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Hotel da Aldeia 2.0

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Convenient location for guests looking for nightlife on the Strip
  • Some rooms have been renovated and are bright and fresh 
  • All rooms have a furnished balcony or terrace
  • Restaurant serving buffets for breakfast and dinner
  • Lobby and pool bars
  • Free parking except in July and August
  • Two outdoor pools with lounge chairs, including a kids' area
  • Tennis, mini-golf, billiards, and foosball
  • Kids' club has games, toys, and arts and crafts
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

Cons

  • Rooms facing the street are noisy
  • Breakfast is not included in all rates
  • Some rooms are badly in need of renovation
  • No mini-fridges or electric kettles in rooms
  • Air-conditioning can be lackluster
  • Common features like mini-golf are worn and need maintenance

Bottom Line

The 133-room Hotel da Aldeia is a budget option near the lively Strip, just outside of Albufeira. Plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs are within an easy walk, but the downside is that they can be heard in some rooms all through the night. Pool-view rooms are quieter. Potential guests should also be aware that the condition of the rooms ranges widely, from old and tired to fresh and attractive. All do have furnished balconies or terraces. On-site dining gets mixed reviews, but the outdoor pool is a highlight, despite the lack of shade. Other activities include mini-golf and tennis. Travelers who'd rather be closer to the beach than the Strip could check out the Torre Velha Hotel, which has mini-fridges in rooms but no air-conditioning.  

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Mixed-bag of a hotel that's most suitable for young, budget-conscious partiers

With its location right next to the action on the Strip, this hotel primarily draws young people who are looking for lively nightlife and budget rates. Although some families do stay here to take advantage of the kids' club and pool, it draws more couples and groups of friends. Given its location and price point, expectations should be kept low -- the hotel is very much a crash pad, despite having resort-style features on paper. Noise is almost constant throughout much of the property, largely owing its location, and the style throughout is mostly dated (despite some rooms having been given a more modern finish). The pool is a popular spot during the day, and the lobby has wicker sofas and chairs where guests can hang out. The hotel has been working on renovations, but there are still areas that need to be refreshed. This place is best for budget-conscious guests who aren't too picky. 

Location

On the lively Strip, within walking distance of bars and restaurants

The hotel is located just outside of Albufeira, right on the lively Strip (Avenida Sa Carneiro). A supermarket, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pubs, a currency exchange, wine shop, medical center, bike rentals, street artists, and the like are in every direction -- in fact, it's a touristy wonderland, if that's your thing. Although the hotel is convenient for taking in the nightlife, the beach is not within an easy walk -- it takes 25 minutes to reach Praia da Oura on foot, or about 10 minutes by car. Albufeira's old town is also a 10-minute drive away. Expect about a 40-minute drive to the Faro Airport.

Rooms

Some fresh rooms, though many are outdated and worn, all with balconies or terraces

Rooms here range from outdated and worn to fresh, so guests should check to see what they are getting before committing. Also, pool-view rooms are generally better as the street-view rooms are noisy at all hours. The more modern units feature crisp white linens, large floral-motif artwork, terra-cotta tile floors, and white wall-hung nightstands. Soft blue accents behind the flat-screen TVs, and gray drapery, all give them a pleasing, attractive look. In contrast, many of the other rooms feature old-style bedspreads, outdated textiles, beat-up wooden furniture, and tube TVs. Walls in these rooms are plain white with little or no artwork -- to call them institutional would be a compliment. Bathrooms tell a similar story. Modern units have fresh bathrooms, with white tiling, above-counter sinks, and updated fixtures including rainfall showerheads. Others are well past their prime, with cracked tiling, and water and mildew stains. All bathrooms do have bidets and toiletries in little packets. Hairdryers are provided on request. All rooms have balconies or terraces furnished with plastic chairs and small tables. Views are of the city or the pool. Air-conditioning comes standard, but can be lackluster, and Wi-Fi is free. Suites have a separate living area with a sofa and arm chairs. 

Features

Restaurant, lobby and pool bars, outdoor pool, kids pool, tennis, mini-golf, kids' club, and free Wi-Fi

This budget property offers a few basic features. Dining takes place at a buffet restaurant, which gets mixed reviews from previous guests. There's also a bar by the pool with tables and chairs under a shelter, or out in the open. Another bar in the lobby has indoor and outdoor seating, including cushioned wicker sofas and sectionals outside. Live music performs at the bar on select nights. The free-form outdoor pool and a kids pool are surrounded by an expansive deck with lounge chairs and a limited number of umbrellas. There's plenty of sun but not much shade, except at the bar. On-site activities include billiards, foosball, tennis (fee), and mini-golf. However, many of the facilities are in various states of disrepair. The colorful kids' club entertains the little ones with games, toys, and arts and crafts. A library has books for guests to borrow. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and parking is free except in July and August. 

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Address

Avenida Dr Francisco Sa Carneiro, Albufeira 8200-340, Portugal

Phone

00351 289 588861

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