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“Lovely hotel and beautiful quiet location, but within easy reach of lively towns”

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Stella Maris Hotel Apartments
Ranked #96 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Lovely hotel and beautiful quiet location, but within easy reach of lively towns”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Hotel was spotless with good facilities, large studio apartment with a reasonable sized balcony overlooking trees. It's in quiet location which is lovely, 5 minutes walk from the best local beach (which is huge) and supermarket, and just a 15 minute taxi drive away from Albufiera and Vilamoura. Pool is large and a perfect way to cool off in the heat, also a jacuzzi which is a nice touch. We didn't eat in the restaurant but the food looked good. The small praire de falesia town is nice but very small so we went to restaurants in Albufiera, Vilamoura and Olhos de Agua for more choice, and just to note that there is no cashpoint within walking distance of the hotel. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and would go out of their way to make us feel comfortable; they booked taxis for us every night and also booked our day trips to water parks and our activities such as jet skiing. Overall we had a fabulous stay at Stella Maris and would recommend it to those looking for a quiet holiday with easy access to lively towns to explore at night.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Wales, UK
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

This was my first time at Stella Maris and I can honestly say that it exceeded by expectations in all aspects, from the professionalism and friendliness of the staff both at the bar, reception and cleaners, the cleanliness of the room, pool and public spaces and the whole 'feel' of the place.

There is not one thing I can fault or criticise and I will certainly be returning next year.

Although we did not eat at the hotel, the menu looked excellent.

We preferred to eat breakfast at the cafe closest to the tennis courts which is situated next to the running track. They provide an excellent english breakfast or fresh omelettes, it is very reasonable and the staff are friendly and the service is very good.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Faro, Portugal
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

This place is clean, quiet...with generally nice staff. I found the pool odd. They sold balls by the poolside, but if you used them in the pool a member of staff ran onto the deck to complain. THe food was nice and reasonably priced. Wifi was expensive - and it was hard to access gmail from the computers. There is a nice pizzeria close by and a cool running track adjoing the property.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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TDHotels, General Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, 28 October 2012
Dear Guest,

We appreciate your review about your stay at Stella Maris. We will take in consideration all the aspects mentioned by you.

Hoping to welcome you again,

Yours Faithfully,

José Domingos
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We stayed in the two bedroom apartment. The room is finished to a good standard and very spacious; In addition to the bedrooms there were two bathrooms, a lounge dining room, a fully stocked kitchen (only missing a microwave) and a massive balcony. The hotel is situated in the middle of lovely pine forest surroundings.

The room would easily accommodate 7 adults.

The decor is minimal, modern and fresh. The rooms were in a good state of repair and clean. The hotel pools are great. The children's pool is perfect for toddlers.

We hired a car for the duration of the stay and would not like to stop at the Stella Maris without one as it is a little isolated. In walking distance there are a small number of bars & restaurants (5 mins), mini-supermarket (5 mins) and beach (15 mins).

We got a very reasonable room rate and wouldn't hesitate on using the hotel again or recommending it to family and friends.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We were in a two bedroom apartment, two adults and two kids. What with two bathrooms, lounge, dining area and kichen it is amazing for the money we are used to being cramped in one room and having nothing else much. This was our second visit here and I can't fault it apart from pool being a bit too cold for my liking.

  • Stayed May 2012
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TDHotels, Manager at Stella Maris Hotel Apartments, responded to this review, 2 August 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank You for your gentle review, we are very glad to know that You enjoyed your stay.
Its a pleasure to know that You choosed us again. We hope we continue to have your trust in the future.

Yours Faithfully,

Jose Domingos
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We have just arrived home here in England.wish we were back there.Stayed at the Stella Maris Hotel a very enjoyable stay, the Hotel is very clean and pleasant staff. The rooms are excellent and pool area, facilities. They need to restart the kids club as they were plenty of children.Alfie my grandson enjoyed it very much and he made plenty of friends Jenson,Mollie,Patrick,and many more.NICE Area to stay not too far from the beach,

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 8 nights in early June. It's not fancy but offers large, clean & quiet condos 10 minutes walk from the beautiful Falesia Beach. The staff was very friendly and professional and any issue or request was dealt with promptly. There was a small swimming and a kid's wading pools but we didn't use them, because we came for the ocean.
The breakfast was adequate but too repeatitive and offered the typical english breakfast fare.
If you are a party of 4 or more people, the boiler heating system might mean that there will be not enough hot water for all of you, so some will have to wait till the water is hot again. Also, though there no microwaves in the room, you can ask the staff to bring you one, if needed.
The area doesn't have much to offer if you want to go out or buy groceries. There's a cluster of very subpar restaurants and a smal supermarket with limited supply. You will need a car if you want to see the area, find a better place to eat or buy the groceries. There's an excellent Restaurante Adega TiCosta 1.5 km from the hotel but the streets are not pedestrain-friendly. Other good restaurants are even further away.
I would strongly recommend to travel around and see places like Silves and Tavira.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Stella Maris Hotel Apartments
Address: Falesia Beac Rua do Pinhal | Praia da Falesia - Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern, stylish and well equipped, Stella Maris is a fantastic holiday base for families. Only 800 meters from Falesia beach and a short drive from Albufeira and Vilamoura, offers excellent accommodations all with fully equipped kitchens and high standard of quality. Garage, swimming pools for adults and children, outdoor jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, take away restaurant, tropical bar, lounge areas, daily maid service are some of the facilities available. ... more   less 
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