We stayed only for 4 days but had a wonderful time. The view is amazing and the accommodations were very nice and comfortable. The staff is eager to please and very efficient . The breakfast was very good specially the drinks at the pool bar. Will defenetely stay again!!!
Great location, close to the beach, attractions & ammeneties. Lovely grounds and pools to relax. Rooms very basic not worth the money you pay to stay at peak time. No air conditioning in some rooms, however fans are provided. Rooms cleaned every 2 days perfectly, however the bathroom white tiled floor, the grout was black. TV old and did not work. Staff were very friendly and couldn't help us enough.
Breakfast: great selection hot or cold. Lunch: good food but only one bar serving. Dinner: buffet quality was poor and over priced, had 3 restaurants but not all open, food was great in these though. Had a piano bar which was not open, when I asked I was told it did not have a piano and was now a sports bar but was not open!
Room service food was good the first time except for tutting waitress, but they sent wrong food the second time and it took a further 20 minutes to arrive.
Room: great size, bed good and good air con. Balcony was nice with seating. Shower was lovely but not none slip and toilet nice and clean but not very private (not great for new couple). TV was good with lots of channels but remote needed new batteries. Room needed a paint and some maintenance. Tiles uneven throughout hotel and caused a lot of tripping. Mini bar good and price was expected. Tea facilities: first set free had to pay for refill, however our mugs were taken by cleaner 4 days in so no point.
Facilities: pools were great, 3 different pools of different depths, however tiles again were laid unevenly so stubbed my toes a lot. Were given towels for pool which was good. Gym was poor for someone used to going, we were disappointed as was a facility we were looking for. Equipment was damaged and so rusted you couldn't adjust seats. Because of poor service I decided not to have a treatment in spa, they did not even do nail treatment. Free mini bus to old town was good. Did do free Yoga though.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed with our twin toddlers who enjoyed the park area and the pool. They enjoyed running around the apartment and it was definitely a nice, clean family friendly resort. We would recommend it.
The pool was great! Lots of lounge chairs. The only complaint there was the amount of screaming children, but that's not the hotels fault. Breakfast buffet was extensive and pretty good. They need larger glasses though for water, etc. Lunch at the pool was nothing special, but if you had breakfast and dinner included, you could switch your dinner for the lunch restaurant, which was great because we wanted to go off of the property for dinners anyways. Room was nice and up to date. I would suggest that they use mattress covers under the sheets just for cleanliness purposes. Also, wish there was an option to have sheets washed when you wanted. The staff was really nice for the most part, but they take a little time to warm up to and they have a really hard time understanding American English. Julien at reception was very helpful when checking in and for making amazing food recommendations and reservations for us. We cannot say enough good things about the massages that my friend and I had!!!! Best massage I have ever had. Marta was great and spa facilities were nice as well. Make sure to make room requests before you get there!
"Excellent hotel, part of the Porto Bay hotel group"
Having previously stayed at the hotel group's hotel complex in Madeira - twice at the Eden Mar, once at the Porto Mare - we were keen to go back to the Algarve and try their Porto Bay hotel. We weren't disappointed. We had a sea view which you really need to enjoy your stay and most rooms are not sea view rooms. We took advantage of the 5 buffet meals at a reduced rate and that turned out to be a good decision. Need to consider the 134 steps down to the beach - for us it was good exercise. Liked the courtesy bus service to Algarve Shopping - well worth a visit.
Hotel, amenities and restaurants all excellent, pool and pool area was clean and well catered for. Occasionally staff (like all hotels) were mixed, losing sight of customer needs but overall excellent in particular Piri Piri restaurant. A small downside was that hotel TV system which was down for duration of stay which with young family where distraction would have been helpful at times would have helped, minor observation only.
Kids Club needs attention, (as does restaurant kids meal menu's which are the same in every outlet) - not only is it moderately expensive for what it is, our 5 year old (who looks forward to most hotel kids clubs) didn't much care for this version after one day which is uncharacteristic of her.
All round, this hotel merits a stay and could not have been comprehensively enjoyed fully in just 5 days
Stayed in lovely apartment, fully equipped for self catering even has microwave. Loved the touch of lunch boxes-could make food to bring to beach etc!
Staff very friendly. Lots of amenities in hotel. Great pool with full sun exposure for the day.
Beds however are uncomfortable-be prepared!
Beach 15 - 20 min walk or bus from hotel provided free.
Traveller from London
Situated close to Praia da Oura and providing seclusion, privacy and comfort, the Aparthotel Vila Petra, Albufeira is the …More
The former little white fishing village of Albufeira, now densely developed beneath a sea of apartments and mid-rise blocks, is the region’s most popular resort. The pretty Old Town is wall-to-wall restaurants and bars, though some local establishments and residential areas still remain. Its picture-postcard Fisherman’s Beach, with spectacular ochre cliffs and rock stacks, remains an iconic, albeit often very crowded, Algarve sight.
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