We booked at this three star hotel as a last minute deal both of us needing some much needed R and R back in March. The hotel was booked before we read any reviews here, we pondered on the possibilty of a room in the infamous D block but thought how bad can it be.
We flew out in the early hours of the morning and arrived weary at the airport to find we had no transfer which had been booked, so we took a relaxed view and got a taxi. We arrived an hour later at the hotel to find that they had no knowledge of our booking (not their fault). Staff surly and unhelpful? I think not, they were wonderful, we all made lots of phone calls and they sent us down to the pool to relax while they sorted everything out. Half an hour later we recieved a call saying everything was sorted out and that we were to have a free drink. We were in the infamous D block, which they apologised for and offered us an alternative room if one came up. Ok it was not the newest of rooms, it was not the brightest, it was however on the ground floor, had a balconey and we could see the sea from it. We also had two hot plates which suited my partner as he likes to be able to make himself a cup of tea. In the end we opted to stay in D Block.
The pool and cafe areas are immaculate as was the dining area. We were on Bed and breakfast for which there was plenty of choice everyday. In the evennings we went to a little cafe bar outside the main entrance to the hotel, The Agua Viva, lovely meals, Portuguese rather than English, and very friendly staff.
A walk along the beach brings you into the old town of Albufiera which we liked though I would warn any English visitors to avoid the time share sellers who hook you in with scratch cards, tell you you have won and then insist very strongly that you get in a car to go up to the main office to collect your prize, we found them very rude when we refused and found out towards the end of the holiday they are trained not to take 'no' as an answer, the best method of dealing with them is to ignore them entirely and just not say a word. We found some lovely places to eat which offered more traditional Portuguese food as opposed to egg and chips.
For a cheap, early season holiday we both enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and would stay at this hotel again.
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- Also Known As:
- Auramar Beach Hotel Albufeira
- Aparthotel Auramar Albufeira
- Aparthotel Auramar Hotel Albufeira
- Auramar Beach Resort Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve