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“Stylish hotel with excellent service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Ranked #7 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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254 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Stylish hotel with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

We stayed for four nights in a superior side sea view room. The room was very comfortable with all the facilities/amenities you would expect to find in a four-star hotel. The wifi connection was pretty awful; kept dropping out, though it seemed to work better in the public areas than in our room.
In general ,the hotel was very clean and well presented. The design and decor is modern - and quite funky! All of the reception and restaurant staff we encountered spoke excellent English (put us to shame) and all were polite, friendly and helpful.
We also enjoyed two dinners in the hotel restaurant - both were really very good and the service was excellent.
Our only significant criticism is the coffee at breakfast. It was truly horrid. However this was more than made up for with the excellent coffee we ordered in the lounge.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AlisonandColin
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Normanton W Yorks
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145 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

stayed here for a week new year 2014. lovely hotel very clean and spacious. Room was upgraded on arrival without asking. room was large modern and very clean comfortable beds nice bathroom free safe and air conditioning. Stayed half board breakfast was good but evening meal was a disappointment the choice of food was very limited and whilst most of the staff worked hard one or two were lazy and on the nights when they were on duty service was slow. would stay here again when next in portugal but wouldn't stay half board would eat out as plenty of local restaurants around or within twenty minutes walk in the old town

Room Tip: view over the pine forest was quieter and lovely view over the forest to the sea
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Coseley
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

My husband and myself stayed here for 14 nights in the first two weeks of November. We upgraded to a superior side sea view room on a bed and breakfast basis. The room was on the fourth floor with a fabulous view of woodland, the sea and in the distance, Vilamoura. We found the hotel to be exceptionally clean and the staff very friendly. The hotel is in a great position to visit both the beach and the bars/restaurants.

We have booked this hotel again today for the first two weeks in November and are very much looking forward to the experience once again.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great position for both Albuferia and the Algarve. Parking easy just outside hotel. Modern hotel with clean airy rooms, good breakfast with a wide choice. Stayed in early October and pool area was in good use as still 26C. Lunch by the pool was good quality and price. Good access to both the beach and easy walk to the Strip. 30 minute walk to the old town. Plenty of good places to eat nearby so only need to do B&B make sure you try the proper local restaurants rather than the tourist ones as better value. One must see is the roof terrace which is under used especially at sunset as fantastic views over the coast and town, could even see dolphins in the sea from there.Girls on reception very helpful if you require any help.If we were to go back to The Algarve would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Lister T
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

This hotel really is faultless. We had a brilliant stay here over the new year. Rooms spotless. Decor fantastic. Buffet breakfast plentiful. Evening meal we had once was very good with a free bottle of wine and a lunch one day - quality of the food really good. The staff can not do enough for you. The location is perfect. We look forward to returning next new year.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MandLee
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Just returned from 1 weeks stay over Christmas.
The staff could not have been more helpful from the moment we arrived with lots of useful local tips (such as the cheap buses to use!)
Rooms are very clean and comfortable.
Breakfast is buffet style with lots of choice both hot and cold.
Tea and coffee facilities in the room. If you need more, just ask at reception
Hotel has a great small beach about 5 mins walk away.
Hotel is located near lots of bars and restaurants but without being too close to cause a problem with noise.
Bus stop 200m away for bus into old town (only 1.40 euros fare).
The famous (or infamous!) strip is 15mins walk away.
Overall the hotel has a modern, clean feel with some spectacular areas such as the 5 storey central atrium.
Perhaps the best recommendation is that we will definitely be returning!!!!

Room Tip: room 225 has great views from the quieter side of the hotel
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Phil_C_Chesterfield
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Staying at this beautiful hotel was our salvation in what would otherwise have been a total washout (weather wise) holiday in October. The design is outstanding and the whole place is spotless. Our room was amazing also. Very nice friendly staff and fantastic food - breakfast and evening meal. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a little more going on in the evening. The bar was always very quiet and I'm sure more people would have stayed and spent their money in the hotel bar if there had been some form of entertainment. However this would not deter me from recommending this hotel or returning myself - it was superb.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel

Property: Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Address: Urbanizacao Quinta Pedra dos Bicos, Lote 24 | Santa Eulália, Albufeira 8200-389, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Pedra dos Bicos)
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#7 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is an island of serenity in Santa Eulalia, near the busy Albufeira and at 500 meters from the famous "Strip", one of the main nightlife atractions. The direct access from the Hotel to the Bicos Beach - 400 meters away - and the inspiring view over the Atlantic Ocean complete this unique Hotel in the heart of the Algarve. This 4-Star Hotel, from Details Hotels & Resorts, features a daring and modern architecture, offering a memorable and relaxing experience. ... more   less 
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