I was very surprised to see the bad reviews of the Brisa Sol on this site as we had booked it based on the good reviews we saw on here in July 2009. I would say that I don't agree with most of them and so if I was you I would look at the reviews further back as well to get a balanced view.
Myself and a friend visited the Brisa Sol in the first week of August and would have little to say that is negative. The hotel is only about a 15-20 min walk to the old town. There is a hill which you need to come up on the way back so maybe harder for those who have walking difficulties but fine if not. There is a supermarket next door and plenty of fast food places opposite if that is the kind of thing you are after. The cake shop next door is lovely, it's very popular with the locals and would recommend the traditional custard tarts. We didn't realise till the last night (doh!) that if you walk right to the back of the cake shop there is a balcony which overlooks the Brisa Sol pool which is very nice at night.
We had a studio which we found to be very spacious, no problems with the bathroom which was very clean and no mould as some people have mentioned on here. We didn't pay extra for a pool view so overlooked the car park and back of supermarket. We didn't find this a problem as we only sat on the balcony for a drink before we went out but you would probably want a pool view if you wanted to do more than that.
The amenities in the hotel were very good,. There was a paper shop at the front and the bar seemed nice enough although we never went in there. They had live music or kareoke most nights. We didn't eat in the restaurant as it lacked atmosphere compared to restaurants in the area but it looked nice enough. Most days we took our own food round the pool but we did eat at the snack bar which was reasonably priced. The pool area is really nice but my one complaint would be as others have mentioned the race to reserve sun loungers, You do need to be up about 9am to get a spot in the morning but lots of people leave by lunch so you can usually get one in the afternoon. We went to the beach quite a few days so it wasn't really a problem.
We didn't venture to the new town area but it was only about 10-15 mins walk away and there is a little train which stops outside the hotel which you can catch. We spent most evenings in the old town. Restaurant wise I would recommend the ones which overlook the beach rather than the ones in the square which are very touristy and quite expensive for not great food. I would recommed the restaurant which has an area directly on the beach (you can see it from the escalators going down to the beach). Can't remember its name but the fish was lovely. Also a restaurant called the tunnel which is on the steps near the tunnel down to the beach. We would never have come across it if it wasn't for a recommendation on here but would say it's definately worth a visit.
I probably wouldn't go back to Albufeira again as I feel I have seen it now but if I did I would definately stay at the Brisa Sol again. Vilamoura is worth a visit as well as the harbour is lovely and there are some lovely private beach clubs.
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- Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal