More about Vila Petra Aparthotel Albufeira
In case you would like to stay close enough (within walking distance) to the center of town for shopping, restaurants and night life, but do not want to be all in the middle of it, Vila Petra is a good choice. facilities
pool (very big one)
Vila Petra aparthotel excellent accomodation
We stayed at the Vila Petra Aparthotel for 1 week on B&B basis.
The hotel is spotless. Breakfast v.good with plenty of choice i.e continental and english etc.Reception staff very friendly and helpful as were the bar staff. We stayed in one of the apartment blocks on the top floor with a pool view which was lovely. Room was excellent with a nice balcony and separate kitchen with every piece of equipment you could think of! (dishwasher, microwave, etc) Maid came every day with fresh towels.
Gardens and pool area very well kept, no noise or music so very peaceful and relaxing. Nice indoor pool as well with gym and pool tables. Free courtesy bus to and fro beach (about a mile and a half walk otherwise, but quite pleasant though). Great location just off main strip with bars and restaurants but yet so quiet. Lovely little supermarket on site, quite reasonably priced goods. They even pack you a picnic breakfast if your flight is early in the morning and you will miss it which is great!. All in all a great place to stay, would definitely recommend this one.
hols in vila petra
Just back from the Algarve, had a great time, Vila petra is situated just off the strip and three quarters of a mile from the beach, hotel run a mini bus for hotel guests to the beach.
Plenty of shops and bars on the strip, all the way down to the beach, and even head up the way towards the Montochoro hotel, and you will find more shops and bars, (best meal of the week, was in Erins bar, Irish bar near Monochro hotel), only off putting thing about the strip was, that at night, every 200 yards or so there was beggers sitting on the side of the street.
You can also get the train (via the road ) or bus into the old town, which is commercialised, the same as the strip, and take you to fishermans beach, but still worth a visit.
The hotel itself, was very clean, ALL the staff were very helpfull and cheerful, food & drink slightly on the dear side compared with bars on the strip. We were self catering, and the kitchen was very well equiped to do all the cooking meals, it had, cooker, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, mixer/blender, & in the living room, you had all the things you would have at home, Iron, hairdrier etc. The pool was on the smallish side (for the size of hotel), and was also a bit cold, Not a lot of sun loungers availible, you had to be down sharpish to get one. The welcome bar at night was a nice bar to relax, not entertainment EVERY night, but every second night.
We went on the jeep safari, and would recomend it, and when you go up into the mountain villages, try some of the local wine called medronho, but make sure your not driving, and look out for the 94year old lady hand weaving baskets in a cafe, make sure you buy one.
The first chioce rep, was very helpfull with any information on any other excursions we wanted to go on, only thing was, that if they told us the bus would take 20mins, it was more like 40mins it took. We went on an "Algarve by night" tour, the bus was late on picking us up, and when we got to the "sand statues", it was dark, but although there was lights on, and could see, we were supposed to see it in daylight too, and then the generator failed, (no fault of the tour operator though, and they did give us an extra 20mins)
ALL in all a very enjoyable stay & holiday
i have recently stayed at the Villa Petra both in June And August of this year.
The first time just myself and my wife, the second with my son and his girlfriend. They enjoyed it as it was safe with plenty of bars to suit them.
I can really recommend these apartments, the whole place is clean and tidy with exceptional maid service and a reasonably priced mini market. It's around 100 metres off the popular strip, close to all amenities and far enough away to get a good nights sleep.
It is several years since we visited Portugal and I will definatly be going back. There was somthing for everyone of all ages and it is cheap enough if you are on a budget.
The only downside was the boat trip we took, which was expensive for what we got, which was basically just a boat ride along the coast at £27.00 each.
For exceptional food and service try the Steak house facing Bank in the old town of albufiera.
Also be aware of the queue for the land train to and from the old town as it can be quite long in the peak months. We waited an hour to return from the old town with taxis being similar.
Other than that it was a really good holiday.
vila pertra. fantastic!!!!!1
I must say the Vila Petra apartments are the best accomodation i have ever stayed in abroad. There was 5 of us. Myself, my wife son 18 , son 14, son 10.We stayed in the 2 bed apartments which were absolutely huge and extremely clean. Each morning a cleaner comes cleans , makes beds and changes the sheets.
The pool is lovely although by the end of our stay( we left july 1st) it was becoming very busy. There is a mini supermarket, computer room, games room, gym, indoor pool, out door pool, sauna , jacuzzi, 2 bars and 2 restaurants.
vVla petra is located on a side clean street just off the strip ( i.e a 2 minute walk to the strip) near hotel montechoro. vila petra seems nicer! the strip is full of souvenir shops , restaurants , pubs and clubs.. my 18 year old had a blast . cafe del mer is one he would recommend. From one end of the strip to the other is about 15 -20 minutes walk. It is lively and has a great atmosphere. El rancho and wild and co steak house are fantastic. I must say it becomes very lively after 11 and full of party goers and hen and stag nights so beware. Again older teenagers such as my son will have a blast. the beach is a bit away but there is a a mini bus , the beach is fantastic!!! water sports banana boats, jet skiis etc!!!
Over all , vila petra ..... best accomodation in albufeira!!!
Never a four star but good value.......
The Vila Petra is in the ideal location for those looking to enjoy Albufeira 'Strip'. It is situated down a quiet road off the main drag meaning that you are close enough to enjoy the area, but far enough away to get a good nights sleep.
Our apartment (31) unfortunately had a very damp/musty smell to it and was in need of refurbishment. That said, it was fairly spacious and offered all of the amenities you would wish for.
The accomodation is not a four star, though in fairness, they do not charge four star prices. It is ideal for a cheapish holiday in the sun, for those not looking for anything other than sun and lots of bars. For those looking for a bit more than average food and plastic seating, do not go to Albufeira, it is a typically Spanish resort offering nothing more than lots of bars and English breakfasts!!!! The weather was great mind.
Not To Be Missed
Stayed 3 April to 12 April, 2007. Booked Vila Petra with alpharooms.com, flights with flyglobespan.com (Glasgow to Faro), car with carjet.co.uk.
Having stayed at various properties in this area, we were disappointed not to be able to book our favourite spot. Instead we managed to book the Vila Petra and with the usual trepidation associated with a first time stay, headed for the sun.
We were not to be disappointed!
Our 1 bedroom apartment was exceptionally comfortable (except for the usual poor shower). Full bathroom, bedroom with 2 single beds, living area with 2 sofa beds (very comfortable), fully fitted kitchen
with oven, grill, hob, toaster, kettle, fridge and filter coffee maker. We stayed in room 105 which was on the +1 level, directly above the kids play area, facing the pool area.
Play area was limited for older kids, but ideal for the 3 to 5 yr olds.
Outdoor pool was a little chilly to take a dip in, but I have never seen such a clean area. Indoor pool was ample for my 7yr old daughter
and I to play in. Note - swimcaps are compulsory in the indoor pool...after the initial embarassment it's fine! Jacuzzi, gym and beautician were ideal.
Bar had the usual evening entertainment but sometimes did not start until nearly 10pm as they showed football on big screen (not intrusive). Snack bar was great, and a special thanks to Ishmael for helping put on my daughters swimcap, and keeping my wife plied with her tall coffee's.
All in all, staff great, facilites great. I will definitely stay here
again when next visiting the area.
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Good, clean apartments
I am writing this review on the last day of our stay at the vila petra aparthotel. We stayed in a T1 apartment which had a separate bedroom, lounge and kitchen. It was very clean and spacious and had a large balcony. The air conditioning was good but not needed as the weather has been cool so far. You also have a TV with a couple of english chanels which has been a godsend during the last 3 days of rain!
The pool is a good size with loads of sunloungers so it has never been a problem getting one each morning (when the sun was shining!) The algarve has a constant breeze which at times can be quite cold but i think in the middle of summer it would be nice. I would recommend these apartments to all ages both families and groups of young people as the location is just of "The Strip" so it is quiet but not far from all the resturants and late night bars.
