LOCATION & RESORT
The hotel is well located next to a large supermarket, within walking distance to the beach and the old town of Albufeira. It is nowhere near the busy 'Strip' where the Englishy bars are located; with burger and chip style take away restaurants.
Albufeira old town is charming, with a good blend of Portuguese and English shops, boutiques and bars/restaurants. Fisherman's Beach is a lovely location, with bars to overlook the sea and beach - perfect for sunset.
The beaches are lovely and clean. There isn't a promenade as such and you either walk along the sand (and over the rocks!) or along the side streets (with no sea view).
The little tourist train is a good way to do the round trip - covering 'The Strip' and the Old Town/Beach. This stops right outside the hotel and is priced at 4€ for a day pass.
THE HOTEL ITSELF
The reception staff are friendly and hardworking. The reception lobby is airy and spacious with the Algarve Bar to one side. We didn't use the bar during our stay but it looked well stocked and relaxing. The hotel was exceptionally quiet but we put this down to the fact that the outdoor pool was being completely refurbished (Due to finish March 2009). In a way, this was fine for us and we knew about this at the time of booking. The hotel is clean and well-organised.
Corridors - clean, spacious and decorated well.
Games Room - an interesting indoor crazy golf, but good!
Internet - Good, 3 Pcs with access to internet - quite expensive we thought at €2 for 20 minutes. Internet cafe over the road is cheaper.
We asked for an upgrade to a 1bed apartment (recommended). The room was massive although a little dated. Although dated, it was very clean and tidy and nothing at all looked shabby. The kitchen area has been refurbished and is well stocked. No freezer in the fridge, but we stored our bag of ice at the bottom of the fridge, turned it up to 6, and they remained frozen all week!
The room was cleaned daily, usually between 12 and 3. The room doesn't have an iron but this is available on request from reception. Both the bedroom and lounge have televisions with a good range of English channels as well as the usual BBC24 and SkyNews! Balcony was basic but fine.
A word of warning - don't turn on the radio (situated in the bedrooms) as it plays the same 1950s music on loop, every 30 seconds - without fail - everyday, all day - and it's not only in the room - it is also played in the restaurant and bar. It was funny after a while and we left the hotel humming the tune. It will be with us forever - goodness knows how the staff must feel!
The bathroom was standard, good sized, large mirror, bidet, toilet, plenty of towels, shower and bath. Although the shower looks pretty flimsy, the pressure is excellent and no worries about amount of hot water.
Bedroom and hallway have two large double wardrobes, fitted with hangers and drawers. Central heating/air con work well. Curtains successfully block out light and there are no problems with noise from outside.
RESTAURANT AND DINING
We used the restaurant every morning for breakfast and then again for evening meals. Each morning the following is on offer:
Water, juices, coffee, tea (variety)
Fruit - lots and lots, variety
Cold meats, cheeses, charcuterie etc
Crackers, rolls, breads (variety)
Hot: sausages, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon (English), boiled eggs, mushrooms, toast (very fresh bread), tomatoes etc.
Cereals - 3 to choose from each day.
You can help yourself and eat as much as you like.
Each evening (if Half Board) you get to choose from a buffet. Not a bad selection. Again all the salad, fruits, rolls etc you could wish for as well as a meat or a fish option, with fresh veg and pasta/rice and potatoes.
The restaurant is right next to a cake shop which might explain why the cakes offered for deserts are so delicious. My goodness - you won't lose any weight if you like cakes.
If you are not half-board, then you have an ala carte menu, which we tried once and was very pleased.
The staff, on the whole, are good. They are friendly; especially those in the restaurant. Look out for Eva in the restaurant, she's nice and friendly. They remembered what we wanted to drink each night and would always try to make conversation with us.
The majority of guests were over 30. Some were younger and we saw no children at all.
The Brisa Sol is a charming place and you won't be disappointed. Don't expect luxury, but then again don't think that this means it's awful -because it isn't. It's a very good hotel which caters well for its guests.
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- Also Known As:
- Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira
- Apartamento Brisa Sol Hotel
- Brisa Sol Albufeira
- Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve