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Hotel Vila Recife 2.0

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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  • Located close to Old Town Strip and Fisherman's Beach
  • Simple guest rooms with air-conditioning and mini-fridges
  • Medium-sized outdoor swimming pool
  • Bar area serves continental buffet breakfast and cocktails
  • Sun terrace with loungers
  • Game room and internet-connected computer
  • Free Wi-Fi (limited availability)


  • Parts of the hotel look dated; renovations are needed
  • Only twin rooms available and rooms are severely simple
  • Buffet breakfast not included in all room rates
  • Wi-Fi limited to reception/bar area

Bottom Line

Hotel Vila Recife is a two-pearl hotel within walking distance to both Albufeira's lively Old Town Strip and Fisherman's Beach. Plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs are within an easy walk, though the location means guests have to deal with some noise. The 92 guest rooms are simply decorated and come with basic amenities like air-conditioning and a mini-fridge, though they lack in-room Wi-Fi and only have twin bed configurations. On-site features are limited to a breakfast room, small bar, and outdoor swimming pool. The buffet breakfast is not included in all rates and doesn't receive great reviews. Travelers looking for a beachfront location should consider Alfamar Beach & Sport Resort, which has a lot more features like a spa and sports facilities.

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Budget-friendly hotel with simple interiors, though renovations are in order

Hotel Vila Recife looks quaint and welcoming with its open courtyard just off a cobblestone street. Unfortunately, the interiors are a bit of a let down and in desperate need of a refurbishment. The beautiful wooden floors, detailed ceilings and walls, and arches in the lobby give the room potential, but are sadly brought down by the drab red leather sofa, shabby bookshelf, and old fashioned tube-style TV. The breakfast room has a canteen feel, and some of the indoor and outdoor seating looks a bit worn. The outdoor areas are the highlight of the hotel, though both the outdoor pool area and sun terrace on the roof lack shade and offer little more than a few worn sun loungers. This hotel mostly attracts couples and young travelers looking for budget-friendly rooms with a walkable location.


Convenient location between Old Town and the beach

Hotel Vila Recife is centrally located to both Albufeira's lively Old Town Strip and Fisherman's Beach. There are several restaurants and cafes on the same street as the hotel, and it's a two-minute walk to the main strip's more lively atmosphere and restaurants, bars, and shops. Three of Albufeira's lovely churches are within close walking distance: Igreja de Sant'Ana (one-minute walk), Igreja de Sao Sebastiao (two-minute walk), and Igreja Matriz (two-minute walk). It's a five-minute walk to Fisherman's Beach and a 15-minute walk to Albufeira Marina. There's a bus stop within a few minutes' walk from the hotel which goes to the main bus station for the Algarve coast. Faro Airport is 35 minutes away by car.


Super simple rooms with air-conditioning and a mini-fridge 

The 92 guest rooms at Hotel Vila Recife are basic in both amenities and decor. There are only Twin Room options available, with two single beds, which is inconvenient for couples. The rooms are in need of a refurbishment; both the tiles and furniture are dated. Decor is boring and limited to matching striped bedspreads and curtains, and old-fashioned seaside-themed artwork on the walls. In-room amenities include air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, tube-style TVs, electric kettles, desks, telephones, and safes. Wi-Fi isn't available. The highlight of the rooms is the ocean and city views from small balconies -- rooms on higher floors have the best views and are quieter. Bathrooms are also a bit drab with shower/tub combo, towels, and small bars of soap.


Breakfast room, small bar, outdoor swimming pool, and sun terrace

Features are basic at Hotel Vila Recife, and guests take better advantage of its central location than the on-site amenities. The bar serves a variety of snacks and beverages and there is a breakfast room that serves a continental buffet breakfast of cereal, bread, and cold cuts, each morning -- though it's not included in all room rates and past guests have given it poor reviews. The medium-size outdoor swimming pool has a few surrounding sun loungers as well as outdoor showers, though no umbrellas. There's also a sun terrace on the roof with more worn sun loungers and a nice view over Albufeira, though there isn't any shade. A small game room is available, along with a lounge area with an internet connected computer and place where guests can store their luggage. The hotel's reception is available 24-hours and staff can assist with taxis, car rentals, and transfer bookings. Free Wi-Fi is available in the reception/bar areas.

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Rua Miguel Bombarda 12, Albufeira 8200-158, Portugal

Also Known As

  • Residencial Vila Recife

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