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Balaia Mar Hotel
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Praia Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200-925, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #29 of 162 hotels in Albufeira
Cheshire
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I went this hotel for 3 nights with my wife for my 40th birthday in October. The hotel was very clean and the food was fantastic. The staff were really friendly and would come and serve you drinks at your table. The pool was very nice but a bit cold, we spent most of our time relaxing next to it. The only fault I can think of is there was no entertainment at night, so if you was there for a week you would have to leave the hotel and the all inclusive.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Recently returned from an 8-day All Inclusive stay at the Balaia Mar with my partner, and find it hard to find any major faults. The staff, without exception, were extremely pleasant, and the restaurant/bar staff deserve special praise for prompt and pleasant service. -We have never before been offered drinks at the table when on an All Inclusive package and food in the restaurant was very good with plenty of variety during our stay. There was no pressure at all to rush to finish meals just because the official meal time had ended, and this added to the relaxed feel of the hotel.
Although the hotel is quite a distance from the centre of Albufeira it is still walk-able in about an hour.There is also bus stop right outside the hotel.
All in all, our holiday was great value and most satisfactory, but it was the good attitude of the staff that made it !


Dai & Jo
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I went to this hotel for one week the end of September with my partner. The hotel is really nice, rooms aren't that spacious but very clean. Horrible 1st nights sleep due to noisey bed but when we looked in the morning there is a protective cover on the mattress, Take it off!! you get a better sleep. The food albeit was very nice but very repetitive. Disappointed that you couldn't get alcohol on all inclusive until 1pm. The sports bar didn't open until 9.30pm which very often opened late and again all inclusive only til 11pm. Staff work very hard and are polite. Its a small hotel but looked after. Its not a hotel to take kids so im glad I didn't. Overall tho a good holiday. One thing that we didn't like both being non smokers was that you had to walk through a smoking area of the restaurant where food was being cooked to get to where the food bar was. There is a non smoking room but there are open doors which means the smoke comes in anyway. Not much in the area which was a disappointment too. Weather was rubbish but I guess that's pot luck!!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We are just back from a week stay. The staff at the hotel are fabulous as is the food. We will definitely be returning. Cheaper or free wifi would have been the only improvement. There is a complimentary bus service at night to olhos d'agua or albufeira which helps with location

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

When you book make sure you book the hotel not the apartments. The hotel is just the right size and the staff were fantastic, the Buffett food and salad is a little bit repetitive but every night there was a different fish been freshly cooked and a large pan of something different ie piela, beef stroganoff or cream of chicke.
If you go out of the hotel and go left about 40 min walk or 10 min bus ride you have the old town 15-20 mins you have the strip ( bars & restraunt ) and the bull fighting arena ( the bull is not killed)
Or come out of the hotel and go right then right again at the end of the shops and restraunts there is a great village and fantastic beach with a great English pub serving food and drink.
The local beach to the hotel will take around 5-10 mins to get there but 15-20 to get back from the hill is steep but is worth it it's a small but private beach surrounded by cliffs and a small bar and restraunt.
Over all the hotel is basic you only get BBC 1 and sky news on the tv and the wifi will cost you 20€ for the week but all in all the hotel is situated in a quit part of albifuera but has great transport links there are plenty of trips to go on don't book then at the hotel there are several ticket offices on the strip and the old town where you can save arour 10€ per person. I will be going back next year i really enjoyed myself.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We looked for somewhere for a 5 day break, with apartment facilities on an all inclusive basis and we got exactly what we wanted! The food was freshly prepared daily, there were meats and fish grilled to order - lovely! All the staff were friendly.
We had a wheelchair with us and were worried about getting around but had no issues, the apartment was clean and spacious - no issues for wheelchair manoeuvres! Like others have said they are a little dated but fully equipped and maintained well. I have never had such a large veranda as we had here, it was lovely. Look forward to a return visit!

Room Tip: No towels supplied for sun loungers so bring one with you!!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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N Ireland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Just returned from a great holiday at the Balaia Mar Apartments. This was our 2nd year here and was not disappointed. The apartments themselves are a tad dated and could do with a re-vamp but they were clean and very well equipped. We were all inclusive so we only used them for sleeping in. The pool area and restaurant are lovely. The food is great. Everything cooked to perfection and a good selection available. The one thing that impressed us last year and this year again was the staff. They were fantastic. It's like being home from home. Rui, Jose 1 and Jose 2 were great as were the kitchen staff who seem to be working around the clock to cater for us all. Looking forward to seeing them all again next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Balaia Mar Hotel

Address: Praia Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200-925, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#22 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#29 Business Hotel in Albufeira
#29 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Balaia Mar Hotel 3*
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