Cerro Mar Garden Aparthotel  

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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, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Al-hamma spa*

A range of massage, facial and body treatments.

Buffet restaurant

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

Outdoor pool

Large pool with plenty of parasols and sunbeds.

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1-bedroom apartment

1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 with twin beds and 2 sofa-beds.

1-bedroom apt limited sea view

1-bedroom apartment with limited sea view sleeps up to 4 with twin beds and 2 sofa-beds.

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Good quality for the price

We stayed during mid August, having stayed in other apartments in Albufeira district over the years, we can honestly say that the Cerro Mar Garden has represented the best value for money out of all them. The Apartments in the Cerro Mar Garden offer more than ample space, with a decent sized double room, large kitchen fully equipped with dish washer machine & small fridge freezer, Lounge / diner area with one sofa (which looked like i had seen better days) & a very spacious balcony terrace. Rooms were cleaned everyday by a friendly maid, towels exchanged everyday, generally an excellent maid service throughout our stay. We didn't eat at the hotel restaurant, so can't pass comment on that, the pool bar & snack bar are great for brunch or lunch, friendly daytime staff who always smile, however someone needs to tell the evening & night barman to smile more. Front desk staff are excellent, very professional & swiftly answer any queries, resolving any issues with efficiency & a smile. The pool area was okay in our opinion, hosed down early each morning by one of the maids, however at other hotels we have stayed at in the past we have seen far more thorough cleaning and more maintenance. The pools at Cerro Mar are salt water, we didn't see any water testing of the pools during our stay, again this appeared to be standard practice at previous hotels we have stayed at, as previous reviews have stated plenty of the hotels residents appeared to be suffering with ear infections, this was the case for myself & my daughter who were both subjected very intense infections which had to be treated with anit biotics, my wife however contracted something a little more sinister, Pharyngitis which left her felling fairly dreadful for the second week of our stay. This was the only down side to our Holiday, maybe a review of the pool treatment & maintenance would be beneficial here Cerro Mar? Albufeira old town district is a place we love, fairly quiet by the day with little stalls here & there, a lovely beach & plenty of cafes, bars & restaurants to cater for all tastes & budgets, at night it becomes a hive of activity, street entertainers, bars with various genres of live music & great places to eat, the Beach Basket, just up from right hand side of the steps is superb, great food, great sea views & professional yet more importantly friendly staff & owner! we ate here three times during our stay and could not fault it. Visit 'Vertigo Bar' at the foot of the steps on the way down from the hotel, a great bar with friendly staff and great live music!!! It can get a little busy at night time but that is what makes it such an interesting place, kicking back with a sangria or a cocktail watching the world go by. All in all a very good Hotel & apartments, a few little improvements to the pool maintenance would in our opinion make all the difference. Would we stay again? yes, we love Albufeira & the Cerro Mar is a decent Hotel.More

TrojanRoamer82, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Good stay but would rate it more a good 3* rather than 4*

Stayed here in August for a second time (last time we visited was 2012). I would definitely recommend the hotel, however I do feel that it is more of a good 3* rather than 4*. On entry to hotel reception is clean and staff are friendly, we had very quick check-in. Rooms are clean and spacious and have everything you need, however this is where I feel the hotel has let itself down a little. The rooms are basically furnished but there are small things that don't cause mush of a problem but wouldn't be there if it was 4* (see my photo's). My son slept on the sofa bed, which had a big rip in the fabric and was stained, the walls near the dining table were marked/splashed with what looked like gravy/coffee and hadn't been cleaned and for the whole fortnight we had an electric socket hanging off the wall, which eventually fell off the wall on the last day - very dangerous. However, despite these things you get plenty of towels in the bathroom, there is a hairdryer and shower gel too. All rooms have a pretty decent view, we were on floor 5 this year and had a lovely view of the pool and sea. Previously we were on floor 2 and as there was a rooftop garden outside our balcony we had a problem with ants. So if you don't like ants ask for a higher floor room. The kitchen has everything you need, including washing machine and dishwasher. Noise carries quite a bit, especially when people are returning to their rooms on a night or getting ready for flights early in the morning, suitcases across the floor are good are waking you up, as are children running up and down the apartments! Rooms are air conditioned and our room this year also had a window in the kitchen, however there was no blind/curtain up at it so we had to hang a blanket there otherwise the sun beamed straight in first thing on a morning. We stayed on a bed and breakfast board. Breakfast is basic, fried breakfast, croissants or limited fruit. To be honest it got a bit repetitive after the first week. I've visited other 4* hotels which have a much wider choice and keep varying the menu. It now seems that the hotel is open to the two sister hotels in the same street which means certain times for breakfast can get very busy. We weren't able to make breakfast for the last day as we were getting picked up half an hour before it started and yet we had paid for it. I asked at reception what would we do and was told that we would get a breakfast bag each and to pick it up that night. When I did go for them, they weren't ready and ended up with a white carrier bag with absolutely loads of tea, coffee, sugar, sweetner and jams packets thrown in, four oranges and four slices of bread, along with three cartons of juice..........I'd have rather had a refund to buy something in the airport! Around the pool is kept clean and workmen were straight out to fix any problems with the grill around the side of the pool. However, as the hotel lets the other two hotels/apartment blocks use its pool it did at times get very busy and noisy, and on an odd occasion loud music and twenty-something's shouting and diving around in the pool. Don't get me wrong I'm not against it generally, but we booked this hotel knowing from the previous visit that the pool was quiet. Also people are up from 7.30am reserving sunbeds. This isn't allowed, and if you go and complain that you can't get a sunbed during the day the manager will come out and move towels from unused beds. My husband used the gym, for a short time only though as it isn't air conditioned. The bar area during day serves good food. Cocktails are a little pricey. The bar on a night doesn't get used very much and is very quiet. It's not really a hotel that people stay in and around and instead go into the old town. There are 100 steps up to the hotel from the old town, but you do get used to these, but they are definitely no good for anyone with mobility problems.More

Stephs11_11, Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom

Good location

Recently stayed at the Cerro Mar Gardens and It was as good as all the reviews I had read beforehand. The hotel was very clean in all areas including our room. We had a lovely big balcony with a view of the sea. We had a couple of meals in the hotel and the food was very good. The hotel is just a short walk away from the old town and the beach. The old town is brilliant so lively but all good natured and just right for my two teenage boys aged 15 and 13. The beach was okay but the sea is absolutely freezing and the sunbeds were 15 euros per day for two sunbeds and two parasols, which is quite expensive when there are four of you. All in all I would recommend this hotel and resort.More

538catherineb,

Very clean

I stayed in an apartment with my family,it was spacious and incredibly clean! The interior was very nice. We had a balcony with a view of the sea,it was gorgeous. Food was a bit of a let down,it was edible but i didnt like it,it seems as if they tried to please every other country appart from England when food is concerned. Oh and not forgetting the steps:') there are about 90 steps on the way down from the resort to the square where all the bars and restaurants are,this was a bit of the problem as i was on holiday with my grandparents in their 60's and although they are fit they struggled to walk up and down them steps everyday therefore we had to keep paying for taxis. Other than that i had a lovely holiday in Albufeira!More

Ellie B,

Cerro Mar Colina

The previous reviews say all you need to know about the steps and hill. You know about this before booking! My mum (with her new hip) managed to go down each evening and we got a €5 taxi back. It took us less than 10 mins to be in the centre of Albufeira old town. The apartments vary a little but on the whole they are of a very good standard. This is the second time we have stayed there. This year we had apartment 508 and apart from not having a pool view we were not disappointed. Ok so we had some scrubland next to us, but I would rather have that then someone over looking us! The view was amazing and our apartment and balcony HUGE! It had everything we needed in it and ok so the beds were hard but my 5 year old daughter slept in until almost 9am every morning so it suited her! We used yellowfish transfers to get us from and back to the airport. They were amazing. It cost us €60 return to Albufeira with a free gift of piri piri sauce. They were punctual, clean and had free wifi in the car. Our driver offered us a free bottle of water which was welcome in the heat. They greeted us with our name on a board at the airport and waited for us outside our apartment block 10 mins early for our return journey. They even had a car seat for my daughter even though we had brought our own. We hired a car from Pandacar in Albufeira. We booked this before we left the UK and got a fab deal. We paid a total of €172 for 4 days hire with fully comp insurance. They met me at the hotel at the agreed time and the paperwork took approx 10 mins. The deal with the fuel was to return it with the same amount of fuel at the end. He even told me how to work out how much fuel I needed to put in - 6 litres for every 100km I think it was, it worked out perfectly when I fuelled it up the night before I returned it! I left the keys with reception and it was picked up at the agreed time - It was not necessary to give him the keys direct if we had plans for the day. Aldi was a 5 min walk and Lidl a 10min walk from the apartment for fresh bread every morning. They really were almost half the price of Modelo and although not the choice as the huge supermarket, they were more than adequate for our holiday. We visited Modelo once and bought a cooked chicken with piri piri sauce and it was delicious. The only negative I have for the whole holiday was the sunbed situation. It is a problem the whole world over but there is a simple solution to help solve this. They state that it is not allowed to reserve beds. Each morning, when the snack bar opens, the staff remove the towels and take them down to reception. The guests then have to do the walk of shame to retrieve them! If it happens more than twice they get a fine! On my first day I sat on the ground whilst many chairs were reserved by towels until after 11am with no one on them. The second morning I removed towels myself!!! The third morning I did the same but was accosted by the guest whose chair I had taken as she had seen me do it from her balcony. I didn't apologise as I told her that if her backside had been on the chair as it was supposed to be then I wouldn't have taken it!!! I invited her to complain to reception but for some reason she wouldn't!!! She told me that she had to be down by the pool before 7am to get her seat - I certainly don't go on holiday to get up before 7 am each morning. We solved this when we were at the big Modelo supermarket. We saw some sun beds on offer for €15 and bought 2. I know it was an added expense and you shouldn't have to do it but it meant that each morning when we went down to the pool at approx 9.30 am we were guaranteed a bed for the day. During a 2 week holiday, it was well worth it! Please Cerro Mar hotels, sort this out, it was the only thing that spoilt our holiday. We got straight back off our holiday and wanted to book for next year. It was just a shame all the free child places had gone with Thomson as they are just a little out of our price range now. I will definitely look earlier for 2016 for a deal to go back there.More

Frostiesf, Cleethorpes, United Kingdom

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