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Salgados Dunas Suites
Ranked #19 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We were at Dunas Suite for a weekend at the beginning of September. The view and the gardens are marvellous, although we think the colour of the tiles of the myriad of pools should be light blue or turquoise, then the pools look too dark to be appealing. The room in Block 6 was very spacious and well decorated, the problem was the noise in the street and from the other bathrooms in the building as well as the bed linen - it was too hot for Summer. The staff were very nice and helpful. The beach is nice but a bit crowded. The complex has too many buildings belonging to the hotel. I think there should be more space and less buildings. There should be no traffic crossing the streets between the different buildings. Nevertheless you can enjoy the garden, the pools, the beach and the sun .

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Just returned from a week stay in Salgados: rooms are spacious, clean, modern and well maintained throughout the stay. While we did not book a seaview room, we had one, and as yet there have not been any discrepancies in price (we shall see!)

The pools and the beach access are simply incomparable to anything I've had before at this price: clean, sparkling pools, quiet in September, with poolside bar and towel/toilet facilities. The gardens are pretty sprawling and to be frank, with such a lovely pool, we didn't discover half of it.

Breakfast was decent buffet fare, although staff seemed a bit haphazard at times with cups missing, etc., but they make up for it in friendliness and will oblige. The major let down was dinner: cold/unimaginative buffet, and for the same price plus your taxi fare return, you can eat extremely well in O Manjar, Restaurant Acro, and other good Portugeuse restaurants in Albufeira.

All in all, an excellent facility, as other have said, let down slightly by the dinner.

Room Tip: Opt for sea view if you can!
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Karl O
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Is this hotel finished? or why it was so cheap, then read on
Just returned from Salgados Dunas Suites and rate this hotel as average. On the surface first impressions are that it looks quiet boutique and swish until you look a little further.
Booked as two couples traveling together, but hey guess what they were put in block 1 and we in block 3, after a frank discussion we were eventually put in the same block.
Room quite small and not very much storage space, only two draws in a small wardrobe and knowhere to put luggage.
Stairways never cleaned or even swept the whole time we were there, the onsite mini market had hardly any stock or nothing you would generaly buy apart from a few fresh baked cakes and bottles of wine.
Right here we go, now I am giving an honest opinion here as have stayed in many 4 & 5* star hotels before and this definately NOT even 4*.
The food - never hot and even included cold piella!! the only definate hot food available was on the barbeque nights.
The staff were not very friendly only one or two in the resturant even acknowleged you. The pool beds were metal and had no mattresses so had to lay on towels not at all comfortable, and there was people in pool even after dark most evenings, which alarmed us as we never saw the pool being treated. The beds and parasols were exactly where they were left the next morning apart from a couple of cleaners who wiped the tables over sometimes.
However the setting was lovely with great views and had boardwalk access to the beautiful beach , however the hotel does not have any beach beds. If you wanted such luxuary 300mtrs up the beach you could hire static beds and parasols for 17euros per day which worked out to around £75 per week (cheap yeah - I bet!)
We were really looking forward to our holiday after reading the latest reviews but must say we were disappointed.

Room Tip: Definately book a junior suite
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Just returned from the Salgados Dunas Suites and enjoyed our holiday overall. The location of the hotel is superb, as is the beach. The pools are crystal clear and very clean and the gardens are lush and well-maintained. The main issue we had with this hotel concerned the standard of food. There was a noticable lack of variety and imagination, with the same dishes being served night after night after night. I suppose that if food is not a significant factor in your choice of hotel, then this might not be a issue. We were very disappointed, however.
Another thing worth mentioning concerns the accommodation itself. We opted for a "garden view" room (as it was substantially cheaper than a sea-view) but discovered that these rooms do NOT overlook the gardens - they face onto the road at the front of the hotel! If you wish to enjoy a genuine garden, pool or sea-view room, you must book a sea-view room. When we tried to upgrade, we were told that the hotel was full.
Also, whilst the suites are beautifully apppointed, spacious and clean, the bathroom is increadibly tiny with a shower rather than a bath and a toilet situated literally behind the door!
All in all, a five-star hotel with three-star cuisine... Such a shame as this could be a really wonderful hotel.

Room Tip: Pre-book a sea-view room unless you don't mind facing the main road!
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Good loacation. Good infrastracture. Petty it doesnt have more concetioned beach. Missing a newpaper and magazine store in the facilities

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed here for 6 days on a real last minute trip. We booked the night before and took an Easyjet flight into Faro. The transfer time from Faro is about 30 mins so it's suitable for a long weekend break.

First impressions were excellent, the hotel is brand new and they are still building a few of the restaurants, there was no construction noise that we noticed. The junior suite that we had booked was huge, the balcony alone could probably hold 40 people, more of a terrace.

The staff are clearly still being trained up as there were several instances of reception staff not seeming to know how to deal with common issues. Having said that they were all cheerful and professional. As others have said it's probably not quite five star, I was surprised that there was no hotel wide wi-fi, only in the reception area. When I asked about this the staff explained it was normal to only have wired Internet in the rooms, I begged to differ. If you only take an iPad with you, you'll spend a lot of time in reception. Although there is a small convenience store in the complex which sold wine, I was surprised to find the no bottle opener in the room, they had to send a waiter from the restaurant to our room to open bottles of wine..

Apart from these small issues the hotels great. Close to the beach, some great shallow pools for the kids and on the half board deal the food was great if a little repetitive.

Given the discount on the full rack rate that they are currently offering, it's a bargain. I'm guessing when it's full open the rates will go up.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed here during July with our 2 teenage children, and loved the place! The suite was very big and clean, the blue flag beach was just a short walk over the boardwalk, and there was plenty of spaces around each one of the swimming pools. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday, this is the place to stay, but it is a good idea to hire a car, as there's plenty to see along the Algarve coast. You do need to get to breakfast early as it does get busy. Any problems were sorted out quickly by the staff, who were young but friendly. Will definately be back!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Herdade dos Salgados | Rua Boca da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200-424, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#10 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#16 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: $76 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Salgados Dunas Suites 5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right on the dunes of Salgados Beach, your holiday suites enjoy a fantastic tropical atmosphere, surrounded by extensive palm tree gardens. And it's precisely among the palm trees, with the sea in the horizon that you will be able to enjoy all the facilities the resort has to offer. Among others, you will find the 9 swimming pools, with direct access to the beach. Relax and enjoy the cuisine of Bossa Nova Restaurant, as well the cocktails at the Jazz Lobby Bar, fit for those cheerful nights spent with friends. When walking the short distance that separates the hotel from the beach, make the most of the wooden pathway, which can take you all the way into the nature reserve. For children, the Kids Club features a range of entertainment activities to assure your little ones have a fun filled time. This oasis is equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday with the utmost well-being. ... more   less 
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