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... but its clean. Add endless cheap bars and grog (A bottle of drinkable wine sells for as little as €1, a bottle of vodka €3 – I’m not kidding you) to the serenity and viola. So many good times had and memories taken!
To Son, Case, Gem and all the other chikos from the week in Lagos, bless. So much fun, can't wait to surf, party and/or burst ear drums with you again soon!
... warm water. Our hotel had a couple of restaurants to choose from and we enjoyed a delicious bbq dinner our first night there. Lagos is definitely a popular holiday destination and the old town was packed. We wandered around the stores once or twice but preferred the marina for our evening meals and a walk in the sun. The area between Praia da Luz and Lagos is famous for it's many grottos and stunning beaches at the base of high cliffs. ...
Well well hello hello
We are off to Lagos today but its actually pronounced Lagosh as the Portuguese put a sh on the end of their s. We get into the bus feeling quite good after an excellent night sleep inside the train station hostel. We all rise early and head out to get some breakfast which they had made some pancakes and bread with ham, Score! The destination is all that's important today and we are pretty much rush rush to get to Lagosh as we only have ...
So annoyed that my phone died for the whole first day we were in Lagos. So no cool photos of the beach or their neat little town centre. Unless I steal Emma's photos. The beach was beautiful. White sand beaches with crystal clear water that looked devine. But it was deceiving. It was bloody freezing. So freezing there was no chance ...
... we were way too sober for this! The following day it was off to the beach, Jed hadn't seen the sand and sea for a few days, and my pathetic attempt of a tan was looking even more pathetic! The weather was bloody hot, and the ocean freezing cold! Extremely refreshing. I was trying to be brave and dive under and everyone else was fafing about on the shore line, I wadded on in, took a breath and went for it. I got major brain freeze and I couldn't catch ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa Albufeira
The family all had a great holiday
What a lovely time we had at the Santa Eulalia Aparthotel. The room was very spacious and clean enough. We were in room 410 which had a sea and pool view. The bath was needing replaced and only had a shower spray which goes every where. So take care or the bathroom will be flooded. The staff were very helpful & friendly, although one waiter who did the afternoon shift was always a bit moody. Not a lot of entertainment at night. and if you are not up early you won't get a sunbed.
Prices are a bit dear in hotel but there are plenty of bars near by and of course on The Strip which is just 10 mins walk away.
Coyote Bar does lovely breakfast and coffee and very clean and friendly. There is always a karaoke at night.
Must eat at Papa's Joes just 5 mins away on main Road(not on the strip).
Food is excellent and cheap and you get huge portions. Portofino Restaurant on Strip is also lovely, as is Sunset on The Strip. We did not go into The Sizzling Stone as it was a bit pricey although it is recommended.
My children want to go back as they made loads of friends.
Yes I would go again and The Algarve is beautiful and very very clean.
Really nice place
Just returned from the above, stayed for two weeks. Apartment was clean and bedding and towels replaced twice per week. Nice bar and pool area. Ideal location for Old town visits and the entertainment of the famous 'Strip'only 5 mins walk.
Only complaint we had, was you have to get up very early to take claim to a sun bed around the pool. (No not Germans) people from Glasgow or Belfast seem to beleive they have the monopoly for the beds.
Excellent place if you have kids, and we would consider going back next year.
Could do with a clean!!!!
Our room was covered in long hairs, and under table was NEVER swept in 2 weeks. Maids only cleaned when they felt like it. The pool side was washed three times in 2 weeks, and plastic cups used to float in the pool from the previous night. Pool is open during the night, so unsuitable for young children to be left unattended in the bar in the evening, even to use the toilets, which are right next to the open access to the pool. Our balcony was covered in ants, which were all over any wet washing.
Have just returned from a week's holiday in Portugal. We stayed at the Santa eulailia apartments. We booked the holiday online and decided to go for this one as it was the right price! Wasn't to sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when we got there. The apartment was large and had all the ammenties you would expext from SC. The pool area was quite small doesnt look like it does in the picture but there is a lot of space around it to sunbathe. (as long as you don't mind getting up @ 6am to put your towels out!) The cleaners didn't do much apart from change the sheets- they didn't clean the kitchen but we didn't really use it so wasn't a problem!
The staff were friendly and spoke good english.
Location is excellent it is about a 5 minute walk from the beach and 10mins from the strip - where the bars ans restaurants are.
I recommend to eat @ the sizzling stone restaurant its brillant fun and tasty food!the restarant next door is also gr8(looks like TGI's).
Don't bother with Liza's pizza place on the strip it looks nice but the foods rubbish.
Final note the weather was gorgeous and hot!!
Nice enough spot for the money
I have just returned from a week (19th May - 26th May) and first of all the weather was incredible, very hot with 12 hours sunshine every day.
We had Room 211 which is right at the back of the place and is very quiet, there is not much view just adjacent apartments and the parking area. The outside has just been painted as I noticed several previous posts had commented on this being needed so looks ok to me. The room itself is adequate, no more, but we got this for just over £500 so not expecting the Ritz. The tiling, kitchen and bathroom areas are ancient but as I say adequate enough. I'm sure many of you who have visited these resorts before will know the self catering is a bit of a joke but handy for breakfast and a cold drink.
