We stayed at the Solaqua Aparthotel apartments in Albufeira for 3 nights over Easter in April 2012. Weather was reasonable with the temperature around 63 oF. The price was only £58 – amazing. Incidentally we also hired a car for the week for 77 Euro’s.
The location is about a 20 minute walk from popular tourist places of ‘The old town’ and the same from ‘The Strip’.
First the negatives. The internet is not free and at around 1 euro for 15 minutes is not good value particularly as you can use it free at the nearby McDonalds. There is a safe in the room but they charge 2 euro’s a day for its use. There was no plug for the bath, so we had to go to reception and ask for one. Fortunately they managed to find one. Although there are good kitchen facilities, they do not provide washing up liquid, tea towels or cleaning cloths so you need to purchase your own from the nearby supermarket. We were told (whilst checking out) that tea towels could be provided by the hotel, but you needed to request one. Our room had no kettle either so we had to boil water in a pan. So they did supply some items but did not bother to tell you about them – a great shame as for an apartment they should provide much of the above as standard.
On the hugely plus side the room had a microwave, toaster, 2 pans, cutlery and other utensils. The apartment had air con, was very modern, clean, and very impressive with two large twin beds and a balcony to boot. The small flat screen TV had several BBC and ITV channels – you are not stuck with CNN only!! There was also a great pool and other entertainment provision.
Incidentally we left a euro plug and 3 way adapter and went back 3 days later to collect it and failed. They showed very little interest saying only that the room was in use.
Overall we thought it was a great 4 star apartment and very good value for money and would highly recommend it for couples and families.
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- Solaqua Apartments Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal