We spent a week here in April 2016. The apartment was clean (although I did find someone's left behind sock). We had a one bed which was very spacious for two of us and could have easily slept 4 people. The aparments pool was quite nice as was the pool across the road at the hotel. The indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room were a great bouns.
Would recommend but not for older people / people with children ins trollers or people with difficulty climbing. There are over 90 steps to get you to the centre of old town. We didn't mind but I can imagine it wouldn't suit everyone.
Overall very pleased with stay. Two things the apartment lack are a sweeping brush and iron!More
Mixed feelings .....
While I had read the reviews before we booked the hotels , there were a few things that came as a shock .
To begin with , like most other reviewers said, it is a nice hotel in a nice location. Supermarkets up the road , old town at the bottom of the hill. You will give your legs quite a work out .
However, the hotel itself, not too please. We booked breakfast for the time we were there (small luxuries) , turns out the breakfast is limited to whats on the buffet. You cannot even get boiled eggs instead of the runny, lukewarm scrambled ones. Vegetarians will have a tough time there. On the second day, when we asked for packed breakfast for our booked tour, we were given slices of bread, butter , ham and cheese with the expectation that we will make the sandwiches. Dont know about general trend, quite a shock to me (being spoilt by Sani resorts last year ).
We then had to request a refund on our breakfast which they graciously gave us , so that was great.
I agree to the other points
a) Charge for key for the safety deposit box
b) charge for WiFi. The free WiFi in the reception was soo bad , that it took 20 mins to get some emails out.
c) You will become very well versed in the happenings in UK/ Europe because only the news channels work .
d) Vegetarian food was generally a struggle.
e) In room cleaning was done , however, they will not touch any dishes left on the table by any chance (Self catering apartments) or the clean the kitchen sink every day.
Overall, if you want a holiday for all your chores, not a place to stay .
However, they had an indoor swimming pool (heating broke down) and spa which was a blessing on the 3 days that it rained.
The kids club was not open either. One of the more boring holidays that I have had.More
great stay at cerro mar
hi we stayed at cerro mar garden between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd of april! 2016 we could not fault the service we recieved all the staff from the cleaners to dining room and reception were very polite and helpful! the rooms were great and very clean and our seaview was exactly what it said on the tin room 301 or 302?? breakfast was brilliant and so was the service from every member of staff! yes there are 99 steps down to the square but when you get down there its more than worth it! its about 3-4 euro"s for a taxi back up for people that may struggle with the large hill but taking this into account its not a problem! the indoor Turkish bath and steam room were a bonus as was the indoor heated swimming pool! you could have braved the outdoor pool but I fear this was only for the young or very brave!! we did look in the gym on the way to the bar but the bar won!! the food in the square varies to your own taste and price! a main meal starts at about 7-8 euros and can go upto 18-20 for a good ribeye steak! the competition for your euros is very strong and can at times get on your nerve"s but just take no notice and choose where you want to dine! so all in all a great place to stay and good food to be found! the weather was a bit hit and miss rain for two days on and off but its still only april so the later you go the less chance of it raining but the flights start to go up to nearly double by the start of may! so pay your money and enjoy!!!More
Gary T, 186402
Good, but a some of annoyances
This is a very good hotel, and I agree with most of the positive comments here. Definitely worth a stay, and you will keep up your fitness with uphill and downhill walks when you venture out to the Old Town or make your way to the grocery stores.
We stayed for 15 days in early April and enjoyed our second floor room overlooking the pool. Staff was pretty good, with very good cleaning in rooms and around the premises. The on-site restaurant had very good food. Front desk staff were responsive, but a long way from warm - I wouldn't want to deal with them when it gets busy there.
Now for the annoyances:
1) The key for the room safety deposit box was 10 Euros per week.
2) No in-room internet, so that purchase was 40 Euros or so. There's a free connection in the lobby and lobby bar.
3) Tiny in-room TV and poor channel selection - only two (bad) English language choices. We had been previously spoiled by Pestana's pousada properties.
4) Restaurant entertainment (Fado singers once or twice a week) was loud to the point of spoiling table conversation - we welcomed the breaks.
Overall, a good place to stay. Nicely situated midway between the necessary grocery stores above, and the fun shops, (sports) bars, restaurants and squares of Old Town below. Just be prepared to shell out a few extra Euros when you get there.More
Wonderful longterm escape from reality!
We were very fortunate being assigned room 607 on top floor with a double balcony - perfect view for 2 whole months - lovely gardens, very clean pool, kind staff at the reception. Have to be prepared for lots of walking as when you leave the hotel you go either up or down, but the shuttle runs 5 times a day to the old town of Albufeira. Gracious driver.More