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Auramar Beach Resort
Ranked #68 of 153 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Just as good, and just as friendly as before but with the added attraction of FREE WIFI!!!
Plus the great team in the dining room cooked me my own scrambled eggs without milk, (because of my lactose intolerance).
Again great value for money!

Room Tip: Most rooms overlook the sea so I am sure if you ask for one they will oblige if available.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank marjoriepeg
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We booked a cheap deal at the Auramar as I had previously used this hotel. Various reviews have been previously put up with negative comments, we did not find anything to complain about, the hotel is very clean, staff friendly, quality and variety of food on offer was very good, to me cleaned every day, fresh towels every day and bed linen changed at least once during the week. Furnishings maybe a bit dated in style but functional and good quality, and fairly new, although the colours a bit brash. As for people commenting on smells in the reception area we did not notice anything untoward. We paid£220 per person, including flights from Glasgow for a week all inclusive, and were not disappointed and would have no hesitation going back or recommending this hotel. On another note we hired a car booked through Economy Hire which was only £57 for a new style Fiat Pinto with aircon which was excellent value. All in all we had a great holiday!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank hurley27
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Stayed for a long weekend and realised straight away when we arrived it was a very basic 3* hotel (extremely dated and in need of complete modernisation). We had to ask to move rooms as we were not happy with the twin room. This was dealt with straight away and we were moved into a much better room. The facilities were ok with the usual pool, entertainment etc. My biggest problem had to be the food as it was really poor, especially at dinner. It all tasted awful and the best thing was the dessert - which wasn't great either. Portugal is nice and may go back but would rather pay extra and stay in better accommodation.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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2  Thank Jamting
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed with a friend for a long weekend in December. We were extremely lucky with the weather - not a cloud in the sky on either Saturday or Sunday, and this really showed the hotel's grounds in the best possible way - very pretty gardens and with a stunning sea view from the pool terrace. We booked rooms with seaview and were allocated rooms 304 and 305 in block A (the main building). These rooms looked directly at block B (restaurant block) and would only be classed as seaview if you agree that a tiny amount of water showing above the roof is a view! After explaining the situation to the 2 receptionists on duty, quite strongly in the end, I was eventually offered rooms 424 and 425 again in block A. Although not an unobstructed seaview these rooms were higher up and did have a very nice view. Just to mention though, the attitude of the receptionists changed totally from check-in just minutes earlier when I requested the change.... The rooms were very spacious, with colour TV, telephone, fridge and AC/heating. All linen and towels were very clean on check-in, but despite towels being changed and beds made daily, the service did not appear to include any kind of cleaning - nothing was washed or wiped in the bathroom and the floor was not swept at all during our stay. It was very quiet at the hotel, meaning that the lobby bar was not in use. This would normally be open for all-inclusive guests from 1700-2300 hours daily. Breakfast and Dinner are served in the dining room which has beautiful sea views (a special mention here to waitress Franczeska (sorry if spelt wrong) - she is an absolute delight and a credit to the hotel. Unfailingly pleasant and helpful and she speaks so many languages! Pedro was also very friendly. A good selection of hot and cold food at each meal, but if the hotel was busy I would imagine quite extensive queues as the serveries are not extremely large. The quality of the food was very good, and it was nice to see a microwave for anyone who wanted their food a little warmer. Drinks are included with the meals, with the usual selection of beer, wine or soft drinks (but no hot drinks) with the evening meal. During the day, the Self Service restaurant is open between 1100 and 1700 hours for hot, soft and alcoholic drinks, along with snacks. A good selection again of cold and warm food, as well as salads, fruit and ice cream. As is so common these days the all-inclusive drinks are served in small, disposable plastic cups (including the coffee!) - it would have been so much more civilised to have been allowed to drink from real glass when in the 'Dancing Bar' - I can understand it around the pool, but surely we can be treated like adults when inside, as we were in the restaurant?? There is a very handy supermarket onsite which was open every day (including Sunday) which also had a good selection of souvenirs. There were steps all over the hotel, as it is built on the slope to a cliff - although there were ramps in most areas I would not recommend this hotel to anyone with walking difficulties. The hotel runs a free bus into Albufeira town 3 times a day which is very useful - it leaves at 1000, 1230 and 1600 returning from Albufeira 10 minutes later. If you want to use the bus, make sure that you are ready and waiting and early, as it left both the hotel and town a couple of minutes early on both occasions that we used it. The safe in the room costs €3 per day to rent - this would work out to be over £36 for a fortnight's holiday which to me seems a bit steep. You also only get 1 key tag per room (with a refundable €10 deposit) so take a key ring to keep it on - they don't have key cards like other hotels do. Overall this was an enjoyable short break - just make sure that they allocate you a seaview room if you book one.....

Room Tip: Request a high floor room in block A or block D with full seaview.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank MartinRBH
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

stayed half board 2nd-7th dec 13 after reading mixed reviews diddnt know what to expect.
firstly the reviews about rude staff only apply to one , i think she was in charge at the time (very unhelpfull) the rest of staff from reception ,cleaners and reteraunte staff couldnt be more helpfull and were allways happy. the hotel its self is not bad as far as decor and cleaness go but the rooms are a bit rough you know the sort of things black grout/ flakey paint,the odd cracked tile or light not working but dont let this put you off it was clean. food wise breakfast was not good you had bacon and fried egg everyother day and scrambeled egg the rest ,plenty of cerials,tost ect .dinner was better with two soups everynight (even though one was chicken every night) two or three meats and two fish most nights , roast pots twice,chips rice ect sweets were good ,jelly ,cakes,icecream ect as good as anywhere .
there is a poolside bar serving lunch but diddnt use it as we were out all day ,and the outdoor pool is not heated ,but i did see plenty in there eating so cant be that bad. indoor pool is not bad but a bit small? the first three days were ok but on our last day a lot of spanish familys turned up ( someone said their national holiday?) and it was not possible to swim in it.
i am trying to be honest by saying if you want a short break(up to a week) for not a lot of money ,we only paid £86 each for five nights hb then its as good as you will get but if you expect top quality pay the money and go somewhere bettet

Room Tip: dont go in b block we had to move after first night because service lift was noisey and kept us awak...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Took a monarch flight to faro then a yellowfish taxis car to the hotel , booked on their own website and paid on line so no rip offs.
Got a free gift and they had internet in the car , don't get that in uk taxis ... Good service .
The hotel is ok , it's old and a bit tatty in parts , but the location is fabulous overlooking the sea
The main area is just up the road An easy to walk to.
We were all inclusive in the hotel . It was fine and always good for the drinks , as they can get expensive . But if I were to go again I would self cater as there are lots of eating places posh and not so posh , pricey and not so pricey .
The beaches are gorgeous but the sea was a little chilly .
The hotel is suitable for a mix couples, singles and families....

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank bernard s
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

After reading some of the reviews I took plenty of immodium with me and I can honestly say I did not need it! It was my fourth visit to the Auramar so it can't be so bad. It is a 3 star hotel and it is quite basic and it is a bit dated but if you want 5 star luxury then you have to pay 5 star prices. I have never noticed any strange smell in the reception only the smell of air freshener. The rooms are given a basic clean each day my only gripe was some days it was very late before my room was cleaned. The food is ok but with a bit of tweaking it could be very good. For instance some nights there would be a big joint of pork for you to carve yourself, but what was there to accompany it frozen croquette potatoes and frozen carrots, it would have been good to see some fresh veg! some nights they had paella bubbling away, the only time the food was hot. breakfast consisted of bacon and fried eggs on alternate days and scrambled eggs and sausages on other days. The presentation of the food was a bit questionable, when they served the bacon it looked as if it had been tipped into the tin, so that the top half was burnt and underneath it was barely cooked the desserts were nearly always the same cake crème caramel jelly and some sort of tart and most peoples favourite ice cream, also there was always fresh fruit the fresh pineapple was especially nice. If you enjoy walking its only a short walk into the old town along the beach or there is a courtesy bus three times a day. If the weather is bad there isn't a lot to do at the Auramar the bar area in the reception is a waste of space as it never seems to be open and the whole area seems quite cold there are TV's in the rooms, but the only English channel I could get was BBC2. if they are going to have satellite tv they should have more entertainment channels for days when the weather is bad. Luckily whilst I was there the weather was very good so a good book was all I needed, but I managed to read all the books I took with me,so I think a kindle is going to be on my present list this Christmas. they do have a small library but for some reason all the books seemed to be German.

Room Tip: block A fifth floor wonderful sea views
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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4  Thank jackie g
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Address: Praia dos Aveiros - Areias de S Joao, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: $35 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Auramar Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 287
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Auramar Beach Hotel Albufeira
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Auramar Beach Resort Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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