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Balaia-Sol Holiday Club
Ranked #61 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
“pretty but not for families”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Just returned from 14 nights at these apartments, they are spotlessly clean and set in beautiful gardens but are just too far away from shops/bars etc. The first few days didn't seem too bad walking the 15-20min walk to the strip but by day 10/11 is was starting to take its toll. You can take taxi or bus but adds up over the holiday. If you don't want an early night you need to stay out as the bar closes at 12. There was a family there at the same time as we were there and they were asked to keep their children quiet when playing in the pool. There are notices all round the complex stating all the rules, CCTV cameras are everywhere too. If you want somewhere to just sunbathe and chill then its ok but if you want a more fun filled lively time give this place a miss. The beds in our room were brick hard

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We booked two twin bed rooms due to availability. The rooms were lovely very clean with room service twice a week, the beds were comfy.
The place itself is beautiful a very typical portuguese building. The staff are great and very helpful.
The strip is a bout 15 mins away and the old town ( gorgeous ) is a taxi ride ( 7 euros each way).
The nearest beach Santa Eulalia is a bout 15mins walk if you take the direct route ie not through the neighbouring conplex and is gorgeous ! The bar is lovely to chill at when there are other families around.
If you are looking for an activity packed complex this isn;t for you, but relaxing and chilled it is !
I loved this place and would gladly return !

Room Tip: Room 11 is a twin bed room, facing the pool up a set of steps, so gorgeous to sit on the patio , eat...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cesano Maderno, Italia
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Relaxing and beautiful holiday! We have a beautifuul apartment with balcony, a sitting-room with a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The cleaning is every 2 days and it's ok! The residence is very beautiful, a little bit hard to find if you don't know anything, but there are another place with a similar name that is very close, so if you follow that sign, you can find it!
The crew is kind, they helped us taking care of our bagagges that arrived 2 days after us.. TAP is not so reccomandable :(
It's not so close to the centre and the beaches, but however in Algarve you need a car, there are so many palces to visit!
I'd like to come back for sure and I recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Skipton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Found the apartments on the outskirts of Albufera, nice quiet area as we wanted but a little bit far to walk into town and back on an evening.
We were a bit disappointed to have to leave a $20 euro deposit for the tv remote and a £50 Euro deposit for the air con remote, (which also costs an extra $10 euro's per day)!
The apartment itself was compact but reasonable for 2 adults, We stayed for 4 nights and did not get a towel change within this time, the cleaner did come twice but seemed only to make the beds, the floor was still gritty and un mopped afterwards.
We also had an ant problem, they were all over the kitchen and in the built in wardrobes, (found them in my pants on getting dressed!) When I went to reception I was given ant powder, however not happy about putting insecticide on food preparation surfaces.

These were all minor gripes as overall the staff were very friendly, the place is nice and in a good quiet area, value for money ? yes.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Having just got back from a stay at the Balaia Sol I found it to be a nice, relaxing place and just what my boyfriend and I were looking for. It was a relatively small complex of apartments meaning there wasn't too much noise or need to fight for sun loungers at the pool. We always found a good spot despite going down quite late at times and there is a good mix of spots in the sun or shade. The pool was a bit chilly when you first get in but aren't all pools like this generally? It was quite refreshing after sitting in the sun for so long. There was also some seating by the bar and a pool table in you needed a little break in the shade.

The bar has a good range of drinks on offer with cocktails only €4. There wasn't quite a much variety in terms of food (pizza, hot dogs, pie and chips, sandwiches etc) and so we didn't eat here on an evening but it was quite reasonable for lunch. More often however we did use the local mini-market which was a 5 minute walk away and ate lunch in our room. Here you could buy fresh bread and croissants and the big bottles of water were significantly cheaper than at the bar.

The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and seemed to want to do anything they could to make your stay the best it could be. We booked a day at one of the local water parks and they sorted this out for us including bus transport, which was really helpful. We found the old town to be our favourite place to go on an evening (big range of nice bars and restaurants) but it was too far to walk to and so the hotel booked taxis for us. This was €2 and the taxis could be quite busy at times but you weren't normally waiting too long. One night the hotel even sorted their own minibus for us as it was busy which was nice. They also pointed out where the strip was which was just a 10-15minute walk for us (might be longer with children) this had a lot of bars for any big drinkers and a few restaurants that we saw but it was very loud and busy here which is why we preferred going that bit further to the old town.

The rooms were very clean and had pretty much everything you could need. The beds were comfortable and there was a nice balcony to sit out on. The only thing I really would have liked was some air conditioning as it did get a little stuffy, however we left the shutters open most of the time to let some air through and this worked quite well as it wasn't noisy on a night and there weren't any bugs to be wary of as far as we experienced.

All in all I would be happy to recommend this hotel to others, although probably more so to couples or families with older children.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from Balaia Sol hotel. Stopped with my partner and two children age 9 & 10 for two weeks. Have had a wonderful holiday very relaxing and would totally recommend for families. I was little concerned would be to quiet for children but they made lots of friends and were made very welcome by all staff. My son loved the pool/games room and the swimming pools were great for us all. If had to be negative would be that wished the beach was closer as would be a bit of march in the heat every day or payment for a bus. Food available was excellent and we spent many hours at night relaxing with friends we had met at the bar. I would go back again tomorrow if could!! We walked to the strip (15 min) each evening and had plenty of options on bars and restaurants and found the people to be very warm and welcoming. Wifi is available at small cost of €5 for two weeks but service limited unless by pool/bar

  • Stayed August 2013
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This complex was situated 10 mins walk to the strip, or a 7euro taxi ride from the old town. Well within walking distance of at least 2 beaches that we visited. We went self catering and found all the equipment we needed in the kitchen area, kettle,toaster,frying pans etc.. We had a double room and a double sofa pull out bed in lounge which was nice and easy to set up and put away in the morning. Complex area was very pretty and floral and very well maintained, with pool area opening most mornings around 9am and bar area 10am. There was a mix of young families and couples which made it nice and relaxing and quiet. The bar was open till 12pm every evening and they had a small shop area for essentials such as bread,milk,water, but we mainly used the mini market next door on the other complex as they had more choice and better prices.
Overall I would definately go back again but would have to upgrade to a superior room which I believe had air conditioning and 2 bedrooms.

Room Tip: Try and get a superior room if going in August as I believe these may have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Balaia-Sol Holiday Club
Address: Rua do Alfaiate, Albufeira 8200-315, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #61 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Balaia-Sol Holiday Club 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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