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Cerro Mar Atlantico Touristic Apartments 3.0

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Located a nine-minute walk from beach and five-minute walk from Old Town 
  • Spacious apartments with good-sized living areas housing dining tables
  • Apartments have kitchens with ovens, washing machines, and coffeemakers
  • Large outdoor pool set in sunny terrace alongside children’s pool
  • Restaurant serving buffet and a la carte fare, plus two bars
  • Spa with massage treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath
  • Sizable indoor pool and hot tub with lots of loungers
  • Bright gym with cardio and weight-training equipment, plus a tennis court

Cons

  • Over 100 steep steps required to reach Old Town 
  • Old-fashioned apartments have dated decor
  • Free Wi-Fi only available around reception area
  • Apartments lack microwaves, dish and hand soap, and sponges

Bottom Line

The mid-range, 175-room Cerro Mar Atlantico Touristic Apartments is a quiet complex close to the Old Town (via lots of steps) in Albufeira, and a nine-minute walk from the beach. Although the low-frills apartments have decor that leans toward dated, they are large, bright, and well-equipped, featuring lounge areas and kitchens with ovens and washing machines. Decent facilities include a spa offering massage treatments, a sauna, and a Turkish bath, as well as a spacious gym, two swimming pools -- one set outdoors and one indoors -- and a restaurant serving regional and international fare. Travelers wanting to stay even closer to the town center might prefer the Hotel Baltum, although rooms aren't self-catering.

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Scene

Bright, dated apartments surrounding a manicured pool terrace

The Cerro Mar Atlantico Touristic Apartments attract a mixed crowd of young families, groups of friends, and older couples with its self-catering facilities and quiet atmosphere. It shares facilities with the main Cerro Mar Garden hotel, which is across the street and lacks self-catering rooms. The hotel’s lobby is a bright and airy space with walls of glass and an open atrium, leading up to a vast dome finished with parquet brickwork. A few dated faux-leather couches in cream and black offer some seating, particularly for guests looking to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi around reception. Other communal areas are no less light, thanks to lots of windows, whitewashed walls, and floors of white stone polished to a high sheen. The restaurant looks out over a garden with palm trees, while the bar opens out onto a roof terrace with loungers and seating. Outside, the hotel has a large lap pool and separate children’s pool set in a sunny terrace, surrounded by verdant patches of manicured lawn and whitewashed apartment buildings.

Location

A six-minute walk to Albufeira’s Old Town, and a nine-minute walk to the beach

The Cerro Mar Atlantico Apartments are located on a steep hill just outside of Albufeira’s Old Town. It’s a six minute walk to the center via over 100 steps, but due to the gradient of the slope, the journey may not be doable for those with mobility issues. Praia do Peneco, a wide and sandy beach, is a nine-minute walk away. However, The Strip, a more lively area thought of as the heart of Albufeira’s nightlife, is a half-hour walk away, or 10 minutes by car. Expect about a 35-minute drive to the Faro Airport, while Lisbon and its airport are a little over two hours away by car.

Rooms

Large and well-equipped apartments in need of a refresh

Decked out in varying shades of cream and brown, with boxy dark-wood furniture and heavy striped drapes, the property's apartments are dated and in need of a refresh. Still, blue-and-white patterned tile along the bottom of the walls, candle wall sconces, and arched doorways add some attractive elements. Each studio has a single room with a bed, petite seating area, and kitchenette, while larger one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments have room for separate kitchens with serving hatches that lead to their dining rooms and lounges. The living areas come with cream leather sofas, armchairs, and flat-screen TVs. 

The well-sized kitchenettes have stained pine cabinets and granite countertops, and are fitted with four-burner stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, coffeemakers, toasters, and kettles, as well as the usual assortment of cookware. There are no microwaves, dish soap, or sponges, however. Each apartment has air-conditioning and a free safe, but Wi-Fi costs extra. Bathrooms are decked out in beige, with shower/tub combos, bidets, and hairdryers, but no toiletries.

Features

Shared facilities include two pools, a spa, and gym

The Cerro Mar Atlantico Apartments has a solid list of amenities, due in part because it shares facilities with the Cerro Mar Garden across the street. On the self-catering side, a large outdoor lap pool and separate shallow kids' pool are set in a sunny terrace with loungers, straw umbrellas, and tables. The other property houses a bigger freeform outdoor pool, as well as spa facilities, which include a sizable indoor pool and adjacent hot tub, massage treatment rooms, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. For workouts, the spacious gym with floor-to-ceiling windows has a decent array of cardio and weight-training equipment, and a tennis court can be booked. 

The hotel’s bright and airy Monte Verde restaurant serves a well-reviewed continental buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner of regional and international fare. An indoor and poolside bar offer light meals and snacks, as well as drinks. It’s worth noting that free Wi-Fi is only available around reception.

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Cerro do Malpique, Albufeira 8200, Portugal

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