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Solar Do Sol Apartments
Ranked #104 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“misleading apartments”
Reviewed September 4, 2010

this complex was advertised as quiet and friendly, it couldn't be more misleading. the traffic noise was unbearable, the proprietor rude and unhelpful and it is situated on a very busy road in the middle of nowhere do not go here it is truly awful. I've been to Portugal 10 times and I love the people and the culture but if my first visit had been to these apartments it would probably have been my last visit they are that bad!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

The room we had was small, pokey actually I should imagine (not that I have ever experienced this) but similar to a prison cell.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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wigan lancs
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2010

just came back on sunday the owner was really lovely and polite we got there late at night it is not near the strip its in a residential area it look lonely wen we got there but in the morning nice and sunny it is a walk away but i went supermarket and got all my shopping very small complex but everything you needed pooolwas not big but its like beeing in a villa trtuthfully the ap[artment was was spotless and the maid was lovely and friendly clean towels belive me no rats wats so ever it was really clean dont belive about rats i mean that like i say a bit way out it cost us £4 in a taxi so me people just go awaty 2 complain it was lovely i really enjoyed my stay there and i av been going to portugal for a long time

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Finland
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36 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We stayed in this place for two weeks some years ago (2006) because we had bought our trip as package tour without prior knowledge of the hotel. The owners were rude, the room smelled bad and the location was 3 km from the beach in the Monte choro area (probably a 1 hour walk).

The first thing we experienced after realizing that we would be staying in the middle of nowhere was the dirty and smelly room. We complained about this but did not get a new room. Our room was supposedly the best room in the hotel. After the first week we were still told to keep our door open for a while to get rid of the smell which was there “because the room had not been used for a while…” At some point we realized that the smell was coming from the air condition machine since one could smell a bad breeze of sewer like smell every now and then. The smell got better when someone had cleaned our room (for our surprise) and probably used the machine. I guess nobody had used it for a long time due to the extra cost. Also there was a smell of mould in the kitchen.

Luckily there was the Giro bus system to get you to the beach, and it took about 5-10 min to walk to the nearest bus stop. Even if the bus did not run too often and was quite slow, it was almost faster that the taxi, since the taxi queue was very long in the downtown in August, days and nights. Albufeira is crowded with tourists in high season, and we needed actually to queue twice in some of the narrow streets in the town in the evenings to move forward. If you are travelling to south Portugal and do not enjoy too much of singing karaoke with Brits in a pub, head for Lagos which was a lovely place. But if you decide to go to Albufeira, I would suggest staying somewhere else than in Solar do sol.

The place has some potential with a lovely pool and big rooms. However the rude owners, unclean floors and in our case the unclean air con machine and probably a leaking pipe in the kitchen giving mould a nice place to grow, make this a no-star apartments. I’ve never been so disappointed with a hotel in my life. And of course from now on, will never buy package tours with unknown hotels.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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granada
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

We are a spanish couple, we stay in this Hotel in August 2009, is very pleasure, very clean, cool, the staff are very agreable, the apartments are renovated ans very confortables.
We will like back again

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2008

Me and my boyfriend booked this holiday thinking we would be going to a nice location to have a nice relaxing week away....This was far from a decent get away...we ended up flyig home 4days early as we found rats in our appartment.The rooms were not cleaned once, and they refused to move us to another room. The staff did not spaek a word on English, they were very rude, food was awfull, the town was atleat an hours walk away, there was nothing to do, it was expensive etc. Please dont bother even looking in to this, as it was a total waste of money!!

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  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

We stayed at Solar Do Sol in early Sept '08 for a short weekend trip. After checking in to our room, we discoverd a neverending list of rules for the facilities around the pool and for using items in the bedroom, ie. you cant eat any food or drinks by the pool that you've bought outside (even though it's self-catered facilities) and the mattresses and umbrella's round the pool are 2 euros each per day. This was an expensive place as you had to pay 25 euro deposit and 10 euros per day for the A/C, 10 euros per day for the heater and 5 euros per day to operate the television in your room! Thankfully the weather was good to us, so we didnt end up paying extra for these. We quickly realised we'd be out of pocket in no time if we hung around the place as the cost for basics was ridiculous. We spent most of our time eating out. Our room was not cleaned while we were there and towels were not changed, but there again, we were only there for a long weekend, so wasnt too bothered. Locationwise, I would have to say this place is quite far away from the tourist spots, the beach, shops and restaurants, ie. if your walking to `The Strip' it's 25 mins away, Centre of town is 40-45 mins and the nearest beach 50-55 mins away. Trust me, take plenty of comfortable shoes and a good pair of trainers (not for the faint hearted or elderly). We caught the bus a few times and walked back in the evenings as there is a bus stop outside the hotel. According to the manager this runs approx.every 10 mins, however we ended up waiting for up to 25 mins on one occasion and then decided to walk as couldn't wait any longer. Our room was at the front, ie. overlooking the main road, so we had a view of newly built apartments, however some of the construction works was still in progress, so weren't able to have a lie-in the morning or a nap during the day - make sure you pack your ear plugs. As we opted out paying extra for the A/C, the small balcony was a relief for just sitting in the breeze during the evening and cooling off. But noisy traffic passing by day and night when your trying to sleep is pretty annoying when you've gone on holiday to get some rest or peace and quiet. To sum up, I would say this hotel is okay to stay in for a short break, but definitely not for one or two weeks or more. On reflection, we would have been better off paying the extra and staying in a 3 star hotel as this place can be costly. The staff were friendly, but the manager wasn't, which was a shame as first impressions always last. We wouldn't recommend this place for families with small children or the elderly or people with mobility problems as it's far away from everything. Would not suggest going to this place for a romantic break/honeymoon, nor for single people as taxi's are expensive, buses are unreliable and far to walk anywhere after dark. Good luck if you fancy booking your stay at this place - you dont need to take our word for it - why not go and see for yourself. A definite thumbs down.

Jim & Ady from London, UK

  • Liked — Rooms were a descent size with plenty of light
  • Disliked — Its location as too far from main tourist spots, ie. the beach and town centre attractions
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Solar Do Sol Apartments
Address: Estrada de Vale Pedras 582A | Montechoro, Albufeira 8201-859, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Ranked #104 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Solar Do Sol Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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