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Hotel BlueBay Balaia Atlantico
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Urb Vale Navio, Lote 101 | Branqueira, Albufeira 8200-393, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #104 of 162 hotels in Albufeira
Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“we were moved here”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

we were moved here after spending day and a half at another hotel which was awful , I liked the hotel and pool the apartment was lovely but very disappointing location and with very little entertainment at night the piano man was so annoying proved to be a costly holiday as you have to go everywhere by taxi as you are in the middle of nowhere my first trip to Portugal and I don't think I would go back didn't find them friendly and I don't think they have a clue about all inclusive I don't like complaining we all like different things I have visited lots of hotels had some lovely holidays but this has got to be the worst do your research well before visiting it is not a holiday hotel more of a business meeting place stuck in the middle of nowhere

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Orpington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We booked this hotel in February and chose it because it had quite good reviews. On arrival we were quite please with how the hotel looked. Over 5 floors it definitely looks 4* and the apartments are very nice and clean. The food however, is a big let down! It's the same sort of thing every day and isn't very hot. They have a sign up saying that the food is kept at a temperature that is in accordance with regulations (or something like that) and if you want it warmer they can microwave it, which is basically saying that they know the food is cold. The pool was very cold even though they are described as heated, and actually looked quite dirty. There were two leaflets at the bottom of the pool which were still there when we left. The food served at the pool side bar wasn't very nice. I asked for a chicken burger and chips and i don't know what i was given. It may have been beef but i can't be sure, The hotel was advertised as being 15 mins from the beach when in fact it was about an hour to walk or 15 mins in a taxi. The taxis were between 10 and 20 euros to the beach. That was another problem that the taxi drivers charged totally different prices for each journey! They just seemed to be making up the prices! We ended up spending about 150 euros over 7 days just to get to local shops, the beach etc. Although the hotel does put on a free coach that takes you into town although it only runs 3 times a day and only mon-fri. We had to go into town to buy basic things as the shop in the hotel was closed due to lack of staff. The staff were very nice at the hotel and the rooms were cleaned every day by maids. The "spa" was small gym, small indoor pool and sauna. The entertainment was boring, a piano player or a singer. This hotel would have been great if it was closer to town, better food and attention to detail. Don't think we#ll be staying here again.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are good as you can walk out of your room and straight to the pool. Although ther...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We arived on the 9th May having being relocated from our original hotel Aurmar which we have been using for over 20 years. We was told by our tour operator that due to illness in Aurmar this was the only AI option. We looked on line and it said Hotel Info BY THE BEACH this was an hours walk away for 2 oldies and 5 euros by taxi. The curtesy bus stops at 17.00 and is not rinning at weekens so cost of 10 euros each way to Albufeira for weekend and evenings made it an expensive holiday. The food although looked good was cold every time. The breakfast limited to poached or boiled eggs and sausages and bacon stone old. The pool bar did not serve food whilt the lunch restaurant was open 12.30-3pm so if you wanted a sandwich or snack have it at 11am-12-30 or 3-6 The rooms were very nice and the m,aid service good and if you looked with binoculars you could see the sea in the distance. This is a great hotel but hte location is bad you cannot take a short walk to anywhere. If this hotel was moved nearer to Albufeira it would be good. The Hotel spec says Shops but the shop was closed and was not being opened due to lack of staff toi run it.
We were dissappointed as althought the Auramar is only 3 star and dated it is central and on the be beach.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Admitedly I booked our family holiday late and so the choice was limited but after reading the details on the hotel and looking at the photo's, I thought it might be ok. It was marked as a 4* after all. We lasted less than 24 hrs and paid another £1020 to go somewhere else!!!!!!

The hotel is big and old fashioned, the reception area was depressing and dated, the lighting in the bedroom was so bad that we couldn't read and when we asked about having a reading lamp, the receptionist said they didn't have any and that they always got complaints about the poor lighting, the food was very poor, basic and luke warm, I complained and the receptionist shrugged. The heat was never turned up. You weren't able to take drinks from the bar (in the reception area, to your room and as we had two children asleep, didn't want to leave them. There was no night life, the children's club was for toddlers, the pool area is DEADLY. It's much smaller than the photo and is surrounded by polished tiles. I had non-slip shoes on and I slipped over and split my head open (1.5"). So many people was slipping and sliding it was rediculous. That was the last straw. On checking out, the receptionist said that we should have made them aware and they could have done something about it, we advised her that we did but realised quite early on that NOTHING could have been done as they either weren't willing to or unable to do anything.

Room Tip: The appartments are a good size and have two sofa beds in the lounge, music in the bathroom(?!) and...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 1week all inclusive, as the food was unedible and cold had to spend €18 (€9each way) on taxi's per afternoon for lunch to the nearest restaurant then an extra €18 euro's per evening for dinner, and an average €70 for four of us 2adult 2children to eat each time, nearly € 200 per day for something we already thought we'd payed for and we aren't fussy eaters, the extra €1400 was worth every penny than to risk our childrens health.
I would personally rate this hotel as 2-3 star.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Coleraine
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed here in October 2012, 2 children and two adults. Due to it being late in the season everything was either shut in the hotel or in the process of shutting. Nothing done to try and make us feel welcome. Indoor pool dirty and jacuzzi very smelly. In fairness the apartments were spacious and kept clean. Choice of food poor, again as end of seson.Overall it was a dissapointing experience and one we wont be repeating. We travel alot and expect to be treated as if we are guests and that our business is appreciated no matter what time of the season. Could this have been a good experience, maybe if an effort had been made by staff. I had put this comment on another site as they had requested feedback but they have not put it on.

Room Tip: Rooms at end of corridor have larger balconys.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We have just stayed here in March, it was very comfortable and the apartments are spacious and clean with air con which was good as it was cold so we had it on all the time, we hired a car as it is in a quiet rural setting with no shops or restaurants nearby except in the hotel, the nearest beach is about a 10 min drive. The staff at the hotel are the friendliest we have come across in all the 30 years we have visited the Algarve and they were very helpful and kind, we would stay there again.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urb Vale Navio, Lote 101 | Branqueira, Albufeira 8200-393, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#51 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel BlueBay Balaia Atlantico 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BlueBay Balaia Atlantico is a natural oasis surrounded by the unique beauty and contrasts of the Algarve countryside, among the over 3 km of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Located on the outskirts of Albufeira, surrounded by magnificent forests of olive trees and lush citrus tree plantations, it offers spectacular ocean views from any of its 139 apartments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Albufeira
Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Hotel
Balaia Atlantico Hotel
Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel
Hotel BlueBay Balaia Atlantico Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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