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Review of Stella Maris Hotel Apartments

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Stella Maris Hotel Apartments
Ranked #88 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

We went to the Stella Maris last wk in October. Hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful. We got a discount on breakfast when we checked in, breakfast was buffet and as hotel was quiet after a couple of days the waitress just asked what we wanted and it was made it for us which was even better! Room was huge with big balcony modern kitchen and bathroom tv in sitting room comfortable bedroom. Area was quiet but food places and only bar were very good. We walked to pine cliffs algarve restraunt in Sheraton algarve hotel, it's a posh 5 star complex but anyone can go in and eat the food was amazin!!! Big building site building hotel at end of the road but never heard any noise from it. Best part about area is the beach which stretchers to vilamoura lovely walk. Only little niggle with hotel is that when we arrived there and checked in we were given our room number and took lift. When we got to the floor and stepped out of lift it was pitch black no lights on were not told this at reception, had no idea where light switches were n had luggage with us. Ended up pressing peoples doorbells which were next to light switches till we got our bearings. Lights were off all the time we were there n it got dark early in October quite spooky coming in n goin out of hotel till you got to reception. I expect this was to save money as hotel wasn't busy. Overall thou very good holiday n would love to go back :-)

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Nicsholiday
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DomingosJ, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience and such thoughtful comments.

We hope to welcome you again,

Kind Regards,

José Domingos
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

we spent 10 days at this hotel at the begining of October and it has to have been the most relaxing place i have stayed. the studio apartment was huge with a fully fitted seperate kitchen. We overlooked the pine forest and childrens pool so peaceful the only sound in the evenings being the crickets. The apartment had a bit of wear but as the hotel is about to close for a winter upgrade I expect that the marks on the walls etc will all be painted over. We only had breakfast once at the hotel it was okay but as I am coeliacand have to bring my own bread/cereals we felt it was a bit expensive for the limited amount I could get. The snack bar was great for lunches though. The reception staff deserve a special mention as they must be the most helpful I have come across organising taxi's, trips and pickup at airport. Local restaurants just okay but is was off season so might be better in high season. beach was excellent, this must be one of the cleanest places I have stayed, I even watched the cleaners sweeping the long outside passage to the underground car park. I would highly recommend this location.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank irishcoeliac
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DomingosJ, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Guest,

We were very pleased to read how much you enjoyed your stay and would also like to thank you for your positive comments on the reception and cleaning staff.
We couldn’t be happier to know that you had a very pleasant and relaxing stay with us.


We would be delighted to welcome you again,

Kind Regards,

José Domingos
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Yorkshire
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

Overall we were very impressed by this hotel. Spacious, clean, modern with friendly, helpful staff. We have a 3 year old who loved the jacuzzi and kids pool. There is another great kids pool with lots of slides etc but it's a bit removed from the main pools and was a bit dead, our little boy wasn't really interested in it. The hotel did seem more geared towards Bed and Breakfast or self catering than half/full board. We went self catering as the hotel restaurant seemed a bit dead. The hotel is well positioned in terms of it being near a great beach, praia falesia and more importantly Villamoura which we loved. Villamoura is definitely worth a visit, we ate out there and went to the beach on several occasions. The only slight disappointment is the immediate area around the hotel is a bit dead/quiet (we did go in low season however) and although there are quite a few restaurants the food and service were very average but okay for a few meals. Hiring a car and being able to eat somewhere like Villamoura for us was a must. Silves is a characterful, charming, medieval town nearby well worth a visit. Overall a great hotel, excellent value for money but I would highly recommend hiring a car as already stated the immediate area around the hotel is a bit quiet. If you're looking a hotel with lots of entertainment this is not the hotel for you but if you're looking for a great value, modern, spacious hotel well positioned to visit other places and the beach then I would definitely recommend it. Beds are a bit hard though!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank MOS75
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DomingosJ, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Guest,

We are delighted to know how much you enjoyed Stella Maris. Our staff does their best to provide the best service possible to all guests.

Thank you very much for having chosen our Hotel.

Kind Regards,

José Domingos
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Lahti
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

We spent a lovely week in this hotel with my family (me, my spouse, 4y old girl and 2 month old baby). The first impressions were amazing. The staff was very helpful and everything was very clean.

We stayed in a room 102, which was a huge 2 bedroom apartment facing the (quiet) road. And when I say huge I mean HUGE! This must be the biggest hotel apartment that I have ever been.

In overall, a great place for a great value!

Plus:
+ Very big rooms
+ Very big balcony
+ 2 Wc's/showers in a 2 bedroom apartment
+ Furniture quality (except couch)
+ Great Staff (they gave as a free microwave and coffee maker for a whole week)
+ Clean
+ Free parking in the parking hall/yard
+ Free aircondition (in every room of the apartment)
+ Quiet place in every way
+ Pools
+ Children playground and pool

Cons:
- At the closer look the room was not mainteined very well: One towel holder was missing, shower hoses (in both showers) were nearly broken - also shower holders were on loose, 2 lamps were not working etc. These were minor things and it didn't bother us at all.
- Access to the children pool. The most of the families had strollers and it's a far from easy to get to the children pool. You have to go around the hotel, where as a footpath there is only large stone tiles here and there on the grass. With strollers you simply can't use the footpath.
- Aircondition. Temperature change didn't do a thing, when it was on, it was always in the coldest mode (at least in the living room). Furthermore the bedroom inner units were not working correctly (they really didn't cool the room at all, so maybe they need maintaince as well).
- No drying rack at all.
- No "Do not disturb" sign for the door.
- No feedback or hotel info papers in the room.

But still, great value! I would go back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Wallu74
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DomingosJ, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Guest,

We are glad you have enjoyed your overall stay and we have taken into consideration your opinion on our maintenance as it helps us improve our services.
We look forward to welcome you once again.

Kind Regards,

José Domingos
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Galway, Ireland
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

Just back from a week at the Stella Maris with my husband and eight month old baby. We had a one bedroom apartment on the fourth floor which at first I wasn't too happy about but actually worked out great as it was lovely and private. The apartment was very nice, the sofa in the living room was a little worse for wear and a few marks on the walls but other than that it was great. Fantastic kitchen which we put to good use having a baby! Air conditioning worked really well even though we didn't really need it much as it was Oct. Weather was absolutely perfect! Pool was really nice but beware it is freezing, you get used to it when you're in for a while but not ideal for babies. Kids pool and playground is on the other side of the building (freezing too!) and really nice. The entire hotel is absolutely spotless, and the cleaning staff are fantastic. The Stella Maris is situated in a quiet location which suited us perfectly, there are about 6 restaurants about 3 mins walk away which are nice, couple of seafood ones, a chinese, pizza place etc, along with a supermarket. There are loads more about fifteen mins walk away but we tried to get there with the pushchair and it just wasn't possible, on one part of the road there is no path, just sand and it was quite deep and too hard to push the pushchair through. The beach is about 10-15 mins walk away, but well worth the trip, its absolutely beautiful. We paid €12 for two loungers as we needed shade. You have to go down 80 steps (I counted!) to get to the beach and on the way back after you have climbed that there is a steep hill to climb too. We went into Albufeira only once, it was €11 one way in a taxi, and Vilamoura once which was €13 each way. Both definately worth a visit.
My only complaint is with the reception staff, not very friendly or helpful. On our second last night we had a problem with the apartment below us, there were teenagers in it and they obviously had their friends in with them and were partying from early evening till about one, music up loud and out on the balcony shouting etc. Our little boy couldn't sleep and was really upset. When we went down to reception to complain the man on reception wasn't at all helpful, asked what did we want him to do "throw them out"? They did get them to be quiet eventually though but they obviously made a huge mess as it took the cleaning staff about two hours the next day to clean the apartment, dont know what happened to them after that as we didn't hear anything from them the next night. I have no idea why a group of young people would want to stay there though as it was all young families and older couples! Anyway overall we really liked the Stella Maris and would return.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank barbadosbride
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DomingosJ, Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, October 11, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for giving your opinion about your stay at Stella Maris. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Stella Maris and you intend to come back one day. For us it will be a great pleasure and honor to have you back in our hotel. Regarding your review we will analyse all the details exposed by you in order to keep improving our procedures and to offer a top quality service to all our guests.
Once more we thank you for your review and hope to welcome you once again in the future.

With our best regards,

José Domingos
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2011

just returned today from a 3 day stay at the stella maris ,, from the minute you walk in the door the hotel is so clean , peacfull and looks very expensive ,, we were greated at reception very quickly and were given room 17 ,, fabulous room with no faults ,, right on the pool ,, what more could you ask for ,, exellent location for a quiet getaway ,, good resturaunts 5 mins away ,, or we went into town 10 euros a taxi ,, all in all great place , and exellent value for money would deffo be back

Room Tip: defo get a bottom room with the access to the pool ,, great for having a beer and just relaxing
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank JORDANB33
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

On arrival staff were friendly & helpful. When they found out it was our honeymoon we had a bottle of bubbly in an ice bucket with glasses & a selection of fresh fruit delivered to our room all courtesy of the hotel. The apartment was Very clean, lovely, tasteful decor, large clean bathroom with a really good shower. Felt like we were in a brand new hotel. Pool was clean & plenty big enough with plenty of sunbeds ( we went in September). Little shopping centre 5 mins walk up the road with a selection of restaraunts serving cheap chinese (good value), lovely pizzas, 2 fish restaurants, a few typical Portuguese restaurants selling grilled meats & bolognaise etc as well as an ice cream parlour. Fantastic beach was 100 metres up the road & a 15 minute taxi ride to albufeira (€24 return). My wife & I loved this place & deliberately chose it due to the quiet location. For night life u would need to go into albefuira so if quiet nights on the balcony sipping a drink, reading a book on the beach or by the pool is for u then this is the place to go. Overall we loved it & would definitely return. I'm 38 & my wife is 30 & both found it a great place to chill out & de stress. The negative reviews seem to be from people who wanted night life & kids entertainment. I noticed 1 review complained about the lack of British tv!! Lol. Trust me, this place is lovely.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Harrycallaghan22
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DomingosJ, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, October 17, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review! We always try to provide pleasant moments to our guests and in your case we are glad to know that we took part of such an important moment as your honeymoon!
Once again thank you for your review, we wish you all the very best and we hope to welcome you back in Stella Maris.

Best wishes,

José Domingos
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Property: Stella Maris Hotel Apartments
Address: Falesia Beac Rua do Pinhal | Praia da Falesia - Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#45 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Stella Maris Hotel Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern, stylish and well equipped, Stella Maris is a fantastic holiday base for families. Only 800 meters from Falesia beach and a short drive from Albufeira and Vilamoura, offers excellent accommodations all with fully equipped kitchens and high standard of quality. Garage, swimming pools for adults and children, outdoor jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, take away restaurant, tropical bar, lounge areas, daily maid service are some of the facilities available. ... more   less 
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