Cerro Mar Garden is definitively above average, but that's obvious since it's only one year old. There are however some things that make you wonder why they did not fix them. First there is nowhere to hang your tower while you are in the shower. Secondly the room is equipped with a traditional key with a huge key holder. Why don't they have card keys like all the modern hotels seem to have these days. Also the safe's lock was with a key and not a code.
The balcony was huge, but it had only one small table and 2 chairs. There would have been room for sunchairs and then we wouldn't have had to "fight for them" by the pool side. There weren't enough sunchairs and that made people to reserve them as early as 7 am! And of course this was against the rules, but the hotel staff did nothing to prevent that. Also our balcony was a bit dirty. There was bird crap in one of our chairs and it was not washed during the whole week. The cleaning ladies did not do very well with the apartment either since you didn't geel like walking on the tile floor with bare feet. The cleaning hours were also a bit strange since our apartment was cleaned around 4-6 pm!
The breakfast buffet was the usual scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, bread, ham, cheese, yougurt, cereal and fruits for desert. Everything was good and there were never any empty bowles, but we would have wished for some changes into the menu and also some dessert would of been nice. The coffee came out of a machine, so that was also a small minus. The hotel serves also dinner buffet, but we did not try it. We did try to eat their a la carte, because the hotel gives you a coupon for a free bottle of wine with a la carte-dining. However the restaurant did not want to sell a la carte, they insisted that we try their buffet, so we left and walked into old town Albufeira. There are plenty of good restaurants with delicious food with reasonable prices.
Now finally to the good things since there are plenty of them. The kitchen was well equipped and the fridge was huge. There was also a small freezer. The air conditioning in the apartment worked with two separate machines which was really good, since you could turn off the bed room during nights. We also enjoyed the hotel's indoor pool, which was warm enough to swim in. The gym also looked very good. The hotel also had 2 squash courts, a tennis court and bowling. However if you want to bowl you need your own shoes, who has bowling shoes with them on a holiday?
The closest store is at the hotel next door, but it is definitively worth the 15-20 minutes walk to Lidl, since the mini market had very high prices, limited selection of goods and very unfriendly sales lady.
The walk up and down the stairs to old town Ablufeira is nothing if you are a healthy adult. With knee problems or with small children & trolleys it is another matter. The view from the hotel to the sea is so beautiful, that walking the steps is worth the while.
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