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... it sounded good...even if I only read the first 2 pages) and take it all in.
To be honest, Lagos isn’t the kind of place you go for a cultural experience, unless you want a 5 course Portuguese feast for 5 euro (night one in lagos, tick). You won’t find any UNESCO World Heritage sites or works of artistic or architectural genius here, but it is serene. The water is incredibly refreshing (As in, ...
... up I was extremely glad to get off that boat. Still it was well worth it for the stunning views and great photo ops even if it wasn't a very sunny morning and took me a couple of hours to feel back to normal! The beaches in the Algarve are some of the most beautiful in the world. On our last day we hired a Tuk Tuk and driver to take us to Praia do Camilo which is a beach about 15mins over the hills from the town of Lagos. We were dropped ...
We finally hit the hostel and quite frankly although the place was really nice and we had our own double bed and ensuite, smelled like old people. Sorry but its true. It also had a bidet that would not have been ergonomic as it had its taps facing down so instead you would either have to splash your own bum with your hand or essentially sit on the tap. Either way I wasn’t trying it.
After a quick SSS for the both of us we head to dinner in the heart ...
... such a delight to meet. He could've served us the worst food but we still would've walked away happy. But the food was spot on. Our stay in Lagos was very short so early morning we took our breakfast to the beach and walked down the caves. They were incredible and the weather was perfect. Such a quaint town. Will deff need to ...
... your bed is in a dorm with 10 others, there's a faint stench of stale alcohol and dirty washing and to top it off snorey McGee who had a 'big one' is still fast asleep. So off to the beach it is. This time we headed around the coast a bit and found a very nice shadey cutout/cave. So we curled up in a ball, on the beach, in a cave. It was lovely. The next day we ventured out dosed up on goodness knows what! But we went for a walk along the coast, we jumped ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
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Historical Traveler Reviews Falesia Hotel Albufeira
Good, clean, modern hotel
We stayed at the Falesia Hotel in September 2004 - booked through Expedia 7 nights for ??360...worth checking out for cheap deals all year round. If you pay extra for a private transfer on expedia don't expect a mercedes...we got a mini van and so did many others staying there at that time.
The hotel is modern and well kept, but was'nt quite as nice as in the photos. The room was clean but fairly basic, nice clean bathroom too with new towels everyday. Breakfast was really good with lots of choice of hot and cold food, indoor pool area a bit dark, they never seemed to turn lights on so did'nt look as nice as in photos. Although it had funky furniture the bar area stank of stale smoke so we did'nt go in there at all. Nice pool, grounds etc and helpful staff. The beach is about a 10 minute walk, by going through the grounds (and building!) of the sheraton next door...its beautiful and will make you wish you were staying there! we ate there most nights - the alfresco restaurant was no more expensive than many in the the resorts. Once you reach beach its gorgeous, and the sheraton has a beach bar which is perfect for sipping wine looking out to sea.
If you have'nt been to portugal before beware, the sea is very cold and the prices are much higher than in greece and spain - for a meal in a restaurant to the standard of a nice british one ie ASK, pizza express etc you have to pay the same as UKprices. Average price of our main courses was 9-10 euros.
Lastly, lovely beach and posh restaurant at Santa Eualia about 10 mins down road to Albufeira.
3* plus hotel in very quiet part of the algarve
Travelled here in winter so as you would expect very quiet. The hotel has a lovely indoor pool and jacuzzi. The exterior grounds and pool are very pretty lots of green areas nearby and overlooking the more luxurious Sheraton. I am a great believer in that you get what you pay for and if you want 5* quality and dont mind paying for it then stay there and not the Falesia. The rooms are basic and another reviewer said dated. No not dated they are Traditional they were refurbed about 2-3 years ago but have tiled floors and drab looking portugese bedding and curtains. The hotel advertises a mini bar in rooms but I couldn't find one in mine. The hotel is good for a cheap break its clean, the staff were friendly and pleasant, the breakfast was basic for a 4* hotel I recently stayed in a 4* Radisson hotel in Cologne and it knocked the socks off the Falesia especially the breakfast. The Falesia area was pretty and very quiet for the time of year but there was still restaurants and a bar open in the area. The chinese restaurant just a 2 min walk from the hotel was good quality and very reasonable. A cheap flight with this hotel at a good price and your made for a cheap weekend away. A taxi ride to Albufeira was very reasonable at about 10 euro.
We went to Albufeira to buy a holiday property for rental income and personal use. Initially we stayed at the Falisia Hotel and made contact with Algarve Team Properties estate agents there. We were met by two English speaking delightful ladies who showed us around many different properties for sale. Of all the ones shown we fell in love with one on the Club Albufeira which has two magnificent swimming pools, one with a full restaurant menu,a free shuttle bus to the old town and from there it was a short walk to beautiful shelved beaches and fish restaurants. The apartments are newly built and are fully furnished and equipped. We have had really high praise for both the apartments and the resort itself from our renters.
Just returned from a perfect holiday in the Algarve staying two weeks at the Falesia Hotel. Booked the whole trip including car hire through expedia and everything went without a hitch.
Although the rooms were basic, they were clean and well appointed, not dated as someone else has said but traditional. We had a mini-bar in our room which was enormous for two people, including beds and seating area and balcony. Pool area and gardens were nice with lots of sunbeds and shade if required. Pool bar was great and I'd like to say thank you to the lovely staff there who took the time to befriend my 10 year old daughter. Staff worked hard (sometimes only having four hours sleep) and I think this showed occasionally but they always had time to talk to my daughter and she ended up with loads of free drinks. Same staff worked the bar area in the evening and again they were lovely to us and very friendly.
Indoor pool area is a good idea if you have younger children especially in the heat of high summer, they can still play in the water but in the shade. Play area is suitable for little ones, bit too young for my 10 year old. There was a table tennis table and tennis courts (could do with some new nets) as alternative things to do.
Mixture of families and couples and English, German and a large number of Portugese which was nice.
Beach was nice and there is a bus service from the hotel but it was just too hot and you have to pay for umbrellas so we only visited a couple of times.
Restaurants in the area were nice. My daughter is vegetarian so we struggled a bit but the staff at the Mio Sol pizzeria were very helpful and the food there was excellent. Two supermarkets and several shops very nearby.
I already knew the hotel was a little out of the way so hired a car and we visited Vilamora, Quateria, Albuferia, Loule, Guia and Pera and several water parks. Also went to Zoomarine where my daughter swam with dolphins 'the best day of my life, mum!'
The sand sculptures at Pera were surreal and well worth a visit in the evening.
All in all we had a fantastic time. I understand that they are making some changes to the hotel over the next year - swim up pool bar amongst other things but you really can't go wrong with this lovely hotel. Perhaps not a 4* by English standards although I've stayed in worse 4* hotels in England but certainly a great base for a holiday to the Algarve.
Perfectly adequate hotel
I booked this hotel through Expedia on the basis of their description AND the reviews on here. It's a few years since we'd been to the Algarve so, having been to the Costa del Sol earlier in the year, we (early 30's) thought we'd head to Portugal for a quick week in the sun.
If I had to rate the Falesia, and describe it to other potential guests, I'd give it 3-stars. We didn't find the staff overly welcoming at any stage (as described elsewhere). The standard twin rooms are OK and clean. They're certainly nothing special and look rather dated (in a drab 70's build sense!) The beds are quite hard, flimsy and come with the a small pillow, though I guess we might have been given a second small pillow if we asked! The portable TV has around 13 channels, with a choice of Sky News, Eurosport and CNN in English. The air conditioning is quite quiet and works well. There's one of those fixed hairdrier units in the bathroom. There was one spare plug in our room (without unplugging the TV) so if you've got a myriad of electrical gadgets you might struggle a bit!
The breakfast was a bit disappointing. Cheap cereals, powdered orange juice, powdered scrambled egg and tinned fruit cocktail....though plenty of cooked meats, cheeses and bread rolls.
The evening buffet was only 17Euros (though advertised as 20Euro) and seemed to offer quite a good choice. We didn't eat in the hotel as the restaurant/breakfast room was just a bit dreary and lacking in atmosphere.
The pool bar was great - nothing special - but good value for lunches and the food (sandwiches, toasties, pizzas, burgers etc) was fine. The pool and garden areas were well maintained and there's plenty of places for sunbathing. TAKE YOUR OWN BEACH TOWEL THOUGH! The hotel does provide free towels (for a 10Euro refundable deposit) but they're a bit small!
The Sheraton Pine Cliffs is next door and we ate in their Corda Cafe a few nights. As others have mentioned here, it's well worth having a walk through their grounds and down in the lift to the beach. I would also imagine you could probably quite easily get away with sunbathing in their grounds and using their facilities if you wanted to(and had a bit of a brass-neck!)
There's a supermarket just over the road from the hotel - which was great for getting cold drinks and bottles of water. (Bear in mind that the rooms don't have mini-bars - so there's nowhere to chill anything!)
What else can I add - there's a computer in the lobby which you can use for internet access. I think it was about 3Euro for 15 minutes. There's a small kiosk/shop in the lobby which sells newspapers, bars of chocolate, souvenirs etc etc!
Hope this helps....
Nice 4 star hotel Falesia
Nice hotel, clean, well presented, lovely pool. Large double rooms with balcony and airconditioned. Plenty of wardrobe space and cupboard space. Beds a bit hard. Nice buffett breakfast.
A car is essential as a little bit remote and near golf courses.
A lovely portugese fish restuarant round the corner and very good value for money. The beach is at lest 20 mins walk through sheraton hotel next door. Hotel staff friendly and helpful. Lots of children at this hotel especially in the pool. A multi national hotel with guests from uk, france, portugal, italy and germany.
Fantastic hotel, no entertainment!
Just returned from a weeks break at Falesia Hotel close to Alburferia, Portugal. The hotel was everything the brochure and internet described, well maintained, clean, beautiful pool, bar, indoor pool, jacuzzi, etc. However as a young couple in our twenties we found the location to be quite isolated from any night life and life at the hotel revovled around a piano bar which closed at midnight!
There was no other entertainment programme at the hotel. We were disappointed that there were no pool tables, table tennis or other activities on site to take your mind off the very hot sun. There was also no safe in the room.
All in all however we had an enjoable time and would recommend a visit to the marina in Vilamoura (about £30 return taxi) or old town albuferia (about £20 return taxi).
Super late break
Booked at late holiday for the family in this clean and friendly 4* hotel. Facilities were good although the tennis courts could have done with new nets. Indoor swimming pool very useful at this time of year as weather was warm but not always hot enough to use the outdoor pool. Breakfast was a well stocked large buffet with hot and cold food; eggs bacon sausage, cold cuts ham and salami, fruit, cereal, yoghurts and plenty of pastries, bread and bread rolls. There was a fix menu meal (two choices for 20 Euro) in the evening if you wanted, but there were so many very good restauirants within walking distance from the front door we never tried the evening meal.Walk to the beach was about 1km and we found a hire car was necessary to get around. The nearby village of Olhas de Agua was a good starting point for long walks down the beach with a great coffee and ice cream bar close by to refule after a long hike.For this time of yuear bring lots of layers. It was warm enough at time to walk around in just a swim suit. Other time one needed three layers and a light waterproof top to keep of the showers. The sea was cold but the kids enjoyed splashing in the waves. Some brave souls did take the plung on the hotter days.in summary a really pleasant pre Easter break for the family in a pleasant clean small hotel.
Great value and great staff
We recently spent five nights at the Falesia looking for some rest and relaxation with our nine month old son. The hotel is set next door to the Sheraton and is very tranquil. The deal we were offered was excellent value, the junior suite was clean and large enough to accomodate the three of us. The hotel is more of a business venue than a tourist mecca, but all public rooms were well-furnished, and the indoor swimming pool and hot tub were superb. However, where the Falesia really scored points with us was in the attitude of all its staff, who were without exception friendly, helpful and quick to accomodate any request we had. Well done the Falesia! Word of warning though - the Sheraton refused to let us use the elevator down to the beach as we were not guests there - impossible to take a baby in a buggy down all those steps - how miserable were the staff at the Pine Cliffs!!!
Fab hotel + location!
Do go there! The hotel is fab and so it is the service. Everybody is really friendly and the location is amazing and very quiet + private.
Suitable if you are looking to play golf, swim, relax and enjoy! Great for families! The walk to the beach through the Sheraton grounds is not to be missed. I wish I was back there!