Hotel da Aldeia
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel da Aldeia Albufeira
Its a long way down to the beach and a drag back up, through apartment sale shark infested roads. The open air nightclub opposite the hotel literally rocks the foundations from 11.30pm to 2.30am, pool view rooms give no salvation from the noise. Staff OK but need lesson in welcoming techniques. Breakfast rolls very crispy everthing else is jaded. Albufeira old town is a building site with drains, roads and pavements being renewed, probably finishes about August
Dont get a street side room
the hotel was fine but i was angry at being charged 60 euros to move rooms after we spent a sleepless night in a street side room great pool though
I booked this holiday through the teletext and was informed that it was a 4 star hotel.
What a shock I got when I got there.
Little more than two star.
The food was appalling morning and evening and we had to eat out ,although we had paid £430 .00 PP for a weeks holiday.(Half Board)
Bedroom furniture a disgrace .No hairdryer or iron as one would expect in 4 star.
We were also placed in a room which was on the main street and music was on every night until half four in the morning.
I had to buy cotton wool for my ears in order to get to sleep.
I liked the resort and I will definitely return to Albuferia but I will be giving this hotel a miss.
Not worth 4*
We spent a week at this hotel and do not feel it deserves it's 4* rating.We were given a main street room and asked to be moved after the first night as the music from the bars continued until 4.00am followed by the clearing of bottles and the street cleaners til 6.00am.The food left a lot to be desired as did the staff on reception.Only the night shift man was friendly and smiley.
Very Basic Accommodation but very Central
We stayed at the Hotel Aldeia from the 11th September for one week on a B&B Basis. We were told before we left that it was a 4* Hotel. I would have put it at a 2*+. The breakfast was horrible. It was served from 7.30am in the morning until 10.30am. If you arrived down at 10.15 the hot food was cold food. Cold scrambled eggs swimming in liquid, bacon which tasted of garlic and smoked cocktail sausages. There was also some hams, cheeses and fruit. I ended up eating only bread and honey for the days that we did go for breakfast. The only member of staff who was anyway pleasant was the maid who did our room. She was very pleasant. The rest of the staff were absolutely awful, not very helpful on reception. We did not eat in the hotel as the breakfast staff were so unpleasant and would clear off your table when you were still sitting at it and bushing crumbs on to you. Only get a room with a street view if you are going to staying out until 4am every morning and even the pool view rooms you can hear the thump thump of music. The accommodation needs to be updated badly and the rooms are very small. The air conditioning does little more than make a noise. On the plus side, it is very central just minutes walk from everything you could need.
Great area to be, just off the strip. Apartments sit in behind the Hotel and COULD be really good but are sadly lacking. Bedroom was large with plenty of hanging space etc big bathroom with a sink that leaked every time it was used and a shower that only had hot water 4 out of 7 days! The kitchen/sitting room was huge but had an ancient fridge and two ringed cooker hob that took 20mins to boil a kettle, and a dining table and chairs that could not be sat on in case they collapsed!! That said there was clean towels every other day and use of the pool etc at the hotel which must be said is excellent. Just returned and this was a great area for a holiday. Lots of bars and noise if you want it and small bars and good restaurants if you don't
Great Pool, Shame about the staff
Have recently returned from a weeks holiday at the Hotel Da Aldeia, The Strip, Albufeira. If you're expecting a 4 star hotel then you'll be disappointed - it only merits a 3. The swimming pool and sunbathing area are the hotel's jewel in the crown and it's always possible to get sun loungers, though they are a bit uncomfortable. The staff let the place down, they don't smile and are generally unhelpful. For sleep, a room with a pool view is a must as the hotel is on the centre of the strip opposite all the buzzing bars with their live music and karaoke renditions belting out till the early hours. It's about 5km from the old town and a taxi costs 5 Euros to get there. If returning to Albufeira I would probably stay here again for the location alone but it's a basic hotel with no frills. PS. Don't go skinny dipping in the early hours after the pool has closed - the staff become even more miserable than they already are!!
I stayed at the Hotel Da Aldeia last week and really it does not warrant 4*. The rooms are small and basis and be warned a room facing the main strip will be very noisy at around 3am. If you really like UK Garage you will probably find it great otherwise sleep will be minimal until after 4am. Move rooms if you can, a small charge will be applicable. Rooms facing the pool are pleasant. The pool is quite large and there is plenty of sunbeds but they are not adjustable. The breakfast scenario is rather amusing you have to sit with others and are not allowed to sit where you want to. The hotel staff are pretty miserable and that might equate to an empty restaurant every night. As far as outside entertainment, the Sizzling Stone is a great restaurant and very busy, basically you cook your meal on a stone in front of you.
