We stayed for four nights and booked through travel republic and got the whole holiday (return flights from Gatwick, 4 nights accom with breakfast and transfers from Faro) for 340GBP for both my husband and I.
The hotel is in a good location, very close to the main square and not far from the beach. We had requested an ocean/pool view and were very impressed with the view which looked out over the pool and the main square and had ocean glimpses (as we were on the second floor). The hotel is definitely nothing flash but it does the job - it's clean (and cleaned daily) and has comfortable beds. We had no problem with noise and definitely don't have anything to complain about for our room. Our friend however stayed in the 'old part' which hasn't been renovated yet and he didn't have air conditioning and it was really hot at night.
There are a few things that I'd like to point out:
First thing I would say is do not book the transfer option through travel republic! The transfer was on a coach and took 2.5 hours to get to our hotel (for a 30 minute journey). The coach was full and stopped at nearly every hotel possible along the way, with our hotel being the second last stop.
Second thing is that if you are going to book a private transfer through the hotel make sure you get confirmation of what time they booked it for you, even if you told them what time you wanted it. We didn't want to waste our last day sitting on a bus for the transfer so booked a private transfer and told them we wanted to be picked up at 2pm as we had a 4pm flight and had already checked in online so only had to get through security and onto the plane. They ended up booking us a transfer for 11.20am as they told us we needed to be a the airport 3 hours before! I told them it wasn't up to them and we just wanted the transfer booked and they ended up rebooking but it cost us 5 euros more (we paid 45 euros for the transfer for 4 people).
Third thing is don't get the breakfast option! The breakfast was very average and if you really want to eat it you can buy it for 5 euros anyway. However, there is a place across the road that does an english breakfast including coffee for 4.95 or toasties for even less. We had breakfast included (paid for in our package) but only ate it one morning as it was so bad. The croissants were stale and the only other option was 1 cereal and 1 museli and some bread with limited spreads.
We didn't eat in the main square as we felt it was way too touristy - too many British people who had obviously moved there for a change of lifestyle trying to get you into the restaurants. There are some good restaurants with locals serving just off the main square, you just have to go down some little side streets to find them.
Overall, this hotel did the job. It's certainly not the Ritz but I would definitely stay there again, especially for the price we paid!
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- Also Known As:
- Residencial Vila Recife Albufeira
- Residencial Vila Recife Hotel Albufeira
- Hotel Vila Recife Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal