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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed at Mar a Vista Albufeira for 2 weeks B&B with a young child
This is basic accommodation but it is very clean and the staff went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed. I was really impressed by how friendly and helpful and lovely all the staff at the hotel were, to me their customer service was 5 star!!
Our child was sick one night and they sorted clean sheets, clean towels, ice etc, we really appreciated their help as travelling with young children in a hot country can be stressful.
This is a 2 star accommodation so do not expect luxury
The rooms were made up every day and rubbish emptied and clean towels provided
Our room was lovely and they put in an extra bed for our child, our room had a balcony which was great
It can be a little noisy at night when people arrive home but a pair of ear plugs sorts that
The hotel doesn't serve food other than breakfast but the staff ordered in food from local take away restaurants and organised plates, cutlery etc. The hotel does have a little bar where you can relax and have a few drinks, there is wifi access and a TV
Breakfast is basic continental, juice, tea/coffee, bread, ham, cheese, fruit. It was basic but really we found it adequate.
The hotel has a pool but it is small, we did spend some days at the pool and enjoyed it, there are quite a few steps down to it
The hotel is in a good location, the beach is just about 5 minute walk but there are around 4 hills to climb on the way back. There is a lift from the beach up to the first level but still around 4 hills after that. We didn't mind this walk as it was good exercise but it is difficult in the heat, if you have mobility problems you would find it difficult.
Pavements are cobbled so wear flat shoes
The marina area is close by to the right with a good supermarket and a few restaurants
The Old Town is about 10 minute walk away and the New Town about 15 minute walk away
For a young family i thought it was a good location as the New Town is buzzing at the weekends, i loved the vibe and enjoyed eating there at the weekends but i was personally glad we did not stay there as it is noisy and party atmosphere
We got a taxi to Algarve Shopping centre which cost around €8 - it was really good, but expensive, the shops in the Old Town were also good
We got a bus to Zoo Marine which left just at the bottom of the first hill, really handy.
Algarve Shopping Centre and Zoo Marine are geographically close, so not a hassle to get there
The beach is a lovely beach and stretches for miles, there are lots of broken shells though so watch your feet, also the waves are incredibly rough at times, there are life guards
Overall I loved Albufeira and this hotel provided all our basic needs and it was value for money which allowed us to visit Albufeira

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Lesleymindbodyspirit
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Upon arriving the male receptionist was rude and unhelpful. The room itself was terrible, the beds were like sleeping on boards, there was no form of drinks available and no air con.

The bathroom was disgusting the bath was extremely dirty, cracked and rusting I refused to use it, the sink was barely clean. Every time you flushed the toilet the whole room stank.

The bin in our bathroom was not emptied for the whole of our stay neither was the towels changed.

There was wifi at this hotel but only in the reception area.

They did not serve food other than breakfast which was awful, there was only bread available on day one and it ran out and was not replaced there was no fruit or yogurts available and the staff were again unfriendly

Do not go!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tonyp323
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Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Overall a 'pleasant' hotel. Nothing to get crazy about..the highlight is the very helpful staff who will cater to your needs and answer any questions. Without water for 2 days/1night which as you can imagine is very annoying having been out all day covered in sand and sun lotion! You get what you pay for. Atleast the steep climb from the New Town makes you feel a little better about burning some of tgat holiday food off!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank ReadySetGo92
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Just returned from a 4 night break at this hotel. First of all, the rooms are spotlessly clean, the staff are all very friendly and helpful and the views amazing. As other reviews state, this hotel is at the top end of the resort and therefore there is a bit of a climb involved and may not be any good for people with walking, health problems. We are in our 50's and can't say we are very fit but this bothered us at all for the first couple of days when we did the trek 3 times a day, but as the week progressed and the heat rose to above 30 degrees we did find it a bit of a struggle by day three. This would not however put us off staying at this hotel again. We only had breakfast once in the hotel, on the last day, and found this perfectly acceptable for the 5 euros each. This was continental breakfast and included the usual cereals, toast, preserves, fresh rolls, juice, coffee etc. The views from the breakfast room are amazing and if you get there at the right time you could be lucky enough to get a table outside on the balcony. We didn't manage to get a sea view room although our room on the 2nd floor was roomy, clean and had a balcony overlooking the pool. The pool area is very small, as is the pool, and although there are only a hand full of sunbeds we managed to get a bed every day, and had the pool to ourselves, as most people use this hotel as a crash pad and are out and about during the day. You do have to bear in mind, the amount of money you pay to stay in this hotel and take everything into consideration. No, it's not the Ritz, but in my opinion, value for money wise, this place gets 5 stars from me. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others who just wish for a nice clean room, bed to sleep and bath/shower. Oh, must say if you like a firm bed you are in luck, only slight problem for us but did feel like i was sleeping on a stone slab. Didn't bother us too much after a few glasses of sangria though!!

We booked our transfers on line before we went with a company called Yellow Fish whom we noticed other people had recommended on this website and have to say that the service we received from them was excellent. We even received a free bottle of wine from them on arrival. The price for the return private transfer for 2 was 60 euros.

If you are staying here, go with an open mind, don't expect the Ritz and you will have a great time. Happy holidays!!

Room Tip: I believe rooms above 3rd floor have the best views, however some of these do not have balconies
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Catkins_10
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have been in the hotel for 8 nights (18.05.-26.05.2013).

We booked it from germany via Logitravel.de, included was the flight from Weeze to Faro, the hotel with breakfast and the flight back from Faro to Cologne.
We had to book the transfer ourselves, but this was easily done through a travel agent.
In the end, we paid 430€ for both.
So, the deal was more than great!!

We arrived very late at night, around 1AM, and were checked in very fast.
We were shown the way up to the room with an little elevator.
Before arrival I called the hotel and asked for a room with a balcony, and luckily we got it.
It was room no 412.

The room itself is big enough for two people, there was even a small TV and the balcony was also okay for a cigarette.
The beds were clean, the cupboards as well, and the fridge is a small one like in every hotel.

To be honest, at arrival we were thinking, wow, what an ugly, shabby hotel.

The hotel needs to be refurbished and renovated, but then again, it was a cheap deal we got and in the end, how much time did we spend there? Basically only for showering and sleeping, so we can´t complain.
Of course its not a 5Star Hotel, but for this price you do also not expect it to be as good as a 5Star- keep in mind, it has 2Stars.
Still the staff was giving their best, the beds were comfortable and in the end we didnt need more!

The breakfast is really not the biggest... The selection is really not much, but then again, its a 2 Star Hotel.
We had Bread and Buns, Ham and Cheese, Strawberry Jam, Honey and Butter and apples and oranges.
There were also cereals and milk.

But thats it!
No eggs, and if you want the fruits, better get there early :D
For breakfast you will get "tickets" for every day, which you will need to bring there.
Most of the time there were no plates, spoons or cups- just remind the sweet lady and you will get it...

Nearby there are plenty of supermarkets, so we went to buy Nutella and some Salami, stored it in our fridge and took it to the breakfast room every morning...

The pool is very small, but okay, if you need a quick refreshing!

After breakfast we went down into the city and explored Albufeira a bit.
Well, as many people wrote already, the hotel is on a hill, so walking up and down every time can be annoying at some times, but also lots of fun, especially when you had some beers...

The city itself is full of tourists, lots and lots of bars and restaurants, and in front of every bar or restaurant there is someone asking you to come inside- thats really annoying...

The food itself is also the same everywhere, chicken piri piri with chips, fish&chips, Burger&chips and chips and chips and chips ;-)
After two days we asked to exchange the chips to boiled potatoes or vegetable, as they were very oily and not nice.
Even though the food is the same nearly everywhere, the food was always well done (except the chips), and the plates were really full, so there is nothing to worry, that you´ll be still hungry after.

Our favourite place to be in the evening was the ROCK CAFE BAR.
Nice staff, nice guests, acceptable prices and live music every night! Good live music!!
There was only one favourite restaurant, that is the SHALOM on the main road.
They have three restaurants and are under Dutch Managment.

For daytime there is a really nice cocktail bar next to a hotel, near the Tunnel from the beach!
Really comfy and relaxing!

One thing I would definitely recommend is the beach BBQ trip! It´s 45€ each, but worth every cent!! Book it only with Algarve experience, they do have the best value for money!

We did the trip to Lagos&the end of the world as well- but its not al all recommend.
The end of the world was the most interesting place for us and we had only 20 Minutes over there..

Better rent a car and explore it yourself.

If you want to book any trips, walk a bit on the main road (on that road where the shalom restaurants are) up to the end. On the right hand there is a small shop, it has the best deals!

Overall I would recommend a car for rent, and explore the Algarve, as Albufeira is not the most beutiful place to be- very crowded, too many tourists, you cant see anything of the real Portugese way of life, their traditions or anything.

For partying hard its perfect though.

I would also recommed the hotel if you´re not picky and just need an escape from home!
Don´t expect a 5Star Hotel, you get what you paid for ;-))

We would return there IF we would be going to Albufeira again- which is not going to happen as there are much more beautiful places in Portugal.

And for people being scared if the weather is good:
The first two days were rainy, afterwards very sunny and warm in the daytime.
Without wind it was already too warm for us but the wind was perfect.
If you´re really brave you can even go into the ocean... I just made it with my feet and jumped out of the water :-D
Bring a light jacket for the evening-it gets really cold!

Enjoy your holiday!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank NadineO1
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