More about Bayside Salgados
Avoid like the plague
We have just spent a week there with our 4 year old and 3 month baby. This place is the pits, whilst we agree with all the other bad reviews, we would also like to add our spin on this hell hole. The whole of Salgados is one big construction site. There are absolutely NO facilities for children apart from a sand/play area filled with cat poo and weeds. There is no children's pool, most of the children there during our stay utilized the so called jacuzzi. The pool they do have is too deep for little children and there is a shortage of sunbeds. What little entertainment there was during the evening was terrible, they advertised bingo one evening and then had the cheek to charge 15 euros to play. It is also so smokey that you can't possibly sit there or eat with children ANY time of the day/night. The beach is such a trek away that I'd advise not to tempt to walk it. There is a disgusting stench in the air which I assume is either stagnant water or sewage, and the mosquitos are horrendous, I have never experienced such an infestation EVER. If it is too late and you've already booked, we STRONGLY advise the first thing you do is book a car and endeavour to escape at every possible opportunity. Once away from Bayside Salgados the local beach is lovely and very quiet. Visit Albufeira Old Town where the square, restaurants and beach are very nice. Not far from the Bayside Salgados is a pool bar Scoobies, go there at least once if you have children. They have lovely clean pools filled with inflatables, the food is good home cooking and there are sunbeds a plenty. ZooMarine is also worth a visit, the staff there were very friendly and helpful.
I also second the dont go review !!
When we arrived the staff were helpful and with a map directed us to our apartment - which was clean.
The problems only started the next day with the ants - by the end of the holiday (all of 7 days) I had , had enough and our last morning we were upa few hours early to play pool just to get out of the room.
We had bought ant powder but it didnt make a difference they just found other ways into the room. The last straw was finding them in the wardrobe. I normally don't have a problem with ants but this was just extreme.
I had considered going to the reception but after speaking to another group who had spoken to reception about the problem nothing was done about it.
The location is very quiet, and the entertainment in the hotel is well below par. The bored faces looking out at us from the restaurant/bar whilst we headed into Albufeira said it all...
All in all it is a cheap holiday but I think to pay a bit extra would get you a better location and better holiday.
How disappointed we were . My partner had decided to take me to portugal for valentines day. most things were closed untill the 1st of march .. so the signs said hanging on the doors of most shops and bars around the locality.
the appartment was freshly painted and clean, but the cleaners mopped out the floors every day, (but cleaned little else) leaving the appartment wet through every day, so we had to have the heating on almost all the time as even the bedding felt damp if we didnt.
we were told the appartment was close to the beach, it took us half an hour to walk there! you really do need to hire a car.
we were told the pool was covered all winter and would be warm.. well it was warm but had strange looking objects floating in it and several people complained about eye infections when they had used it.
we were told that there were rooftop jaccuzzis , unfortunately they were very green with something growing in them and were so filthy and not useable, not yet the season apparently although they were more than 3/4 full of tourists.
the free bus to the town ran 3 times a day at 9am , 12noon and 4pm , so an evening out in town cost more as taxis had to be paid for .( the bus driver was a miserable begger who appeared to have a liking for brandy!)
there was a bar at the side of the reception on site which was okish, but expensive, and meals were served in the evening, also costly for the small range of badly cooked food.
we did find a fab restaurant which was about 20 mins walk away,
and they ran us back to our appartment when we had finished, free of charge too! nice man!!!
albufeira is a lovely place ... bayside is not.
despite all this we made the best of things....oh and if you decide to go dont forget a travel kettle.... you will need one as cooking facilities were very limited in the tiny weeny little kitchenette.
i stayed here in feb with my sister and my 2 kids. The kids loved it so did i the supermarket was a little stroll away the rooms were basic but who wants to cook on holiday anyway they were very clean though the food in the bar/restraunt was nice and it was also cheap the staff were all very friendly 1 imperticular "RICARDO" he was great. Would definatly go again.
It was fantastic.............
I too also stayed here in February, with my sister, niece and nephew, we all thought it was great.
All the staff at bayside were very friendly and so were the locals.
Yes the kitchens were basic, (but when you’re on holiday why cook when you have to cook for the other 50/51 weeks of the year.) There are pots, pans, 2 hobs, microwave, fridge what else do you need?????
One entrance to the apartments made people feel safe walking back to there apartment after a night in the bar, which let me tell you was cheep and cheerful. Kids meals (5 Euros) includes a main meal (which 1 done my niece and nephew between them) a drink and huge ice cream after. Adult’s meals varied (7 Euros) for pork chops chips and salad. Which again were huge portions for the price you pay. Drink were reasonable prices 2.40 euros for pint of larger, 1euro odd for cider. 6 Euros for bottle of wine. Pool table just 1 Euro. Internet access from 1 Euro.
The pool was great, being covered meant no fly’s etc… can fly in, it was a little cold but ask at reception and they will turn the heater on. There was a small pool for children and also a sand and park area.
Great places to go for a walk. The beach is about 10 - 15 minute walk. Shop is 10 minute walk. There is a cafe/bar just 2 minute walk away.
It was 6km from the strip (10Euros) which is the main place to go for bars, food, shopping etc... In Albufeira. (It tells you that on the website) It is about 4km from the Zoo marine (for those with kids (7euros in a taxi)
All in all I think it was well worth the money, and I’m planning my next visit next for month.
on first sight did not look to good but once got settled in and meet the residents on the night time things looked up the barman ricardo was brill we had a great time the staff were very helpful did not want to leave took my wife and niece thinking about going back in may some of things said about the driver where a bit harsh once you got to know him he was a great laugh the food there is good entertaiment alright a bit out in the sticks but you can get the mini bus into town three times a day
but once you get in with the local crowd you will not want to go out anywhere else miss it all ready
Me and my fella Jez stayed here on the 24th March till the 31st, we were informed by our tour operator that Bayside is 10 minutes away from everywhere, it isn't!!!! But it is a really nice place, the appartments were clean and the fully equipped kitchen could have done
with a kettle!!! Tom the guy who is the manager he's from London and he was such a good crack. Food at Bayside is pretty average but would
recommend eating at the Prima Pasta place which is a good 15 minute walk, owned by Bristish people which is very nice and the food was excellent (they do take-away pizza's if your a bit peckish!) BE WARNED about the mini-bus driver he is so funny it's un-true. DO NOT touch the mini-bus, wait for him to open the door and let you in otherwise he rants and he really does love his brandies in the morning, afternoon and evening in fact he never stops ha ha ha., bless him (you'll know what i mean when you meet him) "Mr Happety" there is a cafe next door to the Bayside and they do very good breakfast for 4.90Euros, Albuferia has an old and new town, the old is so nice and has lots of restaurants etc... the new town is like the main strip where you will find loads of bars and stuff. As we went in March and this is classified as out of season a lot of things
were closed such as sea cruises and the water parks but everything starts to open up in the middle of April. Make sure you pack an extra
jumper and jeans as it gets very chilly in the evening. Oh and please
feed the cats when you stay there as they are dependent upon us!
I left after 3 days..middle of a construction site!
I am writing this to anyone considering staying here... This place is NOISY! Just like the commercial - you enter - the room itself was not too bad - but the moment i opened the drapery (which fell off when i did so) i was hit with the fumes of a dozen tractors and the awful noise of engines and beeping backup signals. This went on 6 days a week. I asked to move rooms - four times in fact - but the staff were not, uhm, accommodating. They actually argued with me that the room was alright. After hearing every word spoken in the hallway, every sniff and breath outside my door and not sleeping for 2 nights i decided i'd had enough and would go find a room elsewhere - even if i had to pay twice. Incidentally - another couple i spoke with from Scotland - said they had decided to move as well as the accommodations were not to their liking either. The place looks alright - although the kitchen was a postage sized affair - and not suitable for more than one person - but it has hideous construction on two sides out of four, a road on one of the sides and it is in the middle of nowhere. I could literally throw a rock at the trucks outside my window. So much for enjoying a holiday and having a rest. All of the units are crammed in like sardines - on a tiny plot of land. The rooftop spas were not open. It is at best - a place to sleep, but not to bask ,savor or enjoy one's holiday. I would never stay here again. EVER!!! BTW - the beach is a really long walk away...
give this a miss
I would agree with other opinions that the place itself was clean - thats all it had going for it really, although i have to say the staff were pleasant .
we had 2 young children with us (aged 1 and 2) and there was only a sand pit for them to play in - the slide was unsuitable as the steps were too high for them. the beach is about 20 minutes walk away - thats if you can find it as there are no signposts.
the entertainment consisted of foot ball (almost every night) or karaoke, there was nowhere else to sit in order to avoid this either.
it was very nosiy at night - one night in particular there were drunks making a noise shouting etc.,at 3am, when asked politely to keep the noise down (not just by us) they were extremely abusive and agressive, of course the reception closes at 12 so there was no one to complain to.
as for the mini bus driver - pay the extra and get a cab - he is the most unpleasant and obnoxious individual i have ever met.
i would never return to this resort although i do intend to holiday Portugal later this year.
My cousin and myself are going to the Bayside Salgados Apartments in Gale - Albufeira for a short break in May, has anyone stayed there, or can anyone give us an update on these apartments. Also could anyone recommend a good transfer service from Faro Airport.
RE: Bayside Salgados
Hi, i dont know the interior of the apartments but the Bayside is a new building in a very quit residential area, 10 minuts driving to Albufeira centre. Try www.sunnyseek.net they give a good tranfer services.
All the best, and have a great holidays.