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All reviews old town maria luisa beach minute walk pool area relaxing holiday air con sun loungers lovely hotel lovely beach all inclusive package main town all inclusive drinks reception staff apartment was clean bit dated half board bars and restaurants
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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the pool area, the garden and the spacious apartment. Needs some upgrades in the apartment but overall very satisfied with the service and cleanliness. A nice 10 minute walk to the beach. Close proximity to supermarkets and restaurants...Great for families!

Stayed: July 2018, traveled with family
Thank Sylvie G
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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Absolutely perfect, everything we hoped for everything was clean and tidy lovely pools breakfast was great and above all that the people in reception were constantly available, helpful and friendly. Would definitely return. Also close enough to old town without being in the centre of it. Very popular with kids however , almost always children running round pool and diving and screaming babies so would maybe think adults only In future but that's not the hotels problem.

Stayed: July 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank HBr96
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

The decor is a little dated but don’t let this put you off its very clean. The staff are friendly and the food is great. A lot of choices with freshly cooked bbq food, salads and local cuisine. It’s really close to a sandy beach and everything you need is to hand. Great pools family and couple friendly. If I was Uber picky the towels could be softer and not sure why they are coloured and not white.

Stayed: July 2018, traveled with family
Thank Tanya S
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

stayed there last week, mid July. lovely clean hotel in a good location: 5 minute walk to beach, 2 minute walk to supermarket and tourist office, plenty of good restaurants within 10-15 minutes walk in either direction of hotel, and new/old towns within a (5-8 euro) 10 minute taxi ride. new town mostly consists of bars and nightclubs with some restaurants- like being on a strip at a holiday resort, mostly aimed at young British people. old town more rustic with cobbled stone floors, tacky tourist shops, plenty of bars and restaurants and more local people- who seem to avoid new town. both worth a visit. faro 45-50 minutes away, Lisbon 2.5 hours away.

stayed in a double room, was pretty basic but had a fantastic balcony- really big with table and chairs and two sun loungers, half in shade and half in the sun. only fault was that there was quite a low wall between each balcony so not much privacy if you're sitting in the bottom half. cleaners came every day with clean towels and to empty bins.

went half board and the food was excellent, both in the morning and in the evening. plenty of choice at the buffet, with some Portuguese choices and also things like chips and pasta for fussier eaters. different menu every night and good fast table service for drinks from the bar. was nice to have the option of eating outside.

pool was pretty big, we visited outside of school holidays but was fairly easy to get a lounger at any time of day- if it did get busy there was an upper level of sun beds by the main pool and a second pool with an outdoor bar. water was freezing which was perfect for the hot weather. hotel also has a games room, with a few pool tables and another bar, open 6/7pm until midnight/1am. It got fairly noisy at night, but may have only been audible from our room because we were at the top of the stairs.

would definitely recommend balata mar, and Albufeira in general. very nice atmosphere and facilities and all staff, in reception, bar/restaurant and cleaners, very polite and helpful

  • Stayed: July 2018, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Balaia mar hotel is a nice hotel.10 min walk to beach which is nice and clean..dont go to new town its for young ones ..old town is nicer.taxi 8 euros or ride in a tut tut for ten euros .the hotel is nice and clean .meals are good staff friendly

Stayed: June 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank Lynn H
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