Hiring the safe is €15 and the toaster is €6.
The housekeeping was done every day except for Sunday & the day before you leave. They clean the floors, bathroom & make your beds but don't clean the kitchen area, again no real complaints there.
In the bar it was €2.50 for a large beer, it is €1.25 in the nearby Coyote bar and a mind boggling €1.00 in the Martinique Velha just round the nearby roundabout, in this place it is a 0.5L served in a glass shaped like a boot, you've got to try this place out just for the glass alone !!
We had a good day out at Slide & Splash, it was €21.50 for each adult and children under 4 are free, there is a reduced price for other children at €15.
Best meal was the Chinese Royal just along from the apartments, superb.
These places were good meals & service, both on the Strip:
These places were ok but not really recommended, again on the Strip:
Liza's Pizza & Pasta
One to avoid is the Ancora Top Deck, truly abysmal food, served equally badly in almost a canteen type fashion, truly a wasted night.
Beaches were nice and I would return to the area and also would return to the Santa Eulalia but only if the price is right, if you pay over the odds you will feel let down.
Nice Bar area
I thought that these apartments were a perfectly fine place to stay.
OK they are not 5 star but thats not what we paid for.
The bar/reception area area was large and modern and had a large screen for football games.
The pool was also big and clean enough.
The rooms were spacious and clean and our balcony had a nice view .
The only thing i would say is that the exterior could do with a lick of paint.
The location was good for the strip amenities and it was a taxi ride from the old town.
If you want a fairly inexpensive, clean,friendly hotel with all basic amenities this is for you.
Yes i agree it could do with improvements
My family and i have been going to the Santa Eulalia Aparthotel for the past 3 years and are going again next year. Although i agree with most comments, yes there is plenty of room for improvement in the hotel, my family has yet to have had a bad stay.
The staff are very friendly and Jose who works behind the bar and his family are now very good friends of ours. Also Vidal who owns the bar and his wife Gizelle who is the hotel manager are also among our friends. This makes it al the more enjoyable to go back there. As for the place itself (Albufeira) i challenge anyone who says that they didn't enjoy it. There are plenty of places to eat some cheap some expensive (depends on what your taste is).
The beaches are fantastic, Santa Eulalia beach is the best. The old town of Albufiera is a must to see, narrow streets, with plenty of shops and resturants and bars to just sit and chill out. The Portugese are very friendly and welcoming (something we brits could learn from). Car hire is cheap and it is easy to drive around the Algarve with plenty of places to visit. Overall a most enjoyable holiday that gets better every year we go.
We had a great time
We had a great time, I agree the rooms were not great. But who goes on holiday to stay in the room 24/7. We had a room situated on the ground floor, looking over the pool. Which the kids loved. The staff were very friendly, espically Jose he was great. The kids club was brill my kids were fully entertained by two really great girls. The hotel location was ideal just 5 mins walk from everything you needed but not in the mist of things. I am definately going back next year!
Hotel was OK. Could have done with a general lick of paint and deep clean. To refer to kitchenette as "self catering" was a bit of a joke - two rings that take forever to heat up. Pool a bit small, but clean enough. pity that some teenage louts were making such displays of over boisterousness around the pool that it often became unsafe for small er children. Were told beforehand that hotel had a games room - this was an empty room which was closed for the summer. Bar was OK, with good services, but "entertainment" was pretty dire. Reception staff always polite and helpful, requests for extra bedding etc always dealt with promptly.
Having been to Portugal a number of years ago, the thing that really stuck in my mind was the quality of the food. On my return I found a plethera of kebabs, pizzas, lasagnes etc. Even those restaurants claiming to be "traditional portugese" couldn't begin to match what I'd had before. However, one noteable exception was the Japanese restaurant near the hotel (I cant remember it's name, but is just up the road from the Marachino supermarket) where we had possibly the best meal out I've ever had.
Well read and see what you think really
the hotel was not the cleanest and the rooms were only done when the maid felt like it,jose the bar man was the nicest person staff wise, he was very friendly and helpful etc, and francsico was the helpful one on the reception, he was the one who helped the mostrooms we had a stuido me and my two teenage children, not the smartest of furniture, the rooms need redecorating, as the walls look full of mould on room 224, the cooking facililtes need to be better than a 2 rings , bathroom facilites were fine, the rooms need to be cleanned better and more often, sheets to be changed once during your 7night stay, the towels should be every day, and more better crockery too, and plug in kettle, and a free toaster and television, and use of the telephone to be at a discounted rate if staying in the hotel, needs more decoration in the bar, and more offers of snacks to be availabe, and could offer more better enternainment, and a courtesy bus for visiting the algarve shopping malls, it could be such a better place, if all the nicer things were better, and to take solo too, every where else did to have an in house hairdresser, bistro facilietes, it has so much it couyld offer with the correct staff doing it,