to make your way to this incredible facility. The Campus is a state of the art sports complex and offers tennis and padel courts, fitness classes, gym facilities, a full-size profession football (soccer) field, running track, bike rentals, spa, and training camps.  It is the nicest gym I’ve ever experienced and it made me want to work out all day long. So while you are resting and relaxing, take a break and enjoy a little fitness.


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Why I love The Magnolia Hotel

Honestly, I did not expect the Magnolia Hotel to be such a hip and cool place. From the amazing Mid Century Modern decor to its laid back atmosphere, amazing food, and comfortable beds, The Magnolia Hotel is a win in my book. I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels and this is the first one in a long time where I felt really rested and relaxed. Add to that the luxurious amenities of Quinta do Lago and the fantastic weather and surroundings of the region and this hotel is one I would highly recommend. Everything hits the target including the price point. If you’d like to experience the Agarve and not spend a fortune on lodging then you definitely need to give The Magnolia Hotel a chance.

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I received a complimentary stay at The Magnolia Hotel as part of a Press Trip to Portugal’s Algarve region. For more info, check out my Privacy and Disclosure page.


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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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