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“two weeks of misery”
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Hotel California
Ranked #145 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed October 19, 2013

filth filth everywere wat a dirty place to stay it would be an insult to call this hell hole a hotel yes the rooms are basic so basic nothing works in them only seen cleaners once in the two weeks we stayed there ladies if you are thinking of going to this hell hole take your hairdryer as there is only one for the entire place you could be a few days wating to dry your locks to give a quick run down on this so called hotel staff are not very friendly rooms are so dirty I could actually write my mame in the in the dust and dirt and I did bathrooms are like something out of the ark rusty pipes dripping water mould everywhere .lifts are a nightmare only take two people at a time on arrival you have to make a few trips to get your luggage to your room if you are on floors six to nine you have take two lifts and a bit of a hike along the hallways to reach your basic room .only to get there to find the nightmare is just starting .lovely bars beaches and restaurants in albufeira .for a good holiday stay away from the hell hole they call the hotel California

Room Tip: stay away from all rooms
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I chose this hotel mainly for the location, staying there on a room only basis from 4th to 13th October 2013. Definitely not disappointed, yes the hotel is not luxurious but if I’d wanted luxury I would not have booked this hotel. Basic clean room, good sized bathroom, the bedroom was much smaller than we expected for a superior room but ok, apparently it's the size of the balcony that gives the superior status to the room - huge outside area with 2 sun loungers, umbrella and table and chairs. Seems that the rooms are all very different in shapes and sizes, this is probably what causes some of the complaints - the couple that we travelled with were given a huge two room superior room (that used to be a suite) - luck of the draw! Very friendly and helpful staff. Pool on the 6th floor with plenty of sunbeds and a snack bar. Noise wasn't a problem with the balcony door closed, although I don't think anyone would sleep in high season! Back to location - 2 minutes from the Main Square, 5 minutes from the beach, restaurants and bars on the doorstep - perfect.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kathryn E
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a 4 day break, hotel was in a great location, in the heart of the old town and 2 min walk to the beach. Rooms very clean and the staff were great. Definitely return, loved it
You must book a meal at Don Carlos restaurant 3 min walk from hotel, a 5 course meal €44 worth every penny, fab fab fab.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank sunnyBirminghamUK
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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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Thank TMDublin
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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

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  • 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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3  Thank JohnP033
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Address: Rua Candido dos Reis 12, Albufeira 8200-103, Portugal
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: $45 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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