Travel Blogs from Albufeira
As of yesterday morning I was still saying that we were going to Portugal, then The Algarve, then Albufeira. Now I can say we are at Olhos d'Agua - means Water Eyes. The apartment is very pleasant indeed - we are in a two bedroom one, although we booked a one bed, and the sea view is just something else. And the sky is blue and the sun is warm! We are lucky. Very quickly ...
... from the train station so we were greeted and taken to the hostel Friday afternoon! Once we were settled in, we decided to hit the beach! Little did we know, the weather here in Portugal is pretty bipolar.. And we ended up running away from a pretty big rainstorm and returning to the hostel fairly early that evening! We made ourselves some supper, visited with some people around the hostel and had a pretty early bedtime! We got such an ...
Well the time changed! Lagos is an hour closer to Canada so it switched to six hours instead of seven hours, which really confused two girls at 4 in the morning! At first we thought our train was an hour early so we got our backpack on and waited for the next stop, than got told by the worker on the train that we had another hour. We than thought we had the time change figured out and that the train was an hour late so we ran to our next train, than got told we had to wait ...
... of monkfish. All of this swimming in a delicious tomato-based sauce. the rice absorbed the sauce, and each bite was heaven on earth. Best meal of the holiday? Definitely! Best meal ever? Maybe! Definitely in the top 10, and that is a lot of meals. We had a bottle of Portuguese green wine to accompany our cataplana, which we are growing to love. After a pleasant walk back to the hotel, we caught the singer's last set with a coffee & brandy (Portuguese brandy of ...
... ocean on our right, we could see a dirt road surrounded by trees on the other side of the beach. We pushed our bikes through the soft sand, climbed up to the wooded area, then kept biking East. What a good decision! So beautiful! Rarely did we see a car. We stopped to pick tangerines. After 10 kilometers or so, we took a road away from the coast, then on to a pain-in-the-ass highway with little shoulder, and headed back towards Vilamoura. After a while, we saw a road ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Paladim Aparthotel Albufeira
Thomas Cook And this hotel stink
We have just returned from this hotel, all other reviews are pretty good which is why we went!
We were given a room on the outside of the hotel which did not get any sun, alright hobsons choice normally but 90% of the rooms on the other side were EMPTY we asked on the first day for a move Hotel staff werte not accomodating too much bother, we asked the Thomas Cook rep he said we would see on Thursday 3 days left of holiday asked but no luck in fact he looked bimused in other words he did nothing about it!
Spoilt the holiday in fact the resort has not a lot to offer and we will not be returning
Great base for a holiday.forget k.f.c etc.Go to Don Carlos or Casa Vieja (Old house)But use the excellent eden bar as they really look after you there
Lovely hotel, very friendly staff. The hotel lies between the old town of Albufeira and the new town, this is more for the youngsters. When my husband and I arrived we were given a studio apartment when I specifically ordered an apartment, the staff were very obliging and we were given an apartment, it was a beautiful apartment and we had two balconies overlooking the pool, we were well pleased. Close by there is a supermarket but don`t be put off the supermarket caters for everyone. Every morning my husband would go down to get fresh bread for breakfast plus there is an array of shops for us girls, plus laundry facilities. The fish market is close by and within a short walk down hill to the old town where we spent most of our time. The only minus point would be that Albufeira does not cater for the very young, but us being middle aged we found it fab.
Loved every minute
me and my family stayed at this fantastic hotel for two weeks this summer. I found it so hard to leave as it was the perfect holiday. The friendly staff and calming atmosphere will have you wanting to keep on coming back every year. The pool was lovly and a great size for the hotel, It never seemed to get busy. Being in walking distance to the brilliant old down and the lively strip is a huge bonus. The bar at the hotel is also great and nice for a quiet drink. There is also a games room for children and teenagers. I met loads of great people on the holiday, everyone is so friendly and it makes it so easy to make friends. The best holiday I have ever been on and I will defiantly be coming back.
Paladim aparthotel. brilliant
we stayed at the paladim and it was brilliant. the one bed apartment was lovely. very big and a modern. we were overlooking a busy main road which we found really entertaining of an evening when we were sitting on our balcony with a brandy. the staff at the paladim were all lovely and the maids cleaned the rooms every day and brought clean towels. the location was ideal, a 15 minute walk to the left takes you to fishermans beach and old albufeira or turn right and its the same walk to the strip. if you dont fancy the walk, the train stops nearly outside the hotel and it runs every 15 minutes. all in all we couldnt fault the paladim. it was lovely. they had entertainment on as well and the staff in the bar were so friendly. cant wait to go back
I liked the Paladim very much.
Great staff and great service. I was with a friend who is disabled and the staff and room was great. I emailed the manager before our arrival to check about the room being for disabled and she replied very quickly to confirm that it was.
Yes it is very basic but thats what selfcatering is all about. Albufeira itself is a very nice place, but with a wheelchair to push all week it was a little HILLY. Taxi's are cheap enough.
Supermarkets on the doorstep help alot. We tried lots of local places to eat and the food was always to a great standard. Eden bar does great snack type meals if you just want to laze about at the apartments all day.
Hope you all have Fun..
The Paladim is an ok 4 star accomodation the one bedroom apartments are spacious and overlook the pool and a quiet road. The studio's aren't bad either but they overlook a busy road but when patio doors are closed you don't notice this. The Eden's bar located by the pool serves a variety of lo cost snacks and drinks and Ina the waitress is a really nice girl.
i thought the apartments were spot on and the staff are really nice and friendly they are situated in a perfect place between the strip and the old town as soon as we got back last year we booked up for this year so if any one is there the middle two weeks of april i look forward to seeing you and having a drink in the bar during happy hour, cant wait to see all the friendly staff again see you all soon
The Beds and Sat TV are Cr*p- But its Clean & friendly
We spent Euro 2004 here and really enjoyed our time - The beds are horrible in the studio apartments and rubist sat tv (mostly german channels) this could be enough to spoil most holidays but Edens bar is really friendly especially Claudia behind the bar who made us feel like friends not just customers - The rooms are frequently cleaned and there is no real faults - Location could be better as it is a little far from the beach and there is quite a hill to the old town.
Other than that its above average if just for Claudio and the friendly bar staff at Edens.
Aparthotel Paladim is situated right opposite the roundabout with two watches. The building is quite new, modern and very clean. Most rooms face the gardens and pool area which is very pleasant, and very close to shops. A few rooms (such as ours) face a large traffic island, where hours of fun can be had watching traffic jams come and go, gardeners mow the grass and unwary tourists look the wrong way and sometimes get knocked down! Most entertaining are the traffic police, with their whistles and Captain Scarlet Hats!If you are over fifty I suggest you do not opt for a studio apartment, as the put-u-up bed is not blissful for older bones, but in every other respect our apartment was light, airy and well equipped.Full marks to the Edens Bar in the basement and to Hose' and Fatimah who run it. They were very friendly and helpful and snacks were excellent. It's just a shame they weren't patronised more.Should you tire of the unrelenting Steak on a Stone in the restaurants (special mention for the wonderful Pot Dourado), then McDonalds and KFC are both just across the road, as is Pingo Doce - the best supermarket chain in the world.Dhould anyone reading this be visiting the Paladim, please say Hi from Sara and Dave in Derbyshire.