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“Quiet and relaxing break in good 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
Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Quiet and relaxing break in good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Just returned from a week break following a last minute deal. The hotel is clean and pool area is good. As per other reviews, we found the staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms are dark but spacious. The mattresses however were not particularly comfortable and could do with updating. The restaurant provides well priced and very good food (eg soup and T bone steak 12 E). Breakfast is basic and option of fruit and yogurt would be nice as the three cereals and rolls / toast become boring after a few days. The location is good. Several small beaches in close vicinity .We didn't hire a car on this occasion and walked into old town which is a 45 min walk. Taxi home costs about 10 E. Several restaurants in close vicinity and new pizzeria opening opposite hotel. In summary,I can see why people return to this hotel regularly. With a little more investment / imagination however, our experience would have been excellent.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

This was a hotel that a friend and I booked very last minute due to it being the best deal. We did not opt for the 'breakfast' as previous reviews did not recommend it..and they were correct. Very little option. We went Lidl (woo hoo!) and brought breakfast there to eat next morning etc.

Customer Service was Brilliant - Bella (main receptionist) and Martha were very pleasant. Bella helped us organise a few excursions which was great and she'll do the same for anyone else.

Room was very basic, tiled floors, fan, electric heater(it did get cold at night). Beds were okay, nothing special but didn't bother us as we were only there for 4 nights.

Location
We had a rental car which made things much simpler. There are bus stops (never seen a bus!) and taxis (rip off). Therefore if you can, rent a car. Closest 'entertainment' area was 10mins drive away and was known as 'the strip'. Bars, restaurants, fast food etc.

Overall, if you don't have a car then you'll find it very difficult doing much staying here. There is a beach 5 mins walk away, however it is veryyyy small compared to the other beaches you can get to via car. Great customer service from staff but cleanliness and comfort of rooms let it down.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

I have been staying at The Torre Velha for 20 years on and off, have been with family, friends and on my own,it ticks all the boxes. You couldn't possibly wish for friendlier staff or a more ideal location, (5 mins walk to the beach,10 mins in a taxi to town) Prices for rooms, food and drink are very reasonable. Rooms are clean, food is good and there are several other bars and restaurants in walking distance to try. Thank you Torre Velha, heres to the next 20 years!

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

stayed here July 13. it was a last minute deal & was very impressed with the hotel. when arriving we were told our room wasnt ready yet & would we mind waiting by the pool. (i hate it when hotels do this, they know what time the flight is, so the room should be ready). anyway after waiting for only 20 mins or so we went to our room & it was a basic room. nice & clean with two singles pushed together. the pool area was nice & had a nice shaded part with palm trees when it got too hot. food was always nice, if a little limited, but there are 6 or so restaurants within a 5 minute walk, that we only ate here during the afternoon. there are at least 4 alcoves within walking distance if you dont want to stay by the pool & these were never crowded, however the sea could be a little rough, so not much snorkeling done. overall a very nice hotel, in a really quiet location, perfect for relaxing & unwinding.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The hotel is in a very quiet location away from the nightlife and bars.Obviously you need a car or taxi to move around, or to go to a different beach than the one that is near the hotel. There is always parking space outside.The rooms are good value for money and clean.We met various personnel at the reception:Some were very helpful and other(actually one) rather unfriendly.The balconies with a view at sea are a good plus. The free wifi at the reception is convenient, but it would be better if there was throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I have good and some not so good to say about Torre Velha.. the not so good is more constructive citisism amd by no means a bad review.
Over all, this litle place is a little gem...this is largely due to the staff and how friendly they are as apposed to location. You couldnt want for anyone better than Bella on the front desk, she is helpful, friendly and very aproachable. A lovely lady.
Then theres Marta, who pretty much runs the bar area and restaraunt area is very friendly, helpful and subtely funny..infact she probably doesnt realise how humorous and funny her one liners are, or her little inoffensive mannerisms. she had me giggling on more than a few occasions. She always has a smile for you and will make idol chitchat with you about anything you like. She works lots of hours and I hope when she finally gets a break that she thouroughly enjoys it!!
The hotel although it could do with a little facelift is kept immaculately clean at all times. the furniture in the bar area is in my opinion ugly and not very comfortable, but again kept clean and tidy at all times...It wouldnt hurt however to have beer mats on the tables.
The food in the restaurant is really quite nice, particularly the reasonably priced sword fish and the salmon. Very nicely cooked by the chef and good sized portions.
The bar is like a home from home bar, it has every drink imaginable and the collection of whiskys behind the glass cabinets is amazing!! The beer and wines are cheap but the shorts are not, charging 3.50 euros and then another 1 euro for a splash of coke or lemonade is a little bit of a pee take if you ask me.
Tho pool area is quite intimate and small, but its a lovely little area and the pool is very clean.
The rooms are very basic, but I guess you get what you pay for.. they are a little darkly lit, there is only one window and that is in the bathroom and is about a foot square. The only other source of natural light is the balcony door which is at the far end of the room and unless you open it, there is no natural light what so ever.
There is a small fridge which does the job but if you want a kettle you just need to ask Bella and she will give you one. The fan on the ceiling is huge and sounds like a propellor...lol but it does what its intended to do and that is cool you down, its a bit noisy in the dead of night but if youve had enough alcohol, youll soon drop off lol.
The matress is abit hard and most nights I would toss and turn and mornings I woke with a stiff back. However, my partner had no complaints about the matress..so I guess its a personal preference.
As a critisism I would have to say this, we booked for self catering but you cant self cater with no utilities to do so..there is no cutlery, no table to sit at, no cooking facility within the room, not even a toaster, no cups etc. The restaurant closed while we were there between 3pm amd 6pm, so if you got hungry and didnt want to go off the grounds, youre pretty much stuffed as you are not allowed to bring food in from the mini supermarket up the road and eat it within the grounds. This rule I think should be discretionary...particularly when there is no food being served and no way to make yourself anything in your room.
The beach is within walking distance, pic nic beach is about a 5 minute walk and Evaristo a little longer...maybe 10 mins downhill and 15 back.
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance ..Tia Maria which is run by an English fella, very friendly, O Amigo, a very friendly husband and wife establishement which serves the best Salmon ive ever had. There is Scoobys and Jks, both owned by English fellas and both offering a nice full English breakfast at reasonable prices. Both places are very welcoming.
And if you want to have a wander into the old town, its around 7 to 8 euros one way by cab.
Over all, I found the hotel very easy going, and although I have some critisism about the place, I would deffinately stay there again.
For me its more about the friendliness of the staff and feeling comfortable with them. Theres alot to be said for being hospitable, helpful and aproachable and the people in this place have that.
If this place was updated decorative wise, it would become more of a little gem than it already is.
If you want a cheap friendly break in the Algarve and dont mind being 10 or 15 minutes away from the old or new town then without a doubt ...stay here!!!

Room Tip: dont have room 110, the door seems to open itself, even when its locked...very spooky...lol
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The hotel is quite and the staff are very friendly. Rooms are basic but clean. It is not 5*, so do not expect it. As a budget hotel it is very good. To the person that thought the staff were rude, all I can say is you get what you give. Everyone else thought they were great and most were on first name terms and it does state that it is continental breakfast. What is disgusting about fresh bread with cheese and ham.? If you are used to army food, you must have been in a regiment that was pampered.
To the person that said "no kettle", try reading your booking form. All you have to do is ask and you will get kettle and cups.
I am disabled and found that the staff would go out of their way to accommodate my needs. The hotel is adapted to people with mobility problems but I would think carefully about the area due to the hills.
If you want a quite, friendly hotel to chill by the pool or laze on the beach, then this is ideal. Lots of good restaurants in the area. If you want night life, then you are in the wrong area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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:
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