I stayed at Tropical Sol Apartments as part of a group of four 18 year olds. The hotel is located quite close to Faro airport...a 30-40 minute journey in a taxi (some of the taxi drivers drive like maniacs making it a quicker journey!) We travelled to the hotel with a company called Greenbus Transfers which I would 100% recommend - despite a 2 hour delay they were punctual and our driver came to find us rather than us having to search for him! When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by our one bedroom apartment: the room was huge, had two flatscreen TVs and was rather modern compared to many hotels abroad! The first morning we went for breakfast in the bakery round the corner which was AMAZING! The prices were so cheap and the chocolate croissants were so nice - make sure you give it a visit.
The location of the hotel was perfect. The strip was only a 5 minute walk away, however if you wanted a quiet night in then you still could as there was no noise from the strip. It was my first time visiting Albufeira and I loved it! The nightlife was amazing every night without it being scruffy like other resorts such as Magaluf. The Old Town was much more traditional and not too far away, the beaches looked gorgeous but make sure you wear shoes as the shells in the sand are quite sharp! If you are wanting to get a real taste of Portuguese food then I would recommend the Old Town over The Strip (which is catered more to young tourists) and try some of the seafood as it is a Portuguese speciality so is well cooked! There is a reasonably priced restaurant overlooking the beach and sea at the Old Town by the tunnel which does amazing food!
As for what previous reviews have mentioned about the beds, the mattresses aren't too uncomfortable, however the pillows do feel like they have been stuffed with large polystyrene balls - but considering how great the hotel is and the rooms are this is a minor issue. Also air conditioning is free which is great and the cleaning service is good. As for what people said about stag and hen parties, we did not see any on our stay and the couple of early nights we had were quiet and undisturbed. Despite our group going out drinking until late we respected that families stay in the hotel and were quiet when coming back to our room - this seemed to be the case with most (if not all) of the young groups staying at the hotel.
Most of the locals are really friendly and don't hassle you too much...except perhaps around tea time! One place that I would recommend for cocktails is a bar on the strip called Mambos - the cocktails are to die for and the staff are also nice! Matt's Bar was probably my favourite place for nightlife though - a very sociable bar for young people.
If you are debating coming to this hotel then book it - for the price it really is amazing and you will feel safe and really welcome! Also, if you are debating coming to Albufeira then it really is a lovely resort, but if you are with young children then perhaps stick to the Old Town on a night as the strip becomes quite loud after 11pm.
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- Tropical Sol Albufeira
- Tropical Sol Apartments Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal