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Varandas do Atlantico
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

good alround service,our villa nxt to large clean swimming pool.allu need in villa,the beds cud do with new mattresses.no aircon.the bar nxt to our villa gud go ona bit,so take sum earplugs ifu alite sleeper.15 mins to town and main beach.the square always had sumat goin on at night.stick to the bak streets for eating,drinking,and changin money.good time overall,good value 4 the money.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

hotel in good location with lovely pool and spacious rooms nice view from the room we had not to far from beach or old town great breakfast if you walk out of enterance turn left an left at end of road an about 500 yards up road(mama mias,i think)but dont leave any clothes on terrace overnight(common sense really)had 2 pairs of jeans an shorts nicked apart from that very good place

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bjpepsidog
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Traditional Portugese style complex, owners run it and live on site also. About 15 Apts./Villa with 3 pools and bar/shop. Stayed in July 2011 with family 2+3 (15,13 & 8) and had a very enjoyable holiday. Weather great and staff very helpful.

Apartment very large, 2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/toilets, large kitchen/living room and covered balcony with great sea view. Cleaned every day, towels/linen every few days.

Bela in Office very helpful before and during our holiday. Great for advice and help with bookings for taxi's, excursions etc.

15min. walk to Old Town Albufeira and 20/25 mins back, get a taxi back, only €4. Lots of restaurant's in old town and locally. Recommend O'Leme steakhouse and Ferrira Pizza around the corner, good food and good value. Evening entertainment at Pateo Village (5 mins walk) if you want to stay locally any night, basic but enjoyable.

2nd stay in Albufeira both New and Old town's, would prefer Oldtown, better atmosphere for family and less hustle and bustle. Portugal seems to be good value at present, average evening meal for 5 (incl. wine/drinks) was €50. Lots to do including boats/pedalo's on Fisherman's beach, boat trip for dolphins and caves, Aqualand and Zoomarine.

Would recommend Varandas to anyone, very enjoyable.

Tips: Consider car hire (not essential but makes things easier. Large Supermarkets and New Town are 3-4 km away)
Close shutters and windows at night and when leaving apt. (cooler and safer)

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Goodmanwillie
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

I have just returned from a weeks holiday here with my husband and three kids, aged 2, 12 and 15.

The staff were very pleasant, friendly and efficient.

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment and it was excellent. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and the apartment was extremely spacious and very clean. The apartment had a shaded patio area where we could sit outside to eat, overlooking the sea . In addition,there was also an unshaded patio area and a large grassy garden for the kids to run around. The whole complex was immaculate with beautiful flowers growing everywhere.

There pool area was great. There were three pools - two large ones for swimming and a small toddler pool full of toys - my two year old loved this. At the poolside is a small cafe serving a good selection of drinks, snacks and ice-creams. There is a pool table and table football here, which my two older boys enjoyed.

The complex is situated on top of a hill above the town centre. For us , this was an advantage as the complex is very peaceful and quiet away from the busier areas. It is about a ten minute walk down to the town centre and, as we had a car, we tended to drive down and back. Parking was easy and free in the town.

Albufeira itself has an excellent selection of places to eat and drink and the kids all enjoyed wandering around the cobbled streets in the evenings. It was quite busy but in a good way - the atmosphere was very pleasant with lots of families with young children.
I would recommend hiring a car - there are so many lovely beaches around and we found it handy to go to the Algarve Shopping Centre a couple of times. This was less than tea ten minute drive away and was excellent if you have kids because it is air conditioned, has a massive food hypermarket and also a huge food court, serving a great selection of good value food.

All in all, we had a brilliant holiday - people very pleasant and I would not hesitate to highly recommend this place to anyone. That is high praise because I am a very fussy, picky individual!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank GlasgowPiranah
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

This is a very nice value for money place to stay. we had a 2 bed apartment although there was only two of us. We were amazed with the size the rooms. Within 150 0r so meters there is a supermarket, Newsagents and a couple of little but nice and reasonable cafe's.One of which we used a lot, Unfortunately the name escapes me but as you leave the complex from reception bearing left , When reaching the road its immediately on your right. As it was late in the season the poolside bar was closed but this was not a problem due the vicinity as i said. The lady in reception, Bella is a very nice helpful lady and nothing seems to be too much trouble. If i am very picky then i would say the apartment could do with a freshen up which will probly happen over the winter anyway. Two lovelly swimming pools of good size and a childrens pool as well. Plenty of sunbeds and as there is only 13 apartments i would be surprised if it ever felt over crowded. Now in fairness i must say it is a ten minute walk down to the fantastic beach and beautiful old town but the walk back is a steep one but you can taxi it for 4 euros, Personally i found the walk in vigourating and a good way to burn up some of the huge meals i put away. Must mention the BAILOTE steak house which you will find on your left not far into the town, Wow, Excellent quality for not a lot of money and the staff are so friendly and helpful. All in all a very memorable week at a very nice hotel near a fantastic resort, We will be back next year, On a final note, I think the old town has something for everyone.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank oldrockermike
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

very big rooms the pool area was excellent we went with 1 teenager and 1 aged 5 would deffo go back looking for 2 weeks next year.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Thank debbie190748
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

weve just got back from staying here and what a fantastic place, its a small family run complex, the apartment for 8 has 4 double size spacious rooms and each room has a balcony, 2 of the bedrooms are ensuite and the other 2 bedrooms are serviced by a good sized family bathroom. The lounge had enough seats for 8 people and the kitchen was fully fitted inc proper cooker, microwave fridge freezer and plenty of crockery, the maids cleaned every day except friday and were very trust worthy and friendly, their was also a nice friendly bar at the pool side which stayed open well into the night, which also served good quality snacks and was hosted by an english couple "gerry and his wife" there are 2 swimming pools in the complex both kept nice and clean and a childs pool about 18 inches deep
the apartments are set back from the marina and the old town of alburfeira with a nice downhill walk to the night life of about ten minutes, to be fair it is a taxi ride back as its all up hill and quite steep but for 4 euros who cares. The local area around the apartments has several small bars and a couple of really nice restaurants all very reasonably priced and friendly we ate out every night for around 60 euros for six with drinks and deserts, a round of drinks in the area of the apartments costs about 6 euros for 4 cokes and 2 glasses of wine
all in all a lovely place and very reasonably priced i would definatley go back and recommend this place to my friends and family

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank colkay
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Address: Rua Cesario Verde 3 | Pateo, Albufeira 8200-655, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Ranked #28 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: £43 - £139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Varandas do Atlantico 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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