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Alfamar Hotel
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The Alfamar Hotel complex consists of a large 4-star hotel block, very well maintained, within about 200 yards of the quite excellent Praia de Falesia (beach). In its attractive and well looked after gardens there dozens of bungalows, and then two small blocks of apartments (Algarve Gardens Apartments). We had one of these. It was fairly basic (tiny kitchenette, bathroom, 1 bedroom, balcony, no air-con) all a bit down-at-heel and showing its age but well serviced. We were on the second floor which entailed climbing 46 steps and no lift, so it wouldn't be suitable for anyone with any mobility problems. We went half-board (breakfast and evening meal). One disadvantage was that the restaurant was 5 minutes brisk walk away. The food was acceptable but unexciting and unimaginative. You wouldn't go here for the food. The whole complex has an Albafueira address, but it is actually 7-8 km to the east of Albafueira, and lies in a quiet semi-rural area, with only a couple of mini-markets and bar/restaurants nearby. If you want shops, entertainments, night-life and bustling crowds, then don't come here. But for quiet and access to a vast and superb sandy beach which stretches for miles, backed by high pine-covered cliffs, then this may be the place for you. Have a look at the pictures other people have included with their reviews. Most of the guests we saw were couples with small children, or the middle-aged and elderly. No teenagers or 20s, although they might find the extensive sports facilities attractive. We hired a car but wouldn't do so again because navigating through the maze of roads along the coastal strip is a pain, and if you really want to visit Albafueira, you can get a bus. It only takes 20 minutes. We had 10 very good, excellent sunny days, with lots of sunbathing, walking and relaxing. So, would we make another visit and possibly recommend it? Yes, we probably would, within the limitations we've spelled out here.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank boris12345186334
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

I will keep this VERY short. If you are doing self catering here. DO NOT DO IT. Please please do not! It was the worst room I have ever been in. We moved the day after. You have been warned. The MAIN hotel looked fine. Pool great, and beach area superb, but we didnt do that. Hotel in the midde of no where. 16 euro taxi to Albufeira. Go at your own peril.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank GuinnessEngland
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Nice Friendly staff great location for someone with their own transportation i.e. away from downtown Abufaria .
Resort has all the amenadies however it was quite obvious from my first day there that maintenance regarding the building and it's resources are not being carried out to a four star standard . The Sauna areas' only functioning shower for men was the one in the men,s change room
Shower in common areas gussed water from behind its metal wall faucet and the other common shower didn't work period
My room though clean required paint in the bath area probably because the ventilation didn,t ventilate . Oddly enough the A/C System worked well . It was Split type system found throughout the Resort and was very Quite .
Overall it had its' location and facilities going for it. On the Down side it has Maintenance issues throughout which leads me to ponder what this place will look like next year .probably off my list

  • Stayed: May 2012
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2  Thank Evreddy
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Arrived at hotel on 13th may went to studio apartment very very basic and no air con
upgraded to one bedroom villa with no hassel was able to view villa before upgrading which cost 105.00 euros for the week
Villa was more spacious had air con at no extra cost
would highly recommend going for villa and not studio was cleaned every day by very friendly chamber maids
beach is 2 mins away from hotel and bus stop 5 mins away from hotel buses every 40 mins into albufeira
panned excursons booked from hotel each bus picked up from local bus stop
great holiday no problems with transfers planning to go back next year
would highliy recommend for a quiet holiday
had to eat at hotel as not many eating places around that area so would advice going into albufeira which takes about 20min
breakfast costs 10 euros lunch and dinner is 21 euros each person

Room Tip: upgrade to 1 bedroom villa if your going for studio apartment
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gary D
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Just returned after 14 days in the apartments of the Algarve Gardens despite some of the negative reviews. Last year we got the bus from Albuferia to view this facility and found that the area around the Alfamar is truly stunninng - beautiful gardens and lawns and easy access to what is a truly stunning beach. We booked the apartments and although a bit oudated they are comfortable and are cleaned and fresh towels are provided each day. On arrival we asked for a toaster and kettle and these were provided immediately. We had full use of the hotel facilities outdoor pool, indoor heated pool, Jacucci and Hot Tub the same as any other hotel guest. Towels are provided free when using indoor facilities. The area is quiet if that is what you like and there is a cheap restaurant and supermarket nearby with free wiifi. We found all people staying at the hotel, bungalows and apartments very friendly and the hotel staff always helpful and informative when approached. We hired a car for 4 days and given 5 days (approx £96) with proper insurance. If you like to check out the area or visit Albuferia there is a local bus service (EVA) is available. If you are looking for night life or karaoke this is not for you but if you want a nice quiet holiday it is suitable. As regular travellers this is the first place that we were able to access first class hotel facilities for apartment prices. We stayed in Albuferia last few years but prefer a quiet holiday in nice natural surroundings.

Room Tip: Beautiful area of the Algarve
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank RegularFlyer1945
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