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Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Ranked #8 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Derby, England
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Had 6 days here at the end of March before the new Management took over.
Have just returned after 5 days with the new Management.

I will review the negatives first. On arrival there was no one on the check in desk. We had to wait about 5 minutes before anyone arrived. When the member of staff arrived check in was incredibly slow .
In our room the pillows had no pillowcases on, there was no bathmat or bidet towels.
When asking at reception for pillow cases we were informed that they dont do them now (I presume they meant the display ones that matched the bed cover) !! Eventually someone went away to iron some (they were warm when they eventually arrived)
The bath nor the balcony were cleaned at all. However the rest of the room and linen were spotless.
There is now no snack bar at all - just a bare room with tables and chairs. Perhaps there is a plan for this space,

Why do you have to give room number for breakfast. The hotel is all B&B.


Now for the positives (and there are lots)
There was still a fridge in the room which we did not pay any extra for.
There are new sunbeds and parasols (although only 16 out when we were there )
The biggest changes are in the breakfast room. Which I think are for the better with a few exceptions.
Nice to have sparkling wine (if you fancy one)
The atmosphere is still excellent and relaxing , but now with gentle music,
Although there is not as much fresh fruit as there was it was lovely to have the fresh sliced oranges or kiwi/melon on alternate days. There is now salad as well as the ham cheese tomatoes etc. Also sparkling water.
The addition of hot food is a bonus (it was piping hot when we were there)
Beans and scrambled eggs everyday with one addition. Cheesy tomatoes sausages or even bacon one day!!! ( a little ketchup would be nice)
I didnt think the bread selection was as good as before but there was ample choice,
The toaster is still as slow as it always was (but whats the rush if you are on holiday) Two would help though.
It was lovely to see two of the old breakfast staff still there and they are still as efficient as ever.

It was also great that one of the old bar staff remains.
All the new staff were very friendly too.

It is a time of change but I still really enjoyed my recent stay and look forward to returning in the future to see the refurbishments,
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Room Tip: I like the roadside rooms as they get afternoon sun. Road noise is not an issue as windows are dou...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear darleyDerby_England,
We are pleased that you've enjoyed and we look forward to have you back at the Velamar. Kind Regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

the best hotel in Portugal, amazing staff, marcelo is just the best, breakfast overlooking the sea, rooms lovely and clean, cant say anything more than amazing about this hotel and staff are a credit too it, we have never been disappointed in the 3 times we have stayed in this hotel, and are looking forward to booking again in the future, when our parents get back from their second holiday there x

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear beverley69,
Thank you very much for your trust, please let us know when are you coming again, we'd like to give you a treat.. Kind regards, Joao Costa
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Had a week here from the 16 April didn't arrival till very late so on seeing are room we were abit disappointed to find no balcony or fridge as we had been told upon booking all rooms had balconies and it does advertise this on Booking.com - Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and has a luxury bathroom. A balcony with views over the tranquil fishing village or the Atlantic Ocean is featured in the bright, air-conditioned rooms.
The next morning we spoke to the receptionist and was told the hotel was full so couldn't move us to another room and if we wanted a fridge it was 4 euros a day not very helpful or apologetic.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear wrightie45,
We apologize for the wrong information given upon booking, did you make your reservation with? Standard rooms have no balcony, are slightly smaller and have no fridge in the room. All other Suprior rooms have bot amenities. It is a pitty we couldn't change you of room. Great to know you've enjoyed you holiday overall. kind regards, Joao Costa-GM Details Hotels
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We have just returned from our visit to the hotel and can comfortably say it is a fantastic example of 3 star establishment.

The room was clean, comfortable and had plenty of storage, the en suite was in great condition and the room had all the amenities required, including a fridge.

The rest of the hotel was in good condition and the staff were extremely polite and helpful in every encounter we had with them.

Location is good; within a gentle stroll of the hotel is a supermarket, a selection of restaurants and some truly stunning beaches. Walking into Albufeira took around 35 minutes.

The breakfast choice was a real highlight, the sausages, scrambled eggs and beans were a staple for us on most mornings but also available were fresh fruit, juices, rolls, cake, meats, cheese and cereals. All of this is eaten on the top floor roof terrace which has some distant views of the ocean and is a lovely way to start the day.

If there could be one gripe about the hotel, it would be that the pool area is on the small side, having said that, we spent most of our time at the beaches so it wasn't a huge issue.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Dear Team_Shluke,
We do appreciatte your kind review reflecting with precision the standards and servisse of the hotel Velamar. Thanks very much and kind regards from sunny Algarve. Joao Costa-General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Great location on main bus route for tourists that don't drive. Easy walk to beach locations approx 20 minutes. Staff exceptionally helpful and friendly . Towels changed regularly . Rooms have small fridge and safety deposit box. Breakfast continental and plentiful. Restaurants nearby are good value also.

Room Tip: I preferred road view balcony with view towards sea. Plenty afternoon sun and traffic noise is a min...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Dear AlexJoan,
Thank you very much for your honest review. Kind regards, Joao Costa-General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We like (liked) the Velamar so much we have been regular visitors for years. We were last there in October with another holiday booked for May 2014. But it all went wrong. We booked our room for May 2014 almost 12 months ago but, just a few days ago, were told the booking agency we used had gone into administration; another £140 was required to secure our room. Astonished, we contacted the Velamar to ask if they would be kind enough to honour the original price. They declined. At the same time, we discovered there had been a change of management and wonderful staff, who we regarded as friends, such as Marcelo and Adriano, had left. We were deeply disappointed. We accept the old prices were incredible and a rise was inevitable but surely increases should not hit people retrospectively? After a week of deliberations we decided not to pay the extra and to try somewhere new. I wish the new management the best of luck but why change something that is not broken? In our eyes, the Velamar of old was perfect. The higher charges mean it now blends into the price range of many other hotels in the Algarve. We have ended up getting a fantastic deal at a four star hotel nearby.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Dear Ramsfan33,
Thank you very much for your review but did I read correctly, your travel agency went bust and we are guilty for it ? Great that you've found a fantastic deal nearby, thanks for returning to the Algarve and we wish you a great holiday. Should you wish to visit us at the Velamar please do. Kind regards, Joao Costa-General Manager
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dublin ,ireland
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Just back from a very relaxing week in the Velamar staying 15th-22nd April,yes it's under new management and they have made some changes.The breakfast room has been changed the most with in my opinion for the better,you now have a hot dish added Scrambled eggs and Baked beans which for the 7 days we were there were hot and fresh,the fresh fruit is still available but it is now peeled and sliced into portions(no more putting into your bag to have on the beach ha ha)the cakes are also sliced into small portions,when on holiday i like a mug of tea so i brought my own mug and 2 presses of the hot water button and i had a steaming hot mug to the top.There are two members of the old staff still serving in the breakfast room and are still very helpful,there was also 1 barman from my last visit still working the very quiet and relaxing bar.The reception staff were all new but also very friendly and polite.This hotel is still excellent value for money and hopefully will stay that way, if holidaymakers do not like the changes they should tell the management .I have my usual two weeks booked for June 2014 and hopefully all will have settled down by then.Our room was cleaned and towels changed every day.This was my 6th stay at this hotel and i look forward to many more.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joao C, General Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear higgy56,
Thank you very much for your review. Tomorrow we start serving sparkling wine at breakfast. Kind regards, Joao Costa-General Manager
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Property: Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Address: Estrada de Albufeira | Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200-609, Portugal (Formerly Velamar Sun & Beach Hotel)
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Business Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 2002, the Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel is located between the pleasant fishing village of Olhos d'Agua and the famous Santa Eulalia Beach, in Albufeira. This 3-Star Hotel has 73 Rooms and 2 Suites. It provides excellent facilities, including a breakfast room with a panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean, an outdoor swimming pool and a free private parking. The Hotel is 900 meters away from Maria Luisa Beach and a stroll away from restaurants and supermarkets. Only at 6 kilometers away from the historic center of Albufeira, the Velamar Boutique Hotel ensures serenity and comfort to the guests. ... more   less 
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