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“Fantastic Staff, Food and Location”
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Balaia Mar Hotel
Ranked #30 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2012

Just arrived back from an all inclusive holiday with two friends ( we are 26yrs, 28yrs and 33yrs) and I have to say the staff at the hotel and apartments were absolutely fantastic. We arrived at 1.00am and the reception staff greeted us with a huge smile and took us to our room and helped with our cases. The bar staff were excellent at all times having fun with guests serving non stop, always there to help. Bruno, Fernando and Jose are definitely a star attraction for the hotel. The food was brilliant always several options of meat and fish as well as pizza pasta and other dishes. We requested a one bedroom apartment with a balcony and we got a three bedroom with a terrace. The rooms are a little old in some parts but always very clean and comfy. If you book self catering there is every utensil you could think of and more. The pool is a good size and there were always sunbeds. Very close to the beach, a 20 minute walk to the strip (nightlife) and short taxi ride or 30 min walk to the old town. I would highly recommend the hotel to everyone.

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Very spacious apartment, amazing fresh food (abundance of freshly grilled meat and fish), very relaxing pool area, no entertainment at night but only a few Euros in a taxi to strip/old town (5 mins away). Very close to lovely Maria Lluisa beach. Staff all friendly and accomodating. Would definitely go again all inclusive.

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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Just returned from an excellent A/I BREAK here with my partner and 3 kids. Staff were excellent and very friendly. Great selection of food and drink all day, food was freshly cooked in front of you which was a bonus and there was always a great selection. Apartment was excellent, spacious and clean and had Air Con in every room, huge sunny balcony which looked onto the hotel. Would highy recommmend this place if you want a relaxing break away with good food. Pool was freezing but weather was great and there was always plenty of sunloungers. Will defo come back here again, thank you for a fantastic holiday.............. Should be a 4* : )

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Reviewed 23 July 2012

The hotel was lovely very clean and staff very welcoming . I was concerned when I went all inclusive as I cannot eat gluten in my diet but their was a grill everyday with different meats and plenty of salad and veg which was great for me it left me to enjoy my holiday without worrying. This hotel is good if u want a nice quiet holiday as it is quite a walk from pubs and restaurants although the hotel does provide a bus into albuferia. My only down side was that we booked on the assumption that we were getting an apartment with kitchen which we didn't get it was a room with two beds and a small fridge this didn't make a great difference to our holiday as we were all inclusive but we booked it specifically so we could have the choice to make our own dinners if we felt like it. Overall it was a great holiday and would recommend it to others.

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Reviewed 22 July 2012

Good localization on a five minute walk to Maria Luisa beach one of the best in Albufeira. Hotel staff were great.

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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Fantastic hotel and fantastic location - only 5 minutes taxi from the new town and 10 minutes from the old town so always loads to do. Hotel was always spotless and pool and facilities excellent. Heard a couple of people moan about lack of evening entertainment but we went out every night as did the majority of other people so wouldn't let this put you off. Would definitely recommend and probably go back at some point, maybe even next year. Definitely 4* hotel in our opinion!

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Never been so divided about a hotel review, this hotel is capable of the best and worst at the same time!!!

Previous NOTE: This hotel has rooms and apartments at the same location, that share the same infrastructures, but have different names. Hotel rooms are known as “Hotel balaia Mar" and the apartments are known as "Apartamentos da Balaia".

Hotel rooms were booked out so I BOOKED AN APARTMENT!!!

At arrival we get two keys and a remote control to access outdoor parking zone, which is nice and close to your apartment.

Then we got introduced to our apartment, which was in a different building from hotel reception. The apartment was a bit far, in a second floor, after a ride at the very old lift, we had to climb an additional 8 step stairs witch isn’t very nice with people with baby cars (like me) or people on wheelchairs…

The apartment: When you enter it the first time you seem to have traveled in time. The apartment must have 30/40 years old, and the furniture never seem to have been replaced (except the kitchen zone). Bathroom is dreadful, very old and weared off, and you just have a little wooden shelf (above the toilet!!!) to put all your “bathroom stuff”.

The bed cushions were awful, very hard and you could feel all the springs in it on your body. The baby bed was ok! During the night you could hear everything from the above bedroom, the cars that passed by in the street seem to be inside your room, and the refrigerator went on and off every 20 minutes with incredible noise!!!

But the worst was that there was no Air conditioned or a balcony!!! We had to hang the bath towels in the doors so that they dried (they don’t get switched every day). We could see daylight just trough an old wooden style window, which didn’t isolated any sound from the outside.

Room cleanliness was ok… but just ok!

Tv was rubbish! It was a very old 14inch CRT TV (which you almost couldn’t see from the bed), badly tuned up, with channels repeated all over, German channels, 2 English ones, 2 or 3 Spanish and the 4 national channels. Remote control was broke with tape all over.

The best on this hotel is the food, and is the decisive factor why my review is positive. I don’t remember any hotel which has so good Portuguese style barbecue like these one. Every day there’s a selection of 4/5 grilled fish or meat dishes, which are from very good quality and cooked very well. In spite of that, tables are very badly cleaned and if you don’t get early you have to wait for a table. Also is frequent inside dining area gets filled with smoke from the barbecue!!!

The pool is nice, but the area around it is very small, and at some points you almost have to ask to other guest to pass thought…

The beach must be one of the best ones in Algarve, and I think this is what saves this hotel!!! It gets 5/10 minutes to get there on foot, but be advised that in the way back you have to climb a stone road, if you have baby cars or wheel chairs it gets hard!!! The beach is very clean and never crowded like almost the rest of Algarve.

So, if you look for good food and good beach, then book this hotel, if you mind for other issues then think again!!!

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Additional Information about Balaia Mar Hotel

Address: Beco Maria Luisa, Albufeira 8200-635, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
#13 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#22 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £33 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balaia Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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