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Da Balaia Apartments
Ranked #94 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Family Holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in Da Balaia Apartments for 10 days. Although we had to wait till 1.30 pm for our apartment, it was spacious, very clean and had air con. The room was cleaned every day apart from sunday and fresh towels were provided. The food on offer was lovely, a variety of meats and fish each lunch and dinner time with various salads, vegetables, soups, fresh fruit, breads and chips. The breakfasts and bar snacks were also yummy. The only gripe I have is, I am a veggie and the salads did get boring, but that's my own fault for not eating meat or fish!!! We took our 3 children and they just lived in the pool. The waiting staff were very friendly and helpful, but we didn't seem to be able to crack a smile from the bar staff. There are various beaches within a ten minute walk which were beautiful, but beware the sea was icey!!! Albuferia town must be visited, its lovely and only 10 euro in a taxi. Zoo marine is a must if you have children. There is no entertainment apart from a parrot show on a Thursday and a reptile show on a Sunday. We took some uno cards and our kids loved playing that with some friends they made around the resort. I would highly recommend these apartments as clean, child friendly, good food and drink and an all over excellent family holiday.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Da Balaia Apartmrnts is a nice hotel. Its nothing big and grand like a hilton or the like but I couldnt argue with the price.

When I went the area and hotel was pretty quiet which I loved. Its around €12 for taxi to Albufeira and we just walked to the other towns close by.

Beach is only 300 meters away and the beach is great but be warned its a hell of a hill you have to climb back up to get back to the hotel.

I was all inclusive. Breakfast wasnt great with hotdogs instead of sausages. Beans and scrambled eggs often cold. But cereal toast croissabts etc all great and expresso inc I was happy.
Lunch was great steaks chicken fish as much as you wanted and cooked to order by the chefs.
Dinner was the same as lunch really but they also put on a large platter kind of dish which was often paella.

Pool is only small and was freezing in May but sure it will be warmer in middle of summer.

Most staff were great nice and friendly. The bar man - Jose didnt actually acknowledge many customers when they asked for a drink even if they used please and thanks he just made the drink plonked it on the bar and walked off which i found odd and unpleasant.

All in all i would say this is a great place to go when quiet middle of summer when full would be a struggle with the size of the pool and seating area. 3 star hotel but 4 stars for experience i had.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were staying in a Villa fairly close by and I went there to see if they knew anyone that would do car hire services. The receptionist was very helpful and even went to the trouble to call the car hire company and get them to come and pick me up to discuss contracts.

While I waited she kindly said I could take a seat in the bar area and relax. I made a point of coming back on a few occasions for a drink at the bar while the family had their afternoon naps which was a great break.

The staff all seemed friendly, environment was clean and nothing was ever a problem.

Good job guys, thank you very much

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dave-Loretta.

We had a great relaxing holiday and thought the staff, service, food and apartments and the magnificent pool were better than some 4 star hotels. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the rooms were well cleaned and spacious. Pity there was no evening entertainment but we met a lovely family from Liverpool which filled in this gap.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Great value apartments with extremely friendly staff, a lovely pool area and sports bar. We went all inclusive and there was a very good choice of food, much of it cooked freshly to order. Soft drinks available all day and good choice of beer, wine and spirits from 1pm.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

lovely place with a great pool and great food. Service was excellent. Always space by the pool with sun beds. Went all inclusive can't fault it. Food was always fresh and tasty and plenty to drink. The kids ate at least their own body weight in ice cream in a single week lol!
only thing to fault was that the apartment was right next to the road and being ground I could hear road noise most of the night, but had taken earplugs with me so wasn't a problem. But then again i had booked a single bedroom apartment but was given a 2 bedroom one so cant complain :)
Overall a great place to stay and would go back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Three generations of my family , (9 in all ) spent a week at this small and friendly resort .We all enjoyed our holiday ! It iwas a bit farther out from Albuferia than we had thought , but food was excellent , staff were really super , friendly and chatty and made our evenings interesting . There was sadly no evening entertainment on six nights , a parrot show being the only available thing once a week. The appartment's we had (2 bed 2 bathrooms and kitchen /lounge /diner -1bed bathroom and large kitchen /diner/ lounge -plus 1 studio apartment ) were all very good with beds comfy and clean decor throughout ,also were next to each other which was very good ..Lovely beach walks , but big slope to climb to reach beach was only drawback !

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Da Balaia Apartments
Address: Praia Maria Luisa | Praia Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Da Balaia Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 202
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