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Cerro Mar Atlantico Touristic Apartments
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Cerro do Malpique, Albufeira 8200, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #12 of 101 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
southampton
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Holiday Apartments”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2008

Have just returned from a great weeks holiday to the Cerro Mar apartments. We were apprehensive after reading the reviews but the apartment we stayed in was great with a massive bedroom, separate kitchen, lounge and the largest balcony we have ever had (we booked through Portland Holidays/Thomsons). The pool and the bar on the complex was really lovely too.
The only down side was the steps down to the old town which were hard going in the heat of the day, but a bit easier in the evening and you get used to them.
All the restaurants in the Square are great and its a really great happy atmosphere with loads going on.
It's a great place to go for a relaxing holiday.
Enjoy.

  • Liked — The location and the spacious apartment.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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runcorn
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

We stayed at these apartments until the 3rd July 2008. They where excellent apartments everything you need and more, spotlessly clean with maid service everyday, washing machine and dishwasher to. Apartments very spacious, pool area was fantastic and not overcrowded with plenty of beds and umbrellas. Great for familes and very friendly. It is about 5 mins approx walk to the main square down a very steep hill and about 100 steps which sounds like a lot but it really isnt that bad. There is a bar in the main block across the road which is very cheap with stunning views and very friendly staff this bar is also ultra modern. The square itself is very lively with loads going on, plenty of places to eat and drink with loads of entertainment for everybody, there is also plenty of shops but they all sell the same things. We ate out every night at different places each night we can honeslty say we didnt have 1 bad meal, our fav was an indian restaurant called minar which is up a side street from the beach front quite cheap and delicious. All together we loved our holiday and would strongly recommend it to anyone, we will be returning next yr.

  • Liked — apartments/sun/nightlife
  • Disliked — hill/steps
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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west midlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

We have just returned from a 7 day stay at the cerro mar and we didnt want to leave! The resort itself was beautiful, with plenty to do and a real friendly atmosphere about the place. The old town was a 10 minute walk down a very steep hill and then those dreaded steps! We managed it with our 3 children (including one in a pushchair) a few times a day until we realised on day 4 that you could get a taxi from the old town to cerro mar for less than 4 euros...well worth it!
The cerro mar empire has expanded lots and has 4 different blocks now, all of which guests can use the facilities of. We were in block 2 which was immaculate, spacious and really couldnt be faulted. The balcony was huge and the view spectacular.
Transfer time from Faro airport was about just over an hour I think, and our room was ready for about 1.30pm, though they did say not to expect to be in before 3pm.
Overall we all had a fantastic holiday and would go back to cerro mar in a shot.

  • Liked — spaciousness
  • Disliked — located at the top ofa steep hill
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Merseyside
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

We have just returned from 2 weeks at Cerro Mar and to be honest I was a bit worried about what to expect after reading some of the reviews. I can 100% say that Cerro Mar was a brilliant choice! OK the steps into the town and the hill are a bit of a killer when you've just eaten and drank too much down in the old town - but on the plus side the view from the balconies are excellent.
We were in cerro mar colina which are the pictures shown here on the website. We booked through Thomsons and were advised by the rep on arrival that most of the Thomson guests are allocated rooms in cerro mar colina.The pool and surrounding gardens were very clean and well looked after - my only gripe was that the pool bar wasn't always open and that meant that you had to go out of the gates and over to the other side to get a snack. This probably had something to do with the fact that the weather was still a bit shaky and there were a few days rain while we were there though.
The rooms themselves were clean, modern , spacious and equipped with everything you could possibly need including a dishwasher and washing machine and oven/hob so cooking in the apartments was as easy as if you were at home (although I must admit we didn't do it very often - we were on holiday after all!)
The maid service was every day except Thursdays and there was a plentiful supply of fresh towels. The fact that there was 8 of us in 2 apartments was a bit of a problem as you only had one key per room which meant that if you were going out at seperate times it took a bit of a military operation to arrange who would take the key as access back in to the block was through a gate. Not too much of a problem though and the extra security gained from this again is a plus point. The mini market on site was expensive and only offered basics and a word of waening to always check your change! The Lidl supermarket is about 10 minutes walk away and offered a much wider selection and value for money.
The place itself is brilliant. Plenty of shops bars and restaurants for all ages and tastes in the old town - I have stayed in the new town before and much prefer the old town as the atmosphere is more relaxed but still loads going on. The ages of our party ranged from 13 to 61 and all of us enjoyed it and agreed that the apartments were more like 3 star plus than 3 star.
Overall nothing bad to say about the place or the apartments and I would definitely go back again.

  • Liked — Great Views , spacious , clean , good overall value for money
  • Disliked — The walk back up from the old town!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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london
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

Excellent appartments, very clean and large with great facilities and friendly staff to help at all times.
Its location is best, a short walk to main square but away from it all if you want peace and quiet too.
We stayed when it was not at its busiest but could imagine it being a bit noisy in the corriders, just from the design but dont let this put you off. Its one of the best places ive stayed in.

  • Liked — new and clean
  • Disliked — noise in corriders
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Gateshead
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

We returned from the Cerro Mar about 2 weeks ago but it seems like a lifetime ago, it was the best holiday i have had ever! The apartments were absolutely huge and really well equiped. The pool was really big if not a little cold but the pool side bar was great just to chill beside after dinner for an hour { they do really nice toasties and other snacks}. I read these reviews before going away and i must say i was dreading the 100 steps down to the old town but really they are not that bad and that is coming from someone who has a toddler and a buggy, some of the steps are quite far apart so you get a chance to catch your breathe, i used to carry the baby up and down while my husband carried the buggy, lets just say we put no holiday weight on yet ate quite a lot.
The old town is really nice to eat, there is so many different places to choose from or just to have a wander.
The beach was absolutely gorgeous, our daughter just sat playing with the sand while we lay on the beach and we took turns to take her down to the waves, she loved it. We just took sandwiches and crisps to save a bit money and it was nice eating them on the beach. I would recommend making a few meals in the apartment and not eating out all the time unless you're taking a lot of money, thats where we went wrong and ended up having to take more money out of bank a couple days before we left.
If theres one excursion you go to i recommend zoo marine, brilliant day out for the kids and adults to. The only downside to this trip was you got picked up at 11.15 and were there till 6pm, its a long day when you run out of things to do. There was rides and things like that there but obviously we were limited to what we could go on with having the baby. By about 4pm we had seen the dolphin show and the seal and sea lion shows which were absolutely amazing, been on what rides we could go on and done just about everything else then we realised there was 2 huge swimming pools and water rides but had'nt took our swimming stuff, that would have been fab to pass the last 2 hours so remember your swimming suits!
All the staff, especially at the pool side bar and the Cerro Mar bar were so friendly, it was a pleasure chatting with them.
All of that said i would 100 per cent recommend Cerro Mar to anyone.

  • Liked — Spacious apartment
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2008

We stayed for 1 week in the new part of the hotel and it was second to none, the room was great 2 big comfy double beds, 2 bathrooms, 3 balconies, food was supberb, good choice, always hot and freshly made. location great 3 minute walk to square and old town which is a hype of activity in the evening and also about 5 minute walk from beach for young and old (if you can manage the 99 steps down), not too bad. The hotel staff were excellent, helpful, friendly and nothing was too much for them whatsoever.
we had such a brilliant stay we are thinking about going back soon!!! We stayed there with our 5 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter and although there was not much entertainment or kids clubs running they also had a great time too and loved the food, they ate really well all week and not much junk food on offer which was great.

  • Liked — all of it
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Cerro do Malpique, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 101 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Cerro Mar Atlantico Touristic Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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