Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Albufeira
I have just returned from the Balaia Atlantico having spent 4 nights there with my husband and 1 year old daughter. Having read a few reviews before I went, and not knowing which ones to believe, I thought I would share my experiences.
i stayed at this hotel-apartment (self-catering) at the end of October 2006 with my wife and child. We had a lovely time and enjoyed our stay. The hotel has great facilities and is very well maintained. The room we stayed in were of very high quality with all the cooking utensils we needed.
The hotel is a bit outside the town centre, but all the better for that. So, you will need a car to get around to restaurants/beaches. There is an excellent beach about 2 km from the hotel.
we had a lovely stay the weather was great the hotel was clean and very modern even piped music to all rooms even the bathroom with a choice of channels. all rooms overlook the pool with a distant sea view. we had fridge, cooker, hob, microwave all good quality with plenty of hot water and a tv. You do need a car to get about as it is about 4 killometers from Albuferia centre the best thing todo is to pickup at the airport as this will save you £50 in transfers. It is very easy to drive in Portugal as the traffic is a lot lighter than at home. The pool was great with a childrens pool at the side and jacusi. Pool bar serving meals and drinks most of the day plenty of nice modern sunbeds with small tables and brollies. Very quiet at night. We were room only so we can not comment on the food quality but we spoke to other people and they had no complaints. There were some english people there but most I think were Portugese.
¡Me encantó este sitio!
Regresé ayer de este hotel y el único inconveniente fue tener que conseguir un taxi para ir al centro. Está nuevo, los apartamentos son muy amplios y están limpios. Muebles y cocina muy lujosos. Las piscinas estaban congeladas, sí, pero a mis hijos no les importó. Muchas tumbonas, ¡eso me gustó! No bajamos hasta las 9.30am la mayoría de los días y todavía pudimos conseguir unas tumbonas. La comida estaba mejor de lo que esperaba y el servicio era muy pobre. El personal era muy simpático, especialmente Rudy que trabaja en el bar de la piscina. Sin duda regresaría.
Genial, pero no la comida
El hotel era encantador, la única cosa que no nos gustó fue la comida, que era sosa y simplemente aburrida después de los primeros días con lo mismo. Sin embargo, encontramos un bar-restaurante muy bueno a 2 minutos paseando por la acera, lo cual fue ideal. Magnífica comida y personal muy amable (inglés y portugués). Ojala lo hubiésemos encontrado antes. En general fue un viaje memorable.
Great but for food
The hotel was lovely, the only thing we found let it down was the food, which was bland and just got boring after the first few days of the same stuff. However we found a really good restaurant/bar 2 minutes walking down the footpath which was just ideal. Great food, and really friendly staff (English & Portuguese). We just wished we found it earlier. Overall it was a memorable trip.
Well, having had holidays from hell, and too high an expection sometimes - I was glad to see that my choice of hotel for my family of 4 and my friends family of 4 was a fabulas one! It looked even better than the pictures online. You are greeted by large marble steps into the huge double glass doors straight into a huge air conditioned reception which has plenty of leather seating and a great bar. Our room was a dream, and all the same in the hotel, a huge master bedroom with a large wall to wall wardrobe and dressing table, a large hall, then a huge bathroom with his and hers square sinks, loo and b day and a large deep bath with a fab shower with lots of power. The main room, had 2 couches which turn into 2 beds, a dining room table and 6 chairs, a microwave/oven, fridge, oven and hob, lots of dishes and pots and pans - even a gravy boat! Every room has the same view, not one room looks onto a much hated building site or wall etc.... a big balcony over looking the amazing pool, and out onto the sea.... really is an amazing hotel. The water is yes, slighty chilly - but hey, it's roasting over there, so last thing you want is a warm pool generating lots of germs. The pool was cleaned everyday, and we saw it being checked using some sort of tool - must be for cleanliness, it was totaly spotless, and huge. There is also a small jacuzzi and a childrens pool, which is of generous size too. At the pool there is a bar and a cafe where they serve typical snacks, sandwhiches, pizza etc. The 2 resteraunts served beautiful food, and as my children are not burger eaters every night, they really enjoyed dishes of fish, portugese lamb stew etc - all just so tasty, but not for those who are still wanting a burger and chips abroad!
Loved this place!
Just came back yesterday from this hotel and only downside was having to get a taxi
into town. Brand new, so spacious and clean apartments. Very luxurious furniture and
kitchen. Pools were freezin, yes ,but my kids didnt get put off by that.
LOts of sun loungers so that pleased me!! Didnt go down til about 9.30a.m. most days
and still got loungers. Food was better than i expected and service was very good. Staff were very friendly especially Rudy who works at poolside bar. Would definetely go back again.
Just back from a week at this hotel and we enjoyed our stay. The hotel is exactly as described by the tour operators - new, clean and modern, 4* accommodation, outside of Albufeira. You will need a car to get around as it's quite remote with nothing to see or do in the area and definitely too far to walk to town. There is one restaurant within walking distance which is just okay and one small supermarket about 10 -15 mins walk away but that's about it. There was no real atmosphere in the hotel or poolside but that was probably because there weren't many people there at the time. The water in the pools was freezing too, I only braved it once under pressure from one of my young daughters (the other two girls tried the water but refused to get in). It was icy cold! They have a good kids club every day (1.5 hrs) with extremely nice leaders and they made lovely arts and crafts items to take home. They also have a mini disco for half an hour most nights. We tried the hotel buffet one night and it was quite nice (€17:50 pp, half price for kids 5 and up), gorgeous desserts in particular! If cleanliness is important to you, as it is for me, you won't be disappointed. The room was cleaned every day except Sunday and we got clean towels each day too.
New and pleasant accommodation
New and well epuipped, very comfortable apartment hotel.
Service is commendable. If you rent the room safe you
have all but bought it! The pool is typical of Portugal,cold at all times of the year (solar blankets are yet undiscovered). The restaurant has typical Portuguese "cuisine" (oil soaked rice, unimaginative
overpriced food, tough beef yet excellent pork).
The criticism is of somewhat minor points and we would not hestitate to recommend this hotel which is operating well especially for one which only opened recently.
By the way, you are out of Albufeira by only five minutes in a scenic and quiet setting with ocean views.