We booked this on a whim last minute, not expecting too much and having read the trip advisor reviews before we went. This is just about 40 mins from the airport perfect as not too far away. The reception area on arrival was clean and spacious and the staff pleasant who organised a porter to show us to our room no. 111. This was ground floor directly overlooking the crazy golf course large tree and beautiful sea beyond. Our first thoughts were how dark and tired the room was but we certainly benefitted from this shade as it kept the room cool during the day and then early evening late afternoon it became bright, great for applying make-up. Having said that the lighting in the bathroom was very good as usually these are dark and for women and make up applying a problem. As I say the room was tired but I have to say clean, with lovely white cotton bedding, which were very comfortable. There was a small balcony with the usual plastic chairs, which we didn't use as well as a small table in the room with chairs, great for putting our bits and bobs on. Plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. The safe for 4 days cost us 12 euro but we did get some of this back, although reception didn't tell us this so a nice surprise when we handed the key back in. There was a small fridge, very usefull with glasses and cups, and on request were had a small clean kettle at no charge. There is no hair dryer to your room, not sure if you can get one on request, as I didn't bother.
The small shop on site is rather pricey but what do you expect, sun lotion in portugal is Very Expensive - take your own, we didn't because of luggage weight it's about 17 euros in most shops. The hotel has 4 pools, one being indoors and when we went end June we were always able to find a lounger. We mainly stayed around the smaller pool, near the kids club, very quiet with natural trees for shade. The sun loungers are not padded. We stayed just B and B, and although I thought the breakfast was limited in choice is was fresh and replenished. On offer was cold cheese, and one meat, yogurts and small choice of fruit alternated daily, with apples and oranges and then the old pastry, cereals and then hot food, ie boiled egg, or scrambled on alternative days, bacon, and beans or mushrooms or tomatoes. The dining room was slightly raised so you got great views of the pool and sea. Table clothes and fresh cutlery were plentiful. They need though to improve on how us Brits can toast of bread. There were just 2 machines which were not quick or efficient and there tea bags were weak and poor quality, but I'm being harsh here. We didn't dine at lunch time or evening, but lunch times they had a large snack bar on the lower level offering salads, chips, burgers pizza etc which looked great. The best thing of this was that you could take it out on a tray and sit around the pool and eat - how refreshing, please though make sure you take your tray and rubbish back, as this I'm sure will stop if visitors abuse it.
Pools were lovely, cool apart from the heated indoor one but clean. We didn't get involved in the animation team but they did their best each day to involve people, golf, darts quizzes etc. whilst we stayed we didn't see any entertainment in the evenings, so the reception area was like a ghost town and I understand where you get your drinks in the evening from the snack bar there was nothing going on there either, a bit disappointing if you are fully inclusive. We would either walk to the old town 15 mins along the beach, and get a taxi back, just 6 euros or catch the free shuttle bus in ( limited times available) or walk to the strip - loads of easterners, shops and clubs just 10 min walk away.
The hotel is well placed for the young and fit, but quite a few steps, inclines and declines in and around the hotel, so not great if you want to explore the cliff tops as this is situated on one if you are elderly not fit or have very small children. We found a small beach just to the RHS down a footpath which was a little cove, beautiful and not shingle either. We also walked along the cliffs to the next beach and found lots of little coves and beaches along the way.
The old town just 15 mins along the beach isn't old and is again plentiful with shops bars etc and in the evenings there is a square with lots going on entertainment wise for children- street entertainers. Puppet show, magician etc etc.
We had a thoroughly great time, everything close by, superb views and beach on the door step, oh and our towels were replaced daily and room also cleaned each day
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- Also Known As:
- Auramar Beach Hotel Albufeira
- Aparthotel Auramar Albufeira
- Aparthotel Auramar Hotel Albufeira
- Auramar Beach Resort Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal