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Cerro Branco Apartments
Ranked #81 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Excellent location, beautiful views - look no further”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Myself & my boyfriend stayed here for a week last August. We were so happy with the apartment we got, number 353. The view of the sea & city was breathtaking, especially at night. The apartment was fully equipped, we did not have to ask for any extras. It was very spacious, bright & modern. The bathroom was also a great size, lovely shower. There was a balcony which was always in the sunshine & a terrace with a table & 4 chairs where you could relax if the heat got too much! The bedroom was gorgeous, well decorated, comfortable & plenty of wardrobe space. This also looked out to the sea (terrace was in front of bedroom), the dining room was lovely as well - very spacious and great view out to sea & city.
It was a 2 minute walk to the old town. On the way back it is uphill but it's no more than 5 mins so you don't mind. It's very close to one of the nicest restaurants I've ever eaten in - 'Dom Carlos'. Please make sure to check this place out-you wont be disappointed! Also there is a mexican bar in the Cerro Branco vicinity, it does very cheap food & drink and the atmosphere is great. The apartments are in a nice quiet location - you can hear noise from the old town at night time but it never gets too loud and once the balcony doors are closed & air conditioning is on you cannot hear a thing. The pool area is lovely and never got crowded. There is a massage place as well, i cannot remember the lady's name but she was fabulous, really made us feel relaxed.

There is a small shop right beside complex as well but if you're staying for longer and want to do a bigger shop I recommend you to go to the Albufeira supermarket which is a ten min walk to get best value.

We really loved our stay here - so much so that we are hoping to go back here for Easter, just waiting for confirmation! The owners are a mother & daughter, very friendly. Don't disturb you at all - left us to ourselves for whole week. All in all, a really lovely trip and I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Albufeira again. Suitable for young/old couples or small family.

Room Tip: Apartment 353 - or any beside or above it - fabulous views!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We stayed in Cerro Branco in November for four weeks..
still warm enough to sunbathe.. Esmeralda is lovely and provides you with everyting you need ...you want something you just ask... can't wait to go back.. Obrigada Esmeralda x

Room Tip: there is no fitness center or restaurant and the poolside bar and reception are rarely open but Fab...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Really nice apartment. Brilliant location. Our son really enjoyed the beach witch was just a 5 mins walk.
Apartment spacious and well kept. Slight musty smell in bedroom from mattresses i think but phillipa going to replace mattresses.

Phillipa arranged transfers exellent service. Everything you need on doorstep.

Didnt use the wet room as other reviews said it had a problem with draining just used hose when standing in the bath,which was fine.

Hadnt been to Portugal for a long time and its still as lovely as ever.

Will return............

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Flipfit, Owner at Cerro Branco Apartments, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for posting your review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your son enjoyed Fisherman's Beach.

We were pleased to hear that you were happy with using the second shower hose which is over the bath to avoid having to mop up the bathroom floor. \however, we have indeed now installed a shower cubicle so our guests can also enjoy a full shower. Thank you for pointing out that the slight lingering smell was due to the damp getting into the mattresses which have also been replaced over the winter.

We wish you all the best for the future and would welcome you all back to our apartment if you decide to visit Albufeira again sometime.

Phillipa and Keith
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

september 2013
Veiw from the appartment was fantastic but the appartment left a lot to be desired very dated furnature, bathroom and kitchen cooker was older than me I am 58
Will not be returning very run down but clean and not so cheap at 450 euro for one week
Old town around 10min away supermarket 5min resaurants and bars 2mins

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

we stayed at appartment 118 (Phillipa & Keith) 23rd August 2013 - 7 nights,

Booking process and comunication from start to finish was excellent, which made the booking process very easy - even the airport transfers were arranged and were spot on.

there was a nice small welcome pack with some arrival essentials, milk, water, tea etc - very nice touch,
the appartment was spotless, spacious and very comfortable, and in a good location.

As with previous reviews - the washroom shower can be a pain to mop up the floor, but we reverted to using the other shower over the bath - this is only a small niggle and shouldn't put you off - this is a very nice appartment.

The level of information provided in the booking process is very good and although we know the area really well, we still found this useful.

we consider ourselves well travelled and would compliment Phillipa & Keith with their care and proffessionalism to ensure that we had a good holiday - obviously a couple who care very much for their appartment and their clients looking for a quality break.

we would definately recommend booking with this couple.

David & Lorraine - Anstey.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Flipfit, Owner at Cerro Branco Apartments, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you so much for such a positive review. We do indeed put a lot of time and trouble into offering the best service possible and doing what we can to ensure our guests have everything they need to plan and enjoy their holiday. It is lovely to hear this effort is appreciated.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday which is our primary goal.

We like to take on board our guests' feedback, both positive and negative, and have taken the time over the quieter winter period to put in a shower cubicle, so no more need of a mop!! In addition, we have purchased new mattresses to remove the damp smell as suggested by a previous guest.

We very much hope we can welcome you back to the apartment some time in the future and wish you all the best.

Phillipa and Keith
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Cerro Branco (apt 450) for a week in July and I have to say we were extremely pleased with this apartment! It consists of a good sized bedroom, a bathroom, a spacious living/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen, not forgetting the huge wrap around balcony with the most amazing views of Albufeira!! :)
The tv in the living room was connected to a satellite so we had all the good channels that we get back at home, not that you go on holidays to watch tv but it was handy for those two nights which we did sit in and take it easy.
Philippa was extremely helpful before and after our stay providing us with lots of useful information about the apartment and the surrounding area. It is located a short walk to the centre of town with lots of lively pubs and restaurants. The strip is a couple of kms away which attracts the crowds of parties goers (hens & stags) so the old town would more suitable for couples, families or small groups. In saying that it is only about €5 in a taxi so not that far at all (we walked it in 30mins)
The only complaint i have is that there are two single beds in the apartment and when pushed together there is a gap in between the beds from the big frames so we resorted to twisting the beds around and sleeping sideways with a bed frame edged at our lower backs, not the most comfortable but it wouldn't be enough to put me off booking again - where there's a will there's a way! :)
Overall a lovely spacious apartment with amazing views of the beach and the town (i definitely think the balcony is a strong point here), and we look forward to returning again!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Booked the place through holiday lettings everything seemed amazing on the pictures, but not when we arrived. I had to call the owner twice on arrival as we were stood waiting 10 mins for them after already calling from the airport. The apartment hasn't had any work to update since it was built, the entire apartment was dirty and flea ridden along with the odd cockroach if your lucky. There is no view only the steps up to someone's apartment. The pool has many missing tiles, is full of leaves and other items. The pool is not maintained or cleaned by anyone so just head to beach it is much nicer and cooler. I would rather stay in a hotel any time after this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cerro Branco Apartments
Address: Cerro da Alagoa, Lotes 11-12 | Rua Fernão Magalhães, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Ranked #81 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Hotel Class:3 star — Cerro Branco Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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