Cerro Mar Garden Aparthotel  

Widescreen views and a first-rate spa make relaxing breaks easy at the Cerro Mar Garden Aparthotel.

This property is in an elevated spot, overlooking the sea and Albufeira’s cobbled old town. The beach is a 10-minute wander away, and the hotel’s shuttle bus will whisk you to the main square.

Interiors here are chic. The lobby, for instance, features a glossy tiled floor, cream walls and cocoa-brown furniture.

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Food & Drink

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Self Catering

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

Facilities ► View all

Al-hamma spa*

There are a range of massages, facials and body treatments on offer.

Buffet restaurant

Monte Verde offers à la carte meals and a range of regional and international buffet dishes.

Outdoor pool

This is a large, curvy pool with plenty of parasols and sunbeds surrounding it. The children's pool is also nearby.

Rooms► View all

1 bedroom apartment with balcony

These warmly toned 1 bedroom apartments include a balcony for some space outdoors. Your apartment will come with a lounge and kitchenette, air-conditioning, and 2 extra beds.

2 bedroom apartment with limited sea view and balcony

These warmly toned 2 bedroom apartments include a limited sea view, and a balcony for some space outdoors. Your apartment will come with a lounge and kitchenette, double and twin bedrooms, air-conditioning, and 2 extra beds.

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Our group of 6 ladies stayed in the apartments right at the top of the hill. We booked a 3 bedroomed apartment as we prefer a 'proper' bed each. On check in we found that our 3 bedroomed apartment was not what we expected. On entering there was a loft ladder type structure blocking the entrance to the kitchen. And this ladder provided the access to the third bedroom!!! After contacting reception to express our dissatisfaction about our third bedroom we ended up having both lounge sofa beds made up and cash compensation provided. We think that these apartments should be described as 2 bedrooms plus a mezzanine/loft 3rd bedroom to clearly explain what you're booking. Anyway we had a lovely time and would still come again as all 3 sections of the facilities are lovely and clean and very well positioned.More

Stephanie8769, 3931978

Immaculate and well equipped apartment. Food impressive.

Straight to the point, this is a beautiful place, food is amazing, accommodation amazing, staff amazing. Of course that sounds great but like all good things there are bad things too.... I`ll mention those later. I am deliberately leaving the negative points until the end of the review as in my opinion they are out weighed by the positives. Reception is manned 24 / 7, communication with staff is OK, easy to explain what you want without language issues even though the staff are not fluent English speakers. The whole resort is amazingly clean, maid service in the room is daily, yes thats 7 days a week!! clean towels daily and beds made up make for a lovely environment. Staff are everywhere but not in your face, going about the work without interfering with guests but should you need them are only too happy to stop and help. Food... the food, its great!! We was bed and breakfast and expected the normal continental selection but was pleasantly surprised to find full English every morning, selection of cereals, cakes, fruit and the best croissants I have ever had. We also ate in the restaurant twice over our 2 week stay, the first time was a la cart which while very nice was not quite up to the breakfast and the buffet dinner we had on out 2nd visit. NOTE*** book the buffet during the afternoon at reception on the day you want it!! Buffet selection changes daily but rest assured event he pickiest eater should be ok to find something they like. Now, the BAD bits :( 1) to get to the main square is 101 steps, I suffer badly with arthritis in my knee but the steps are actually not too bad to go up / down as they are long steps, so 2 paces on each one to go up or down. 2) and this is the biggy... the HILL, once you climb the steps there is a 100 yard walk to the hotel reception entrance and its up a STEEP HILL! I would estimate the hill is a 1 in 4 which is quite hard work for the elderly and unfit. 3) my wife and I found the bar that was open in the evening a bit clinical, by that I mean it was not an environment that would help people to meet up, chat and have a drink like most places I have been. The hotel do supply a FREE mini bus to town at 10am, 12pm, 2pm 4pm and 5.30pm which is very welcome but as it does not run late you either walk OR get a cab. Cabs are not too expensive but you might need to budget for a there and back journey for each day of you holiday at about 6 euros a trip. If they ever put an escalator in like they have done on the far side of the old town it would be the perfect place. Would I go back? yes I think I would.More

TrOjAnUK, 190757

Review for Cerro Mar Colina

First time to Portugal. We booked with Tompson and stayed at the Colina. Cerro Mar is split into several buildings; Cerro Mar Gardens, Cerro Mar Atlantica and Cerro Mar Colina. Main reception,restaurant and bar are situated in Cerro Mar Gardens. Staff were lovely; helpful, friendly and accommodating. The Colina is further up the hill and has 2 pools, one with a swim up bar and a café. The Atlantica is opposite and is mainly for the use of Jet2 customers. Having seen all 3 locations, ours was definitely the best. We had room 508 which was one of the best apartments in the hotel. It was huge, although only a one bed apartment it could have easily accommodated more. We had a wrap around balcony with amazing views of the town and the sea. There was air con in the lounge and bedroom and 2 very comfortable sofas. I don't cook on holiday but there was everything there if that's your thing; dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, fridge freezer, oven and hob and lots of crockery and cutlery. There was an ironing board but no iron but I understand you can borrow one from the hotel. The bathroom had a full bath with lights that came on automatically as you entered. Crap water pressure but you cant have everything. The room was cleaned everyday with fresh towels and beds made. We only ate at the restaurant one night and found the food a bit uninspiring until we got to desert and the panacotta and chocolate mousse were delicious. The staff were so lovely, cant rate them enough. We then went into the hotel bar but didn't stay long, it was ok but too many children running around, ok if you have kids but not for us. The main pool was based at Cerro Mar Gardens and as with all the pools, unless you get up early, slim chance of getting a sunbed. What is with you people who think they have the right to reserve a bed and then bugger off for most of the day while others, like us, want to spend the day by the pool. We came down one morning at 10am to find all the beds reserved and only 2 people lying on them!! The hotel has a 'no towels on sunbeds' rule but as usual no-one took any notice. I really think they have to get this sorted. A walk down the hill brings you to the steps into town. They were ok and we ended up walking back up them most nights as the queue for taxis was ridiculous. Two nights before we came home we found another taxi rank on the other side of town with hardly anyone waiting, typical! As for the town itself. WELL! We like to go somewhere with some nightlife but unless you like karaoke you might want to avoid the square. Its a lovely space with lots of shops and restaurant which is fine early evening but at 8pm it starts, which wouldn't be so bad except that almost every bar has someone singing something different, mostly very badly, and the noise is awful. God help you if you are staying anywhere nearby. There are some lovely bars just off the square but all you can hear as the evening goes on is various people shrieking over whatever is playing in the bar. Restaurants. Well we didn't have a bad meal. The menus are all pretty similar but OMG, the size of the prawns. Could have eaten them everyday. Ive reviewed some but just to mention A Ruina. It is a beautiful building and is right over the beach. We didn't realise until we got there that they don't have a menu. You get taken to the chef who shows you your options. There is menu of sorts and a price list on the wall behind him which is not clear therefore you have no idea how much the bill will be. Although the restaurant itself is lovey and the view is stunning, you pay for it. Our bill was nearly 90 euros for 2 of us for just a starter, main, half bottle of wine and a beer and the food itself was no better than most of the others we had. Just be warned. Bar Street. Well I found it amazing that so many people wanted to sit and listen to an Elvis impersonator and country and western singers. You had to fight to walk down the street, it was so busy. It was hen and stag night city, which we expected. We did see some hilarious sights. Each to their own I guess. You have to go to Zoomarine. What a great day. We got a taxi from the hotel which was 15 euros each way. They have dolphin and sealion shows and various other attractions including beaches and fairground rides. It is more for younger ones but we loved it. Conflicted about dolphins in captivity but I couldn't help loving it. The handlers do seem to have an amazing relationship with them and the park is all about conservation. ( I am making excuses I know). We also did the lazy day cruise which was a good day out. My only problem with it was that we had to walk a mile to get the coach whereas everyone else was picked up at their hotel. All in all we loved Portugal but would perhaps go somewhere slightly less hectic than Albufeira next time. As for Cerro Mar Colina would like to pick it up and take it everywhere I go in future as it will take some living up to.More

peaonadrum, 186312

Great views

A great place that has alot to offer, unfortunately this time we received some very poor service in the grounds restaurants. Both the pool side restaurant and their own restaurant left us in dismay, as the service did not replicate what we had experienced previously, being a Celiac I emphasized Sem Gluten many a time only to receive everything but Sem Gluten food. A wonderful place with gorgeous views and excellent facilities all bar the food and catering for food allergen sufferers! ShameMore

Elizabeth2112013, 186262


If you catch an early plane be prepared to wait until 2 ish at the earliest to book in. The hotel is on a steep hill, steps down into Albufeira. This is a get up early and reserve your sunbed hotel despite signs telling you not to. Why do people need to do this? Rooms are comfortable. Restaurant OK, staff pleasant, rooms clean and comfortable.More

S11RPY, 504154

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