We stayed in Sol e Mar for one week in April 2013. This was not our first visit so we knew what to expect.On entering our room stopped for a moment and realised how sparse it was.Having been in other hotels we realised how run down the Sole Mar has become.The fridge was positively ancient, falling to bits.Curtains have seen better days and as for the bed, be careful not to bump into wooden frame, can be painful.Television would be too old even for the charity shops. On the bright side , linens were clean and towels plentiful and view from balcony was stunning.
Reception as previously stated could certainly be more helpful but as there are a number of people working her would be unfair to compare all the same.
Dinning room. Without Placido, who did a wonderful job, the experience would have been pretty dismal.Furniture and fixings are in dire need of upgrading and the food needs a total revamp.Some of the"ornaments " above the food would be much sought after in the antiques roadshow they are so old! Food mediocre. Again on the positive side there was a wonderful view from top floor of the dining room.
Lounge was probably best part of the hotel.Comfortable seating and a pleasant bar area.Entertainment needs a revamp. Same keyboard player 5 nights a week a bit much.
Overall this is a great location right on beach but the management really need to consider spending some money to keep this hotel as the first class establishment it used to be before it crumbles into the sea along with much of the coastline.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the beach in the centre of Albufeira, the 4-star Sol e Mar Resort features 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a heated indoor pool. The Sol e Mar rooms benefit from private balconies with sea views, as well as a TV with satellite channels. Every room has a refrigerator and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer. Sunrise Restaurant serves lavish buffet meals accompanies by sea views; Sunset Restaurant offers a la carte regional and international cuisine. There is also a cocktail bar, an ice cream parlour and live evening entertainment. Hotel Sol e Mar is just 3 minutes' walk from Albufeira's Archaeological Museum. Bicycles can be rented from the hotel - perfect for exploring the old town and picturesque clifftops. Free Wi-Fi is available in its public areas. Faro International Airport is 30 minutes' drive from Hotel Sol e Mar. On-site car hire is available. Free public parking is available within 400 metres from the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol e Mar Hotel
- Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal