I have just returned on 11th September from the above apartments. We had a fantastic time in the old town, and the Cerro Mar Garden , we stayed in one bedroom apartment self catering basis, the apartments were fantastic well equipped and all brand new items.
First time in a long time that there is not taking over loungers at the pool most people lifted towels and got new loungers when they returned. Staff at the apartments were really nice and helpful and would help you with anything you required. If shopping for items Aldi and Lidl are 5-10 minutes away walking, and prices are superb. The old town is amazing, with loads of fantastic restaurants, great bars and reasonable prices everywhere. This is my second visit and will be back next year definitely. So I do not have any negatives to add, I know the stairs to the old town has been mentioned but I did not find it an issue. Hopefully if you are going you will enjoy Alburferia and Cerro Mar Garden as much as we did. The only issue regarding flights is Thomson only do weekly flights to Faro from Glasgow so it is 7 or 14 days which if you like 10 or 11 nights you book independently although Cerro Mar Garden hotel has to be booked through Thomson Holidays so the package works out cheaper at present for next year with discounts. I hope this info helps anybody looking for information.More
Well that was a holiday to remember.
The holiday i experienced in this fabulous hotel with my family was unforgettable. Especially the hill one has to negotiate to get anywhere. The hotel itself was divine, the facilities were especially wonderful as they were available to use for all guests staying in any Cerra Marr hotel in the area. The shops are a short downhill walk on the way and a slightly longer challenge on the way up. The town is a short amble down 200 odd steps not so bad, on the way back, good luck!
The area is wonderful and the nightlife is lovely, there are noisy clubs for the young people and quieter areas for family's and the more mature.
All in all it was a wonderful holiday and i strongly recommend it.
The D, Bangkok, Thailand
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
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
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