Booked a Late deal with teletext holidays, we paid £350 each for 5 nights half board including transfers ,
We booked it because the previous trip advisor reports were good ( why I don't know ?? )
First impressions , the resort, Albufeira old town instead of being charming and quaint is run down , and there a lot of closed businesses, broken pavements and a lot of graffiti ,
The photos are creative and must have been taken years ago and in no way represent the state and condition of the property now
The hotel was built in the late sixties and doesn't look we'll maintained and is in desperate need of modernisation, however it is clean and the staff do their best, with what they have , the old saying you can't polish a t#%€, springs to mind !, the rooms are grotty and are in desperate need of redecoration and modernisation , everything is from the sixties and seventies , the first room we were given was 406 and we asked to be moved straight away as the floor was dirty and the fridge was broken, the reception staff did move us but warned us that all the rooms were the same !
Lo and behold they are ! This was room 204 , this one was slightly cleaner and the fridge was ok,
All rooms are sea facing , but the balconies are small and have a weird lattice structure to the right hand side which partially obstructs your view and if you were to try and sunbathe here would no doubt make you look like a chess board !
The air con unit doesn't work properly and reverts to heat after you try and turn it to cool , and the bathroom is dingy due to only one strip light above The mirror,
We had 2 single beds that are rock hard , luckily for us we don't mind a hard bed, the wardrobes and safe we didn't even use ,
Breakfast , very poor offering of hot food, frankfurter sausages , hard boiled eggs , scrambled eggs bread jam toast cereals , luckily there are a few local restaurants serving a decent breakfast for around € 5.00 at 10.30 the restaurant closes , and that is it ! The one bar doesn't open till 4 pm so if you want anything to eat or drink you have to go out of the hotel , or downstairs to the beach bar ( this is not operated by the hotel) we had to go to the supermarket and buy snacks and drinks ,
The hotel has little or no charm , and reminds me of my visits to an elderly relative in a retirement home , there is NOTHING to do I asked for pool balls to play a game of pool and was told not till 4 , when the bar staff arrive , the one indoor heated pool is in darkness and you would not use it !
Evening meal in the restaurant , dinner is served from 6.30 , turn up later than 7 , and you will struggle to find something to eat as the replenishment is sporadic to say the least , some very strange dishes on offer too, Brussel sprouts on a salad ! We ended up eating out as the food on offer is poor.
The only good thing we can say about this hotel is its location , right on the beach , however there are hundreds of private apartments to rent here with equally good views and location , I will be trying to get a partial refund from teletext holidays so if any one reading this review has had a similar experience of this hotel please do get in touch, AND AVOID THIS HOTEL !!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the beach in the centre of Albufeira, the 4-star Sol e Mar Resort features 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a heated indoor pool. The Sol e Mar rooms benefit from private balconies with sea views, as well as a TV with satellite channels. Every room has a refrigerator and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer. Sunrise Restaurant serves lavish buffet meals accompanies by sea views; Sunset Restaurant offers a la carte regional and international cuisine. There is also a cocktail bar, an ice cream parlour and live evening entertainment. Hotel Sol e Mar is just 3 minutes' walk from Albufeira's Archaeological Museum. Bicycles can be rented from the hotel - perfect for exploring the old town and picturesque clifftops. Free Wi-Fi is available in its public areas. Faro International Airport is 30 minutes' drive from Hotel Sol e Mar. On-site car hire is available. Free public parking is available within 400 metres from the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol e Mar Hotel
- Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve