My wife and I have just returned from a great weeks stay at the Balaia Mar Hotel
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!
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- Also Known As:
- Balaia Mar Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve