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Hotel California
Ranked #145 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Stayed here for a week with my mate we had 2 separate rooms with balconies looking over the pool which got the sun in the evenings. Perfect location for beach, nightlife, & restaurants which are all very good in the old town area. Will defo be back! Thomas from Dublin, Ireland

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

I have just got back from a 4 night break with a mate at hotel California. The hotel was more or less what I expected after reading other reviews. Ideal location for us as we wanted to be in the heart of bars. We did have a superior room but this only meant that we had a larger balcony and there was nothing superior on the inside. We requested a room higher up but it turned out they had put us on 3rd floor right above the bars which was very loud but didn't bother us as we were up until the early hours anyway. There's no fridge or hairdrier etc in the room. Very basic with a rustic feel! Our room only had small side lights so if you plan on drying your hair then do it before it goes dark. We were told we could change rooms the next night if we wanted to but we chose to stay where we were as we liked to look down on the street. Breakfast was fine, bacon eggs sausage, yogurts, cereal etc. we chose half board but didn't realise that meals weren't served at the hotel and they give you a meal voucher with a choice of 4 restaurants to choose from. Food wasn't brill at Grafinius. This hotel suited us fine but wouldn't be right for people who wanted a comfortable relaxing place to stay. Good price hotel and worth the money but make sure you read all reviews as the area is lovely but can be hectic at night, especially weekends.

Room Tip: My room was 300. Which was a superior room. It overlooked the street. Not ideal if you want to sleep...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Sportybarb
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

just back from albufeira staying at hotel California hotel clean staff at reception so friendly and helpful breakfast fine but the noise until 4am every morning was terrible recommend this hotel for young people who like clubbing

Room Tip: don't know
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ohalli
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Some people really need to do a bit of homework before booking hotels. There's no point in moaning about the noise when you know this hotel is right bang in the middle of "Bar Street" in old town, in my opinion that is a plus for the hotel.

To the hotel itself:

The layout can be a bit confusing initially as it has nine floors but split between two blocks. The main block has five floors with a swimming pool and patio area on the roof which you need to cross to get to the second block with the top four floors. We were on the sixth floor in a large room facing the bar street. Room was a decent size and had a large balcony with two loungers and an umbrella with still plenty of room to wander round. Room was quite basic but clean and bright and freshly decorated. It didn't however have a fridge or any tea/coffee facilities which would have been nice. Bathroom was adequate if nothing fancy. At night with the patio door closed, the noise from bar street was barely noticeable, lower floors might be different however.
Swimming pool area had limited sun loungers as it is quite small but never had an issue getting a spot in the sun. There was a breakfast room and snack bar/bar adjacent to the pool.
Reception area has a bar (never used it as loads of bars right outside) with seats and couches for lounging around and reception staff were always fine with us.

Back to location:

For us this was perfect, as it is right on the main bar street with an abundance of bars of all types and street entertainment. It is also however only a stones throw from Pescadores beach and an abundance of restaurants. Old town square is only about 100 yards away as well, and this also has street entertainment day and night.

The reason I titled this review as "Good at the right price" is that we paid £330 for the week via Booking.com, however I did see some prices on other sites quoted at around £1200 for the same week, so be wary where you book as although good overall there is no way it is worth £1200/week.

All in all, a good clean basic hotel in an ideal location, dependent on what you are looking for. Don't book looking for a quiet retreat and then complain, as that's not what this hotel is.

If you want to ask any questions, use the link, and I'll be happy to respond

Room Tip: Try and get a room on sixth floor facing front as they are all good size and on the same floor as th...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Just had a week in this noisy place. Far from a good location as some report as if it was it wouldn't be placed around a street full of bars with noise until 4am every day. It doesn't stop there, the singing and shouting comes next as people football chant their way home. This maybe reason he reception staff find it hard to crack a smile.

Everything does have a maximum price and this hotel should not charge over 40Euro per night. Unfortunately we got stung for 83Euro per night, plus the cost of ear plugs.

The Rocamor on the hand looked the business, how do I know? We tried to book into it for our last 4 nights as had enough of the 'cheery' California!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JohnW8150FG
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Cheerfulway California for one week at the end of August (August 26th - Sept 2nd) and we had such a lovely holiday! I had requested a room on the upper floors and that's exactly what we got! We booked a Superior Twin room (on the 8th floor) and it was huge! We had a massive private balcony with our own sunbeds and endless wardrobe space! The only negative that I can think of is that the pillows could have been slightly better quality. The hotel is located on the strip, which I was a little wary of booking, as we like to have a cocktail or two after dinner but weren't planning to hit the town, but the location turned out to be amazing! We were right in the centre of everything, and even when I forgot my cardigan one night I could run back for it within 5 mins from the main bars! We didn't find an issue with noise sleeping at night at all, we had our air conditioning always on (by choice, not that we had to!) and closed our balcony doors at night. The pool was lovely! It was a little chilly getting in, but once you're in, its great! The pool bar serves everything from salads to toasties to pizza, all at a very reasonable price! Large beers are E2.50 and any cocktail is E5! The management also say they would like guests not to bring their own food/drink - this is just so they can keep the pool bar open! All staff were friendly at reception and we would definitely return! Albufeira is a great place for a little romantic getaway! I would also recommend going on the boat trip to the caves from Fishermans Beach (15pp) - it's beautiful! We also went to the Slide&Splash Waterpark which was great fun! Thank-you for a lovely holiday Hotel California - we hope to see you again (-:!

Room Tip: Floor 8 was great! We were in room 801 and the balcony was huge!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank AshsAdventures
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Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Great location room ok cleaned daily breakfast excellent Jerome on reception was brilliant so helpful nothing to much trouble he should get a big pay rise would def stay again Near the night life wel busy bars music great street entertainment

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: Rua Candido dos Reis 12, Albufeira 8200-103, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #145 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: $44 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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