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Alfagar II Aparthotel
Ranked #10 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
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Ireland
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8 reviews
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“Brilliant hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

This hotel was great. We had a one bedroom corner apartment overlooking the pool. The whole hotel was spotless. The beds were very hard though. We did not eat in hotel. Mini market was handy and had everything you needed and not too expensive. No wi-fi in rooms which was very annoying in this day and age, free at pool side bar.
All the pools were fantastic and great for kids, as were the two great playgrounds, really good for kids.
The main problem with this hotel is the location, it is out of the way, it's a 15/20 min walk to main area and a taxi ride (€6-8) to old town each way. We walked a lot but it was hard work as there are many hills and the paths are not great for walking with a buggy, there is no seafront walk so it's all streets and you need to cross the road a good bit so you probably would need to factor in the cost of extra taxis. Hotel runs a shuttle to old town for €1 per person but only during the day, if this was more frequent, then this hotel would be so much better. Lovely stay but location was a factor.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Spent a week at the Alfagar2 with my boyfriend. Large apartment. Very clean, large balcony all you need for a comfortable stay. 20 min walk into Albuferia which is fine but can be a bit dark on the road up. Highly recommended.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Killarney, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Spend ten day with family in September. Absolutely lovely hotel, staff location etc.. nothing is a problem for staff. From check-in until check-out - full professionalism. Few names to be mentioned: Hugo at reception - nothing a problem, Miguel at pool bar - kids loved him - always smiling, joking - great personality. Ruben - in red bar and pool bar as well. fantastic all together. I don't remember all names but really great staff all together. Cleanliness I would say it's the priority which is first thing for my family as well. Looking forward to coming back next year. thank you very much again for everything.

Room Tip: Room 517 - fantasic.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Stayed for four nights with 2 kids (4 yrs and 14 months)
They enjoyed it.
Outdoor pools water was cold!
Didn't enjoy much there.
Apartment was clean with all the facilities that you need
We stayed in rm 220-in first floor
Sea view is ok not great but we didn't expect more as mentioned in other reviews
All days were sunny with temp around 20-22 degrees
Been to zoomarine with tickets and transport booked by hotel,cost about 75 euros for 4.
Went to old town at 6 pm,not much activity there on sunday
Dolphin sightings trip was great,initially worried with an infant but he was fine
Was told by reception staff that Falesia beech had no steps to go to beech but no true but loved the beech.
Only one bar was there not much food choice apart from hotdog

  • Stayed October 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

We went to Alfagar II for our wedding anniversary and just wanted to chill out and relax. We'd had a cruise earlier in the year and love the food, shows and dressing up, but really wanted a lazy break for a change. We stayed at Porto Bay in Olhos d'Agua 2 years ago and loved it, but as OH loves cooking we thought we'd go self-catering. After reading reviews on TA we decided on this aparthotel and thankfully it lived up to the good reviews.

We booked sea-view and the view was superb. We had a corner room with huge glass fronted balcony, 2 sun loungers and table and 4 chairs. All the balconies have sun loungers, tables and chairs so they're all a decent size. We enjoyed having a morning cuppa on the balcony just after sunrise, followed by cereals and fruit. The aparthotel overlooks Alfagar Village and it was like looking over a little Portuguese village. The resort is excellent and the staff are extremely friendly and work so hard. The pool area is cleaned thoroughly every morning.

Our room was huge with large sofa, coffee table, wooden dining table with 4 chairs and kitchenette with fridge, full oven and hob, decent utensils and storage space. You enter the apartment into a hall with large bathroom to one side, an open plan living room and separate bedroom. We had 2 large patio windows/doors in the living room and 1 in the bedroom. The beds were hard, but thanks to the reviews I knew that and OH doesn't sleep well wherever he is!

The first 2 days weather was glorious then we had a torrential downpour and you couldn't see the sea or ClubMed around 400 yards away. The next 5 days were then cloudy, but warm and it didn't stop us from exploring. After that the sun shone for the rest of our stay. The grounds of the resort are very pretty, with beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers and grassy areas. Some of the 'village' apartments are right near the cliff edge and have superb views. There are more pools in this area and tennis courts, a shop selling all you need, including UK papers. We only ate at the pool bar and the 'pub' onsite, but there's a restaurant in the grounds and a buffet restaurant in the hotel.

It's in a quiet area, but easy to walk to Olhos and The Strip. We walked for miles most days and chickened out of walking to the Old Town so had a taxi both ways. There's bus stops outside the hotel but the service can be a bit erratic so taxis are better and cheap for local trips. The area is not so good if you're not mobile as it's hilly in parts and walking over the rocks and cliffs can be a bit hair-raising. If you want nightlife then it's near to Albufeira - sadly we're past that now so it was great to watch some UK tv like a couple of couch potatoes!

This trip ticked all our boxes for a great rest and we definitely hope to go back. We loved everything about Alfagar II and really enjoyed ourselves. Many thanks to all the staff there. Flew with Monarch and used Yellowfish transfers, who were prompt and efficient.

(While we were walking back from the seafront at Olhos we bumped into a couple we met on our cruise in May. How spooky was that in such a tiny resort as Olhos?)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Lauren still can't stop talking about it two weeks later!

Friendly, helpful staff, nothing too much trouble. Wonderful setting, clean, well-designed.

Rooms large, well set-out, clean, kitchens well stocked with equipment. Beds are orthopaedic, but this can be overcome by putting two of the continental quilts provided underneath.

Lots of pools, never met a bored adult or child. Sun, sand, sea-fishing, sightseeing. In the evening, local bars and restaurants with delicious Sagres beer. Lots of interesting people to meet, both local and world-travellers.

All in all a blissful week, apart from Tuesday night, when a loudspeaker is put on the verandah which blasts out window-shuddering noise for 200 meters in any direction! They need to use an MP3 system for those who want it.

Breakfasts not to be missed. FRESH, RIPE fruit, endless supplies of REAL scrambled egg,bacon, mushrooms, beautiful fresh rolls, endless excellent coffee and cocoa. Need to find a local butcher who can supply proper English sausages though, not the supermarket rendered-meat type.

Public lavatories in both Olhos and Albufeira both worth a visit.

P.S. If you've got to have someone else entertain you, suggest you stay home and go to the local pub, or watch X-factor on TV!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

well what can i say....... this hotel is fantastic, i am usually hard to please as i hate being among drunk people and people that party in their room, so we took a chance on this one because of the review. this was the best holiday i have ever had. cant fault anything. the place was spotless and very family friendly. if i had any negatives it would be the access to the beach but on the plus side its an adventure to get there and once you are there you wont be disapointed so worth the walk. if you dont fancy the beach adventure then the pools and the slides are amazing.

we went with our 2 girls 13 and 16 and we had a two bed apartment which was amazing, even had loungers at your apartment. will defo be going back. if you are looking for a 4 (although felt like a 5) star then look no further.

Room Tip: we stayed in 201 which was great as we had no one above us and only 1 below. it is also sea facing s...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Alfagar II Aparthotel
Address: Santa Eulalia - Balaia | Apartado 866, Albufeira 8200-912, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#8 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#9 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:4 star — Alfagar II Aparthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 220
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