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“Good walking distance until beach”
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Balaia Plaza
Ranked #127 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 8 April 2013

The hotel is situated in a walking distance from beach, we take 5 minutes to get there, and it is also near from the new city center, one may walk, it takes maybe 30 min to get there. which is acceptable to walk at night, to go for a beer or something!
The rooms are clean and with good area. The swimming pool was also clean (both inner and outer pool) and there is tennis field as well as gym with good conditions.

Room Tip: rooms sided to the street are also sided to sea side, and in the upper floors one may see the sea wh...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

I couldn't fault the facilities at this hotel, for the price we paid (1st Oct 2012) we were very pleased, the room was big, very clean and comfortable. The room was cleanded every day and towels changed. The pool was great and we once ate from the pool bar which was ok, more convenient than anything. Did think the pool bar was a little pricey, however there is a small grocery shop on site and they had no objections to you buying drinks in there and bringing them to the pool (70C for a can of beer as opposed to E4.00 for a pint!).
As many people have stated, the location isn't great if you aren't a keen walker! But taxis to the strip and to the old town are very cheap. We did use the bus from the bus stop outside the hotel to go to the old town one evening and it cost us E4.80 for the two of us, but the taxi back only cost E4.50!
The old town is stunning, and by far the better location for a nice meal.
Also, we used yellowfishtransfers.com to get us back and forth to the airport, and I highly recommend them, very reasonably priced and professional and we even received a complimentary bottle of wine to start our holiday off!
Overall this was a great holiday, (even though my partner was ill), great hotel and stunning beaches.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Great experience at a great value.Worth staying for a 4 star.Congradulations !
Excellent smimming pool and bar and a good italian restaurant.Top staff!
Walking area to the beach and a big parking.
Definitly will stay again...

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2012 via mobile

Being our third trip this year to albuferia we chose these apartments to try a different area actually booked aqua maris balaia its sister apartments but was closed so put in the plaza lovely hotel great room put in a 1 bed apartment which was a plus but the area is very barren no further walking than previous trips but seemed longer as no break inbetween with bars shops ect weather not on our side so unpleasent walking absolutely nothing going on in the hotel if we wanted to stop more local at night i would describe this as a portugese travel lodge in the summer months would be quite nice i would imagine but not out of season

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

its about 10min walk to the strip , lovey walk ,very chilled out holiday lots of beds free around pool very friendly staff , rooms very spaceous gawjus views lookin out over the sea ......5min walk to the beach :@) defo goin back next yr weather was amazin(03.10.12-10.10.12)

Room Tip: we wer in room 405
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

The girlfriend and I visited the Balaia plaza for a week at the start of October on a last minute deal. We requested a sea view room which we managed to check in to with no problems. The room itself was very clean and spacious with a large balcony with table/chairs.
The location is not great as its about a 15 minute walk to any kind of shop/restaurant away from the hotels facilities, but there is a really nice beach about a 5 minute walk away. It was easy enough to get a taxi (ordered from reception, at an annoying charge of 0.75€) and is well worth doing to visit the old town.
The old town has quite a few nice restaurants and bars scattered around but it was far more touristy than we expected so this is probably not the place if you're looking for actual culture!
We did spend a couple of days just hanging around the hotel which has a really nice (but cold) pool and some decent sun loungers. The guy running the pool bar was always very friendly and willing to accommodate any requests for drinks or food you might order so if you visit this hotel, tip him generously.

Overall it was nice place to visit this time of year being that the weather was still pretty warm (around 24 degrees all week). I'd recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area but would advise that you will be doing a lot of walking so it's not really suitable for the less mobile.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Just back from Balaia Plaza (06-10-2012) after 10 days self catering. No complaints about apartment. The living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom were all large and kept spotless by the maid, who came in to clean every day. The towels were changed every other day. The bed sheets were changed twice in the 10 days, that to me is very good. The T.V. in our room only had 3 English channels BBC 1, CNN, and SKY NEWS. The kitchen was well equipped with a large fridge freezer, and microwave come grill. The swimming pool is located up 2 flights of stairs, which if you have walking dificulties is a bit of a bind. There is a ramp which goes around the back of the football pitch and tennis court. The pool bar serves local beer at 4 euro a pint. The bars down the strip, pint is 1.5 euros, big difference. Only downside to our room 414, which was on top floor, was the main road. It was quite noisy, my wife and I had to wear ear plugs, when trying to get to sleep. The other reviews have mentioned the location, which is not good, if you want to be next to the restaurants and bars, but good if you want peace and quiet. All in all my wife and I had a good 10 days, and would go back. whit16

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balaia Plaza

Address: Estrada de Santa Eulalia | Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira 8201-913, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#49 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £28 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Balaia Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 76
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