13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Stayed many times at this hotel
"We really like this hotel and find it good value for money, we will definately return again. We were there this year from 13th to 20th May there are just a couple of negatives for us this time the pillows on the bed did not smell as if they were freshly laundered and the scrambled eggs in the morning were very under cooked everyday. The staff here are very helpful as ever. "
- Travel date: 29th May 2012
Just what we wanted
"Me and my girlfriend booked 4 nights at the Baia Grande looking for a nice relaxing week in the sun and that is exactly what we got. The hotel is very clean, the staff were excellent especially the reception staff who were always very helpful. Ask for a map when you arrive which proved very useful and showed us where the local beaches were. The outdoor pool is very cold but you do get used to it and it can be refreshing after a long day in the sun. We did not eat in the main restaurants of the hotel but we did have breakfast which was basic but more then enough, and we had sandwiches for lunch at the pool bar. There is also a restaurant 200-300 metres away which I cant recommend enough. Its called Dom Dini and we went there everyday after discovering it on the second night. In my opinion a car would be very useful when staying at this hotel because as it is 3-4 miles from the Old Town and another 1-2 miles from the Strip. Although after one visit to both of those places we decided once was enough. My only real critisism would be that the mini bar was locked so we couldnt use it to keep our water cold, and they charge you to use the safe. Apart from that I was very happy."
- Travel date: 3rd July 2007
A Little Remote but Good Accomodation
"We have just returned from a weeks stay at this hotel. We booked a hire car for the entire holiday which we picked up at the arirport and dropped it off prior to checking in on our departure which saved us the Â£60 transfer charge. The reception staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for them, they even found us a temporary room for a couple of days because our tour operator "forgot" to book us into the hotel and they didn't have a sea view room as we'd requested (and paid for) for a couple of days, we'll be taking this up with XL directly. We were happy with the location as we'd read previous reviews, the hotel was very clean, our bedlinen was changed, because we changed rooms, however we were concerned at the notice that bedlinen was only changed once a week. The pool was nice, cold but OK once you become acclimatised to the temperature. Please note pool towels are provided by the hotel for a small deposit, couldn't find any reference to this on any sites and the cases took up valuable space and weight in taking our own. We wouldn't consider this hotel to be a four star hotel rather a three star. We stayed B&B and were very disappointed with the breakfasts, we had melon one day the rest of the stay the choice of friut was tinned pears, tinned peaches, tinned pinapple and fresh oranges yet the orange juice was re-constituted! Very basic ingredients provided for the hot breakfast and fresh tomatoes provided for one day only. We went to the Dom Diniz reataurant and thought the food was good but very pricey. We went into Albifeira a couple of times and would definitely recommend O Tunel restaurant. For an extra special treat try Evaristo restaurant on one of the beaches nearby, the food (mainly fish) was excellent and the chocolate mousse was to die for, the waiters were hunks as well, pricey but the quality and service provided was in a different league to the DD. All in all a good holiday with good accomodation, with a little more time and attention paid to the food this could be an excellent hotel."
- Travel date: 1st July 2007
"My wife and I have just spent a fantastic week at this fabulous hotel. Firstly I should say that we were looking for a VERY relaxing break and wanted to be away from the busy resort centre. The Baia Grande proved an excellent choice. The hotel is remote and you have very little on your door step. If, like us, you like to explore your surroundings then you will find some beautiful coves with stunning beaches and on most a quiet beach front bar/retsaurant over looking the ocean. The Hotel was spottlessly clean and our sea view room on floor 3 came fully carpeted with a fantastic balcony, again over looking the pool and beyond to the ocean. The breakfast was good, not fantastic but we certainly had no complaints. The outdoor pool was immaculate as was the indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. The last bus to town left at 18:45 and I would recommend you book a seat in the afternoon. The journey lasted 10 minutes. Despite some reports on this site we had no problem finding a taxi home in the evening. We simply returned to the very spot the bus dropped us off and found at least one taxi waiting with no queue. We always left before 1am so it may become busier when the pubs/clubs close. All in all this was a truly relaxing experience and I'm just sad to be home. I would recommend the hotel for couples and those willing to walk 10-20 minutes to find local restaurants and beach front bars. It's perhaps not as suitable for those with teenage kids or party crowds but that's perhaps what made it so special for us."
- Travel date: 23rd June 2007
Wouldn't go back
"Nice hotel, very clean but you have to pay for everything. Even the little shop connected to the hotel does not sell drinks so you have to buy from the bar. No tea or coffee making facilities in room, so if like me you can't do anything before your first cuppa, you'll find it a bind having to get up, washed & dressed before your first slurp! Pool area was excellent but staff could have been more friendly. Shuttle bus was convenient but could have done with just one more leaving for old town around 8.00pm. If you decide to book this hotel and are allocated room 201 please ask them to change your room, this is directly next door to the Piano Bar and over the dining room, so if you want an early night you,ve no chance of sleeping through the "singer" and if you want a lie in, you,ve no chance of sleeping through the scraping of chairs on the tiled floors!! All in all it was OK but i'm not a fussy person and I would say this Hotel should only be a 3*, we will not be returning."
- Travel date: 4th June 2007
"Great hotel, stayed over the May day bank holiday with 7 other girls on a hen weekend. The hotel was very clean and the staff friendly. The buffet breakfast was great and the pool was nice, mind you to cold to get in this time of year. Would recommend to anyone. A little away from the town centre but easy to get a taxi to the Old Town or the Strip if you want a lively night out. Beach lovely to, overall a great experience."
