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“Good value but not 4 star!”
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Hotel Sol e Mar
Ranked #36 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good value but not 4 star!”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

The positives: Fantastic position, right on the sea front. Spotlessly clean. All rooms have a sea view. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable.
The negatives: We were on a B&B basis and breakfast was okay, plenty of it but repetitious with a lack of fresh fruit/ fruit juice. We ate dinner in the restaurant one evening, again plentiful but nothing special, and menu was a variation on a theme every night. Beach bar was very expensive and if you sit on the comfy chairs even more! There was entertainment in the lounge every night but very repetitious. There is a very small indoor pool otherwise its the beach. If you opt for a couple of sun beds it will cost you 15 euros a day with no concession for hotel guests. Bathroom needed a refurb
I'm not sure what constitutes a four star rating but I don't think this hotel is quite there, it suited us for a week but I wouldn't go back

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

My first visit to the Algarve was a real pleasure and this well maintained 1960s architectural award winning hotel delivered as promised. Large comfortable rooms each with its own sea view balcony.
The beach bar and restaurant was always welcoming with two menus it allowed you to snack or go a la carte . Breakfast in the 5th floor restaurant was fine and the bar alongside was comfortable and service very good. As a family we all enjoyed the indoor swimming pool next to the beach bar, although small it was quiet and great to cool off each day.
With a relatively short trip to Faro airport it was easy to get to and its location gave the beach on one side and the town at the back of the top floor or via the tunnel at ground floor was close but did not impinge on the hotel.

Room Tip: All have sea view so apart from level above the beach no real issues
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

Large room, recent makeover,lots of wardrobe & drawer space.Staff very friendly & helpful.Breakfast ok apart from terrible sausages.Only stayed on B&B.Had breakfast delivered to room for 06.20 departure.Nice balcony with the fab views.Beds a little hard but for the price paid an excellent holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Belfast
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Very disappointed with this hotel after all the good reviews I had read beforehand supposed to be the best in Albuferia definitely not 4 star. Really close to shops and restaurants with a fabulous setting on the beach. Hotel decor and rooms very dated in need of refurb and the beds were not comfortable. Breakfast very adequate. The entertainment in evenings geared towards an older audience. Any faults or complaints with the accommodation where dealt with very quickly and professionally except for one receptionist who referred to me condescendingly as 'darling'. There is nowhere to sunbathe at the hotel you have to use sunbeds on the beach which cost 15 euro per day that's expensive.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cupar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

have just spent 10 days at the sol e mar from 6/16 may no complaints all rooms have sea views had room on 3rd floor great reception staff lovely and friendly restaurant staff look after you first class the maid also 1st class take time to talk to you in her broken English if you go to floor 0 takes you out to beach go to floor 5 takes you to old town and shops and entertainment first class 10 days would recomend

Room Tip: all rooms have sea view
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in this hotel with a group of 20. It is a great location right in the old town of Albufaire and with a lift down to the beach. Staff are helpful and friendly. Rooms are large and all have a sea view. You do not get the usual things in the bathroom that you expect in a 4 star hotel so bring your own shampoo. Breakfast was limited in choice. There were no teapots to make a cup of tea and the water to make a cup was not hot enough. No milk jugs and the orange juice was artificial. Go there again for location.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2014

had a great weekend there with some of the lads all 40+ very reasonably priced and all the staff were extremely helpful & friendly, rooms clean although no tea or coffee but hey ho what'd expect for the money, overall though very good place, right on the beach and every room with a sea view.

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Property: Hotel Sol e Mar
Address: Rua Jose Bernardino de Sousa 12, Albufeira 8200-146, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#27 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#28 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sol e Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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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