We have just spent our 20th wedding anniversary here and it has been fantastic. This is the first time we have stayed here and we will be back.
When we arrived we were politely greeted at the reception by a lovely staff member who verified our reservation and quickly allocated us a lovely one bedroom apartment, we were very impressed with the reception area, the efficient (& helpful!) receptionists, nice atmosphere and warm environment in all aspects.
Ondamar ApartHotel is in a lovely location, perfect for restaurants, shops, lovely walks and for exploring Albufeira. The Chinese restaurant (directly opp the main entrance) and other good indian and portugues restaurants are few minutes walk away and serve excellent food, its is also very close to Mcdonalds, KFC, pizza hut and huge super market similar to tescos located inside a shopping centre is also close by. Shopping here will save you few quid, for example, 1.5 ltr water bottle, 15 pence, big gallon of milk, 99 pence, coffee 99 pence etc etc
The Strip is about 10-15 minute walk away or 4 to 5 euros by taxi, and walking to OLD TOWN will take roughly 20 to 30 minutes walk or take a cab for 5 euros.
The rooms are very spacious with great kitchen equipment & maids come everyday to clean the "fully equiped" apartments
The room was more than adequate; we were on the 2th floor with a view over the pool and superb tropical garden. Air con was very good. The hotel itself is elegant, not your usual ENGLISH type blockhouse, and has some great sunbathing terraces, 2 good size outdoor and one indoor pools, a small jacuzzi and a gym with a few machines and couple of bars. Free WiFi is also available in the reception area. Staff were friendly and always eager to please, Especially HUGO GONZELES AND A VERY PREETY YOUNG FEMALE RECEPTIONIST WHOSE NAME I CANNOT RECALL, she usually worked the night shift, they were great, always smiling, SALUTE to you both.
Please note, hotel closed during october 31st to january 31st due to quite winter season
TRAVELLERS TIP 1:- DO NOT HIRE CARS FROM GOLDCAR RENTALS.
We hired a car from Goldcar Rental at FARO airport, we were a bit dissapointed with the service, first of all, the small office located inside the airport was closed with a small note saying "please go to the office located outside the TERMINAL" it was hard to locate but once we did, there was a long que, there was only one staff managing the dark and dingy office, eventually it took 2 hours before we were allocated a small SEAT IBIZA. Furthermore, having booked ALL IN car insurance through RYAN AIR, we were informed, that tires and any damage to the body were not insured and would cost another €172.00. Then, another surprise, the tank was full, and instead of having to fill it up before returning the car at the end of the rental period, we were told to have the tank as empty as possible so that they will fill the tank up and bill you at higher rate...we actually had at least 1/2 a tank of petrol left in the tank but when we got our recent creditcard statement, we noticed they've taken 70 odd quid out of our credit card account. No email or reason given and still waiting for them to refund us for unauthorised transactions.
The unfriendliness of the employees of Goldcar at FARO airport was very disspointing to say the least so my advise would be to avoid GOLDCAR RENTALS.
TRAVELLERS TIP 2:- If you do hire a car, go to FARO, its a beatiful city with some narrow cobbled streets, fantastic cafes and long strech of white sandy beach.
ALBUFEIRA MARINAS with some colourfull modern buildings (purple, red, orange, pink etc), lovely cafes, board walk.
SEVILLE IN SPAIN, takes around 2 and half hour drive from Albufeira, Portugal, roads are very quite with hardly any traffic and its well sign posted, Sevvile has a wonderful cathedral, worth a visit and take a tram ride around the big city, it has some lovely buildings and superb cafes, the area looks very much like London's river thames.
Not sure what else to say other than it was a very pleasant experience staying in this hotel.
Albufeira is a great place to visit, so go on, what you waiting for? We have already booked our next family holiday in march next year and we will deffinately stay at ondamar hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ondamar Hotel presents you with the best Algarve has to offer! On vacation or on a weekend away, enjoy the comfort of our facilities, the quality of our service and the professionalism of our staff. Sun, beach, pool and entertainment are the characteristics of this region, making it welcoming even in mid- winter. In 10 years of existence we have followed one goal only: your well-being. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ondamar Aparthotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
- Ondamar Aparthotel Hotel Albufeira