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Balaia Mar Hotel
Ranked #29 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a great weeks stay at the Balaia Mar Hotel
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We pre-booked the taxi transfers, which were 56 euros return. Beware - the one way charge in a taxi from the airport will be a lot more than this!

The reception staff at the hotel are all very friendly and helpful. Our room was in the main building. We were even shown to our room, which was a nice touch.

Our room was on the first floor overlooking the pool area and was huge! The terrace in front of our room opened out onto another terraced area that was always in the sun There were even two sun loungers on the terrace. The room itself was a little dated, but extremely clean. One enormous bed, large double wardrobes and a desk and chair. There is an old style TV, which showed the usual English news channels. There is also a fridge. The terrace also had a plastic table and 2 plastic chairs.

The bathroom was clean and spacious and had a shower over the bath. Very clean and no smell of damp. There was a hairdryer. The water pressure in the shower was great as was the temperature. The beds are hard, but that didn’t bother either of us. We slept very well. Air con, which was invaluable, was also in our room.

The maid service for our room was brilliant. The room was always left spotlessly clean and always smelled fresh. Room service everyday, including towel changes everyday. Bed linen changed at least twice a week.

All the corridors were clean as were the stairs.

The pools and surrounding area were lovely. The pools was always clean and a nice temperature. No loose or broken tiles anywhere. The usual reserving of sunbeds with towels go’s on, but there seemed to be plenty.

We stayed on the all inclusive basis. The dining room was modern and clean. The food was excellent. The snacks were lovely. All made fresh to order. No cold chips or burgers here! I find it incredible that anyone can complain about the food. But then again you can’t please everyone …

The AI drinks were excellent. Bottled beer if you asked for it. Branded spirits if that’s your thing. The soft drinks were all branded and always came out of the bottle. No flat pumped soft drinks! Large and small bottles of water available from the pool bar.

The AI doesn’t start until 3pm on the day of arrival.

There were 2 PC’s in the area near to the shop. 1 euro for ten minutes use, or 2 euros for 20 minutes. WI FI access in and around reception was 2 euros for twenty minutes.

Hotel extra’s –
Safe deposit box – 10 euros a week.

Free courtesy bus to the centre of Albufeira from the front of the hotel. Book at reception as space is limited.

A short walk to the lovely beach.

A great place to stay for a relaxing week . We would definitely go back.– highly recommended!

Room Tip: If you can, ask for room 32 in the main block. Its enormous! Sunny from lunch time till the sun sets...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Stayed self catering. very nice clean hotel. although no balcony. A bit out of the way a good 25min walk to Oura which is the nearest resort for bars and restaurants. taxi only a few euros though.
Do not get the bus ro alberfiera..it takes two buses to get to the old town and its CHEAPER to get a taxi !!.
Overall..very nice.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at balaia mar and it was great the staff could not do enough for u. Was more like a 4 star than a 3 star. Could not of asked for much more about 6 euro in a taxi to the old toen ands 3 to the new town both great and there is also a free bus from the hotel at night, Would recommend and i will be going back

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jocookie28
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Found this hotel on teletext and booked not expecting to much in the way of value.But was nicely suprised when we had a look round the hotel and what was on offer. The food was very good a great offer of hot and cold food, one word of warning make sure you book all inclusive as the staff can be a little hasty shall we say when it comes to checking who is and is not all inclusive ! A word of warning to the hotel manager here , maybe a word in the ear of the odd member of your younger staff !! . The pool is great with lots of sun loungers so no need to run down and leave a towel on one :) , very helpful staff on the reception when we had a issue with the tv in our room which was fixed straight away. The only thing I could say is that the hotel is a little out from the main run of things but is only a cheap taxi ride or a 15 min walk from the main pubs etc. All in all a very nice clean and pleasent hotel to stay in :) , and Bernard if you ever read this " I hope the German went in " lol
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  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Balaira Mar. We travelled as a group of ten including four kids. The hotel was exceptionally clean and tidy, the rooms were very spacious and we were all situated near each other. A big thankyou to Nelson and his wonderful team for making our daughters 16th birthday really special and thankyou for organising the birthday cake. The bar staff are fantastic and looked after us all well, nothing was to much trouble and they even allowed the kids to play their music in the bar at night. The food was great and cooked fresh to order (look out for the fish) on the bbq with burgers/pizza for the kids. Taxis into old town are really cheap, and the reception staff are really helpful in booking these or printing you of maps. Would recommend a trip to zoomarine and swim with dolphins. We were all sad to leave and would go back again.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

i don't usually stay at 3 star rated places because of bad experiences before when goin on lads holidays but when i seen the reviews for this hotel i decided to take a gamble. Took the girlfriend as a present for her bday and wasnt let down one bit. Staff were great, hotel very clean and tidy. food was really nice and freshly cooked for you. bonus was that it was only a short distance from the new town (5 euro taxi) and old town (7 euro taxi) of albufiera. beach 5 minute walk. nice relaxing hol but wasnt too far away from the fun and bars. def worth a stay.

Room Tip: 406. bottom floor. onlooking the pool area and has the most sun till it sets in the evening.
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1  Thank Graham B
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I have just returned from a 1 week all inclusive stay and we really had a fantastic time. Having read other reviews we were expecting the food to be good and we weren't disappointed. Lovely BBQ food cooked to order for breakfast and lunch. It was easy to be quite healthy because the fish and salads were delicious. The drinks were great too and my boyfriend was delighted that superbok was available on all inclusive. Plenty of free sun loungers every day and although the pool was cold I swam each morning. The beach was also beautiful, with very friendly staff. We would love to go back and have been recommending to everyone!

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Additional Information about Balaia Mar Hotel

Address: Beco Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200-635, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
#15 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#22 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: $44 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balaia Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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