We stayed in this place for two weeks some years ago (2006) because we had bought our trip as package tour without prior knowledge of the hotel. The owners were rude, the room smelled bad and the location was 3 km from the beach in the Monte choro area (probably a 1 hour walk).
The first thing we experienced after realizing that we would be staying in the middle of nowhere was the dirty and smelly room. We complained about this but did not get a new room. Our room was supposedly the best room in the hotel. After the first week we were still told to keep our door open for a while to get rid of the smell which was there “because the room had not been used for a while…” At some point we realized that the smell was coming from the air condition machine since one could smell a bad breeze of sewer like smell every now and then. The smell got better when someone had cleaned our room (for our surprise) and probably used the machine. I guess nobody had used it for a long time due to the extra cost. Also there was a smell of mould in the kitchen.
Luckily there was the Giro bus system to get you to the beach, and it took about 5-10 min to walk to the nearest bus stop. Even if the bus did not run too often and was quite slow, it was almost faster that the taxi, since the taxi queue was very long in the downtown in August, days and nights. Albufeira is crowded with tourists in high season, and we needed actually to queue twice in some of the narrow streets in the town in the evenings to move forward. If you are travelling to south Portugal and do not enjoy too much of singing karaoke with Brits in a pub, head for Lagos which was a lovely place. But if you decide to go to Albufeira, I would suggest staying somewhere else than in Solar do sol.
The place has some potential with a lovely pool and big rooms. However the rude owners, unclean floors and in our case the unclean air con machine and probably a leaking pipe in the kitchen giving mould a nice place to grow, make this a no-star apartments. I’ve never been so disappointed with a hotel in my life. And of course from now on, will never buy package tours with unknown hotels.
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- Solar Do Sol Apartments Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve