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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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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There are a range of massages, facials and body treatments on offer.
Monte Verde offers à la carte meals and a range of regional and international buffet dishes.
This is a large, curvy pool with plenty of parasols and sunbeds surrounding it. The children's pool is also nearby.
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1 Bedroom Apartment with Limited Sea View and Balcony
These warmly toned 1 bedroom apartments include a limited sea view, and a balcony for some space outdoors. Your apartment will come with a lounge and kitchenette, plus air-conditioning.
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, plus air-conditioning.
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Amazing service and lovely people
I've never written a review before but felt I needed to for this hotel. The staff were all amazing and it felt weird that they were all so helpful and nice. Like every single one of them! The hotel was clean and the pool was perfect. It is a short walk down some steps to the main square. On this way back up it could be hard for older people or for anyone who struggles to walk. If I had to find a fault it would be the bed and pillows! Not comfy but that is us being rather picky! Great hotel and I'd highly recommend it. More
Perfect for what we wanted on a late deal... but the steps!
I like to do this in an order so it's easier to understand. So below is a breakdown of the hotel for those who don't book a thing without looking at Tripadvisor first (like me). We traveled as a couple and stayed between the 1st and 8th June. First impression This was very good. The hotel entrance is far better looking than some of the stops made before us on the coach. Seeing the the clean reception with marble floors was very comforting and there were plenty of people using the free wifi available in reception. Check-in This was incredibly smooth. Generally, the check in times in Portugal are from 3-4pm according to our Thomson rep but we arrived at 1:20 in the afternoon and were given a room key straight away without any fuss. Room The room was ample and catered for anything you could need as a couple (except the lack of a double bed). Speaking of the beds, they are very hard but other than one night waking up with a stiff neck I couldn't complain about their comfort. The bathroom was as you'd expect, well appointed and exactly what you need. The shower did have a tendency to run hot and cold while you were in it from time to time but who doesn't enjoy the odd game of shower roulette! The kitchen and living area were great. I couldn't believe how good the cooking equipment was in the room! The knives were sharp and the pans were good which meant we ended up making our own breakfast in the room every morning rather than paying the 7 Euro for breakfast in the restaurant. The balcony was a lovely place to sit and had a hanger to hang up wet towels on after a day by the pool. HOWEVER... Any room number that starts with a 2 will not have a great view so ask to be on the 3rd floor or above for a better view than a grass area and a railing. The maid service was great and completely unobtrusive. Pool The pool area was fine for a week, there was never any problem getting a sunbed no matter what time of day you turned up. If you're closer to the reception building you'll get more sun later in the day. My only issue with the pool was that I didn't see it get cleaned once, I'm sure it happened but I failed to see it. Facilities The hotel has a spa, gym, indoor pool and restaurant. Of those listed we only used the restaurant which was beautiful. We only had a bowl of pasta with bolognese sauce each and some garlic bread but it was the nicest I've tasted in a restaurant and considering it was 9:30 when we got there and the place closed at 10, we weren't rushed and the service was great. If I was there for 2 weeks, I might have eaten there again so don't be afraid to go half board. Location This was important for us as we wanted to be close to the heart of things. Overall the hotel is situated in a very good place but you have to be reasonably fit and able bodied to make the most of it as there are hills and inclines every which way in the whole of Albufeira. If you turn right out of the hotel and go down the steps at the end of the road (of which there are 98, yes I counted) you are injected into the main square of the Albufeira Oldtown. It takes about 5 mins going down but a tad longer going back up but we found that once we'd started it was ok. If you go the opposite way out of the hotel and up the hill to the main road there is an Aldi and a Lidl which was great for us. We much preferred the the Lidl even though it was over the road as it had far more choice and better looking fruit and veg. As for the Oldtown itself, don't be afraid to try the places to eat that aren't as in your face as those on the main square because the food is definitely better if you scratch below the surface. We found a lovely little tapas place on a side street called Gran Via (when you come out between 2 bars after coming down the steps, turn left and keep walking until you come to a mexican place. Go left at the mexican and follow the road round until you see the Tapas bar on the right. You won't regret it.More
Nice place, especially the apartments
When we arrived at the place two weeks ago, it looked nice. Spacious entry with lots of stone and glass. when you're at the main desk, look up. The view of the inside of the dome is nice. Service was adequate. Not 4-star quality but not bad either. the place has a bar, a snack bar-like place and a restaurant. The bar and restaurant lack any kind of atmosphere so we didn' t go there. The pool snack bar is nice. The pool area looks good with a good-sized pool. The entire terrain is, however, a bit small when the hotel is booked. There were several times where there were so many people at the pool that it was impossible to get a bed there (and not just because of the 'towel-placers'. The best part of the hotel is the apartment itself. Spacious enough with all the amenities you need: dishwasher, washing machine and oven/stove. Also, our apartment had twin a/c's with a boatload of possible settings so we could get exactly the temperature we wanted, wehere we wanted it. shower/bathroom is good as well and the 3rd bed was not the sofa, but a (1.80m) bed that could be places under the sofa. The beds themselves were too hard for my taste. All in all a very decent place. We had fun and it catered to our needs.More
Just back from a week staying here, very modern apartment with everything and more you would need, very spacious and really clean. We were on top floor with an amazing view. maid service was excellent with an option to put a do not disturb sign on your door if you wish . You dont really need to though as the maid came while we were out in the afternoon. The only downside to the apartment was that the beds were a bit uncomfortable . We ate in the restaurant once, a la carte , the food was lovely .Most of the staff were friendly, others should take a tip from the girl in the bar who always gave service with a smile. We had no problems with hen or stag parties being loud or vulgar during our stay and it was quiet at night. Location is great ,stairs not a problem really only if you have mobility problems. old town is hit and miss, in the main square its beautiful cobbled streets and old buildings, are ruined slightly by the loud tacky bars and restaurants. The street with all the pubs is horrible at night. We tented to avoid that area and go to surrounding areas where it is more child friendly ,so you can avoid the tacky side if you want. They seem to be catering more for the stag and hen market . Ricardos is a must if you like Italian food.More
One week at cerro mar
The one bedroom apartment is spacious and full of amenities (washing machine, dishwasher, oven & plenty of crockery) no toiletries but does have a hairdryer. Maid service was really good, the only complaint was the day we walked in the bedroom for the first time there was a used plaster on the headboard?! No complaints after that. The beds were really firm and were too hard for me and my partner we both woke up aching and not very well rested. The air con in the room was the best I've had in any room abroad, able to cool down or heat up (good for winter stays) with blankets in the wardrobe, which I used in the night as the air con cooled the room right down. Balcony was big and clean with another fan, small table and chairs and a clothes horse attached to the wall. There was a super market across from the reception was quite expensive and 5 minutes up road was a lidl and Aldi so walked up there for cheaper food/drinks etc. We went half board and ended up paying on 4 occasions for the a la carte menu as the buffet food wasn't great. Was a buffet breakfast which again wasn't the best but edible. The staff in the restaurant were friendly and helpful. The pool bar staff in the day were okay, mainly just chatty with each other. The woman in the upstairs bar at night was the best member of staff there hands down; funny, friendly, made conversation and even remembered our drinks when we went in, she really made us feel welcome. The reception staff were awful!! These were the ones I hated talking to and what ruined the hotel for me. The morning we left all that was said to us was "you're checked out now you can leave" no hope you enjoyed your stay. Their customer service skills are non existent. We overlooked the old town which was down 100 stairs and very lively. This lead cerro mar to accommodate stag and hen parties, which wasn't an issue for me as they weren't rude or vulgar around the children or pool they were just enjoying themselves. There was no entertainment at the hotel, the TVs in the room didn't have many English channels (news and movies for men) and all that played on the bar was sports. Free wifi in the reception but was very slow ended up paying for the wifi which we picked up in room 216 (always check in your apartment for Novaspot wifi before buying) I did enjoy my stay but I wouldn't go back to this hotel. More
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