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“Good Hotel in a Great Location”
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Hotel Almar
Ranked #75 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Good Hotel in a Great Location”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Had a cheap get away on the 13th November so did not expect too much of a hotel when I arrived!
Did not need to worry because as we walked in the reception was clean and modern looking with a nice smile from the receptionist. Booked in with no hassle and was offered an upgrade to a sea view room for 10 euro a day, informed that we had a studio room which was on the lower ground floor.
Took the key and found the room adjacent the lift, with its own door bell and lobby light switch.
The room was exceptionally spacious with a well equipped kitchen/dining area which included a fridge, cooker, large sink, etc.
The bathroom was large (if a little dated) with an over bath shower, toilet, bidet and a huge mirror above the wash hand basin. Soap was provided but no shower gel.
The strange thing about the studio was the beds (2 single) are in the lounge, you strip the cover off the sofa and the bed is ready made underneath. Don't sound good but had a great nights sleep every day and as there was only the two of us, we just left them as they were during the day.
The room had a large balcony overlooking a lawned area, complete with table/chairs a clothes line and an external light.
The rooms are made up every day and towels changed as required.
All the staff were very friendly and always willing to help out with travel information and local attractions, we did not use the restaurant or bar as the hotel was very quiet during our stay.
The hotel is ideally situated for the Old Town which is about 10 minutes’ walk down to the escalators and not to strenuous walk up the hill back.
There is a great bar called Birinaite on you was down to the Old Town and we called in every night on the way home, the Restaurante D.Capito is just around the corner and we ate there 3 times during the week, look out for the daily specials on the chalk board outside. The Chinese shop next door sells everything under the sun at a bargain price. (Look out for my reviews on the bars/restaurants in the area)
The hotel is a good 30 minutes walk to the 'Strip' but there is a nice shopping centre on the way.
Overall very good value, spotlessly clean and If I return to Albufeira, I would defiantly stay at the Almar again.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We booked this Apartment never realising the word Studio means "No Bedroom". The lounge settee's double up as single beds (bolted to the floor), although they weren't uncomfortable the pillows were little & lumpy. The bathroom was very dated but usable and the kitchen had everything you could need should you wish to cater for yourselves.
All Studio's are on the lower ground floor so have no sea views but do have views over a pleasant garden.
The location of the hotel is brilliant just a short walk down hill to meet the esculators that take you down to the beach, bars & shops.
There is 24 hour reception so other than a few doors slamming not too noisy during the night.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

apartments are dated in furniture but are cleaned every day we had everything we needed, bar was closed due to being off season but everything is close by so it didnt bother us .5 mins to beach just a bit further and youre in the old town which is very nice and has plenty of bars and places to eat. A small supermarket just round the corner and a larger one 10 mins away. Book a 1 bed with sea view its worth it just for the view and the sun is on the balcony from about 11 till sun set so you can sit all afternoon without going out if you wanted to . A small tv which had limited channels in english world news, fox, national geographic thats your lot.Had a wonderful chill out holiday and would defo go back here.

Room Tip: 1 bed room appartment with sea views are ideal
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed in mid October with our two teenage boys. Initially we were in a ground floor apartment which was spacious with terraces off both the bedroom and living room looking over the garden. Although on the sea side, we weren’t high enough up to take full advantage of the lovely views. When we asked to move, the staff were very accommodating and we were able to move to one on the third floor after a couple of days. This apartment was smaller and the bedroom was to the rear with a window onto the corridor which meant that we had to keep the curtains shut for privacy. However, the views were amazing and worth the smaller accommodation. There are upper floor apartments with sea views from the bedrooms so, if we stay again we will be more specific about the apartment we book (We booked directly through their website and they seem used to specific apartment requests)

Both apartments we stayed in were similar, basic with typical Mediterranean decor including lots of tiled surfaces which can take a bit of getting used to. However the rooms were very clean. There was a very small TV but the boys found some English speaking channels to watch. The kitchen is partially fitted with a microwave oven and has the basic equipment to make a simple meal but, with a huge selection of restaurants nearby, you are unlikely to use it much. You can ask for a kettle as that’s obviously a British thing! The fridges in both apartments were very old and could do with replacing. The laundry room at the back of the kitchen was great for drying towels, swimwear etc.

The bathrooms were acceptable, if dated. Both had a large marble washstand and a deep enamel bath (repainted) with shower over. The bathroom on the ground floor apartment was much bigger with a window for fresh air which was nicer as the other one was an internal room with no extraction!! There was always plenty hot water but the shower heads could do with being replaced with modern ones. Towels and bed linen were changed out mid-stay which was fine for us as there were loads of towels anyway.

The beds were incredibly hard and uncomfortable for a side sleeper – my hips are still grumbling 3 weeks later. We asked for extra pillows which we got the next day.

The hotel’s location is excellent, just a ten minute walk from the beach and the old town, or 5 minutes up to the main road and the supermarket, McDonalds & KFC. If you don’t mind a longer walk, most things you would want to see, from the marina in the west to the strip to the east, are within walking distance. There is a tourist train and sightseeing buses if you prefer not to walk.

We found the hotel good value for accommodation for four on a budget and the staff helpful and friendly. The location and views were brilliant. The garden and pool area was well maintained with lots of loungers. The bar and snack bar were not open in October but we didn’t feel we were missing out. It may have a different atmosphere in high season. There seemed to be lots of couples staying, it was very quiet and our boys probably would have preferred a hotel with more families. However we would stay again if returning without the kids.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper floor room with sea view for both bedroom and living room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

As previous reviewers have said the hotel is in a great location, room was big, very clean and for what we paid for the rooms the price was ok and what a view.

I would advise to take a one bedroom apartment with a sea view as I heard other guest complain about the smaller rooms.

The bad points as other people have stated the apartments are dated the bath in our room had the coating peeling off and the beds are rock hard I thought I had a hard bed at home until I tried to sleep on this one. When we stayed the Hotel Bar and pool snack bar where shut in October which is still meant to be High Season.

I probably wouldn't stay at these apartments again as there are better options at other hotels locally which we have stayed in the past.

Room Tip: Choose a one bed apartment as we where told by other guests the studio apartments are very small and...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2012

The positives - The location of this hotel is perfect! It's 10 mins walk to a large supermarket and 5 mins walk to a smaller shop. It's a 10 min walk downhill to the escalators leading to the beach and Old Town where there are plentiful bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. We booked a sea view room which was beautiful and very spacious throughout! Staff were very helpful and friendly.

The negatives - this hotel is very dated and needs a lot of improvements. The bathroom and kitchen are both very old. The towels left in the bathroom were already dirty. There was basically nothing in the kitchen - no washing up liquid or cleaning products of any kind, no cloth or sponges to clean/wash up with, no kettle, no bin, not even a pair of scissors. The mini oven/grill looked older than my Grandma so we didn't dare touch that. We also noticed that there was no smoke alarms in the whole of the apartment. We thought we would get a double room but it was 2 single beds pushed together and they were rock hard - we slept on the sofa for 2 nights. The floors obviously hadn't been cleaned as there was hair and sand there from before we arrived. The TV was tiny and reception wasn't brilliant. There was also no wi-fi available. There was a computer available in the reception at a cost of 1 euro for 10 mins. We only just managed to book our return transfer before the 10 mins ran out because the computer was so slow.

Overall this hotel is perfect for groups wanting to get drunk and go to the beach who aren't particularly bothered about cleanliness, not for a relaxing couples holiday.

Room Tip: Book a seaview room
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Booked a late deal mid October just to get a bit of sun before winter sets in, First time visit to albufeira. Not knowing resort or area we took a punt of a suprisingly cheap deal we found online and decided to pay a little extra for a 1 bed apartment with sea views - really glad we did. genuinely inpressed with the rooms and the view was perfect. Okay the rooms are very dated and more than a little tired, and the kitchen had only the very basic(and old school appliances) not such a great problem as most people eat out at one of the hundred excellent restaurants and bars in the old town. This is probably the biggest plus for this hotel is the location - Literally a ten minute walk down into the old town. With the brilliant escalators to take you down to beach level.
The pool area is well serviced and clean, we were very lucky as our week had an unseaonal heatwave of clear blue skys and 28-29 deg temp - something we hadn't planned or packed for.
The pool area was never too busy and you could always get a lounger and go for a swim - sometimes being the only one there, again great views from the pool area.
The staff were excellent and always polite and very helpful. One tip though - take your own travel kettle - better than boiling water in a pot on the stove.
Overall I would recommend this hotel and would stay again especially slightly off season when things are a little quieter and good deals can be had.

Room Tip: Most room do actually have some aspect of sea view - but pay the extra for rooms 2nd floor up and ov...
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Property: Hotel Almar
Address: R. Bartolomeu Dias | Cerro da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200-077, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Almar 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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