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“Friendly clean hotel in a lovely location” 4 of 5 stars
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Torre Velha Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia do Castello, Albufeira 8200-388, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #63 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Hamilton, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Friendly clean hotel in a lovely location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Spent a week in July. Staff are wonderful, couldn't be more pleasant, helpful or cheerful. Rooms are basic and pretty tired, but you get what you pay for. Very clean. Comfy beds. Cleaned every day. Only facilities in rooms are small fridge, tiny tv with one news channel and a noisy fan. It's reasonable to eat out, and the hotel restaurant is good. We found best grub at OAmigo restaurant just 5 mins walk away at top of hill on main road. Coastline is stunning, small coves and narrow cliff top pathways are wonderful to explore. Can honestly say its one of the prettiest coastal stretches I've seen. Can get bus into town for under 5€ for two of you, get off at old town and wander squares and cobbled lanes, beautiful churches, nice beach. Gypsy market next to bus station on a Tuesday and Saturday is worth a look. Taxis into town from the hotel will be approx 9€.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 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 July 9, 2013

just back from a great stay here as many have said before this hotel is old and tired but very clean and with great food [in the evening and day] the breakfast is poor as only cheese and ham and a little cereal on offer.The staff are excellent and if you want some peice and quite this place is the venue for you ,great beaches in walking distance and also some good restaurants within a 10 minitue walk
i would deffinantly return

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Spend 10 days in Algarve The staff are very polite, funny and helpful especially Rui, Marta and Bela with who we had a lot of fun and excellent service. The food was always delicious and perfect drinks were served at the hotel.
There are few nice beaches located 15min walking away would recommend Gale which is the closest one and Praia dos Pescadores near by the Old Town.
I would recommend this hotel and guarantee you will like it... it's not a boring 5 stars but it's a simple and friendly place. I will miss Algarve and also this unforgettable holiday.
Thank you Torre Velha staff for the great time!
Klinsmann C. David De Souza

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I had a great time here. 4 days of escapism on my own to read, sunbathe, and unwind.

The hotel is a little dated in style but serves perfectly well for simple needs at a bargain price. The room was immaculate, and the shower looked old but was brilliantly powerful. The hotel feels very relaxed, the staff are very friendly, and the food ranges from simple (burgers and fries) to wonderful evening specials (chargrilled meats and salads).

The location is not to everyone's taste as it is a bus ride away from the town and its many bars and shops. Instead it is in a quiet area, but the larger hotel next door has an ATM, and a shop for food, drinks, souvenirs, etc. Also the hotel sits right on a small road to the beach and there is very little between the pool area and the street pavement. But a 3 minute walk down the street takes you right to one of the many little beaches nestled in amongst the cliffs. You can wander through the scrub and cliff edges to the next beach and the next and the next. Many of the beaches have cafés/restaurants with free wifi. I must recommend Evaristo beach for having one of the finest seafood restaurants I have ever experienced (and I've tried a few!). A glass-walled restaurant right on the beach, that gets caught in the sunset, with 5-star service and food.
It is worth noting that the hotel advertises free wifi in public areas, but this does not include outside by the pool (or your room of course). It only extends from the reception to the inside bar area (which is quiet dark so not too appealing during the day) and if you're lucky, the edge of the inside restaurant area.
I would definitely return as it is clean, simple, and relaxed. And it is a moments walk to many lovely little beaches.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed in Torre Velha in May 2013 and loved it! The staff were friendly, the hotel was clean and the food was excellent. We booked B&B with the intention of having evening meals in some of the local bars and restaurants but the meals were so good and reasonably priced that we stayed at the hotel most nights. The hotel is situated in a nice quiet area and is only a short walk from two beautiful beaches. If you're okay with hills, there are some lovely scenic coastal walks. Albufeira town is only 3 miles away which can be walked or is about 7 Euros in a taxi. There are two small supermarkets in the area, one of which has an ATM. Rooms have a fridge, TV, fan, heater and hair dryer but no kettle so you may want to consider taking a travel kettle. Transfers from Faro airport take about an hour. We booked our transfers through Monarch and they were a good price and hassle free. Every guest that we spoke to had been to Torre Velha before and after receiving such great, friendly service ourselves I can say that we will definitely be going back again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Ive stopped here twice, Sept 2011 and in May 2012 and hoping to stay again during 2013.
We booked cheap ryanair flights to faro airport. It takes about an hour via taxi to transfer, quite costly. On our second visit we booked a hire car which was a similar cost to taxi transfer and allowed us to explore more!
The hotel itself is in a quiet location, with a couple of bars and restaurants 5 mins away. There is a fantasic beach 5 mins walk away.
We found the hotel to be good value for money, the rooms were ok, staff were nice and the small pool is nice to relax by.
So overall good value for money but dont expect busy, busy. This is more a quiet, chilled location!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Stayed for a week in early October 2012. Quiet hotel, lovely pool area, rooms very clean, very friendly and helpful staff, food was of good quality and very reasonable price. 3 miles outside of Albufeira which may or may not be an issue depending on your requirements - 2 excellent small beaches nearby. would definitely go again

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Torre Velha Hotel

Address: Praia do Castello, Albufeira 8200-388, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Torre Velha Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
Torre Velha Albufeira
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Torre Velha Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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