42 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have been to this hotel 3 times and wouldn't hesitate going back food excellent Angelo the chef Is great nothing is two much trouble for him and the staff are kind and very friendly. Ahmen who does the bar pool bar is great never a dull moment with him he's always jolly he's a credit to the team made our holiday worthwhile, met some lovely people while we were there it's one of those hotels that you feel valued."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of July 2014
Falesia hotel is a fantastic relaxing hotel
"this is our second visit to the hotel, it was even better than last year. The rooms are good and spacious and all have a balcony. The food is
exceptional with a huge variety for breakfast and dinner. You cannot fault the staff, they are all so pleasant and friendly , nothing is too much trouble. For a relaxing holiday this hotel would take some beating."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of June 2013
QUIET AND PEACEFUL
"This hotel is a very spacious modern and clean building with a large pool and well manicured and cultivated gardens,plenty of space for sunloungers away from the pool area down in the gardens,being in the pool does give the impression of being on show due to all pool beds facing the pool in an arc setting.eating in the dining room of an evening makes you feel that you are attending "school dinners" and don't leave your plate unattended for a second or it will be lifted away by the somewhat over attendent waiters who hover throughout!!!.rooms are spacious and cleaned well,balcony views whatever room you have are good enough if you like distance views from the /front of the hotel and pine trees/pool from the rear of the hotel. "
- Travel date: Thu 26th of July 2012
"We have just had a great holiday at the Falesia Hotel. The hotel, food, and staff were excellent. It is our fourth visit to the Falesia Hotel, and we will not hesitate to go again. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, always willing to help where their possibly could. It made our holiday more enjoyable, so Falesia, please keep up the excellent good work. we even got the room we requested, the outside pool bar is brill, and not too expensive either. And we could change the pool towels when we liked. Well done!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 25th of July 2012
Late booking-excellent choice.
"Having taken an earlier holiday in April and due one later in November,the result of terrible UK weather persuaded us to change our plan of stay home and enjoy the summer to one of make a booking for a quick 7 days away.
Portugal was one place we had earlier decided to go so when the Falesia Hotel,Praia de Falesia,showed up on the Thomson web close to our desired dates,we decided to go for it having read the good reviews.
What can we add to so many good reports,except to say this is an excellent hotel for total relaxation with a peaceful green setting,and while the sea and wonderful Falesia beach are about 20 mins.walk away through the pine tree location of the adjoining Sheraton Hotel and down some 200 steps.
Once down there the vast beach length allows extensive walks to other resorts of Olhos de Agua and Vilamoure
The Falesia Hotel has a wonderful open reception area with trees in the centre and lifts to higher floors and the Restaurant the floor below.
Our bedroom was a Junior Suite as part of the package with balcony and view over the pool and gardens.Many extras come with the Junior suites but surprisingly the fridge/mini bar are extra cost.We did not opt for this but a fridge is something we are used to if only to keep bottled water cool.The rooms are well cleaned on a daily basis.Air condtioning is good an not too noisy
If the rooms were updated the hotel would score higher as the decor as would the bathroom for the shower curtain in the bath are now generally a thing of the past.
The restaurant is very tasteful in design and food with breakfast and dinner well presented with a fine selection of buffet food,probably as good as higher star hotels and the head chef Angelo is imposing with a charming and welcoming smile,greeting the guests.
The staff are cheerful,efficient and clear the plates away promptly.
The fact that the hotel is 16 plus age groups gives it a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
Activities around the pool daily by the Thomson Team is well in tone with the hotel and guests.
As for their evening entertainment in the Show Bar,they try and should be praised for that, but do have some limitations.
Poolside bar prices are higher than local bars and bottled water in keeping with many hotels is outrageous compared with local supermarket prices.The Happy hour 17.00 Hrs. to !8.00 Hrs. is very popular for selective drinks
In all this is a resort and hotel we plan to return to and the General Manager Andre Aparicio,is well experienced young man and extremely receptive to comments and suggestions as are all his staff.
A fine well organised Hotel in a very pleasant location in the Algarve.
- Travel date: Tue 10th of July 2012
No Kids Yipeeeee
"How fantastic! Not a Brat in sight. So peaceful by the pool.
Great Reception staff, so very helpful. Rooms cleaned everyday. One problem was with the hair dryer, i have very long hair and it took several attempts to dry my hair as the dryer got very hot and burned my hands!
Food and Restaurant staff were great, so much variety.
The Entertainment Team were exceptional, they worked non stop and were such fun. I would not dream of joining in with poolside games but it was funny watching other people do so.A big thank you to Jo Slow Jill Davey, Joe Quiff and Zee Fabulous people.
I was shocked at the age group and did at first think i was in Gods waiting room!! However, some of the people were very nice.
All in all we had a fab time, very relaxing. When Thompson manage to have Brat free Planes i will be a truly happy Bunny, either that or store them in the overhead lockers!!!
- Travel date: Fri 7th of October 2011
Lovely stay at the Falesia
"We have just returned from 10 days relaxing stay at the Falesia, We agree with previous comments read that the walk to the beach could be difficult for some, however the bus to the local resorts from the hotel are good value,and easier than the local bus travel.
The evening entertainment from Jo Slow and Joe (Quiff) is great. And the resident singer Colin is lovely to listen to and very talented..
Would have been nice to have a kettle in the bedroom, but other than that the Hotel was quiet and ideal for a nice rest, lovely restaurant and clean comfortable rooms.
Very much enjoyed.
Chris & Phil Hertfordshire"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of June 2011
"If you are after a quiet holiday then this is the location for you. The Falesia hotel is situated in a quiet location on the Algarve, however on saying that there is a regular bus service to both Albuferia and Villamoura at a reasonable charge. There is also a daily beach service provided by the hotel too. The beaches are stunning although a fair distance from the Hotel. A walk through the gardens of the neighbouring hotel down to the beach is a âmust doâ. Another lovely place to visit is the Honey Farm (no longer a working honey farm). It is within walking distance from the Hotel (approx 1mile) and once you are there, you will be impressed by the coffeeâs/food served, plus treated to the most fantastic views. The staff at Falesia are some of the friendliest, helpful and efficient I have come across on a Thomsonâs Gold (I have been to several). This includes all staff from Reception, Restaurant, Bar Staff and Cleaning. The entertainments team deserve a special mention, consisting of Jo Slow (What an amazing entertainer â this girl is such a people person and has amazing talent too), Joe (Quiff), Katie and Zee were all excellent and most certainly made our holiday with both daily activities and evening entertainment. They all worked extremely and should be congratulated on their efforts. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday then I would thoroughly recommend a visit to the Falesia.
- Travel date: Wed 25th of May 2011
"Stayed here for a week and found the hotel to be very clean and comfortable and the staff excellent . Food very good with plenty of choice and the restaurant was very clean and restaurant staff great , they really looked after us and made us welcome . Our room was spacious and very clean and comfortable and this is a super hotel except that it is so far from the beach . A hire car would be recommended. Loved the Algarve but beware when out and about as I almost had my purse stolen and I usually consider myself to be careful with my belongings . All in all a great holiday in a highly recommended hotel ."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of April 2011
Really nice hotel
"Being first time holidaying as just a couple, it was great to be in a hotel without other people's children as this hotel restricts children ubder 16.
really friendly staff, quality food.for those that have ventured into many other 4 star hotels they may have found more faults, however the only 2 that stand out for me as well as some other reviewers are
1. The distance to the beach, yes they run a bus 4 times aday but location does restrict the evening walk that many people like to take whilst on holiday, however there is hotel evening entertainment.
2. The charge for a fridge of Â£25 per week is excessive and we have feed this back to the hotel. They offer the same unit as a minibar which is probably not greatly used but costing them electricty. Suggestion would be to offer fridge for max Â£10 per week.
for information the hotel does offer free towels for the sunbeds which saves weight in the suitcase.
overall very pleased"
- Travel date: Thu 8th of July 2010
"Thank you so much superior travel.A really helpful young lady called Jayne recommended this hotel to us and what fantastic advice she gave us.The hotel and staff where marvellous ,the food excelled all expectations.The Chef was there every meal time to greet you .And couldn't do enough to make your meal times enjoyable.So take our advice book with superior travel .We've used them before and nothing is to much trouble for them .Try this hotel it's well worth a visit. "
- Travel date: Tue 25th of May 2010
"Having upgraded to Junior Suite ie incl Bath Robes,Slippers,Tea Coffee making facilities,Fruit,Wine, Water,safety Deposit Box we were appalled to have to pay 25 euros for use of Fridge in the room, where were we supposed to keep the water.No champagne on arrival as with other Thomson Gold Hotels, room 409 not clean ie smell in cupboard,coffee stains on balcony all week,bathroom tiles,Outdoor Pool had a deep slope which all i spoke to agreed, bearing in mind the average age of most guests was 55+,why does water have to be deep?, entertainment was very poor only two professional acts in 7 nights, having said that the food was excellent. "
- Travel date: Sun 16th of May 2010