Another very good restaurant is the Grill Room on the 10th Floor of the Montechorro Hotel - great food, service and views. You do need to dress to impress, the accompanying piano music makes for a special evening.
Another tip is change you sterling over there as the rate is better that the UK plus no commission.
Very central but a bit noisy!
I stayed at the Hotel da Aldeia from 24 July to 31 July 2003. The hotel is very central - 30 seconds from 'The Strip' where the bars and restaurants in Albufeira are mainly situated. We travelled with JMC but when we arrived at our hotel we discovered that we had been allocated a room overlooking the main street. As the hotel was fully booked (that is what we were told anyway), our request for a room change was not entertained until the following day. The room was extremely noisy and the air conditioning did little more than make a noise. There was a karaoke bar immediately opposite and a loud, drunken rendition of Tom Jones 'Sex Bomb' at 4.30am was nearly enough to force me to throw myself off my balcony! All joking aside - if you are going to stay at this hotel, make sure, before you visit, that you are allocated rooms with a pool side view. We were allocated one of these the following day (at the cost of an extra ten euro per day), but the room was quiet, and slightly larger.
Our stay at the Hotel da Aldeia was comfortable. The rooms are OK - nothing to write home about, though. We stayed on a B&B basis. The breakfast was fine - the normal buffet, with eggs, bread, selection of cold meats, bacon, cereals and fruits. It is best to have breakfast early, as around 9-9.30am the breakfast room does get very busy and it is not very large. The staff were generally polite - the maid was good and supplied us with clean towels every day and cleaned our room. In regard to facilities, the hotel has an outdoor pool (which is clean) and kids pool. Like everywhere, it is best to get a sun lounger early in the day, though, if you intend spending most of the day poolside.
All in all we enjoyed our stay. The main, over-riding advantage with the hotel is that it is very central. It is right in the middle of everything - just across the road from shops, post office, numerous bars and places to eat, off-licence, a supermarket etc. It is about 10 minutes walk to the beach, which is also convenient. It is not the best hotel I have ever had the pleasure of staying in, but not bad for package holiday accomodation. By the way - if you are booking any excursions do not book them through the hotel/your holiday rep. We booked ours in a tourist office across the road as they were 3-4 euros cheaper pp for the same trip than our rep quoted us.
Popular with the Locals
I recently stayed at the Hotel Aldeia for a week. The hotel itself is situated on the main strip in Albufeira new town. If you have a room over looking the road side this will be noisy at night as you are opposite bars and restaurants. However, you can upgrade (for approximately '50) for a room overlooking the pool which is a bit quieter and gets the sun the latter part of the day. The location is good in that everything is at hand i.e. bakery, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, gift shops, phones etc.The hotel was adequate although it could do with updating a little - the decor is quite tired and worn in the rooms. We had a TV, phone, balcony and two single beds. The only problem we had was a very very noisy toilet (whenever it was flushed!) and a sink that took about 20 minutes to empty itself when the plug was pulled out!The pool was a very good size and this was the best thing about the hotel, in our opinion. There was also a large childrens pool. The downside was that there were a lot of uneven patio stones around the pool and I tripped up twice on these which could be dangerous. There were plenty of sun loungers provided you were up by 10.00am to put your towel down (much the same as anywhere!).Towards the latter part of our stay the hotel became very very busy with local people from Portugal who were staying there and this is when it was more of a problem to get a sun lounger and to get any peace and quiet! They did tend to take over the pool area every afternoon!The crazy golf area is old and uneven and ought to be replaced. The games room consisted of a snooker table but this was a good size. The indoor bar was pricey but nice enough although the live music on a Saturday evening is not recommended! The snack bar by the pool was also quite pricey for drinks bit I cannot comment on the food as we didn't eat there.We were on a half board basis but we only had breakfast as we went out for our evening meals. The breakfasts consisted of boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, numerous breads, hams, cheese, yoghurt, fruit and cereals along with tea, coffee and fruit juices. It was pleasant enough. Our only complaint was that sometimes you had to queue to get a table in the morning and also on the morning of our departure we were promised that the restaurant would open at 7.00 to provide us with a breakfast before we left - but it did not.All in all I would say its in a handy location (provided you can put up with the noise) and a simple basic hotel i.e. no frills as such.
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