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INATEL Albufeira

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Inatel on the beach was very clean with great view of the beach. Located on the beach and close to the old town. Staff were friendly and service was good. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the Algrave area.

HOTEL LOCATION. We stayed for 2 weeks half board at the beginning of October at the original Inatel Hotel, not the blue coloured beach site (Inatel Praia). It was perfectly located for all our needs, close to the old town, new town - the strip (15 minutes), beach (5 minutes), shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants (10-15 minutes). All times are walking times. RECEPTION. We arrived at 14.00 and were lucky to find our room ready for occupation (check in time is normally at 16.00). Yes, English is not spoken proficiently by some staff at reception, however together with our limited French & Spanish and their excellent French & Spanish we were able to make ourselves easily understood. We were issued with 2 room cards and a free safe key on request. There is a good selection of complimentary books available for your holiday read in the reception and large lounge areas. MERCURY DIRECT. We booked through Mercury Direct who were very good. Our Rep was at the hotel every couple of days, visit dates are shown on the Mercury Direct notice board in the reception foyer along with your return flight details and pick up times. ROOM. We had requested an upper floor room with sun on balcony in the afternoon and this is exactly what we were given. Our room was at the rear of the building with side sea view to our left. The full sea view rooms are at the front get the sun in the morning. We found the hotel lovely and quiet. It is set in its own grounds, with long drive way to the entrance and car park to the side. Our room was large with plenty of storage space and twin beds. Free fridge, no kettle or iron, so take your own. Bathroom was a reasonable size with a large shower, no bath. Towels changed on request, shampoo, shower gel and soap provided. The only quibble was the positioning of the TV, it was on the wall by the sofa bed and not in front of the twin beds. TV channels were the usual holiday ones. The free air con was very good, it was needed as during our stay as temperatures were in the 30’s. Balcony had usual table and 2 chairs. No washing line. The free key operated safe was in the wardrobe and was a decent size. Housekeeping /cleaning throughout the hotel was very good. RESTAURANT. This is on the first floor. The restaurant is large and well organised. Both hotel sites use the restaurant for evening meals, the beach hotel has breakfast facilities only. The hotel was fully booked during our stay but never had any problems finding a table. The hotel caters for large coach parties and tables are reserved for these groups. The food was excellent no complaints at all. There is a small room at the back of the servery which contains a microwave and kitchenette area where you can leave open bottles of wine purchased for your evening meal so that they are ready for the next day. Water was free from the fruit juice dispensers by the coffee machines. You are issued at check in with a credit card size card stating your name, room number and dates of your stay. You are required to show this card for evening meals. Breakfast 08.00 until 10.15. Evening meal 19.00 until 21.00. POOL. There is an outdoor pool within the grounds of the Inatel hotel, no indoor. It was always clean and tidy and we never had any problems getting sun beds/shades at any time of the day. There was no 6am pool dash to towel reserve beds. No free pool towels. There is a pool bar serving drinks and snacks. No loud annoying pool music. The Pool area is closed on Monday mornings for a deep clean/maintenance. The hotels beach site (Inatel Praia) does not have its own pool and guests share this pool area. ACTIVITIES. No animation team. EVENING ENTERTAINMENT. Mainly geared toward the older age group. During our stay the hotel guests were 95% retired, 3% middle aged, 2% families and 1% younger age group. No 18-30’s groups or hen parties. The majority of guests were Portuguese and French with a small proportion being British. BUS STOP. On the roundabout at the entrance to the hotel. This is where the local buses, tourist train, all coach tours and airport transfers pick up from. The local bus routes are identified by colour, not route number. A map can be obtained free from Tourist Information Offices and the Main Bus Terminal. TOURS/TRIPS. We used Follow Me Tours which had on board guides as well as driver. We also used Last Minute Tours who were a lot cheaper because they did not have an on board guides, only a driver who gave advice and limited commentary. The majority of the inter-town buses go from the bus terminal with a couple stopping outside the Albufeira shopping centre. We downloaded bus timetables/fare prices before leaving UK which we found helpful. All bus fares are payable on the bus to the driver. We like to get out and about during our holidays and were able to visit the whole of the West/ East coasts of the Algarve plus the Foia mountain area. EARLY BREAKFAST. If you have an early tour/trip start time, you can request a breakfast pack from hotel reception. This is collected the day before your tour/trip after your evening meal, placed in your room fridge ready to eat in your room before leaving on your tour/trip or to take with you. SUPERMARKETS. Walking - 15 minutes away is the Continente (this is in the Albuferia shopping centre) and Pingo Doce , 20 Minutes away is a Lidl and Aldi. Local bus takes approx 5 minutes from the hotel roundabout bus stop to all supermarkets. HOTEL STAFF. We found the entire hotel staff friendly, helpful and total professional. CONCLUSION. We had a very enjoyable stay at the Inatel Hotel. We encountered no problems at all, felt it was excellent value for money and would definitely return. Our preference would be to stay again at the original hotel building and not the more modern blue coloured beach site (Inatel Praia), as we felt the original Inatel Hotel was quieter and had a more relaxed feel about it.

