The Good :
Right above what we consider the most amazing colourful cliff-lined five miles long safe and clean walking beach ever, this very large resort has mostly well designed buildings, luxurious landscaped grounds, a 9 holes golf course, fabulous pine tree gardens, numerous pools and restaurants, plenty other facilities amongst which a very pleasant unpretentious beauty salon and massage spa, good sun beds, easy free parking, good maintenance, charming competent and dedicated staff. It is an oasis of good taste and comfort in this overall quite ugly and uninteresting Albufeira region.
The Bad :
The original owner, heart and soul of the place passed away two years ago and the new ones are apparently trying to save money all over and letting some of the best (most expensive) staff go. It keeps surprising us that shareholders don't understand savings increase revenue short term only. A miser business only attracts miser clients. A luxury hotel cannot be seen cutting costs. It is so obvious; we hope for them that they will understand this before it is too late.
We like :
The Starwood management, the reasonable room rates which are - breakfast included - quite good value, the resort as such and it's staff.
We don't like :
The "hotel-card" key system that cuts off all power, including airco, when removed. The airco switched-off between 1 and 5 AM hoping nobody will notice. The farmed fish sold at "Pescatores" at the price of deep-sea. The frequently staying convention crowd screaming and shouting all Day and especially when returning drunk from their parties at 3 AM (that is when you wake up to realise there is no airco in your room) . The absence of WIFI other than in the lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, formerly known as Sheraton Algarve, offers recently renovated rooms, enhanced and extended dining options, and a brand new, 1000m2 Serenity Spa, The Art of Well Being. Pine Cliffs Hotel has a stunning cliff-top location above Portugal's longest beach, Praia da Falésia. All of the beautifully decorated rooms and suites at Pine Cliffs Hotel include in-room entertainment systems with LCD TVs. All rooms also include furnished balconies with garden or sea views. The resort features 5 tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, a beach club and a mini golf. For children and teenagers, the Junior Club provides a variety of activities such as mini-golf and football. The property is a 1-hour drive from Faro International Airport. Free on-site car parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Albufeira
- Sheraton Algarve
- Albufeira Sheraton
- Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal