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Overview
This hotel is superbly located, right by a long sandy beach at the heart of Albufeira. The beach and the lively promenade are reached with the lift. In only a few minutes, guests will arrive in a pedestrianised area with an abundance of shops and entertainment venues.

How far is the nearest beach?
This hotel overlooks the beach.

Distance from Airport
The resort of Albufiera is situated approx 45km from Faro Airport.

Rooms
The comfortable rooms are equipped with an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer. They also come with a direct dial telephone, satellite/ cable TV, a sitting area, Internet access, a fridge, individually adjustable air conditioning and central heating, a balcony or terrace with a sea views, and a safe.

Food & Drink
There is a fine buffet available at breakfast and in the evenings. Lunch is served à la carte or from the set menu. Special dishes are also offered to guests.

Sports & Entertainment
Guests may take advantage of the indoor swimming pool. It is also possible to play billiards and golf or enjoy the entertainment programme.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 777 reviews
 

Room with a view

5 May 2015

Just got home after a week at the Sol e Mar. This was our 3rd visit. Nothing changes it is like staying at an old friends place. It will always struggle to be a 4 star hotel but cannot fault the...

Just got home after a week at the Sol e Mar. This was our 3rd visit. Nothing changes it is like staying at an old friends place. It will always struggle to be a 4 star hotel but cannot fault the staff or amenities. What sets this hotel apart is the location and the fabulous sea and beach views out of ALL the rooms. For value for money this takes some beating and can overlook it's few shortcomings. Will book again next year no problem.

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Great location but struggling to be a 4 star hotel

3 May 2015

First of all, the location of this hotel was superb. It was right on the beach front at Albufeira with terrific views from the bedrooms, the restaurant and the main bar. It was also very convenient...

First of all, the location of this hotel was superb. It was right on the beach front at Albufeira with terrific views from the bedrooms, the restaurant and the main bar. It was also very convenient for getting on to the beach with the lift taking you down to the ground level (entrance to this hotel was on the 5th floor) with key access for the lift back into the hotel. The hotel also had a very popular bar/restaurant on the promenade outside the hotel (for guests and non guests) with wonderful views to the sea. However the rooms were very tired and dated although all the balconies had sea views which were stunning. The bedrooms were, however, kept very clean, as was the hotel. The food in the restaurant was disappointing. We were on half board and dinner in the evening was not that great. Breakfast was a lot better. We would return to the hotel (on a bed and breakfast basis) as the situation was just perfect. It was also perfectly situated for the Old Town which was just behind the hotel. Hence the reason we have given it a 4 star overall rating.

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Is there an outdoor seating area for this hotel? And..Dont take the sightseeing tour bus !!!!

3 May 2015

Hotel was fine. Public areas were well decorated. Breakfast was lovely , but take your own teabags as theirs were completely flavourless. The dining room overlooked the beach and sea. The staff were...

Hotel was fine. Public areas were well decorated. Breakfast was lovely , but take your own teabags as theirs were completely flavourless. The dining room overlooked the beach and sea. The staff were all very helpful but I think their quote for a return taxi to Vilamoura was too expensive. Bedrooms spacious but decor a bit tired. My bed squeeked really badly every time I moved and the bedspreads were ugly and old and if they just replaced them for new ones it would improve the feel of the room. Shower curtain smelt but I couldnt fault the cleanliness of the bedroom/sheets/floors though. View from balcony couldnt have been any better. We left the patio door open and could hear the waves lapping the beach. Bliss. The lift down to the beach was very useful but closed at 7pm and its either a walk up steep steps or a steep slope to get back to the hotel, which proved a problem for someone with walking difficulties. The hotel does not provide beach towels which I think they should reconsider as it would be a useful service-whilst they have no outdoor sunbathing area they are right on the beach. We werent sure if we could sit on the terrace area with the squidgy chairs without ordering a drink. It wasnt clear if this was the hotels outdoor terrace for free use of hotel guests or a separate bar as it was open to everyone. We didnt find the indoor pool whilst we were there and there was no signage to point out where it was.I suppose we could have asked the question about the bar and the pool but we got fed up asking the reception various questions. DO NOT TAKE THE SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR OF ALBUFEIRA. It really is a complete waste of money.

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Great holiday

1 May 2015

Just had 12 days here half board. Hotel has a great location for both the beach and old town. All rooms have a sea view and are south facing.They are spacious, well cleaned with decent sized...

Just had 12 days here half board. Hotel has a great location for both the beach and old town. All rooms have a sea view and are south facing.They are spacious, well cleaned with decent sized bathrooms. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was good , if a little repetative and the decor is somewhat retro. There is no outdoor pool or sun loungers and we thought 15euros a day for 2 loungers on the beach was too expensive. All in all we enjoyed our holiday and would consider returning.

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Additional Information

  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon
  • Language Portuguese
  • Currency Euro

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Beach Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Entertainment
  • Golf
  • Hairdryer
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Club
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Lifts
  • Luggage Storage
  • Minibar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Shops
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone
  • Terrace
  • TV Lounge
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Tourist Information

Weather

It may be cold, wet and grey in the UK, but the weather on Albufeira holidays couldn’t be more different. Summers are hot and dry and last right through until October, while winters are much milder than British ones. With so many great beaches around the area and great sunshine, your Albufeira holidays will be packed full of great memories.

Jabs

Hepatitis A - Vaccination sometimes recommended 2 weeks before travel

Electricity

230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard

Visa

No visa required