Stayed at this hotel with a friend for 4 nights in August 2011. It was our first time in Albufeira and we had a great time.
The hotel itself was much more modern then we expected, the room was large and spotless. The pool area was nice and it was always possible to get a lounger at anytime during the day although you would have to get up early if you wanted a particular spot.
There was a good choice of food at breakfast, we would go down quite late and there was always enough food left. Dinner was included in our package, we had this once and it was fairly basic but okay. Due to the lack of atmosphere we preferred to eat out on the other nights.
The beach was a 5min walk away, very picturesque coves and also very hot with little shade so take an umbrella or rent one.
We ate in the beach cafe for lunch on two occasions, a lovely place to get some shade and a cool refreshing drink, the food was tasty and reasonable too!
There is a taxi rank just up the road from the hotel. We got a taxi to the old town on 2 nights for 5 euro each way. The old town is a little quieter than the main strip and has something for everyone, lots of bars and restaurants and shops and market stalls. Heading back to the hotel at around midnight we found ourselves queueing for a taxi for about 20 mins, may be worth pre booking a taxi or going home earlier/staying out later as this seemed to be a popular time to head home during peak season.
We also enjoyed going out on the strip, at the quieter end there are a couple of good cocktail bars that are less busy and where you can get a seat. The bars nearer the bottom were much more crowded, you will get pestered to enjoy a free shot, but having a few of these we found the offer much less enticing.
Overall a great holiday and a hotel we would return to in the future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is an island of serenity in Santa Eulalia, near the busy Albufeira and at 500 meters from the famous "Strip", one of the main nightlife atractions. The direct access from the Hotel to the Bicos Beach - 400 meters away - and the inspiring view over the Atlantic Ocean complete this unique Hotel in the heart of the Algarve. This 4-Star Hotel, from Details Hotels & Resorts, features a daring and modern architecture, offering a memorable and relaxing experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pedra Dos Bicos Albufeira
- Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve