Alto Da Colina Aparthotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Albufeira
Great accommodation At the Alto
We spent 12 days at the Alto after being moved from the horrendous Natura Sun Club.
We found the aparthotel absolutely 1st class, apartment was superb everythin you need very modern with spectacular views.
Poolside was excellent as well it's defo good for families as it has plenty to do for kids.
The location is a bit away from the strip and the old town but condidering it cost under £3 to get all the way to the old town it didn't bother us, we enjoy walking anyway and often walked down to the Strip (20 mins)
I agree with most reviews that the menu in the Alto itself was quite limited and uninspiring especially for the price.(£2.50 for small orange juice, small snacks like salads 8 euros)
Cleanliness was 1st class, fresh towels everyday apartment cleaned everyday,
Air con in lounge and bedroom is excellent as well for the stuffy nights
Weather was excellent 30's during the day which we were surprised about for the time of the year but a lot cooler at night which we think is excellent, women would need cardigans etc for at night.
Overall excellent aparthotel would definitely stay again excellent for young famillies but we were there on our own and really had an excellent time.
2 great weeks
Just returned from 2 wonderful weeks at the Alto. The apartments are really impressive, in fact the best we have ever stayed in.
Found the onsite restaurant really expensive so we only ate there the first day we arrived.
The taxi situation is really dire. The problem isnt actually getting a taxi it seems to be getting through to the taxi office. If there are 10 people waiting in reception they want to ring for each taxi rather than the 1st time they get through asking for 10 taxis. A little tip regarding the taxi situation head out about 6.30pm and avoid the rush which starts about 8pm. Also turn right at the bottom of the road and there is a wonderful restaurant about 5 mins walk away called Martins.
The Sun Bed situation is awful (sorry that should have read was awful) but Colin the head rep went around one morning and removed all the towels from unoccupied beds and that seemed to sort the problem. After that we were able to get beds at 10am.
The reps are wonderful. Always there if needed and providing entertainment but never in your face like some of the reps we have had on previous years.
Entertainment!! What can I say. The out side shows were pretty ok but a few nights the reps but on there own shows and they were so bad they were actually funny all you could do was laugh.
All in all we had a wonderful holiday and would definetly return and recommend it to others but I would make everyone aware of the location.
Great hotel - lovely rooms
We have just returned from staying at the Alto Da Colina.
I agree about the beach in the last review. We walked through the Alfagar apartments with the intention of going to the beach on another day, but it is really a treck and with a small child - not really worth the hassle.
The food in the hotel is OK. The snacks are really good. We found the restaurant staff really pleasant - but there you go!
The fight for the umbrella/sunbeds is a chore, but as long as you get up between 7.30 and 8.15 to 'get one' then you are OK. Don't listen to the reps when they say 'You don't need to reserve sunbeds, think about the other guests', because if you do, you won't get one!
The taxis are not as bad as all that. We only had to wait about 20 minutes once and we couldn't pre-book from our room. We had to (along with everyone else) go down to reception and just wait. The hotel is running a mini bus, but it was not reliable, so we opted for taxis all the time.
The long haired blonde lady in the supermarket is a miserable so and so, but all the other staff were really pleasant we found. Don't send a postcard from reception - mine got here today and I posted them over two weeks ago!
All in all we had a great time. I wouldn't go back because of the location, but perhaps they might build some restaurants nearby in the future?
Nice rooms - shame about the location.....
The room was excellent, spacious, clean and more than comfortable with fabulous views out to sea. Once in your room you felt like you were in a 4* hotel. Try and get a room on the ground/first floor as they have 2 lifts which are tiny and usually have to wait in a queue to get in one.
The downsides: Location - you definitely need a car to get anywhere that is half decent. The beach was more like a 1km distance which incorporated very treacherous steps that should have been demolished 20 years ago. Too dangerous to take children down. If you don't take the "step gamble" the beach would be a good 25 minute walk
There was a daily competition to get a sunbed/parasol - The pool was over run by locals at weekends/evenings that had little or no respect for paying guests and littered the complex.
We ate at the hotel's restaurant on 3 occassions in the hope that the food would improve and on each occassion we were very disappointed with the quality of the food which was served by sullen and unfriendly Eastern European staff.
If you do stay here and decide not to hire a car then make sure you book your taxi at least an hour and a half in advance from the hotel reception as due to the location there are no alternatives within walking distance of the hotel. It's appx a 30 minute walk to the Montechorro strip but our preferred choice was a short drive to Villamoura which was by far the most upmarket resort around.
If you decide to pay a deposit for the air con, safe and TV as we did, make sure you pay the deposit in cash as we paid by credit card and the money has been taken out 3 times.
My advice......... if you are looking for a 4* hotel/resort - stay in Villamoura.
Really enjoyed the Alto da Colina
We have just returned from 1 week at the Alto da Colina hotel, with 2 small children this is a great place for families, you don't need to leave the complex really. There is entertainment every night, kids clubs and a creche for babies from 12 months old, the creche can be booked up quick so I advise to get in there as soon as you arrive to get your sessions. There is also swimming lessons & football coaching for kids, the facillities are superb and very clean. You have a small shop on the site and they sell everything you need, the food at the hotel wasn't great I suggest you hire a car or grab a cab as there are so many nice restuarants in the town. There is a laundry service on the 4th floor you get tokens from reception to use the machines, and they have 2 computers so you can pay to use the internet. All in all we really enjoyed our stay, we had a corner sea view room which has 2 balconies and that was lovely, air conditioning was in the lounge and the bedroom. The only complaint was that they put up the drinks at the bar half way through our holiday, they said it was due to the high season.
Alto da colina
I stayed at this hotel for 1 week,the room was excellent everything was to agood standard and was cleaned daily.there is lots for younger children to do and my daughter loved the kids clubs.The staff are helpful and speak english.It is in a quite area but bus stop is nearby and it is a ten min walk to a lovely beach.the evening entertainment is not great and tends to repeat but as this is a new hotel this may improve.There is a gym and sauna but children are not permited in these.There are 2 indoor pools and four outdoor pools 2 are for younger children.There is a kids splash area and a climbing area as well as a football club.I will be going back again
One of our best holidays to date!
Back on 1st May 2005 we were the first coach load of tourists to arrive at this brand new hotel.
All of the First Choice reps along with Bugs Bunny himself were waiting to greet us.
The room was surprisingly spacious and all of the fixtures and fittings were of excellent quality.
The numerous pools and leisure facilities were more than you could have wished for.
The children would have liked to have stayed and played in the Kids Club 24/7 if only it were open! The fun they had there far outweighed anything we could have offered.
We dined in the restaurant just once as we found the food to be slightly uninteresting and although nice a little over priced.
I would advise you take a grocery starter pack with you for when you arrive as the on-site shop leaves a sting in your purse!
To say it is a mere 500 m stroll to the beach and a 20 minute walk to the Strip are slight untruths but thankfully taxis were cheap!
We found the Reps ("especially Ben" said my 5 year old daughter Felicity) to be courteous and obliging at all times and would not hesitate to return again in the future.
Loved the Alto da Colina
The Alto da Colina is perfectly located away from the busy town centre of Albufeira. The apartment was spacious and very clean. It was well equipped with coffee filter machine and microwave. The pool area was exceptional with a very spacious pool. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel was busy with small children and there seemed to be plenty for them to do. They are still finishing building work on a play area but this did not effect our stay at all. I would highly recommend these apartments.
Great Holiday in Portugal
We recently returned from a month's stay at the Alto da Colina Aparthotel in Albufeira. This property is recently new and everything is modern to their standards, right down to having heat and air conditioning in each unit. The kitchen area is quite colourful and well equipped with even a glass-topped stove and a microwave oven, but no oven on stove. They also do not have a laundry service on the premises yet. The hotel, at the time of our stay (month of March) was not busy, so we had the hot tub to ourselves, but the indoor pool was quite cool. The outdoor pool was never used as it was too cold also, but nice to lounge around on sunny days. There is a recreation complex being built at the rear of this hotel, but it did not interfere with our stay. The front desk personel were very helpful with any of our requests for information, etc. Having a car is certainly an asset as it is a fair walk to shopping and restaurants from the hotel, but a bus stop is down on the main street from the hotel. There are so many fine restaurants, it would be hard to choose which was the best. We did find he local library where they let you use the computer on internet for one half hour, free of charge, daily. Great for keeping in touch with family at home. We would certainly recommend this aparthotel as a vacation spot in the Algarve.
Great time at Alto da Colina!
We stayed at Alto da Colina from March 1, 2005 to March 8, 2005 and enjoyed it very much. This is a brand new aparthotel in the Balaia/ St. Eulalia area of Albufeira. Since this aparthotel is only 9 to 10 months old everything is brand new and in excellent working condition. The rooms are spacious and very well appointed. The staff are very helpful and bend over backwards to make sure your stay is very enjoyable. There is a supermarket and restaurant about 5 - 10 minutes away by foot at Alfagar (Alto da Colina's sister resort). Overall, this resort was excellent and we would definately go back and stay here!.