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“B and B with a "family feel"” 5 of 5 stars
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Rua Latino Coelho 36 | 8200-150 Albufeira, Albufeira, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #4 of 23 Albufeira B&B and Inns
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“B and B with a "family feel"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of October 2013. It was my first visit to Portugal and the location of the Dianamar and friendliness of the staff has made a lasting impression on me. This family run hotel stands apart from the rest with little touches added to make your stay pleasant . Returning to our room the evening of our arrival we were greeted with a bottle of complimentary wine set out on the pretty little table on our balcony with glasses and home made biscuits and sweets. On each landing tea, coffee and a tin of biscuits were available all through the day , again complimentary, to enable guests to make hot drinks at any time. A buffet breakfast was available each morning which had enough to suit everyone's palette. Hot food was limited to toast(home made bread) and porridge. Every afternoon home made cakes and biscuits were available again complimentary. Although we did not use the facility (we went to the nearby beach) there is a rooftop lounge area with adequate sun loungers tables and chairs. A kitchenette attached to this area allows guests to use the microwave and fridge for personal food items. If you stay at this pretty little hotel you will not need to bring with you (as these are all provided free) travel kettle(available with t bags, cups on landing), sun or rain umberella, beach mats, balls, frisbees, buckets/spades(in large box at entrance to hotel), cool boxes.(in room). Most hotels charge for safety deposit boxes but again these were free in the room. I could almost certainly say that if there was something you needed at this hotel, the owners would try their utmost to get it for you! They even mended a suitcase for me so that I could use it on the return journey home. There isn't very much I can find negative to say. It is in a lovely quiet street about 10 minutes walk from the main bars and restaurant and the beach. A few yards from the hotel are a few restaurants and a small bar for those who dont want to walk into the town. There aren't any lifts in the hotel so may be people who have difficulty climbing stairs ask for rooms on lower floors. I would definitely return here hopefully this year to show this little gem to my elderly mother.

Room Tip: Choose first floor for mobility problems and back rooms for quietness
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed here for 1 week based on the reviews from trip advisor. The B&B arranged our transporation from the airport at a reasonable price. There is a very personal touch to this B&B. Everyone is very friendly. We had 2 rooms which were adjacent to each other so we could open the front door and go from room to room. The room facing the front entrance was very noisy late at night when people were heading home after partying. Mats and Eva were very accommodating and there is a spare room downstairs that they would hold your luggage until the room is ready and likewise at the end of your stay, there was a shower and a private room to change if your flight out was later than checkout so we were able to spend the morning at the beach and then shower and get ready for our departure. The rooms were were clean and comfortable. There is a big assortment of novels you can choose from if you wish to read. There is complimentary afternoon tea/coffee with sweets and cakes. There were paddle ball, mats, umbrellas, soccer balls available in a basket to take to the beach. There is a fridge on the top level available for you to put your personal items once you labelled it with your name. There was a nice assortment available for breakfast. The B&B was away from all the hustle and bustle but close enough for you to walk to. Highly recommend this and would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for a week and booked based on trip advisor reviews. The hotel arranged our transport from the airport too at a reasonable price. There is definately a personal touch at this B&B. There are complementary sweets, tea and cakes every afternoon and coffee and tea trays on every floor. There are also fridges for use of guests. The breakfast is excellent with choices of cereals, cheese and meats, olives, salad, home made breads and jams and plenty of juice, coffee and tea.
There is wifi in reception and we had a first floor room so picked up wifi in there too. The rooms are traditional and typical of Portugal. The bathroom was old but clean with an good hot shower. We also had a balcony which we used a lot. There was no TV in the room but that didn't bother us. There is also a roof terrace for sunbathing that has a great view of the sea and the town.
The only negative was we were at the front of the property and it was very noisy at times. We like an afternoon nap and there is a man who walks his three dogs passed every day, which starts a barking competition with the other resident dogs. There was also a lot of noise from a bar a few doors down on a couple of nights.
Overall I would recommend this place and would return.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Stayed here for 9 nights 7th October 2012 in room 302, Nice little room with comfy bed and pillars, lovely balcony with a fantastic sea view. very peaceful with lots of finishing touches ie, sweets, beach towels, tea and biscuits, sun beds on the lovely roof terrace, home made cakes every afternoon, free use of parasols for beach use, free use of wifi and computer, close to bars and restarants only 400 mtrs for the wonderful Old Town. Very friendly staff couldn't do enough to help, This is not a hotel but a faultless b&b. No mod cons but home comports more than compensate for this, Will definatly return

Room Tip: 3rd floor has 2 sea view rooms
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

The Dianamar is away from the hustle and bustle of Albufeira but is still onlya 5 minute walk to the centre. It is also close to the lift down to the beach. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Our room had a balcony overlooking the sea and was comfortable and had all we needed. The self service breakfasts were excellent and very varied, catering for all nationalities and tastes. The afternoon tea and cake were an added bonus included in the price. We would definitely stay there again if we went back to Albufeira.

Room Tip: Only the two top bedrooms have a sea view so when booking you need to request a sea view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We have just come back from a week's stay with Eva, Mats and staff and can do nothing but praise this wonderful little gem. We had actually called in to look around Dianamar whilst we were in Albufeira in April and fell in love with it, so knew exactly what to expect on arrival. Having said that, Dianamar exceeded our expectations in every way. All the little extras they provide make such a difference. As we intended to 'chill out' during this holiday the roof terrace was superb. We will definitely be booking again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Best budget hotel we have ever been, and we have seen really many in my travels for work and leisure. Very quite and small, excellent organization and very good breakfast buffet. The afternoon coffee/tea + homemade cake is included and a welcome treat. Unfortunately the bathroom has no ventilation. Check for air-conditioning, if traveling in summer.

Room Tip: Better view on upper floor, the two facing the ocean are preferable.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Latino Coelho 36 | 8200-150 Albufeira, Albufeira, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dianamar Bed and Breakfast by the Seais perfectly situated only 200 metres from the lovely Albufeira beach and a short walk (300 metres) to the centre of Albufeira with it's many restaurants, bars and shops. This small and cosy home away from home is owned by a Swedish family. Dianamar is recommended by several travel guides (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let´s Go, Guide Routard, Geoguide, ...).You will find Dianamar in a small and quiet street in the heart of Rossio, a nice and quiet old quarter of Albufeira.Our roof terrace has sun beds, shower, tables and chairs. From this terrace you have a splendid view of Albufeira, the beach, the ocean and the marina.When you stay at Dianamar you get: Breakfast buffet, snacks and drinks, safety boxes, free wifi internet and laundry service. You can watch several international cable channels in our TV-room.Our breakfast buffet is served from 8 am to 11 am. You can also buy sandwiches, lunchboxes, afternoon tea, coffee etc. Dianamar has different types of rooms (single, double and triple rooms) at reasonable prices. All rooms have a private balcony. Some rooms have sea view. All rooms have private wc and bathroom.We arrange transport to and from Faro Airport at favourable prices. .We can also help you with car rentals from Dianamar or from the airport. Larger groups are very welcome. We can help you to organize special programs for your group (dinner parties, excursions etc).Dianamar welcomes guests from April to October. ... more   less 
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Dianamar Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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