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Hotel Sol e Mar
Ranked #39 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 19 December 2013

Ideal hotel for short relaxing break. yes rooms could have done with a lick of paint and there is no kettle but there is a fridge and heating/ air con that works and rooms are clean. breakfast wasn't that bad. choice of hot or cold, cereals, toast, lovely fresh rolls, "Portugese" bread, brioche rolls, fresh pineapple, coffee, tea, various juices. You could have as much food and drink as you wanted. every room had a balcony overlooking the beach/sea. Bar/lounge area is lovely and also has a balcony.
the only pool is indoors (currently being refurbished but shuttle buses available to 2 other hotels for pool use) so would have to sunbathe on the beach- no pool to lounge around in summer. Cafe/ snack bar on ground floor and steps to beach. Convenient for shops and nightlife. Staff throughout hotel very friendly and polite. arrived 9.30 am and able to go straight to room. also offered to stay in room until transfer pickup time.
The price we paid for this hotel was so cheap it would be a cheek to complain about anything. I wonder how much Talisman 26 paid to stay here?

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

No assistance was offered with cases on arrival. The room was shabby, paintwork chipped and dirty, bath bottom chipped (or worn?) enamel, grouting around bath soapholder and hand grip missing and dirty. Food was really very bad!!! Breakfast scrambled eggs would have been not too bad had they been hot, fried eggs were unbelievably hard and boiled eggs must have been cooking all night! Dinner was regularly awful with just 3 choices of main course, fish, meat (pork, beef, lamb all tough) or vegetarian pasta - often the only edible part. My wife lost 7 pounds in weight. Promised wifi was too slow to be of any use. Only English language TV programmes were BBC World News and Sky News. No radio. Staff all very pleasant. Hotel clearly past sell by date and needs a major refurbishment. Unlikely we will ever return.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Talisman26
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Just back from our second stay at the''Sol e Mar'' Great value,and great views from all the rooms.Service and food much improved from last year,especially the evening meal.Rooms cosy and warm,cleaned daily,plenty of hot water(take a kettle).Lovely Retro bar and lounge,drinks at reasonable prices Would'nt stay anywhere else in Albufeira,everything on the doorstep.Great place for out of season break.

Room Tip: all rooms face the sea. floor 3 probably best for quietness and views.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank brian c
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Just returned on 6th December 2013 after a weeks stay in the Sol e Mar. The hotel is built against a cliff so all rooms have sea view and are spacious. No kettle in rooms. Food is value for money and plentiful. Hotel is on the beach and is well placed for shops, bars & restaurants. Reception is on the 5th floor but there is a lift from the beach into the hotel, from the rEnjoyed our stay although Albufeira was very quiet, beginning of December, there were plenty of bars & restaurants open and the weather was good. Would recommend this hotel and will probably return.

Room Tip: All rooms appear to be the same
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank postcard77
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

I arrived on the 28th November and I was very pleased with the room I was given. I was in room 103 and the balcony got the sun early morning until tea time so I sat out and enjoyed a lovely view of the sands and sea. Plenty of everything to eat at meal times I really enjoy the soups they are flavoursome and filling. I would have like a bigger selection of sweets but that's just me because I love them when im on holiday and don't need to watch my waist line. The staff are very nice and to be served with your preferred tipple at your table was very good. I would like to say I met a lovely group of people who stayed there at the same time as me. HOWEVER, if I could name and shame a group of people who arrived the night before I left I would. They were the most ignorant and disrespectful people I have every come across on my holidays. They insulted some very nice people staying there at the time and I can only say I'm glad I left when I did. Thanks for a lovely holiday.

Room Tip: I can't say what the other rooms are like but they all face the sea and I was in 103 which out o...
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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8  Thank Majorcalover_12
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Myself and my wife stayed in this hotel in October . We payed £31 a night with a buffet breakfast and a sea view. We thought this hotel was tremendous value despite some of the critism some people have given this hotel. Do these people never watch a hotel programme called "Three in a bed " about British hoteliers, please note next time you cricise hotels of this value, take note on how expensive it is to stay over in the UK. If they were paying £80 a night then i'm sure some complaints may be justified , but i'm sure most people are not. Sure the hotel is little bit faded but still retains a grandeur and the bacon could be cooked instead of boiled, but there is plenty of choice at breakfast.

The breakfast is more than adequate with a full enlish and continental catered for.The lift also gives you direct access to the beach.It is also in a great location for the centre of town but there are some steep steps adjacent to the tunnel to get to hotel reception.

Great value hotel and we have booked again .

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank daveandlynntaylor
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Just got back after a 4 day break 24-28 nov 2013, the Sol e mar fabulous, hotel quite dated, but very clean, food excellent, room very clean, location, right on the beach, weather hot , top marks jet 2. Hotel Sol E Mar , will be returning next year.Ann from York.

Stayed: November 2013
7  Thank pixietrixie
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Address: Rua Jose Bernardino de Sousa 12, Albufeira 8200-146, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#30 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £45 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sol e Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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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Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

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