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wonderful time in falesia hotel
my husband amd i stayed in falesia hotel for a week. we were very pleased by the situation of the hotel. it is located a litle outside the noise and croud of albufeira but 5min by car. the beach near the hotel is one of the most beautiful of algarve in my opinion and we were aloud to use the elevator of the sheraton algarve to go there the view is really worth it.
we never went to the restaurant of the hotel as we prefered to try albufeira's restaurants to enjoy the night life.
the staff was always very nice and helping and the room were very clean. the pool is very nice too and there is also an inside pool.
i definatly recommand this hotel for people who want to relax but not be too far from albufeira's fiesta.
Just returned 13/04/06,very good hotel, food excellent standard for buffet sevice,staff very friendly,nothing too much trouble,pool area is a great sun trap,drinks a little expensive,hotel is a bit isolated,but perfect for anyone wanting to get away for relaxing holiday,anyone who finds faults is nitpicking.PB.
loved the Falesia
We were given this hotel at the last minute. It was superb. The room, balcony, view, food, friendliness of staff. We can't say one wrong thing about it. It is in a quiet place which might put some people off. But a short walk away is Olhos de Guia which is a nice little place with bars and a few shops. This was just the peace and quiet we were looking for. This hotel was everything that you expect from a hotel. We will be booking a Thomson Gold again.
Internet in Algarve
I needed Internet access while in Algarve and found one in Falesia near the beach in Pizzeria. For 20 min access you pay 1 euro.
It helped me a lot to keep in touch with my son who was also travelling at the time.
Me and my husband stayed at the falesia hotel for a week and we loved every minute of it!
The staff are very friendly and so were all the other guests, we felt comfortable and relaxed as soon as we arrived.
Our room was spacious and clean, the maids came in everyday and did a great job.
We had a pool view which was nice but even if you were on the otherside of the hotel the view would be fine.
No kids under 16 are allowed so if it's peace and quiet your'e after then this is perfect! The thomson reps were great, they had games in the afternoon and quizzes etc.we never took part just watched.
Evening entertainment was ok, resident couple singers, we only went for a quiet holiday so it suited us.
Not that much too do in the resort in the evenings.
The beach was gorgeous we got too it through the grounds of the next hotel the Sheraton, down a lift and some steps the view was lovely.
The resturant surroundings were lovely and so was the food. Breakfast + evening meal plenty of choice and all clearly labelled.
We would definitely return to the falesia hotel for a relaxing holiday and would reccomend it.
Best Holiday Ever
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Falesia Hotel. What a great holiday! The hotel is wonderful and spotlessly clean. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble for any of them.
The food is excellent with plenty of choices for everyone and the entertainment was great.
The pool is lovely, and there is a regular curtesy bus to the beach which is fantastic.
Overall I would say this is the best hotel we have ever stayed at and I cannot wait to return.
We had a fantastic holiday at the Falesia Hotel. It was so relaxing and we never got bored of lying by the pool and sun bathing on the stunning beach. The hotel was very clean, modern and bright. There was a huge choice of food each night - fish, salad, meat dishes, fruit, ice cream and desserts. We drove through Albufeira which was very touristy and built up, but Acoteias is quiet and has nice cafes and a supermarket. The 4x4 exursion was great fun (try to get an open top jeep) and we enjoyed trying the wines on the winery and shopping trip. Highly recommended.
loved every minute
Arrived back 4/5/06 from a week at the Falesia and have to say I totally agree with the majority of the comments (those praising the hotel that is). The choice of food was excelent something for everyone be it vegetarian or meat lover. Variety of cereals at breakfast together with the usual continental and english breakfast plus fruit if required.
Dinner was also full of variety with a portuguese evening each week.
The staff were among the friendliest I have ever met and the standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel was of the highest in any hotel I have stayed in. A very modern hotel with beautiful gardens set back from the swimming pool. Not everyone wants to sit by the pool all and every day and the gardens offer a superb relaxing alternative with attractive waterfall features and ponds. The age group was mixed from young couples in their twenties and thirties some in their forties as well as the older generation. However I was surprised at the amount of younger guests who now seem to be 'cottoning on' to a good thing. The entertainment may not be to everyone's taste but the team there are energetic, friendly and work extremely hard to provide an eclectic mix a bit of something for everyone.
