I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights on someone's recommendation and was rather disappointed with the outcome. I am glad that I didn't book the hotel for longer.
The hotel is located in the old town, where access to vehicles is prohibited. However the taxi stand is a short walk away from the hotel. The street is full of late bars and restaurants that will keep you awake till the wee hours of the morning. The area is very English- even had the Wimbledon showing on almost every screen.
The hotel staff were nice and helpful, except for the ladies at breakfast, who looked grumpy all the time. The hotel presents dated interior, the room was rather small, beds uncomfortable and it did smell of damp. Additionally you can hear water going through the pipes every time someone flashed the toilet in the room above. It was however clean and A/C was working nicely. In the bathroom there's no hairdryer, no shampoo or any fancy toiletries, just couple of bars of soap.
The breakfast is served on the top floor, very basic buffet, consisting of bread, one kind of cheese, one kind of ham (same every day), muesli, cereal, cake, some fruit, croissants and sliced tomatoes. Cooked breakfast was avail on demand, at extra charge.
The pool was very small and the sun beds plastic and not very comfy.
The hotel offers transfers to the airport for €35 one way but I traveled with a transfer company for €25, booked with Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albufeira itself is very English, lacking its former charm. They sell fish & chips everywhere and shops are full of English stuff. There are even couple of escalators on the beach, leading up to the top of the cliff which is really weird. No cultural experience, no taste of Portugal.
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- Hotel California Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal