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christmas '@ the baia grande
WE STAYED HERE OVER CHRISTMAS this year and to be honest we didnt enjoy it that much
THE HOTEL IS NICE AND THE STAFF ARE GREAT
but its not really a good time to go to a hotel i dont think that they cater the same over christmas
im glad we hired a car becouse we would have climed the walls otherwise, we took of everyday and didnt come back untill very late, if i really wanted to be picky i could say the breakfast [ buffet style] was always cold and being a veggie [no meat fish ,or eggs!!] there was very little choice anyway for me and the bed Was very hard but thats only if i was picky
THE WEATHER was great we were sunbathing on xmas day and on our travels we found a wonderful, wonderful, place called armacea de pera great beaches, great shops, and lovely bars lining the roads, an unspoilt fishing village with cafes ,and its own old town also HOME TO THE SMALLEST CHURCH IN PORTUGAL we will be going back next year but maybe in an apartment nothing against the baia grande!!!!
Baia Grande - excellent staff and nice surroundings
Stayed in the hotel mid Oct 2006. Staff are pleasent, professional and welcoming. The facilities are good and our room was a good size with a sea view and a view of the pool. The hotel is well equiped and has nice decor. The hotel is located a bit out of town so a 7 euro taxi ride was needed to get to town centre. My job means I stay in hotels Monday to Friday all week, every year, and this is one of the hotels I would definately return to.
Four Star Hotel 5 Star Experience
Just spent a week at this hotel and had a wonderful experience. The weather in Portugal at this time of year, unknown to us, is, to be honest, rubbish. In fact it has been better in at home in Edinburgh! Thank goodness the Baia Grande is such a lovely hotel, as we spent alot of time there. The pool area is simply fantastic,very clean and well kept, the pool man is there every day from 7am keeping it clean. The bar at the pool is great, again, very clean and tidy and the food isnt too bad either. The hotel itself is kept extremely clean,and is very stylish. The best bit for me was the indoor pool and jacuzzi, which was well used by us. Very well maintained.
The reception staff were very helpful, as were the bar staff and waiters. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone going to Albufeira for a holiday. I would certainly stay there again, without hesitation.
Excellent Hotel and Resort
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Baia Grande for 10 nights early July and had a wonderful holiday. The Hotel staff are extremely friendly and helpful-they will do anything to make your stay and holiday as comfortable as possible. A very clean hotel- the rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels in the room every other day.
The hotel is quite isolated but we found this an advantage to our holiday. As a couple who love to walk and find our own places to explore the location is excellent. If we were'nt exploring around and on top of the cliffs for that beautiful view we were walking to the beach. Beautiful beaches-very clean and tidy followed by the lovely cold sea! Pic Nic on Castello beach was a great restaurant to visit of an evening-you overlook the sea and the food is gorgeous. Another good restaurant close by is Marinheiro- great service, food and wine-plus its a 2 minute walk from the Hotel.
The hotel also provides a Shuttle Bus service- a lovely clean coach that takes you to Gale beach at certain times and picks you up- it also does this to the Old Town. The last bus leaves at 18.45 to take you into town (this is worth booking in advance on the same day especially in the summer months-can get pretty full), which in my opinion is well worth getting as you can go for a stroll, shop or a drink before you sit down to eat. A taxi back from the Old town will only cost you €5. So the Baia Grande gives you the best of both worlds. We will definately go back one day!
Just returned from a weeks visit to the Baia Grande Hotel Sesmarias.
Excellent Hotel , it must be the cleanest building in the Algarve.Someone is always cleaning something.
Quite peaceful surroundings , attentive staff and a choice of two restaurants on site.
However do yourself a favour and visit O Marinheiro restaurant some 400 metres away.
It is excellent , we ate their 3 nights out of 7.Dom Dinis restaurant is not as good but is a change from the Hotel.
The pool is large ,clean but cold at the moment ( May time ) Plenty of sunbeds.
Good childrens pool area.
It is a bit isolated being some 3 kilometres from Albufeira and is not 'built up' to any extent but Taxis can be arranged at reception costing 5-6 euros to the Old Town.
Unfortunately at the moment Albufeira Old Town is being reconstructed and is not worth visiting , Dont go, its a mess The town square has been flattened , they seem to be starting from scratch. We went one night and that was enough.
If you want to get about and see the area hire a car .
If you want to relax , enjoy the facilities and go for a walk every now and then this is the place for you.
I would recommend to anyone.
My husband and i stayed with friends here in July . The hotel and the rooms were gorgeous, exceptionally clean and with very helpful staff. The food was lovely both in the restaurant and by the snack bar although soft drinks and water were a little pricey . There is a mini market approx 10 minutes walk from hotel so you can stock up with water etc although the mini bar provided in the room doesn't hold much. We also tried the A la carte restaurant in the hotel too. Again food was lovely .There is also a bar b q every Thursday which will cost you 20 euro's (well worth it!!) . They set up around the pool area . It is a lovely evening and you can even have a dance or two with the local dancers!!! There are a couple of lovely restaurants nearby which we frequented regularly. The fresh fish dishes there were superb!! We ventured in to the old town a few times but it can become very busy at night especially wanting taxi's back to the hotel(be prepared to queue!!)We spent al lot of our holiday around the beautiful pool area. There are plenty of sunbeds for everyone although a few more brolly's wouldn't go a miss!! Overall we had a wonderful time and the Baia Grande would definately be worth
another visit in the near future. p.s. tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms would be good.
We have just returned from a week at this hotel and it is really lovely. The hotel is clean and beautiful and quiet. We had a seaview room and its worth the extra money. The hotel is about 15 minute walk from 1 beach and a short bus ride (provided free by the hotel) for another much larger beach. The hotel is near 2 or 3 restaurants and bars but if you want something more lively, go into albufeira. The hotel lays on a free coach which finishes at 6:45pm but you can easily get a taxi back for around 5 euros, we had to queue at most for 15 minutes for a taxi but there were plenty of them coming and going. We really enjoyed our stay here, the hotel is peaceful, not overly busy and everyone is very friendly. Just watch out for the early sunbed stealers, they get up at 8, put towels on beds then go to the beach, this really isn't on.
We booked this through expedia.com and everything was spot on! I'd highly recommend this hotel if you don't like to be too close to the hassle and hustle of a town. In our party were 4 adults and 2 under 10's and they loved it. The pool is big and very nice and the mermaid poolside bar does reasonably priced and nice food. If you speak to carlos nicely, he'll bring in fresh sardines especially for your lunch.
Hotel layed on a Portuguese bbq evening which was great fun. All in all this rates as one of the loveliest holidays we've had!!! Thank you expedia.com and thank you baia grande hotel! We are definitely planning to go back here and we would use expedia again!!!
Stayed for 7 nights in the middle of September in this wonderful Hotel and had a lovely holiday. The Hotel is very clean, the staff are friendly and the pool and surrounding area are great. If you're after a relaxed holiday away from the hussle n bussle of the main town then this is an excellent place to stay. I can't believe that other reviewers have moaned about the breakfast with one saying "it's wasn't my thing"! There is every choice you can imagine for brekkie from a selection of cereal, various breads and pastry's, continental (ham, cheese n fresh yoghurt) and a full english, eggs bacon, sausages, mushrooms tomato's and beans serve on a buffet style. We attended brekkie at 8.30 every morning and never had to queue. There were over 120 seats for breakfast which is served over a 3 hour period. As for the hotel being isolated, it is in the sense that the only places of interest to walk to nearby are the beaches. However, for 5 euros (£3.50) a cab will take you into the heart of the old town, dirt cheap. The hotel provide a courtesy bus with the last one going down to the old town at 6.45pm which was the only downside as was a little early for my liking but such a minor grumble on a truely wonderful hotel. Room was large, very clean and air conditioned. You will enjoy your stay here guaranteed.
Great Hotel but a little expensive
We stayed here with friends in June 06 and booked via Expedia.
