Porto Bay Falesia

Address: Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira, Algarve, 08200, Portugal | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira, is near Vilamoura Marina, Dream Wave, Pinhal Golf Course, and Cerro da Vila.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Porto Bay Falesia Albufeira

          What a start!


          I wanted to stay at this Riu after experiencing a previous Riu in Andalucia which was excellent and so we were very excited even after the hours of scouring the internet to find the perfect holiday.

          Upon arrival they took our passports at reception and gave us our glass of champagne lovely start and then the bomb dropped the hotel was overbooked!!! We were going to be allocated a 3 star apartment in the Riu spartment block further down the road. We purposely booked a 4 star half board as we wanted to make use of the facilities on offer and so was highely dissapointed. They offered us free drinks with dinner as compensation and told us we could have a hotel room for the last 3 nights of our holiday! We got the First Choice rep on the phone ( we never usually book a package but book independent travel but though it was a great deal) she arrived and knew nothing of the overbooking. We were taken to the 4 star Humbria Hotel inland and told we could stay their all inclusive but yet again this was an apartment complex and not a 4 star hotel. We had no choice but the apartment for the first 4 nights with taking our meals and using the facilities in the hotel. We were allocated a table for dinner for the week only to be moved 4 times during the week! Food was very good but competing against the 90% german occupancy was such a stress. Beach is beautiful as is Olhos d'agua salon in hotel good for haircut and beauty treatments. Entertainment pretty poor, parrot show one night, local dancers the next, abba tribute band with only 3 members?

          Lovely gardens and pool area with lots of loungers. Seaview room is stunning, new Riu hotel being built opposite very little noise from it just bit of an eyesore at present.

          Mangel an Instandhaltung


          Wir sind gerade aus dem Riu zurückgekehrt und dieses Hotel fällt auseinander, da es keine Instandhaltung zu geben scheint. Es war zum Beispiel im Restaurant und im Zimmer wärmer als draußen.

          Die Betten sind so hart und die Kissen haben eine sehr schlechte Qualität. Die Zimmermädchen sind sehr gut, genauso wie das Restaurant.

          Schöne Location.

          Lack of maintenance


          Just returned from Riu and this hotel is falling apart due to a lack of maintenance, for example is was more warm inside the restaurant as well in the room than outside.

          The beds are so hard as well as the bad quality pillows. Maid service is very good, as well as restaurant.

          Nice location

          Going back for more


          Been before and am going back again on 29th April 07. This was a wonderful holiday which I enjoyed with my partner, the hotel was exellent, can't fault it, and I am hard to please. Can't wait to return with my daughter who is 25 . Not for clubbers and late nighters in my opinion but the place to go for a relaxing holiday. It will appeal to people who enjoy sophistication, nice scenery and peace and quiet. The food was something else with an unbelievable choice beautifully presented in nice surroundings. The pool barbecue was fab as was the pool itself. It was huge. Staff are lovely and friendly, rooms clean and pleasant. If I had any criticism it would be the cost of the sea view room which I feel is a must have. The view from rooms without is not quite so pleasant. Will still pay it though as it is worth the extra if you like to sit in your room and admire the view.



          We have just returned from the Riu Falesia in the Algarve. It was a lovely peaceful holiday in which my partner and I enjoyed the views, service, food and relaxing, clean environment. The gardens and hotel are well maintained and very clean. The choice of food is vast and we found ourselves trying a little bit of everything every night!

          The rooms are clean and well equipped (although I did miss a kettle!) and are cleaned everyday, with fresh towels everyday, if you want them.

          The staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you. Travelling in March meant that the pool and sea was chilly but the weather was nice enough to sit by the pool and just relax.

          Its easy to get out and about and a trip to the old town and a wander around the shops is worth it.

          The beach is not far away and is lovely but after climbing the steps back to hotel I needed oxygen!!

          We would recommend this hotel to anyone! Enjoy!



          We've just returned fro a wonderfully relaxing week at the Riu Falesia.

          As always with the Riu chain the service levels were excellent from first contact at reception to the friendly maids servicing our room.

          The meals were the same good standard as other Riu hotels we have visited; with a good variety of choice and superb waiting staff, who were especially attentive to our three year old daughter.

          The Village of Olhas de Agua is a few minutes walk away with a wonderful child friendly beach. We were there during Carnival and delighted to see the local school kids processing down the Village to the beach in costumes they'd made themselves.

          We lunched several times at the Restaurant Azul which I we recommend great local dishes and very friendly service.

          We were looking for a quiet location with little or none of the usual tourist Hub bub and were not disappointed. This isn't the place to go if you're looking for loads of activities and Kids clubs but if you want to chill out in comfort and be able to take in local colour then this is the place for you.



          This hotel was amazing! I can't fault it at all.

          Arrived in the afternoon and were greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival. Did the usual mooch around and the views were breath taking, pool was clean, gardens were tidy and staff were very helpfull. Luckily we booked a sea view room, if we hadn't i think we would have been very dissapointed with the view as it faces back into the village or to the nearby sister hotel.

          The village, dont get me wrong, is small, but as a young couple wanting a total break with just a few bars dotted around for a few drinks in the day and miles of beach for us to walk down (which were amazing), we were happy. Try the Chicken Piri Piri in a little restaurant on the way to the beach There is a bus stop just down the round the corner that takes you straight into Villamoura which is more livley and has a wonderfull marina. Buses are regular and reliable. Albufiera is the other way on the bus and it is a must see (the strip is very 'tourist-ie') but it is not our thing. We went with Thompson and filled our week up with the trips. Fantastic! If you get to go on the wine tasting one it is well worth it. Beautiful place!

          We loved the algarve! We are trying Tenerife this year just for somewhere different but i will deffinately be going back to Riu Falesia. Amazing

          Vaya situacion


          este hotel es de la linea de los riu, habitaciones normales, bastante bien para hotel de playa, con una piscina que esta muy bien, agradable ambiente y un personal super. El buffet es muy bueno, con una variedad increible.

          tiene unas vistas desde los jardines del hotel que son maravillosas y la playa a la que el hotel da es un encanto. Ademas olas de mar, el pueblo donde se encuantra tiene unos sitios para comer excelentes.

          repetiria sin duda alguna

          The Algarve is a beautiful place!


          I went to the Riu Falesia Hotel on October 5th 2006 for 2 weeks.

          The weather was really good, warm, and got really tanned! Only the last 2 days got a little rain, was not cold though.

          There were lots of British and German people.

          Most people were old, some young couples, and few families with children.

          Very clean hotel,


          People at reception desk not that helpful.

          Clean room, television not good, few channels only 1 English Channel, and bad picture quality too.

          Room included mini fridge with mini bar, costs lots to use! So didn't take much.

          Food very predictable! Not much vegetarian even though it said there was in the brochure I read!

          Breakfast was good, suits all tastes but dinner wasn't that great.

          If staying at this hotel I recommend just breakfast, not half board. There are some lovely restaurants if you can get to them!

          about once a week dinner at the hotel had authentic Portuguese food e.g. seafood, pretty much the same stuff each day, buffet style, really nice deserts, however in the evening you get charged for the drink you get with your meal! Got a big bill at the end just for water!

          The swimming pool was very nice and clean.

          The hotel was attractive inside and out.

          There is an internet use available costs 1 euro per 10 mins.

          Downstairs there is an indoor pool, small gym and a beauty clinic.

          next to the hotel is a small shop for sweets, newspaper etc, souvenir shop and a beauty and hairdresser - was really cheap and good, I got my hair done with manicure for 22 euros.

          Hotel far from shops and beach, you can get steps down to the nearest beach, approx 100 steps down - not suitable for the less mobile. You can walk to the beach a few shops if preferred about 15-20 min walk.

          Beautiful beach!

          not many taxis around, but ask at reception desk and they send you one, it costs double the price if they call you a cab, if you see one around signal it its cheaper.

          During my stay I took taxis to Villamoura - lovely place good shops, restaurants, very nice beach, wish I stayed in a hotel there!

          Also went shopping in Albuferia was a lovely area, good shops and nice beach.

          Oura wasn't bad either for beach and shops.

          If you can rent out a car will be easier to get around I took taxis everywhere.

          Took at day trip via coach to Lisbon - it rained there was a bit boring, good experience though, but prefer the Algarve!

          Was very expensive holiday not that good value for money, but I had a lovely holiday and I love the Algarve, would definitely go on holiday there again, but most likely would stay in a hotel in Villamoura!

          I Was sad to leave.

          Qualität lässt nach


          Riu Falesia Komplex an der Algarve besteht im Augenblick aus 3 verschiedenen Anlagen, den 3 * Riu Falesia Apartment, dem 4 * RIU Falesia Hotel und dem 4 1/2 * RIU Falesia Palace. Ein Clubhotel ist im BAU, erzeugt aber kaum Lärm da die Arbeiten im Sommer ruhten.

          Wir haben alle 3 ausprobiert.

          In den Apartments blieben wir 2 Nächte, es wird unerträglich heiss da keine Klimaanlage vorhanden ist und auch keine mobilen Klimageräte angemietet werden können. Kann ich nicht empfehlen, ausser man hat keine Problem damit oder es kann natèrlich auch eine frage des Preises sein, denn es ist schon ein grosser Unterschied.

          Wir buchten dann um und bezogen eine Suite im Falesia Hotel. Das Hotel gefiel uns ganz gut, vom Essen her und auch von der Animation.

          Ausserdem bietet das Hotel vom Pool und der schönen Liegewiese den besten Blick auf den herrlichen Falesiastrand.

          Im darauffolgenden Jahr eröffnete das RIU Falesia Palace Hotel. Das Palace bietet einen deutlich höheren Standard als das RIU Falesia Hotel, das Essen ist mehr oder weniger das gleiche.Das Restaurant ist heller und grösser.

          Allerdings hat man keinen Meerblick wenn man am Pool liegt, keinen direkten Zugang zum Strand ( man muss den vom Falesia Apartment benützen = ca 300 mehr ) und die Animation abends ist klein gehalten, am Pool am Tag gibt es überhaupt keine Animation. Das Publikum was gerne den ganzen Tag am Pool liegt, ruhig und einen 4 Sterne Komfort geniessen möchte ist wohl am besten im Falesia Palace aufgehoben.

          Uns war es zu ruhig, wir waren nur 1x am Pool, ansonsten wenn wir keinen Ausflug zu den wunderchönen naheligenden Stränden gemacht haben, sind wir immer entweder runter zum Falesiastrand oder zum Falesiahotel gegangen.

          Aus diesem Grund hatten wir dieses jahr wieder das Falesiahotel gebucht.

          Leider mussten wir feststellen dass an der Infrastruktur gar nichts gemacht wird. ( bis auf die 2 Tennisplätze die einen neuen Bodenbelag erhielten )

          Teppichböden auf den Stockwerken sind an vielen Stellen beschädigt oder stark abgenutz. Anscheinend ist dies darauf zurückzuführen dass das Geaüdel nicht der Riu Kette gehört sondern nur angemietet ist. Man merkt dass das Hotel so langsam in die Jahre kommt und es wäre an der Zeit einige Renovationsarbeiten durchzuführen.

          Die Animation am Pool war ganz gestrichen und überhaupt gab es fast kein Animationsprogramm mehr.(was wir bedauerten ) Das Publikum insgesamt älter weil deutlich weniger Eltern mit Kindern da.( ma muss dazu sagen, dass man , wenn man mit 2 Kindern anreist auch normalerweise 2 Zimmer buchen muss, was dann auch in die Reisekasse geht.

          Die Animation ABends in der Hotelbar war oft durch Poolparty ersetzt, was ich aber gar nicht mal so schlecht fand.

          Das Essen hat leider auch nachgelassen, man merkt dass das Essen an den Anreisetagen Mittwoch, sowie Freitag, Samstag deutlich besser ist, an den andern Tagen werden besonders am Salatbuffet Reste verarbeitet.

          Viele Stühle sind stark abgenutz und man sollte wirklich vorher prüfen bevor man sich hinsetzt.

          Das Personal ist nach wie vor sehr , sehr freundlich, egal ob man mit dem Hausmeister, Kellner am Pool, an Rezeption oder Hoteldirektor redet !

          Getränke sind im Falesia Hotel etwas günstoger als im Falesia Palace.

          Ohne Kinder reisende Erwachsene, die sich ca 300-500 euro mehr leisten können, die Wert auf Ruhe legen, die wenig mobil sind würde ich das RIU Palace empfehlen.

          Eltern die mit Kindern anreisen würde ich das PALACE nicht empfehlen. Im RIU HOTEL oder Apartment kann man die Kinder eher über den hoteleigenen Weg schnell mal zum Strand laufen lassen. Das war auch ein Grund warum wir 4 mal hintereinanader an den gleichen Orten waren, weil die Kinder schnell ortskundig werden und man selbst mehr vom Urlaub hat.

          zum Abschluss möchte ich Allen, die ein Mietwagen besitzen undbedingt !! Ausflüge zum Strand empfehlen:

          Praia Castello ( ca 15 km ) westlich von Albufeira,

          Praia Marinha (ca 25 km) westlich von Albufeira,

          Praia Don Camillo ( LAGOS )

          Ponte de Piedade ( LAGOS )

          ISLA DESSERTA ( mit einem Schiff das ab Marina Faro hinter der Festung an der Eisenbahnlinie ablegt, ca 40 Minuten zu einem wunderschönen Strand führt, mit ganz vielen tollen )

          Muscheln ) ( mit dem Auto über die Autobahn nach FAro, Ausfahrt Stadion dann bis zum Zentrum an die Marina, hinter der Festung befindet sich ein grosser Parkplatz)

          Praia 4 aguas ( bei TAVIRA )

          Sie werden eine andere Algrave entdecken als wenn sie nur am Pool bleiben.

          Sehr empfehlenswert auch ab Marina de LAGOS eine Delphin Safari. mehrere Anbieter, Preise handeln in der Marina selbst kann sich lohnen, besonders für Nachmittagsausflüge, allerdings sollte man beachten dass das Meer nachmittags aufgewühlter sein kann, die Delfine erreicht man mit einem Powerboot wie es auch Greenpeace benützt ( ca 1000 PS ). ein wahres Erlebnis das oft mit der Begnung mit Delfinen gekrönt wird. NICHT EMPFEHLENSWERT WENN SIE RüCKENPROBLEME HABEN !!!!!!!

          TripAdvisor Reviews Porto Bay Falesia Albufeira

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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          A travel blog entry by katecowell on Nov 11, 2015

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