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Vila Branca
Ranked #71 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have been staying here for over 10 years and it never fails to disappoint, we have just come back from a 6 night stay and once again the hospitality, location and cleanliness were spot on. Such good value , it is perfectly situated in the quiet streets of the old town , short walk to the beach ,marina or main square. Rooms have everything you need , breakfast is simple but perfectly adequate. Top floor have the best views. Look forward to returning again next year.

Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I would totally recommend this hotel for anyone who is looking to have a good holiday on a fairly small budget. The prices are great for what you get I personally think. We have stayed here twice now, mainly due to the very friendly staff and the great location of the hotel. It's only about a 5 minute walk into the old town & about the same to the beach, although it is quite hilly so bring some good walking shoes and a bottle of water! Breakfast in the morning is continental and cereal although there are lots of restaurants close by in the town if you want a more substantial breakfast. Included in the rooms are a double/twin bed, dressing table, balcony w/table and chairs, fridge, safe, TV with satellite and a nice bathroom. Rooms were cleaned everyday except sunday. Great Location & Service.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jessiikahh
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We spent 4 nights at the Vila Branca and were very pleased. The room was very clean and had a view of both the ocean and the Old Town. The balcony had a lounger, a small table and two chairs. Perfect for having breakfast and a beer in the evening. There was a very small fridge, safe, satellite TV, AC and decent shower. Our room was cleaned every day. There is an elevator and I found the staff very friendly and helpful. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel but there is a little cafe next door that sells sandwiches & breakfast for very cheap. It's within a 10 minute walk to the beach and the Old Town (feels like you're right in it without having to hear it's night-time noise) where there is lots of restaurants and tons of live music ranging from an Irish sing-along to traditional South American, to classic rock duos to 4-5 piece rock bands. Some very talented!

Expect to walk a lot of hills and stairs getting to Old Town & the beach. The whole place is built on a cliff so you will find this wherever you go (bring good shoes!) This hotel is near the end of the beach where there is an elevator :) Sounds silly but you will love it on your way home from the beach!

All in all- a good stay!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views over the buildings across the street (there is an elevator)
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We have just spent 8 nights at the Villa Branca and I think we made a good choice. We knew we were going to stay in a basic hotel and for the cost no complaints about anything.A good sized room,en-suite,clean, well furnished,excellent air conditioning,quiet,and very friendly staff. We were offered a kettle for the room almost straight away, so don't be afraid to ask for the use of one! It's a short walk to the beach,restaurants and bars ideal location for us.They also kept our cases secure because of our late departure flight and they provide shower and toilet facilities.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hebboPreston
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We spent 7 nights at Vila Branca and I must say that I was happily surprised, as we had booked the room for a very reasonable price and the reviews on tripadvisor were sometimes very different.

We had a double room ensuite with small balcony, refrigerator, satellite TV (many channels in English), air conditioning: the room was spacious enough and had also a desk with a big mirror and stool plus a wardrobe. Thumb up for the bathroom that was absolutely clean and newly renovated..very good!
The rooms were cleant every day except on Sunday.

Breakfast included bread, ham, salami, cheese, coffee, milk, cereals, butter, yoghurt. In my opinion, it could be improved with some fruit, vegetables or jams, but we ate well and on the whole I cannot complain about it.

I recommend the position to those who want a quite venue and a short distance from the beaches (5 mins walking) and the old town city centre (same way...5 mins).

The staff were very nice and helpful, most of all the lady at the reception who is a lovely pleasant person.

The pool next door can be used only by those guests with a Thompson reservation, not with Booking.com, for example.

We had a very enjoyable stay for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marica_C85
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

The room was small but bright and clean and with a little balcony. The shower was poor as the nozzle could not be adjusted so the water poured out just like a hose! Also there was a sign in the bathroom asking that paper is not flushed down the toilet. There was a small fridge in the room but it stopped working after the first night. There was also a kettle and cups which came in handy. The doors banged loudly which may not suit light sleepers. The hotel was a short walk, less than 10mins to the old town. I'd recommend it as a budget hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

The hotel is located in the centre of Albufeira and is very near to the beaches, bars and restaurants! It´s location is great but hotel rooms are very small, furniture is quite old and bathroom may not be as clean as you could wait from it. Breakfast is very basic and does not contain any fruits or vegetables. If you would wait for tomatoes and cucumber at least, there is only bread, ham and cheese! There is no swimming pool in the Hotel and you can not use the pool in the oppsosite side of the streed either! So if you will get the room cheap, take it, but otherwise it´s quite overpriced!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vila Branca

Address: Rua do Tenis 4, Albufeira 8200-186, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £21 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Branca 3*
Number of rooms: 109
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