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Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel 3.5

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Relatively quiet location overlooking the sea, five minutes from Albufeira's nightlife "Strip"
  • Chic, contemporary hotel with playful decor and bright central atrium
  • Poolside and rooftop bar with panoramic views
  • Smart, minimalist rooms extend to furnished balconies, many with sea views
  • Saltwater swimming pool with sun loungers
  • Modern restaurant with terrace serving Mediterranean-style menu
  • Children under 13 not allowed (con for some)

Cons

  • Shortage of sunbeds during busy periods
  • No fitness center
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

This hotel is on the chicer end of this breed of resort hotel, with a real emphasis on modern design. This continues to the smartly minimalist rooms, many featuring sea views. The pool is nice but nothing special, and it could use a few more sun loungers. The location, five minutes from Albufeira's lively "Strip," is great, and the hotel offers direct access to a sandy beach. But be aware of the age restriction -- children must be at least 13 years old, which is a pro for some as it makes for a peaceful atmosphere. Guests traveling with young children may want to consider the similar Vila Gale Atlantico, but rooms at Aqua Pedra are generally sleeker.

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Scene

Colorful, curving, and contemporary property with bright central atrium

This colorful, curving hotel immediately gives the impression of newness, from its smart modern design to its sparking glass paneling and flawless orange finish. Inside the modernism continues, with contemporary furnishings and a reception desk decked out in glass, leather, and chrome, while all the hallways and rooms are built around an impressive central atrium flooded with sun from the huge skylight and decorated with funky wall art. The mood is playful but sophisticated, attracting a slightly more discerning vacationer. As guests under 13 are not allowed, this property largely attracts couples seeking a tranquil vacation.

Location

Overlooking the Atlantic, the hotel is a five-minute walk from Albufeira's lively Strip.

The hotel is located in a relatively quiet spot in Albufeira, overlooking the sea and about a five-minute walk to the "Strip," where most of the town's bars, restaurants, and clubs can be found. The beautiful, sandy Bicos Beach is a few minutes' walk away, with direct access from the hotel (involving about 120 steps). The nearest airport is Faro, about a 40-minute drive away.

Rooms

Chic, minimalist decor and furnished balconies, many with sea views

Rooms are simply decorated with chic, minimalist look; picture contemporary polished wood furnishings and modern wall art. Bathrooms are nicely done, with mosaic tiling and wooden tops, and all come with hairdryers and high-end toiletries. All rooms have furnished balconies, many with views of the sea. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Wi-Fi for a fee.

Features

Poolside and rooftop bars, and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace

The hotel's Serenata restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired food in buffet style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which can be taken outside on the terrace. There are two bars, one of which is poolside, the other is on the roof with superb panoramic views over Albufeira. There is a saltwater pool surrounded by a lawn and sun loungers (though these fill up quickly during busy periods). A PlayStation corner is also available to guests, along with a small library and business center.

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Address

Urbanizacao Quinta Pedra dos Bicos, Lote 24, Santa Eulália, Albufeira 8200-389, Portugal

Also Known As

  • Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Hotel

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