My husband & i arrived at 11am & our room was ready for check-in, no 114. I had emailed ahead & requested a balcony room /poolside if possible. Our room had balcony/roadside, yes quite noisy but more private in its own way than some of the poolside rms. (we did ask if 1 came up could we be moved, none did & we were more than content) We were more than stocked up from the fab breakfast which meant we weren't eating lunch etc on balcony so no big deal. At night with door closed, no traffic noise & because of the fab air-conditioning(inc in cost!!) no need to leave door open.
EVERY member of staff that we encountered including the maids were so friendly & helpful in every instance. Two tiny things immediately put right as soon as we pointed them out. No chairs on balcony. chairs supplied in minutes. Only 1 bathtowel left 1 day, immediately supplied once mentioned.
We have NO fault at all with this hotel. ( the 24/7 bar is not strictly true, open 7 days until 12midnightish)
The Velamar is spotlessly clean everywhere.
The breakfast room on the 3rd floor was fab, great views with the sea beyond ( oh some houses being built facing our room that you could also see from there- poor lads working in such heat) & an outdoor roof terrace that you could relax on after filling up on great continental brekky. Plenty of fresh meats, cheese, cereals, fruit,bread,muffins.yoghurts etc.. Hubby loved the coffee.
The pool area is compact and more than adequate for a lovely cooling dip.
The location was just fine for us. On the main bus route into Albufeira about 4miles away. Ask at reception for complimentary timetables.
The beach was very busy & approx 10-15mins strenuous walk.
Olhos d'agua quiet in terms of nightlife. really just centred around licenced restaurants. (Perfect for us)
All the nightlife you want if you want in Albufiera.
The old town Albufeira lovely/ beautiful restaurants right at the beach.
Any amount of great eateries within steps away from hotel velamar itself.
Can recommend soft Caffe ( strange name/cafe ambience but..) Lovely family run spot, good value food & wine by the glass 1 euro / 1.50 for a beer.
The 3 Marias to the right of the hotel / authentic & great value 10.75 euro for 3 course meal inc wine or beer.
Travertinos at top end of town, great but vv busy even by day, by night expect a min 1&half hr wait after 7.30pm. Worth a visit though.
Tiffanys- Indian restaurant to the right of hotel- fab fab fab.
Little cafe/bar right beside Tiffanys great lilttle spot to escape to the shade & have a wine or beer cheap cheap cheap.
We had an extremely relaxing & lovely holiday in Olhos D'Agua & The Hotel Velamar.
Try it & see for yourself.
- 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