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“Can't get more Central!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel California
Ranked #149 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
242 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Can't get more Central!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

Second stay at the hotel and more than happy for a cheap central hotel, for a short break. I did know to ask for a high floor room so couldn't hear the noise - which is LOUD and goes on until the early hours.
Breakfast is OK great setting on the roof over looking the old town. hot drinks,juices and rolls,cereals and fresh fruit. They offer cooked - but I'd go outside for a "full English" if I wanted one.
The room was clean beds were OK and there was extra covers if needed - only problem was the shower curtain didn't hold the water inside the bath - so it ended up like a wet room - but the water was hot and the towels were clean.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank boo5
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Letterkenny, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

stayed in this hotel from 27/09/10 to 03/10/10 enjoyed our stayed very much
the hotel was kept very clean rooms cleaned towels changed daily.
great location so close to all amenities with loads of great eating places.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank martinmcdaid
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Wexford, Ireland
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2010

Stayed in Hotel California in September Location Great, but one concern never leave anything behind, left my ghd behind sent friends to collect it and when they arrived they were told it was not in the room.
Hotel staff to blame id say, like how can it just disappear?
So Beware.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Paulaba1
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2010

I stayed here for 5 nights with my best friend in September and the location is brillaint, right in the centre and to be honest we didnt hear any of the noise from our room at night.
The hotel is basic but clean and breakfast was ok, not much choice but all you need for a short stay. The pool area could do with more sunloungers but its clean and a great sun trap.
The staff are not very helpful or friendly but we didnt have too much to do with them anyway,
Albuferia is a great place to go to, everything you need in one area, great beach, lots of resturants to choose from, nice stalls selling jewllery and also a great nightlife.
Will be returning next year for sure.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank hellokitty2203
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Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
110 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2010

Really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel California. Was dreading what to expect before we arrived after reading some reviews but was literally jumping up and down when I saw our huge balcony with 2 sun loungers and a table and 2 chairs. Room was pleasantly decorated (Room 609), plenty of wardrobe space and drawers. We stayed for 2 weeks so maybe this is why we got a better room than some Ive read about. The only downside to the room is that it was 2 single beds pushed together so the inevitable gap between the beds every night was a total snuggle killer. Pillows were a bit lumpy too. Bathroom was nice with a bathtub and pretty much a power shower. TV had plenty of English channels, remote didnt work but wasnt a problem.
Breakfast is served on the rooftop pool area and was your standard continental fare of fruit, cereal, breadrolls, toast, cake, croissants, cheese, ham tomatoes, jams, honey, marmalade and stray cats. Juices were a bit watery. You could also get a cooked breakfast for a couple euro. Dont think the hotel restaurant was open while we were there but you've so many to choose from on your doorstep its not a problem.
We went to the beach every day so didnt use the rooftop pool area but it was always packed so Id recommend getting up early to leave your towel out if you want to get a lounger. To rent 2 loungers with an umbrella on the beach cost €12-14 per day or on the beach closest to the tunnel theres a woman selling drinks, you cant miss her as shes surrounded by umbrellas but she always leant us an umbrella to use for the day for free.
Hotel was excellent value for money, €50 per night booked through booking.com. All the staff were friendly and helpful and room was cleaned every day.
Finally location couldnt have been better. It is right on Bar Street around the corner from the Square and a couple of minutes to the beach. Our room was right over Bar Street but we didnt have a problem sleeping and Im a light sleeper. With the AC on and earplugs in the noise didnt disturb us although I overheard a few people complaining about the Neil Diamond warbler keeping them awake every night. Bring earplugs and you'll be fine. Would return to this hotel if we ever stayed in Albuferia again.
Some tips:
If you're going to the bullfight dont pay the €35 euro for ringside seats (like we did). When we went it was half empty and you could just pay for the cheapest tickets (€10) and walk down to the seats closer to the ring. Might be fuller in the Summer so dont quote me on that.
Sand sculpture exhibition is pretty cool.
Enjoyed the Lisbon day tour.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ZittaN
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England
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2010

This is a basic hotel for people who want to be right in the heart of the Old Town. On arrival the hotel looked pretty good from the outside and in reception but unfortunately once we were in the room things changed. The most striking thing about our room was the strong smell of smoke which was revolting and actually soaked into the bedding and pillows so you felt like you'd slept in an ashtray.
Other than that the reception staff were actually friendly which appears to be a rarity in Albufeira.

In summary, a basic hotel but a great location right next to everything.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sassy_UK
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Leeds, UK
Level Contributor
34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2010

Unless you want to stay at the very heart of the old town in Albufeira then don't even think about staying here!
The hotel is above dozens of noisy bars and is a grubby little hostel with rooms that STINK of cigarettes and a roof top pool area that is a joke.
It really is a horrible place to stay and I urge you not to ruin your stay.
The only thing that this place had going for it is the very central location. It is metres from the beach and next to all the bars and actions.
Perhaps if you were going on a lads stag weekend to Albufeira then this might be your place? Otherwise trust me DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SwissUK
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Property: Hotel California
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 #149 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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