The hotel is situated just 100m from the beach and only 1km from a selection of shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There is good public transport links close to the hotel and the hotel does run a complimentary bus service to the centre of Albufeira three times a day.
The hotel offers 3 bars, 2 restaurants, small supermarket, shops, games room, TV room, swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, sun terrace, children's club, children's playground and a full entertainment programme. Guests can also make use of the 24 hour reception desk, safe, newspaper stand, currency exchange facilities and internet terminal.
Studios feature private bathroom with shower or bath, combined living room and bedroom, kitchenette with mini bar/fridge, direct dial telephone, Sat TV, safe, heating and balcony or terrace. Apartments are also available with a separate bedroom.
Unique Quality: nice location
I saw this hotel in January, and was fascinated by its location. I took note, and in the first opportunity decided to book it.
Before going I read all that I found about it, and it frightened me. So many terrible things...
The truth in detail:
The location is good: though built in the silly maze of Areias de São João, once found the way, the access is not bad, parking always possible (in June, remember!), and the sea very near.
The hotel is mainly french speaking, and, at the time we were there, full of mainly senior people. No problem for us, used to be abroad in our own country when visiting Algarve, and speaking French as badly as English.
(Fernanda was sick, and that stopped us from joining the dancing group in the lobby. It was a pity, because, used to be grand daddies in our dancing group, we would be junior in that team!)*
The apartments were OK, with a good balcony with views to... the bushes. The big problem was that, as usual, we got the last one in the line, and moving along the stupid corridor, with 30 steps up and 32 down to brake the monotony, was boring (and tiring with luggage).
I saw a tiny TV set upon the wardrobe and an air-conditioning device in the wall, but had no idea if they worked or not, because... there was no control. Someone told me that I should collect them in the reception, but, God, making twice the terrible corridor to get something that they could easily deliver when checking in? Is it forbidden to think, or no respect for clients?
Breakfast was another criticised aspect of the hotel: it was not so bad as expected, except the so called "orange juice", a real shame. Not good, indeed, but I had worse for more money!
The beach is wide, with thin white sand, really attractive. I didn't swim, but could notice some hidden rocks in the water, advising a good care choosing the area to enter it. A very good point is the short distance and the ease to walk along the beach to the centre of Albufeira. That's it: location is excellent!
What can I say?
It is Algarve, in its main "quality": price ahead of service. Would I return? Maybe! The alternatives in first line of the sea are not many, and use to cost more.
Unique Quality: Location
I'm looking for a budget accomodation in Albufeira. Could you recommend some?
I stayed some years ago in two nice places called Monica Isabel Beach Club and Auramar beach club that belong to a portuguese chain. They were right in the beach yet inside the apartments were not very good. Acceptable but with an outdated look. But being in the beach, in a quiet part of Albufeira but in Albufeira, with swimming pool, gym and etc was a nice adding. You can check some photos in http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/39cb9/47ae1/3/. I booked through booking.com.
Have a nice trip!
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