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Cerro Malpique Aparthotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua da Malpique, Albufeira 8200, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #48 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
manchester
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“loved the place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2009

all very last minute this trip! booked through alpharooms and was extremely pleased. Got upgraded to Cerro Malpique 2 and into a huge apartment. We had pretty much the run of the pool area as the place was quiet. Close to the old town and a pleasant stroll down. Come out on the road where The Cavern & O'Manjar are so a hearty meal and a drink and an insult from Pete in the Cavern are there if you want!! Would recommend and consider again anytime.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2009

Handy for the old town and the steep st3eps down to town are good exercise. Loads of space in the apartment and it was well-equipped too. If you like be near the main attractions but have peace and quiet once you are back in your apartment this is the place for you. Only complaint is the bed was very hard but everything else was great. We had good service with towels changed alternate days and friendly helpful receptionist.
If you get a ground floor apartment you may also be lucky enough to get a visit from the local friendly cat who is very fond of the sardine pate you get as a starter in a lot of the restaurants! we bought a tin especially and the cat turned up regularly for feeding and stroking!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle upon tyne
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16 hotel reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2009

we were lucky and unknown to ourselves were booked into the Cerro Malpique 2 - which are new apartments. room was huge with a massive sun trap balcony. pool was basically our own!! hardly anybody about. lovely and quiet. walk to old town wasnt that bad - had about 20 steps then it was downhill all the way and only took less than 10 mins to walk. we loved the location in fact we got the card from the reception to stay again.
If you want top notch accomo then ask for number 2 - think when you book online its classed as superior accom.
all in all i'd rate this 10/10 - its so central for the old town and only 4.20 euros to strip (new town) cant wait to stay again

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

We were disappointed when we arrived at the hotel, after reading the reviews we were looking forward to staying at these appartments, but when we got there we were shocked at how old and basic the appartment was. The bed was really low to the floor and consisted of 2 single hard matresses pushed together surrounded by some wood. The kitchen was big but dirty. The bathroom was tiny and the bath was all soft and horrible on the bottom so when we showered it felt like you were gonna put your foot threw it! The lounge was ok with a rope style carpet which cut your feet to bits and the smell of sewage from the toilet permantly lingered in here! The only good thing was the view, we asked for a sea view and got it also a view of the old town and the pool! The reception was ok and helpful they sold water and soft drinks but thats it! There is no entertainment at all. The pool was ok could of done with a clean as full of leaves and also its not heated so absolutly freezing although you do get used to it after a while of being in there. Not that great for my 7 month old baby tho! The hotel was close to the old town but my god those steps are a killer especially with a push chair and baby.There are 98 steps with one flight down and the other wider ones there are 106 of them. In the heat they can be unbareable. The old town was lovely but very expensive. We ended up getting the little train to the strip to eat as this was much cheaper then going back to the old town for a drink. The train also stops at McDonalds, KFC and sunway etc if you get off there you will see Modello supermarket which has everything you will need at cheap prices. Also up the road from the hotel is Lidl which was ok. We will deffinatly be returning to the Algarve but not to this hotel or those steps! We will be staying in the middle of the strip and old town next time either the brista sol hotel or solaqua appartments these looked lovely and also very central. If you have a baby or even older kids DO NOT STAY AT CERRO MALPLIQUE!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham
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7 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

Really looked forward to seeing this place after reading the reviews on here, but the accomodation was well below the standard I expected. On arrival we had to wait for 10 minutes as reception was closed. This was extra frustrating for us as our tranfer from Faro, 30 - 40 minutes away took almost 3 hours. (Triton transfers - thanks!)
We were given our key and told our room was downstairs, so we made our way down in the lift, then along a dark corridor. Opened the door to be greeted by something from the 70s. Ok it was a studio apartment, but I didn't expect to be sleeping on what looked like a lumpy sofa bed. The carpet was filthy & well worn. The bathroom was ok and quite large, as was the kitchen. The only downside of the kitchen was that the fridge needed a good defrost & we couldn't shut the door properly.
Despite all this I rushed over to the window & opened the curtains, expecting to see the great view I'd been told about. All we got was a small courtyard & the apartments opposite. We'd need to be at least one floor up to get any sort of view at all. I can imagine how nice it would have been, because when we went up one level to the pool we could see everything.
The pool..... Yuk! Firstly it was tiny and secondly absolutely filthy & full of leaves. It didn't look like it had been cleaned in weeks.
Final points about the apartments - On 2 or 3 other occasions reception was closed for 10 minutes & we had to wait. At night the walk back along the corridor wasn't very nice, as most of the time the lights didn't work so it was absolutely pitch black. The steps back up from the old town were just a pain in the a**, well upper legs anyway.
Obviously we had stayed in the Cerro Malpique 1 and I can't comment on 2, but it looked newer, and was probably much nicer from reading other reviews, so try to stay there if you can.
Despite the niggles with the property, and apart from the steps, the apartments are in an absolutely amazing location. Albufeira old town is almost the perfect holiday resort, and we had a really good time. Not much sleep though because of the bed. Because of this, next time I visit I'd probably stay at the Hotel California right in the middle of town. No steps and I'd sleep easier with the noise from the bars than I would with that awful bed. Or.. if you can put up with the steps, the Cerro Mar, around the corner from the Malpique looked like a beautiful place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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england
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

The apartment was large and consisted of a lounge/ dining area with a sofa being utilised as two single beds (not tried). Furniture was functional and of a style of he area. Carpet could have done with some work though. Kitchen was large with dishwasher fridge cooker and utensils/pots/pottery for four.
The bathroom was three piece and clean with a powerful shower over the bath. The bedroom looked out over the pool. Two single beds together - comfortable but rather low down (about a foot off the floor for those of you with back issues!).
Massive wardrobe space in hall and bedroom. The apartment was cleaned of waste from the kitchen and bathroom daily, towels changed every couple of days, beds made a couple of times and the carpets swept once. Overall the apartment was kept clean.
I asked previously for a sea view and got it (most aparts' have them anyway (I was in room 502) and had a view over the old town, fishermans beach and the pool. Previous reports discussed the cleaning of the pool. There appeared to be a daily intake of blown leaves and I saw two daily cleaning rituals and overall it was clean. There was enough sun beds for all a couple of brollies extra would not be amiss though.
Very quiet unless kids having a good time in the pool but generally very quiet. The trip to the old town is down either of two long flights of steps (around 98 each) - these would be a definite problem for the infirm or elderly. The steps take you either directly into the old town square that wakes up around 20:00 hrs till whatever time in the a.m. - I was well asleep before 11:00 at night but assumed the night life was very busy. Only used the kitchen for making breakfast and sorely missed a kettle and toaster that was quoted in the agents pamphlet, my enquiry at reception was very negative (Sandra) as I pointed out that other apartments had these items she suggested I go and take the items from these rooms for myself. No effort was made to supply the equipment and I was most put out by the response. Similarly, prior to my arrival (some days before) I enquired both thro the agent and with a direct phone call to the aparthotel if the TV had either a scart or video input (I wanted to edit my video films) and told they are not available by both agent and hotel. Guess what, the TV in the room had both! Not impressed with reception staff at all, although Sandra did bring out the first aid kit when I injured my foot. The TV has one engish speaking channel the rest being foriegn. Never wathed it tho'.
There was water, soft drinks and crisps available at reception and a small shop about
150 yards away but silly inflated prices at the shop, never used the hotels fare.
Lidl was about half a mile away (dont go in afternoon too hot) and was very cheap - well worrth the hike there. Milk water fresh stuff bread all very good value - shop in the smaller places and compare the prices.
Would recommend this place for a quiet break with access to Old town 10 mins away. Dont forget the steps. Eat off the Old square as the prices are inflated here. Find the tunnel and try some of the smaller places just 150 yards from the town entrance to it _ I only ate at two - O converas and O veirlas both within 25 yards of each other and very good quality and fresh and value (steak, egg and chips 5.5 euros.
Enjoy

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lancashire
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7 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

Me and my friend, both 21 travelled here and thought the apartments were lovely. Everyone whose seen our apartment photos commented on how big it was. There were some rooms that had separate bedrooms but ours was a studio but as were young girls we didnt mind that! The kitchen was fully equipped with toaster, grill, brand new hobs even a dishwasher and coffee maker. The bathrooms small with a very powerful shower which sprays the towels hanging next to the bath so be careful.
The staff were nice, not overly chatty but think there was only 2 of them running the hotel but if you had any queries they sorted them quickly.
The pools only small and be warned if you want a parasol theres only about 4 for 30 sunloungers so get there early!
There are a lot of steps around but it adds to getting exercise on the holiday so if this is ok for you then itl be no problem. For anyone with walking difficulties it may be worth investing in a hotel that doesnt have 'cerro' in the title as this means 'hill!'
Theres a Lidl 5-10 min walk out of the hotel right next to a big roundabout which is dirt cheap and is great for everything. Just to warn you the milk is in cartons not in fridge it tooks us forever to find. Also you cannot wear beachwear to the shops as we found out the hard way....
The old town is just 5 mins down a big flight of stairs and is wonderful for eating out and the nightlife in a few small bars after midnight. Theres a lot of entertainment going on there too and was really busy with a great atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend this holiday for independant people who do not want a lot that goes on in the hotel and want to explore themselves.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: Rua da Malpique, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cerro Malpique Aparthotel 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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