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“Peace & Quiet”
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Torre Velha Hotel
Ranked #75 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
2 reviews
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“Peace & Quiet”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Arrived late on a Monday night and the reception stayed open just for us . I didn't know what to expect from reading the mixed reviews but when we arrived , I noticed Torre Velha is not very good for first impressions.
When we were welcomed at 1 am by Marta, the lovely manager we went straight to our room which was small but very clean. We'd a mini fridge and a ceiling fan in the room and a small balcony over looking another building. Every morning we would go to the supermarket about 3 mjnite walk from the hotel to get breakfast . Beside the supermarket there is an ATM which was convenient as not many places take card.
The pool area , where we spent most days, was quiet friendly and clean. Most the people staying were young couples too. We found a small hidden beach which was quiet and beautiful but very hard to get to. But there is 2 beaches close to the hotel.
We absolutely loved the pizzeria " the spot" across from the hotel . The food is delicious. There is not much to do in the area of the hotel. Taxis to albuferia are E10 each way so it is a bit out of the way .
All in all we both had a wonderful time here. The staff were great. Bella on reception helped us book a boat trip very last minute and was helpful throughout our stay. Marta is so nice and friendly and Maria is lovely , makes a great cocktail! All very hard workers! We would come back again for another quiet relaxing holiday :)





Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

This was our third time here my husband and I and won't be the last. Yes it's basic but spotless and the staff amazing. It's quiet position is great for unwinding and relaxing or a short taxi ride to the hustle of albufeira if that's what you want. There are some great resturants nearby but the food in the hotel is hard to go past 't-bone steaks' a must. With 4 amazing beaches within walking distance what more do you want (although if you have walking difficulties as all down hill and harder walking back up) might be a problem. Roll on next summer.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Ramsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Have returned after spending five days at this hotel on a short break with my daughter.
the rooms were basic but very clean, the bathroom looked dated however the shower was great, ok there were no plugs in the sink or bath but we managed. This hotel is in a quiet resort in the region of Albufeira but the main town is a short taxi ride away, we found the town too commercial and busy and preferred our quiet resort.
There were four beaches close by but only managed to visit two and we had an amazing meal at the fish restaurant Evarista.We also found a few other bars with excellent food within a short walk. The staff were great especially Marta and Maria who made us very welcome who spoke very good English. This isn't a 4 star hotel so don't expect one

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Room. Arrived to find bathroom door did nor shut--it had warped because damp was coming into the open "hole" next to it which had a curtain across. This was your wardrobe with of course some damp in one corner. The 3 drawers stank and when the bottom drawer was removed underneath was thick with dust. The curtains across the balcony doors where filthy along the bottom and up the side, The bathroom had an alarm fitted, unfortunately the fitting was hanging out of the wall on its wires. There was no plug in the bath or wash hand basin so not able to take a bath or fill the hand basin. According to the staff no rooms had plugs
Food. If you like cereal, roll, bread,ham and cheese every morning--fine. We were half board. There was no evening menu. You were told the one starter and a choice of 2 main courses. This
was rotated on a three day basis. Starter was soup. The next night garlic bread followed
by spiced carrots. Spaghetti was popular. One night with a cream sauce the next with mushrooms The toaster came out of the ark. It did two slices. Not pop-up. You switched it on then had to lower each side. Put in the 2 slices and manually close it. Watch carefully then lower the sides again to turn the hot bread to brown the other side being careful not to get burnt in the process. After breakfast the toaster was whisked away so no chance of a photo.
The small pool had loungers but no parasols to go with them
I will never know how this place got 3 stars. I am 80 and have stayed all over the world. No way would I stay here again. No air con but plenty of surveillance cameras

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed there for 2 nights. I still don't get why in the heck every website advertise this hotel as being in Albufeira ??? It was a pain in the -bip- to find, and it actually was in Galé, a lost village a short drive from Albufeira. You have to know that there is no street name either in Albufeira or in Galé. We bought a map but who cares when you can't find signs... You have to get a GPS. The lady at the counter told us everyone gets losts going there. The staff is not nice and not helpfull. It just seemed like they didn,t give a damn about us. They were either not there of not looking at us all all. The room was ulgly, the bathroom even worst (brown walls and pink toilet...) small room, no air condition. There was a fan on the ceiling, when we started it, tons of dust fell on the bed (...). The bed was unconfortable and you could only get the wifi internet in front of the counter. There is nothing much interesting around, you have to get the car to get to restaurants or grocery store. It was pretty boring... The only interesting thing was the view you get from the beach in the morning that is about 800 meters walk from the hotel. I would not go there again. Bad bad bad.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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upavon
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

lovely relaxing place to stay with basic (but spotless) rooms good food and really helpful staff nothing was too much trouble and all the staff have a great sense of humour would definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for a relaxing holiday with some great beaches and restaurants nearby

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

just stayed at this beautiful little hotel for one week. I arrived on Sunday 29th June and stayed for 7 nights. The hotel is situated in a very quiet location and if peace and solitude is what you are after then this is the place to be . Rooms are basic,cleaned evry day and the food is also good. Lots of little eating places around and about I agree with the last review the spot pizza which is across the road from the torre velha makes a mean pizza. Dont no about the desert because im sure that Sams Laura ate it all .
The staff Bella, Marta, Maria and sylvia were all fantastic and nothing was to much trouble. Special thanks to the chef didnt get his name......he waited with me in the early hours of Sunday morning for my transfer shuttle and made me feel safe.
I travelled to this place on my own for the first time. I was very apprehensive, but evry one made me feel wellcome and there for lots of solo travellers.
Many thanks to you all, staff and holiday makers who made my stay so fantastic. Special thanks to Shaun and Jim who were so entertaining around the pool.
I shall have no doubts about coming to this place again and hope to return in October.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Torre Velha Hotel
Address: Praia do Castello, Albufeira 8200-388, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Torre Velha Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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