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Alto da Colina Aparthotel
Ranked #52 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Southwell, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“summer holiday”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

my wife and i took the second week of our daughter/son in law/ and 2 granddaughters fortnights holiday we was all inclusive, the complex has 2 blocks block 1 is 10 years old thats the one we stayed in and block 2 is 5 years old block 1 is where the main food hall is if you are in block 2 you have to climb 50 steps each time you want to eat morning noon and night there is a restaurant in block 2 which you can eat in twice a week when you are all inclusive.The appearance of both blocks are very modern and easy on the eye they are both 5 storys high including the ground floor our room was really spacious and well fitted however for a 4 star the bathroom let it down there was no shaving mirror no complimentary shower/hair shampoo sachets the bath towels were thin and not very large the hair drier kept cutting out and there was no none slip mats for the bath,the housekeeping was a bit lax our bed did not get made one day and that was on a week day not on sunday, there was sky sports 1 which is a real bonus for sports fans and plenty of british channels which makes a nice change when you are abroard, the food was just what the british eat the bacon and sausages was just like you eat at home the variety of the rest of the food was really good and suits the british pallet,the pool areas were as you would expect really nice there is an inside pool although we did not use it i should say there was six or seven ear infections during our week stay from different people so there is a problem with the water,at this point i should point out that first choice take over this aparthotel throught the summer so the place is full of kids not our preferred holiday but we knew what we was letting ourselves in for so thats cool and i have to say i have never seen the level of activities for the kids as is in this hotel from early in the morning till 11pm it is none stop i have also never seen the amount of equipment that the kids had it was absolutly fantastic what a place to take kids there is a team of 30 helpers in the kids club from the reception to the kids club all the staff are really really good, i would comment that there should be more than the 2 lifts that was there,every day the owner turned up he must be 80 that to me is a nice touch and he cares and to be fair it is reflected in the way the place is run if we return and kids are not there it would be interesting to see if we would enjoy the place a little more because it would be a little calmer but thats me being a silly old so and so one the final question is would we return the answer is yes not for a few years there are other places to see though.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Werrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Spent a week here in may. Very clean hotel. Great for young kids. There is a beach but very steep steps to get to it via sister hotel. Great entertainment team for children. Food the same as any other all inclusive hotel. Bit on the cold side though. Pool bar gets very busy at lunch. Only one serving and they take a lunch break at 1:30:/ overall kids enjoyed it.

  • Stayed May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Feeling the need for a break from the dismal weather I booked a last minute holiday to Portugal. We have not been to the Algarve before and decided to take a chance thinking a week anywhere in the sun would be better than here. We were delighted when all of our expectations were exceeded in every way. Flights and transfers went seamlessly, we were welcomed at the hotel and given an excellent room. It was spotless, well maintained, comfortable and quiet. Alto da Colina is situated in a quieter part of the Algarve, but Vilamoura and Albufiera are easily reached by foot, bus or taxi. The beach was a pleasant cliff side walk away but if you have smaller children and buggies it may be easier to use the hotel bus or take the longer route along the main road.The hotel provided enthusiastic entertainment and day trips for those that wished to participate whilst also providing a quiet pool area for those that did not. The restaurant was first class. The food was excellent in quality and choice. The staff consistently made sure that food was well presented and fully stocked throughout. Tables were cleared and cleaned immediately and there was always a choice of where to sit. This was our first experience of an all inclusive holiday and to be honest I had visions of unruly queues, guests with piled high plates and trays loaded with drinks. I could not have been more wrong. Meal times were a pleasure, sometimes we sat for a couple of hours enjoying the atmosphere and a coffee. The hotel obviously caters for families and appears to do so very well but as an older couple with no children we did not feel out of it but enjoyed the energetic atmosphere. In conclusion I would recomend this resort to all, couples and families. We left feeling relaxed and would love to return another year.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Alto Colina / is a fantastic property if you have family .as it is all centered around the family. It is brochured under the first choice holiday village brochure . It is so well set up.
Very modern stylish apartments with all facilities needed. The complex is all inclusive and operated completely by FIrst choice the reps even meet you at the door on arrival .
The food is great and does a wide range of things the kids will enjoy .
There is a children's club that operates at various times and provides various activities for the children , the kids club reps are very dedicated and enjoy what they do , there is also a crèche / baby sitting facility. Which means there is also a chance for parents to have time aside the kids .
The water park is such an asset it is amazing , it's hard to get the kids out of the water .

We booked our package direct with First choice they were excellent cant fault one thing . We didn't book our transfer with them as we have found in the past tour operator transfers take forever and with kids after a long flight you Just want to get there. We had been recommended by friends to use yellowfish taxi so this is what we did , and they were also excellent ,they were waiting at the Airport with a big welcome , all the drivers made a fuss of the kids and spoke to us not just the one taking us , it was so nice to be greeted that way ...... When we got to the car they had a baby seat and a booster back seat for the kids , so they had done their research into what we required . We then were given a bottle of wine as a welcome gift , how nice was that , the return trip was equally good . It took only 30 minutes to get there , it took people on the bus quite a bit longer . Can I also note a coach transfer for 4 people with first choice is actually quite a bit more expensive than a private with yellow fish taxis
While our children are still young I think for the next few years this will be the holiday of our choice as the other benefit is the flight is really about the shortest of the European destinations..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Just back from our 2nd stay at the alto de colina which becomes the Holiday Village Alrgave in the summer. We visisted here August 2012 and some things were good and some not so but the hotel itself is really nice and clean.

This time, much quieter and overall much better, there were only about 15 families staying the week we weny 7/04/13 - 14/04/13 at this allowed the Hotel staff to be really attentive and friendly and couldnt do enough for you.

Hotel is spotlessly clean, my wife is rather particular but even she had to admit how clean it was again. Rooms are nice, functional and have everything you need for all inclusive and self catering.

Facilites are good, indoor and outdoor pools, gym, play area.

My only criticism would be that the kids club wasnt open and non of the kids play pools (for smaller kids) werent open also, although this wasnt mentioned in the brochure. We returned to this hotel because we knew it was clean and nice and we hoped that in the quieter season it would be better. It was.

One of the best aparthotel's i have stayed anywhere.

Room Tip: Have a sea view room which over looks the pool....much better.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just returned from this Hotel with a family group of seven. It provides a comfortable family facility with good food, large rooms and very friendly helpful staff who are let down because the Kids club and some other childrens activities which were advertised in the First Choice winter catalogue are not available despite what they promise.
About four weeks prior to your travel you will receive information telling you " we no longer plan to have a kids club at this hotel" .
The facts are that no Kids club runs in the winter, it only commences on May 1. On arrival even the reps and the hotel staff will tell you that and to the best of my knowledge this has been the practice for the last two years.
I will leave it to you to decide if this a policy of deliberate miss-selling by Thomson /First Choice or their inability to attract Kids club staff

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Easter break in two bedroom apartment. Nice spacious apartment, main room with kitchen and dining area, two decent size bedrooms with twin beds. Big balcony with nice view over sea. Very clean and well maintained during stay. Good facilities available although mostly shut given time of year. Indoor pool was nice although a little cold. Staff were very helpful and straightforward. Location is a little limiting if you have no car. Breakfast and evening meal provided good selection for good price. Only negative point was that they shut the restuarant part way through our stay forcing us to walk to a sister hotel for breakfast - this should have been explained up front. Would totally recommend for younger children, older ones may get bored in location. Would recommend car if staying here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Alto da Colina Aparthotel
Address: Balaia - Apt 866 | Balaia area, on the road to Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#28 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#36 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alto da Colina Aparthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 132
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Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Hotel Albufeira
Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
Club Alto Da Colina
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