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Velamar Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 153 Hotels in Albufeira
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Incredible value at only 20 Euros for a double occupancy room. We'd requested a quiet, seaview room but as the hotel is located outside Albufeira but on a main road it wasn't as quiet as we'd hoped.
The room & bathroom were small and some of the towels were stained. Old style TV. Wifi only in public areas downstairs & it didn't work the first time we tried.
As we had to leave at 7am we asked if we could get a takeaway breakfast but it wasn't available which was a shame.
We had pre dinner cocktails which were enormous for the 6 Euro price!
Check out was efficient and on site parking convenient.

Room Tip: I wouldn't bother with a seaview as it's in the distance and means a roadside room.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We have just spent 11 days in this hotel and it more than met our expectations. Breakfast which was very good was on the top floor with panoramic views including the sea. The staff were very friendly and there was a very good selection of restaurants a few minutes walk from the hotel. It was the best value hotel that we have stayed in. We will return in future years.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the swimming pool. it was very quiet and we believe it is better than a ro...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

When I looked for a hotel in Albufeira and saw the Velamar and its price per night I thought it couldn't be good for that price. However, a friend who lives locally assured me that the hotel was nice and we decided to give it a go. The hotel was easily as nice, clean, well-kept and pleasant as any hotel I've paid 2 or 3 times this price a night for. It has a bar area downstairs and the breakfast room on the 3rd floor is spacious with views out to the sea and lovely on a sunny morning. Breakfast is continental with plenty of ham, cheese, bread, croissants, cereal, fruit, and everything else you'd expect to find. The rooms are nice with big beds, air conditioning and a balcony overlooking the pool or the sea depending on which side of the hotel they're on. The staff are friendly and helpful and the hotel has a free car park at the back. Being November we didn't try the pool but it looked nice. It is a little way from Albufeira, you could maybe walk it during the day but you'd want to take a taxi at night. In a car it's less than 5 minutes to Bar Street for example. To sum up, this hotel ticked all the boxes for us and really is outstanding value for money, at least at the time of year that we visited (November).

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank SrtaLyn
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

After staying 16 days in this hotel I'm ready to recommend our choice to anybody appreciating a great price/quality ratio. With the friendly athmosphere, clean rooms and good location we really enjoyed our stay in Hotel Velamar.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Hannu H
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Just returned from another great week at the Velamar.
Decided to cellebrate our 30th wedding anniversary at the Velamar after our visit there last year
Nothing as changed,the people who run this hotel are a credit to not only the hotel but to Portugal.
Thankyou to all the staff at the Velamar you helped make it special for us.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

An excellent hotel in a quiet location but close to bars and restaurants, try the Three Marias 300 yards away!!. The staff are helpful and friendly and sorted out a minor problem we had on arrival within seconds. The hotel is a 5/6 euro taxi ride from Albufeira but there are 2 nice beaches within 10 minutes walk. Excellent hotel will stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ALEX D
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Additional Information about Velamar Boutique Hotel

Address: Estrada de Albufeira | Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200-609, Portugal (Formerly Velamar Sun & Beach Hotel)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Business Hotel in Albufeira
#7 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: $28 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Velamar Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 2002, the Velamar 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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Velamar Hotel Albufeira
Velamar Boutique Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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