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Torre Velha Hotel
Ranked #88 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Myself and my chief bridesmaid were lookingfor somewhere cheap, cheerful and warm to go for a few days to build up a tan and relax for a few days before my wedding. The Torre Velha was just that. We were led to believe the hotel was a 2 star, and probably was closer to to a 3 though didnt claim to be anything it wasn't.
The hotel was not located in the busy area of Albufeira, it was in a quiet relaxing location a short walk from a beautiful small beach. There was a shop down the road in a hotel complex (German i think).
There was bus stop at the top of the road where you can get on a sightseeing bus for ten euros, which you can get on and off as many times as you like, circling around.
The room we stayed in was basic though most importantly clean. The beds werent the most comfortable but lets face it, no bed is as comfy as your own! There was a small balcony, though no view from it. The breakfast was a standard continental breakfast of cereals, bread, cheese, ham etc.
We ate one evening meal in the hotel, the prices were very good, and there was fresh fish caught daily. We both enjoyed the food, it was as i expected.... not restaurant standard but good hotel food. There were several restaurants between 15 and 30 minute walk from the hotel.
The staff were mainly friendly, the breakfast man seemed grumpy.Tthe bar was pretty big with a vast selection of drinks, one of the biggest ive seen. Thats not including the whisky collection displayed..... over 3000 bottles!!!
The pool was small, but always clean and ideal for relaxing and cooling down.
My favorite thing about the holiday was the relaxing location of the hotel, though my least favorite thing was the transfer time from the airport, an hour on coach (more like 2 on arrival).

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank angieHalifax
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

A wonderful family run hotel which, though basic was more than adequate for my needs. It is one of those places where people go back year after year and become more than customers. Bella on reception was incredibly helpful and was happy to teach me a bit of the local language. There was a great atmosphere in the bar in the evening and the pool terrace was a wonderful place to eat of an evening. The food, especially the fresh fish in the retaurant was very good, better that both the restaurants I tried in my week away. There are a couple of very nice beaches within a few minutes' walk both of which have pleasant bars on them, excellent for lunch and dinner. It is true that the braekfast was the same every day, but there was plenty and the coffee was good and strong. My room was basic though cleaned every day with a very powerful and easy to control shower.. I certainly intend to go back in May for an early season break. Can't wait!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank David S
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

My first holiday alone and this was a perfect choice. Not particuarly for the hotel but the other people i met there. The hotel was adequate the pool area quiet. Not much to do there unless you go into albufeira which was lovely by day with lots of shops and lively by night with bars and restaurants.. Only a short taxi ride away for about 10 euros, although there is a bus which goes there in the daytime and hotel has details. Staff at hotel very friendly and helpful and although I was on my own it didn't feel like that. Television in room a bit grim with only sky news in english, a film channel would have been good. Rooms clean but beds a bit firm. Rooms could do with a face lift and shower curtains not good. Would go again, cheap but very cheerful. Shops within walking distance

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank Christine B
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Could not put it better than the previous review written by blythie. Extremely accurate on all accounts. Funnily enough we felt exactly the same about the guy doing breakfast on a morning very grumpy although rest of the staff lovely. Only complaint to make was that on making the booking we specifically stated we were travelling as a couple and wished for a double bed. They were unable to give us this saying that this was merely a request and that we would have to upgrade for a double (which is ridiculous to suggest that double bed in a room should be more expensive than two singles) when asked if we could do this and how much it would be we were told there would be no double beds available during our whole stay. We asked other couples that we got chatting to al if they had had the same problem and strangely enough they all had.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Henrysmith186346
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

As teachers, we wanted to find somewhere quiet, away from children if possible and 18-30 etc (and on a budget). We certainly found it here. We don’t like big hotels so this being 36 rooms was perfect.

Room was perfect for our stay. We had a twin room which had balcony overlooking the road (very quiet). It was cleaned everyday and beds were made. Linen was changed once during our stay and towels twice. Some reviews have criticised the cleanliness but we could not fault it throughout the hotel and the pool area (we saw these being cleaned daily). The bathroom could have had a lick of paint but this is not a 5* hotel. Beds were comfortable. We were disappointed that we didn’t have a kettle and tea making facilities in the room although on returning and reading latest reviews, it appears we could have asked at reception which we didn’t think of.

The only criticism of the hotel is (as others have mentioned) the breakfast. It was the same every morning. Fresh rolls (which were lovely) processed cheese and ham. It was the same cheese and ham each morning so some had gone dry. No problem as you just take from the fresh layer!! Some dry (high sugar) cereals were available with muesli and very warm milk. Orange juice was from concentrate, not fresh and coffee from machine was disgusting. Considering we had paid extra for breakfast, we were very disappointed with this. Our advice would be to pay room only as there are two mini markets within 5/10 minute walking distance which sell fresh pastries every day. There is also a fridge in your room so you could buy fresh orange juice. Would probably work out cheaper and you could sit on your balcony each morning having breakfast.

Most of the staff were wonderful, one exception, the man at breakfast each morning. Same person - didn’t even turn up till half an hour late one morning. Guests queued up outside breakfast room waiting for him to arrive. Some guests very upset by this as they had tours booked and therefore missed breakfast. No apology when he wandered in. He never seemed to smile and on asking one thing one morning we got such a look and response, never requested anything again. This was a shame as the rest of the staff at the hotel were fantastic. Extremely friendly and couldn’t do more to make sure you were happy. In the evening, they remembered your favourite ice cream (a must try) and drink. One lady (can’t remember her name) went above and beyond what was expected.

The pool area was very quiet. We spent most of our time here. There is some shade by the tower so unsure why people have left poor reviews of this. There are plenty of sun beds. We were able to have the same ones all week. Pool is very cold – my wife didn’t like this, I did as you were able to cool down quickly.

We didn’t eat any meals at the hotel due to recommendations from reviews. We visited several restaurants and highly recommend O’Amigo snack bar which is at the top of the road. Good quality food and do a tourist menu – Bread/Olives, Soup, Main, Pudding, Glass of wine for 12E per person. We would also recommend Quinta Da Gale Italian restaurant. Went twice as the food was so lovely and staff fantastic. Owned by an English lady who gave us some excellent advice about the area. Meal was about 35E for two course plus drinks. Avoid The View Bar and Diner. Very cheap but very disgusting - big mistake on our part. We avoided restaurants like Dom Dini’s as advised on here. We ‘splashed’ out on two nights. For our wedding anniversary we went to the restaurant on Evaristo Beach. Absolutely amazing and beautiful setting watching the sun go down whilst eating your meal. It is a fish restaurant and you choose your exact fish when you go in. Cost us 79E for 3 course meal and drinks. Also went to PIC-NIC restaurant on Costello Beach. Again lovely food – 59E for 3 course meal and drinks.

Supermarkets are a bit of a walk but the two minimarkets close by are fine. One is at Hapimag (hotel just down the road towards the beach) and once is on the main road on the left. Prices fine and had everything we required.

Gale is very quiet which was perfect for us. One review was unhappy as there wasn’t much to do. We liked this and it was very relaxing. Mainly German tourists but they stay in Hapimag.

There are some beautiful coves only a short walk away. I would advise that you don’t go to the ones at the bottom of the roads as most people go there and they get busy. If you go to these then turn left or right (or walk through Hapimag) and walk along the cliff top you will find some lovely much quieter coves. Sea was beautiful.

Best advice we took from one review was to get a copy of freemaps for Gale off Google. These are also available at a few places in Gale. Very helpful in finding our way around. Make sure you also bring your own beach towels.

We paid £340 per person B&B including transfers. We didn’t have high expectations for this price so therefore the hotel did not disappoint us. We were very comfortable. The rooms had solid walls so there was no noise above, below or around. However if you are paying £450 upwards, I would look elsewhere.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions as I got some brilliant advice by emailing other reviewers before we left.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank blythie
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

nice room with a huge ceiling fan which in 30 degree heat we found worked, the cleaning was practically non existent, but plenty of cleaners around ?? make sure the towels are changed, we asked for a kettle which we got, we were in room 108 with the smallest balcony in the hotel we ate at the hotel ok burgers 3 euro lg beer 2 euro etc nice pool sunbeds were usually empty with towels on, but we did the beaches which are fantastic and they weren't packed, no seaside atmosphere in the area just a smelly main road with a few restaurants nearby find Happimag two mins away it has a lovely shop with fresh bread etc. hotel staff helpful and friendly a plus.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank carrieemz
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Only Down side was the Breakfast very repetative but the hotel was very clean and relaxing would love to go back again reception staff very helpful and friendly

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Praia do Castello, Albufeira 8200-388, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #88 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: $27 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Torre Velha Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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