20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
If you are looking for a restful nights sleep this hotel is not suitable
"This was a clean budget hotel in a great part of the oldtown...possibly one of the oldest hotels in the area, suitable for hen and stag doos but not for a relaxing holiday. convenient to the beach. Merlins and Eddys just across the road Disliked that we didnt get any sleep (2 nights) and went to get security to quieten the constant fueding of couple in the adjoining room. We did ask for a move of room to another level but this request was declined. Wont be in a rush to come back to this particular hotel"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of May 2012
"just arrived home from short break at recife booked last minute so got a room without a view no big deal but couldnt fault hotel everyone very friendly location perfect,if you dont mind short walk up few stairs.very clean very pretty hotel, air con, fridge ,kettle cups all in all boss little budget hotel well done all the staff. "
- Travel date: Thu 4th of August 2011
"We had a lovely short stay in this hotel. It is in such a central position and very good value for money. I managed to leave my mobile phone behind in my room when we moved on and the man at reception was so helpful and actually posted it back to England for me! many thanks, we will be using it again."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of June 2010
"This was a pleasent suprise for a budget holidy
It would of cost twice has much further up the strip
Service was excellent maids in every day with clean towels
clean enough for me and im fussy
Breakfast was continetal but toast and a coffee was fine for me
Bar was a bit expencive but over the road a nice bar called eddys was excellent good meals frendly run pub football if you wanted it
overall i would go back any time really good holiday and cheap"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of May 2009
This is an ideal centrally located hotel...
"This is an ideal centrally located hotel but there are quite alot of steps to negotiate when you are going to the beach and the Square which you should be aware of especially when its very hot so always make sure you've got a bottle of water with you! Its only minutes from the Square with all its bars and restaurants and the lovely beach is only a few minutes walk if you go through the tunnel. The hotel provides a continental type breakfast of cereal, rolls, croissants, toast, jams, ham, cheese, all kinds of coffee, tea and juices and I couldn't fault it. it was great. I read in reviews that you could go across the way to Eddys Bar or Merlins for a fry up but they never seemed to be opened at 9 in the morning! After my booking with alparooms who I thought gave excellent rates, I emailed the hotel to ask for a room with a view, air conditioning and a balcony all of which I got. Some rooms didn't have a balcony at all and I would recommend that you ask for one, we were in room 314 on the same level as reception and this was ideal. The main downside to this lovely hotel was the pool. Its a good size but in a small area and gets very shaded too early. Also there are very few sunbeds and these are taken up with towels very early. On our 1st day my boyfriend woke early at 6.45 and when he went out on the balcony there was a man putting 6 towels on sunbeds and no doubt he was going back to bed for another few hours! So unfair but I guess it happens everywhere you go. A big plus though was the hotel has 2 sun terraces where we spent alot of time and it was brilliant. The beds were abit shabby and a few plants etc would have made a big difference but we had it to ourselves most days and there was a lovely breeze up there at times. There was no atmosphere around the pool as there was no music or bar, you couldn't even get a snack in the hotel bar, they only served drinks. Albufeira itself was lovely and I would highly recommend it with its cobbled streets, great shops, bars and restaurants. No high rise either. Good places to eat were the Bank Restaurant and the chinese restaurant Alibaba (up the hill). Stay away from the Chinese restaurant in the Square (Bamboo I think!). Most places serve great cocktails. Live music in alot of the bars especially Vertigo, The Rock Cafe and Harrys Bar. I would definately go back to Albufeira but if you are a "pool person" the Vila Recife isn't for you whereas if you are a beach person then its ideal in every way. "
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2008
Very pleased with our room 213 which had...
"Very pleased with our room 213 which had a sea view as requested. Airconditioning, microwave, small fridge, kettle, cups, plates and cutlery. Rooms cleaned and towels changed everyday. Helpful staff especially Anna at the bar room. Breakfast was continental between 8am and 10am. Would have been very useful to have some parasols around the pool, when I asked reception if they had any they said they were on order. Church next door was entertaining with the bells ringing. We had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. "
- Travel date: Thu 26th of June 2008
Stayed here last September. Location is...
"Stayed here last September. Location is perfect. We didn't hear much noise late at night so we can't complain being so close to the town centre. Breakfast was okay and a cooked breakfast could be had just over the road in Merlins. Staff were very pleasant and helpful although we were out most of the time so didn't really see or need them for anything. We had room 502 and would love to have it again when we go this September. Got a lot of atmosphere and charm this little hotel - we loved it! Pool was on the small side but we were only a few minutes from the beach so spent most of our time there - took our own tea making stuff - and we needed it as there was nothing in the room which was a bit dissapointing. Little fridge was handy though. No air-con and we sure could have done with it but as we were quite high up we just left the window open. Overall, for what we paid, we couldn't really complain! Going back this September so it can't be too bad!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
This was our 4th stay at this hotel and...
" This was our 4th stay at this hotel and we have never managed to get the same standard of room as the 1st visit which did have everything as advertised. We knew when we booked that we were not guaranteed a particular room even when we offered to pay in advance directly at the hotel but this room had no aircon, no bath, no mirror apart from in the bathroom, no kettle and a very small window without a balcony. After we had been shown two more rooms to move to we confirmed that the majority of the rooms were similar to this and we had got very lucky the 1st time in getting a spacious airy room. The room this time was extremely warm as it didn't get any breeze and it was very cramped with the twin beds pushed against the wall.
