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Hotel Vila Recife

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel is really good if you're after a cheap get away! Its location is fantastic, close enough to walk into Old Town but far enough away so you don't hear any of the noise. After reading the reviews I was worried about staying here but my opinion has definitely changed - ask to stay in room 403! The room itself is a little dated - marks here and there, 3 pillows instead of 4, 1 plug socket. However it was very clean and the cleaners offered to clean our room every day. It was big enough for the 2 of us, a lovely dressing table, a double bed (2 singles pushed together), a big wardrobe, and a little balcony. The breakfast was basic, but again you get what you pay for! Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice etc. Toast with spreads, rolls with cheese and ham, cereals, cake, and cookies offered too. My only negatives would be we were unfortunate in that we stayed when the neighbours are building, however the noise started about 9am and we were out all day so definitely didn't bother us and was finished when we got back. The hotel is on a slight hill so I wouldn't recommended buggies and wheelchairs etc. I would stay here again if we were ever back in Portugal!

Where do I even begin with this hotel, first of all we were greeted with a beautiful building and had hopes, it all ended when we stepped into the building. We were greeted with a grunt from an older gentlemen who dumped us in the room opposite reception 300, it was VILE we walked in and we walked straight back out because it was disgusting, the floor of the bathroom was barley there, and the bath was surrounded by mould, there was barely a window and absolutely no balcony. So, we got moved to another room, this time with a balcony, our view? A dirty off white wall (picture included) it was big enough for you to sit on, if you are a borrower, I wanted to go home instantly. However, we took it on the chin and tried to look for positives, there wasn’t any, tv didn’t work, 1 Portuguese channel which we couldn’t switch over, self catering? THE FACILITIES INCLUDES: 2 knifes, a bottle opener, 2 plates and 2 cups? What on earth!!!! The beds were ok the sheets were dingy and the throw over the top was smelly and probably never been washed since it opened. The room itself was dark but habitable, hostel style. Jet 2 rate this as a 3 star which is an utter disgrace because it’s barely a 1*, it gives itself a 2 and that’s generous. The bar was never open and pool had tiles coming off its floor. You don’t get sun in that area after 2pm but they do have a nice sun terrace , that was the only good thing about this hotel along with its location, it’s on top of the old town. SO, all things said we got in touch with jet 2 who were fantastic in moving us within 24 hours we had to pay an extra £70 but we did this happily so we could get away from the hotel hell. We didn’t pay a huge amount but it’s no excuse for the disgrace it is. Stay here if you don’t care about rudeness, size, mould on the roof l. The place is physically clean but that is all. If you offered me a free week here I wouldn’t take it. Sorry for the the rage but it ruined 2 days of our holiday and it’s completely unacceptable to label this place a 3 star. Change it jet 2!!

Came here for 10 day Holiday for my birthday and I wish I hadn't. Except the cleaners and one receptionist all the staff are rude and disrespectful. Our room key broke and we're told would take a day to sort but we has no money or cloths or food on us. We went for self catering but all there is is a kettle and fridge no cooking facilities no forks no cups no teabags or coffee nothing to self cater with. A draw in our room is broken the freezer doesn't freeze. The bar is NEVER open. The pool is always very cold colder then the sea and is also never cleaned out. You only get Wi-Fi at the front outside of the building no-one at the pool or in rooms. One out of 2 elevators are broken. We made friends here and within 2 days they moved hotels left there payment here and went somewhere else. The only good thing is you are near the beach, shops and main square. Location is amazing hotel itself is awful. And we will never come here again.

You get what you pay for in regards to this hotel, very basic. In need of abit of TLC. The location however is great, a 5 minute walk & your in the old town square. Full of traditional shops, bars & restaurants. The beach is also a 5 minute walk. The hotel is situated on top of a hill, so if you find walking up hill a struggle I wouldn't recommend. Eddys bar is great for food & is oppersit the hotel. Nice friendly staff.

My sister and I were here for 11 nights in September/October 2017, and we really enjoyed our stay. Our room was a bit dated and quaint, but the beds were very comfortable, mattresses and bed linens spotlessly clean as was the bathroom and towels. Continental breakfast was very basic but with rolls, croissants, cereal, yogurts, ham, cheese, cake, biscuits, apples, oranges, juice, tea and coffee, it was enough to get our days started. The pool area and pool were always clean. Some previous reviews mentioned the birds' droppings on the sunbeds, but the hotel can hardly be blamed for that! Anyway, we went to the pool every morning after breakfast, and it was clear that the pool area and sunbeds had been hosed down, yet on a couple of occasions seagulls had chosen to leave their deposit on a couple of loungers after the loungers had been cleaned, so again, no blame can be put on the hotel. It wasn't as if every lounger was covered in birds' doo-doo. The staff at the hotel were wonderful right from the moment we booked in, and when we asked if it would be possible to have a kettle and cups in our room, these were brought to us within minutes. As we are both early risers it was nice to have a cup of coffee or tea first thing, and there were days when we'd have tomato cup-a-soup after our swim in the pool. We loved the staff, they were friendly and helpful. Our cleaner had the biggest smile and we had many a big hug from her! The hotel itself is very central and despite all the music and noise from the square and the two bars opposite the hotel, the double glazing muffled it enough that we were not disturbed at all and our sleep was never interrupted. It was actually nice to sometimes open the window and listen to all the activity coming from Old Town. We would definitely stay at this hotel again if we ever go back to Albufeira. It's basic and inexpensive and has a great staff. What more can you ask for!

Location excellent and so is the hotel. It was a very down to earth hotel and so comfortable. Everyone we met was so relaxed and friendly. The breakfast in the morning was a good selection and always fresh supplies.

basic rooms ,basic breakfast , although very clean rooms , problem with breakfast on last day wanted it before the normal breakfast time as leaving early for airport , was told only get breakfast between 8.00 to 10.00 so had to go with out not good for me as diabetic and i paid for the breakfast for the whole holiday , but was not offered refund ,will not be going back

Hotel on outside looks very attractive with lovely courtyard to the front. Sadly on entering the property that illusion ends. First impressions were "it needs updating" and we were only at reception! Service was brusque and we got the whole impression whilst we were there that the staff just didn't care. We never saw management and the nearest we got to seeing the receptionist was the top of his/her head permanently bent down obviously writing or reading something! Now...the rooms. Whilst clean (towels were changed every day) to say it was "sad" is understatement. Balcony too dangerous to sit on and if you suffered from vertigo then it wouldn't be used. Old fashioned and tired furniture and old fashioned TV (circa 1990) on wall. There was kettle and fridge so that was bonus. We were on fourth floor overlooking pool and derelict building which was roofless. Was noisy at night so recommend taking ear plugs. When checking out we just handed in keys. Receptionist didn't even ask us about our stay.. Maybe because he would be too scared of our answer!! We just left!! Bonus though is proximity of hotel to old town and beach so position perfect but hotel not. All they have to do is tart it up and update it. Oh yes forgot to mention!! Bar only open for drinks Mondays to Thursdays until 10 pm. Useless and waste of lovely courtyard. Luckily lovely bar just to left of building called bluebell bar. Would go back to old town albufeira but won't stay at Vila Recife unless they spend money on it to update it and change staff.

For a group of 40 yr olds, the rooms are clean the service is good and the staff are friendly. Twin rooms have all amenities needed and a bonus fridge! Close to all pubs in old town with couple just across the road. Great location

OMG! Please do not go to this hotel! I've never seen anything like it and I've slept in hedges in the army! It's like a prison and the rooms really are cells! I left a wash bag in the room with an expensive electric razor and other items in it, rang to tell them to be told they had found nothing, I could be here all day telling you why not to book this hotel, I've never written a review before and am not fussy in the slightest, just don't do it!

Rua Miguel Bombarda no. 12 Albufeira

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Concierge services

Located in Albufeira Old Town, Hotel Vila Recife is next to San Vicente de Albufeira Statue and Albufeira Old Town Square. This 92-room hotel has in-room conveniences like balconies, refrigerators, and TVs. Clock Tower and Municipal Archaeological Museum are a short walk away.


For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 10:30 AM. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.


The 92 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies, refrigerators, and safes. For entertainment, guests can enjoy TVs.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Vila Recife enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a computer station. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 30 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a terrace and a garden.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 726 reviews