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Varandas do Atlantico
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Stayed here last week July/first week of August 2012 with my wife and 3 kids (2,4 & 10). We picked these apartments based mainly on the good reviews on Trip Advisor and so we were very disappointed to read the relatively negative review posted just before we left. Whilst I realise that circumstances may have been different, I feel I must advise that having dashed out and spent a small fortune on mosquito spray, plugs and bite cream, we did not see a single mozzie for the whole two weeks! We also found the temperature very pleasant and we were even glad of our sheets on a number of nights. As for the service, the apartments are advertised as family run and as such, I would not have expected a 24 hour reception. We found the service to be excellent and everywhere was well cleaned and tidy. The apartments were extremely spacious and airy with all the necessaries. The pools were a huge hit with the kids and the pool area and grounds were kept beautifully. The walk down to the old town holds many happy memories and the walk back was not too much of a struggle even with a push-chair! All in all we had a wonderful holiday and will happily recommend the apartments and Albufiera itself.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Would defintely recommend these apartments. Hills are a bit of a struggle but the apartments are well worth it. Bella is very lovely to deal with. From the moment that I contact her she always was extremely helpful. The apartments are extremely spacious and they are kept very clean. The cleaners came into the apartments everyday except Sunday. On arriving to the apartments the poolbar was shut but within a couple of days they did the best to get it open. We had been to these apartments on previous years (2006) and when we came back from the town in the evening the bar was always open and there was always good fun. This year though the pool bar had only been opened so in the evenings it was usually closed which was a bit disappointing. All in all I would highly reccomend this apartment to any family. Only thing that I would say is when you are booking that you ask will the pool bar be open.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

I stayed here in the first week of August in a group of 10 23year olds.

6 of us stayed in one of the bigger apartments - 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 4 people stayed in one of the 2 bed apartments. It was very clean and had everything that we needed, the lack of air con was not a problem and we went in peak weather. The cleaners came in almost every day. We booked a transfer from the airport which was 15euros for the return trip which went off without a hitch. The pool bar was open when we went and we made very good use of it! The man who served us spoke very little English but was lovely. We named him Larry and he will forever be remembered! The prices at the bar were fair, but you do have to wait a little bit for your food as a result of Larry's service with a smile.

The Old Town has plenty to offer and is a 10-15min walk downhill. Be sure to venture across the square for the better restaurants. The walk back is uphill yes but it never bothered us, it seemed to go quickly.

The beach is shelly and feels like youre walking on hot glass, but beaches aren't my thing anyway so you may find it fine. There are plenty of watersports available in the sea which are pretty cheap - pedalo with slide was 15euros for an hour, canoe was 10euros for an hour.

We went to a really good waterpark called Slide and Splash. It was 23euros to get in (which is expensive but worth it). It was the taxis that made the day seem expensive because they were about 15euros return each because of the distance.

All in all we had a great holiday! Won't be going back anytime soon because we've done it now, but that doesn't detract from the week at all.

Room Tip: Get an apartment that faces the pool and not the road
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Rachel D
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

Very clean, spacious apartments, make sure you take anti mozzi repellent, spray, cream, whatever you can get, cos you will need it. It was very hot, had the doors open at night and got bitten alive, in the end we had to move to another hotel. They need to open the pool bar as this is by no means a hotel, more like a small complex with very little around it. Pretty but....

On a plus note, found a fantastic restaurtant up the road called Mamma Mias, best Piri Piri Chicken and a fantastic view over the harbour area, but can you believe in the height of the season, closed on Mondays!

Reception very helpful but only between "specified hours", otherwise pick your keys up from the box and here is a map to help show you the way. Come on Varandas Do Atlantico, get with the real world, service is paramount.

Room Tip: Dont go here if you are liked by mozzies!!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sandy W
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

I like small complexes and this only has about 15-18 i would say. Its,a very friendly place where most of the clientelle appeared to be irish.
There is a little pool bar around 2 small swimming pools . Its very cosy.
It is a little walk into the old town takes about 15 minutes downhill so simple enough. Getting back again is more tiring but a taxi is only 5 euro.
We booked the hotel from an accomodation website ,it was very well priced .
We also booked a taxi transfer on the internet too ,there was alot to choose from but we chose yellowfish transfers ,simply because we liked the name . it was a good choice they were cheaper than the rest and very reliable , drivers spoke English and drove carefully.
There is a wonderful italian just down the road from the complex it has a terrace and amazing views of the marina.. fantastic sun terrace..
There is a little supermarket across from the complex too..

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Stayed here for a week at the end of september.All in all had a good week- huge,clean apartment with 2 bed and bathrooms,great for 2 girlies getting ready to go out! Great views of sea and marina from balcony but road noise spoilt it slightly- our balcony was next to main road out of town( apartments next to pool bit quieter i would say) The pool bar was closed throughout our stay but not too much of a prob. Old town was great for nights out,as stated by previous reviews-left the heels in my case as quite hilly and cobbly though! I would probably choose to stay slightly closer to the old town if i returned to albufeira to save on walking up and down the hill but view worth it and is good exercise!! The complex wasnt fully occupied when we were there, had a pool each some days! Think there were about 12 apartments altogether,staff friendly-gave us wine and sweets at end of stay which was a nice touch. Albufeira was a great place,first stay but will def go back. Beaches great, nice mixture of people, good food and nice vibe about the place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

Stayed at these apartments the first week in September. 3 of us shared a two bedroom apartment which had two bathrooms and plenty of space. The covered balcony provided shade and beautiful views. The pool area had plenty of sunbeds and umbrella's for shade. Most of the apartments were full and there was a mixture of british and portuguese - all of whom were happy and friendly. It is a 10 minute walk to the old town, where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, all were reasonable and we had good food every night. We had breakfast at Mama Mia's near to the complex, where there was a good choice and good food. We also ate at a local restaurant further up the road which was full and very good (sorry can't remember the name), the glass of port at the end of the meal was an added bonus! If you need a taxi back from the old town it costs about 4 euros and is well worth it. All in all excellent value and I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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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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