- Travel date: 10th May 2007
Spring in Portugal
"Just come back from 10 days at the Baia Grande. We booked a taxi through their website to pick us up from the airport, this was charged to our room. We enjoyed the hotel, plenty to eat at breakfast (could have been a bit more varied), with friendly and efficient staff. The air con in the bedrooms was very good. We paid for a pool view, which was really nice. There weren't too many places to eat close by, we went to a local one which wasn't too good and quite expensive. The hotel provides a shuttle bus into Albufeira a few times a day, with the last bus being 6.45pm, but this is only 10 minutes away by car. I thought there was a good mix of all ages at the hotel. We walked along the cliffs, which were quite spectacular, and sat and sunbathed on Rabbit Beach a few times. We had a couple of meals there, which were ok, but quite expensive for what you got. The shuttle bus also took you to Gale Beach which was about 10 minutes away, and that was a really long beach, we walked for over an hour there. We found 2 really good Portugese restaurants in Albufeira, O Manjar, which was near the centre, which was excellent, it was up the bank from the 'Geordie' bar. We also went to O Veleiro, a family run restaurant, which also was excellent and very good value. All in all, had a good time!"
- Travel date: 14th April 2007
"We stayed one night in July 2006 and were so impressed we returned in March 2007 for 8 days. I agree with other reviewers who have been impressed with how clean the Hotel is. What is always welcome is real fruit juice at breakfast. The food was really good and well presented. We were on half-board and this was amazing value in March because it is classed as Low Season but the weather was excellent. I swam in the superb outdoor pool every day although it was a bit cold because of it being so early in the year. The indoor pool is a bit small but was nice and warm. We will definitely return next year."
- Travel date: 23rd March 2007
Nice, but not "Something Special"
"I booked this hotel after reading the reviews on here and seeing the hotel included within the "Something Special" range offered by Budget Travel (Ireland). Unfortunately I think some of the reviews here are really over-generous! Although we had reserved and paid for a sea view room, when we arrived the hotel advised that there had been a mistake and we spent the first night of our holiday in a cramped, dingy room looking out onto the carpark. We also got no sleep because the room was on the ground floor next to the piano bar. The hotel took â¬30 off our bill to account for this! On the morning of day 2 we were moved to what was a very nice room, with a large balcony/sea view/large bathroom/couch/dining area/mini-bar etc. The room was also very quiet and our sleep was not disturbed on the other nights of the holiday. The main reason why I found the hotel disappointing was because we were looking for a week of chilled-out bliss and we didn't plan on leaving the hotel and its immediate locality very much. However, we would have climbed the walls if we had done that! We were forced to hire a car and go out places every day just so as not to die of boredom! Basically, the only thing to do during the day is lay by the pool and dine at the pool-side snack bar, which serves a very limited, boring range of food (basically toasted sandwiches and chips). There is NOTHING else to do during the day. We attempted to head down to the beach but the path down was under construction and you would need to wear good, sturdy walking shoes to manage what is a short hike, not a quick stroll. We hired a car and went to Faro (which was great) one day. Another day we went on a safari into the mountains (which was brilliant). A couple of evenings we went to Albufeira (pretty tacky, commercialised & a bit dingy). Overall I could not describe this holiday as 'luxury' and I think the correct rating for the hotel (having regard to its lack of amenities) is 3*. I have to endorse what other people have said, in that the hotel was extremely clean and the staff were very polite and pleasant. If you're not that interested in nice meals and would be happy to literally just lie by the pool for a week this hotel would be great for you. I saw some quite elderly couples there doing just that and they seemed very happy. If you need SOME entertainment or a range of nice restaurants in easy reach I wouldn't recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 19th January 2007
Ideal for a short break
"Just had a two day stay at Baia Grande - 4th time there but on business. Caters best for leisure traveller and has nice facilities in Vale de Parra area. Easy to get to Albufeira and go BB because some really nice restaurants close by (even walkable). Rooms are large but go for pool view as that also gives you a sea view too. Otherwise you get a garden view or car park view - ok on business - not ok for a vacation. Immaculately clean - great service especilly reception and bar. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: 17th January 2007
4 Star holiday, 4 Star Hotel!!
"Just returned from a week at the Baia Grande and could find little if anything to fault this superb hotel on, bearing in mind it is January and not the middle of the holiday season, In terms of location when you book you can see it is not middle of the town, and a car does help, however the location does offer a peaceful holiday in a superb location. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the room with a pool/sea view was spacious and very clean and breakfast was more than adequate with an excellent choice across the board. We tended to eat out each evening as part of our holiday so cannot comment on the other dining experiences. The pool area is well set out and kept spotless and no doubt is well used in the summer but even in January a regular number of guests enjoyed the sun in a relaxed atmosphere. Would we go again - certainly! Would I recommend it - most definitely. Overall a great holiday in a great hotel that fully deserves all the positive comments it receives."
- Travel date: 14th January 2007
The hotel is very clean and well present...
"The hotel is very clean and well presented the staff are extremely friendly the pool area and piano bar are very nice. The quality of the food in the hotel is not the best but there are lots of restaurants within walking distance. It costs about 4 euro to get into Albufeira in a taxi although the hotel runs a free shuttle bus. Albufeira is like one big building site at the moment. I would recommend this hotel to anyone but next year when all the building work in Albufeira is complete."
- Travel date: 5th May 2006
Top traveller tips for Hotel Baia Grande
"Several local restaurants are very good, there is no need to go into the town to eat unless you want a more hectic nightlife."
Hotel Baia Grande is also called
- Baia Grande Hotel
- baia grande albufeira
- baia grande hotel albufeira