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“2nd time round. Still as good”
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Hotel Vila Recife
Ranked #95 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
south yorkshire
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“2nd time round. Still as good”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Second visit 7th to 12 oct12. Visited first time with girls. Just taken my husband. He loved it. Hotel is great for the price you pay, we stayed room only, but room has a fridge, cups and cutlery. This hotel is at the top of a hill , but it's all quite hilly. About a 4 minute walk down to beach which is very clean and tidy, with shower and loos, for 2 sunbeds and a brollies it's 14.50 euro. Hotel is close to bars and restaurants. Excellent holiday.

Room Tip: We stayed in room114 with a pool view and view into the square
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Just arrived home from on Oct 2012 stay in the Vila Recife and we are very pleased to say this is a great little hotel. We were surprised to find the room contained a fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery. The shower was powerful and there was always plenty of hot water available, air conditioning in the room was also free. The staff are pleasant and helpful and the rooms are kept lovely and clean with fresh towels daily. The swimming pool is small and the sun is limited from 1pm but its only a 5 minute walk to the beautiful beach, 2 loungers with an umbrella will cost you €14.50 a day.
The breakfast is adequate but you can always get a cooked breakfast from Eddy's bar across the road for €4.50 which includes a coffee. If you need Wifi there are plenty of bars available with free access when you buy a drink the closest being Merlins Bar directly opposite the hotel. This hotel is ideally located to the old town square, with endless restaurants and bars.
We would be happy to return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms 52-62 have a pool balcony it's tiny but gives easy access to the pool area.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Grimsby Lincs
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We booked this hotel despite some negative reviews particularly about the pool and seagulls, firstly the hotel is spotlessly clean the rooms may be basic but had everything we needed, towels changed daily,staff accomodating!
It is perfectly situated although on a hill, but this did not bother us, so close to all the fab ammenities that the old town has to offer, with its countless restaurants and bars, the pool was clean and we did see seagulls around but the sunbeds and pool were not affected by them as some have previously suggested!
All in all a gem of a hotel and we would most definately stay there again!
There is a great little bar called "the steps" literally down the hill, they have a live singer who is amazing well worth a visit, we ate out every evening in different restaurants all of which were excellent, the grill 54 just over the road has a lovely sea view and well worth a visit.
The local beach is a stones throw away, spotlessly clean and the sea was warm, Gale is well worth a visit and is only about 10 mins away as is sao raphael beach another stunning beach to visit, we actually walked there it took about 30mins but well worth it!
A fab destination and great place to stay!

Room Tip: we stayed in rooms 54 and 60 both on the 3rd floor over looking the pool, would definately recommend...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2012 via mobile

Stayed in room 416 above reception,old type room high ceiling no balcony,plenty of room,just one chair and a table,twin beds,wardrobe,drawers,large lovely bathroom,small fridge that ran all day and night so some noise,also could hear guests coming in at any time if they made a noise,did not bother me on my own but could disturb you,good location at a price if you are easygoing it's ok.

  • Stayed September 2012
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North Shields
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

This is our fifth time in Albufeira old town but first time at Vila Recife (we previously stayed at another hotel which is excellent but doesn't have air con or a fridge which is essential). We stayed at Vila Recife on recommendation by a couple we met last year in Albufeira. Good value for money (room only so can't comment on breakfast), excellent location, and very clean. Towels changed every day and beds comfortable. Air conditioned and with a fridge. Only 2 things which disappointed us - we booked 11 months ago and asked for a sea view and our room (315) was on opposite side to sea, looking onto a narrow street where a house / appartments were being renovated - workmen able to see into our appartment easily so had to keep the curtain drawn. Also quite noisy. Didn't want to sit on balcony -nothing to look at. On asking for a room with a better view, was told quite abruptly that no other room available but could ask again the following week without any guarantee. Told receptionist that we'd expected a better view since we booked 11 months ago but was told that made no difference. Asked again a couple of days later with the same reply so gave up and just got on with our brilliant holiday. On floors 4 and 5, there are large open patio areas from which there are excellent views of the square and the sea. The other problem was the shower - not enough hot water available. Apparently it's only a small tank of water but us girls need hot water for washing our hair! Just kept turning off the shower, soaping up, then turning back on to rinse - sorted but a nuisance. Don't want to put anyone off staying here and we'd stay again if they could assure us of a better view!

Room Tip: Try to get floors 4 or 5 with view overlooking 'the square'
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

this hotel was perfect for what we wanted. It was a girly break for 4 nights...the hotel was brilliantly situated, a 5 minute walk, if that from both the beach and the square and a 10 minute drive to the new town/strip.
The room was quite basic, but very clean, staff were friendly and the maid came round to clean our room every day.
We hired a hairdryer for a deposit which we got back at the end of the holiday, which was helpful as ours broke. This probably goes for irons too i would say, as there isnt one in the room. There is however a fridge and air conditioning.
Only downfall was our shower which broke on the first day, so we spent rest of holiday having to hold shower head to get showered.

We wil be going back again next year for sure to celebrate my 40th!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We have stayed in Albufeira many times over the years but first visited the Vila Recife four years ago because we wanted a short uncostly break. It certainly fitted the bill, so we returned on August 31st for six days. The staff were friendly and helpful, the breakfasts are basic but adequate, the place is clean and comfortable and we shall return again because it is an affordable place with excellent access to Old Albufeira.
There are lots of good places to eat within walking distance and some good traditional bars. When comparing the Vila Recife with package deal holidays in the Algarve, this is certainly the best value, and allows a feel of the local area which most of the other hotels lacks.

Room Tip: The Reception area is on floor 3 because the hotel is built into he hillside. Floors 1 and 2 do not...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Vila Recife
Address: Rua Miguel Bombarda 12, Albufeira 8200-158, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
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Ranked #95 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Vila Recife 2*
Number of rooms: 92
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