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“Had a great week !”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Solar de Sao Joao

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Solar de Sao Joao
Ranked #107 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Had a great week !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just returned today from a great week at the Solar de Sao Joao. Staff wonderfully helpful, everything spotless, pool area lovely, great location near to restaurants etc but far enough away to enjoy some peace ! Could do with a refurbishment but still charming !

Room Tip: We had a room with pool view which was lovely
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I'll write an honest view of the place based on my opinion only. Wanted a budget hotel for a week as we're on a very tight budget, we got a great price on travel Republic and good flight prices. On arrival to the hotel we were greeted by a very friendly receptionist and directed to our room, reception area clean and tidy there is a lift there. Corridors very dark and unwelcoming but the room was fine over looked the pool, nice little balcony kitchenette clean towels and bedding and enough space. I liked the retro tiles in bathroom personally. Bad bits of room: bath stained no enamel left by looks of it, sofa bed rock hard , 1960s fixings ,plug sockets lose and not enough surface space to cook no proper cooker and no ironing board. No English channels on tiny t.v only sky news. Very very noisy balcony doors . But.. Was clean comfortable and the maids were fab. .Always cleaned made beds emptied bins and replenished towels etc. .Can't fault that. Nice enough pool enough beds, patio tables, little pool bar with hard working ladies cooking serving and tidying pool area, pool table in there and free wifi. Lots of places to eat and shops nearby 5mins walk to the strip, 5 euros in cab takes you gorgeous old town with the beach lovely shops etc. Great position not too noisy but near enough to walk to everything. Wish they would replace door keys the heavy metal keyrings are all you hear crashing about at night and if you get noisy neighbours you'll hear everything! I would stay again for the price but if you like modern accommodation or a bit of luxury don't come here you'll hate it if you want cheap but cheerful place to stay come here you'll be happy enough.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

Just returned from a 4 night stay here . For the price we payed I didn't expect too much , although our room was quite dated overall we were pleasantly surprised.
Our room was cleaned everyday
The pool area was small, simple but quite pretty.
I cannot fault the staff , they were helpful , friendly and even left a card with a bottle of champagne in our room for my Fiance's birthday.
The location was fab , tucked away but 5 mins from bars and about 10 mins from main strip.
If you pay peanuts and expect a palace then go elsewhere but if you have realistic expectations and want clean, budget accommodation in a good location then I would recommend that you try this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

I stayed here with my family, me my boyfriend and my 3 children I had a son and two daughters, my son was 3 years old and everyday we left the apartments the reception said they kept getting complaints of people saying all they could here was a baby crying and it was mine, 1 my child isn't small and 2 my son never crowned once, we were amazed, until on night we heard a baby about 1 years old moaning and that was the child.
Do not stay here, it's €4 for chips and you hardly get anything it is a rip off! The cleaners are horrible, the receptionist are horrible, they aren't nice and when we arrived they asked €200 and we can have it back at the end of the holiday, before we left we found out that hardly anyone got asked to give them money, they only ask for money if you have kids, this is horrible and isn't clean, we had dead cockroaches in our room, it smelt, and all people were doing was moanibg!

The pool is HORRIBLE, it's black at the bottom and there's dead creachures in it,and there is tiles broke up from the pool, which anyone could easily cut there self, the only up side was the apartment is 1/2 minutes walk from the strip and a long 5 minute\10 minute walk to the beach!!
Don't stay here, this apartment is only for couples or old people, no good for families kids/teenagers etc....
Not worth THE MONEY!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Stayed here for a week in April. Had a lovely time. Luckily got a great room that faced the pool wheras a group of Japanese tourists seemed to have been given rooms that face the rear car park, definitely ask for a pool facing room on any floor rather than that. Rooms are clean and yes dated but very spacious, i cant remember the last time i stayed in a hotel complex that was so spacious. Kitchens are fully equipped and fine. Staff are friendly and helpful. For the price i paid for 7 nights (around 150 euros), i cant complain. Very good value for money and a quick walk to the strip and beaches (5 - 10 mins).

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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West Sussex
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

Hotel bit old fashioned, went self catering for 3 of us and got a 2 bedroom apartment. Very basic and TV was the old school box type and only 4 Portuguese channels, so no TV all wk! Weird experience! But did other things instead. hotel near to bars etc and a small supermarket nearby. Up the drive to the main road there is a good English bar called the Wander Inn which did a fab full English breakfast! Bit of a trek to the beach but well worth it, even though sun beds worked out at about 5 euros to hire for the day but it's also another 5 euros if you get a brolly! Hotel pool wax good but spent most of our time out and about. Staff at reception very helpful. Overall a nice relaxing break!

Room Tip: We did get a room overlooking scrubland but the 2 turkey's and Half a dozen chickens on it, gave...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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North Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

just returned from the solar de sao joao in albufeira what a fantastic small and friendly self catering apartments, near to the strip if its night life your after but also far enough away so as not to keep you awake into the small hours, the apartments are a little dated but clean and quite adequate, the pool was also small but great for a quick dip in the hot weather, the pool bar and snack bar well what can i say, the lady who runs it and yes she does run it all alone bless her but nothing is too much trouble for her.
i must also recomend the restraunt up the road cant quite remember the name of it, the something country kitchen (my age lol) a must but you have to book in advance, all in all a great stay

Room Tip: do not let them offer you room 313.......it has no balcony only a window, try and get a pool view to...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Solar de Sao Joao
Address: Rua do Solar Apt 774, Albufeira 8200-911, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #107 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Solar de Sao Joao 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming and inviting apartment complex disposes of a fantastic tropical garden and although located at the heart of the tourist centre and only a few minutes from the divine bay of Praia da Oura and the Strip, it is an island of peace and offers a unique experience of tranquility. Excellent shops, restaurants and bars are in the immediate vicinity. ... more   less 
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