The Velamar Hotel is a comfortable clean hotel which is a 10 minute drive from the resort of Albufeira. There is a bus stop just outside the hotel where you can catch the bus easily for about €1.95, but a taxi will only set you back about €6 and may work out cheaper if there are a few of you. We also took a day trip to Faro which was well worth the €4.95 bus fare. If you’re happy being slightly away from the main resort, then this hotel is perfect but if you would rather be in the thick of things, you may want to consider going elsewhere.
As others have mentioned, there are several beautiful beaches in the area and there are enough restaurants in Olhos d'Agua that you don’t need to make the trip to Albufeira every day. There are also several supermarkets nearby so you can stock up on essentials and make packed lunches if you get a little tired of eating out every night.
The continental breakfast is excellent. There is plenty of choice and all the food is of good quality. Our room was on the ground floor and our balcony faced out onto the road. This was actually fine as, with the patio doors closed you couldn’t really hear the traffic and it meant our room was bathed in sunlight for most of the day.
My only complaint would be the internal soundproofing of the rooms. You can hear every little thing that goes on in the surrounding rooms (TV, opening drawers etc) so if you’re able to bring earplugs with you, I would recommend it. Otherwise, a great little hotel that provides excellent value for money.
- 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