We stayed at this hotel in November out of season and arrived at 4ish in the afternoon. We were given the keys to our room and met by a friendly chap at reception. The room was large enough for two and very clean. The bed was quite hard and there were not enough sockets in the room.
*Be aware* They do not provide kettles in the room and yo have to pay 3 euros per day to use the safe deposit box.
We were told our room was a 'sea view', but from the first floor we did not get this, only trees! However, you are able to see the sea from the breakfast room which is on the third floor. The breakfast in the mornings was a continental breakfast, mixture of cold meats, cheeses, breads and cereals and fruit. This was very nice and healthy, which makes a change from the usual fried breakfasts. You can eat as much as you like and this should fill you up till lunchtime.
The location of the hotel was not the best, however we knew this when we booked the hotel. It will take approximately an hour to walk into Albufeira along the main roads, but the bus will cost 2 euros 20 for a single which takes about 20 minutes at max. The buses only operate every hour or so, so not too regular. We spent the first day walking to Albufeira along the beaches and rocks which took a good 2 hours plus, but the view was much nicer. We were lucky as the weather was 20 max and very sunny while we were here as the week before was torrential rain and stormy!
The hotel did not have a restaurant but their bar is open all year round and we enjoyed some nice Super Bock beer and cocktails during the evenings. There are a few restaurants around the hotel but the ones that were open were nothing special. As we went 'out of season' there were not many places that were open, even in 'The Old Town'.
All in all we had a very nice relaxing stay in the Hotel Velamar and thoroughly enjoyed the lush sunshine in the beaches. We even went in the sea!! I think we were one of very few people who did!! We would definitely go back to The Algarve again, maybe before the season ends next time as it was very quiet and not much to do apart form walking along the beaches and visiting the old town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2002, the Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel is located between the pleasant fishing village of Olhos d'Agua and the famous Santa Eulalia Beach, in Albufeira. This 3-Star Hotel has 73 Rooms and 2 Suites. It provides excellent facilities, including a breakfast room with a panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean, an outdoor swimming pool and a free private parking. The Hotel is 900 meters away from Maria Luisa Beach and a stroll away from restaurants and supermarkets. Only at 6 kilometers away from the historic center of Albufeira, the Velamar Boutique Hotel ensures serenity and comfort to the guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velamar Hotel Albufeira
- Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve