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.
1 Bedroom Apartment with Balcony
These warmly toned 1 bedroom apartments include a balcony for some space outdoors. Your apartment will come with a lounge and kitchenette, plus air-conditioning.
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Cerro Mar Colina
Stayed for one week at the Cerro Mar Colina apartments. Booked via Thomson's which showed an old photo of the Atlantico Apartments in error. Took a while to find any other reviews as they're both part of the Cerro Mar Garden Hotel/Apartments. We stayed in 301 which was a bit of a trek but was lovely and clean with a sea view and views of both pools. Room had washing machine, oven, hob, kettle, toaster and fridge/freezer. Two good size double rooms (one with ensuite bathroom) and main bathroom. Big lounge with TV and dining area. Safe which you pay 10 euros for a barrel with key. Staff are friendly - even down to the pool water testing man! Bad points - hard bed (really hard!), metal security gate noisy at night, the odd unwanted crawly guest (which could be expected), charge for towels when using spa showers (as we had late flights and had to vacate room). Good points - can use facilities throughout the hotel (free gym, indoor pool, sauna). We paid for breakfast which was buffet style in main hotel (lovely and good choice). Very clean throughout. Unfortunately as with lots of holidays there were the odd holiday makers who were flouting the rule of no reserving sun beds but due to being a quieter period it was not a problem. All in all this was a fabulous holiday on a good location (don't let talk of the steps from other reviews put you off - helps work off the drinks and food). Would consider going again.More
Sharon R, 186378
Last minute holiday
Me my daughter and my friend booked this apartment as a last minute holiday and couldnt fault it very spacious very clean numerous pools to choose from a 5 min walk down lots of steps to the old town all in all lovely apartment lovely place lovely people and would definetly go backMore
Absolutely love this hotel , location just at the top of steps from old town , multiple pools , lovely staff , gym and spa area, 30secs from a shop, 5mins from Aldi of staying in the apartments. Absolutely spotless!! This is my third time back and will defs stay here a 4th time ! Thanks Ciara .More
Good - with room for improvement...
This review is based on a stay in Cerro Mar Garden main building in a 2 bedroom apartment. Location – Right. Let’s get the 98 steps to the Old Town out of the way. You may find the return journey uncomfortable if you suffer from mobility issues, breathing difficulties or are simply getting older. My mid-60s relatively fit parents found them uncomfortable and had to stop a couple of times en route, I am 40 and was a bit puffed out. It’s worse in the heat, not so bad in the evening, but still not something to look forward to. The hotel offer a free minibus down & back 5 times a day but the last journey is 5.30pm, and the local buses finish at around 9.30pm. There are taxis for around 5E, but the rank by Hotel Baltum has long queues, and the other rank is out of the way at the top of Avenida Liberdade due to the large pedestrianised area, and doesn’t get as many taxis. My parents tried the Avenida Liberdade rank one night, and ultimately decided on the following evenings that it was better to put up with 5 minutes of strenuous stepping than to go considerably out of their way to the taxi rank on Ave. L. They recovered with a medicinal G &T once back at the hotel. The location on the hill does have the bonus of making it quiet – you are 5 mins from the Old Town, but hear very little noise from it. If you are young and fit, the location on the hill will be no issue for you – just don’t attempt it with a push chair! Reception – staff were welcoming on arrival, helpful and informative. They gladly provided us with 3 room cards, replaced our aircon remote batteries, and explained how to use the room safe lock when it was proving a bit tricky. Room – our 2 bedroom apartment was well-proportioned, in good condition, very clean, and all furniture was sturdy, and the kitchen was of good quality, complete with granite worktop and fridge and separate freezer compartment. The kitchen/diner/lounge was a good size, and had a pool & sea view balcony. The balcony also had an airer for swimsuits etc, but ironically was smaller for our 2 bedroom apartment than the balcony of many of the neighbouring one bed apartments. The twin bedroom had an en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over) and the double bedroom had a bathroom immediately next door – again, bath with shower over. The bathrooms had nice modern tiles and white suites. Unlike the 1 bedroom apartments, on our 2 bedroom apartment, the bedrooms had windows but no balconies. This in itself was not an issue, but the twin bedroom window overlooked the corridor/walkway so other guests walked straight past the bedroom window, causing privacy issues. This could be resolved if the hotel would put up fine muslin or voiles, in addition to the standard curtains, which obviously make the room dark. There was less of a privacy issue with the double bedroom which overlooked the pool area so was not subject to people walking past. The room was quiet, with no noise night or day from other apartments, and even the twin room overlooking the corridor was not noisy. Breakfast – decent quality and variety – cereal, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, fruit, croissants/pain au choc, scrambled eggs, baguettes, cold cuts – ham & cheese. Fruit juice, coffee, tea etc. Decent value for 7euros per person if not booked as part of your package. The chap who I believe was the breakfast manager was particularly kind to me. For those who like to eat outside, tables on the terrace are limited, it would be nice if they could add a couple of extra tables outside as there is additional space which could be used. Pool area – the main pool (by the Reception block) is a good size, around 23m end to end, but sunbeds are a bit close together. They could do with additional parasols to provide more shade, and more bins to avoid plastic glasses etc catching the wind and ending up in the pool. Neither bar staff at the end of the day or cleaning staff first thing in the morning did a proper check for rubbish around the pool area. The price of a large beer was reasonable, around 2.30E. It’s a shame the pool area has no outside toilets, forcing users to dry off and go through the bar to find the loos. Cerro Mar Atlantico, at the top of the road, DOES have this facility. Stag groups – the hotel does accept them, and for the sake of all staff and family visitors, the hotel management and tour operators should not accept them here. This is a family property in the old town, not an 18-30 in the new town, and tour ops and hotel management should reinforce this. We got the impression from various staff that they do not like the stags either, due to the possible damage and disruption to other guests, even more of a reason for management to accept that families and stags are incompatible and should decide to accept one type of guest, or the other. We experienced a stag group for 1.5 hrs poolside on the Friday night, they were relatively sober but still quite loud, took over ½ the pool at one point and there was a bit of swearing and they played their own music at the previously-quiet poolside. After a complaint at reception, a pool bar attendant went over to ask them to quiet down, but ½ hr later the music restarted, and nothing more was said. Families vacated the pool area much earlier than night than on previous evenings due to their presence. Thankfully around 5.30 they decided to get ready for their night out, and even more thankfully for us, they were not staying in the main Cerro Mar Garden block, so there was no party noise for us whilst they were getting ready, nor any noise at whatever time of night they chose to return. We were dreading seeing them again Saturday afternoon after our return from sightseeing but mercifully there was no sign. We got the impression that stags generally cannot afford certain properties in peak season but come early September, when the prices drop, the stags start to return. I imagine CMG is not their preferred choice of property due to its distance from the new town, but clearly there is a possibility you may encounter them outside of July & August. Pool towels & facilities– YES! Pool towels do exist, despite what some other reviewers have said. Some people assume they are not available as they are not in your room, and it’s not a service that is promoted or advertised, but give the Spa team 5E deposit, you can change your pool towel as often as you like, and can reclaim your 5E when you hand in your towel for the last time. I didn’t use the Spa for anything other than changing the pool towels but the staff were friendly and efficient. The gym looked well maintained and decently equipped; there were a couple of users early mornings and late afternoons. Summary – a good well-maintained property in a good location for the old town (providing you are fit and healthy) which could be improved with extra poolside bins, extra parasols, additional poolside litter picking, and a ban on single-sex groups to provide reassurance to families.More
The apartments are great. Everything you would need to self cater if you wanted to. Pool towels to hire from the spa so you don't have to bring your own. Give the restaurant a miss. Waited ages to order although not busy. We didn't ask for much, an extra paper napkin to wipe our hands after eating prawns and the bill but we were ignored. Sullen waiting staff. Everything else about our holiday was fabMore
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