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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 #14 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Dublin, Ireland
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“Fantastic hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just back from a weeks holiday here booked through Thomson. Hotel was exactly as I imagined it from the previous reviews, excellent central location, very clean and spacious with lots of amenities and everything you could want from a hotel really. The cleaning ladies were all so lovely, and the girl that works in the pool bar is so nice.all staff seemed very friendly. We were self catering and didn't eat in the hotel so can't comment on that. The studio was well equipt for self catering and had a lovely big balcony too. The restaurant/cake shop next to the hotel is fabulous. We had breakfast here three mornings and it was so tasty and very reasonable. The pool sun lounger situation gets a lot of bad press on here, but i don't think it's the hotels fault. People were ridiculous queuing for an hour for a few sun beds, and then once the doors open running out past everyone else. It was pathetic. I went out at 9am and got beds no problem so don't bother with the queue, it's a waste as people just disregard everyone in front of them anyway. We went to the beach at the old town one day and it was €5 each for loungers and an extra €5 if you wanted the luxury of having the sun shade over u! Absolute scandal, never been charged for the use of shade before. For food we would recommend Wild and Co. In the new town. Really stylish and great staff, with the nicest steaks you could want. Not cheap but well worth the money, and we went twice. All in all a great hotel, couldn't ask for more!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is my third time returning to Albufeira and I heard many good reports about the Brisa Sol so I was looking forward to my stay.

Here are the good points about the hotel:

- We were in a very large apartment, very spacious with lots of storage space. It had good facilities including a kitchen with hobs, fridge, kettle, toaster etc. Had quite a large flat screen TV with some English channels. Good size bathroom and a very powerful shower.
- Hotel is very clean. Maids come everyday to clean and change towels etc.
- Very nice staff - In particular Joanna on reception. Organised an excursion through the hotel and she was very helpful and informative.
- Excellent location. Taxi rank just down the street, large super market next door which is essential if self catering (Although there is a cheaper one across the road with a better selection of fresh fruits!). 15 minute walk to the Old Town and Strip.

Not so good points -

- The hotel decor is very dated and tired looking. Rooms were very old fashioned. I have previously stayed in two four star hotels in Albuferia and the Brisa Sol does not compare to these. I think it is more like a 3 star hotel.
- The mad run to the pool!!!! People are qued for the pool opening at 9am from 8am. They run madly around the area placing towels on beds and then clearing off for the day. By 9.10 all sunbeds are gone. We were able to get some sun beds in the afternoon as some days the weather was very cloudy. However there is a sign that says 'Do not reserve sunbeds'. This clearly needs reinforced.
- The hotel is rather noisy. We were on the same level as the reception and were literally right beside it. From our balcony the room next to us was the bar. This proved to be rather annoying at night, particuarly when wanting to get up early for excursions. Listening to some karoke singing until 12.30am isnt the most pleasant thing! Also the walls are like paper so you will be able to hear exactly what your neighbours beside you, above you and under you are doing.
- I also feel that paying for WIFI is unacceptable! It is 2014 afterall!!!

Overall this is an average hotel. I feel it should not be rated a 4 star and there are much better and more modern hotels in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Graiguenamanagh, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Hi stayed here for a week from the 13 to 20 July 2014. The hotel was excellent, clean, polite staff, helpful, lovely apartment, lovely pool, i enjoyed everything about the hotel. My wife and 14 year old stayed here and the apartment was plenty big, lovely and clean (cleaned everyday), everything you needed with a lovely view of the pool. It is very central for everything, the old town and new town, the beaches were all in walking distance ( and i am disabled), loads of excellent restaurants, bars, clubs.

I have been in Portugal before buts its a few years ago, but the hotel flights everything was well organised and the hotel is very central, as i am disabled this is very good. The only thing id say to people who are more disabled is that the way to the beach has 2 escalators so this probably be very restrictive and its the way down to Old Town.

It was a good holiday for the price enjoyable (not expensive).

