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Falesia Hotel
Ranked #4 of 152 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Have just returned having spent 11 nights at the Falesia. I travelled with my wife and 2 sons (21,18); we had a thoroughly entertaining and relaxing holiday. The hotel and Thomson team were excellent. We arrived early from the UK, were greeted by a thoroughly efficient hotel team who provided accommodation as early as 1030am. There was a really good mix of customers; young and old, it certainly did not feel like a retirement home which many people put within their reviews!
The food and entire restaurant team was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble. It was a pleasure to walk out at 0930am and be able to place our towels on many vacant sun beds. The grounds are beautiful with the gardens offering a good place to retreat from if you want some quiet time. The pool was not cold, and never packed with customers allowing plenty of space to swim. The indoor pool, jacuzzi and Turkish bath adds value. A small gym and the tennis courts converted into a football pitch would be better!
The Thomson team work hard; both front of house and the entertainment team who are on hand 24/7 to look after the customer.
The rooms do require updating and in particular the bathrooms which are poor! The beach is a walk, but worth the walk or the hotel provides a bus service 4 times each day. Its clean, safe and stunning.
Breakfast (full menu) was provided from 0615am for customers departing early, this is the first hotel i have known to provide this service.
I will certainly return to the Falesia, it provides a holiday destination which can be as relaxing or as busy as you want to make it; a very good holiday - thank you.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Fantastic hotel - not sure where to start! We arrived late at night to be greeted by a very friendly receptionist who checked us in and told us there was a meal waiting for us in our room. Unexpected and a lovely surprise when we arrived. The hotel restaurant was brilliant - breakfast included everything you could ask for and more with enough to suit all tastes. Evening dinner was just as perfect, themed nights as well as regular dishes (pizza, chips, pasta, veg, salads, breads) for 'fussy' eaters. The staff were excellent in making you feel welcome and enjoy your evening. Really lovely lady Rita who served us pancakes each night deserves a mention - a credit to the hotel! :)
The pool and surrounding gardens were lovely, very well kept and nice to walk around in. A few reviews have mentioned about the pool being too cold - yes it's a little chilly to start with, but a nice cool swim is what you want in the hot weather surely?! Not a problem at all for us.
Rooms are dated but this didn't bother us at all. We hired a fridge for 2.50 a day which was worth it as we bought lunch daily from the supermarket (3min walk away). Also worth a walk to the beach through next door's hotel, a windy route but worth it to see the beach and red cliffs, especially at night.
Entertainment was ideal for us. The reps were very friendly and ensured lots of entertainment. One thing we loved was how they were never too pushy - you could join in if you wanted or relax if you'd prefer. We particularly enjoyed the daily poolside quiz and mystery voices!
Being a young couple, we weren't sure if this hotel would be for us because it is a little set back from the nightlife/bars etc. However, we had a perfect, relaxing holiday, and made use of the trip to Vilamoura which was definitely worth a visit! The hotel provided the transport and we enjoyed the night of restaurants, bars and pubs.

The supermarket was a 5 minute walk from the hotel, with a couple of restraunts and a couple of bars just a little further along the route.
Albufeira was about 10 minutes away by taxi (€10 each way), or €5 (return) by the hotel shuttle bus which ran most days at 10am and picked up at 3pm. Plenty to do there, with a busy touristy beach. We preferred it by evening, when it came alive.
Vilamoura was about 20-25 minutes away by the hotel shuttle bus (€10 return) which also ran at about 10am and picked up at 3pm, on certain days. Fantastic choice of bars and restraunts around the marina, and lively in the evening.
This hotel definitely deserves at least a 4* rating. Cannot fault anything. Thank you to all the staff for making this the perfect holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Lovely roomy hotel, very clean and really friendly staff and Thompson reps. Food excellent catered for all tastes, beautiful restaurant. Evening entertainment good too. Lovely gardens and pool area. Shame you have to pay to use fridge in room, and would be nice if no shorts for men at dinner was extended to women too as some were obviously beach wear.

