Had my first visit there 3 years ago so returned based on the previously visit. Weirdly i was in the extact same room (117) which was nice.
Brill points of the hotel are -
1- the location, 2nd to none on the beach, all rooms have beach view.
2 - view from your room and even better from the top floor
3- the staff, so friendly especially loved the barman who worked tues - sat, he'd worked there 23 years and was fab, made the best cocktails ever (a steal at 5 euros so worth a purchase)
4- rooms are large and airy with air con, balcony is great to chill out looking onto the beach
5- location, some steps and a street back from the main square
6 - it gets slated but i loved the breaky, you cant expect english bacon and sausage when in Portugal so don't winge about the lack of, plenty of hot stuff (they rotate franfurters with there bacon each day) eggs, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, etc etc plus the normal contental stuff. Coffee machine does a mean latte.
Downside is that is it rated as a 4 star hotel so anyone who doesn't read reviews before hand would be disappointed, 5 star views but the hotel i would rate as a decent 3 star and the bathrooms a low 3 star, bathrooms need a massive refurb, don't get me wrong they are spacious, clean and the showers are always hot and powerful but it is NOT a 4 star bathroom. The tiles were marked, the bath had bad staining on, just NOT what you would expect with the rating the hotel has. That said it was given the rating back in the day and all the 'awards' on the wall outside the restaurant for 'top hotel' 'gold awards' etc etc are from 1988 - 1989 etc.
All in all i would still stay here again, you can't beat the location.
- 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