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“Quiet friendly Hotel with spectacular seaviews.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Maritur
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sao Rafael, Albufeira 8200-383, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #39 of 162 hotels in Albufeira
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“Quiet friendly Hotel with spectacular seaviews.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Great hotel if your looking for a quiet and friendly enviroment. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms are huge and clean and also good buffet breakfast. The restaurant food a la carte was excellent. The views from our room were spectacular. Just beautiful. I enjoyed sitting in the terrace watching the seaviews. You need a car as it is 5 minutes drive from Albufeira town and 2 minutes drive from the Marina. Beach within walking distance. My teenagers were a bit bored though as the Hotel did not have any activies. Pool was good and also the inside swimming pool and the jacuzzi. Only negative comment is that it should have some sort of entertainment for the kids and teenagers. Overall good value for money.

Room Tip: I recommend to get a room with a seaview. Beautiful views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Noemi

Thank you very much for your nice comment.

The Maritur Hotel, is really good located, central of Algarve, and outside from the trouble of Albufeira center, night life.
The best option is to rent a car, so you can explore all the beauty of Algarve, several beaches, culture and history that our region offers.
Nearby are 3 beaches, 10 minutes walking.
The hotel facilities are: 1 jacuzzi, 1 indoor poll, 1 gym, 2 outdoor swimming pools and 1 tennis court, all of them are free of charge.
We also have a pool table, that is paid, per game.
Should you are thinking to come back to our country, please contact us, you will be very welcome, as all our guests.

We wish you all the best

The very best regards
Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

the Maritur is a very well run hotel.The staff are hard working and very pleasant.
Rooms are old but very clean and if you book a sea view room you will not be dissappointed.
The only down side is that the hotel is a 45 to 60 minute walk from old town Albufeira or an 8 euro taxi ride if you can get one. Would recommend you consider this but on saying that the location of the hotel although quiet is beautiful and is close to small uncrowded beaches.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Mr Cochran

Dear Guest

We would like to thank you for your review.

We are grate that you have enjoyed your stay with us, our staff is always working to make the guests feeling like home.

If you are coming for a relaxing holiday and want just to enjoy the nature and go to the beach, you don´t need a car, nearby are also some Restaurants or you can always use the Hotel Restaurant.

But if you want to explore all the beautiful region of Algarve the best, is if you rent a car.

We hope to have the pleasure to receive your visit again.

If you need some information please contact us.

Best Regards

Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We booked the Maritur for a week's stay but had to move out after a few days as we were completely isolated. We spoke to a few, mostly older guests there and they shared our concern but they wanted a more relaxing holiday, away from the town. As some have observed, though it is close the two beaches, you have to navigate your way through some treacherous, hilly roads before you get there. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes when walking to the beaches. Whilst the hotel itself is pleasant (the staff are very friendly and Nelson on front desk was very nice in particular), it really isn't close to any amenities. Getting a taxi to Old/New Town frequently isn't very practical and costs can mount up. The onsite restaurant which served a decent dinner and buffet breakfast was again pleasant but there didn't seem to be a huge variety (as a number of reviewers have also remarked). Rooms were ok in size but the view was over waste land, so a sea view would come highly recommended. The TV was an old, small CRT one which was placed high above in the corner and the one major gripe we had was that our floor didn't seem to be swept! The pools were both large and very well maintained with a good number of sun loungers. The corridors are dark and dimly lit. In summary, I've written this review based on the hotel being four star, which the standard is most certainly not (Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel, which was the hotel we moved to, most certainly is on the other hand). It's not ideal for families with young children like us but would suit older folk far more. A car is a must.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for the time that you have taken to review our hotel

Our guests opinion is very important to us.

Hotel Maritur is situated in a part of Albufeira “São Rafael” 2/3 km from the old town. The closest beaches are 500/600 meters from the hotel (10 minutes walking).

Our hotel is really recommended for old our young couples who are looking for a relaxing holiday.

Thank you for your nice words regarding our staff.

We apologize for any inconvenient.

We wish you all the best

Best Regards
Isabel Augusto
Isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I stayed at the Maritur for one night at the end of June. I got to Albufeira on the Rede Expressos bus, which I was told if you aren't driving yourself, is a much quicker option than the train. It took about 3 hours in total, with a rest stop in Evora I believe. I booked my tickets online and because I didn't have a printer at the hotel, I had to use one of the web ticket machines at the bus station (it was red and beside an ATM) to print off the paper tickets, which were required as the driver rips off the bottom section for his reference.

The hotel seemed pretty quiet, but I went to get some R&R after a 7 day conference in Lisbon, so I wasn't disappointed by that! I was very happy with check-in, the hotel staff were very nice. My room was HUGE, much bigger than I needed, the balcony overlooked the pool area and had a view of the ocean, the bathroom was extremely spacious and it was nice to have a bathtub, as I'd only had showers in the hotel in Lisbon. Breakfast was included and it was a good selection of meats, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, toast, coffee, juice, etc. There were even scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted tomatoes, etc. which was a bit of a surprise given that other reviews had said those were only available upon request. I also had dinner there the night before, it was good and fairly reasonably priced. The hotel also has two outdoor pools, a large lounging area with sun chairs and an indoor pool/hot tub, that, given the time of year, did not seem to be in use the two days I was there. I was able to visit the two beaches which are both about a 10 minute walk from the Maritur. Praia Arrifes was a smaller beach with a cafe that overlooked it, this cafe is MUCH cheaper than the restaurant at Sao Rafael beach, and the food was delicious. They did ask me if I had a reservation when I got there (it's not that big), and even though I didn't I managed to get a table. I had the sardines and potatoes, quite yummy. There is another more private beach at this location if you walk up the cliff and then back down to the beach area, however when I was there it seemed to be a nude beach (families take note). The second beach, Rafael, was much bigger and had better access to the ocean, though when I got there around 3pm the shore waters were consumed with seaweed. By the time the tide started to come in, around 5ish, the shore seemed cleaner. I don't know if I would stay at this hotel again if I was in Albufeira, I might want to be closer to town, but for the trip I wanted, Rest and Relaxation, this was perfect.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your review, and nice tips for our next guests.

The Maritur hotel is in a really quiet place, the location is great a and the beaches are also very nice.

The Arrifes beach is a small but very quiet beach, the São Rafael beach is bigger and there is really better to swim, the other one between this two is in a area more hidden, but also very beautiful.

Our rooms are spacious and all of them have a big balcony.

Should you need any information please contact us

We hope to have the pleasure for your visit again in a future, you will be very welcome

Best Regards

Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is perfect if u are looking for a beach holiday. It's on 7 min walk to Sao Raphael beach and 5 min walk to arrifes beach. Both beaches are breath taking. The only thing I'd preferred to have known before I went was the necessity for a car if u wanted to go into old town or new town. We had to get taxis every night which were between 6 and 9 euros not bad but it all adds up. But I wud stay here again in the future!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Mrs Fiona

We are very grate full for the time that you have taken to write about our hotel.

The hotel is situated in Albufeira- São Rafael, 500m from the nearest beaches.

To go in to Albufeira, is necessary to get a taxi, bus, or car if you rent one.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our hotel.

Should you need any information do not hesitate to contact the us.

Best Regards
Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Price quality pretty much ok. Nice swimming pool. Not too far to the beach.
Food according to expectation. A not too big hotel ensuring a relaxed time.
If you want to visit the Albufeira circus it's also possible, but at least in Maritur you have the choice. Good place to use as a starting point to explore the Algarve.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Guest

We are very grate full for the time that you have taken to write about our hotel.

The guests opinion is our priority.

Maritur hotel is really good located, in the middle of Algarve, a car is recommend is you want to visit all the region.
Near by are beautiful beaches, to going there is not necessary to take a car.
Relaxing is really the write word to define the hotel.

Should you need any information don not hesitate to contact the hotel

Best Regards
Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed as a young couple in mid-June.

Pro's:
- Location is great, only 5-10mins walk to beaches at Arrifes and Sao Rafael. 10-15mins walk to Albufeira Marina (a lovely area), where many boat trips, parasailing etc start their tour from and a further 10-15mins walk into Albufeira. It is a fairly hilly area though, so you may want to consider taxi's (as the bus service is poor!)
- Sea view is great, as the hotel is at the top of the hill, request a higher room though.
-(pro for us) Minibar is empty on arrival so you can use it as a fridge.
-Cleaners are very good and polite.
-It's really quiet, with the exception of other guests dragging chairs along the (all-wooden) floors.
-Varied options with evening food (3 choices), included catfish, golden bream, never the same all week.
-Double bed (not 2 pushed together)

Con's:
-Restaurant staff often looked unhappy (maybe because nobody seems to eat there at lunch; the day we did, it was just us and a cat hoping for food).
- Swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) both freezing all week, so no surprise that it was always empty.
-Jacuzzi was only warm and only half of the air jets functioned.
-Requested cups and cutlery early evening, it didn't arrive until 11pm when we were asleep and had a 'do not disturb' sign on the door - we were woken up.
-The local map they give you states that it is 'not to scale', it is also inaccurate, avoid using it at all costs.
-If you are half board, for the evening meal you have to go in and sit down at a table and order your drinks before you can get your food (you can't just show your card with room number on), this can add an extra 5minutes before you choose your food.
-For the electric in your room to work; ie air con, main lights, you need your room card/key in a slot in the wall, the fuse box in your room will buzz slightly when the card is in.

Extra info: There are cats around, but don't worry they are friendly. You will find them at the restaurants on the beaches at meal times too. Pool table costs 1euro to play a game. The nearest supermarket is 5 mins walk away and sells most things that you could need. TV has quite limited channels.

Overall: Nothing special, but a decent and quiet stay in an average hotel in a good location.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view on the 1st or 2nd floor
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fernando A, Manager at Hotel Maritur, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your time.
We are grateful, for your good opinion.
The hotel has a grate location 500m away from the nice beaches (São Rafael an Arrifes), maximum 10 minutes walking.
Regarding the mini-bar is filled only if requested, so you can use it for your own drinks.

Indoor swimming pool is not heating during the summer (hot season) around 38ºC on the day, the out-door swimming pool is on the normal temperature.

We apologize for any circumstances that were not well, and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our hotel, and make your stay more special next time.

Should you need any information don not hesitate to contact the hotel

Best Regards
Isabel Augusto
isabelaugusto@hotelmaritur.com
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Address: Sao Rafael, Albufeira 8200-383, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#29 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Maritur 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Maritur offers outdoor and a heated indoor swimming pool, and spacious rooms with furnished balconies. It takes a 5-minute walk to reach Praia de São Rafael Beach or the nearby Arrifes Beach.All air-conditioned rooms have TV with satellite channels and a work desk, and each one boasts marble bathrooms fitted with amenities. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms.At Maritur, guests can take work-out in the gym or relax in the on-site hot tub. A game of tennis can be enjoyed on the sports courts.Hotel Maritur’s restaurant serves Mediterranean specialities including seafood delicacies, and a pizzeria is also available on site. Guests can unwind with a glass of local wine on the poolside terrace.Maritur Hotel is 3 km from Albufeira city centre. The hotel is located 800 metres from Albufeira's Marina. ... more   less 
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