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Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico
Ranked #73 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Average at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

The hotel is situated close to nothing. There is no shop in the holtel so if you are self catering you need to go out (taxi ride) to buy provisions. The staff are rude, have attitude and speak to you like naughty children if you do not comply with the many rules in place.Has potential but staff need to remember we are their customers
ok for a base if you don't mind a taxi ride to go out
would recommend looking for a hotel nearer to civilization

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

Could be so nice. Dirty outside the rooms. Lack of staff who give a hoot. No shop in hotel or nearby hotel. Tiny bottle of water 1.5 euro and I mean tiny bottle. Whole place needs a management team and staff that have been trained to care.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

Just back from two weeks here - 11 to 25 June 2013. Party of 4 on All Inclusive basis - all adults.

I would not say this was a 4* hotel by the standard of others I have visited around the world. I think they probably got it because of their "facilities" - indoor as well as outdoor pool, gym, spa treatments, hairdresser etc.
Be warned the hotel is isolated - there is nothing close by - no bars no shops and the on site supermarket is now closed! You will need to use their free bus (BUT that finishes at 17.20 and does not run on weekends or bank holidays) or get a taxi to nearest towns. That is unless you fancy a 30 minute walk into Alhos d' Agua or 60mins into Albufeira!! Yes we did both. Taxis are about 7 Euro into Albufeira.
Free bus runs from hotel to Albufeira at 10.00, 12.00, 15.00 and 17.00. It comes back at 10.20, 12.20, 15.20 and 17.20.
On arrival we found the rooms large - with full kitchen, table and chairs for 6, two sofas (which were also beds), large bathroom and twin beds in the bedroom. Lots of wardrobe space. Blackout curtains in the rooms. Air con in the bedroom and living/dining area. All nice and tidy and clean on arrival. All rooms look over the pool and have balcony. We were on the third floor. At least 6 lifts in the hotel as well as staircases. Restaurant on the 5th floor overlooking the pool. It's buffet at all times. I did see some comments about the food not being hot (before we visited). They have signs up saying what temperature it's at (they must have had complaints) and if you want it heated more then you just need to ask. We though it was 95% hot enough. Good selection at every meal - breakfast usual - sausage, bacon, eggs (all ways), bread, rolls, cheese etc etc At lunch and dinner always soup, fish, meat (beef, gammon, pork), pasta and something for the kids if they don't fancy the main e.g. fish fingers. I don't think you will go hungry:-) Oh and if you need something else to eat just to keep you going - the pool bar serves snacks between 11.00 and 18.00. The usual - burgers and chips, toasties etc. The bar also sells crisps and nuts - normal size bag of crisps at 1.5 Euro (ouch!!). But that's better than 2.5 Euro at Faro airport.
I think they could do better with the cleaning side of things - our room was never as clean as when we arrived and the public areas - particularly the staircases were not clean - fag ends and accumulations of hair etc. all the while we were there.
The pool bar was ok - everything in plastic (good for not breaking but horrible to drink out of) - local spirits and Sagres beer. You can only get 2 drinks at a time per person so if you are in a crowd - go up with your mates! When pool area was busy there was often a long queue at the bar. The bar in reception was "soulless" but drinks in glass. And contrary to what someone else said you CAN take drinks from here to your room - all they ask is that you get them in plastic tumblers - seems fair given everywhere is tiled.
Entertainment was TERRIBLE when we visited (June 2013). A guy on a piano, someone on an accordion, a singer and guitar player. Oh dear what about the kids!
Wi-Fi - is available at a cost - 5 Euro for an hour in the lobby. They have an internet kiosk for 1 Euro for 15 minutes in the lobby. If you fancy a walk or the first stop on the free bus - most of the pubs in Alhos d' Agua offer free Wi-Fi! Good excuse to go for a beer:-) About 1.5 Euro a pint.
Safe deposit box in the room - again at a cost - 25 Euro deposit (for a key that goes inside the box) and then 3 Euro a day. I thought that was quite steep.
You can get pool towels for 10 Euro deposit.
Lots of sun beds BUT watch where get them: Looking at the bar with pool to your back: if you choose beds to the right you'll get the sun first thing until about 16.00. Drawback is that the nearer the pool bar you get the noise from a huge extractor fan (from the underground garages I think) gets really loud. It runs for ages - goes off for a while and then starts all over again. If you go to the other side you get the sun from 11.00 (ish) until late.
Pool is large and in places 9 feet deep! Oh but you are not allowed to dive?? We did and no one came near. There is NO lifeguard on duty. Water very cold - sorry - bracing:-) No doubt will heat up a bit as season goes on.
Kids pool looked ok and plenty of seats around for the parents.
Couple of stag do's in when we were there - one of about 20 guys. They did clog the bar! I can see why us Brits can get a bad reputation.
Staff on the whole were very friendly and had reasonable English - enough to get by and certainly better than my grasp of their language!!
I did notice that English speakers were very much in the minority at the hotel a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish mainly.