The trips may be a little over priced for some pockets but the choice to stay or go is your own. A free hotel bus is available 3/4 times a day to transport guests to the beach, where there are then around 80 steps to negotiate down. There are a couple of cafes and a supermarket around 5 mins walk from the hotel but very little else. The buses however run frequently from the road just outside the hotel and are very reasonable in price and will take ypu to the larger places such as Albufeira or Vilamoura.
All in all the hotel, food, staff, entertainment staff and reps made a relaxing break in the sunshine which I would not have missed and would recommend to anyone who wanted honesd to goodness value from one of the friendliest hotels around.
Even better second time
We spent a week at the Falesia in May 2005 & were pleased to find everything as good a year later (see previous report as still on TripAdvisor.com at time of writing).
Paid more for a superior room this time as all standard ones were booked for the days we could go. Benefits are extra space (about 20 square metres) with a sofa, table, kettle, drink sachets, bottle of wine, bowl of fruit, 1.5l water bottle per day, free use of safe, bath robes & slippers. There was a fridge in the room that could be more useful than some of these but they charge 25 Euros if you want to put anything in it. They don't give you many tea, coffee or milk sachets and we had to ask for more. They do give you hot chocolate sachets but the type you make with milk & they aren't nice made with hot water. Was surprised they wanted the very basic slippers back as I'd prefer not to use them after someone else! Despite paying for "superior" our room was above the bar so no sleep possible before the evening entertainment finished. The holiday cost more than last year (in addition to having better room) and we noticed some of the hotel drinks prices had increased well beyond inflation as well.
Some familiar faces and some new but all staff just as friendly & helpful. Food same high standard but again some dishes could have been kept a bit warmer - there is now a microwave for guests & we used it a few times.
Entertainment possibly better than last year with fewer "Hi di Hi" level games but didn't like their policy of giving prizes to their favourite guests on the last evening as this seemed to discriminate against those who just wanted to enjoy themselves quietly. The shows after 10pm with Lesley, Rosie and the Thomson team were brilliant but other acts not so good. Need to get a seat during the earlier act or you'll probably be standing after 10pm. Other guests mostly aged 40+ enjoying a peaceful time and generally considerate towards each other.
We hired a car for one day to see more of the area but were not impressed with the Europcar service so strongly recommended by Thomson. Thomson stressed there would be no extra charges after what they quoted but we had to pay more for two drivers. The agent could not even be bothered to show us the car & he gave us the wrong description. It was supposed to come with full tank of petrol but did not even though we had to return it full as we couldn’t prove it after the agent dashed off. There are a couple of car hire agents in the local shops so could be worth getting more quotes.
Exotic, Sunny Algarve
Combining good weather throughout the year, some of Europe's best beaches, excellent leisure facilities, beautiful cliff scenery, and exotic Moorish heritage in the architecture and cuisine, the southern province of Algarve is Portugal's most popular tourism destination.
My favorite towns in Algarve are Lagos, Tavira, and without the crowds, Albufeira. The town of Sagres, site of Prince Henry the Navigator's legenday school of navigation should also not be missed for the breathtaking coast.
Even if you can not afford the hotels and other facilities of luxurious Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, and Vale do Lobo, they are also worth a stop for their atmosphere and sophistication.
The best beaches are Praia Dona Ana by Lagos, Praia da Rocha by Portimão, Praia da Marinha close to Carvoeiro, Ilha de Tavira outside Tavira, and Albufeira's São Rafael and Praia da Falesia.
The main pleasure of Algarve is finding your own beautiful beach, enjoying the weather and the scenery. I have been there twice, and will return.
I recommend you read more about Algarve at http://www.golisbon.com/portugal/algarve/
Cliffs on Falesia beach
albufeira portugal beach
Where to stay in the Algarve?
Another question...where is the best area to stay in the Algarve? i.e. Praia Da Rocha, Vilamoura, Lagos etc??? I'm looking for nice beaches and a town good for restaurants, nite life and shopping.
Re: Where to stay in the Algarve?
Stay in Lagos.
Re: Where to stay in the Algarve?
I'd choose Albufeira. It's a matter of taste. Even Faro is a nice place to stay, but it's quite far from many places in that region if you don't rent a car or a bike.
Re: Where to stay in the Algarve?
Best beaches - Albufeira (but horribly overcrowded in July and August), Praia da Rocha, Quarteira, Meia Praia near Lagos, Falesia (which is between Albufeira and Vilamoura.)
Best Restaurants - Lagos, Vilamoura, Tavira
Nite Life - Albufeira area.
Shopping - Faro, Portimao, the mall at Guia (Algarve Shopping).
All personal opinions of course! Decisions, decisions...