Sol e Mar Hotel
(Albufeira (The Algarve))
4 4 Star:
- Located in the centre of the old town of Albufeira
- Ideal for a relaxing Algarve break
- Indoor pool facilities
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Sol e Mar Hotel is situated in a prime location in the Algarve, and is internationally popular through personal touch and elegant style. The hotel commands an impressive position in the centre of the old town of Albufeira, set into a cliff with magnificent sweeping view of the bay, directly above the splendid sandy beach of Albufeira, which can be reached from the hotel lift or a gentle walk from the road down some steps. The hotel also offers room service during the day, indoor pool heated in winter and hairdryer on request.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1205 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Vibrant Yet peacefull
Stay Date: 04/2017, russ1622 wrote this review.
If you are looking at this hotel and deciding if it's for you? You will read the reviews and wonder if you should book or not. In my honest opinion every review has an element of truth about this great hotel. Yes it's in a great location, Yes you can… See more
If you are looking at this hotel and deciding if it's for you? You will read the reviews and wonder if you should book or not. In my honest opinion every review has an element of truth about this great hotel. Yes it's in a great location, Yes you can fall out of bed and land on the beach, Yes the staff are friendly and polite, Yes the food is good (although a limited choice) Yes the hotel has only 74 bedrooms (all with sea view) Yes some parts are due an update.(taking place later this year) Don't be put off by any of the negative views.The position of this hotel is fantastic for the lively night-life that Albufeira has to offer, or the quieter backstreet bars and restaurants. If you have a likening for the beach and the beach front restaurants then this is also a great location.The staff are friendly and helpful and it has a terrific bar area (with viewing balcony) to relax at any time.Just a note to say Lucio will greet you with a smile and show you respect when visiting the bar.The hotels lift takes you to the ground floor, where you will walk straight on to the beach and its beautiful sand and coastal views.The hotel has a restaurant bar right on the beach to cater for those afternoon lunches with a cold drink!! Our room was large clean (maybe would have benefited from a little paint job) and had a very efficient air-conditioning system.Just open your balcony door for some fantastic views and that roar of the sea. All in all a lovely hotel with a decent choice of food (breakfast or evening meal) that is in a prime location. Within 3 minutes walking distance of the town and only 15 minutes walk to the harbour for those boat trips along the stunning coast. Judge yourself don't set your sights too high and this fabulous hotel will give you a pleasant surprise. Collapse
Nice hotel but not worth the money
Stay Date: 04/2017, Linda M wrote this review.
This hotel to me is like many in albuferia basic, but due to it's location people think it's the bee's knees . We stayed from 4th April to 18th 2017 . We stayed in room 205 On arrival I was rather excited thinking it was a great hotel , but soon f… See more
This hotel to me is like many in albuferia basic, but due to it's location people think it's the bee's knees . We stayed from 4th April to 18th 2017 . We stayed in room 205 On arrival I was rather excited thinking it was a great hotel , but soon found out it was average. The balcony is rather useless due to half a full brick wall and the other half was only ok for one person and only to sit and watch outside, only 2 plastic garden chairs and table available ( but on a useless balcony, it's enough ) . The room was basic , clean but basic . Plenty of storage for clothes for me and mum . There was also a fridge . No kettle but I took my own . Beds where hard as stone ( very uncomfortable ).which made sleeping hard. Cleaner was available every day but we managed every 3 days by making our own beds ( but when cleaner did come she did NOT change bedding at all ) Bathroom was good , shower was good , just a basic bathroom. We paid Bed and breakfast but after our 1st vist ( and only visit ) all the cooked good was cold ( vile in fact ) . So the rest of our holiday we went out for breakfast 4.50€ including tea or coffee. Back to the hotel it did get very noisey at times with people arriving home at 3/4am . Did not use the hotel bar or restaurant but we did use the bars and restaurant down on level 0 and all staff where fantastic . So I would say to people thinking of staying in the Sol E Mar due to it's location I would advise it's not really worth the money and bolconys are no good for catching any sun .. Many people say it's due a upgrade, well if they want to keep charging 4☆ prices then YES Bring it up to 4☆ standards. Sunbeds cost. 15€ For 2 people per day a small fortune over 2weeks . Also the chairs on level 0 you need to buy drinks to use ( this is what we did after a few days on Sunbeds ) . Look around before you book sol e mar , many other places charge less but you get the same . Collapse
Cracking Easter Break
Stay Date: 04/2017, LancasterKebabman wrote this review.
Just returned from a whistle stop 3 day break over Easter at this excellent hotel. Although the hotel was not a new hotel it was absolutely first class. The location, right on the cliff side, over the beach is stunning, with all rooms having a sea vi… See more
Just returned from a whistle stop 3 day break over Easter at this excellent hotel. Although the hotel was not a new hotel it was absolutely first class. The location, right on the cliff side, over the beach is stunning, with all rooms having a sea view. The rooms were fine, plenty big enough with a functional, if slightly dated, bathroom. On the plus side the bathroom had a bath with excellent shower over it. Some people have said that the hotel could do with a refurbishment, but it doesn't need anything of the sort, it would spoil its character. The room door was beautifully wood panelled and the furnishings in the public areas of the hotel were top class, with a fantastic round bar as a centrepiece with wooden ceiling and stained glass inlays. It reminded me of the famous Midland Art Deco Hotel in Morecambe in its style. As one of the previous reviewers commented, the 5 course complimentary Gala Dinner on Easter Sunday was a nice unexpected surprise, it was a truly magnificent feast, worthy of any Michelin starred restaurant. The waiting on staff were first class, and couldn't have been more helpful. Food on other days was excellent and was piping hot. I particularly liked the chorizo breakfast sausage! The staff throughout the hotel, without exception, were extremely helpful and polite. The Manager(ess?) of this establishment must be extremely proud of their team and the service they provide. Well done everyone at the hotel, needless to say, I'll hopefully be back very soon. Many thanks. Collapse
Stay Date: 04/2017, traceyhb wrote this review.
Fantastic time at sol e mar great hotel great location food excellent such friendly staff and so helpful 10 out of 10 be back as soon as possible stunning views from balcony great size room had Easter here so had a unexpected gala dinner on Easter Su… See more
Fantastic time at sol e mar great hotel great location food excellent such friendly staff and so helpful 10 out of 10 be back as soon as possible stunning views from balcony great size room had Easter here so had a unexpected gala dinner on Easter Sunday that was equally as good as any celebrity chef restaurant at no extra cost so all in all a great 5 days Collapse
Location, location, location
Stay Date: 03/2017, blueandblonde wrote this review.
Superb location right n the beach. All rooms with a sea view - I mean what is more relaxing than the ebb and flow of the tide to help you relax? Staff are absolutely superb, very friendly and welcoming. But, I think the hotel is in desperate need o… See more
Superb location right n the beach. All rooms with a sea view - I mean what is more relaxing than the ebb and flow of the tide to help you relax? Staff are absolutely superb, very friendly and welcoming. But, I think the hotel is in desperate need of updating and TLC. Broken tiles, smelly bathrooms etc. It is a shame really as everything else is superb. Collapse
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