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Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel
Ranked #11 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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lancs
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“A gem of a Hotel”
Reviewed 20 January 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Velamar, unfortunately far too short. The staff were extremely friendly & obliging, nothing was too much trouble. Having stayed in many hotels across Europe, feel this one is as good as any 4 star, if not better. The facilities were A1 and perfect location for touring around the Algarve. Would certainly recommend it, though selfishly want to keep this little gem of a hotel to ourselves!! Will definitely be returning very soon.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 10 February 2011
Dear charlieLancs, don't worry about it - we won't be spreading the word about our hotel so that it may remain one of the best kept secrets in Algarve ;) Just let us know when your next visit will take place and we will take care of all the arrangements for you to have a great time with us!
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

We went off season and hired a car. It was easy to get around and easy to find the hotel. There was plenty of parking in the hotel and on roads around the hotel. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The breakfast was good. The staff were always happy to help with ideas of where to go and what to do. There is a few good restaurants close by. If going off season I would recommend hiring a car as the area is (nice and) quiet. In summary a great value winter break with a huge comfortable double bed! Would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 18 January 2011
Dear Aravins, thank yuo for your review. We are very happy that you've enjoyed your time here with us. We look forward to see you again soon!
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wick scotland
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

The velamar hotel is a small hotel with only 2 floors we first tried this hotel in december and booked to come again in january because we were so impressed.The staff are friendly and bend over backwards to ensure you have a great stay, the rooms are spotless and the breakfast is fabulous they dont serve a cooked breakfast but what they do serve is fresh and worth getting out of bed for, they serve cereals, fresh fruit, cheese and cold meats and toast and fruit juices it really is the best breakfast we have ever come accross.One huge bonus is that within the lounge area wi fi is free how great is that.The velamar is fab but the prices are so reasonable.To get to albufeira it costs about 7 euros by taxi but the village itself has supermarket, beach and restaurants.The pool at the hotel is cold due to its position but if swimming is your thing there is an excellent public baths in albufeira which is very reasonably priced and they have a sauna, steam room and a gym.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2011
Dear millybobbles we are really glad for your comments. As we know that it is important for our guests, we are also planning to expand the wifi internet to all the rooms for your convenience. We expect to receive you back again in a near future, so that you can enjoy our lovely pool area and terrace in the summer, as well as the views of the beautiful beaches in front of the hotel, from its 3rd floor.
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

From arrival to end, everyone and everything at and about the Hotel Velamar catered to our needs, from restaurant recommendations/locations and clean rooms each day with fresh bedding, to a wide variety of breakfast items and a fantastic bar and guest area.

Located just outside Albufeira, but close to some little gems to keep the weeks holiday during off season going, the hotel is in a good location if your willing to walk a little distance. Jollies restaurant, (fantastic) only 50yards away... a supermarket approx 200 yards and the closest beach only 800 meters. Taxis will take you wherever you want to go for reasonable price... the most we paid was 14 euros to Vilamoura. Also on 2km from the strip, which the majority of was closed, and nearby to the main daytrip outings, zoomarine, aquashow etc, but also, all closed.

Take time to explore the local beach(Olhos d'agua)... lots of beautiful views from the cliffs, and lots of mini coves to be found. Be careful of the tide though as it came in pretty quick and shocked us.

Rooms were well sized and fantastic for the price! (Bigger pillows the only recommendation from me)

Thanks for the stay, we will definately visit again!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2011
Dear guest, thak you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Hotel Velamar and we'll take note of your recommendation.
We also invite you to return in a couple of months, as the official "summer" will start and you will have the chance to visit all the places you haven't found open at this time - we're sure you'll enjoy your stay here even more!
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

Excellent service, clean hotel. Very good location. Staff very helpful and friendly. Large rooms and good buffet breakfast. The only negatives were very nominal TV service - could be largely improved with up-to-date 'freeview' TVs or satellite installation. Would have been nice to have a variation of breakfast. Some hot food would have been excellent. Food was very good but no variation: exactly the same food was provided every day. However, there was no limit to the amount that you could eat. Overall, a good experience.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2011
Dear guest, thank you for your review. We are currently improving the TV service in the hotel, as we have recently contracted a cable TV service. We serve a buffet continental breakfast, which includes various bread, toasts and fruits; milk, coffee and juice; pastry, jam & butter, cereals. Nonetheless we will be happy to improve it, should our guests feel it is important.
We hope to see you back in a near future!
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

This hotel is about a 30 minute walk from the major town of Albufeira, but it has a lot to offer. It does not have a restaurant, apart from providing morning continental breakfast, which is a shame, but there are several good restaurants within a 5 minute walk. There are bus stops going in either direction, just a short walk from the hotel, so getting around is really easy and alot of people we came across speak english well, so communication is not an issue. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the hotel was exceptionally clean. The bar is open 24/7 and the pool was also available, but we didn't venture in as it was the rainy season and a little chilly. There is a couple of computers by the bar for internet access, but we found these to be a little slow and at 1euro for 15 minutes, also expensive. The decor is tasteful and in good condition and the rooms are large, but beware there are no coffee/tea making facilities. However, you can take one with you or hire one from Jollies Restaurant, a 2 minute walk from the hotel. The TV stations are nothing special, but we found a few channels that speak english like Foxlife, Sky News and National Geographic. The rooms do have a fridge and each room has an air conditioning unit with your own remote control. There is also a nice balcony to each room, so sitting in the sun was fantastic and felt very theroputic. The rooms are cleaned each day and new bed sheets fitted and towels provided. The shower is excellent with a lot of power and is easy to use and there is also a bidet. However, there are no toiletries provided other than soap for washing hands. A safety deposit box can be purchased through reception, but they require a 15euro deposit and 7euro per day, which is alot of money, so we ended up locking our valuables in our suitcases. As there is not a restaurant, there is no room service and this is not great, but there is a well stocked supermarket about 10 minutes away.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2011
Dear Couple2011, thank you for your excellent review, full of information. For sure it will be useful for other guests.
Just a couple of remarks from our side: we do not have kettles in the rooms but you are welcome to ask for it in the bar; regarding the safety deposit box in the bedrooms, the key is available at the reception for €3/day, for which we require a deposit of €15 that is returned by the end of your stay.
Looking forward to see you again!
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Cadiz, Spain
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

We review this hotel prior booking. Yet, I could not believe it. On arrival,I ask my wife to check the room before paying.What a nice surprise.We spend a wonderful stay during the New Year.
The bed room was spacious,with a good bed.The bathroom will envy a lot of four star hotels in Paris.
The breakfeast was more that what we expected. Good service all around.
Well done the management of this hotel.We will return for another stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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velamarhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Velamar Budget Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2011
Dear marianthony, thank you for the nice review! We will be happy to have you back with us soon.
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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
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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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