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Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Ranked #8 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

we stayed at this hotel between the 10th and 24th July. The reception staff were friendly and helpful. The room was nice and clean,the room was cleaned daily by friendly staff. Stayed half board and found the food to be of a good standard, plenty of choice both at breakfast and evening meal. Restaurant staff friendly and efficent. Pool area is on the small side but was ok for the size of the hotel. Some reviews complain about the lack of sun beds but for our 2 week stay there we had breakfast at 9.30am and every morning there was spare sun beds.Would stay here again, had a great holiday from start to finish. Location fine for both old town and new town.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

just returned from hotel,all we can say is perfect.as in previous reviews all in all from the room to the staff no complaints at all.we spent the week here and nothing but stress free.our room 221 was a limited sea view but what a view could not fault it overlooking the greenery to the sea .only one minor prob was that the pool area was small compared to other hotel pools that we have stayed at,but it was clean to other pools where we have been.anyone thinking of booking this hotel go for it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

Just back from a half board stay with my wife and parents. Hotel is modern with funky details like neon bar, piano and decor. Reception staff very friendly and helpful, all you need to do is ask and they will try their best to help you from little things like getting a taxi to arranging trips. Rooms are kept very clean and tidy and the maids do a great job, even put a little pattern on your bed using top cover i.e. design of a rose. Amenities are great you can buy wifi access and the safe in the room is free which you don't get with most hotels. Bar areas are great, you can lounge on big comfy sofas inside and listen to the music from piano. Games console just round from bar to keep little ones entertained €4 an hour. Food was great lots of choice there's a meat, fish, veg option every night and salad options and if you have special requirements just ask and they will accommodate you. If you feel like it there's al a carte option. Pool area is small but if you read he reviews you will know this, always managed to get a bed as people come and go all day as you would expect and there's also a back gate at the pool area which allows access to the beach via wooden stairs 10min walk nod you're on the sand. It's within an easy walk to the strip if you like nightlife and only 30mins walk from the old town which has a lot of bars nod restaurants and entertainment at night like live music. If you not want to walk there's a bus stop just along from the hotel which will take you to the old town for €1.80 each way. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful especially Rita, Marco, Helios, Vadym, Ludo. Had a great time and. Great sleep as the double bed was very comfy and huge. Myself, my wife and our parents can't wait to go back so might see you there next July.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

Great hotel, very clean and extremely friendly staff. Everyone is always smiling and they are all very helpful. The hotel is in a brilliant location with a 5 min walk to the new town and beach, and about a 5 euro taxi trip down to the old town.

The food was ok, nothing special but if you are not eating their every night it is fine.
The beach is very lovely. The rooms are very clean and it is very modern.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

Very nice modern hotel. We stayed in one of the two suites overlooking the pool. The room was good quality, nice and clean, quiet and comfortable. The inside of the hotel is modern and funky with a large atrium around the bar and comfy sofas. Hotel staff were friendly. However, the pool area is small and by 8.30 every morning, every one of the 80 sunbeds (crammed into a small area) had towels placed on them by selfish guests. So if you want to get a bed, join in the madness and get up early.

The local area is pretty chavvy. Lots of 'English' restaurants, neon bars and quite a few strip clubs. That's ok if you like that sort of thing but if you want a quality holiday with nice local bars and restaurants, go elsewhere. The walk into the old town takes about 45 mins which we did a number of times and whilst it is better there, not by much.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

i stayed here for 1 night just to see what it was like and it was exellent! the service wasnt the best and there were some smal problems eg. som minor cracks in the walls but overall a great stay!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

Just back from our 19 night stay at this hotel. We had a great time at the aqua pedra dos bicos, all the staff are very helpful, from the maids to reception to bar and restaurant staff they all greeted us with a smile and helped us out when needed.
Breakfast had plenty of choice, we ate early so never had a problem with it being busy. We were half board and yes there is one meat one fish and a vegetarian option each night but if you don't like any of the options the chef will make you something you do like( You have to ask before lunchtime-menus are on display from 10pm the night before), which he did for me many a night because I mainly eat chicken, I just varied the sauce I had with it and I was happy, Vadym was always there to help me out. Helios is a fantastic Restaurant Manager and gave us great wine recommendations. Macro Viera and Fernando(Jorge) kept us amused and entertained at the bar. Rita our maid was fantastic and kept even our room spotless.
The only negatives to the hotel in my opinion are the prices of soft drinks at pool bar, €3.80 for a draught sprite and also as mentioned before the number of sunbeds, it is not as bad as some people are suggesting, yes by 8.30 most of the beds are taken, as breakfast starts at 7.30 and everyone in the hotel has breakfast you would expect people to be reserving them at this time, also everyone does not stay there all day so for the people who skip breakfast and get up late they should be able to get a bed. There are a few people who put towels down and disappear for hours but you will get this in any hotel.
Last thing there are no English channels apart from sky news, even Eurosport is in German.
The hotel is far enough away from strip but close enough if you do want to go and a bus stop just outside takes you to old town.
We will definitely be back and would highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Address: Urbanizacao Quinta Pedra dos Bicos, Lote 24 | Santa Eulália, Albufeira 8200-389, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Pedra dos Bicos)
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#7 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is an island of serenity in Santa Eulalia, near the busy Albufeira and at 500 meters from the famous "Strip", one of the main nightlife atractions. The direct access from the Hotel to the Bicos Beach - 400 meters away - and the inspiring view over the Atlantic Ocean complete this unique Hotel in the heart of the Algarve. This 4-Star Hotel, from Details Hotels & Resorts, features a daring and modern architecture, offering a memorable and relaxing experience. ... more   less 
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