Stayed for 5 days centrally located but far enough away from nightlife guarantee a good night sleep approx 10 min walk to the escalator. The pool was a nice slze and bar opened during day a big thankyou to celia who allways greeted u with a big big smile Rooms were cleaned daily but sheets were not changed which was a pity Breakfast was standard quite repititive And allways served luke warm standard of coffee substandard and same as juice Staff were very attentive and freindly

This Hotel is within walking distance to the Beach. Very friendly staff, very clean, pool area is across the road with lots of sun beds and shades. Lovely pool. Food adequate but lacked variety. Music every night which was very good and lots of people up dancing. The bus stop is very near. The 0ld town is a 10 minute walk away. Hairdryer in room..

We recommend this hotel as it was only a 3 star but was very good. We had a balcony room with stunning views of the sea and the hotel pool. It was very relaxing and the old town at night was amazing, busy but still enjoyable. Our only critisim is the staff didn't seem to be so friendly towards us being Brtish to other countries. They only needed to smile! We arrived at 13.30 but not able to get into our rooms until 16.00 which we were not aware of and there was no English speaking receptionist on duty which made it slightly awkward. But overall we had a great holiday and would go back to Portugal to explore more if this lovely area.

There are a lot of positives but also a lot of negatives, I want to write a fair & honest review. Initially the welcome was awful the man on reception spoke no English (not a problem in itself) but he also didn't smile at all and acted as if we were a major inconvenience. He was not all welcoming or forthcoming with any information. The rooms were basic and clean but need updating, no baths only showers, poor wifi & only 2 lifts for lots of rooms. The breakfast was fine, lots of options in a clean dining room with very attentive staff. The evening meal however was much more hit & miss & if you are vegetarian or don't like fish you will struggle. Generally this hotel is for French people & if your kids want to join in the entertainment they will miss out. The bar entertainment is full of old people waltzing & also not very welcoming. The pool is clean & nice with plenty of loungers, the bar is open as & when with no notification re closing for lunch etc. The hotel is in a good location right on the beach & only 5-10 mins from Old Town. So to summarise if you are a joiner and want to participate in entertainment etc then this is not the hotel for you however if you just want a basic base in a good location then go for it.

Superb location near to the pedestrian town of Albufeira. Sit on the decks on the beach and get drinks and food from the little cafe. Amazing breakfast was included in the cost - which was amazingly reasonable. Our room had a private balcony and overlooked the ocean. Rooms were clean, beautifully appointed with great facilities. Above all a quiet and delightful location if you wish to stay away from the activity of the local town and celebrations. The whole beach offers optional topless bathing and is so expansive you feel quite safe and peaceful. Would highly recommend this hotel and the location.

This hotel is not for you if: 1) You are xenophobic / Francophobic 2) You expect everything to cater for British tastes and that all guests have to speak English 3) You expect 5 star catering at budget prices 4) You enjoy hotel entertainment However, this hotel is for you if none of the above applies to your wants or needs. We spent a week at this hotel as part of my parent's Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations. We found the staff to be very helpful, the rooms cleaned to a high standard and the location excellent for the beach and the Old Town. Because the hotel is located away from the strip and Old Town made it quite peaceful, which meant we got a decent sleep each night. As stated in other reviews, the Old town is approx. 10-15 walk uphill away, and similar for the Strip in the opposite direction. There are also regular buses and the hotel will happily book a taxi for you. For us, the only real negative was the food. At times it was not warm and you were elbowed out of the way by other guests so they could get to what they wanted. The main dishes were quite similar each day. The good news is that it's very reasonable to eat out, so once you've had enough of the dining room experience there are plenty of good options in the Old Town. Finally, if you are looking for hotel entertainment then you will need to brush up on your French as none of it is geared towards other non-French speaking nationalities. Tbh, you are mostly ignored by the entertainment crew if they know you are not part of their group, however they did say to us a couple of times to join them in the evening, which was nice. We all said we would stay at the hotel again, however on a room only / B&B basis. The location to me is the key selling point of the hotel.

Good location and pool area but taken over by the French and their silly entertainment team between 12.00 and 12.30pm with noisy silly games. The team ignored other nationalities to the point of rudeness"!

This was our first time at this Hotel and our last, we are in our 60s and like to go out all day site seeing this fantastic place, but at night we like to have a our meal and a drink followed by a night of entertainment forget the entertainment, There isn't any we went out after the 2nd night in to the old town. The Hotel only caters for the portuguese. The Meals were basic but ok, the rooms were very nice and cleaned every day. 15 min walk to the old town plenty of night life there and meals are not to expensive. Bus stop at the end of the drive takes you to the main bus station were you can go anywere in the algarve.

Av. Infante D. Henrique Albufeira

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

INATEL Albufeira places you within a leisurely stroll of International Health Centers Albufeira and Castle Wall Ruins. This 217-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's Beach are also near this Albufeira hotel.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat at Descobertas, the hotel's onsite restaurant.


INATEL Albufeira's 217 rooms are air-conditioned and provide minibars, phones, and desks. TVs come with cable channels. Rooms also include hair dryers.

Property features

At INATEL Albufeira, guests have access to an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. There's free parking if you drive. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This hotel also has a computer station.

Room options

Standard (Solarium)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, City View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 283 reviews