We prefered to eat in The Old Town as the retsurants are much better and less plastic chairs! We ate at one right on the beach where you can sit up on the terrace. The fish here was wonderful but very expensive and the view was lovely well worth a try. We can also recommend Bravisimo and Bank restuarant we had lovely meals at both of these. Back on the strip theres and italian restuarant towards the top end of the strip which does amazing pizzas we ate here 3 times.
I would recommend the vila petra as an ideal base to explore the algarve, it is a must to hire a car as getting around is very easy.
The only thing that has let the holiday down is the weather, we will be going to greece next year for 2 weeks of sunshine!
We stayed at the Vila Petra Aparthotel between the 2nd and 16th August (family of four - 2 children 12 and 14 yrs). We stayed in a one-bedroomed room in the main hotel and were booked on 10 nights halfboard and 4 nights eating out (flexi-dine option with First Choice). The room was extremely clean, modern, with tv (some sky channels), ironing board, iron, hairdryer plus microwave and everything you would need in the kitchen. I cannot praise the hotel staff enough, especially the Restaurant Manager who keeps the restaurant running perfectly and is really friendly. The restaurant staff and bar staff are really friendly and cannot do enough for you (especially Ishmael who is great with kids and David on the bar). We weren't sure what the food would be like as not many reviews on here about the food before we went, but it was excellent. We were offered a 4 course menu every night, which included soup to start, salad buffet, 3 choices of very good main courses and a selection of sweets. The kids enjoyed it so much they didn't really want to eat out, but it is nice to try some different places so we ate out on the other nights. Lovely Indian restaurant turning right up the hill on the strip and just on the left opposite the American Diner). Would have quite happily ate in every night though!! The pool is nice (although still quite cold in August, until you got used to it). The good thing about the sunbeds is no-one is allowed to reserve any before 9 am, and if you put your towels down after this and no-one is with them there is a lady who keeps an eye out and will remove them and fold them up and put them nearby so someone else can use the beds. .I think this is definitely fair enough as it avoids people leaving them there for half a day and going off. We usually went down about 9.30/10 am and there was only one day we didn't get a bed, but we sat on the grass areas that surround the pool and thats really comfy anyway and close to the pool. No large inflatables allowed in the pool The location is great as it is just off the strip, so away from any noise, but good for public transport or the tram which runs down to the old town at 3 euros each (you only pay once and you can use this ticket all day) or get a taxi cheaply. There are some good excursions at reasonable prices in the local outlets. When we went to the old town we found a place just near the main square (just up from the Irish Bar) that sold last minute excursion tickets and picked up a half price deal for a trip with Paradise Tours t(very knowledgeable tour guide) to Silves and the Monchique Mountains which was brilliant (cost 5 pounds each). We also went to Zoo Marine (def worth a visit for the lovely Dolphin Show - you can swim with dolphins for about 140 euros but have to pre-book). Zoo Marine cost us 25 euros each. We also went to Slide and Splash which cost about the same and this was a great day. There are 3 large water parks in Albufeira area and I think they are all very good. All in all, we all had a fantastic time at the Vila Petra and although we don't normally go back to the same place twice as we like to try different places we would definitely go back here. We booked with First Choice and as usual were very happy with them (except for the cold reception by the cabincrew on our return trip, which we have never had before). If you book Vila Petra you definitely will not be disappointed!!!
Great Hotel, Shame about The Manager
We were a party of 20 from Aberystwyth, Wales and stayed for a week in July. The Hotel was the best one that we have stayed in on the Algarve. The Bathrooms needed a little attention. The only down side to the Holiday was the Manager of this Hotel. Although this hotel is advertised as suitable for families, the manager kept coming down to the pool like a dictator demanding that no airbeds, rubber rings or balls of any sort were allowed in any of the 2 pools. It seems this manager has not noticed that, in his own brochures for the hotel, that there are people on airbeds in his pool. What is the point of advertising as a family hotel when families are not allowed to enjoy themselves.
The first day that we were there we had a ball game going in the pool and almost all the guests around the pool were joining in with this harmless bit of fun. It was soon stopped by the manager. So please in future if you don't want families to enjoy themselves while they are staying at the Vila Petra please advertise the fact in the holiday brochures that no inflatables or balls are allowed in the pools.