Ok here is our review of the Alisios Hotel. We travelled here for a week in August as a couple in our thirties with Thomson (UK). We booked bed and breakfast. I've tried to be as unbiased as possible but we had a great time!
On arrival at about 11.30am (after waiting for quite a while for our transfer coach to depart, thanks Thomson) we were checked in immediately. This was great as we were worried it was too early in the day for our room to be ready. The reception staff greeted and welcomed us and took us to our room which had been upgraded to a sea view! This seemed to be the case for all the British customers we spoke to during the week. Other rooms face the road so this seemed far nicer.
I was pleasantly surprised at how modern the room felt. It was obvious that it had been refurbished recently. The bathroom had a massive shower, sink and toilet with a hairdryer and dove toiletries to use. There was a fridge, desk, TV, kind of walk in cupboard to hang clothes and twin beds pushed together to make a double. Great aircon. The balcony benefitted from both light and shade at different times of the day. I would say the only negatives were that you had to pay to use the safe. I've used these kind of electronic pin code safes before in other hotels and never been charged. Also, there were a lot of TV channels available but not many in English (only the news). However, there were many TV channels in German. I think this could be a it more balanced.
We had booked bed and breakfast and found that there was a lovely array of food available each morning. This was served from 8-10 (a little later would have suited me better seeing as I'm lazy). This included a variety of fresh fruit (melon, pineapple, nectarines, so on) cereals, homemade cake, jam, croissants, various bread rolls, cold meats and cheeses. It was definitely more 'continental' in style, perhaps catering for the German guests who outweighed any other nationality. Unfortunately for the full English breakfast fan there wasn't much to choose from. The hot food rotated each day to include eggs and something such as bacon (although this seemed more like just cooked ham), sausages (weird cocktail sausages), mushrooms or Spanish omelette. There also weren't any hot pancakes or anything else warm. The staff were very obliging on bringing things when requested though such as my need for tomato ketchup! The Nespresso coffee machines also produced lovely coffee.
Our check out and pick up time was really early on the last day and we found ourselves eating breakfast at 6.15. The hotel very kindly opened the breakfast room for us but the choice of breakfast so early was very limited, just bread rolls, cheese, ham and coffee and orange juice. Perhaps on such early check outs, the kitchen could prepare packed breakfasts to go so that guests could eat on the coach to the airport?
On our first night we were pretty tired from the early flight (thanks Thomson!) so we dined in the hotel. Compared to the quality, choice and price of food in restaurants all over Albufeira, I thought that the menu was pretty lacking. We didn't eat at the hotel in the evening again due to this. We did though have lunch one day and this was much more appetising and seemed to have much more variety.
I don't think you could beat this hotel for location in Albufeira. It is situated perfectly between the old town and 'the strip' meaning to dine out we could easily walk and we did not need to use public transport at all to reach both sides of the town. It is however, far enough away to be quiet and peaceful.
The hotel is right on the seafront and there is easy access to the beach through the back of the hotel. This is secured with your hotel room swipe key so nice and safe. These steps are not steep, they are about as steep as a staircase in a standard British home and I would estimate that its about 30 steps down to the beach. The beach is lovely and sandy and there are sun loungers on the beach for hire near the hotel. These were about 12 Euros for two loungers and a parasol.
We booked two trips with a competitive ticket shop that we found at the end of the strip and they were happy to pick us up at the Inatel roundabout, right near the front of the hotel so that was handy too.
There are a lot of reviews on here regarding the indoor swimming pool. I found this area to be very beneficial to me especially when I had sun burn (this was my fault due to not enough SPF) and couldn't swim in the sea!! I saw it being used quite a bit but never more than one or two people at a time. It also has a jacuzzi hot tub which was pretty nice! You do have to wear swimming hats which you can buy at reception if needed.
There is a sun terrace which has also been recently refurbished with sun loungers and parasols laid out on fake grass. As this is part of the hotel there is no cost for these loungers (unlike the beach). These surround the bar area where lunch and dinner is served. It also has a lovely sea view and is up on the third floor of the hotel. We never struggled for a sun lounger at all and again this area is really peaceful.
There's free wifi in the hotel but we found this to be very slow or not work at all in our room.
The reception desk is 24 hour and we found the staff to be very helpful being fluent in Portuguese, English and German. In fact, when not understanding where our pick up point was for a trip the next day, one member of staff resolved the problem by ringing the phone number on our ticket despite it being 10 o'clock at night and settling the problem in Portuguese! This was very helpful.
I based my holiday search on the Thomson website on my hotel being near the beach and 'adult only' as I work in education and I wanted a break! Needless to say, the hotel wasn't exactly child free. There weren't any British families around but there seemed to be the odd one or two young children at breakfast time. These children were not a nuisance in anyway and I did not see or hear them around the hotel at any other time. In fact I think the Alisios does a very good job of keeping the general feel of the hotel very calm and tranquil. Perfect, for a nerve frayed teacher! However, it is slightly misleading that Thomson state that the hotel is adult only.
All in all, we had a great holiday. This was our first trip to Albufeira and we found the Portuguese to be extremely friendly both in the Alisios and out and about. We would definitely return to this hotel. Thanks for a great time!
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