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went on holiday on the 17th July for a week. Had a taxi transfer to the hotel which was good. The apartment had a pool view but we had to switch half way through holiday because of the noise at the back where are bedroom was this was not a problem and the one we moved into was a lot quieter. The pool area was nice my only complaint the queue at 9am and not enough sunbeds. We read all the reviews before we went and the ones about hard beds were very correct I have never slept on such a hard bed did not help folding up blankets to put underneath. The land train to the left of the hotel as you go out is good but it is a trip of about 40 mins to the old town. To walk to the old town takes 10 minutes and is a very pleasant walk. The staff at the hotel were all very friendly and willing to help. The Thompson rep was excellent always very helpful worth going to the welcome meeting as you get lots of info and you can book the trips. Went on the catermaran boat trip this was ok but very packed like sardines the crew was very friendly felt a bit rushed off the little boats going into caves. Went to the waterpark which was not as big as I was expecting also don't go on a cloudy day because it is freezing and spoils it a bit. The best day trip was at zoomarina we decided to get taxi there and back from the hotel which altogether was 30 euros which meant we could get there for opening at 10am and leave when we wanted to which was about 6.45 but it is open to 7.30. There is a locker which you can have for the day for 5 euros which we did. One tip take flip flops around with you even walking on the beach bit hurt due to being to hot to walk on!!The shows were all good the best one being the dolphin show which was amazing. The wave pool and beach was nice also all the other attractions was good. One tip get the leaflet for zoomarina in the airport for money off vouchers which saved us10 euros. If we were there longer we would of paid for the second day ticket which is very cheap. Zoomarina would be excellent for children under 12 for teens they may think some things are a bit tame but still an enjoyable day. The old town was such a great atmosphere loved it. Tried the restaurants on the beach front which were very packed did not like how you got pounced on to look at menus all the time but they were very friendly the infinity bar has restaurant upstairs and not only sushi had a lovely meal on the top floor where you could overlook the sea also free wifi which was a bonus. Quite expensive for eating out and drinks. I would like to go back but I would try a different hotel if I do. Paid for wifi in hotel did not work in rooms only in lobby and by pool area. Did not go to new town but passed it in the land train looked very vibrant and would be great for the younger generation. The cake shop is not to be missed also the shopping centre to the right as you go out of the hotel is worth a look around that's also where the big supermarket is where you can get your shopping if self catering.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We loved the hotel, it's perfect location to old town and the strip. The staff are really friendly and always available to help with any queries. We had paid extra for sea/pool view apartment and were really pleased, it was large and very clean, we had a maid every day. The bedroom did face onto a very busy and noisy road though, which could bother you if you are a light sleeper. The cake shop next door is well worth a visit, beautiful cakes and quite cheap. There is a large supermarket the other side which stocks everything, including Sun beds, which we were very tempted to buy!!!! The only fault with this lovely hotel is the Fiasco that takes place each morning at exactly 9 am. We had read the reviews and said there is no way we would be running at 9am to get a bed. The people on the terrace level sneak out and save 10 beds, then the doors open and people just run. By 9.10 all beds have gone on some days, but the really aggravating thing is people don't come back for 4/5 hours and there is no pool management. There is plenty of youtube footage of this hotel we have now watched. We wouldn't return due to this. Gym is chargeable but air con didn't work for the 2 weeks we were there. There are no entertainment staff which could be a problem particularly around the pool. In fact, there are very few staff at all.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Recently returned from a 12 night stay at the Brisa Sol with my boyfriend and we loved it!

From the moment we arrived to the moment we checked out, the staff were friendly and helpful throughout. They could not do enough for you.

We were particularly chuffed to learn we had been given one of the ground floor studios facing the pool with private terrace. We stayed in room 0008 which was fantastically equipped and spacious. The air conditioning in the room was the best I have ever come across abroad! The beds are very comfy and the shower is extremely powerful! The maids cleaned the rooms everyday although the bedding was not changed that often during our 12night stay.

The pool snack bar is fantastic value for money and is delicious. Marco is a credit to the Brisa team, very friendly and cheeky with the guests. Also the cake shop adjoining the hotel is a must, the cakes are to die for and are again great value.

The location of the hotel is another strong point, it is about ten minutes to the old town and 15 minutes to the strip in the new town. Taxis are cheap enough but the noddy train stops right outside the hotel and is only 4euro for a day ticket.

Many people have mentioned the sun bed fiasco and it is true you have to be quick. We were lucky because being on the ground floor meant that we had a slight advantage but there were a couple of mornings when the doors were opened early and we too struggled to get a bed in a good spot! It is crazy how people fight for them but you do get this anywhere you go abroad in my experience!

All in all a truly fantastic holiday and we will definitely return!! The only slight criticism for me would be that there was no compartment freezer within the fridge which is a shame as it would have been nice to have some ice cubes in our drinks. But well done Brisa top marks!!!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lovely hotel, clean, fresh and well maintained. About 10 mins walk to town and the big shopping centre is right next door. Nice pool area with plenty of sun loungers. Didn't eat in the main restaurant but found the pool bar very expensive for food. Lovely pastry shop on site offering great coffee and food!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua do Municipio, Lote 27 | Apartado 2054, Albufeira 8200-161, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#12 Family Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol 3*
Number of rooms: 174
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Also Known As:
Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira
Apartamento Brisa Sol Hotel
Brisa Sol Albufeira
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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