A lovely hotel but with some qualifications. Firstly, yes it's billed as an adults only venue, which is fine because that's what we wanted. However, it felt like it should be sponsored by Viagra because the average age seemed to be 65+ (and we're not there yet...). Accordingly the 'entertainment' was scheduled to suit such an age group - and it was truly awful.
The outdoor pool was lovely, albeit unheated and obviously too cold for most of the residents which gave me a huge pool to myself on a number of occasions. The indoor pool was small, too hot and the atmosphere stuffy with no natural daylight. The Spa (a small cluster of rooms connected to the indoor pool area) was spartan and rather bland. I did avail of a back massage and reflexology session which were 'okay'. Perhaps I had expected too much but I didn't feel especially relaxed afterward.
The food was okay - probably as good as a 'free for all' buffet can be. Not great, not bad, but adequate. At times it felt like I was in a geriatric scrum though.
We were very pleased to be given a free upgrade to a junior suite (the largest the hotel has to offer) although the rooms are a little spartan too. The room was comfortable but do be aware that everything is an extra. If you want the fridge to work, it will cost you €2.50 per day. The safe will cost you the same.
The gardens are lovely, and every evening you are welcomed by an amusing chorus of 'singing' frogs - I kid you not.
The bar staff were great, always attentive, enthusiastic and friendly. The same can't be said of the reception staff (some anyway) who often seemed too 'troubled' to or bothered to answer questions or provide essential information.
One particular irritation was the gift shop located in the hotel foyer. We had waited until our last day to purchase a few gifts for friends, and therefore left the beach early to get back before it closed at 5:00pm. We arrived at 3:25pm only to discover that the shop had closed early (without explanation), and the reception staff member seemed totally disinterested in helping us. We were reasonably annoyed about this.
These are a few honest niggles in what was a lovely week in Portugal. Overall, it's a lovely hotel, perhaps a little tired, and we would be happy to return at some time in the future. A good hotel, not a great hotel but easily could be.
A visit to the L'aranjas restaurant which is approx a 3/4 mile walk is a must. Amazing value and lovely people! It also opposite an orange grove and the smell of orange blossom was beautiful.
To visit the magnificent Falesia beach, don't bother with the shuttle bus, just walk through the grounds of the Sheraton Pine Cliff resort to the beautiful boardwalk (there's a lift for the less energetic too).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Falesia Hotel is located close to Falesia Beach (800mts) and the town of Albufeira and in the center of the Algarve. Falesia Hotel in Acoteias surprise you with tranquil gardens and ample spaces, where one can soak the sun, tranquility, fresh air and smell of the beautifull umbrella shaped pine trees.For you well being and complete relaxation, there is a large outdoor pool as well as indoor one with Jacuzzi, Turkish Bath and Spa. Falesia Hotel is offering 169 rooms - all of the with the balcony and the views either of the pool, gardens, mountains - or even the driving range of the next door Golf Course. All the rooms also come with LCD satellite television, air condition (cold / hot) and very important free access to Wi-Fi connection. Our elegant "O Lago" restaurant is overlooking the Falesia Hotel beautiful gardens with some small fountains and where our delicious Buffett meals are served. "Show Bar" is the place to be in the evenings where the entertainment is provided for all those that are ready to party (occasional entertainment during the winter only). "Palm Bar" is serving those fantastic cocktails and the rest of the refreshing drinks during the high summer months.All the Golfers don't need to go far. There is a Golf Course next to Falesia Hotel and Vilamoura - with its best Golf Courses in Europe - is only up to 15 minutes drive from the Falesia Hotel.And if you want to have much bigger selection of shops, restaurants, bars, discos and any other entertainment, it is only between 5 and 8.5 Km to get to the capital of Portuguese tourism - Albufeira.If you are after complete relaxation you do not need to look any further. It is all waiting for you in the Falesia Hotel... "Simply relaxing... Holidays with no children" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falesia Hotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
- Hotel Falesia Algarve
- Falesia Hotel Portugal
- Falesia Hotel Algarve