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Mar a Vista
Ranked #130 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed September 23, 2009

My girlfriend and I returned yesterday from a weeks stay at the Mar a Vista. We were allocated room 301 which was a twin bedded room with bathroom and balcony. The room itself was clean and of an adequate size. the bathroom had a light smell of sewage throughout our stay and on our last night had an infestation of ants. A call to reception and a spray of ant killer sorted them out!!

The view from the balcony is excellent, catching the morning sun but beware the streets below are noisey, either buses going past or dog barking. The hotel is located about a 10 min walk to the old town, it is located on the street behind the Estalgen do Cerro. The staff at the hotel are very pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. If you want a drink you have to ask at reception and they will service you anytime, but they did run out of bottled lager. A can of coke in the hotel is 1.20 euro and a 33cl bottle of Sagres is 1.50 euro. there is a local bar in the street below called Victoria Bar and a bottle of Sagres is 1.20 euro.

Plenty of places to eat in Albfeira, my word of advice is to avoid the overpriced food in the square. We ate a O Veleiro on rua 5 Outubro on 2 occasions, first time we had Salmon which came with salad, boilded potatoes and veg for 8 euro each, with drink it cost under 23 euroes for two. The second time we ate my girlfriend had Salmon with salad and I had the Steak Portugeuse Style cooked medium which was tasty and excelent this was 9 euroes., again spoending less than 23 euroes. Get there early to get a table ro get to know Carlos and he'll look after you.

We had breakfast at the Cabana Fresca on Cais Herculano every morning. English breakfast cost 2.0 euros and was filling with tea and coffee it came to under 10 euros for brekkie!! Some of the restaurants were offering a 10% discount ticket on evening meals but we didn't have an evening meal at any of these restaurants.

We also at at the Mi Sombrero mexican restaurant which was the most expensive at 38 euroes for 3 beers each, starters and mains. The service on this occasion was non existent and for this reasion alone I would not reccomend it.The Regimental Sergant Major who owns Wild Bill Hiccups has sold up abd will be moving so goodbye and thank to him. Rock Cafe in the old town had some good bands, well worth a visit.

We caught the local bus to Vilamoura from the Modelo and this cost us 3.55 euros each one way but DO NOT rely on any of the timetables!!! We also caught the direct bus to Faro from Albufeira bus terminal which cost 4.20 euros each one way, be aware at the weekend there is not a diretc bus back to Albufeira so it took 1 hour 40 mins to get back!!
On our last full day we went on a cave and rock boat tour from Albufeira pier costing 10 euro each, this was real valur as you will see from the pictures.

Although the street work have been comleted we noticed a general smell of sewage around some of the streets of Albufeira. On average a small lager (0.20l) costs between 1 - 2.50 euros and a large beer (0.40l) is 2 euro, a Bacardi and Coke is anyhing betwwen 4 - 6.50 euros but be aware some measure are so small you can't taste the alcohol. We wouldn;t return to albufeira for a weeks holiday but would come back for a mid week break.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

Me and my husband spent last week of June in that 2 star hotel. It is a very nice hotel, located close to the Old City and a beach. First impression is amazing, white building with blue strips.
It has free of charge parking places so you can come by a rented car. Rooms from the third floor have an amazing view to the whole Albufeira.
However not all rooms have balcony-be prepared. Some rooms, located on a ground floor have directly access to the swimming pool which is tiny but very comfortable especially when you go there straight from your room:)
Rooms are big with old furniture but who cares. Bathrooms looks also nice. Everything is tidy and good looking. Towels are changed every day. Breakfast is in continental style (cereals, milk, ham, cheese and rolls) but you can bring with you whatever you want – I recommend local cottage cheese, really tasty. Dining room is located at the top floor so when you eat breakfast, you have a wonderful view.
Staff is very friendly and helpful. Just ask if you want to know something. Also they speak English so there is no problem with communication.

From hotel to the beach is about 5 minutes walk however it is when you are going down. Hotel is located at the top of the hill so when you are coming back (tired) from the beach it will take you about 10 minutes (when you are young and fit).

Also it is 5 minutes walk to the Old Town (with come back the same story as above). Here you find many shops, restaurants and discos. This place is alive from 22:00pm.

Albufeira is quite a big town. This hotel is located near the Old Town which is very far from the Strip (second main part of Albufeira).

Algarve offers many local excursions however most of them are for old people like: Loule market on Saturdays. Also nothing special offers trip to Sagres or Cabo de Sao Vicente. Generally you can book one day for a site seeing and it will be enough for the whole cost.

It is very nice place for holidays however you should be prepared that water is cold. It was almost beginning of July and we could not walk into water because it was so cold. You are melting on the beach but still water is impossible to swim.

This hotel is totally recommended for somebody who is looking for a cheap and comfortable holidays. Location is excellent. Restaurants offer cheap and delicious food (we recommend O’Veleiro). You can walk for hours and admire Portuguese architecture. Definitely worth to go.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Agusia01
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

Having read reviews before travelling, was having nightmares about the hill - its not as bad as its made out although it may be a bit of a struggle for older people. There are different routes you can take and one of them is quite steep, but it works off the extra pounds. Only booked two days before travel. The hotel itself is spotlessly clean, maids in every day with a towel change. We stayed B&B. The breakfast could have been a little more imaginative (two types of cereal, bread rolls, jams, ham and cheese). The coffee from the machine is a bit to be desired but there was always juice. Pool very small with only a few sun beds but we had a top floor room with a massive balcony overlooking the town. It was perfect for us and anyway the beach is only a 5 minute walk downhill. Reception staff were lovely. Overall I would recommend this hotel. It is not 5 star luxury, but we didn't pay 5 star money. Had a lovely time and would not hesitate to go back again. Beware of transfer times. It is probably only about 30 mins to the airport, but unfortunately it took us two hours (almost as much time as it did to fly to Portugal!) as we had quite a few different drop offs and we were the last. Nothing to do with the hotel, just a gentle warning for fellow travellers. Hope this helps.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WatfordFloozie
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Reviewed May 23, 2009

Just got back from our week at the mar a vista, had a fantastic time, BUt we had to buy a kettle, and borrow some cups from the breakfast room, No facilities for that first morning cuppa, also borrowed a couple of bowls, to be able to eat our cereal on the balcony, But it did not spoil our holiday we worked around it, where there is a will there is a way.
Most days we got a taxi back from the old town at 4 euros a time , but after a meal or a very hot day that walk back was tiring, As it was very very steep, all the way ,however by the end of the week it was easier ,and we found a longer but less steep route back,We came back fitter than when we went, (if we had not eaten so much) I can strongly recommend the O Veleiro for a marvellous meal, at very reasonable rates, friendly warm and relaxing , Traditional Portuguese food, They do a tourist menu, a starter, a soup course. main dish, desert, coffee, and a bottle of wine or beer all for 9.50 euros, and there cream tart is to die for , i dont normally eat desert but that was the scrummiest pudding i have ever eaten,
Also an amazing Indian meal at Jaipur. just at the end of the road (more or less from the mar a vista) expensive but perfect food, and ambience.
All in all we had a brilliant holiday, when we got over the kettle fiasco but at 12 euros for the kettle it paid for itself in the first two days as tea and coffee were about 2 euros each and i do drink a lot of coffee,
I would definatley go back there, and the only thing i would change would be the pool it is down 3 flights of steps,
I can also stongly recommend NJOY a transfer taxi service, prebooked from their web site , their communication was great, very efficient and for 4 people door to door return was 70 euros in an air con modern and comfy mini bus. Fishing off the rocks was a good experience too, PS the weather was amazing xx A Brill night out at the ROCK CAFE BAR in the square till 2 in the morning was enjoyed too.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank gillyHighPeak
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sianmclaren
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank catfishjim
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Address: Cerro da Piedade, Albufeira 8200-320, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #130 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: $32 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mar a Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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