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Cerro da Marina Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua do Cerro Grande, Albufeira 8200, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #13 of 162 hotels in Albufeira
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Heavenly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This was our 5th stay at the Cerro da Marina. Never been let down. Carol and Paulo make you very welcome. Rooms very good size and very comfortable. Plenty sun loungers by pool. Easy walking downhill to old town with it's many bars and restaurants. Steep walk back but lots of taxis at reasonable cost. Never tire of this paradise. Home from home, but with the sunshine.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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La Paz, Bolivia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A quiet location away from the usual rabble of Albufeira and highly recommended to those who want a good quality stay. The rooms are well appointed and extremely comfortable. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The only downside was the breakfast in that the the coffee was undrinkable and for a country that cultivates oranges it is quite extraordinary that the 'orange juice' on offer tasted as if it had never been near an orange fruit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is ideally placed away from the noisy town of Albufeira but within easy walking distance if you want that kind of holiday .it is a perfect place to explore the Algarve away from the tourist traps. The rooms are large and roomy .the pool was hardly ever used as was the jacuzzi with plenty of sun loungers for use.the staff were excellent during our 2 week stay and are a credit to the owners. We can heartily recommend to anyone that a stay here will not be disappointing .

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Devizes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

This small hotel, situated in a quiet residential area of Albufera, is a little gem. The hotel is spotless, the rooms are of a good size and well appointed. Staff are very friendly and helpful. No complaints at all there.
The honesty bar works well for guests during the day and there are nice little touches, such as free tea/coffee and biscuits at 4.00 pm and free tasters of fruit or cake if you are around the pool at 3.00 pm.
Food and drink is very reasonably priced, with a three course dinner costing just €11.
There really is nothing to complain about at all, so far as the hotel itself is concerned. The only caveat is that it is located at the top of a hill and the long climb up from the town on a hot day rather gruelling. Not for the faint hearted or those with difficulty walking. However, a taxi from the town will only cost some six or seven euros.
All in all, this hotel is highly recommended for those wanting a quiet, relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed for 11 nights from 22nd September 2013. After meeting Carole at reception we were allocated room 103 which was very nice with views of the garden, swimming pool and scenic views towards the sea.
Carole and the team made our stay very comfortable and relaxing.Thomson Advisor (Debbie) also made our holiday a pleasure as she was there to sort out any problems or issues (not that we had any). Breakfast was very good ranging from cooked English to continental(perhaps a fried egg now and again would be nice). We only stayed bed and breakfast but did eat an evening meal twice and it was excellent both times, three course meal for 12 euros, we thought was very good value.

Check other restaraunts on Trip advisor, We ate out most nights, (Indian Ocean x2), not far from Rocamar hotel, we were made very welcome by Faz and his team and the food was delicous, well worth a vist.
Manjar in old town was very good for evening meal. plenty of bars in old town and a couple close to hotel. Victoria bar run by Carlos made us very welcome and the Arte bar underneath Saffron Restaraunt/ Supermacardo was reasonable price for a pint.

If you can, a visit to Sao Rafael beach .1 hour walk or 6 Euros in taxi, Cafe Sardina at end of road leading on to fantastic beach and safe swimming with life guard.

Overall we had a very enjoyable holiday.

Nigel and Jane

Room Tip: First Foor 102-104
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Booked this hotel as it's marketed as tranquil peaceful and relaxing, it would have been perfect however at 8.10 am on the dot peace was interrupted with piped music tracks that went on until at least 8 pm. If it just been played in the restaurant and bar fair enough but round the pool all day. A previous reviewer stated it reminded them of butlins. It wasnt really needed as it spoilt the tranquility of the hotel and pool. If people want to hear music then they play their own choice through headphones like we do.

To have peace interrupted all day by someone else's choice of music some of which was certainly not to our taste it was a disappointment. Have it on in the morning for a few hours then give it a rest for the afternoon so people can have a snooze or read inpeace. We did ask twice for it to be turned in the afternoon twice,they duly obliged but we felt bad for having to ask. Quite a few guests there were of the same opinion,one if them had been asking previous week to have it turned down
The hotel itself a gem but the location for anyone with mobility issues would not recommend unless you want to stay in the hotel all the time or take taxis
We found the hills a bit of a pain but did only get taxi back twice...
The marina isn't up to much but worth a visit as it's quiet and has some nice bars which serve great cocktails, couple of nice restaurants, however most of the area is horrendous gaudy coloured apartment blocks and empty shop units.. What a shame it could be made into something so much attractive
Hotel room was excellent plenty of hanging space great powerful shower comfy and exceptionally clean
We were kept awake a lot by the people next door having their air con all night so the constant buzzing vibration and whirring from their unit which was against our wall was annoying
Staff are lovely and Carol is very helpful
Supermarket very close and dont buy water in the hotel, it's 2.5 euro for a litre you can get a 5 litre bottle for much less than at the supermarket
The lunch at the hotel is great they do lovely salads very nicely presented, plenty of it
Breakfast was very good great assortment of breads and bacon scrambled eggs sausages and beans. Sausages were sometimes the hot dog ones and yuk but some days we had really nice ones scrambles eggs made fresh
.plus the usual ham cheese fruit boiled eggs etc
One thing that amused us was a list of what it would cost you if you dared take anything eg 30 cents for a pat of butter, plus various other charges for a piece of ham or cheese and a slice of bread...We have stayed in hundreds of hotels over the years but never seen this before have seen notices asking people not to take things but never a list of charges., be warned there are cameras all over !
Albufeira we thought was a bit of a dump..the old town was nothing like we expected, it was tacky and not really anything charming about it all. We found Lagos further up the coast to be much better with more local type bars and restaurants but without the element of groups of mouthy Brits
The term old town is very very mis leading !,
Ate at il castelo and that was excellent, and atrium was very good as well, lot of people rave about 3 crowns but we were quite ill after eating there
Would never go back to albufeira too much like our city on a Friday night !
But the hotel is gem


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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 October 1, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Cerro Da Marina the second week in September and, overall, we enjoyed our stay. We had been looking forward to this break for a long time as had booked it in January this year (it was the only room left). Looking at previous reviews we had every confidence that we would have a lovely time.

We were dropped off by the coach at the end of the driveway and were checked in quickly by reception. We found our room on the ground floor which was lovely – really big and comfortable with enough room to swing a cat! We had a view of the gardens and a side view of the pool. From what I could tell, all Thomson rooms were offered with a pool view but there were rooms that didn’t have this (I don’t think the whole hotel was occupied by Thomson). The free air-conditioning was welcomed as the temperatures were very hot. The fridge is classed as a minibar which my partner and I weren’t going to frequent so we asked if we could use it as a fridge and they obliged (which was nice). There is a decent sized supermarket round the corner called Alisuper where we bought some local cheeses for lunch. There were gifts of food and drink left in the room on some days which was a nice touch. Also we liked the fact that the rooms were alarmed so if you didn’t put your card into the slot, it would set the alarm off if you walked into the room too far (we thought this should be a feature in the brochure, along with the availbility of safes in the rooms).

We stayed at the hotel on a B&B basis – the food was plentiful and refreshed regularly by the attentive staff. We were surprised to see both hot and cold assortments of food. There were some guests that had booked Half Board and generally comments were good from them. If you wanted to stay for an evening meal you had to request your selection by midday – usually the menu changed each day. We never stayed to eat at the hotel as we were put off by the fact that one lady said the evening food was cooked at the sister hotel down the road (Hotel do Cerro) and then brought to the Cerro Da Marina. Apparently the fish was nice but the steak could be a little tough (one lady said she could use it as a shoe sole!).

The pool area was nice and clean. We were disappointed that people would put towels out before nine o’clock in the morning as we did not expect this to happen at such a small hotel! My partner and I felt compelled to do the same but didn’t enjoy doing it. The hotel was full and some days all loungers were taken but we never had a problem in finding somewhere to relax. There are sheltered areas if you wanted to get away from the sun which was nice. The Jacuzzi was a nice touch too – we used it a couple of times! The afternoon tea served from 4.00-4.30pm was lovely and some days the staff would bring round some local delicacies to taste. My partner and I didn’t use the honesty bar much as we rented a kettle for 1.50 Euros per day but it was nice if you fancied something without having to take your money around the pool.

The hotel was nicely positioned in the quiet residential area outside of the hustle and bustle of the old town. We managed to walk down to the town in about 15-20 minutes. It took us a while to find the best route down as it is a bit of a maze! The walk back up to the hotel was OK but could be challenging for some. The old town wasn’t quite what we were expecting – lots of shops (all selling the same stuff), Irish bars, karaoke, nightclubs and generally lots of noise!! We managed to find a couple of restaurants that sold authentic Portuguese food, namely Restaurante 54 and Casa Da Fonte. We also ate at Ricardo’s which served lovely Italian food. Outside of the town, we wandered around the new marina and found a lovely restaurant which was more upmarket. It overlooked the marina and served lovely food. It was called Castelo Do Mar and is currently ranked at number two in Albufeira’s top restaurants. You definitely need to book though but we were lucky and managed to squeeze in one night.

We visited the new town of Albufeira on the land train - to be honest we just wanted to get straight back on the train as it was full of tacky shops and bars! It made the old town look placid in comparison. We also went down to the beach which wasn’t pleasant under foot if you caught a shell. We didn’t stay down there as it was rather full but it was nice to walk along. There is a lift if you don’t fancy the stairs.

Overall, we would recommend this hotel as we both came back feeling relaxed (and full!) but if you prefer the more quaint, traditional Portugal then you might not find it here.

Room Tip: Room 009 was where we stayed - very nice, would recommend!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cerro da Marina Hotel

Address: Rua do Cerro Grande, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#10 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#15 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Cerro da Marina Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a landscaped garden, this hotel overlooks Albufeira’s new marina and offers elegantly decorated rooms with balconies. Only 700 metres from the beach, it features an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.Cerro Da Marina Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are decorated in neutral colours. Each room overlooks the garden or the pool, and has a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar.Guests can start their day with a breakfast buffet. The hotel’s restaurant opens to the pool area and serves international cuisine and Mediterranean dishes. Special diet menus are also available.The nearest golf course is 4 km away, and close to the hotel there are water parks and zoo parks. The Main Church of Albufeira and the Fisherman's Beach Albufeira are only 700 metres away.Faro Airport is 27 km away, and the hotel offers free public parking on site. A car rental service is also available. ... more   less 
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