The hotel is in a horseshoe shape, so those that paid for a sea view actually got a good view of the pool. Anyone else had the car park and side streets which weren't much of a view at all... although the rooms were pretty much all the same standard.
First of all, the service and cleanliness was top class throughout our stay, with rooms cleaned daily and reception manned at all hours with very friendly staff. We booked B&B basis and couldnt fault the large buffet breakfast, however the poolside and dinner menu were expensive.
We ventured out to local restaurants a few hundred meters away and found better choice, quality and price so never really ate at the hotel. Drinks at the bar were quite expensive, the entertainment was pretty dire (piano/keyboard players) and on a busy night you would have to wait a little while to be served.
The outdoor pool was superb, a deep area for adults, shallow area for kids and a baby pool. Sunbeds are free to use and the hotel 'rents' towels for pool/beach use which can be changed daily for fresh ones.
The indoor pool/jacuzzi/sauna wasnt up to much but not something to complain about especially as they were free to use. A free shuttle bus took you to and from the Old Town at set times.
Overall a very good hotel and would stay there again.
Nice but a few minor faults!
Nice hotel, very clean - always someone cleaning!
We had a pool view which was lovely. Pool area was fantastic with a large pool and plenty of sun loungers. Pool bar was handy for snacks but was expensive for drinks. Small water was €2.00 and with the hotel shop not stocking any drinks it was either pay it at the bar or walk to the nearest mini mart (about 8 mins). We used the mini bar to keep drinks bought in the shop cold - but it was small and didn't fit much.
It is out of town (which we knew) but we didn't expect to have hassle waiting for taxi's. The average wait was 30 mins but at least two nights we waited an hour and then had touble getting taxis back to the hotel also. There isnt much in walking distance - we tried Dom Dinis which was nice with freindly staff.
There was also a lot of noise from above - mainly due to the cleaners moving furniture. Most mornings we were awake at 8am - not nice with a hangover! We were on the ground floor so I would suggest asking for the 3rd floor and this should minimise the noise levels.
In summary, its a nice hotel with lovely staff and the breakfast had great variety. I don't think I would go back but I enjoyed my stay all the same.
Albufeira - Portugal
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hey can anyone tell me the drinking age in Portugal and the clubbing age? Many thanks
it's 78 years old. If you're under that, you're strictly not allowed to drink or go to clubs.
There is no minimum age for drinking alcohol in Portugal (same as in the UK) but the alcohol purchase age is 16.
Don't know about clubs, but imagine it's 18 (Portugese voting age). May vary according to club/locality.
Google is a very useful tool.
Now seriously, I went out for a coffee and asked a cop: It's 16 for drinking, smoking and entering clubs.
It's 16 for drinking and smoking (that is, purchasing either) though there is a proposal in the pipeline raising the smoking age to 18. Naturally clubs could not sell alcohol to anyone younger than 16 so you could say 16 is the minimum "clubbing age", but in practice it can be higher, it depends on the club. For casinos the minimum age is 18 for foreigners and (for play), 21 or even 25 for locals!
I went clubbing there this summer.. well in the Old Town you will find nice small bars/clubs where you can dance till 3am or more. People are from 17-30 y/o. If you to go "The Strip" which is an area callea like this, you'll find discos and nicer clubs but people is 14-18 y/o. I chose the Old Town!
OK but the minimum age is 16. Maybe the clubs staff there is not that strict for business reasons, but... did you ask all the boys and girls age?
Of course I didn't ask to everyone their age :)) but you can guess it by looking at their lovely faces :-))) and when you are 15/16 you don't exactly look like when you're 30 LOL
and I wrote here about people's age cause I know the poster is certainly looking for her age group to have fun and party with.. I dont have much fun dacing with teeneagers, I prefer my age group.
Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on someone under 16 (age 14-15) drinking alcohol at a meal with parents??? If the parents are buying it is the teen allowed to drink??
of course it is allowed! No one will ask you an ID lol
even though in Spain I was asked!! Do I look like 16??? LOL LOL LOL