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Ondamar Aparthotel
Ranked #42 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

This is a very average hotel and probably isn't worthy of a 4 star rating. Because of these points:
Pool bar not open for all holiday
Mucky hot tub
Dated decor
Water fountain not turned on
Staff constantly smoking on restaurant balcony
Noisy air con

Apart from this, the service was actually quite good. Our apartment was cleaned every day and all the staff were so lovely and friendly :) would stay here again, but on *** prices

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

I was there last october, I go whitouth food include, so it's neer to every supermarket and they have a kitchen who have everything oyou need to do your meals, so for me was very cheap to be in Albufeira! For the rain days they have interne swiming pool and jacuzzi, on tha apartament that I stay the only noise was for other client's. The outside and the swiming pool, for the nice days, are very nice. I liked!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Manuela T
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Funny how when you read other reviews it seems like different hotels. We stayed there October 5th - 19th 2013 and honestly think the place was great. The furnishings in our 1 bed apt were definitely in need of replacing but apart from that the room was cleaned every day and towels, linen etc changed regularly. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The girls at reception were so friendly and helpful. What we really liked about the hotel was its situation. If you are walkers as we are then you are within distances of all directions of Albufeira. Otherwise use the hotel bus, the local buses or the wee train, all very cheap to get into Albufeira. I cannot manage hills so would not have wanted to be down near the coast and have to walk uphill all the time. I do agree about the seagulls but we did see the pool being cleaned, it's difficult to keep birds off unless you have a bird scarer. My one complaint about the pool was the lack of mattresses, enough beds but not the mattresses, although some people are greedy and take two. I did ask the bar boy if there were any more but he referred me to the reception. Did not use gym or indoor pool and we really did not want the TV so these really did not bother us. Also did our own catering or ate out so cannot comment on food. There were loads of places to eat nearby or in the old town and I am talking Portugueses food not rubbish English food. What we really appreciated was the quietness of the hotel and the situation and IF we ever return to Albufeira would definitely consider the Ondamar.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
7  Thank margaretc
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Gym is useless nothing works, no weights,no lights on in indoor pool in evening, pool bar never seems to be open,breakfast is terrible food is only ever mildly warm, reception staff are helpfull enough and im sure it was a good hotel 15 years ago but unfortunately seems like they are just running it into the ground!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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2  Thank 7200matt
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

These are nice clean apartments comfortable and all facilities, Pleasant and helpful staff. However when we arrived our apartment was across the road from another hotel's very noisy generator and it was impossible to sleep. We asked to be moved. At first they said there were no other rooms but when we persisted they found us another apartment on the road side. This was fine with only occasional noise from cars but compared to the incessant drone of the generator it was paradise. Be careful if you book this hotel if you are sensitive to noise, make sure you are not on the road side near the other hotel's generator. I would rather not have gone on holiday then stay in the first room we were allocated. The position of the hotel was ideal 10 mins from strip and 20 mins from town centre.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BarkingsideRoxanne
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Stayed 15/09/13 to 22/09/13
As a benchmark for this review i would use the Premier Inn as a standard 3* hotel, some are better and some are worse but on average i would rate them as 3* hotel chain. The Ondamar is not as good as a Premier Inn, the staff are friendly and helpful and the place was clean but the decor is very dated and the appliances and furniture in our room were in a worn out state. Appliances and cutlery were very basic cheap as chips stuff, the toaster looked like one from a dolls house but there was everything you would need. The air conditioning in our room (108) didn't work as numerous reviewers have said so our sleep quality was poor as it was really hot even with the patio doors and windows open.

We had an early flight which got us to the hotel about 11am so we knew our room wasn't going to be ready as we had checked before we departed but the reception did say they would try and make it earlier. They provide a room for your luggage while you wait free of charge but it is not locked so your belongings are not secure, Luckily our room was ready by 2.30pm.

The pool area was ok with well kept gardens and a poolside bar which also provided food but we only used the pool while we were waiting for our room to become available on the first day. There were sunbeds and cushions everyday at around 10am as we could see them from our balcony but there were only cushions for about 50% of the beds so when busy there would be a problem.

The bar and restaurant never looked to have many, if any people in them during our stay, we never went in them as we preferred to use the numerous ones elsewhere.

Overall we were very disappointed with this hotel as we booked it mainly based on its 70% + rating and the fact that we thought we were booking a 4* hotel, we Would not use this hotel again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ramenmole
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Stayed in Ondamar 1st Oct for 1 week. While it was clean & tidy, the facilities were v.basic. The air con of the Hotel across the road was noisy & when we asked for another room we were offered an "upgrade" for €15 a night! Also the TV had only 2 English news channels. While WIFI was available, you had to pay to have it in your room. Also, there was a smell of sewage in de gardens. All in all 2nd rate, We won't be back!

Room Tip: Choose another hotel.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ed G
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Additional Information about Ondamar Aparthotel

Address: Rua Miguel Torga, Albufeira 8201-918, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: £31 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ondamar Hotel presents you with the best Algarve has to offer! On vacation or on a weekend away, enjoy the comfort of our facilities, the quality of our service and the professionalism of our staff. Sun, beach, pool and entertainment are the characteristics of this region, making it welcoming even in mid- winter. In 10 years of existence we have followed one goal only: your well-being. ... more   less 
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