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Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Ranked #9 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

this is our fourth time to this hotel, again we had a great time cannot fault the hotel for service and being so clean

but a word of WARNING when getting a taxi if there are 4 of you beware of the larger taxi's they charge you a lot more than normal taxi's

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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County Longford, Ireland
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Great value for money. We spend a weekend break in Portugal and I would never change this hotel to anything else. It has fantastic staff, always helpful and smiling. No problems with anything. Breakfasts - buffet style and great idea of having the breakfast area on the last floor. However - there is a downside as well: this hotel is located a good 20-30min drive from either Faro or Albufeira. It is a place where you really want to rest and relax. Having a car is a must when you wish to visit site while on your holidays in other case no problem.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We both have been coming to the Velamar hotel the past 3 years our last visit was October 2013 and we both are heading back for christmas cant wait to see everyone again,looking forward to the continental breakfast which has everything you could want eg ham, tomatoes, cheese, toast, jams, yoghurts, tea, coffee, milk, fruits, apples, bananas, etc its alsovery cheap to eat out.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Thanks for another relaxing holiday the staff are fantastic you dont need to worry about anything the receptionist will answer all your questions will help you with bus times,taxis,booking tables,breakfast staff, bar staff, snack bar staff,and the cleaners, are also great at the job they do its just a fantastic hotel.We have been coming as past 3 years we hope to make it 4 in 2014 taxis are between 7 and 8 euros into old town Albuferia or do what we done and walked in after our wonderful hotel breakfast (Continental) and then took the taxi back to velamar the beaches are very good also there are plenty of nice restaurants to eat at and pretty damn cheap.I hope this is helpful info and I'm sure you won't be disappointed obrigadio to everyone who made or stay so good see you next year.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stayed here on our last visit to Portugal so decided to come back knowing what to expect, we paid £76 for 2 people for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis so good value at around £13 each per night, hotel is basic but clean and in a peaceful location a 10 min drive from albufeira centre, lots of restauraunts close and a supermarket ect. 15 min walk to closest beach. The bar and breakfast room are lovely and modern but the rooms let it down as they are outdated compared. Pool is very small but ok for a few days away, snack bar was reasonably priced and handy for ice creams in the heat! The staff at the bars and on reception were always lovely and friendly and willing to help but on more then one occasion I saw the lady who works in the breakfast room be rude to people if they asked where something was. Generally a cute little hotel in a good peaceful location but I definitely wouldn't like to visit in peak season as in October the pool area was full each day and we had to que for breakfast!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed at The Velamar for 10 nights and overall were extremely impressed. The reception and bar areas are immaculate, modern and comfortable. The poolside is of a good standard - clean, spacious, with plenty of sun beds. The pool is very clean, however is not heated which put me off - even my boyfriend didn't go in much because it was so cold! There is a small poolside cafe open during the daytime which offers simple snacks which are reasonably priced (however try Soft Cafe next door for fantastic food and lots of choice).

We absolutely loved the breakfasts at the Velamar Hotel. It is continental buffet style however there is loads of choice and always as much as you can eat! We were impressed by the restaurant staff who were very efficient and continually replenished the food (and even stopped people pushing in when there was a queue...although that was rare anyway). The restaurant is beautiful, situated on the top floor with fantastic views of the sea.

Now for the rooms.... Unfortunately the bedrooms are the only thing that let this hotel down. They are shabby and dated, however you can't really complain for the price. Although the white bed sheets were clean, the quilt laid on top was stained as were the pillows which we found stuffed in the wardrobe and which I strongly suspect had not been changed since the last guests! By day 6 our bed sheets had still not been changed (although maids tend to the rooms every day) and so we had to visit reception to ask. To give them credit the sheets were promptly changed after our request. The bathrooms are far more modern and are very clean.

The staff are very good, efficient and professional and the good service continued after we left. Unfortunately on arrival home I realised I had left a sentimental item at the hotel. I emailed them to ask if they could try to find it and send it back to me in the UK. I offered to pay postage. They found the item and posted it immediately on receipt of the email, with no request for payment. I was very impressed with this service (their email correspondence was a little vague however the main thing is that I got it back).

Finally, I can not recommend Olhos D'Agua highly enough - as long as you're looking for a quiet holiday with nice restaurants and low key bars. The village is beautiful with cobbled streets and is immaculate (not like a lot of dingy, smelly holiday resorts in Spain and Greece). The village 'centre' is set at the bottom of a hill next to the beach - beautiful day and night. Also make sure you make time for a few visits to Vilamoura which is stunning with lots of restaurants, bars and shops set round a marina!

We had a fantastic holiday and would strongly recommend the Velamar as long as you're not planning on spending much time in the room!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dundonald, Belfast.
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

After reading tripadvisor reviews my husband and I chose to spend our 30th wedding anniversary at the Velamar, we have no complaints at all !! Our room was a good size, comfortable and spotlessly clean, as was the bathroom. We had a nice balcony and great air-conditioning. The housekeeping was excellent throughout our stay, the entire hotel is spotless. Breakfast was plentiful and varied, the best selection of fruit I've ever had in a hotel :-) The pool was very clean and plenty big to cool down in and there were always ample sun-loungers. The snack-bar was very handy and we had lunch several times, the prices are very reasonable both here and in the bar. The location was perfect, far enough from Albufeira to be quiet and peaceful but easy to get to if you fancied a bit more hustle and bustle. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. A great stay and we have no hesitation in recommending the Velamar.

  • Stayed September 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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