I've just got back from a lovely week staying in Balaia Sol with my boyfriend. Our room was excellent, nice and big with a great balcony overlooking the gardens. We didn't cook much in the room but there was a microwave, hobs and a toaster which is enough to make some basic meals. The cleaner came every other day so clean too.
As for the rest of the hotel, there was a great reception which seemed to be open 24/7 so you could contact the staff if you needed any help. One slight problem was that the staff didn't seem to speak brilliant English; we managed to communicate everything we needed to but could be frustrating if you needed to let them know anything important. The pool area was lovely, more than enough sunbeds, we never had any problems getting one or an umbrella. The bar sold a good variety of snacks and drinks for breakfast and lunch.
The location was okish. It was only about a 15 minute walk to the new town which is obviously great, but to the old town it was quite a bit longer (around 45 minutes). Taxis to the old town were only 7 euros so that wouldn't really be a problem but because it was so busy we really had a lot of difficulty actually getting one! The reception rang for us (for 2 euros) but the woman told us that she had rang 70 times and couldn't get through to anyone because it was so busy. We waited between 5 and 45 minutes for a taxi to come and that was a little bit frustrating. Having said that the location was good in the sense that it was in a nice, peaceful area, a little bit away from the hustle of the main locations and definitely wouldn't dissuade me from staying here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Balaia Sol Apartments Albufeira
- Balaia-Sol Holiday Club Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve