The Cerro Mar Colina offers a choice of pools and a great line-up of activities, all topped off with sweeping views of Albufeira.
From its hillside position, this place comes with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and Albufeira’s terracotta-topped old town. You can walk to the sandy shoreline in a 5 minutes.
Interiors are lovely and bright, with whitewashed walls and plenty of sunlight that streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Apartments carry the white motif, too, and they’re finished with simple furniture and sun-trap balconies.
Based on 489 reviews
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- Lifts: 1 per block, 1 block has no lift
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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2 outdoor pools
The 2 pools are set together on the sun terrace, surrounded by palm trees comfy loungers, with straw parasols to keep the sun at bay. The larger, curvy pool is ideal for everyone who wants to swim, splash about or just float in the sun, whilst the smaller, circular pool is ideal for the little ones.
This small friendly, heated pool provides some relieve for those who are not sun lovers, or for when the weather misbehaves. Loungers line the sides making this a good spot to chill for a while.
Monte Verde is open for breakfast and dinner, and offers a wide selection of tasty local and International cuisine.
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1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 people, and has an oven, electric hob, washing machine, and dishwasher in the kitchen area.
2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 6 people, and has an oven, electric hob, washing machine, and dishwasher in the kitchen area.
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We stayed here in August & I would highly recommend this resort. The apartment was immaculately kept & was very well equipped with air conditioning, fridge/freezer, washing machine & dish washer. We also had a very large balcony overlooking the pool & pool bar. Apartment was cleaned every day & staff are very warm,welcoming & helpful, they even printed off our boarding passes on our last day there. There is an issue with pool beds as with all resorts, staff do try to enforce the policy that you cannot hold beds by placing towels on them & some mornings they did remove towels from vacant sunbeds. For every day items we walked down the road where you will find both Lidl & Aldi stores which were very handy for stocking up on toiletries, bread, water & treats for the kids. It's a short walk to the old town from the apartments, however you do have to walk down 98 large steps & these can be quite challenging when you are also faced with 30 degree heat. I would advise you carry plenty of water with you. The only negative things I would have to say are that the bed was rock hard & you can hear everything going on in neighbouring apartments, doors slamming, furniture being moved etc. & you have to pay for wifi that will only work on one device at a time. All in all a great week & we would definitely consider staying here again.More
Brenda H, Edenderry, Ireland
Great holiday apartments
Been to the Cerro Mar apartments several times and it is always first class. The apartments are larger than average and are equipped with everything you need including washing machine, they are kept spotlessly clean, maid comes in every day. All have a nice balcony And the furnishings are excellent. The apartments are split into four blocks, all with pools, one an indoor one, and a coupe have poolside bars. The location is great, few mins from main square in old town, but you do have to contend with so e steps to get there. Overall this is a very nice place to stay, and I am sure we will return.More
Linda C, Norwich, United Kingdom
Just back home after a 2 week stay arrived late at night and found it hard to find apartment but when we did what a surprise we had room 105 colina block pool view low floor just what i had asked for in my email a few weeks earlier apartment spotless and was cleaned every day never washed any dishes for a fortnight thanks to the dish washer .washing machine full cooker and fridge freezer make these apartments stand out from others.sunbeds are the only problem get there by 7 or miss out through to selfish guests who put towels on them and then don't come down till after 12 and then only sun bathe for couple of hours hotel please sort this out. We knew about the steps before arriving they certainly give your calves a work out. Kat the Thomson rep is fab ask her a question and she knows the answer just what you need when its your 1st holiday in Portugal. Would i visit again definitely fab time didn't want to leaveMore
Tracy B, Staffin, United Kingdom
nicest apartments we've stayed in
the staff are very friendly the apartments are fantastic there is a washing machine and a nice long balcony the pool bar has delicious sandwiches avoid the shop just outside the complex because there over priced and there is an owlone behind the till who is very hard to deal with. there is a great choice of pools we would definitly go back More
Beware of the blocks!
Everyone talks about the steps... As a fit young family these weren't a problem for us and does make the location very convenient to the old square etc. For me, the real issue is the way the 'Hotel' is divided into blocks of all ages and standard. We arrived on a Thursday in mid August, for two nights, just as an extension to our Villa holiday and I was horrified with our original 2 bed apartment. I'm not sure of the block name but as you walk out from reception it was on your left and we were at the back of this block (Room 406 I think). The apartment was quite spacious but incredibly dated - feeling really old and dark and the 'balcony' looked directly onto wasteland and an old derelict building. Although we were only staying for 2 nights this wasn't the 4 star I had booked and I wasn't willing to accept it - at best this was 2 star... I phoned reception and after being told twice they were fully booked the lady eventually spoke to somebody and I was told to 'come back to reception quickly'. I rushed back and was shown another room - this time I was taken to the block directly across the road from the main reception (had a small convenience store underneath). I was shown room 403 and although in my opinion still not 4 star was much more acceptable and we were given this room instead. I was led to believe, the reason I was told to rush back was because some other poor family was booked into this room and would now clearly be getting our original room - I felt a bit guilty for that family I have to say. So, that aside, once in and settled the pools were all fine, bars and staff ok and as already mentioned the 'Hotel' is in a good central location. We weren't stressing about lack of sunbeds as it was a short stay. It's certainly not a holiday destination for us - but ok for a night or two if you want to extend your break. But beware of the 'blocks' when booking!More
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