First impression were that the hotel was quite shabby, and in need of a refurb. However, I sort of expected this after reading a few reviews and seeing pictures.
The room itself was fairly dated, have stayed in worse – but also better. Would say 2 star would be fair as the bathroom was dated and a tad smelly on first impression (whether this was the drains I’m not sure). Saying that, I only required someone to sleep, shower and change so it was adequate enough.
The rooms were cleaned promptly and daily, with fresh towels supplied and beds made. Didn’t use the TV as its not what I go on holiday for, but the TV was also quite dated and balanced precariously on a corner tv stand. The Air con (although also dated) was very good, and kept the room nice and cool at all times.
The sea views from the balcony where stunning, and each rom has this view overlooking the beach and sea. 5 star views for sure. The bars below could be a little noisy but usually wrapped up around midnight. As the only night I wanted to sleep before midnight was the day prior to travelling home it didn’t cause me any issue. I just kept the door shut and air con on – problem solved.
The breakfast was average, no real complaints as it’s the usual buffet style you receive in European resorts.
The hotel bar was dead each day and night I went through – which was a shame as the layout and décor were nice. The free wi-fi within the bar / reception area was fantastic (could even receive a signal on the beach). Very quick and nice to see a hotel not ripping off its guests with extortionate wifi charges.
Ate out each night for dinner so can’t comment on the hotel food, there are plenty of nice restaurants within easy walking distance. Even a nice thai restaurant just opposite the main entrance.
All in all the hotel itself is in a superb location in a great holiday resort – I would stay here again, but can see why its not to everyone’s tastes. Definitely not a 4 star hotel however.
- 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