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PortoBay Falesia
Ranked #6 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 June 2009

This was my first trip to the Algarve and I travelled with my husband and a group of friends age range from 15-65. The guys played golf in Vilamoura whilst we relaxed at the hotel.

The hotel has recently been refurbished and you can see as soon as you walk into the beautiful lobby. It is a four star. We had room 444 which overlooked the car park asnd other hotels but was fine with a big bed and nice bathroom. Next time we would pay extra for a sea view room on one of the top floors as the view is amazing. The room was cleaned every day with fresh towels etc. There is a minibar which is quite expensive. The blacony was a decent size so you could sit out if you wished and there is a clothes drier for wet towels etc. There is no iron in the room and you can't borrow one from reception, you have to pay for ironing to be done by the hotel (about 2 euros for a shirt) so take your travel iron with you! Pool towels are freef rom reception and you can chnage them for clean ones every day.

The staff are very friendly expecially Carlos (bar) and Raj (pool bar) who really went out of there way to look after us. There was never a moment when we needed something and couldn't find a member of the staff to help us.

Breakfast is buffet style with everything you could wish for, even champagne included in the B&B price. You can eat inside or outside if you manage to get a table. There was never a queue and everything is fresh, the only thing missing was an omelette chef and proper British bacon. If you miss your full english at all, the bar down the road (Pinoquio) does a great one for 4.50 euro all day.

We didn't stay half board but evenings seem the same with a themed buffet every night. I didn't hear anyone rave or complain about the food but I didn't try it muself as we prefer to eat out at night. The pool bar does lunch and although not cheap it is good, the best being club sandwich and french fries! Thye also do pizzas and salads and main dishes if you're hungry as well as ice creams. Service is excellent and fast.

The hotel pool is huge and clean with amazing view over the cliff to the sea. There are loungers by the pool and in the garden and plenty of them. I didn't see any of the usual saving sun beds as there are plenty to go around. There are about 130 steps to the beach and they are safe to walk down, concreted and not steep. The beach is lovely, no rocks or pebbles and miles of it - the best beach I've seen in Europe. Flags are put out for safe swimming and when the yellow flag is up it's perfect for body boarding.

Local restaurants - Pinoquio's is excellent, you must try their Chicken Sandwich which is a grilled chicken breast with salad on a fresh roll only 2.50 euro! I Fratelli (Italian) is amazing and S.Fratelli himself is a lovely man who lights up your evening. The food is delicious and it does get very busy so bboking advised, oh and their Pinot Grigio is great! O Licorne is just off the road to Faro about 10 -15 min walk from the hotel and is just off the road on your left. It serves Indian food and is beautifully decorated, fab service and lovely Indian food, we went back it was so good. They also do discounts for golfing groups. The best bar is Cabana bar - 2 pool tables, cheap cocktails, free popcorn and really friendly staff.

In Vilamoura (taxi 22 euro from hotel and 12 euro from the taxi rank opposite Pinocquio) I'd recommend Zu Yi (next to 19th hole) for Chinese, it is amazing. Vilamoura itself is lovely and there are lots of places to eat and drink. The marina itself tends to be more expensive than the side streets so it's worth looking around before eating. Do try the Haagen Daaz shop though as a treat the ice creams are yummy. There are lots of people outside restaurants trying to persuade you to eat in theirs but they take a polite No as an answer and don't hassle you too much. This is better than previous years apparently where you cannot get rid of them!

Golf was great according to my husband. They played Millenium, Victoria, Pinhal and Faldo (free buggy thrown in) for 290 euro each. The courses and clubhouses sounded out of this world.

It was a wonderful holiday and the only other ting I will mention is that everywhere seems so quiet which is a real pity. It really brought home that we are not the only country suffering from the credit crunch. We are definately going back next year and I only hope that the places I've mentioned are still there.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2009

We stayed in the Porto Bay hotel for one night only with a view to returning with family later in the summer.
The room we were checked into was not the category we had booked and paid for. The room overlooked the car park, other hotels and a distance sea view. We telephoned reception to tell them we should have been allocated a pool view room. They were very insistent that we had booked a side sea view room, eventually they agreed to telephone the booking company and discovered that they had confirmed the wrong type of room. Not the fault of the hotel, but they could have handled the matter in a more pleasant manner. Finally by late afternoon we moved into a pool view room with stunning views. Tea and coffee making is provided, however if you wish to take milk with it you must pay an extra 1.25 euro! Rooms are rather small and dreary.
The evening meal was average and there was a long queue for the main course, felt like a school canteen. Breakfast the next morning we returned to our table to discover it had been cleared before we had finished, however the waiter was very apologetic. We also tried to use the internet, it was out of order.
We won't be returning.

Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2009

Having stayed in the excellent Cliff Bay in Madeira we thought we'd try its sister hotel in Olhos d'Agua and we were delighted. The views from our room (it's certainly worth paying the extra for sea view) were gorgeous and the staff, without exception, were wonderful with nothing being too much trouble. A credit to the management

The standard bedrooms are on the small side not helped by the cupboards having doors that open right up to the bed-sliding doors would have been the answer. The shower is in the bath but was the most powerful in bath one we have ever found-superb. The bedroom furnishings are excellent and the flat screen wall mounted TV is one of the best we have come across in a hotel. The bedroom terraces are spacious with excellent furniture. The air conditioning worked perfectly and the quietest we have ever experienced. Finally, there is a tea and coffee making service albeit with the kettle plugged into the back of the wardrobe!

We have never seen as many sun loungers as in the pool and garden areas and as a result nobody ever needed or bothered to bag a seat. A couple of niggles here-you have to get and return towels to Reception which is a pain and puts an extra burden on staff whose main jobs are check-in, check-out and giving guests information as needed.The sunbeds are in excellent contion but hard and cushions are not available and there are no ordinary chairs to sit on

The food is excellent throughout and Basillica-the Italian restaurant-is a delight

There are a number of restaurants within walking distance but most are pretty mediocre. However for value for money and the best house red we had during our stay try Fratellis-cafeteria-like but lovely staff and great pizzas. A little further down the road is Ambrosia which has more atmosphere, lovely staff and a full menu. But for a gastronomic experience you'll need to go further afield

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2009

Just back from porto bay ..........ahhhh bliss. 3 of us went (3 thirty somenthing ladies!)

We booked it as it was such good value, if you go to their site and pay at time of booking €52.00 per night b&b - cant be bad we thought

Arrived at 2p.m in afternoon, up to room and straight out to a beutifull pool, the views over the cliffs to the sea are breathtaking and they have little alcoves on the cliff playing 'chill out music' where you can sit, order a drink, read a book and just unwind,

The spa is lovely and we all got treatments.

Pool bar is fab - had a lovely lunch every day & wine and back to the sunbathing!!

The location is good - it is peacefull - set on the side of a cliff with 2/3 other hotels beside it - the riu and ?? - there are a few tacky shops and little cafe's. there is a taxi rank directly outside the hotel - €10.00 to albufeira - old town is lovely and €15.00 to vilamoura marina

this is a lovely 4 star hotel - and it desrves every star - staff are lovely, food is great and it is very very relaxing

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

I'm writing this review from my room at the Porto Bay Falesia. I'm here with work, and we're staying for 6 days. I stay in hotels an AWFUL lot (I'm a pilot), so good/reasonable hotels are nothing special to me. And generally, very few of the hotels I stay in are places I would choose to come on holiday. This is an exception! The ambience is great, the food is amazing and the staff are helpful and polite. The evening entertainment is interesting (fat bloke with a keyboard and kareoke tracks to which nympette singers accompany), but it suits the clientele. The only reason I haven't rated the room 5/5 is because my room is directly above the kitchen, which has proven a little noisy, but not noisy enough to disturb me. If I'd have asked to change rooms, they would have been able to accomodate this request.

It's an hour and quarter walk into the centre of Albufeira, if you want... but to be honest, if all you're coming here for is sun, pool, beach and a bit of peace and quiet... you've got it. Age ranges: the hotel is popular with 40s/50s, some children (not many when I stayed) and a few 20s/30s. Nationalities: caters well for Germans and Brits. Some Spanish and Portugese here as well.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank nrg710
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Reviewed 15 May 2009

Been in Algarve before and seen some hotels but this one was so far one of the best.
The hotel is outside from Albufeira town in small village of Olhos D'agua and we loved it as it was sooo relaxing and calm after spending day/evening in noisy and busy Albufeira central..
As we prefer hotels without screaming and running young children around, then this hotel was perfect for us..and for people who want chill out in quiet surrounding...
It was 5 min to drive with car to Albufeira, bus and taxi stop is down the road..if u cant see eat always ask,everyone is very helpful!
We where surprised how friendly hotel stuff was and that hotel itself actually was very cosy, even its big.
Rooms are clean and loved that they had small water-boiler in room with coffe and tea..
During my stay and I had birthday and hotel arranged for me lovley free bottle of champaigne for surprise in my room!
Terrace was inaf big and also we used gym,indoor spa/pool and jacuzzy most of time in the evenings.
The best part of all are the views..and beach down the hotel.
Everything was so great that we cant wait to go back..only thing..be aware of happy hour drinks..they cheaper but if you like cocktails then its not worth to get them..they dont put alcohol inside or very,very little..! So, it tasted like some alcohol free cocktail..
Overall, the drink did not ruined our views about hotel and if you want some great night out with drinks theres plenty to choose..we liked Le Club near the hotel and in Albufeira marina they have fab. seafood restaurant/bar called Castelo do Bisbo..the views are amazing and perfect place for chill-out in the evening.... if you like chic and beautiful people and you are one of them ;-)

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Travelguy28London
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Reviewed 14 May 2009

While we had a good holiday here, the place does have its drawbacks. On arrival we were surprised to find that there is no porter service and the staff seemed very happy to watch us struggle with all our luggage together with a pushchair and baby. The complete indifference of the staff really is something to behold!
From the reception we made our way to our room - a 'superior side sea view'. In practice this was a rather dark room (brown carpets, furniture and curtains) and the sea view would be better described as a very distant glimpse over the car par park and the roofs of neighbouring buildings of something that might or might not have been the sea.
There is a very limited number of shops along the road - but nothing much other than the odd local chemist or small tourist 'supermarket',
All that said the thing that could really get to you is the insistence on meaningless bureaucracy - vouchers for food, vouchers for pool towels (which you need to renew every day - towel in/voucher out etc.) and silly things like daily hire of the key to the safe in your room (all a bit petty and penny pinching for a 4 star hotel.)
BUT....and here's the weird thing......despite all that we had a good week. The resort is quiet, we met some good people, and the beach is really beautiful.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira 08200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#3 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#5 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#5 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £47 - £177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — PortoBay Falesia 4*
Number of rooms: 310
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel stands overlooking Praia da Falesia in the charming town of Olhos de Agua, close to Albufeira in the Algarve. Surrounded by abundant green areas, the hotel enjoys direct access to the sea and the exceptional 8km long beach which is washed by the clear, calm waters of the Algarve sea. After a refreshing drink at the waters edge, a reviving plunge in one of the pools, a trip to the beach, a game of tennis or an invigorating massage, sit back and enjoy one of the Algarves most beautiful views from one of the hotel's restaurants. Make the most of your holidays to relax. ... more   less 
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