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Balaia Plaza
Ranked #132 of 161 Hotels in Albufeira
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3 reviews
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“One word AMAZING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I recently just got back from a long weekend away and i wish now i would of stayed longer!!!!!!!!!! Reading the other reviews made me nervous thinkin as 3 girls aged in there 20's there would be nothing to do and it would b boring!!! But how wrong could i be 20 min walk you reach an amazing town full of shops bars restaurants and things to do!!!! If you dont want to walk its only €3.90 in a taxi!!!!!! You can go futher to the old town which is beautifull, but as we were only there for 2 days we stuck to the nearest town . If you like bars and clubs and get a taxi ask to go to 'the strip' and everything is there for you!!!!!!

As for the hotel it was lovely was cleaned both days we were there and they are lovely rooms with great views!!!! The food is amazing in the hotel retaurant and very reasonable........ Whilst we were there they were working on a bar and food place near the pool as it is a little walk back and forth but nothing much! The staff were so friendly and attentive there were a couple of staff members who dint speak good english but did there best and if they couldnt help they found someone who could!!!!!!! Love love loved this holiday and loved it that much me and my partner are planing to go in october!! I really cant wait to see how the hotel has progressed on my next visit.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Goderich, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

We had a large clean one bedroom apartment. It was spacious but not overly comfortable. We had some trouble in the beginning with the heat as it was very cool, but it finally was solved. The kitchen was adequate for breakfast and small meals. We had a room with a terrific view. The indoor pool was very small...okay for children but not for exercise purposes. There were extra fees for internet, safes, and the gym. As we were there for 1 month I had counted on being able to exercise or swim. The hotel was exceptionally quiet (but we were there in the off season Feb/March). We were very thankful to the bar manager Manuel who was very helpful in planning our day trips, and serving us drinks in the evening (even though we were the only patrons there!)

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Marion D
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

We booked 5 nights at Balaia Plaza in August 2011, when we arrived we were told that there was no booking for us, I showed the confirmation e-mail but we were told there was only one room and we could not have it as there had been a problem with water, we later went to see the room and it had a horrible damp, musty swell. We were eventually given another room and told we could only stay in there for one night and they would sort something in the morning, we didn't get into the room until 00.30 hrs - that was just the beginning.......

The next day was a waste of time. I spent the day going back and forth to the reception, phoning the company we had booked with and trying to speak to the manager at the hotel. I was later told that we had turned down the room the night before because we didn't like the room??? I informed them that their receptionist had told us we couldn't have that room as there was a problem with the room, which was confirmed by the smell in the room, and there was no booking for us. We were later told that it was the receptionists fault as he didn't know how to operate the system? From the moment we arrived it was a catalogue of errors and lies; they wasted our valuable time that we needed to relax due to a family bereavement and the stress we have faced in the previous few months.

The manager refused, on several occasions, to speak to us, in fact on two occasions she stated to my face that she was not the manager when several of her staff had told me that she was the manager!?! It eventually transpired that they did have the booking, since the 22nd Aug, but it had not been put on their system. Confused??? I can assure you we were!

I could write a book on those 40 hours we spent there, but I will end by letting you know that we couldn't take it anymore, we booked another hotel and left - never to return.

I agree with some of the reviews, this hotel should not be 4 star - it has an indoor & outdoor pool, tennis court, bar but they are very dated, the whole hotel needs updating. I would rate it about 2.5 stars, I have stayed at 3 star hotels which were better.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CorAl02
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

Was not expecting much from this Hotel for what we paid! It was great, very large apartment, cleaned 6 days out of 7. It was a little way from the restaurants etc. but a lovely walk in the evening down to Praia da Oura and a taxi back cost 3 euros 60, very cheap. Lovely outdoor pool and the staff at the pool bar were so friendly and the food was very good and cheap. Would definitely return to this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank qidi
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Wakefield
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

This Hotel is excellent value for the money my wife and I have stayed there 3 times now. However this year we stopped in early October during an un-expecteted heatwave. This showed up as a problem that we had not experienced before. This Hotel is a long way from anywhere of interest and a long walk is involved to get to the Strip which is the main area of activity. So saying the rooms are massive and the balconies are palatial. The only local restaraunt is Martins which is good value but limited in choice.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BanditWakefield
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Additional Information about Balaia Plaza

Property: Balaia Plaza
Address: Estrada de Santa Eulalia, Apartado 978 | Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira 8200-913, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,292 - ₹ 12,199
Hotel Class:4 star — Balaia Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 76
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