92 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Auramar beach hotel
"We have just come back from a week in this place. How is it a 3*. I don't think the chef! could cook anything else but beefburgers every lunch time & a couple of evenings as well. The food otherwise was pretty poor. The room & balcony was the best bit of the holiday. They need to update urgently very poor in places & very dated. Lots of water everywhere especially in the rooms & corridors. "
- Travel date: Thu 19th of May 2016
"We have just returned from Auramar Beach Resort and were very disappointed. The food was very boring and always cold, whether it was breakfast,lunch or dinner. The rooms were not cleaned properly, the staff were very unfriendly. We were not told about all the steps that we had to negotiate to get to the restaurant, and as my husband has to use a stick to walk with, this was very awkward.
The staff in the restaurant were very ignorant and didn't speak to us half of the time. I would not have given this hotel 3 stars, it would be lucky to receive 1 star! Wont be going back to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of May 2016
"Mand my wife went 4 a week to this hotel grate hotel grate food and staff was very help full and as 4 the girl on the reception jasmin is a jem this hotel has got a star there hope thy no that hope the hotel gives this girl a higher place on the staff thanks aura mar."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of May 2015
"We went to the Hotel Auramar last Summer from Belfast and it was fantastic!!! Yes the rooms wern't luxurious but it was clean, comfortable and really, really spacious. The staff were lovely and the hotel realized it was my birthday while i was there so made me a birthday cake!! The walk to the beach below the hotel was easy and quick and simply stunning!! The walk into the village was just as quick and restaurants galore, i recommend Senor Froggs...super with kids and really wonderful fresh food!!
Highly Recommended by us!! "
- Travel date: Sun 6th of January 2013
The Simpson clan
"Just back from a weeks all inclusive I don't no where people say that the food was cold every time we went down food was hot and there was loads to choose from ,the rooms were cleaned every day and also clean towels every day ,the waiters was also there to lift your plates as soon as you were finished your meal and very helpful if you needed anything ,the stairs are no use if you struggle abit with any sore bits but it tells you that on the net,there is a Shuttle bus everyday at various times to take you to the old town which has loads of shops but a taxi costs you about 4 euros for a lovely day out vist the marina at villamura it's about 25 euros each way in a taxi but loads to do ,we met some nice people aswell overall a great holiday and we will be returning"
- Travel date: Sat 1st of December 2012
Excellent Place for a Holiday
"Just back literally today (20-10-12) had 7 nights all inclusive with my partner and son. Have to say we went with a little trepidation after reading some of the reviews.
YES the Hotel has steps. its on a cliff top..... to be expected.
Food; hot tasty and lots of it, there was a turkey dish served almost every night, but there was also pasta dishes; traditional Portuguese dishes, chicken dishes; duck dishes; spare rib dishes; vegetarian dishes, I could go on and on.
Lacking a little in evening entertainment but this was expected being near the end of season
Staff where amazing, all very friendly and could not be more helpful.
Rooms where basic but how long do you spend in them, they where very clean, and serviced daily, we asked for a kettle and yep this was not a problem.
Free bus to Albufeira 3 x daily no complaints there, and a lovely walk along hte beach ot the old town as well.
All in all a great place to stay, looked after us very well. and if we go back to the Algarve we will stay there.
To those that expect to get 5 star for 3 star money, try booking 5 star for 5 star money. As 3 star goes I reckon it should be a 4!
