After hours of searching for the right hotel i finally came across this little gem. I booked my holiday direct through teletext holidays a week before we travelled. A last minute holiday at a very affordable price. I checked out the reviews on here and with such postive feedback gladfully choose this hotel.
The hotel really is everything and more and just what we were after. Hotel is perfect for a short break or even a weeks stay. We stayed here for 5 days and with it been the dead season were quite suprised with how busy this hotel was. I wasnt expecting to lay around a pool for the whole duration as i wasnt certain on the weather but to our suprise we had 5 fantastic days of clear sunshine and highs of 20 degrees C. Although we did choose the beach as the pool area was dead and the outdoor pool was very cold. But i can imagine this area heaving in the summer and the pool to be quite warm.
Right to the Hotel review itself:
Hotel is very clean and modern throughout. Downstairs you will find a very well stocked bar and pool room which also doubles as a conference room. This was quite annoying at the time as we were wanting to play pool but the room was booked out for a conference for 2 days, never the less we didnt come away to play pool. There is a nice sitting area with a large flat screen TV and access to the pool next to the bar. The staff are more than welcoming and friendly and will do anything for you. The guy at reception even put the heating on in our room before we got in on a night which was a nice touch as we had mentioned the rooms were cold. Also there are Takeaway menus at reception so if you want to grab a bite to eat he will order you food in which us and many other guests did.
The rooms are basic but very clean and to make this hotel even better the rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels left which some 5 star hotels i have stayed in did not do so this was very nice. Bathrooms are modern and very clean with shower and bath facilities. Rooms also have a mini fridge and Sat Tv (some english channels). Beds were very uncomfy, had read reviews that the beds were lovely to sleep in but i bed to differ on this. Maybe just some rooms have newer mattresses than others.
Breakfast is of a standard you would find in a 4 star hotel with plenty of choice - Fresh fruit, cereals, Meats & cheeses and toasts and muffins lots to choose and all very very nice. Coffee but no tea which was a suprise but didnt bother me. This hotel doesnt come under the 'get what you pay for' category as i think what you pay you get alot more which is hard to find these days in budget hotels.
Hotel is located just down from the main strip. We did walk one day to the strip but it is a little far if you dont like walking, on the other hand the hotel is very close to the bus stop and the taxi's are only around 4 Euros for a single trip. Next door to the hotel is 2 restaurants didnt try these but i do know that one of them is were you have your evening meal if you choose the half board basis with this hotel. There is also a really nice snack bar which serves food till late and also beer. You can also watch the english football from this place aswell which was really handy.
All in all this hotel is very nice and really should be a 4 star place. Would highly recommend and will be returning im sure in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2002, the Velamar 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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- Also Known As:
- Velamar Hotel Albufeira
- Velamar Boutique Hotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal