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Cheerfulway Hotel California

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

dirty room .disgusting bathroom .balcony like colditze barbwire everywere .staff unhelpful not helpful at all bed not changed once.we could have caught something nasty from the shower,our room was in the old part

We survived five nights but two of them were sleepless due to the noise level from outside. Finally, with AC on ad window closed we were able to sleep. The walk to the best beach is less than five minutes. Staff is friendly and price attractive. The place has been in operation for many years without major renovation. Finally it was sold and new owners plan, allegedly, to keep it open for one more year and shut it down for major upgrading. Take advantage this coming year but come with ear plugs! The price will not be the same in the future

was absolutely dreading this hotel when reading reviews and prepared for the worst. However it is nothing what people are describing, we have the premier suite room and is huge, clean bedding every 2 days, clean towels every 2 days, perfect location ( yes loud but what do you expect being in the centre of old town ). pool area is a good size staff very friendly and helpful. cleanliness is fine people staying here with bad reviews must be very used to high end hotels, but this is perfectly fine for me and my friend ( who ourselves are very fussy when it comes to cleanliness ) pool food is gorgeous and very cheap, they really go out their way to help and I will definitely be back next year. *****

Just returned from a one week break in California hotel in Albufera, After reading the reviews after I had booked, I very nearly cancelled, Was pleasantly surprised and Wd have no hesitation in booking again,Very clean and staff pleasant and helpful and beds changed regularly, Whilst it was a bit noisy what else Wd u expect from a hotel rite in the centre if everything, It's in need of an update but the breakfast was adequate although the orange juice was very watery, overall enjoyed our stay and had a great time in a hotel in the centre if buzzing Albufera

Filthy, no bedding changed for the 10 days we were there, waited 4 days to get fresh towels, even though we asked the maid every day I have stayed in many three star hotels and this was not one of them. Most I would class this is a 1 star

hotel very basic. HOTEL WAS CLEAN, staff friendly no room deposit asked for,a lot of couples here some older people a few groups of lads here no hassle. did not see any children our room clean, big balcony, table and chairs on it and three sunbeds not a bad view, wife happy, but we did not use it, we were on floor 8. LADS ROOM on floor 5 smaller room very tiny balcony you could not fit a chair on, view rubbish looking on to roof and all its ducting. but hey we was not here for a view from balcony,just somewhere to sleep and leave our clothes. four days we where here maid cleaned our room twice changing towels each time. lads room to my surprise cleaned every day,also maid very helpful lads put clothes on balcony wall through night they blew of landed two floors down on roof,they told the maid when she came in to clean and straight away went two floors down onto roof and retrieved them, you have to be out of your room by 11am we was not flying till 9pm so went to reception to see if we could keep our room on , the lady on reception said yes but only till 3pm as the maids finished at 5pm and needed to clean the room but to come back later for a price,went back later no charge just told to be out again by 3pm so maids can clean. we had two breakfast here at the pool bar ok just as good has the other breakfast we had elsewhere .pool area basic but clean .rooms basic but clean,staff good,every one we spoke to here no one no one had a complaint.coming back to albufeira next september WILL BE STOPING HERE AGAIN.

What a mistake I made when I picked this hole. Four of us spent a sleepless week here due to the music in the streets below, right outside this Hotel- Hostel. When I asked i was told that ALL rooms faced into the street. Make NO mistake, this is Party Central. OK for young stag parties or hen parties but for the ordinary person who wants even a quietish night, stay well away. Go anywhere else. Now for the 'hotel' itself. Dirty, dangerous and the housekeeping staff have no interest in cleaning whatsoever. The toilet was loose, the bath which incorporated the shower, was absolutely filthy and the extractor fan didn't work. That was maybe due to the fact that the socket over the bath was hanging out of the wall. All the walls in the tiny room were dirty. In need of a total refurbishment. Upside is that the Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Good location for the beach and the Old Town.

Do not believe all you read . The staff were great with us , we traveled as a group of 8 ( 20s - 80s ) all had a great time . We booked through Monarch . We had rooms 408 505 509 & 802 we had no problem with noise but the alcohol in take may of helped . This is not a family hotel and it is basic but we had clean sheets large balcony and bathroom . We were not ask for any deposit apart from the safe deposit key €15 the safe it's self was €3 a day. If you want a large pool and silence you wouldn't book anywhere in the old town . The location is brilliant 5 min walk to a really good beach 1 min to bars galore with live sports on Tv and live music of varying quality. Would we go back to this hotel yes no question. The hotel will have new owners for next season and is having a refurb in the closed season . So to finish not for families but great for stag & hen parties basic but clean in a great location oh and it's a 60 metre walk from the drop off point which is a flat walk .

stayed here for 6 nights with a group of 7 , had a good week up until our last night , to awake in the morning before being picked up at 7:30am for transfers to find our room had been ROBBED !!! ?? all our money had been taken from our wallets plus my watch didn't take phones or the wallet ?, but strangely enough all the doors were still locked ,the maid had been in and cleaned the room ?? attended reception to let them know to be told that the police will arrive around 10am . not good when you are getting picked up at 7:30am IS THIS JUST ME OR DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THIS IS DODGY ?? . couldn't get any crime number or any help to be able to sort this on my return as we had to leave . advise to all , don't stay at this hotel at any cost !!

Arrived to be told it was overbooked and we were going to an apartment in the new town we were mad as we really wanted to stay in the old town, they also told us our tour operator was aware of this which wasn't true, on arrival at the new place people were turning up there to be told there was no record of their booking seems the whole Cheerfulway group is a shambles, our new apartment was in the santa eulalia area and was very modern and new so I think they done us a favour in the long run but definitely wouldn't book hotel again as this seems to happen alot

Rua Candido Dos Reis 12 Albufeira

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Albufeira Old Town, Cheerfulway Hotel California is adjacent to Castle Wall Ruins and within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Beach. This 73-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and an outdoor pool. Centrally located in Albufeira, the hotel is also a short walk from Albufeira Old Town Square and Municipal Archaeological Museum.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


37-cm TVs offer entertainment. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep and bathrooms offer bidets.

Property features

Renovated in 2012, Cheerfulway Hotel California offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with tours or tickets, and offer sightseeing advice. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Premium Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Basic Twin Room (no balcony)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

53% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 422 reviews