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Pension A Mare Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Salema B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Grea views and location”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Stayed her at the end of our cycle trip of 7 days. Clean and comfortable rooms, lovely views from the breakfast room, and breakfast was lovely. Our host was very helpful in organising the taxi to Lagos the next day for our group, however it would seem that when we arrived at about 2 pm, we were earlier than expected. There was a mobile phone to use and a contact number, which we used, the host did not seem very happy to have her lunch interrupted and did not make us feel very welcome initially,.( this was the only negative point)- otherwise all good and we would return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2012

We visited Salema last year several times to go to the beach and saw A Mare then and made a quick note. SO this year we stayed for 5 nights in Apartment A, which was great. We had the best view in Salema and breakfast every day looking over the beach was just lovely. Bettina who runs the apartments & b&b was so helpful and friendly.In Salema its self there is probably restaurants and 2 or bars which was plenty to choose from. We will definatley be returning for another stay at A Mare.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monterey, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had a very pleasant relaxing stay at the A Mare, and Bettina, the owner, was familiar and very helpful. We stayed in apartment B, which appears to not have the view that apartment A does, not as expansive, but it was more private, and it had a clothes line on the little patio for clothes and towels. The room does not have air conditioning, as stated, but it was windy the whole time, so even though it was warm, a breeze kept the room pleasant. The apartment had a kitchen with all the necessary utensils and condiments to cook a small meal, and it was great to eat our breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean. As the apartment was not available for our whole stay, Bettina kindly moved us to a smaller room with a small patio for the last night, though we had not booked a room with a patio. The room had air conditioning, which without cross ventilation was pleasant. We had a chance to experience the breakfast, which is not included with the apartments. It was a very good breakfast, plenty to eat, and Bettina fixed us fresh squeezed orange juice, which was a real treat!

Room Tip: If you want a surrounding view, and fix your own breakfast, choose Apt. A, but Apt. B offers a littl...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gibraltar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Second time we've stayed here......if you're looking for a simple b&b which is clean, very well looked after and good value.....look no further. Rooms a light,cool and clean and breakfast is lovely. Bettina who runs the place is friendly and very helpful. You're 2 minutes away from the beach with nice views of the beach and salema itself.

Perfect........thanks bettina.....we'll be back!

Room Tip: We've stayed in rooms 4 and 2.....both a lovely
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vicksburg, MS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2012

A Mare is a great place to relax. Salema is a sleepy fishing village and this Pension is great.I highly recommend it!!! Rooms were clean, views were great and Bettina was a wealth od help and information.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We spent three nights at Pension a Mare and highly recommend it. Bettina, who runs the pension, is extremely nice and helpful. The location couldn't be better, just a one minute walk to the beach and with stellar views. The breakfast was great. The only piece of advise is to carefully select a room as not all have air conditioning if that's critical to you - but being so close to the beach with the sea breeze we didn't find it necessary. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2012

The first thing I must say about Pension A Mare that makes it a special place is Bettina--she is a wonderful person who gave great advice about what to do in the area and was very friendly and helpful in general (and makes tasty breakfasts!). The building itself is fairly basic ... the rooms are a good size and comfortable enough (although not all have A/C, something to be aware of in the hot months), many with a partial view out to the sea.

It is showing its age a bit, though, with the occasional bug of flying and crawling variety (not a cleanliness issue, it just comes with the climate). Personally, I didn't mind the basic rooms, however ... if you're like me, you'll spend most of your time on the beach or hiking in the area, not in your room. For while Salema is no longer "undiscovered", it is still remarkably relaxed with a beautiful town beach (and several other nice beaches just a short hike or car ride away that are much more secluded). The fact that A Mare lends such things as beach towels, umbrellas, and beach chairs was very handy also. And, the rates are quite reasonable as well. One other note--I didn't have a car, but it sounds like the parking situation is not ideal.

So, in summary:

PROS:
- great hospitality from Bettina
- good value
- clean rooms with a good amount of space
- good "perks": breakfast, beach stuff

CONS:
- the rooms are "no frills" with the occasional bug
- parking situation is not ideal

For me, the pros more than outweighed the cons ... and for goodness sake, this is a little fishing village ... you can't expect the Ritz! If you're looking for luxury, Salema is probably not the town for you. If you are looking for a relaxing chance to get away from it all and enjoy some time on the beach with a blue ocean below and a blue sky above, however ... this is the place for you!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Pension A Mare Bed & Breakfast
Address: Praia de Salema, Salema 8650-194, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Salema
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Salema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly B&B style guest house just 100 meters from a beautiful sandy beach. Free Wi-fi. Traditional fishing village with lots of local restaurants serving the catch of the day, 2 bars (no discos). ... more   less 
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Pension a Mare Hotel Salema
Pension A Mare Bed & Breakfast Salema, Portugal - Algarve

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