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Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Ranked #9 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Myself and my husband spent a week over Easter at this hotel. The hotel is extremely clean, the staff are very good, the breakfast was tasty with a good choice. The maids/cleaners do an excellent job of keeping the hotel spotless.The beds are very comfortable. There is even a magnifying mirror in the bathroom (helpful for putting makeup on when you wear glasses). There is a free safety deposit box in the wardrobe of the room. The hotel offers day trips out which were cheaper than the tour operator we went with.

We asked for a packed lunch for our last morning as we were on an early flight which meant we were picked up before breakfast started at 7.30am. I was a bit disappointed with the packed lunch as I had requested a vegetarian, which on opening was a ham and cheese sandwich. The packed lunch consisted of 1 small sandwich, 1 orange and 1 small carton of juice.

The hotel charges for internet connection - even in public areas, but there are quite a few bars/restaurants locally who offer free wi-fi if you have a drink/meal.

It is about a 40 minute walk into albufeira's old town.

Would definately recommend this hotel and hope to return again in the future.

Room Tip: Superior rooms have a seaview
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Just returned from another wonderful stay at the aqua pedra dos bicos , weather could have been better , still a superb hotel, all staff very good and very friendly , cannot do enough for you. Rooms are spotless and public areas very clean. Will be back next year,

  • Stayed: March 2013
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4  Thank stevie-y
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear stevie-y,
It was great to have you with us again. Thanks very much for your continued preference and also for your review. Please let me know when you'd like to return next year, we . Kind regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Just returned from this hotel stayed for 9nights over the Easter period with my boyfriend (both 25)
Absolutely beautiful hotel, location everything good. Rooms were beautiful, stunning bathroom, very modern deco, maids were in everyday and cleaned and changed beds daily & provided new towels.
When we arrived we were put in the ground floor room which overlooked the little side street road which was ok but we were level with the cars/coaches picking people up/drop offs so we requested a different higher up room and this was met within 15mins, great.
Staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble and always a smiling face.
We were bed & breakfast, breakfast room is quite small especially as it got busy from when it opened at 7:30 until 10:30, we went down at 10am three times during our stay. Food was ok, english breakfast consisted of tiny chipolata sausages, scrambled egg mushrooms and beans. But there was a nice selection of breads, pastries, and there was also your continental area being cheeses, meats and fruits. 3 juices to choose from, water and coffee & herbal teas. (no tetleys for those who enjoy an english brew) ;-) there are plenty of bars round the corner from the hotel which do lovely breakfasts if you wabnt to venture out, for only 3euros or 6euros for a mega-breakfast!
We are a young, working-class couple and this hotel was quite upper class for us i must say, we did feel like out-siders most of the time as there wasnt very many british people there, mainly foreigners and this hotel attracts a lot of business class people we found out, but this never spoilt our time there just received some funny looks especially at breakfast time which we did not appreciate and made it clear to those who did make us feel uncomfortable. Each to their own though!
unbelievably quiet hotel to the point were you were frightned to sneeze half the time! But this was a relaxing hotel, NO children or drunken louts which was a bonus so was very peaceful especially around the pool :) Pool was beautiful and clean, only jumped in once as it was ICE COLD and considering the time of year i would of thought the pool would of been heated slightly from maybe october-april?
Pool staff were fab! brought you drinks over and there was no pressure to pay straight-away. I recommend the Cocktails - the frozen strawberry daquiri was yummm!! :-)
Location is near mostly everything, 7mins walk to the Strip which was good if you want a good drink/dance, we also went to the Old Town and the hotel booked a taxi for us which came straight away and it was only 6euro's, there is a range of lovely restraunts and bars, much quieter than the strip if your just wanting to relax with a few drinks then i recommend the old town :-)
all in all we had a lovely time, wouldnt visit portugal again in march/april though as the weather is quite cold, once the sun is out its beautiful but the wind was freezing - take a jacket for night times!!
thanks Aqua Pedra, we shall return in the summer months sometime! :)

Room Tip: choose a pool view room 1st or 2nd floor
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank sexypink-1987
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear sexypink-1987,

Thanks very much for choosing Hotel Aqua Pedra dos Bicos. Please don't think this year's wet March/ April is our normal weather. As all over Europe, this winter was wet and cold, but normally in April we do go to the beach and weather should be 10ºC warmer...
We hope you haven't given up on the Algarve and we look forward to welcome you again in a near future. kind regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Reviewed 7 April 2013 via mobile

