We decided on a short break, nothing too fancy, and booked into Bayside for a three nighter, and I have to say it was three wonderful nights.
Bayside has had some terrible reviews, but anything before mid-2012 can be discounted as the place was a tip run by morons. Bayside is now managed and run by some of the nicest, kindest folks you could meet. It's being progressively re-furbished so all the horror stories you've read are obsolete now.
We arrived Sunday, last stop on a drop off trip that saw us get in to the hotel after 11pm. We were starving and, take note other places, we still got a proper meal, off the main menu, and it was served with a smile. John on reception looked after us like we were family and we felt instantly at ease.
A short walk saw us at our apartment (it's an apartment/chalet style place). Small thing but to watch for. There is a narrow spiral staircase leading up to the 1st floor. If you have big cases you'll need to be careful.
Loads of space for everything, a well appointed dining area where you can cook if you want to. Big fridge and a table to sit at least three, four if you keep your elbows in. Very sizable balcony where you can sit and watch the sun, lie in it or sit and sample some local wines. Beds were comfy and sleep isn't a problem (unless you have noisy neighbors). There are baths and the shower was powerful and hot. There is a TV and AC as well.
Short walk to the pool area where there is a refurbished pool that is clean and cold with lots of sun beds to use. There is also a Jacuzzi and a kids play area. In season there's a snack bar available. The pool goes from around 1m to 1m60 and it's long enough for a swim rather than a paddle. It can also be covered in inclement weather.
The bar/reception/restaurant area is clean and light. There is an old Cadillac sofa that has seen better days but still looks kinda funky. Wide variety of drinks available and a tad cheaper than local taverns too. They sell a watery lager too that'll take a while to get you drunk but it's cold and lovely after you've been in the sun a while. Food is fantastic (Caution: remember you're in three star accommodation here, so the presentation is 'normal') and not that expensive. Portions are good and there is absolutely nothing to moan about.
There is transport to Albufiera for a coupla Euros or you can get your own taxi. If you have a car/bike then you're golden. There is a Supermarket and cafe within walking distance and a mini-mercados literally next door. A couple of bars/restaurants are also withing walking distance.
Now i did mention that this place has a three star rating, which means it's not a fancy place. If you want a fancy, pampered holiday don't go here. If you want a good holiday that is inexpensive, great value for money, hugely friendly and enjoyable and sits under exactly the same sun more expensive places sit under, then this is a prize to be had. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Special thanks to Joseph, John and Christina who made us feel so welcome and even thanked us for being nice guests!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Bayside Salgados Hotel Albufeira
- Bayside Salgados Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
- Bayside Salgados Apartments