Stayed here for two nights in July 2010.
Location: excellent, a 5 minute walk to the elevator to the beach, a 10 minute walk to the main area with restaurants/shopping, there’s also a bus stop a block up from the hotel
Rooms/amenities: the décor was nice, spacious we had TV, A/C, huge armoire (could even store both suitcases in it) the bathroom had a proper shower and was nice, no issues with water temperature or water pressure. The room was very clean, bed was comfortable. There’s a nice patio/deck with sun loungers, and you can have the buffet breakfast out there in the morning, sea views as well.
Overall: we ended up staying here because the accommodations we originally booked, despite a handful of positive reviews on tripadvisor, were unacceptable to us. We just walked by this hotel and popped in, viewed the room in advance, and then booked it for our last two nights in Albufeira. Wow, what a difference, this hotel became our oasis, and one of our favorites of the trip – it really salvaged our trip to Albufeira. Front desk staff were friendly/helpful. Would love to stay here again.
Suggestions: As we found with Lagos, Albufeira is quite touristy, so it was difficult to find decent food. However, well worth a visit is the Villa Joya restaurant. It’s about a 10 Euro cab ride away, two Michelin star restaurant, it’s not cheap (155 Euros per person for dinner), but worth every penny. Make reservations in advance. Beautiful outdoor seating, with the roar of the ocean in the background.
n terms of activities, we did the paragliding which we highly recommend, and the jetboating which was insane (if you wear contacts, put goggles on, because you will be drenched non-stop for the entire ride, I had to keep my eyes closed for much of the ride and threw out my contacts a week later). You can only do the jetboating from Praia Oura I believe (jetboat is a yellow boat) – we walked to Praia Oura, wouldn’t recommend it, it was about 45 min, you can just take the tourist train there instead, and it’s a nice ride. We did the package deal for jetboat & paragliding for 55 Euros, so we saved a few Euros. You can book at the hut on the beach (you can’t book through the activity offices, don't mistake it for the red boat rocket ride), just a note, this beach is not great for lounging, it was small, crowded, and rockier sand – just go here for activities on one of your beach days, stick to the beaches by the elevator for lounging.
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