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Aparthotel Oceanus
Ranked #23 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2012

We stayed at the oceanus in september and we had such a wonderful time we want to go back next year.
on arrival we were greeted by the receptioninst, Jaqueline, who was absolutely fantastic throughout the two weeks were there, extremely helpful and friendly and very, very funny!
We were initially given a room overlooking the road which was very noisy and there was no sun on the balcony at any point during the day.
For a couple of days the people watching was quite funny but then by the third day we asked to swap rooms as it was quite noisy. The reception staff sorted this out for us on the same day and we ended up in a larger apartment with two balconies and a view of the pool with some sunshine on the balcony, brilliant. The lovely cleaners did a great job and i thank them as they had to clean two rooms instead of one.
We could not fault the apartments at all and are unsure why it has had some negative comments from some people. The room was lovely and spacious with air conditioning, plenty of cooking facilities, not that we used them much, with a kettle, toaster, microwave and cooker. plenty of storage space, TV, kitchenette, settee, table and chairs, plenty of plug sockets and telephone. The beds were quite small but comfy enough though the pillows were quite hard, though not a problem.
The rooms were cleaned every day apart from sunday, the bedding changed three times a week, the towels were changed and the bins emptied every day. The cleaners were lovely and felt that they appreciated us saying 'ola' to them.
The bathroom was a good size with a shower over the bath, good sized mirror and a hairdryer.
There is also a safety deposit box which had a returnable deposit to pay of £10 and then something like £2.50 per day.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby and the pool bar is really good and very good value for money, its just a shame it closed at four o'clock as we are not big eaters at lunch time and would have liked to have eaten there later.
There is an english run bar called 'Holidays' just behind the pool area which is reached via some steps behind the pool bar. Very very friendly people and the food there was fantastic. especially the sunday roasts. Sharon owns the pub and is brilliant, we were made to feel like part of the family from day one.
there is also a square with plenty of bars and restaurants which we didn't find until the second week which is reached via the long route to the beach or there is a short cut down past the shops on the right of the hotel and down a small steepish path just after the last shop on the row where the supermarket is.
We did go to the beach the short way, though it is down a very steep hill which is not too bad going down but a real killer on the way back. The beach area is lovely and there a plenty of bars, cafes and a couple of shops there as well.
There is a roof terrace which we didn't discover until the last day, typical, but no one told us about it and we only found it because we spotted some people up there, its up some steps with a door that says 'solarium' on it. lovely area and gets the sun all day.
We went on a few trips and found these to be quite expensive, it would have been cheaper to hire a car!
All in all we had a lovely time and met some lovely people. We will definately be going back to the Oceanus and hope that Jaqueline is still there!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

We booked this holiday as a cheap first holiday with our baby through Jet 2 Holidays. We had booked the Olhos D'Agua apartments but ended up in the Oceanus sister hotel next door (I think the Olhos D'Agua apartments are studios and we booked a 1 bed apartment). It was a great hotel and perfect for what we were after.

Like some of the reviews say parts were a bit worn and in need of a facelift but in general very good. It was very clean and the staff were very helpful.

We had a pool view room and it was very quiet on that side of the hotel but as some reviews say its nosier on the road side. We didn't eat in the onsite restaurant (A Cantina) but it did look very good. There are lots of places to eat around the hotel or down by the beach which is about a 10 minute walk away down the hill. We never had a bad meal - some of our favourites being Pizzeria Fratelli, Acuda and Jollies. Also Friends Bar was 2 minutes away and served fanastic cocktails and sangria :o)

The hotel is in a great location close to supermarkets, bars and restaurants and has free wifi in reception.

The only thing that let the hotel down was the swimming pools....out of the 5 swimming pools on offer they were all too cold for my little boy to go in - even the indoor pool which was supposed to be heated.
Never mind it didn't spoil our holiday and we would definately return for a future trip to Portugal!

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view as its quieter
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank saz-up-north
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Hi

Went on a mature girlie holiday here and was very impressed. We had booked a 3 bed self catering apartment and was upgraded to a 6 bed one, which was good as we got an en suite bathroom too. Kitchen was equipped enough for our needs and offered a Whirlpool oven and a Bosch 4 ring ceramic hob of which two were induction. There was a BBQ on the pool side balcony which was blessed by the early morning sun, so ate breakfast there each morning.
The two bedrooms, one twin and one double were nice and big and shared a balcony from the lounge all the way across the front. The sun was on this side later in the day so was lovely to sit with a glass of wine after a hard days sun bathing!

Mario and Jacqueline in the Main reception were lovely, friendly and very helpful.

Didn't visit the indoor pool as did not want to wear a cap, the outdoor ones were clean and tidy but the man could be a little more happy, we were on a mission and did get a smile out of him though!

The local restaurants were reasonably priced 5 euros for dishes at Azul, which was at the bottom of Cardiac Hill, as it was fondly called. Tamarillo, on the right near the beach front was very nice too.

Went on a boat trip and BBQ too and was a good value day out costing 42 euros return to the hotel.

Visited Albufeira Old Town one evening and got a taxi on the main road which cost just over 8 euros one way. Lovely, busy shopping area with lots of market stalls and restaurants.

All in all it was a lovely break and would recommend this resort to friends and family at this time of year as it was in the late 20's each day. A good tonic of winter sun!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank fleurpower
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Very good and well located place with helpful and friendly staff. One good point is that- unlike some other hotels that require a 'locally payable' charge for AC (which can be £50 pw or so), it is free here. It is perhaps a little frayed at the edges in terms of decor etc, some may find matresses a little basic, and AC appears to work better in some rooms compared to others, but represents very good value for money.

'Light' sleepers should note that about half the rooms face the main road through the town, and there can be some traffic noise throughout the night despite the double glazing- ie rooms facing the pools (plural!) are quieter (and there is also an indoor pool in basement, but when not heated (only heated in 'winter') it is cold, and it requires a bathing cap!)

Room Tip: Rooms facing pools are quieter as they do not face the road
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1  Thank lecturer1961
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

The Oceanus is in a great location in the quiet resort of Olhos d'Agua, about five minutes (down a very steep hill) to the beach or 15 minutes stroll down the main road (quite a few little shops to look in on the way).

Reception friendly and informative, and I would like to single out Jacqueline for extra praise as she is so lovely and helpful.

Apartments are spacious and clean although the bedding could do with being updated as the bedspreads look a little tired. As other reviewers have said, the mattresses are so hard and the pillows not up to much - so not the best night's sleep!

Limited sun on the balconies overlooking the pool but rooms on that side are a lot quieter (no road noise apart from pick ups etc)

Pool area spotless, plenty of beds although quite uncomfortable, if you wanted a plastic/foam topper there was a 1 euro charge per day - not really very fair for residents. And no food or drink allowed in the area unless purchased at the pool bar!

Breakfast is taken in the pool bar situated directly across the road from main reception. Full English available, really tasty with decent bacon (quite rare when abroad!) including tea/ coffee and fruit juice. Main meal is served every day except Monday at the restaurant 'A Cantina' situated on the side of the sister hotel next to the Oceanus (Main meal served at pool bar on Monday's). Lovely food, very tasty, and plenty of it, but very limited choice - only three options per night, fish, meat or vegetarian.

Plenty of places to eat and drink nearby and surprisingly enough the prices seem to be better the closer you get to the beach. We found the Acqua Bar very good.

If you want to book a trip, there are lots of 'ticket shops' around, do take the time to compare prices though. We went on a trip that cost 5.90 euros, the same trip in another shop was 14 euros!

Highlight of our trip was Zoomarine, absolutely fantastic! Try to get there as early as possible as there is so much to do. Don't worry about taking a picnic as the food is really reasonably priced there.

Room Tip: Don't book half board if you like a varied menu
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cath M
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Just back from the most relaxing holiday of my life. I went with my daughter just to get away from all the stresses and strains we'd been through recently and we've come back totally relaxed. We were made very welcome and when we arrived we were upgraded to a 4 person studio which was totally amazing and so clean and airy. We went half board and our breakfast in the morning was really lovely, English Fry, oh my mouth is just watering thinking about it. The waiter was really lovely too and very pleasant and helpful.When it came to the evening meal, we had to go to a nearby restaurant which catered for us. The waitress wasn't very pleasant and we didn't have much of a choice of what to eat. One night we waited 2 hours before we finished our meal as because there were also people actually paying for their meals, they where getting waited on hand and foot, while we sat waiting, but needless to say there were plenty of other restaurants which served excellent food and were much more pleasant. Overall we had a very pleasant trip and would go back again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Would reccommend the apartments are clean spacious and have modern facilities. There are 2 swimming pools one is busy has all the families with children there had snack bar was great for famIlies but as my son Is older preferred the quIet of the pool at alhos d agua hotel which is next door.there are plenty of bars and restaurants in resort but if you want busier albufeira strip is 5 minutes in taxi costs 3.50euros and albufeira old town is just a furthef 5minutes away which iz a must loads of little stalls selling local crafts square with street entertainers loads of bars and restaurants loads going off till early morning also 2 markets to visit wed and saturdays which i booked from local travel agents sat market cosy 6euros pp and was morning trip picked us up at 10am and came back 2pm well worth a visit i went fof 2 weeks and loved ever minute

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Address: Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200-650, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £20 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aparthotel Oceanus 3*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanus Aparthotel ***The newly expanded Oceanus Aparthotel is located in the centre of the charming summer resort of Olhos d'Agua on the Algarve. Recently enlarged through the acquisition of the Aparthotel Olhos d'Agua, this 3 Star vacation retreat makes an affordable base for couples and families with a wide range of shops and restaurants nearby and 102 attractive studios and one bedroom apartments resting in 2 buildings surrounded by lovely gardens with a sparkling swimming pool. Guests of the Oceanus Aparthotel can discover the marvellous beaches of Olhos d'Aqua (500 m) and Maria Luísa (800 m), explore delightful little villages with narrow cobbled streets, and tackle the challenging golf course in nearby Acoteias. For a bargain holiday in the Algarve, Oceanus Aparthotel makes the grade! Faro International Airport is 30 km from the hotel. ... more   less 
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