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“good hotel, noisy location.”
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Hotel California
Ranked #144 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Durham
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“good hotel, noisy location.”
Reviewed 22 April 2011

This hotel is ok, rooms are clean with balcony although ours was at back of hotel it was sunny later in the day. Sunbathing area is to the side of the pool as theres only a narrow walkway around the pool which is quite small, snacks and drinks were available to buy there. We were bed and continental breakfast which was ok, other breakfasts were available to buy. Everything you need is within steps of this hotel, shops, restaurants and bars which have music going till 3-4 am! Great if thats the kind of holiday you want but if not, I wont say dont go there just take earplugs!

  • Stayed April 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2011

We stayed at Hotel Calfornia last August having got a great deal with travelrepublic.com. The hotel is situated on a strip of bars and restaurants however this did not impede our sleep. The room itself was quite spacious, however is in need of modernisation, as is the bathroom. Breakfast was great if you like continental European breakfast. Staff were extremely helpful and accommodating!

Overall we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a budget stay in Albuferia!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2011

We stayed at the California Hotel in September and loved it. As a young couple, me and my partner were looking for a week's holiday to get rid of a bit of stress from work, for a reasonable price. Working in the hotel trade itself gave us a more laidback, more realistic view compared to most of the UK so we expected an adequate hotel for the price we were paying.
Before booking we decided to look on this website for reviews and have to agree with the majority. It is perfect for younger couples/individuals who are looking for fun nights out as it is right next to several bars and clubs. The restaurants in the area (especially a resaurant called Bravo) were all busy but we were catered for immaculataly.

The hotel room was tidy and the beds were reasonably comfortable. The tv had plenty of channels if you fancied staying in but the location of the hotel is perfect as it is right in the centre of everything and right near the beach. The hotel receptionists were more than helpful and you are able to book excursions with them which made everything easy. The breakfasts were basic continental style but had plenty to offer with that plus the option for a cooked breakfast at an extra charge.

All in all it created a more than suitable base for our extremely enjoyable holiday but may not be suitable for an older generation of holiday makers.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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derbyshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2010

We stayed at the hotel from 14th to 18th November 2010 inclusive. On arrival we were given room 600 which was on its own little corridor with rooms 601,602 and 603. Our balcony had a little gate and came out right onto the terrace and the swimming pool. The room was a little dated and could be doing with updating a bit but it was scrupulously clean!! The hotel staff could not do enough for us and made our stay enjoyable. The continental breakfast was OK, nothing to shout about but adequate!. I asked to borrow a hairdryer and this was no problem as it was also no problem to give us a kettle, cups, tea etc for the room. We could not have asked for a better location either. In all it was a very enjoyable four days holiday although the weather could have been a little kinder to us!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank medsec1
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Westernaustralia
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

We stayed at the Hotel california and was very pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of the staff, the hotel is very reasonably priced with clean, very big rooms and all with a balcony.
If you like a very firm bed then this is the hotel for you, it was rock hard and the tiniest pillow I have ever had.
if like me you need a cup of tea as soon as you open your eyes then take your travel kettle as there is no facilities in the room, you also need an iron and a hair dryer because they are also not supplied.
The music in the square goes on until the very early hours and although it didn't worry me too much, my friends said it disturbed them.
But having said all that it was excellent value for money, very central of Albufeira, no climbing the Hills and yes I would go again as long as I took my own pillow, hair dryer, kettle and iron. Breakfast was very nice and I think you could pay a little extra for a cooked breakfast too.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank sueWesternAustralia
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2010

I recently spent four nights at the Hotel California and couldn't really fault it for a 3* hotel. The staff were extremely helpful and the room was cleaned daily. The hotel is well situated for food, shopping , the beach, bars and only a 5 minute walk to the bus station, where you have coach trip pick ups. I'd be happy to stay there again anytime.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Thank LCMs
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2010

i was staying at hotel forte da oura, but boyfriend got posted to afghanistan at the date we was going so we cancelled. Then they said hes not going to afghanistan, so we rebooked in this hotel.

Staff was fairly friendly, especially the maids. Had a room just outside the pool, with a little gate onto the pool. The pool was quiet, did have a group of about 30 lads staying here, but the pool was always quiet.

Rooms was Ok, bathroom tiles was a bit crazy, did see a massive cockroach on the stairs, which made me take the lift, as im absolutely TERRIFIED of them.

Overall was a good hotel. It is on the down, but once you have had a drink, you sleep easily. Did go when the world cup was on, when portugal was playing all you heard was them stupid horns for about 3 hours, but it is a good hotel ! may i suggest bigger advertising, had to look for it, the sign is tiny!

Me and my boyfriend really enjoyed it! x

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sammie9999
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Property: Hotel California
Address: Rua Candido dos Reis 12, Albufeira 8200-103, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #144 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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