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“A weeks stay in the heart of the city.”

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Polana Residence Hotel
Ranked #139 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Sunderland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A weeks stay in the heart of the city.”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Myself and my partner had a week here at this hotel, it was basic (we referred to it as a Travelodge) but it had good facilities, good standard Air Conditioning, a well equipped bathroom and a small balcony to do a spot of people watching to start or finish your day.

The location for this hotel is fantastic, you cannot ask for a better location, on your doorstep is many restaurants and bars all across the strip - in the main part of old town, even better is that the beautiful beach is a mere slow 5 minute walk.

The staff are very accommodating, friendly, give you tips on hot spots and help you out with all your holiday needs, rooms cleaned to spotless conditions everyday too.

So you literally can't ask for anything more (unless you want luxury).. although we didn't use it that much, you had access to the pool over at Hotel California, which is near enough next door.

The only thing I would say need improving is their breakfast isn't particularly fantastic - we ate out most mornings even though we chose the bed and breakfast option mainly due to no hot foods available and not a great selection admittedly.

For me, the noise wasn't a problem, I got to sleep near quickly each night. The best thing for us was to open the balcony doors allowing the noise in whilst you get ready for bed just for ten minutes then closing them as you climb into bed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Just had a weeks stay here and we loved it. Great location, close to everything but very very noisy at night until 4am when all the music stops and the revellers return to their hotels. However, close the double glazed doors and sleep like a baby! The staff are all helpful and man the receptions all night. The room we had,403, was fine and had a small but adequate balcony. Breakfast was ok but nothing hot..well it was very warm outside from early on so who wants fried bacon and egg anyway? The beach was 5 minutes away and is fantastic, but as this hotel has no pool they have a sister hotel, Hotel California, which does and is ok to use showing your room card. All in all we enjoyed it.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

This hotel is way overpriced for what you get. A truly disappointing experience. Bathroom had a bad smell that seemed to keep re emerging. I was very unpleasant to be awoken at 8am in a room that was not dark enough for sleep. Also the noise is a major sleep hindrance up to 3 or 4am.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

excellent location for the beach, restaurants, bars and square of the oldtown. While located on a busy street which was noisy in the evenings we slept relatively easily (if you are a very light sleeper or have trouble getting to sleep with some background noise then this is not for you!). Room very clean and cleaners in daily. Front door staff extremely friendly, cant fault this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Best of both worlds sitting in the hub of the old town we were concerned about sleep but it was not a problem at all. Staff are so friendly and helpful. We booked a standard room but upgraded to 1 with sun terrace wen booking in. Was xtra but well worth it

  • Stayed July 2012
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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I've spent 9 nights in this residence by the end of July.
I've choosen this residence because its situation, ideal for people who likes to spend the whole night in the discos around, that was my case.
The problem waswhen I am came back to the hotel, around 4 o'clock in the morning, workers were rebuilding houses around the residence and they start arount 7 o'clock to make NOISE....imagine to sleep only 2-3 hours in the morning....They have no respect ....money...money...
I complained in the reception to get part of my money back....no way!!
Other disadvantage: no parking and the public one was very expensive: 1 Euro/hour!!
Very small rooms...
BUT very very nice/kind people at the reception!!

PS: photo of my bathroom after the workers kercherised the house near my balcony

Room Tip: take the one with terrasse
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Staff was very friendly. Right in the middle of town where all the action is. This is a 2 star hotel and we expected less but were happily surprised.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Polana Residence Hotel
Address: Rua Candido dos Reis 32, Albufeira 8200-103, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the vibrant heart of the old town of Albufeira with her restaurants and bars.The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the beach.This, for the most part, recently renovated hotel has a cozy, modern and friendly atmosphere.The hotel has comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms, some with terrace, all with tv and airconditing. In the morning you can enjoy a full continental breakfast.There is 24 hours reception available. ... more   less 
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Polana Residence Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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