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Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #80 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Cork, Ireland
1 review
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“Very Poor Hotel”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Do not stay here -poor quality hotel that does not deserve it's 4 star rating. The staff here are rude and very unwelcoming to their guests. There was constant fighting between the staff that could be overheard by the guests. On multiple occasions they tried to give us the wrong change claiming they'd forgot what we paid. The rooms are small with a tiny balcony, very dated interior and in long need of a decent clean. The cleaners visited the room everyday but barely made the bed by tossing the sheets about and didn't change the towels or wash the floors once in the week.

We had breakfast included which included 'orange juice' made from orange cordial and croissants that came from a cheap packet, this was served on dirty table cloths which were not changed from day to day just the crumb wiped down from them but yet covered in stains. You will not be feeling anyway full after this breakfast!

The pool was dirty with cigarette butts left at the side and not cleared from day to day. There was also a lack of sunbeds and umbrellas by the poolside. Although the pool bar did not sell crisps, or did any other parts of the hotel they tried to stop people from eating them while sunbathing by the pool.

The hotel is situated up a large hill which is only a 10 minute walk to the old town which is beautiful, however there are steps down from the hotel which help shorten the hill but these close at 9pm meaning at night you have to walk back up a steep hill which is about a 20 minute walk.

We will definitely return to Albufeira again however I would strongly recommend anyone not to stay here, it is over priced and over rated with 4 stars,

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

It was mine and my partners first trip to Portugal last week and we have came home wanting to go back again !
The hotel was very comfortable and the staff were very friendly and attentive especially the wonderfull bar man who was on everyday who made our stay there more enjoyable.
The buffet breakfast was good and so was the evening buffet meals.
The pool and sun area was lovely and with beautiful views also :)
If we are to visit Portugal again we will deffinatly be staying here again :)

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Lovely town and nice hotel for couples. No kids and friendly staff. Free snacks by the pool every day. Great restaurants within a 15 min walk in the town. Some hills to climb but worth it for the view.
Excellent breakfast and a lift down to the beach

Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We decided to take a short break in the sun and found this hotel. It was very nice and the staff were really friendly. There were free snacks offered around the pool during the day. It was a 20 min walk into Old Town but there was some slopes to encounter. Facilities were good and probably needs some upgrade however was very clean and tidy.Albufiera town was lovely and excellent restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Clean. Good selection at breakfast with hot and cold buffet......including salmon and fresh fruit selection. Seaviews excellent from dining room and sea facing rooms. Staff friendly and helpful.
Always willing to deal with requests too. We loved the quirkiness too. Guests were ace ...such laughs and even the antics of the drunk bar man added to the experience. This is 3 star...and we loved it. Not sure how sunbeds and parasols will go round for everyone in high season though by the pool. Hotel is at top of slopes etc but there is a bus stop close by. Not too far from new marina either ...and near enogh the busy streets of albuferia yet jst enogh distance away for the peace and tranquility if you want to laze by the pool. Low key live eveing entertainment was lovely as were the free snack time and the free fizz welcome drink evening. Thanks too to the liverpudlian two...and the vodka lady....just to mention a few.... For adding to a brill time!!!

Room Tip: 3 rd floor fine....and when it says twin beds...that is what you get.....ours were very comfy...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had a great week on our first trip to Portugal and made a great choice of hotel. Built in 1962, it is dated and needs refurbishment in places but we found it very comfortable and suited to our needs. The rooms are quiet and clean and the sea views are stunning, the entertainment was provided by nesting gulls on all the roof tops and the fledging of the young!
We stayed on a B & B basis and found the breakfast to be superb. Smoked Salmon & scrambled eggs, lovely, and Buck's Fizz if you want it. We did not eat there in the evening, with so many good restaurants nearby why would you.
The bar was nice for an evening drink on the return from dinner and the company was delightful. The addition of the permanently drunk barman added character and gave us all a good laugh, it must have cost the hotel a fortune though because despite all our best efforts he was unable to get the bills right. First class fun!
The situation is perfect, a 5 minute down a steep hill to the stunning beach - don't get the sun beds, they are 15E per day and you can buy your own cheaper and leave them when you go home. Another 5 minute stroll away from the hotel is old Albufeira which is beautiful and full of nice restaurants, quite lively but the real noisy part is well away so you can still be civilised. About 10 minutes in the opposite direction is the harbour and marina, beautiful.
Overall, apart from a couple of niggles this was a perfect place for us and we shall definitely return next year. Thank you Boa Vista

Room Tip: Don't go for rooms on the lower 2 floors, behind the swimming pool
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

A little outdated but decent facilities. Very clean. Friendly staff and good service. Hotel food is hotel food-they tried but didn't quite hit the mark-does anybody really eat frozen vegetables?? Very nice touches such as the free fizz by the pool, 5pm snack and pianist and traditional Fado. Good location very peaceful but remember Albufeira is hilly so quite a climb up. There is a mini bus service around the town which may help. Would stay again but maybe not eat in

  • Stayed May 2014
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Additional Information about Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa

Property: Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa
Address: Rua Samora Barros 20, Albufeira 8200-178, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#25 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Airy Seaside Resort Hotel with multilingual staff, restaurant and bar sits overlooking the bay of Albufeira, near the Marina. ... more   less 
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