We have stayed there for a week and booked 4 🌟 hotel to upgrade from our last holiday. Unfortunately we were disappointed to find out that this hotel is more like a 3 star or even 2star hotel. It's very outdated, corridors smell a bit. Lift are very old...food was terrible. We are not fussy in terms of the food but for the 4star hotel it was very poor. Also in a number of occasions I had to wait about 10-15 min to get for a dinner as they had no tables left. The outside restaurant was also extremely disappointed, you have to pay for your drink (even if you are all inclusive) then they give you a voucher for your meal pet person but most of the food starts from 14 euro. Balconies are very close to each other so you can look through the window of your neighbor. No privacy. They are few positive points - staff is friendly ( except if the skinny guy with a funny mastache), location (although the beach is about 15min walk) and the indoor swimming pool.
The location of this hotel is very good. The "strip" is 10 minute walk and thankfully you do not hear any noise coming from that direction. We would have liked somewhere nice to walk but it is just streets with few shops around the hotel and it is too far to walk to the beach. They run a shuttle bus to the old town which is a great service, we used it nearly every day. There are nice shops in the old town and lots of places to eat. We were told it gets very busy in the evenings. As with all other beaches in Portugal it is very clean and long, but some areas had strong waves and didnt look very safe to swim there. We stayed in a suite which consisted of a bedroom, good size bathroom, livingroom type area with 2 couches, table and chairs, storage and TV and kitchen. Plenty of room and the bed was really comfortable with great pillows and crisp white bed linen, beds were made up late afternoon so always nice to come back to. Hotel staff are so friendly, always helpful, the entertainment team are fantastic, they did their very best to enrol people to do different activities and were so good with children. Plenty of beds around the pool, we usually went out about 10 and lots of beds available. We chose a nice grassy area where there was plenty of shade if you needed it. Towels are available for 20 euros per person which is refundable at any time and can be changed daily at the spa. The spa itself looked good, we did not use it, but people we spoke to enjoyed it. Our only complaint was the food. It is a buffet service and choice not so good, although they put on a spectacular display of salads with cold meats, rice, pasta, fish in the evenings, couldnt fault that. Desserts look so good but tasted pretty bland. The hotel seemed to be invaded by a lot of "noisy" french holidaymakers 3 days into our holiday and they were a bit annoying, but all in all we had a relaxing holiday. Evening entertainment was ok, sing-a-longs mainly, but the entertainment staff put on a Mama Mia show on and it was brilliant. Unfortunately, we do not think we will be back to Albufeira, but we would recommend this hotel.
hi we went to stay at the albufeira sol for our anniversary the rooms were spotless all kept very clean by very hard working staff the food was a bit repetitive but plenty of choice the bar staff were very helpful the pool bar staff were a credit to this hotel the was a very helpful guy i think his name is rodrigo he wore glasses he was very funny he is a asset to the hotel but on the whole all the staff were very hard working the only thing i feel it was a bit to far to the main town but the hotel put on a free bus witch is good
Fabulous place to stay,leaving tomorrow really could stay,the whole hotel is spotless the rooms the same balcony a little snug.Entertainment team the Best what a great bunch ,so entertaining even encouraging everyone to join in regardless of age and ability,5 stars to them.couldnt fault anything food superb restaurant has a great choice for everyone , lovely fresh produce enjoyed watching the cooking going on snack bar good pool area spotless very good lots of sunbeds ,on the whole fab we will be back and missing already leaving tomorrow,by the way lots to do outside the hotel also beautiful area, top Mark's from us .
I have to say, that this was one of the best hotel experiences, me and my family have had in many years!
The staff is great, very helpfull and friendly. The food is delighfull, with a lot of variety. The rooms are big enough and with really nice views to the pool. A very clean hotel. The pool is heated and with enough space to everyone.
And the entertainment team provided by Bellux, is from another world. I don't have enough words to describe them. Full of energy, smiles and really nice talk. The kids loved the kids club, and for me and my husband we've been part of all the funny activities, especially the cocktail game, by the end of the morning. Thanks Rui, Yolanda, Tania and the rest of the team for making this experience even better.
The evening entertainment is out of this world. After a long day of activities, this guys still have energy for star quality show like Mamma Mia and Disney.
I will definitly come back and that's why I haven't gave 5 stars. There's a few things that I think it will improve the experience:
- Most important: the fitness zone needs shadow. It's impossible do Yoga, GAP... in 30º;
- A proper show room;
- Update the reception.
Thanks to everyone!!!