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Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Ranked #9 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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surrey
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17 reviews
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“Very good price”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in November 2012. It was recommended to us by a Portuguese man. It was very cheap, clean and comfortable, not luxurious but ideal for a short break. Easy access to local restaurants, would recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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stockton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Booked this hotel & although it had fantastic review I was still a little apprehensive about going there with a 6 month old as it was only a 3 star but I should not have worried it was fantastic the breakfast was amazing, the only downside was a freezing cold swimming pool! Location was excellent close to beaches & town, some gorgeous places to eat just on doorstep & extremely cheap set menus, will defiantly return to Portugal & this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in the Velamar for five nights just before Easter. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. We asked for a couple more pillows and these were produced within minutes despite the staff being busy. Breakfast was excellent quality, 'real' orange juice not concentrate, lots of choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, meats, cheeses, breads and pastries. The staff were amazing, I've seldom seen such cheerful efficiency. Not sure if I would like to spend a week in Olhos d'agua but we were just using the hotel as a base to explore the Algarve as we had a car so it didn't matter. Large, free car park for clients. Can't comment on the bar as we didn't use it. We paid 20 euros a night which was incredible value for money. You can pay that much for breakfast alone in some places! Thanks, Velamar, for such a great stay.

Room Tip: Our room on the first floor overlooking the pool was excellent.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We booked Hotel Velamar for 2 reasons, 1 the excellent reviews and 2 the price which I might add was £132 for the room for 1 week including breakfast. What we got was exactly what I expected and more. The staff were great, the bar reasonable and very comfortable with free wifi and 5 star cleanliness in all parts of the hotel. The rooms were cleaned every day. The breakfast was really nice, fresh meats cheese, bread and fruit every day, some may have been out of a tin but there was also fresh fruits and a good selection of fruit juices, teas and coffee on offer.

The location was exactly as I expected having read previous reviews and that again was one of the reasons I chose this hotel. I prefer a quieter location that is close to the beach but has access to restaurants and bars and we always hire a car to visit nearby places. The only one thing that I would suggest is that when booking, you ask for a twin room which has softer mattresses than the doubles. The hotel has just had new mattresses and the doubles are really hard. When we mentioned this to the hotel staff it was not a problem and they gave my other half a topper for his bed as he has a bad back.

Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. We traveled with our 15 year old daughter and had no complaints from her.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Stockholm
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2013

The hotel is clean, the staff is very helpful and polite, though the location is a bit off, to say the least. Well, if you like walking then it's a 35-minute walk to The Strip, and from there 20-something more minutes to get to the city centre. Taxis from here to the Strip or the city centre are about 5 or 6 €. The bus (which runs about 8 or 10 times a day most days) is 2.20 € per person.

Cleanliness and good value for money, are vital attributes for us picky budget-travellers. Hotel Velamar delivers both of that.

The breakfast is good, but not with a great variety. Four types of bread, some yoghurts, chorizo, ham and cheese. And then a table with fruits and cereal. Most of the fruits are tinned which is a dissapointment. But overall the breakfast is OK for a shorter stay; after a week or so you'll have tired.

So the overall experience is positive. The nearby area doesn't provide any real variety of restaurants and definitely no shops or sights. If you want to do anything you're bound to go to Albufeira. There might be some spots of interest in Olhos d' Agua, which is reached by a 20-minute walk in the opposite direction of Albufeira. The hotel itself is worth the pretty small nightly rate you pay, but is more for adventurers than for people looking for leisure.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed in the Velamar last week, the staff were really lovely, I never passed reception but they would always greet and smile. The hotel was spotless. We took our 16 year old daughter, and I found that the hotel is not really suitable for this age group, (we stayed out of season), there was no entertainment whatsoever, the games room was shut. Because there were three of us, we got a room without a balcony, because our room was bigger (I was told), so no where to sit or dry towels etc after pool/beach. The pool was very small, we didn't really use it as the weather was not favourable. The hotel is quite a walk away from anywhere lively, half an hour walk to 'the strip', and a taxi ride to old town. The breakfast was very repetitive, not being picky, but we did get a bit bored with the very same thing every single day. The beach was a 10 minute walk and was beautiful. Only two english speaking tv channels, Sky news, and national geographic. On a positive note, we got a fabulous shuttle service from Faro airport, Yellowfish Transfers, €60 for us 3, lovely helpful drivers, our flight was 6.5hrs late arriving, and yet they were there waiting, and on the dot for our return journey, would recommend them highly.
I hate when people use this site to slag off hotels etc, I am not doing that, I just feel this hotel would be more suitable for people wanting a nice quiet holiday, not really for teenagers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

You will never find this kind of value for money anywhere else in Europe.

PROS

£16 per room per night, including breakfast for 2.
The rooms are very clean, functional with super king size beds and balconies,
Rooms have air conditioning/heating and satellite TV
Recption staff are friendly and eager to serve
The rooms are quadrouple glazed so even if you face the road you wont hear it
Bar was popular but in a nice way.
Bathroom was nice and included a bath. Very hot water.

CONS

None for the price

Room Tip: Poolside is a nice view and quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Address: Estrada de Albufeira | Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200-609, Portugal (Formerly Velamar Sun & Beach Hotel)
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Business Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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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