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Vila Branca
Ranked #70 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Cork, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Cheap and chearful”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

The room was small but bright and clean and with a little balcony. The shower was poor as the nozzle could not be adjusted so the water poured out just like a hose! Also there was a sign in the bathroom asking that paper is not flushed down the toilet. There was a small fridge in the room but it stopped working after the first night. There was also a kettle and cups which came in handy. The doors banged loudly which may not suit light sleepers. The hotel was a short walk, less than 10mins to the old town. I'd recommend it as a budget hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Tartu
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

The hotel is located in the centre of Albufeira and is very near to the beaches, bars and restaurants! It´s location is great but hotel rooms are very small, furniture is quite old and bathroom may not be as clean as you could wait from it. Breakfast is very basic and does not contain any fruits or vegetables. If you would wait for tomatoes and cucumber at least, there is only bread, ham and cheese! There is no swimming pool in the Hotel and you can not use the pool in the oppsosite side of the streed either! So if you will get the room cheap, take it, but otherwise it´s quite overpriced!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Overall the hotel is good. The rooms are clean, service is good and the location is perfect.

However
Dont be misled by previous reviews. You CANNOT use the pool next door at Casa Mitchel, even though it owned by the same people.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed one night for around £23 including breakfast, free wifi internet in a smallish room with two twin beds pushed together. It has air con and a fridge with a reasonable bathroom with a shower over a very small bath. The hotel is close to The Old Town.

The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. She changed breakfast from 9 am to 8 am as we had to leave early for the airport. The food was fine but rather basic. You had a choice of 2 juices, one type of bread (a roll) which you could toast or have with the ham and/or cheese. The drinks machine (for coffee etc) produced luke warm produce. There was some cereals and yogurts. All in all a basic breakfast fine for a night or two.

The TV was basic – only useful for BBC news. There was a very good balcony with table and chairs and a sun lounger offering good views over Albufeira and the sea.

It is good for a few nights given the facilities, location and price. Sorry but it simply could not ever be excellent.

The room is tasteful, spotlessly clean but we did not like to see a notice telling us not to put toilet paper down the loo, but to place it in a bin in the bathroom! Must have some plumbing problems??

Overall we enjoyed the stay and would recommend it as a good value 3 star hotel for up to 2/3 nights stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2012

We have recently returned from Vila Branca from a 7 nights stay,we would highly recommend this B&B,it is spotless and the owner makes you so welcome,she is a lovely lady.We can also recommend Casa Mitchell which belongs to the same owner.We are returning to Vila Branca later in the year,also to Casa Mitchell,we would not stay anywhere else when having a holiday in Albufeira.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

having used casa mitchell lots of times we decided to book villa branca as its owned by the same family so we know that the service/rooms/maid service will be spot on . and it was ! and you can also use the pool in casa mitchell.
the rooms have everything you need for a great stay great if you want good location to the old town without paying over the odds staff friendly and nothing is a problem . will be using again

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Recently got back from a 8 nights stay in Vila Branca appartments with my sister. We couldnt fault it. We wanted a cheap getaway and this was ideal and got us away. Appartments are very basic but very clean and tidy which was the main thing, the bedding was clean aswell as the bathroom which was spotless.Maid cleaned the room every day exept 1 which was a Sunday. Mini fridge in room, wasnt very big but fitted a few little bottles of water in. Staff are very friendly and when we asked any questions wether it be about albuferia or about the appartments they were always happy to help and answer us. When we asked about are transfer for coming home the man sorted it for us straight away which we thought was very kind. Not a massif selection of food for breakfast but was enough and was always very fresh. No longer than a 10 min walk to the beach or the central old town with all the shops which was great. Had a great time and would definately go back to albufeira maybe a plush hotel next time but for what we paid couldnt fault.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Vila Branca
Address: Rua do Tenis 4, Albufeira 8200-186, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Branca 3*
Number of rooms: 109
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