Stayed here with a friend in a superb two bedroom, two bathroom apartment, huge balcony that overlooked the pool, large lounge with more than adequate kitchen area, everything anyone could need. Could have quite happily moved in permanently. Spotlessly clean, bit of a hike if you choose to walk back from town, but taxis are plentiful and reasonable, Beautiful sea views and close to Old Town but very quiet. breakfast was good, plenty of choice, highly recommend.I believe Cerro Mar Garden also own Cerro Mar Atlantico apartments which are across the road from the Garden complex, they all looked good, but some people were disappointed not to be in The Garden as they thought this was what they had booked. Suggest you check this. Aldi supermarket just a short walk away, but good restaurants are plentiful and reasonable, recommend Zansi's.More
531Chris, York, United Kingdom
Just back from a long weekend in Cerro Mar Aparthotel. Cerro Mar gardens is located in the main building of the hotel. The rooms were very clean,modern,bright and spacious. We chose a one bedroom apartment for three adults. The third person slept in the kitchen. The bed came out from the bottom of the sofa and a thick mattress and legs which enabled it to a tall and comfortable single bed. The hair dryer in the bathroom was of good quality. The kitchen contains a large fridge freezer, oven,hob and utensils.
This hotel is in the best location (rather then others) to access the old town. It has 100 steps, however on foot it takes 8 minutes and you are among a large variety of restaurants to choose from. It would not suit a wheel chair user or a person with mobility issues. One Parent lifted the buggy back up the steps after visiting the old town while the other held the baby. The beach is located in the old town and is called the fisher mans beach 10 minute walk.
We got breakfast as part of our hotel deal the variety is poor. Beans, sausages,rashers,scrambled egg,omelette, croissants, white bread,rolls, cereal and fruit juice. Aldi and Lidl is a 10 minute walk away, If you want to do a weekly shop book a taxi for the way back as it is a decent hill to climb on the way back. 2lts of water is around â¬1.
We had a massage in the hotel, it cost â¬25 for half an hour. There was a special deal on. â¬25 for half an hour Facial and â¬40 for 60 minute massage. The thermal sweet had a sauna,,jacuzzi separate from the hotel swimming pool. The massage was lovely, but they could do with revamping the treatment and relaxation rooms.
Advice to new customers:
Faro airport to Albufeira is 40 kms away. Our taxi from the airport for three people one way cost â¬57, this was due to us arriving on a Saturday, Taxis are more expensive on the weekend. My advice would be to book your taxi online with a taxi company before you arrive, it will cost you â¬30 one way or â¬60 return. Our call the hotel in advance and request a taxi waiting, this will cost â¬35 for hotel taxi for up to 4 people.
The weather from October 25-29th 2014, was 20-23 degrees. It will state it is higher on websites, but this is an accurate account. During the day I wore 3/4 lengths and a cardigan. At night trousers and a light jumper/jacket.
Transport system in Portugal is very poor, The only way from Albufeira to Vilamoura was in a taxi at a cost of â¬25 each way for three people. There was no bus available. We got the open top bus around Albufeira, The hotel bus will drop you at the bus station to get collected, they leave at 10,12,2,5pm from the hotel. The open top bus will bring you around Albufeira at a cost of â¬15, if you are looking for a beach it is good, other then that all you look at is high rise apartments for the 90 minutes. They sell the tickets at reception.
Zoo Marine: was great especially if you have children. It cost â¬37 for a day ticket per adult and that included a shuttle bus service which was located 10 minutes walk from the hotel near Aldi and Lidl, It under footbridge beside primary school. Zoo marine had a Zoo, Water park, funfair,
Dolphin show, seal,sea lion show, 4D Cinema,Swimming pools,eateries,gift shops etc etc. It is a full day outing and a must if you have children. It is located 15 kms from hotel. Bring swimming togs, camera, towels and packed lunch of you dont want to eat fast food.
Shopping, there is a shopping centre in Albuferia, but it is located outside the town by 15kms, it costs â¬15 each way in a taxi. We didn't go because we thought it was expensive. In the old town, thre is a great variety of restaurants, we found buddys nice. It does baked potatoes etc ect and good value, around â¬4,20 for a toasted sandwich and around â¬9 for a burger,chips and a drink. Not really cheaper then Ireland. At night the town is lively with music.
Albufeira is a nice resort, however it is for sitting by the pool/beach,eating in different restaurants and relaxing. The markets contain swimsuits,hats and souvenirs not to exciting if you like shopping.
Wifi in hotel cost â¬5 per hour and indoor pool you need a swimming hat or a cost of â¬4 per hat to purchase!!
Overall experience 7/10More
clara2020, Western Ireland, Ireland
Excellent Apartments & Location
These apartments have everything you need to make you feel at home whilst on your holidays. All rooms have a view of either the pool or the sea or if your lucky both (we were lucky, we stayed in room 606 and the view was amazing). The kitchen even had a dish washer and a washing machine, I never used either!! The living area is spacious, table and chairs to seat 4 people, tv and sofa, our balcony was huge, had double balcony, the doors opened from the bedroom onto the balcony aswell as the living room area. Rooms were cleaned every day and fresh towels were left. We never ate in the restaurant but did have a couple of bar snacks i.e. baguette sandwich and chips which were lovely. Aldi and Lidl are only a 10 minute walk away if you want to do some food shopping. The pool area is lovely, has plenty of sunbeds. The weather wasn't so good in October so we only had a couple of days around the pool. The gym facilities looked good. We used the spa facilities one day when it was raining. There is an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and x2 Jacuzzi's. Our Rep told us the spa facilities were free however, they charge you 2 euros for a locker and 2 euros for a towel (that you don't get back) and you cannot go in the indoor pool without a swimming cap which they also charge at 4 euros and you don't get your money back, so be warned of this. We ran back upstairs for our own towels, and if you have a swimming cap of your own take it with you! The hotel is located on a hill. To get to the main square where the bars and restaurants are your only way is down 98 steps (yes we counted) or by taxi. They do have a mini bus service free of charge to residents staying at the hotel but this only runs 3 or 4 times a day. I would not recommend anyone with walking difficulties to book this hotel unless your not planning on going far. Overall, we made an excellent choice and when we return to Albuferia in a few years time we will definitely book these apartments again. We had a brilliant time.More
Vicky L, Saltburn by the Sea
Stayed here for 10 nights and will definitely return in the future.The rooms are very spacious and spotlessly clean the staff are very polite and helpful.Dont let the steps down to the old town put you off me and my partner carried a pram up and down throughout the holiday not a problem.overall a fantastic holiday!!!More
Natalie B, Leeds, United Kingdom
We have just returned from our 11 night holiday here and it was superb. It was our first s/c holiday together as normally prefer AI but thought it would be a nice change and that we may even manage to not put weight on - and we succeeded! Apartments are large, comfy and have all mod cons plus kept spotless as was whole complex. Plenty of pools and one has a swim up bar. Staff are helpful. There is an Aldi & Lidl approx 10-15 mins walk and easily accessible but the stairs down into the square are tough going on your way back up but it helped tone us up and meant you were not disturbed at night by the goings on in the town which was very full on ever night and we both said had best sleeps ever on a holiday and this is to do with peace and quiet and great beds and pillows, all of which can be a rare commodity on a holiday.More
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