Great hotel in an excellent location.
Stayed for a week with my wife and really enjoyed our stay.
Air con and safe free,breakfast lovely a d staff attentive.
Location excellent and all we wanted close by.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear cgj1064,
Thanks for your review. We look forward to welcome you again soon.
Kind regards, joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Just back from staying in this hotel for a week with my boyfriend. Despite some rainy weather the hotel was lovely. It is very modern and definitely 4* standard. We originally booked with booking.com and I got what I thought was a good price but a few days before our stay I was on the hotel website and saw their Easter offer, which included a few extras like wifi and 3 dinners in the hotel for the same price, I emailed the reservations team who came back to me really quickly to confirm, I was delighted and cancelled my original booking with booking.com!
The rooms were very clean and staff were v pleasant. We had a superior room with side sea view and was well worth the extra money for the balcony. The view was amazing! The breakfast was lovely and great variety but the dinner was a buffet and we would have prefered to eat out for more variety - but since it was free we didn't mind too much!!! We also had a few nice surprises like chocolate truffles when we arrived and then porto wine and more chocs as we stayed during Easter.
If you go to this hotel try the Aquafresh cocktail, it is the nicest cocktail my friend and I have ever tasted and the guy who makes the cocktails was really friendly. Also, definitely make use of the Wellness centre, my friend (who was staying at a different hotel) and I had a massage on Easter Sunday as it was a rainy day and it was great for just 45 euro, the hotel staff arranged everything. The location is good if you want to go to the strip (we prefered Old Town) but it is just 5 euro in a taxi or 3 euro for the little tourist bus. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the beach near the hotel is beautiful.
The only downside was the noise, our room was v close to the cleaners room and in the morning it was quite noisy, woke us up every day, you could also hear some noise from downstairs when there was entertainment. Also there was no iron but they brought us one when we asked but no ironing board!!
All in all a great stay and would love to go back :)

Room Tip: Our room was 321, it was a great view but the noise was an issue
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear Emma198620,
Thanks very much for staying with us and thanks again for the tip about the staff noise near to your room, you're right and we sincerely apologize for the inconvinience, the exit doors just next to your room are very noisy. We are going to find na alternative. Should you consider to come back we will take this into consideration. Kind regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Just returned from a short stay at this hotel over Easter, we chose it after reading such good reviews and were certainly not dissapointed.
As soon as we arrived we knew we had made the right choice.
Check in staff were lovely and very helpful and imformative, we were told we'd been upgraded to a sea view room, Room 232, the room was lovely, lots of space, balcony, tv, big modern bathroom, plenty of towels etc, and quiet too. We were really pleased.
We were half board and the food was lovely, lots of choice of hot and cold food at breakfast and dinner, and restaurant staff were very good and friendly, couldn't fault anything.
The bar area was very trendy and comfortable, again really helpful friendly staff, we tended to stay in here in the evenings after dinner, as did most people, as the weather was bad, but the bar lounge was so nice and the drinks and cocktails were a good price.
Views were amazing, a short walk down a hill and some steps to a lovely beach, about 10 mins walk, and you can walk all along the beach on a wooden walkway, also a nice cafe/beach bar there.
Afternoon tea and sandwiches was a lovely touch at 4.30 in the lounge.
The hotel is spotlessly clean throughout, and very modern and trendy, and fresh.
Nothing was too much trouble at this hotel, it made our holiday, I would definately return and would reccomend it, don't change anything as you have it just right.
This hotel has the 'wow' factor.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear Hughes33,

thank you very much for your very nice opinion about Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is is rewarding to read how much you have appreciatted. We look forward to welcome you back. Warm Regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Just returned from a weeks holiday...location is ideal and close to restaurants, shops, bars and beach. The staff are excellant, always smiling and professional, nothing is too much for them. We had a great holiday and would definately return and use this hotel again, its spotless clean and very modern. The food was also very reasonable and tastey..the only draw back is not enough English TV channels but this is a very small thing. A massive thank you to the staff and management for an excellant stay and the complimentary bubbly in our rooms.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Joao C, General Manager at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2013

Dear newcDerry,

Thank you very much for your preference at Aqua Pedra dos Bicos and for your review. We apologize for the small choive of english TV channels but the sat dish we are using is very limited on that. Still waiting for Portugal Telecom to install the cable connection in Albufeira...We will keep pushing. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to return. Kind regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels (gm@detailshotels.com)

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Additional Information about Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel

Address: Urbanizacao Quinta Pedra dos Bicos, Lote 24 | Santa Eulália, Albufeira 8200-381, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Pedra dos Bicos)
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 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#12 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £42 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

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