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Da Balaia Apartments
Ranked #99 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Friendly place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

This was our last minute booking.By reading a few reviews we decided to give it a go.When we arrived the lady on the reception was very nice with a good english.We booked the studio but we've been actually upgrade into apartment.The gentleman came to get our bags and lead us into apartment.This one was hudge with three bedrooms,bathroom and kitchen/dining/lounge room.Have to mention that there was a nice size balcony too.Now the fact is that the interior will need really some upgrade and our shower had terrible pressure for all week.And of course as a couple you would prefer a double bed.We had to wait for our all inclusive bangles untill 3pm,but you're getting a card from reception so you can go to the pool anyway.I would say that surroundin of this apartments should have more green grass and flowers around(instead parking spaces).As soon as we walked into the restaurant and bar by the pool,that was a different story.Greeted by great people we had some snacks and drinks.The food was delicious and you could see that these people working very hard a long hoursThere was always option to have a fresh meat from the grill.Drinks were great too.I enjoyed the dinners outside by the pool..There is just one pool and you can expect very cold water.The beautiful beach is really just 5mins walk and there is as well a good bus connection to get into Albufeira.Or you can just take taxi.We like to have a walk and wondering around.Overall if you're not very demanding and you don't need a 5star hotel but you prefer a friendly,family feeling this place really has got it.Not only you can meet great people but the guys from the restaurant are great too.We would like to say speacial thanks to Fernando,Josamari,Wesley,Alex,Rui,two young brothers(sorry can't remember names)Carlos,two Belarus brothers from the kitchen.Ladies from reception and very polite ladies from housekeeping.Thank you very much for your hard work!Thanks for making this place so special!!!!!This is a good place if you really just want to have a rest and no t travell so much.

Room Tip: apartments by the pool and reception are probably more modern
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Scottish Borders
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

We booked these apartments as a late booking as the hotel was fully booked, but when we went onto trip advisor they were ranked 154/167. SHOCK! We arrived at 9:30 pm not expecting to get anything to eat, however we were told we could still have a meal. Our studio was basic but very clean, be aware though they do not have a balcony. Everything else was A1!!! These apartments enjoy the same facilities as the Balaia Mar Hotel and Apartmentos da Balaia and they are ranked 25/167!!!! The food was very good, meat and fish cooked to order on offer every lunchtime and dinner, as well as a few other hot dishes, soup, salad and desserts. Ice cream and mini milk ice lollies part of the AI too. The drink was all branded at no extra cost. There is no entertainment but we made our own, meeting lovely people from all over UK. The staff work extremely hard and endure long days, but are always pleasant. Josimar, one of the waiters/barmen, was such a pleasant young man- always smiling-nothing too much bother. This is the first place we have been to in Europe where no towels are put on the sunbeds first thing in the morning! Always plenty of beds. The only negative comment I can make is that block C where our studio was, seems to be mostly privately owned and the next door apartment was being renovated. We were woken most mornings with banging around 9am, hence we never needed the alarm clock to get us up for breakfast!! We will be back but will book into the hotel next time.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Da Balaia Apartments
Address: Praia Maria Luisa | Praia Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #99 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Da Balaia Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 202
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