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Cheerfulway Hotel California

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We checked in 19/6/2017 and promptly taken to our room we were not happy with the cleanliness of the room the bathroom was our first major issue the toilet was not clean and the floor had not been moped how difficult is to flush the toilet? The room we stayed in was huge but again the floors were dirty and dust and dirt in all corners/ edges On a positive note the beds were clean and very comfy but pillows were awful I dare not even look what was under the pillowcase! Tea and coffee was set out neatly on a tray but no kettle.... Wardrobe had a Very musty smell.. Television was the smallest portable we have seen.. The size of the balcony was impressive but that's where it ends it was filthy beds had so much bird muck on them you would and could not lay on them the floor was also covered in bird poo it was filthy and certainly not somewhere you would want to sit. We stayed one week beds were not changed bathroom not cleaned floors not washed. Bins were emptied and towels were changed once. I could not recommend this hotel unless you are aged 18-21 and only want somewhere to lay your heads. The hotel is located on Bar Street which is very busy until late. We also did not like the breakfast although staff did there best. On our last night we booked an early morning call for 4.30am however this also did not arrive thankfully because of the noise we were awake anyway. We booked this purely because it was rated three stars and the location of the square but this was our mistake. We are usually more than happy with ratings of. Three stars but this hotel is definitely not worthy of that rating. Thankfully we were a couple and not a young family otherwise we would definitely have moved. Shame I could not say anything more positive but basically it needs a really good clean..

just returned from a week away staying here 14/6/17 PROS It,s right in the middle of bar street and easily accessible for all the local bars and restaurants ,the beach etc .The pool is on the roof with plenty of sunbeds and a big covered area. with a bar and food available the staff are friendly and nice I would highly recommend the buffet breakfast at the roof pool 5 euro for all you can eat from fruit to hot food well worth the money The rooms are dated yes but they are clean the beds where made everyday and clean towels where provided CONS my room was in the front of the hotel on main street so music was playing though the night its dated but clean my only real moan was they wanted a 100 euro deposit on arrival but got it back the night before we left this is just for groups I think For a group of 12 golfers it was perfect its cheap and cheerful and right in town centre its not 5* but its good I would return no problem

It was very dated tv did not work air con did not work no plug for the bath you need to hold the shower in your hand. In 9 days the towels were changed twice the sheets were never changed the bathroom was never cleaned the room was swept once. The lift kept breaking down and the stairs didn't have lights. It was very central definitely not suitable for children. Give it a wide birth. Very noisy.

Well.....after reading some of the reviews on here we all thought we were off to something along the lines of the Portuguese version of Fawlty Towers. I mean, at £200 for 3 nights including flights and transfers and right on Bar Street you can't be expecting much, let's be honest. On arrival on Thursday the Receptionist was very helpful with a fantastic Cheerful Way smile. we were sent off to our rooms and really we couldn't complain at all. A bit dated, a spot light not working and the lift breaking down but it was clean with everything you'd expect for that price. Pleasantly surprised. Don't be put off this hotel, I'd definitely return, it's alright for the price. Oh, just a quick mention for the rockery at the bottom of the stairs to Reception....very impressive!!

Dirty,smelly,damp,noisy,what a dump. Walked in the room greeted by a strong smell of must complained at reception and was told to open the balcony door to ease the smell. Sheets changed once in a six night stay were replaced with clean damp ones, the towels were changed every two days if you can call them towels ive thrown better away, the room was not moped out during our stay the only thing that i noticed was that the bins were emptied and the bathroom was given i minimum clean. The shower curtain had mold growing on it and the grouting was also dirty On the plus side it was very cheap, and the mattress was clean. This is a hotel for stag and hens only if you are not one of these groups please choose another hotel.

Absolutely disgraceful left with bugs on my toilet seat and dog poo on the beds!! Someone had used the shower and must of shaved their pubes! So was left with a clogged up sink and was a massive log left in the toilet that wouldn't flush for 5 days!

So we returned on another girls 4 nighter. Although, the lift was out of order a lot and we could either walk 8 floors or they let us use the service lift to the 5th, where you then you walk through a corridor and then take another lift to the 8th. The tiles in the bathroom are quite awful, there are a few sockets and lights not fastened in properly, the floor never got swept in 4 days ! Whilst I agree with all the negative reviews & none of us would dream of ever booking this as a family holiday, the base is great & beds clean & at £20ish a night, then you get what you pay for....would we return, err probably not, will try the Baltum next time, similar price, looks cleaner (no pool though)

Went on a hen do and we were unfortunately booked into this hotel! On arrival we were told that because we were a group (12 of us) they wanted 100 euros per person deposit in case we got 'wasted' and 'trashed' the room (their exact words!) Bearing in mind we had only gone for 2 nights and hadn't been pre informed about any deposit we didn't have 100 euros spare and weren't prepared to pay this amount. Asked to speak to the manager to no avail! After a lot of heated discussion they eventually agreed to 50euros per person that we could reserve on a credit card, to then change it to 'no it had to be cash only'! When the deposits were finally reluctantly paid we were then told our rooms weren't even ready. It was 3pm by this time and we had been informed we could check in from 2pm. When we complained about this we were told. 'we have a lot of rooms to clean, we can't just magic a room up like that' After finally getting into our rooms, one room stank of cigarettes, the A/C unit in another was supported by a glass ashtray, another room had a bedside light that wouldn't switch off and a tap that had a constant leak. If they thought a hen party of 12 could cause 100 euros of damage to these disgusting, outdated, nasty rooms i'm gobsmacked! They should be giving guests 100 euros to stay in the damn things. Staff are unhelpful and rude. We booked through expedia - when we rang to complain about the deposit we were expected to pay, they too stated this was the case and it was on our travel information! It is NO WHERE stated on any of our e-mails or travel documents. Do NOT book through expedia or book to stay at this hotel. Its the pits!

I booked a small break for 4 nights On arrival they gave me a room and there was half of a bottle of water which haven't been cleared and one of the bed has been slept in I've been offered another room but the curtain was broken so I stayed in my room and slept in the other bed The worst of all is the noise !!! Impossible to sleep till 4.30 in the morning it's like being in a nightclub as the hotel is in the middle of pubs and clubs so if you want a quiet holiday, not the place to be The bin haven't been empty the towels not changed and the room not cleaned till my last day In fairness it was quite cheap so I wasn't bothered by the towel change.... But the noise ....I haven't slept for 4 nights... Finally I would say that that hotel is perfect for stag parties but not for a quiet break which is a shame as the beach is only 5 minutes away

Will start from the beginning. On our arrival we had to wait for 3 hours for check in. Then after we've seen the room ,we went back to the reception, because the room that we booked and was shown on their website doesn't match one we've received.. Receptionist replied "Of course on the website we have different pictures", so they know ,that they're screwing people around ..and refused to change it.(Curtains were also dirty, looked like someone washed the floor with them) The room (actually only toilet) was cleaned only once during our stay and towels was changed twice.. Had to ask even toilet paper on reception.. and 2nd time they didn't have any. On the 3rd day decided to visit swimming pool,after I found the glass and hair in it ,we never came back. Also it's very noisy, heard screaming in corridors 3 times in the middle of the night during our stay And finally .. on our 7th day we have to check out at 11am!!! Our plane is only at 23pm. So we paid for 7 days and stayed only 5.5 . Receptionists don't care about it and keep telling that room needs to be vacated for other visitors... Terrible please and shame to the hotel owner.

Rua Candido Dos Reis 12 Albufeira

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Albufeira Center, Cheerfulway Hotel California is next to Fisherman's Beach and Castle Wall Ruins. 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. For your convenience, breakfast is 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 376 reviews