Room Tip: We had a junior suite overlooking the garden
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

My wife and I have been visiting Gold hotels for ten years and I have to say that this is our best experience to date. From the moment we arrived ( free drink ) and a lovely warm welcome our luggage was whipped away to our room, the rooms are spacious clean and a lovely large well mattressed bed. The pool area is well equipped with plenty of sunbeds no towels needed to reserve at 6am, there is a choice of shaded areas or get straight down to topping up your tan with umbrellas available to use, also in the beautiful well kept gardens with bridges over ponds and pools with ornamental carp there manicured lawns with ample amounts of sunloungers to move into the shade as and when required. The food is buffet style served in an conditioned superb apportioned restaurant, there were regular theme nights whilst we were there with traditional dishes of the themed country, also there was plenty of choice for the less adventurous ie home cooking. In the show bar or the pool bar there is lots of choice of drinks on offer with superb waiter service no long waiting for your drink as in our previous experiences, good quality entertainment in the evening or a quiet drink by the pool with piped music to relax too. All the staff are so friendly and efficient with nothing too much trouble, after a lovely relaxing week the only disappointment is you have to leave, but another visit is already planned in the not to distant future.
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Room Tip: We had a front hotel view which was fine with good views so not really an issue.
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Just arrived back, hotel staff very friendly and well trained. Room, (we had a junior suite), great, although decor very dated, very clean with a lovely view across the gardens and the golf course next door. We didn't use the outdoor pool as it wasn't great for swimming in and we are both swimmers. We were told it was cold and although there were more than enough sun beds, if you wanted one in a particular spot, then it was a case of towels down before breakfast! We did however us the indoor pool every day. Although this wasn't heated, we didn't' find it that cold and it was great for swimming, and we had it to ourselves most days. Grounds were exceptional and well looked after, although the pools around the hotel could have been cleaned better, especially the one directly outside the dining room. The restaurant staff were exceptional, anything and everything you could possibly wan is provided here, and if there is something that you would like that isn't there, then all you have to do is ask, the chef was always on duty greeting you on arrival as was the maitre'd. Victor was also worth talking to, a mine of local info and he is willing to take you out and about too -a great asset. For a Gold hotel, the entertainment was very poor, come on Thomson we know you can do better than this! The resident duo tried their best, but there was no atmosphere at all, and the Thomson team tried most nights but that didn't work either. We have had some great entertainment at other gold hotels, sadly not this one. As the hotel was in a fairly isolated position, there was very little to do unless you walked or hired a car. Yes the hotel put on a bus to albufeira and villamoar, but after that, apart from the walk to the beach there was little else to do. This is not a hotel to go to if you like getting out and about. We will not be returning, for that reason only, we couldn't fault the service of the hotel.

Room Tip: Junior suites tend to be at the front or side of the hotel overlooking the gardens. Paying more for...
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2  Thank Susan L
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

The staff and extremely friendly and professional and cant do enough for you. The Hotel grounds are magnificent, the food each evening had a great choice and of high standard. One very small point the room could do with a little refresh as just starting to get tired.
Recommend this Hotel for those who wish to relax, enjoy the activities and area.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The best package holiday iv had for a while

Rooms

The rooms are a little dated , typical med colours and tiles etc .. But very clean ( which to me is more important then how modem a room is ... Lovely views too even if you don't get a pool view .

Pool area.

NO Waking up early for sun beds , even though personally I enjoyed going down at 7:30 to read my book and listen too the frogs and the fountains...so did others .. Plenty of sun beds in the gardens etc at all times of the day .... The gardens were well maintained ...very relaxing ..


Bar service

A wide variety of international spirits and a few international beers .. I personally thought the drinks were priced ok... There are a few local bars too which serve beers at 1.50... Staff were always friendly and happy and would have a joke .

Food

I'm a very picky eater , but found something to eat every night . Breakfast there were egg bacon etc cakes fresh fruits and cereals ... Something for everyone one ..deffo the best variety .
Lunch they have a snack a menu , which is sandwiches ,pizza,pasta and more ..sometimes a lunch buffet at 8 euros a head which had salads pasta etc ..dinner they had a variety of meats cold pastas ,salads,meats,rice and English dishes ..desserts were a mixtures of cakes,fruits,ice cream ,fruits,pancakes and sometimes bread pudding and apple crumble etc ...sometimes they had Chinese,Mexican,Italian themed nights ...the quality of the food I couldn't find anything negative to say about it.

The kitchen staff were lovely and couldn't do enough for you ...the head chef Angelo is normally around to greet you and serve .. All of the kitchen staff always have a smile on there face and will do anything for you :)

Reps

Reps were lovely and not pushy and always smiley

Ages range ... A mixture of age groups ...everyone was always polite and chatty

Also from faro airport falesia is normally the first drop off... Takes around 30mins

Shuttle bus services takes you to the beach and other areas

If your looking for trendy and party party hotel I wouldn't recommend this hotel , but if your looking for a relaxing hotel id recommend it.

If your looking for a great service this is the place for you ...like I say I prefer a great service to a 5star trendy hotel with bad service:)

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pinhal do Concelho | Praia da Falesia, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#4 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#18 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £40 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Falesia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 169
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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