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Hotel Sol e Mar
Ranked #35 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Kirkby-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“been three times”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

lovely position to be in . Centre of old town and right on the front....no side sea views ....lovely to sit and watch the fisherman dangling their rods on the waters edge. Great to watch the early morning swimmers and joggers and take in the evening sunshine. Rooms are dated basic but very clean,The corridors are extremely warm. The breakfast has choice and the staff all over the hotel are extremely polite and helpful. The position of the hotel sells it for me every time

Room Tip: Not a problem anywhere depends on your height preference fourth floor is great
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

After a poor start we were lucky and this hotel found us a room for 2 nights. The staff on reception were fantastic especially a man who helped us find other accommodation for the other two nights.

Great location and lovely place.

Room Tip: Ask for one on the 6th Floor - fabulous balconies
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Stayed here in May ,did not know what to expect as so cheap,was pleasantly surprised rooms were a bit dated but very clean all rooms have sea view balconys,or terrace if on top floor new towels sheets every day,the pool is a indoor pool on the sun terrace very refreshing and very clean.would definitely come here again in fact we have already booked again for next may

Room Tip: For the money can't fault it,prime location
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed at the Sol e Mar in late April for a weekend, so a little early in the season. The room was clean and bed reasonably comfy, but the view over the beach was great. Service was average (head waiter was a bit grumpy) maybe its because we were the youngest there by about 30 years !!!! This hotel was good value for money....would stay again if in Albufeira.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Stayed at this hotel last June with another couple and returned this year again with a party of 8 people. The hotel is a little dated but did not in any way spoil our stay. It is always clean and the rooms cleaned with fresh linen daily. All rooms overlook the beach and the sea. Absolutely amazing.
The hotel is quite literally next to the beach which is always spotless. Even the "sun bed" man was courteous, helpful and good fun.
The old town of Albufeira is a minute walk from the hotel with great restaurants, plenty of shops and at times street entertainment. At night the town comes alive and there is something for everyone whether it is a nice quiet night having a meal or singing at a karaoke bar.
The quaint streets give the town a great atmosphere and are lovely to just wander through.
Hopefully we will be returning again next year.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

My husband, step daughter and I stayed at this hotel from the 18th May until the 29th May 2014. In previous years we stayed at the Colina Do Mar hotel and decided that we would try this one as it is right on the beach. We really enjoyed our stay here and the room was very big and the balcony had a table and chairs that we could use and look out over the sea. The noise from the veranda on the ground floor did not bother us at all although I would imagine that in the height of the summer season it would be a different story! We loved the huge lounge area and the easy access to the beach ....................only down side with regards to the veranda area was the staff serving drinks and food there. Very unfriendly and not at all helpful and very slow to take orders and bring the bill. What a different story within the hotel. The barman called Lucio was so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. He also helped us learn a bit of Portuguese too! The breakfast was plentiful and there was cooked and continental food so a huge variety to choose from. We will definitely be coming back to this hotel next year and the years to come. The entertainment was not great but the keyboard player/singer was ok and very friendly too. We loved the decor in the lounge with the 60's - 70's style and the round bar in the middle. The settees and armchairs were very comfy and in tip top condition.

Room Tip: We were in room 314 and were quite happy with it.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Omagh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

i never saw a superviser checking after the maids the toilets where very unclean. the breakfast in the room when going out early was a joke.
the evening meal we had the first eveniing we arrvied was not good but we had put up with it as it was raining and we couldnot go out


  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sol e Mar
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:
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#27 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#27 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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