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“Hotel Velamar - Highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
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Velamar Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Torre da Medronheira - Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #7 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Swansea South Wales
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Hotel Velamar - Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

Due to the budget price we paid for our stay at the Velamar via the Easy Jet Site, we were a little apprehensive to say the least. However from the moment we arrived we knew we had booked a true bargain. The staff were extremely helpful & friendly and our rooms were spacious and more than adequate for our needs, the beds were big, although a little firm, and we had a fridge, hair drier & TV (BBC News). The bathroom was modern with a bath, shower, bidet, toilet and basin all refreshingly clean. Continental breakfast was included and this turned out to be of high standard with enough choice and quantity to see you through most the day. The bar was open 24/7 again with friendly service in a comfortable environment, all in all this was by far the best value hotel we have ever stayed in. The hotel has several bars and restaurants within easy reach at reasonable prices and the nearby beaches are well worth a visit. We hired a car from the airport so could explore the area with ease. if you are looking for a value for money break you won't beat the Velamar, we shall definately stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

We've just returned from our second stay at the hotel this year and can't wait to go again next year! It really is great value for money and all the staff provide excellent service.
Our only complaint has nothing to do with the hotel or staff, but the greedy guests who,having found such a good bargain, exploit it by taking food from the dining room at breakfast time, thinking they are being clever.Shame on them! The hotel provides an excellent breakfast, food is cheap in Portugal,so there is no need to do this!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

The Velamar Hotel is a comfortable clean hotel which is a 10 minute drive from the resort of Albufeira. There is a bus stop just outside the hotel where you can catch the bus easily for about €1.95, but a taxi will only set you back about €6 and may work out cheaper if there are a few of you. We also took a day trip to Faro which was well worth the €4.95 bus fare. If you’re happy being slightly away from the main resort, then this hotel is perfect but if you would rather be in the thick of things, you may want to consider going elsewhere.

As others have mentioned, there are several beautiful beaches in the area and there are enough restaurants in Olhos d'Agua that you don’t need to make the trip to Albufeira every day. There are also several supermarkets nearby so you can stock up on essentials and make packed lunches if you get a little tired of eating out every night.

The continental breakfast is excellent. There is plenty of choice and all the food is of good quality. Our room was on the ground floor and our balcony faced out onto the road. This was actually fine as, with the patio doors closed you couldn’t really hear the traffic and it meant our room was bathed in sunlight for most of the day.

My only complaint would be the internal soundproofing of the rooms. You can hear every little thing that goes on in the surrounding rooms (TV, opening drawers etc) so if you’re able to bring earplugs with you, I would recommend it. Otherwise, a great little hotel that provides excellent value for money.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

I can't really say anything new which hasn't already been said on this site. This hotel is fantastic value for money. The location was great for us as we did not want somewhere right in the center of Albufeira.

Our favourite beach was Maria Luísa beach which is only a 10 minute walk away. To get there turn left out of the hotel and then turn right after the bus stops, follow the road around to the right past the super market. Keep going until you get the end of the road. You will think it is a dead end but there are steps down to the beach on the left.

There is a bus stop right by the hotel. For 2 euros you can get to Albuifeira in 10 minutes. Going in the other direction to Faro takes about an hour and is about 4 euros.

The resturants in Olhos d'Agua (turn left out of the hotel and walk for about 5 mins) serve fantastic food, if you want more choice you can get a bus into Albuifera and then a taxi back (for about 6 euros).

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

We returned from 1 week holiday at the Velamar on November 6th and we had a really lovely holiday. There is not much to be said that has not been said already but I would definitely go back to the Velamar and we are planning a return next year.
The staff were all very helpful and friendly, the cleanliness was exceptional and the location was perfect for us. There are lots of shops and bars if you go left out of the hotel and also a supermarket we also went this way to the beach every day as the weather was fantastic. Also visited Old town which was very pretty and interesting. Just around the corner is Soft Caffe which is run by a lovely family and the son Bruno is the waiter his mum makes lovely food and cakes and this is worth a try but we would not recommend you visit 3 Marias as it was not a nce experience, staff were nice but food and decor were awful! Well just to say would recommend a stay at Velamar it is a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

The Velamar Hotel is a lovely, comfortable and clean hotel in a reasonably good location. The hotel is about a 10 minute drive from the main strip and old town. Not sure how available public transport is. The hotel itself was nice, rooms were spacious and had everything you needed. The restaurant was good with a lot of choice, buffet style continental breakfast. It's definitely value for money.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

Having read previous reviews I decided to go for it. Upon arrival, which was late, the reception staff were very friendy and gave me a bottle of cold water as I had arrived at 12.30 in the morning.

The room was very spacious, clean with a fridge and tv. A bit disappointing that there were no tea/coffee making facilities, however having said that the apartment did have a safetey deposit box which is charged at about 4 euros a day with a refundable deposite of about 12 euros.
A nice large set of patio doors in the studio, one word of caution, there are two sliding doors which act as sound-proofing, the outer door once closed from the outside locks you out. So if you are sitting outside do not close the outer door. A rumble of traffic can be heard but it was not too distrubing, rooms also have air- conditioning.

The bathroom was lovely, it had split lighting so you could turn the lights down and have a relaxing bath with the lights dimmed--- very nice too !!!!

The beds were very, very firm, however I am a fairly fit person and I found the beds a bit hard. The resturant is roof top with panaramic veiws and served a buffet cold breakfast, I did not get to try it for the evening meal as it was closed. Having gone in the off-peak season there were a few places to eat. One place I would not recommend was the resturant directly opposite the hotel, it was awful and overpriced. The best place for an evening meal if you like indian food was Tiffany's which was reasonably good food, a 2 course meal for 1 and a couple of drinks came to about 25 euros.

Pool area was fine, clean, and well set out. It remains in the shade until about mid-after-noon. I did not find this a problem as was out most of the day. The beaches are a short walk downhill via steps. Very quiet beeches, great for photography. Bus stop nearby and hotel staff very helpful in supplying a bus timetable so you can plan outings. Bus/Taxi can be taken to on of the Marina's for a days boat trip.

There is plenty to do so long as you do not expect entertainment to be dropped at your feet. On the whole you can make the stay as busy or as quiet as you wish.

It was for the price a reasonable break, I would not recommend it for children as there were not any childrens facilities nearby, however, again it depends on how resourceful you are. Transport can be taken to zoos etc but would take up the entire day.

Good, quiet break with miles and miles of perfect beach and beautiful veiws.
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Torre da Medronheira - Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Business Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#10 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Velamar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Velamar is a 3-star hotel in Olhos de Água (Albufeira), right in the heart of the famous tourism region in Southern Portugal, Algarve.The hotel is 890m away from the "Maria Luisa" and "Olhos de Água" beaches and the prestigious Quinta da Balaia. Albufeira old town is located 6km away and Faro International Airport within 25km.All the 73 rooms and 2 suites are equipped with mini-bar, air conditioning, safe, telephone, satellite TV and private bathroom.The hotel has free parking and wifi internet, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. ... more   less 
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