- Travel date: Sat 20th of October 2012
mid week break
"Fantastic Hotel. Have read all kinds of poor reviews about this hotel and was beginning to dread arriving but they couldn't have been more wrong. Clean rooms, good food and great facilities. Staff very friendly. Highly recommend"
- Travel date: Thu 1st of September 2011
3 star only just
"Just got back today,hotel is a 3 star don't lose sight of that,very clean,rooms cleaned every day as was surrounding areas.Hotel very dated and in need of a make over. Cant beat the location good sea views ,two mins from good beach.Food hit and miss good selection however, they struggle to keep the food hot and for most of the time it was bland,bed and breakfast seems the way to go. Its sold as a family hotel but be aware there were stag and hen parties there at the weekends and have been for most of the season so far.You have to pay 10 euro for your room key but you do get this back when you leave. You pay 15 euro for a safety deposit box key per week but don't get that back,considering the problems they have had in the past you need to store your valuables securely,and you pay 1 euro to confirm your transfer back to the airport bit cheeky really.The baby pool was out of action for three days and the lift in block A kept breaking down.There is a gym however,most of the equipment does not work and its a very small area. We are not sure if we will go back to this hotel,the location seems to be its redeeming factor.As I said don't lose sight of the fact that its a 3 star and in life you get what you pay for.
- Travel date: Mon 27th of June 2011
over all a good holiday
"Me and my boyfriend have just got back form aurama hotel beach resort and overall had a brilliant time. If i'd read the reviews before i booked it, i wouldn't of gone. I read that the beds were like concrete which is really over the top because they really wasn't that bad. i also read that the reception staff were awfull and very inconsiderate which i don't agree with, they wern't the best but they were okay.
The food has its good days and its bad, however nearby there are some gorgeous restaurant so that was an advantage. The cleaner cleaned everyday, we had fresh bedding and towels everyday. The barmen are very strict about not giving drinks out after 11 for free, i ordered straight after my boyfriend who got served, but i didn't because it was a minute after 11.
The main picture of the holiday was of a small pool when i booked it, i liked the look of it however because i'm english i wasn't allowed in it. Only Germans are allowed in that area which also takes you down to a seperate beach. They are very racist in my opinion and i wasn't the only one to think that. they help the germans a lot, they get a lot more than the english do.
We hired a safe after we'd given them the 10 euro deposit, the women behind the desk said we would get 40 euros back because it is a 30 euro deposit for the safe, for this reason we saved no money for the airport because we was told we'd get 40 back. However, when we went to collect our money, we only got 10 euros back because they said we paid for it, it's not a deposit, it was all a con to get a bit of extra money out of us. we only had 10 euros for the airport to get something to eat and drink and because it was so early in the morning we were picked up we couldn't get anything to eat in the hotel so really we needed all the money we could get for the airport but they took that from us.
I would not go back to that hotel again however i would go near by because the beach was gorgeous."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of June 2011
"Just retutned 18/06/11 4 adults 54 to 63, all I can say we had a great time,hotel was clean rooms cleaned daily, pool area great, beach 2 mins away,went all inclusive very good with drinks, ok food was repeated but always found something to eat,and maybe some could be put off with thje stag and hen parties, but you only live once so yes if you want to be really sad and look for faults you will find them, but if you want to go on holiday to enjoy your self then this is the hotel and yes we will be going back"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of June 2011
under rated hotel
"Myself and a friend just returned yesterday and we had a ball! Yes, reception did smell a bit funky on arrival but i find this of most hotels abroad. The staff were constantly cleaning so it was by no means unclean. Our rooms were basic but fine and were also cleaned daily. The food was lovely and always a good variety, especially at the pool bar. The staff were great too and we honestly had no complaints all week. We met lots of people during our stay who had the same opinion as us. Also very central. 5 min walk down to the strip which is full of bars/clubs etc. 5euros in a taxi to the old town which is open all night. The atmosphere was good and entertainment every night in the main bar. If you go make sure you check out the beach which is through a gate by the pool and a classy little restaraunt just outside to the left as it has a pool and loungers. It reminded me of Dubai... I always say a holiday is what you make it anyway but we certainly loved it."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of April 2011
dont take notice of some reviews
"just got back from the auramar hotel we had a great time.we was half board the food was very good all staff very nice if we had seen some of the reviews before we had booked we wouldnt have gone [so glad we didnt]"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of March 2011