Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBelver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Tripadvisor had it in its top locations for Albufeira.
Unfortunatelly, I have to disagree.
This is nowhere near 4 stars. Maybe a 2** superior...
Rooms are from the 90s (that explains the success it has for older people).
The initial room offered was without view, as the nextdoor building was covering the windows.
The guys at the reception then offer an upgrade. Literally: a room on a an upper floor, so that we could enjoy a view. Sea view.
That was the only upgrade - the inside of the room was the same.
It;s a pitty because the location has great potential.
Great staff - they did their best to provide solutions to all our complaints.
Unfortunatelly, it;s not in their power to invest and refurbish it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Belver Boa Vista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Pleasant but Beware
I stayed at the Hotel Boa Vista for 1 week after finding a deal on the net for €75 a night (double room with breakfast). Upon arriving the reception staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpfull. The hotel is lovely and clean however the decor is still there from the 1960's when it first opened. I had asked for a double room on the request form but I was given twin beds which I didnt mind but it was disappointing not to be informed beforehand. The safe is €30 to rent (€15 deposit) but the lock is given at reception with the key so it doesn't look to safe and I was apprehensive about it. The room is small and also hasn't been updated but the beds were very comfortable. The room was very clean and maid service was satisfactory however the room could have been swept a few times. The shower is standard but on the first morning there was no water pressure but upon my informing reception it was sorted out. The sink did have a tendency to take a while to empty which was bothersome. Air conditiong was fantastic and could be adjusted perfectly. The room is small and balconey the same so spending a night in can get a bit claustrophobic, only really ideal for couples. There was a excellent view of the beach which is a 5 minute walk down hill. The pool was very clean and not even a sign of the usuall grit you might expect at the bottom. The sun bed mats and umbrellas were a bit old and tatered but usable. The breakfast was a buffet which consisted of jams, rolls, fruit and cereals, dont count on a full english / irish though was lovely, very filling and dining area was lovely looking out at the pool. People hoping to stay close to new town Albufeira "The Strip" beware it is NOT close (€5 taxi ride which reception are happy to ring as you wont find any taxis around the town, think I seen about 2). The walk to the old town is all down hill so beware especially of the tiled paths, however the old town is very lively and nice at night if you fancy a break from the strip. Overall the hotel was very nice. I would not go again especially if I had to pay full rate but do recommend if you just want a bit of peace and relaxation and not to much walking about.
I have just returned from a relaxing four week stay at the Boa Vista and wish it could have been longer. I do not know of another hotel where the staff are quite so welcoming, friendly and helpful (admittedly I have stayed there before). There is a lovely family atmosphere about the place. The hotel is in a quiet location above the town and the views from the fifth floor dining room and my fourth floor bedroom were stunning. The bus service, which passes the hotel, is very useful for those who wish to avoid the uphill walk from the centre!
Very disappointing! The paint on the ceiling and the walls of our room was peeling and it looked as though the room had not been decorated since the hotel was built. The furniture was out of the Ark - impossible to sit and read in the room; the door was damaged and the safety catch was broken. Certainly not the four star quality it was supposed to be.
Nice, but needs to be renovated
We expected something more due to 4 stars and price. First impression was terrible, rooms really out of time, radio from 1960, not working, air-condition from 1960 as well, I believe. Also the location: you need to be fit to stay there - it is on the very top of the hill. At breakfast you are likely not to get any coffee.
On the other hand, when after 14 days we were to leave, my opinion was quite different. You get used to walking, also the room is not important that much, because you don't spend much time in it. Staff was so-so, with a great exception: there was Mr. (I forgot the name) from Africa, who tried very hard to please our every wish and was also very talkative. I also like the hotel's free to taste port! And the view!
For young people it is probably best not to stay here but near to Strip(3 km away), as there is real night life in Albufeira. Old town is also full of bars and pubs, but it's more relaxed atmosphere.
Overall not really up to the four star quality you would expect. We were lucky in that we had a pleasant room with a large balcony up on the fifth floor near the restaurant but other guests alikened their rooms to a dungeon. Rooms near the swimming pool were apparently damp and full of cockroaches. The sun loungers were all broken and some staff quite unhelpful. On the plus side, the restaurant overlooking the sea was lovely and was the only part of the hotel with four star quality, Probably best to find something else
Nice Place to stay
I stayed at Hotel Boa Vista and enjoyed it. The View from my room Balcony was superb and the sunrise over the sea very beautifull, although a litle out-of-date rooms were confortable. The Staff is nice and very helpfull, The restaurant had a fair service, prices, and again a very nice view. I don't hesitate to recomend this hotel if you're looking for quiet hollidays
50/50 Hotel Boa Vista
The hotel is in a beautiful location, sitting at the top of a hill that overlooks the sea and the terra-cotta roofs/white washed buildings of the old part of Albufeira. The location, peaceful and quiet yet within a few minutes walking distance of the beach and the wonderful shopping and eateries. Truly ideal. The hotel itself: very 50/50. The lobby is airly decorated with wicker accents and warm lighting. However, the hallways with stained blue carpet and tacky bamboo doors, not so great.
The rooms are a bit shabby, but are good enough. However, be wary of the bathrooms--dilapadated and depressing. Neon lighting, cracked tile, broken shower that floods--simply dingy. Seems very Bates Motel.
Staff--RUDE and stress inducing. If you have any questions and you do not speak portuguese, I recommend asking all questions during the day as the night porters do not speak english. The restaurant is beautifully encased in glass overlooking the coastline. However, though the restaurant gives off the vibe of being classy and 5 star quality, the food and service are very poor. The waiters are annoying, constantly trying to sell you expensive items, and they are constantly bothering you. They make you feel very claustrophobic and uncomfortable. I ordered steak, and frankly, it was the texture of bubble-gum--really chewy. My friend ate the cod and she said it was chewy as well. Not a good sign. Overview: good value for money--but not quite up to par.
Planned Maintenance, Not.
I don't think my room or the bathroom had been redecorated since the hotel opened. Peeling and cracked paint on walls, black mould on the joints to the bathroom walls, rusting trim to the bath surround. etc.
Definately not recommended unless you want a one star hotel.
Organised the holiday on the Tuesday - arrived on the Thursday. Knew I was going to the Boa Vista - but didn't have any expectations. Hotel situated in the old part, very peaceful and fab location. Some rooms are dated and dingy - I got given a dreadful room at first, but after a stiff drink, gained courage to enquire about changing. No problem - I was quickly given a much better room. Food - fair quality but not a great choice. Staff - friendly and very helpful. They do not have a policy regarding the placing of towels on sunbeds - so be prepared to bag a bed - towels placed out as early as 7am - but not occupied until late afternoon after the person has had a day out! Pool - not child friendly, no shallow end or graduated entry.
For a four star hotel, we expected more. The beds were of poor quality. The toilet, radio, and phone in the room did not work. The chairs were missing from our balcony. And when we expressed our dissatisfaction, they didn't have the slightest interest in making it up to us! Not recommended.
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