We spent most of our time out of the hotel and mainly use it as a base being very close to the Old Town but if we were wanting to spend a fair amount of time in the hotel we would book elsewhere. Even though the hotel mainly focuses towards older clientele without children ( no kids facilities) they still book hen and stag parties that obviously clash. We had a stag do on either side of us and across the corridor. I felt quite sorry for them as they hated the hotel and found it really boring and lots of other guests were constantly complaining about them and demanding that they were kicked out. They were eventually thrown out of their rooms on their last day at 5:30 in the morning but the damage had been done by then and it seemed a bit pointless. I feel it would be better if the hotel had a definite policy one way or the other instead of all the guests being cheesed off. Overall the location is great but if you want to relax in your room or have an early night (before 3am) then forget it."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of May 2008
Have paid much more for much less
"Have just returned from Hotel Vila Recife and booked after reading the reviews. Wasn't disappointed. If you spend alot of your holiday in your hotel then this probably isn't for you. The hotel is basic but very clean. Rooms cleaned and towels changed every day. The pool is not huge and loses the sun by mid-afternoon. Try the roof terrace (take the lift upto te 5th floor) with lovely views over the main square and a few sun loungers. We booked room only so can't comment on the continental breakfast which was served from the bar area and can be eaten inside or outside in the pleasant garden area. Go down the steps at the side of the hotel, past the lovely church, and within 2 minutes you're in the town square or through the tunnel and onto the lovely sandy beach. The town square is beautiful and has lots of street entertainment at night. Catch the mini train (3 euros for a day pass) which does a circuit from the new marina to 'The Strip' via the Old Town. Merlins Bar, across the road, is ok for breakfast but the best breakfast in the Old Town is at the Breffni Bar near the bus station. We have stayed near the Strip earlier this year and that area is probably better for the younger age groups but we found the Old Town is perfect for families and couples and has much more charachter. We paid Â£75 for our roomfor 1 week and booked with www.bookings.com."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
"This is a nice, friendly, cozy little hotel right next to the heart of Albufeira Old Town. The staff are pleasant and helpful though we didn't really need to speak to anyone with problems as we didn't have any. The pool is on the small side with not a lot of space around it and we never managed to get a bed. We didn't mind as we liked the beach which was really close but friends of ours said it spoilt their time a little bit as they love to lie by the pool. I don't think you would stand a chance of getting near it in the summer.
The room we were in was a fair size with aircon but the other room was tiny and as it had no aircon it was like a furnace. One of the rooms had a small balcony but the other two only had a window but these were the quieter rooms overlooking a small garden. None of the rooms have the same facilities as standard so I guess we just got lucky.
The breakfast was exactly as described so I don't know why some people were moaning about it and there was an abundance of alternative places nearby.
During our stay we didn't see any kids in the hotel at all but this may have been the time of year or because there are no facilities for them.
Overall we loved Albufeira but one thing is for sure we won't miss the clanging church bells every half hour 24/7!!"
- Travel date: Fri 12th of October 2007
A great place to stay
"Overall this is a fab and inexpensive hotel. Basic room but very clean - with the welcome extra of air-con at no extra cost. We booked B&B so it was a bonus to have a fridge,microwave + kettle in the room, along with plates, cutlery and a bottle opener! There is plenty of storage space and a safe in each room.The staff were all very friendly and spoke fluent english, the receptionist even produced a needle and thread when asked!
The pool area is fairly compact - with about 20 sunbeds - half of which in the shade by 2pm and the pool loses the sun at about 4pm, it is a fairly small area so you need to get out there early to get a sunbed! but lovely all the same, there are also sun terraces with sun beds on the upper floors which catch the sun all afternoon. Breakfast is continental with fresh bread. The hotel itself is a stone's throw from the lively square and bars and restaurants. It is however quite a steep walk down, uneven with lots of steps so not suitable for those with mobility problems! The beach is a 5 min walk - I would suggest buying an parasol (about 6-8euros) and sitting in 'umbrella zone' as two sunbeds with a parasol will set you back about 15euros!! I loved albufeira, the atmosphere is great and its a laid back and friendly place. I would especially reccomend Restaurant Shalom (an Israeli-Dutch combonation) the food was fab, cheap and friendly staff. Also to try would be caffe cais (Italian) which was also yummy! Try the streets off the square as many are cheaper and much nicer!
The only negatives I can think of are a very small balcony in the room and the water could have been hotter - but I think these are minor - I'd definitely go back to stay there."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of September 2007
Great location, good hotel
"Hotel room was very clean, as was the bathroom. Air-con was much appreciated, and worked, as did the TV and the kettle. Only hot water in the shower for about 2min per day, so I hope you like cold showers! Beds were comfy, and room was cleaned everyday. Towels changed everyday also. Fridge in the room was fantastic to have. Safe in room also.
Breakfast was pretty basic-bread rolls, cold meats, cheese, tea, coffee and juice, but it did the trick. Plenty of places around if you fancy a full 'colesterol' breakfast!
Swimming pool and sun area was great to have,but make sure you get your towel out on a bed early in the morning as the area is pretty small.
Hotel located about a 2min stroll to the main square of the old town. Far enough away from the noise of the square also. Beach is a 2min stroll away too.
Some fantastic restaurants close by: the Atrium is super-get the king prawns, and Valerio's is pretty good too, and extremly cheap. Go for the Sea Bass in there-you won't regret it!"
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2007