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Review of Alto da Colina Aparthotel

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Alto da Colina Aparthotel
Ranked #41 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great relaxing holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

Just enjoyed a lovely week at the holiday village Algarve. I was a bit concerned that it would be overrun with highly excited young kids but this was not the case at all. Our 15 year old had all the pinball/robot football/arcade games he could want at the games room. There was no presuure to join in any of the activities if he didnt want to , which was ideal as he was recovering from a long term illness and was still not up to full strength. This left dad and I to relax at the pool or see a show in the evening and still be nearbye if needed. The entertainment was above the normal standard as was the food selection and quality. Location was beautiful if a little out of the way for the hustle and bustle. Beaches excellent but beware if you have toddlers or are not confident in the water as the waves are very powerful and there is a strong undertow..as my swimsuit bottom can testify ! Oh yes... the swimming pool is freezing !!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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cornwall
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2010

having stayed here for a week recently i have no complaints with regards to the hotel which was clean with good facilities. i have issues with the food,not the quality but the storage temperatures of hot food on the buffet.as a qualified chef i am aware of the requirements for the maintaining of temperature on hot food,and many of the dishes i sampled were only warm rather than hot,this offers the potential for bacterial contamination.i was seriously ill for two days and all my family were all ill to varying degrees.the staff maintain that this was a bug in the hotel and local area which it possibly was,however with the issues regarding the food i am far from convinced that this was the case.This is a shame as the quality of the food is actually pretty good considering the cost of the holiday,wouldnt go back but only for this reason.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chris l
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wolverhampton
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2010

we stayed here for one week all inclusive at the beginning of sept. From the start of he holiday to the end everything was excellent. The transfer fom the airport was quicker than we thought it would be and after initially being told we would be in block one we were taken to block two and given our room on the third floor. The room was nice and large, very clean. The food was good with a variety on offer, always something to choose. The entertainment staff worked very hard and are really a credit to First Choice. We met some very nice people while we where there , all in all a grea tholiday. Would definately return

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mimosaann
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Bury, Lancashire
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2010

Just arrived back from a week at the holiday village, had a superb time. Food delicious and great choices, rooms spacious and good sea view, hotel staff excellent and very friendly, entertainment team superb especially Scott, Adam, Louis, Amy, Jenna, Michelle and Frankie. Lots to do for adults as well as children, no pressure to join in.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PipnTim
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Lancashire
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2010

We went in Sept taking our 20yr and 17 son. As it was Sept our sons were a little bored due to the lack of people their own age but that is hardly the hotel's fault. If you have older teenagers maybe stick to the main season or stay closer to nightlife.
On arrival we were checked in quickly to block one. The rooms were large, clean and had what we needed. the balcony was huge (we were on the top floor in a bit with bigger balconies)
I was worried about the food at first. The day we arrived was English theme day and to be honest the food was not good though we did all manage to find something we would eat. After that things much improved and there was plenty to choose from each day. I would say that by the end we were a little tired of the food but I think that is the nature with all inclusive food.
It was easy to get served at the bars night and day, despite the hotel being full and it had san miguel on draft for AI which is unusual. Cheaper versions of the usual drinks were also to be had and were fine. Water on draft all over the hotel. We were warned not to drink the tap water but this was filtered and fine. No tummy troubles at all.
No bad behaviour seen, but then we were there in Sept and there were a lot of families with young children and/or grandparents.
For a family with older children it is easy to walk to the beaches and the strip which at this time of year was full of families rather than drunken young adults!
Did not bother with the shows but we don't tend to like them anyway so can't comment.
Stopped going to the main pool due to the annoying entertainment, quizes, wager dancing etc but think there was a lot there for younger kids to do too. The kids pool was more peaceful so started going there.
Did great boat trip out to see the caves and the dolphins.
Old town really nice place to spend a day but too far to walk. Taxi cheapish though quite scary drivers!
Nice holiday, if a little boring for our sons. Would return to area but hotel is best suited to those with younger children wanting a hotel with lots for their kids to do.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank coppullLancashire
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Wolverhampton, West Midlands
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37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2010

We had another great holiday at the Alto da Colina which is also known as the Holiday Village Algarve. My wife and I travelled together with my son, his wife and our two youngest grandchildren aged 4yrs and nearly 2yrs of age. We stayed in a double/triple room whilst they stayed in an apartment. Both rooms were clean and comfortable well furnished. We stayed on an all inclusive basis. The food was self service and there was plenty of it both quantity and choice. If you want to stay around the hotel during the day there are several pools (inc 1 indoor) for swimming, 1 has slides and water chutes for children. There is a fullprogramme of games and activities throughout the day. My advice is join in and try them. People laugh with you not at you. After the evening meal there is a full evening of entertainment in the hotels "theatre". This includes Childrens disco, Bingo, Family fun games and a "variety show" all are of a good standard. Although the music can be very loud and the "bass" very heavy.
Out and about.....The nearby beaches are clean and well looked after.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chris Walker
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Elloughton
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2010

The holiday was excellent from start to finish.

We flew from Doncaster Airport which was a real pleasure. Very small, very well organised and very clean.

The flight departed on time and when we arrived at Faro our bags were ready for collection. Outside the airport we were quickly directed to our coach and soon on our way to the hotel. The transfer took about 30 mins as we were first to be dropped off.

The hotel welcomed us with a glass of sangria and got us checked into our room quickly and efficiently. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful.

Our room was situated in block 1, which I must admit I was pleased about as its closest to the main pool, kids club, entertainment, etc. The room was spacious and very clean. The main bedroom had twin beds and was separated from the living area with a sliding door. The living area included a single sofa bed and single pull out bed. The kitchen area was newly fitted, the bathroom was clean but if I'm truthful could do with a refit sometime soon. The room had a double balcony which overlooked the pool area and sea. The hotel is located on a hill and has a fantastic view out to sea.

The hotel food and restaurant was excellent. The restaurant has an outside area which was very pleasant on an evening.

The pool areas were great. As previously mentioned the main pool is in front of block 1. Block 2 has its own pool and always appeared to be quiet. The hotel also has a small but adequate splash area. All pool areas had plenty of sun beds. We never had a problem finding one.

The kids clubs were brilliant. They offered a wide range of activities eg high ropes, snorkelling, canoe games, hamster ball, and play & learn sessions. Our only problem was trying to presuade the children NOT to go. They would have gone to every session if they had chance. The staff were brilliant, all friendly, happy and determined to make sure the kids had fun. The facilities were clean and safe. Special thank you to Janine! She worked so hard organising the pool activities. Our 5 year old also had swimming lessons and were definitely worth every penny. Chris the instructor was very patient and really made some progress.

The only thing which l think let the hotel down was the entertainment area. It was indoor and too small for the number of people attending. Unfortunately this put us off watching the entertainment.

We really had a wonderful holiday. We have also been to the Majorca First Choice Holdiay Village and was worried Portugal wouldn't be as good. I'm pleased to say it was.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank HU15
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Property: Alto da Colina Aparthotel
Address: Balaia - Apt 866 | Balaia area, on the road to Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#28 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#31 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Alto da Colina Aparthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 132
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Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
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