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Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua do Municipio, Lote 27 | Apartado 2054, Albufeira 8200-161, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 163 hotels in Albufeira
Newport, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Stayed with my wife had another lovely stay,have been before this I think is our fifth visit.The hotel maintains its high standards.The rooms admittedly are now slightly dated but still offer good clean accomodation.Ideally situated between the old and new towns The Brisa Sol offers good value, good location, we will be back.

Room Tip: A pool and sea view is essential,well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Spent the New Year Week there and on recommendation from family members who had stayed before. Got exactly what we asked for and paid for. Room was cleaned daily and towels changed every day whether asked for or not. Very comfortable beds and all cooking facilities you need with plenty of utensils, Cant comment on facilities as didn't use but all staff members spoken to couldn't have been more helpful. Great cake shop as part of hotel and large supermarket next door with all fresh baked breads and goods. Will definitely return to the Brisa Sol.

Room Tip: Pool side rooms are Floor -2 and chose rooms 0004 - 00016 for pool side with large terrace
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Brisa Sol is a very clean hotel,and self catering apartment complex,located centrally for amenities (ie.The Strip, Old Town etc). There is a touristy type train which will take you to The Strip in less than 10mins,plus various other stops,only 4Euro for a day tkt,stops just outside The Brisa Sol.
When booking your room,make sure to pay the extra for pool view (cost us an extra 112 Euro for our 16 night stay/ 7Euro per night.....didn't know about this till we arrived !
The hotel bar has sky sports/surroundsound,which is probably just as well,otherwise folk would be heading for local bars for footie etc.Happy hours 5-8pm....30% reduction!!
Wi-fi has to be paid for...1,3,or 7days...7Euros/week...pretty slow most of the time though.
We were in self-catering apt so cannot comment on food,but apt has cooker,fridge,microwave.
Hotel is located only a couple mins walk from excellent supermarket,where you can get just about anything you're likely to need. Very handy & reasonable prices !
Brisa Sol has a large swimming pool area/sun loungers,plus tennis and squash courts.
We were offered room 501 (right at the top),defo decided to pay the extra,as this apt only overlooks Macdonalds and Chinky plus few shops across the road....
Generally,this hotel is great for self catering hol !

Room Tip: Make sure to pay the extra for pool view balcony,as this gives max. sun time till after 5pm Defo di...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Myself and a group of friends stayed at the Brisa Sol at the end of September. We had a great time, made even better by the quality of the hotel. The staff were excellent, always helpful and very friendly. The hotel was always very clean, including the grounds and around the hotel pool area. The hotel is in the most perfect position, with the old town 15 minutes stroll one way, the new town 15 minutes stroll the another. Ok going but better to get a taxi back for those of us not in our first flush of youth. We stayed on a room only basis for 4 nights as we were on a golfing trip. The reception were very helpful regarding booking courses and even allowed us to park our minibus in the rear car park in the evening. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around and about in you are not dining at the hotel, a brilliant patisserie next door even a McD's over the road if you are desperate, a large supermarket and some shops on the next block, perfect. I would definitely consider going back in the future, and would recommend this hotel given the price, its location and its facilities.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. My wife and I spent New Years week here and were very impressed. The hotel is spotlessly clean due to very pleasant, hard working maids. It is well placed between the old town and new. The food was excellent with a good choice and replenished fresh as necessary.Desserts were amazing. The restaurant staff were very friendly, especially cheeky chappy Marco. In fact all hotel staff were welcoming and friendly. Would definately recommend this hotel and we hope to return for next new year.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking pool/sea are a must.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Situated about a 15 minute walk from the beach in front of the old town, this hotel also is conveniently located with a big supermarket next door to the right as you walk out of the front, and the tractor train stop just to the left, which does a circular route from here up to the strip, then round to the top of the escalators for the old town before returning to the hotel (2.50 euros for a single trip or 4 euros for a day ticket) so it's definitely well placed.
The rooms were great for what we wanted although not perfect by a long way so if you are looking for spot on luxury perfection then you'd best be looking at places on a higher budget. So yes, the bathroom looks a bit tired, some of the sockets are a tad dodgy, even the waterman brown for a while when first turned on (we stuck to bottled water for the entire stay for drinking), but for the money paid you get an wakeful lot compared to many I've stayed in. We had a decent sided bedroom for two (single beds pushed together) and then a hallway connects that to your apartment front door, past the bathroom and into a large living area, with two big three seat sofas, a dining table, and a kitchenette, with two ring hob, micro way, toaster and kettle and all the crockery and cutlery you might need. Even clean tea towels in the draw. A sponge or something to wash up with would have been nice but I'm not really going to complain over the 69 cents it cost to by one in the supermarket!
The lounge also had a decent flat screen TV which thankfully wasn't "crippled* so you could only use the hotels choice of channels but could also plug into the AV socket as we'd taken a tiny AVI player to plug in if it was a very rainy day. Big coffee table as well and the glass doors opened onto a reasonable balcony overlooking the pool and on down to the sea. Back in the bedroom it was a good setup for those that need a dressing table as there were sockets close and really good lighting in that corner. If you ran out of wardrobe space n the bedroom there was another out in the hallway, which also had a set of coat hooks.
So that was room 07 which may or may not be indicative of the *average* room, I'm afraid I didn't see any others :)
The rest of the hotel was also pretty good with the restaurant area being well 'shaped' (whether by accident or design I don't know) to reduce the echoing these area often have. The buffets there were just a small choice, which at first I looked at in dismay, but virtually everything I tried was well prepared and so I managed to eat 6 out of 7 nights there without an complaint and most nights was great enjoyment. There was usually two meat dishes and two fish dishes to choose from and then a couple of 'carb' dishes, potato or rice on one day and then chips or pasta on another, together with a couple of vegetable choices too. There was also a range of salad sides and/or cheeses. Desserts normally had at least three choices. As I say many hotels I've been in ha duchy more choice, but here I'd say 90% of the things I tried were prepared well enough I didn't need the extra choice. Breakfast too was not a huge choice, but still ample enough. And for the Brits abroad it was real sausage rather than the hot dog style that may hotels think are part of the 'full english' (not that I mind them at all actually). So there was always full English, croissants, cakes, cereals, yogurt etc.
As usual, for half board, any drinks taken with you dinner were charged, and so one warns is that if you see a tray with ready poured glasses of wine as you come in, don't think they are complimentary! You are welcome to take one, but you do need to pay for it :)
The bar was nice enough though nothing special, but then again if you compare it to many of the sport bars out in town, it was actually very nice indeed. One very good point was that prices in the bar were consistent with those outside the hotel.
The hotel had a lot of other facilities which we didn't use so I can't comment much on the pool, gym, tennis & squash courts, other than to say, if you want to use the indoor pool, take a swimming cap, as they are mandatory.
Internet was available and I think we paid either 7 or 10 euros for the week (per device) which wasn't expensive, but was also only very weak in the room.
Finally on the facilities, I'd recommend the 15 euros (+10 deposit) for the safe lock as I think the patio door catches that secured access from the balcony I could have opened with a small butter knife!
Staff at the hotel were all very polite and generally friendly. Marco in the restaurant was especially jovial and made the place much more entertaining. Of course they were not all laughing and joking with you all the time and occasionally the bar staff had a look like they. Wish they weren't there, and let's face it, Christmas week is the equivalent of the graveyard shift, so no doubt they would have prefered to be at home with their families, but a smile always returned to the face when you went to the bar to order.
Room cleaning could take a while some days with us waiting until 5:30 before they came round, which was puzzling as it only seemed to take then less than 2 minutes to do our entire apartment.
There is also a very nice cake shop which is just to the left of the main door whose terrace also overlooks the hotel pool. Whether this is run by the hotel or just the space in the building rented by the cake shop I don't know but it's convenient being just next door and has a great reputation, although unbelievably we never quite got around to trying the cakes.
One quite specific comment I have is the complete chaos of our gala Christmas dinner. The plus points were that at least it was part of the half board (I've been to a few hotel where they charge you extra for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners even though you' em already paid for half board) and the food again tasted great, but the organisation was fairly disastrous with rather than tables being called up one at a time to a buffet table, there was just a general call of "food's ready!" and queue formed. The result was a tad chaotic and didn't equate to a pleasant dining experience. They entertainment consisted of a guy with a guitar and backing track singing cover versions who was good enough but nothing inspiring. Had a bit of a dance and enjoyed the evening, but I must admit it didn't live up to expectations.
So all in all the hotel was a great choice for our Christmas week away. A shame Albufeira itself didn't quite have the charm to make me want to return else I'd probably have been very happy to stay at the Brisa Sol again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Let's leave these murky shores and venture further afield (we cried). Let's take in the winter sun at a reasonable rate - and while we're at it use a firm we haven't tried before. In the interests of this new-found adventurous mind-set we plumped for Portugal (never been) and Low Cost Holidays (never used).
After the usual mulling over various offers we chose the Brisa Sol for the reasonable price and (of course) good reviews in these virtual pages. After initial problems with the Low Cost website, which necessitated late night phone calls and dealing with the lovely Becky (who thought I sounded like Chris Tarrant!) we managed to get all our paperwork for Monarch Airlines, the Brisa and Greenbus transfers. With what seemed like a telephone directory in our case we set off by bus and train to Leeds Bradford - where we discovered that all Monarch really wanted was our passports! Half a ton of paper could have been saved. Greenbus did require our paperwork in Faro airport and kept us waiting whilst the unsmiling lady clerk (clerkess?) assembled our party. We hoped (and were correct) that not all the Portugese would have this sullen, unamused demeanour. Not impressed - particularly after a long journey.
On arrival at the Brisa we didn't need paperwork either. We were warmly greeted by a smiling receptionist, efficiently allocated our room and sent on our way upwards to the second floor to the studio. Oh joy - a hob, fridge, microwave, cups, saucers plates, glasses and a comtemporary flatscreen Samsung telly which worked. Safe was available at 10 euros for the week, plus 15 deposit. Value!
Our balcony was accessed by a separate door prior to a few steps down where metal furniture awaited and an ashtray indicating that if you really had to you could smoke outside. There was also a sliding window overlooking the balcony from the room from which one's partner could observe your every move! A nice view over the town and not far distant sea was a Constant Reminder of where we were.
The bed was the usual two singles pushed together, but was comfortable and sleepable. We also had two chairs and plenty of wardrobe and stowage space. Bathroom comprised bath, loo, bidet, washbasin and was a good place to be.
Just exactly what we wanted for our winter break and a good pad to retreat to if it all got too much, which at our advancing years, it sometimes did.
Enough of the room, already. let's look at the rest of the Brisa. The reception was on floor 0, and the games room on floor -1. This had a minigolf set-up, various games machines and an internet area. Toilets also here and lovely and clean. Floor -2 saw the dining room - I suspect this was cut down to half size to reflect the winter trade. From these minus numbers you would expect to be in the basement, but no - the hotel is built on a hill which meant that the restaurant overlooked the swimming pool and external facilities. More on the restaurant later...
The "Bar Algarve" situated on floor 0 opposite the reception was open from 1600. From 1700 to 2000 was Happy Hour with 30% off drinks. To be fair this was needed, as this would be my one, only and totally singular grumble about the Brisa. Drinks prices were more than at the airport going home - with Super Bock beer coming in at 3.80 euro for 50cl. Never mind though, there were plenty of bars in the Old Town flogging the stuff at around 1.75 for 40cl. We enjoyed the bar though, as it was - well - respectable.
Of course with having all the required assets in our room it proved economical and sensible to stock up on comestibles at the supermarket over the road, with special offers on both beer and port it would have been churlish not to! Oh, also bought a large suitcase to accommodate a large purchase for 15 euros.
The restaurant presented a limited range of foods to choose from. It wasn't a dash in and grab a seat job either. This had its own decorum. You would be greeted by either the boss or one of the waiters and the ritual of checking your room number would be punctiliously observed. Then you were allowed to choose your own seat and venture to the servery. If you wanted a drink, this would be brought to your table and paid for on the way out. It all worked very well - and magnificently enlivened by Marco - a young waiter with a better grasp of the English language than many people at home. He and the other chap (who was more reserved) were genuine, friendly, helpful and great ambassadors for the Brisa. The food was always good, and there was always something we wanted. Full marks.
There was no celebration meal for New Year's Day. Not a problem, as we all toddled down to Fisherman's Beach for a loud, raucous and enthusiastic welcoming of 2014. No trouble, nearby bar and toilet and great fun.
With January 3rd being my loved one's birthday I was entertaining all sorts of bizarre notions such as announcing the event at breakfast (excellent - just wait for the fresh fried eggs coming out). I chickened out on this, and just as well as the Brisa had other plans. With no action on my part, a bottle of champagne appeared in our room, courtesy of the manager and we had a complimentary drink and singing of Happy Birthday in the evening. Well done!
This brings me to the nub of it all really. The Brisa is a respectable, mature, extremely well-run hotel. The staff, without fail, were attentive, charming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing detracted from the smooth-running of the place. It reminded me of a respectable (that word again) middle-aged, middle-class lady who knew exactly what she was doing and the right way to do it. If that sounds snobbish - tough. Riff-raff and yobbos need not enter - plenty of room for them on the tacky Strip. I know where we'll stay again when we venture back in a summer some time.
Not relevant to the hotel, but pertinent nonetheless - weather was variable, but not too bad. The tourist train stops outside and is 2.50 per ride or the preferred option would be 4 euros for all day hop-on and off. The Marina is a good walk away through the old town, but once you master the Giro bus system (1.40 euros for an hour) is accessible for boat trips. Tours are well-organised locally and very good value.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Also Known As:
Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira
Brisa Sol
Apartamento Brisa Sol Hotel
Brisa Sol Albufeira
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
Address: Rua do Municipio, Lote 27 | Apartado 2054, Albufeira 8200-161, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#11 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#12 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol 3*
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