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“Location and space” 4 of 5 stars
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Apartamento Almar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Bartolomeu Dias, Cerro da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200-915, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #48 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
Sligo
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Location and space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Stayed here for a week in July, very spacious apartments, everything in it we needed, perfect location and the staff were the best ever, lovely pool and garden area. Rooms cleaned every day. Lovely reception area. Would definitely stay here again. Just minutes walk from beach, and a food store just around the corner.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Just got back from a fantastic 5 day trip away with my girls at the Almar we had apartment 410 with a side sea view which was amazing! (Best thing about the apartment was the balcony and view. we loved it) The apartments are so spacious and clean with everything you need except air con. Yes a little outdated but I prefer old fashioned holiday apartments as it gives it a better feel and more homely! The beds are very firm but very very comfy I had some great sleeps. It was too hot to sleep the first night but we asked for a fan which was a god send! The staff are brilliant and are always happy to help! Everyone had fantastic English and very friendly and smiley. Fernando is a legend he really makes the place, so funny and such a little gem his sangria is amazing!!! The pool was lovely so peaceful and we always got our favourite spot. The location is the best part it's only a little 5-10 min walk down to the old town and the beach then 10 min walk to the big supermarket which is great and had everyone we needed. But the little shop literally 1 min away round the corner was just as good. The new town (the strip) is only a 5 min taxi away and was just under 5 euro so everything is local and very accessible. I would defiantly stay here again it was perfect for us and we had the best relaxing girly holiday. The only down point was that they made us pay a 50 euro deposit coz we where in a group just in case we were loud or broke anything this was not stated anywhere and we were not prepared for it so it was taken out of our spends which was highly disappointing!! But other than that I really rate the place and everyone there!!

Stayed July 2014
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Telford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at the Almar and we will definitely be back next year.
We arrived at approx. 10.30am and were told the room wasn’t ready, which we expected as check-in wasn’t until 2.00pm. We were able to do the check-in paperwork though and store our cases in the locked luggage room until we were able to get in the room and the staff were really friendly and helpful! We got back at 2.00pm and got into the apartment straightaway. We had room 305 which was perfect, fantastic full sea view and over the pool, couldn’t have asked for more.
The apartment was huge, and yes they need some TLC but they’re spotlessly clean and comfortable. Like others we thought the beds were a little hard, but we slept very well on them and didn’t have a bad night’s sleep the whole time we were there. There’s a kitchen with ample equipment/utensils, a utility room off this, where you could hang towels/clothes to dry, etc. If you open the door to the utility and the sliding doors to the balcony, it creates a fantastic breeze through the apartment! Dining table and lounge area (comfortable seating) then a bedroom with loads of storage and a good sized bathroom. The only drawback to the bedroom was that the window opened on to the corridor outside the apartment, so we weren’t able to have it open, although we got a fan from reception, which was very effective and kept us cool.
The best thing about this hotel was the location. Just a 5-10 min walk downhill to the escalators and onto the beach/old town/square. We were looking at other hotels that were up on the main road and were pleased we didn’t go there as the Almar was closer and had much better views!
The staff at the Almar and really great and made our stay so much better. Nothing was too much trouble and always with a smile! Fernando on the bar was fab and so funny, great character.
The pool was a lovely area, with a grassed area as well. There aren’t loads of sunbeds, but we always got some when we needed them, even later in the afternoon. Despite them being available, people were still up at the crack of dawn reserving them with towels, and then coming down to them hours later…get a life!
All in all a wonderful holiday and a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

PLEASE READ UNTIL THE VERY END. Many of the reviews I read said that the hotel required quite a bit of TLC as it was very dated - this is entirely true. The interiors could do with a bit of work as the hotel is very very dated. I also read some reviews which said that the beds were quite uncomfortable - also true. HOWEVER, the hotel is spectacularly clean and the rooms are insanely large. The staff are all so incredibly lovely (shout out to Fernando - the guy's a legend) and are always there to help. The swimming pool is delightful, and the hotel boasts lovely views from all around. If you are concerned with modern interiors a memory foam mattresses whilst on holiday - then perhaps you should stay away. But, if you are visiting Albufeira for a delightful holiday with fantastic people in an unbeatable location, the Almar is certainly the hotel for you.

PS. Upon arrival, the receptionist told us that a miscommunication had occurred between our booking provider and the hotel staff. Rather than cancelling our stay (which they easily could have) the Almar upgraded us from a studio apartment to a 1-bed apartment, free of charge. This proves what great people the staff are there. Furthermore, I, somehow, accidentally threw away some Euros. When emptying our bin, the maid found them and returned them to us. The staff really are a credit to this establishment.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kerry Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just back from an 11 night stay in the Almar Apartments. The location of the Almar is superb. About 4 to 5 mins walk from the Escalators into Old Town and if you want to pay a few Euro extra you can have a fabulous sea view from your terrace. The apartments are situated in a quiet area so no traffic to spoil your sleep. Beds are firm but not back breakingly hard as some reviewers were saying. Apartments are huge and are cleaned on a daily basis with towels and sheets changed twice a week. Fridge, cooker/microwave toaster etc. Safe available at a charge but no Air Conditioning. Good wifi in lobby, and never came across more helpful staff. Nice freshwater pool and Fernando tries to clean up as best he can after the seagulls every day. Very convenient for shopping as lidl and aldi are about 10 mins walk away, follow the road signs for Portimao and the Continente (a big shopping chain in Portugal) is 5 mins walk away, across from Mc Donalds and KFC. A lot cheaper than the smaller shops. Downside is that the place is dated and really could do with a bit of cosmetic work, (painting, replacing cracked or missing tiles etc) Wouldn't take too much and should be reinvested. Definitely would recommend to stay due to the location as Albuferia is quiet hilly and a lot of people were complaining of needing taxis home every night due to the hills. If I am going again I will stay there. If you want somewhere cheap with beautiful food to eat go to A Fragata across the road. Try the steak or Tuna Steak, or the tourist menu for €11. Fab and won't be beaten for value

Room Tip: Sea view for a fab view of the ocean in the evening
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middlesbrough, England
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The apartments are the largest I have ever stayed in. We were booked into a sea view, one bedroomed apartment which was huge. There are also studios, two bedroomed apartments and a three bedroomed penthouse apartment. The views are spectacular and you are just a five minute walk to the escalator which takes you down to the Old Town. The apartments although very nice need a good facelift. There were plenty of facilities in our kitchen, but they still needed extra things like small bowls for deserts and kitchen utensils such as a potato masher and a tool for lifting things out off the frying pan, as everything stuck and there was nothing to get them out with. I think every apartment has its own problems and I can only really comment on ours. There is a fabulous swimming pool, but as it is near the sea there is a quite a lot of seagull droppings on the tiles near the pool. These dropping should be scrubbed off every evening which I know is not a nice job, but it does need to be done and it definitely isn't. If you want a swim you must look where you are walking. There are more than enough sunbeds and spaces for everyone and still people put towels out on a morning. There is a small café/bar on sight and the food served is of a good standard as are the drinks. The best thing about these apartments are the staff . There was not one member of staff that was unpleasant or rude at any time. They would do anything for you. The rooms were kept spotless. I must mention the desk staff and of course Fernando in the bar, they were exceptional. These apartments are still good value for money and I'm sure if it was renovated it would be a worthy 4 star. Am I going back next year? DEFINITELY.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

hi cant wait going again in next two weeks for ten days then booking for another fortnight in augus t great views great staff.. hotel fab.location terrific this is second time.hopefully going to be third in aug. love love love it

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Address: Rua Bartolomeu Dias, Cerro da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200-915, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#28 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartamento Almar 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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Apartamento Almar Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
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