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Hotel Sol Algarve 2.0

Faro, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Great location off a side street in central Faro
  • Five-minute walk to the main train station
  • Basic but comfortable rooms that can sleep up to four people
  • TVs, safes, AC, and hairdryers come standard
  • Free breakfast of typical continental fare
  • Small coffee shop serving light meals
  • Attractive courtyard terrace with a fountain
  • Most rooms have balconies

Cons

  • Hotel lacks a full restaurant, pool, and gym
  • Basic rooms can feel bare, and some still have tube TV sets

Bottom Line

The Hotel Sol Algarve is a value property located in central Faro, a five-minute walk from the main train station. The hotel is light on amenities -- no pool, gym, or full restaurant -- but guests appreciate the free breakfast, which can be eaten on a pretty courtyard terrace with a fountain and plenty of greenery. A small coffee shop also serves drinks and light snacks. The 37 rooms are basic but comfortable, and can sleep up to four people depending on how they are configured. They come with hairdryers, TVs, safes, and air-conditioning, plus free Wi-Fi. Guests looking to stay at a hotel with a pool might want to check out the Ibis Faro.

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A basic and somewhat bare hotel with a pretty courtyard terrace

The Hotel Sol Algarve is a simple but convenient budget property in Faro. Probably its best feature is its shady courtyard patio, which has brushed-metal tables and chairs where guests can eat breakfast, a fountain, and terra-cotta planters filled with ferns and shrubs lined up against the wall. Inside, a small cafe is furnished with wood tables, walls painted a coffee color, and a row of high bar chairs against the front wall. The breakfast room is more cozy with patterned upholstery and a TV area with couches. The property tends to attract guests looking for a budget option in the center of Faro, who aren’t bothered by the lack of amenities.

Location

A five-minute walk to the train station, and 15-minute drive to Praia de Faro

The Hotel Sol Algarve has a location that is close to ideal, down a side street in the center of Faro. It’s an eight-minute walk to the Jardim Manuel Bivar, an attractive park by the water, and close to a number of shops, bars, and restaurants. The Faro train station is also a quick five-minute walk away. It’s a 15- to 20-minute drive across the bridge to the Praia de Faro, a long strip of sandy beach on a narrow strip of land at the edge of the salt marshes, which are themselves home to a number of rare species of wading birds, and flocks of brightly colored flamingos. Various companies offer tours around the marshes, and Rio Formosa National Park is a 20-minute drive away. Expect transfers to Faro Airport to take between 10 and 15 minutes by car.

Rooms

Bare, compact rooms with AC, hairdryers, TVs, and Wi-Fi

Given the budget rating, it's no surprise that rooms are basic and have minimal flair. They have beige tiled floors, cream walls except for a chocolate accent wall, and simple wood furniture, plus floral accents from small artworks and sheer curtains. Rooms can sleep between one and four people, and pretty much the only difference between them is how their beds are configured. Some are compact on space, though all have room for a desk. Gray-tiled bathrooms have shower stalls or shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and soap. Most rooms have a small balcony with some plastic furniture. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a TV, though these are old tube sets in some, but there are no fridges or kettles.

Features

Free buffet breakfast, a pretty courtyard terrace, and a coffee shop

The Hotel Sol Algarve is pretty light on features, as it lacks a full restaurant, pool, and gym, but there are still some perks. The hotel has a shady interior courtyard terrace with a fountain in the middle, where guests can have breakfast during the warmer months. The continental breakfast is free, plus hot items can be purchased, and guests tend to appreciate the food that’s on offer. There is also a coffee shop where guests, and other customers, can get snacks and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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Address

Rua Infante Dom Henrique 52, Faro, Algarve 8000-363, Portugal