Hotel is situated on a very steep hill with 100 steps down to town/beach, we had three 4 year olds with us and these didn't pose any problems, but could be with pushchairs. There is a small shop for essentials opposite and a Lidl store 10 minutes walk away. The hotel puts on a free bus mini-bus service into town every couple of hours (but not during night).
The hotel is lovely and clean and staff are very friendly, particularly the bar staff and cleaners.
Our room (214) was clean and spacious and looked out onto a roof top garden so our children could play football over the balcony quite safely.
The room has a new well-equiped kitchen and is part of the living room which has a sofa bed, table and chairs and tv (lot of British channels on tv including ITV, ITV2, BBC, C4). The bedroom has 2 large single beds pushed together and a dressing table and wardrobes, hangers are supplied as is an ironing board and iron can be obtained from reception free of charge.
Bathroom has a light that automatically comes on and goes off so when you were making your way back to bed on a night it gave some light so you could easily find your way as rooms are very dark with blackout curtains. Both rooms are airconditioned with is great. Rooms are cleaned daily and maids are very accomodating, if you're in they'll pop back later as they work till 5pm and always leave lots of towels.
Balcony is big with table and chairs and has a towel rail for hanging wet clothes.
Pool lovely and all one depth, and there's a childrens round pool, inflatables and balls are allowed as there is no life guard. Even though they are allowed the pool was never loud and rowdy. There is a bit of a shortage of sunbeds but staff will move towels if you ask if the beds aren't being used, to keep ours we did 'shifts' one family went for breakfast whilst others looked after sunbeds then vice versa.
We only ate breakfast and the occasionally lunch at the hotel. We found breakfast to be excellent, choice of fry up, fruit, lovely toast, ham, cheese and croissants etc.. For our lunches we mainly stocked up with buns from local shop and had sandwiches made in our room each day. Beware if you do this, make sure you clean up well afterwards or the ants will find your leftovers! The ants weren't a problem for us in the kitchen but more in the bathroom and odd ones in your clothes, however when asked the staff did come and spray the areas for us and you've got to expect a few here and there because they are everywhere outside! I'd rather have an ant in my room than a cockroach - of which I saw none!
The bar on a night is quiet and every Wed there is a bbq and the only entertainment is a weekly karaoke session. The games room is disappointing, a bit dark and dingy and only arcade games and pool table. We never saw the bowling being used, always in darkness. The indoor pool nice but you have to wear a swim cap, jacuzzi is lovely, gym well equiped but you have to wear gym clothes and trainers, never used the spa but looked nice.
There are areas of the hotel with gorgeous views but these areas don't seem to be used, and there are shop units under the hotel but not in use which is a bit sad.
When going out always remember to hand your key in, as it's 100 euros if lost!
The town gets very busy on a night and there are hundreds of places to eat at, children's menu all the same no matter where you go - always chicken nuggets, fish fingers, spag bol - never any veg in sight which is a shame as they spend all the time eating the same stuff.
We travelled as a group of eleven at the beginning of August and had a fantastic time. I wouldn't rate Albufeira as a family resort as I don't think it particularly caters for children, on a night it's all bars and restaurants with very little entertainment, but if you can make your own entertainment then it's fine - particularly if you head to the beach to sit on the beanbags on a night so the kids can play in the sand! Perfect!
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