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“Great hotel ��great staff & service”
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Baia Grande
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sesmarias
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Great hotel ��great staff & service”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Me & my husband stayed for 1 week in May 2014 excellent hotel & great location for peace & quiet But if u want a few lively nights out you are not too far away we are booked to return sept the 22nd we have recommended this hotel to all family & friends wot more can I say accept first time we have returned to an hotel anywhere we have been before taking bro & sister with us sue & ken Burrett

  • Stayed May 2014
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Dear Sue & Ken Burrett,
Thank you very much for your recent visit Baia Grande and for your wonderful post.
I am very happy that you had a good time with us.
It will be our pleasure to receive you and your family next September.
Kind Regards
Paulo Dias
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

stayed in June for 10 nights our 5th stay since the hotel opened!!. We love the peace and quiet,away from night clubs and bars,plenty of those in Albufeira,10 mins drive away. Some great restaurants nearby and the hotels buffet breakfasts are excellent. Friendly staff especially Dora on reception.Coelha beach 10mins walk away is the best ,beautiful food and great staff. Or visit Coelha Dois bar up the main road, Nelson is the friendly host and you can eat and drink at great prices. Cant wait for next hol at this great hotel Thankyou to all staff again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Dear Guest David H,
Thank you very much for you loyalty to Baia Grande and for your recent visit.
It is always gives us an immense pleasure to receive old faces at Baia Grande. You are part of the family.
I will be our pleasure to welcome you back to Baía Grande for many years.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Stayed beginning of July for one week, three girls, late twenties, B&B basis.
Hotel is one of the nicest I have stayed in in terms of European resort holidays.

Never an issue with getting three sun loungers together even at 2pm. Great pool, lovely size. Not many children therefore not noisy which was great!
Food in pool bar lovely for lunch and reasonably priced, staff very friendly.
Cocktails in Piano Bar were amazing.
Breakfast was lovely, lots to choose from, never uncomfortably busy and generally went down 40 minutes before breakfast ended which generally tends to be the busiest time. Staff very friendly and efficient. Great carrot cake one morning!

We booked a triple room, third bed was a very rickety low camp bed. Was advised on check in this could not be changed. Went down early next morning to advise this was no acceptable for an adult paying full price and a new bed was put into the room that day – still not a proper hotel bed, made a lot of noise but fine to sleep on.
Our room was at side of hotel, ground floor, facing a little garden. Great room as it was really quite and there was a shortcut from the pool up to the corridor it was on.

Majority of desk staff were very helpful, more so day staff rather than evening staff. As is the common theme in the below reviews, the last shuttle into town went too early in the evening 6.40pm. However if you contact reception 30 minutes before this they may have a later one on due to demand e.g. 7.30pm. They do not tell you about this in advance so better to query it at the desk.
Taxis to town cost €7 approx. however we had to wait 30-40 minutes some evenings for them to arrive. Hotel have no control over this therefore no point saying anything to desk staff.

There are no ironing facilities in the room which came as a surprise, could pay per item to get pressed but would work out very expensive.

Very clean hotel, rooms serviced daily including floor mop - couldn't fault this.

There is beach (cove) about 10/15 minute walk from the hotel which has a little restaurant beside it – tide came in quickly in the mornings therefore would recommend to set up camp close to the entrance of the cove.

Two restaurants and one bar in walking distance of hotel, went to one restaurant and the bar, personally would not recommend them.

Main downfall was location, would be perfect if it was walking distance to the old town.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Dear Guest 908M_G908,
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion about Baia Grande.
I am pleased that you and your friends had an enjoyable stay with us. I apologise for the situation with the extra bed in your room, I appreciate you feedback about it.
I will be our pleasure to welcome you back to Baía Grande
Kind Regards
Paulo Dias
Manager
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This hotel is amazing, we had a sea/pool view and it was well worth the money.

Rooms are fab with satelite TV, with plenty of english channels and air con is brilliant. Staff and food lovely. We only stayed b&b but so much to choose from for breakfast.

Only downfall is the location. Nowhere to walk to, taxi is needed at all times to get to places.

Overall, amazing hotel and would return.

Room Tip: Get a pool/sea view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Dear Guest mdev_12,
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion about Baia Grande.
I am pleased that you had an excellent stay with us.
I will be our pleasure to welcome you back to Baía Grande
Kind Regards
Paulo Dias
Manager
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+351 289 583 500
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We have just returned from an 11 day stay at the Baia Grande. This is our second time here and I will definitely be returning. Lovely, quiet and relaxing. Staff are friendly and helpful although at times we had a bit of a wait in the Piano Bar if it was busy. They could maybe do with an extra member of staff here. The pool is gorgeous and there were always loungers available. I loved the swinging hammocks. Rooms are a decent size, clean and towels are changed regularly. It’s worth paying a bit extra for a pool view. There are some lovely small beaches nearby and Praia Da Coelha about 10 minutes away is well worth a visit. If you are feeling adventurous there are some lovely walks along the top. From the right there are amazing views and you can walk to some other beaches a bit further along the coast. From the left there is a walk which will take you the scenic route back to the hotel. The hotel provides a shuttle bus to Albufeira (Old Town) and Gale Beach which is great. The one downside to this is the last bus is just before 7 so if like us you are half board it is too early to go at this time. A taxi to the old town is only around 7 or 8 euros so we often got a taxi there after our meal. The marina is also worth a visit. It is only around a half hour walk and some nice bars there. Overall probably not for anyone looking to party the night away but if you are looking for a relaxing away from it all break then Baia Grande is a definite winner.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a pool/sea view room
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Dear Guest Caroline H,
Thank you very much for your recent visit to Baia Grande and for your post on this site.
I am very pleased that you had an excellent stay with us.
We, as a team, are very happy that you are planning to return to Baia Grande. It will be our pleasure to have you once more.
Kind Regards
Paulo Dias
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Stayed here with my boyfriend for 10 Days at the end of June. Hotel is lovely- clean, good quality and all the staff are really friendly and will do their utmost to ensure your stay is exactly as you had planned. We were B&B and breakfast was good- had a large range of food and drinks which get replenished throughout the duration of breakfast, although it tended to be a lot busier from 8.45 am-end.
Cocktails in the bar are amazing, high quality drinks presented in a great way- they do take a little while to be made but that is only because the staff take a lot of time over them to ensure they are right and taste nice! They also have a happy hour in the early evening which is good!
The hotel runs a shuttle bus into Albufeira a few times a day, which is free- we used this service a lot to go into Albufeira for tea and then got a taxi back later on in the evening. Taxi back from where the bus drops you off is around €7.50.
The bus takes you into the Old Town of Albufeira which is more restaurants and a couple of streets of bars. There are some amazing places to eat which are a little more pricey, as you might expect, but also cheap and cheerful places on the beach front too. If you want to go into the new town then you can get the shuttle bus into the Old Town then catch the tourist train to the Strip which is a lot more active, a lot more bars but also a wide range of places to eat also. Round trip on the tourist train is €4 each or a one way trip is €2.50- it is walking distance to the strip from the old town in about 15 minutes.
The hotel also runs a free shuttle bus to Gale Beach which is a large beach about 7-10 minutes drive away. We found this a lovely day out and there are a couple of places to eat on the beach front.
Praia de Cohela is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel- quiet little beach with a couple of caves that the Algarve is famous for. You can also walk along the top of the cliffs from here which is enjoyable in the evening.
Overall a really pleasant stay at Baia Grande- location issues can be tackled through use of the shuttle bus and taxis, although hire cars are available too! We didn't have any issues with the location, but be aware that not many places are within walking distance.

Room Tip: Definitely pay for a sea view room- it is worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Dear Guest Tand123,
Thank you very much for taking your time to review about Baia Grande.
I am very happy that overall you had a positive experience at our hotel. Thank you very much for you positive remarks about our staff and service.
I hope that you return to Baia Grande in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We stayed here for a week in June/July and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is lovely and also very clean. The reception staff are always very helpful and cheerful. The rooms are big, as is the bathroom, more than enough room for two people. We did not pay extra for a sea/pool view room so looked out over the car park, which was not great but as we only slept in there, was sufficient for our needs.

Breakfast is also very good with a great selection of food - even nice bacon and decent sausages, which are usually unheard of except in the UK! You can fill your water bottles from the machine in the restaurant, so no need to go to a mini mart and pay extra.

Drinks prices are, of course, more expensive than outside but we only drank in the hotel when we had been out beforehand. We usually took the free shuttle to the town, where everything is cheaper.

There are a few restaurants around the hotel within walking distance and two of them were excellent. One is 500yds opposite the hotel called something like O'Meirheiro and the other is Dom Dinis a short 5 minute walk. If you like Indian food the Shaan Palace, which is a short cab ride away, is worth a visit.

The Coelho beach is a 10 minute walk and is OK but very small and the water is freezing. Good if you have children though as small enough to keep your eye on them.

Only downfall for the hotel is that the wifi is only available free in the reception area. Hotels should have free wifi throughout, as holidays as expensive anyway.

if I went back to Portugal I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paulo D, Manager at Baia Grande, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Guest JackieL54,
Thank you very much for your recent stay and comment about Baia Grande.
I am very happy that you had a positive experience with us. Thank you very much for you positive remarks about our staff and service.
I hope that you return to Baia Grande in the future.
Kind Regards
Paulo Dias
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Property: Baia Grande
Address: Rua Joao Guita | Praia da Coelha, Sesmarias, Albufeira 8200-385, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Sesmarias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sesmarias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Baia Grande 4*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in the Algarve, the Baia Grande Hotel is 3km from the center of Albufeira and 750mts from the Coelha Beach. Four star high quality with 131 rooms, spacious play areas and gardens, providing an elegant, comfortable and relaxing environment. Located 750 meters from Coelha Beach and 3 kilometres from the centre of Albufeira, Baia Grande Hotel with amazing sea views has 131 spacious rooms, play areas and gardens. Of the 131 rooms 10 are Senior Suites with Sea View, 2 Junior Suites with Land View, 80 rooms with Sea View and 39 with Land View. All rooms are equipped with 2 single beds (for up to 1 extra bed), private bathroom, LCD TV with satellite channels, individual air-conditioning, minibar, safe, direct telephone and balcony. In the public areas are 1 restaurant, the "Mermaid Restaurant" where you can taste buffet breakfast or dinner overlooking the pool and theme nights (includes barbecue in summer), also available à la carte menu. The "Piano Bar" overlooking the sea where you can enjoy live music and great cocktails and "Neptune Bar", located next to the pool where you can enjoy snacks, light meals and drinks throughout the day. Hotel Baia Grande also offers indoor heated pool, outdoor swimming pool for adults and children, Jacuzzi (in both pools), sauna, massage and treatment room, table tennis, billiards, table football, giant chess game, free WI-FI internet in all the hotel, live music, a limousine service, rent-a-car, TV and reading room, private parking and transportation for hotel guests to Albufeira (4 times per day, 7 days a week) and Praia da Gale (Monday to Friday, 3 times per day). The reception is open 24 hours. Baia Grande Hotel has 4 meeting rooms for your events, "Sao Rafael", "Sesmarias", "Albufeira" and "Atlantico" with a maximum capacity of 300 people. The Baia Grande Hotel can also organize your banquets, weddings, company parties and other special occasions meet your needs. ... more   less 
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