There was no daytime activities at all when we arrived but that changed about the 19th June when the "animation" team got going. Not the "heart and soul of the party" types but they tried.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

Recently visited this hotel as a group of 9.

We arrived early and the hotel were good enough to check us in early.
The rooms were clean and tidy aswell as modern and well equipped. With each room having a twin bedroom and a lounge area with 2 sofa beds, full self catering facilities despite being all inclusive.
The pool area was clean with a bar open most of the day. The bar man on the first day Jorge was very friendly and helpful however on the remaining days a woman had taken over who was rude and would not allow common sense in any of her decision making, allowing only 2 items per any transaction despite our party sitting within 10ft of the bar in her view resulting in a farcical scenario of carrying out a transaction and then rejoining the end of the queue for the remaining items 4 or 5 times, we all agreed she ruined the days on which she was on duty. The food was also served cold and sometimes not at all and was pretty poor quality with bizarre looking burgers and cardboard chips.

The food in the main restaurant was the same food regurgitated night after night which was pretty low quality and also cold. Despite being all inclusive we only ate here once as it was that bad.

Breakfast was the best meal served at the hotel with the expected usual selections available.

Fortunately as we were on a stag week we spent every night outside of the hotel as the entertainment consisted of a man playing a piano in the hotel reception/bar area, the same every night! Talented but very dull.

Beware the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, around 8€ away from the main town in a taxi, not walkable!

Overall not bad but would not rush back!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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nottinghamshire
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

So we arrived at the hotel Saturday late morning and it did look very nice. Our apartment was ready, a very pleasant surprise.
Unfortunately that was where pleasant ended.
The hotel wasn't 5euros away from the town, but 10 euros in each direction. When the receptionist was asked where the shop was or if there were any local shops, her response was 'there is nothing, we are in the middle of the trees', really helpful.
There was no store on site, the shuttle bus only runs 4 times a day and not on weekends, and the resort was geared up for all inclusive only, not much good when your trip is self catering. The hotel was tatty and could do with a major facelift.
I would not recommend this hotel and certainly would not stay here again.
Portugal however is lovely and I would highly recommend it!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

The variety of the food leaves a lot to be desired and if you're not going all inclusive you had better bring a lot of money as outside the hotel and the hotel shop are very expensive! its in the middle of no where, so you require a taxi or their free shuttle bus to get anywhere, its impossible to walk as we did try. the apartment itself was neat and spacious, with all the facilities you need to be self catering. the hotel was very quiet, even with a few kids running around. the staff were quite slow to do anything. the food was brilliant our first and last days but in-between was mystery burgers at the pool and funny sausages at breakfast. night time consisted of varying pork dishes, mostly dry. and people fought over chips and beef. overall i think this is a good quiet hotel, never a problem with sunbeds but you do have to move around to catch the sun at different times of day. the views from all apartments were beautiful.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

we were moved here after spending day and a half at another hotel which was awful , I liked the hotel and pool the apartment was lovely but very disappointing location and with very little entertainment at night the piano man was so annoying proved to be a costly holiday as you have to go everywhere by taxi as you are in the middle of nowhere my first trip to Portugal and I don't think I would go back didn't find them friendly and I don't think they have a clue about all inclusive I don't like complaining we all like different things I have visited lots of hotels had some lovely holidays but this has got to be the worst do your research well before visiting it is not a holiday hotel more of a business meeting place stuck in the middle of nowhere

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico
Address: Lote 101 Caminho de Vale Navio | Branqueira, Albufeira 8200-393, Portugal (Formerly Hotel BlueBay Balaia Atlântico)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#43 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balaia Atlantico is a natural oasis surrounded by the unique beauty and contrasts of the Algarve countryside, among the over 3 km of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Located on the outskirts of Albufeira, surrounded by magnificent forests of olive trees and lush citrus tree plantations, it offers spectacular ocean views from any of its 139 apartments. The use of some services such as Fitness Centre, Games Camps has an additional cost. The use of swimming cap in the indoor pool is mandatory. Customers can buy caps at € 4.50 / each at the front desk. ... more   less 
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