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EXCELLENT ESTALAGEM DO CERRO
I have just returned from a great week at this comfortable and friendly hotel. The atmosphere was warm and efficiently run, it was traditional and clean with above average food and plenty of it. Lucky enough to get 2 bottles of complimentary wine delivered to my room. Suits all tastes with choices of plain and spicy fare, alternate buffet and waiter service. Wonderful seaviews from restaurant. Nice poolside cafeteria selling filling snacks, poolside quiet and secluded. Take time to explore the roof terrace up the stairs beyond the Holiday Company notice boards for spectacular views and a quiet place for a read-kids should be supervised there. Location was close to Fishermans beach(lovely) and town down fairly steep slopes and stairs (10 minutes)-comparable to Cornish seaside towns. Town centre is being modernised lots of disturbance there and dusty. We mostly avoided it and caught a taxi instead to the STRIP (lively bars/souvenirs) and GUIA (modern shopping centre)WE LOVED OUR HOLIDAY!
The Romans were there first!
Vilamoura, in Algarve, all 2,000 hectares of it is the largest tourist complex in Europe replete with 5-star hotels, upscale facilities and high-end entertainment. If you got the money to burn and love hobnobbing with the stars, then Vilamoura is one place to take your holiday in. But right in the center of it, a piece of ancient history reminds the visitor that this place has always attracted people for various reasons all these millennia. Just by the entrance to the waterfront is an authentic Roman villa from the 1st to 3rd century AD , or at least the ruins of one, called Cerro da Vila, and a small museum. In those times, the community here was engaged in a more pedestrian and surely smelly occupation -- the production of fishpaste. One can now see what remains of baths, well-preserved tiles, of a prosperous Roman home, including the entrance hall, rooms, kitchen, slaves' quarters, among others. Entrance fee is 2 euros.
Smashing, quirky little place
The Estalagem do Cerro is a quirky and surprising hotel and we had a fabulous break there. What amazing value for money! We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and were more than satisifed by the huge buffet breakfast - that really kept you going all day. On the first evening we ate in the hotel, having just arrived in the dark and not having got our bearings. The food was very tasy and again good value for money - asparagus in bernaisse sauce, followed by chicken fricasse and a range of cold deserts for €10.50.
Service at the hotel was very good. The evening entertainment in the bar was a bit 'Phoenix Nights' (parrot show, dancing girls, local crooners), but we preferred to have a drink in the bar then head off into the old town for food and drink.
The pool was warm and quiet; the snack bar alongside served filling snacks throughout the day, and the area was very peaceful until a party of golfers from Leeds turned up!
I'd recommend the Estalagem do Cerro to adult couples, though I don't usually stay in hotels. The room was comfortable and of a decent size, the bed was clean and comfy, the breakfast was great, the staff were friendly and it made for a relaxing break.
The hotel is situtated above the old town, up a bit of a hill but that didn't present any problems for us. Nor were we put off by the waterworks all around the town, though it got a bit muddy in the square after a shower!
The Old Town was full of character (and characters) even though it was like a building site in places. There's a regular bus service which drops off just outside the hotel, and it's far enough away from The Strip to be peaceful.
We'll definitely go to Albufeira again in a couple of years, and would consider going back to Estalagem do Cerro.......
We have just returned from a holiday at the Estalagem do Cerro and have had a great time. The hotel is small but friendly. If you prefer a big modern hotel then this is not for you but we wanted a smaller hotel. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and after reading some of the reviews I didnt know what to expect but I was presently suprised as I didnt think it warranted most of the negative points which have been made. I had a throughly enjoyable stay. The food was a buffet breakfast with lots of choice and as we were half board the meal at night was buffet with alternate waitress service and I thought the meals were excellent, the food was hot and still lots of choice. We had a complimentary bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine sent to our room courtesey of the hotel which I thought was really nice. The maids came in every day and cleaned the room and changed the towels every other day. The pool area was very good plenty of sun lounges although I should imagine it would be busy in the summer months. The people there were mostly 50+, although there were a couple of families with small children, so if you were expectecting lots of activities going on then you wouldnt want this hotel. It was very peaceful and relaxing. The pool cafe bar opens at 12pm until 6pm so you can get snacks during that time. The area is quite hilly but we found a way down into the town which wasnt too steep. The sqare is still like a building site but we did see some progress while we were there. High heels are not a good idea walking round the town as the streets are cobbled and a bit uneven and then the sqare is very uneven and dusty. We did not find the square to spoil our holiday as there were lots of quaint streets to explore. We had a really good holiday in the old town of Albufeira and for anyone going there, I would advise you keep an open mind. The hotel is not near the square and is not effected by the building work. We had a great holiday and would definitely go again.
This hotel is very traditional, the room was lovely and also the swimming pool was nice and quiet for the time of year. The food was average. One night we had a parrot show which was brilliant! the only downside to the hotel is the location, it is a very long steep hill down to the beach which is very tiring most of the time we stayed by the pool. Also the air conditiong was very temperamental in our room it just seemed to come on randomly.
The Hotel appeared scruffy and run down. On arrival, our room was very cold (we were unlucky with the weather). The heating did not work at all and this was not sorted out until late the following day (had to sleep with several extra blankets and socks, etc!). The Hotel repeatedly tried to say that the heating was 'on a timer' and was reluctant to acknowledge that the timer itself was not working at all in this room, so we had no heat whatsoever until we kicked up a fuss when things had still not been resolved over 24 hours later. An engineer confirmed that the heater didn't work on the timer and we were given a small fan heater (limited effect) after explaining that we'd have to go out and buy one if they couldn't provide one. The problems getting this resolved were quite upsetting. There was a general damp 'feel' and mildew in the bathroom. The food was not good, tinned fruit for breakfast and sparse, limited choice in evenings (sometimes waiter service, sometimes buffet). Most of the food actually ran out on our last evening due to two coachloads of youngsters clearing the buffet (only cold fish fingers and a few meatballs were left). We were quite surprised when the two coachloads of teenagers had arrived to stay - they were not badly behaved, but it did change the atmosphere completely (the Hotel is actually recommended for adults in the First Choice brochure). We were expecting a pleasant, traditional hotel with charm and character, but found it very disappointing and badly run. We would not recommend it to anyone, even though some staff did try their best to be helpful.
Just returned from Estelagem, overall not bad. We were the youngest there, only problem was the walk to the sea front and back twice a day, knew this before we set off, calfs like Nijinsky by end of holiday. Towels changed everyday, despite notice of every 3 days, room cleaned everyday. Food not the best, not the worst, ate out 4 out of 7 nights, and went for full english at Snoopys Bar 5 mornings, despite being half board. Disappointed the Square was dug up, knew prior to holiday, so can't complain. Pestered by Timeshare numpties with scratchcards. Enjoyed the break anyway.
4 star hotel ,,,, NO WAY ,, 1 star if needed
I booked the hotel with going places of shoreham by sea, west sussex ,.
For a 5 day break for my wifes holiday, I was told by the agents that the hotel was very up to date and was a mixed age range (18-70 ). so with the recamendation from going places i booked to go in march 2006, both my wife and myself were realy looking foirward to a nice break in the sun.
We arrived at 5.30pm monday eve to find that we were the youngest people there by far, aprox 30 years differance, we then checked into our room to find that there was no tea facilitys, i asked the grumpy old man at reception for a kettle and cups and was told that it was too late to get me one ( 7.00pm )
we went to the resteraunt at 7.30 to find what can only be discribed as the worst food ever to be served and im not fussy, stewed pork, stewed chicken and very soggy veg (horrible )......
later that evening we decided to eplore the town only to find that the horrible smell in the hotel was the sewage pipes that had been doug up all around the old town ,,, unless you are in to mountain climbing or smelly poo or even old peoples homes I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS HOTEL TO ANYONE WITH AN OUNCE OF SENSE..
WHAT A DUMP ,,,,, COUTION ,,,, We found ourselves sharing our room with the biggest cockroaches on the planet,,,,,,,,,,,
STAY AWAY ,,, ITS A DUMP ,,,,,,,,,,,
Albufeira winter 2004
"Acommodation Hotel cerro alagoa"
This was the second time that i have stayed in Albufeira and this was the hotel that we chose the "Hotel Cerro Alagoa" which is one of the villa gale chain of hotels
A long standing (sport?) in both portugal and spain is bullfighting but slowly this passion is being replaced by something more humane . . . . .
FOOTBALL! proper football that is the one the yanks call soccer(ha ha) not the football they play (rugby for girls).This is the Algarve stadium just before completion which is one of the grounds that has been built in preparation for euro 2004
Getting ready for winter
"Alberfuria at half term"
At the last minute we decided to take the October half term break in the sun. Must admit had never heard of Alberfuria but the Villa Agency website offered us a villa in the quiet part of the resort.
The area we stayed was called Cerro Grande about a 15 minute walk from the Old Town.
Out of curiousity we visited the new town & the infamous Strip, we hated it. Neon signs, pubs & souvenir shops tacky was the word that came to mind.
We were really lucky with the weather, in the 70s in late October & early November. A friend had been a few weeks earlier and been cold all the time.
It was a relaxing time for us, the 2 teenage boys were a little bored during the day, but visited plenty of bars at night. They did spend the day at a water theme park, but it closed the next day, so be careful if you visit late.
We had some lovely walks along the cliff tops. Eating out for vegetarians was no problem. Public transport is ok although the main bus station is out of town and you have to catch the link bus to get anywhere.
We fly to Faro, as most people would visiting the Algarve.On both arrival & departure there were problems with the luggage conveyor belt which held us up.
We caught a bus from Alberfuria to Faro, about hour and half. The bone chapel was worth a vist, the teenagers loved that. The walls are decorated wit the remains of over 1200 monks. The church where you will find this spooky place is Nossa Senora Do Carma.
I was fasinated by the stork nests on the chimneys, now I know where babies come from!
I dont think I would like to visit in the height of summer, I hate crowds and it is a very popular place in the summer.
There are plenty of bars in the old town worth a visit.
The sea was warm in Novemebr and the week set me up fine for the British grey winter.
Albufeira In November
Hi, we have visited Albufeira & surrounding area many times and are thinking of a late holiday for a birthday treat in November this year. Will restaurants and bars still be open, we would be there 17th - 24th Nov ? Also would it be busier towards the old town rather than the strip ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thinking of staying at the Cerro Alagoa on the main road near the worms roundabout.
Re: Albufeira In November
I have gone ahead and booked my trip, arriving 17th November. Just need to keep my fingers crossed for the weather and hopefully find places open :-)
Villa Casa Mario
Need directions from Faro to Villa Casa Mario ( Cerro D' Aguia ) near Albuferia. I am driving.
RE: Villa Casa Mario
This is the link on www.viamichelin.com
Try with full adress details.
RE: RE: Villa Casa Mario
Will try this web site. Many thanks.
RE: RE: Villa Casa Mario
i also need directions did you get a reply
Abufeira in August 04
I plan a 2 week summer vacation in Albufeira. I will be arriving on 11th of August by plane in Faro. I'm looking for few informations:
1) What is the (average) price of rent-a-car and is there rent-a-car availibility at the Faro airport?
2) Do you know of any web sites when one can look for accomodation in central Albufeira?
3) What are the best beaches and restorants in and arround Alubufeira.
Re: Abufeira in August 04
Albufeira is crap. Try Lagos, a lot more fun
Re: Re: Abufeira in August 04
Not so bad.. I usually go there on the first week of August and stay in Apart hotel Cerro Alagoa, I have fun all the time.
A good page about Albufeira you can find some hotels and more.
On that site you have one example of rent a car prices in Algarve.. They’re a lot more in or out the airport.