We've just come back from the Tropical Sol and had a fab time. Cant understand how the review below says its not for families, as whilst we were there (were a couple) there was planty of families enjoying themselves. It was never loud and annoying. we met some lovely people who were staying there. The pool itself is huge with a baby pool attached. There are plenty of sunbeds to go round, but i would advise you get your towel on them by 10am otherwise there nearly all gone! The snack bar has planty on offer...burgers, fried breakfast,salads, sandwiches etc plus a whole range of drinks. They open 10am - 10pm.
Someone mentioned about the lift they were putting in outside in the pool area, that was in use when we were there.
The apartment was lovely and spacious. Great balcony which faces the pool area. It was just the 2 of us in a 1 bedroom (which sleeps 4), and yes some of it is old fashioned - tiles behind the bedroom on the wall!! But it was spotless and spacious, what more do you want?There is no iron, tea/coffee, or freezer. Only complaint about the kitchen is there is only 2 hobs to cook on, and you can only just get the 2 pans on there. We only cooked breakfast twice anyway so it wasn';t really a bother - as who goes on holiday to cook! There is a proper supermarket 15 mins walk away up a hill, you can get your sausages and bacon there. We had them cut us our bacon so it was better than the strips. They have limited alchohol in that supermarket, so make use of the shop just left as you come out of the hotel. Its 2 min walk away for you to get your basic...bread, juice, teabags (they have pg tips!) and a whole range of alchohol, there is a great bar just past the mini supermarket which is lovely. They had a quiz one night we were there. Friendly people running it and most people from the hotel finished their night there as its next to the hotel.
We never stayed at the hotel in the evening so we cant comment on the entertainment, one night we came back and popped in for 1 drink and it was busy. Everyone watchign the boxing, sitting outside on the balcony, kids in the small games room, people relaxed and enjoying themselves. We were never disturbed by noise as someone else described. When your french windows are closed you cant here anything outside, plus your bedroom is at the other end of the apartment. Maybe we drank so much we were in a deep sleep, but we were never kept awake, or woken!
The strip is about 6-7 minute walk away. Lots going on there and you have to search to find some good places to eat. There is a yellow Italian at the start of the strip opposite the first stalls, we ate there twice and recommend it. You can go to old town on a road train which is 4 euros each for an all day ticket. We liked the old town, ate at a fish resturant facing the sea, lovely. We went there twice.
The beach is 15 min walk fom the hotel but it is down a hill, so coming back up after laying in the sun is a struggle. I think the hotel ran a free bus there but im not certain.
We went on 2 trips arranged for us by the hotel, 1 to the Aqua park and 1 to the jeep safari. Both exellent days, The Aqua park was 43 euros for both of us, including pick up and return from the bus which you get at the roundabout 2 mins from the hotel. Loads to do there, kids and adults will have a fun filled day. Lockers were 5 euros with 4 euro deposit. I loved going on the the shoots, slides and rings.The Safari was 95 euros for both of us, including lunch,. The jeep picks you up from the hotel and you spend all day with them, very worth it but be warned you are sat on those leather seats with no shade for a long time! Worth it though.
Highheels is a big fat NO! Wedges is easier if your dressing up in the evening. Someone mentioned about a wheelchair getting about the streets, i agree. Would be impossible i think as some of the roads have tiny paths, and the cobbles are up and down.
Depending of what you want from Albufeira, you can have a brilliant time here. I would recommended just a week, or maybe 10 days. Some people we met were there for 2 weeks and said they thought they'd be bored by the end. Wine is most places was 1.50 euros a glass - wohoo! Large beer 2 euros, cocktails between 4 - 6 euros. The nightlife in the strip is brilliant, the stalls stay open til late for shopping, so many places to choose for something to eat and drink, all ages of people were there. Families, couples, hen party, pensioners - but there was no trouble. Just great fun!
If we return to Albufeira, we would defintaly stay at the Tropical Sol Hotel.
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