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Solar de São João - Apartamentos Turísticos

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a family holiday in Albufeira. The Hotel Solar de Sao arranged a taxi for us (on request for 40 Euros ) to pick us up at the airport. This was very helpful. The Hotel Solar de Sao offered a self catering option at a good price. The interior of the apartment was outdated, but offered a fridge, microwave, kettle and 2 plate stove top with cutlery and crockery. The apartment also had a television, but the television stations was very limited. They only offered news channels in English. Nothing for the children e.g. cartoon. The beds mattresses was comfortable, but we needed more pillows. Only one per bed. There was 2 single beds in the room and a pull out sofa bed in the lounge area for the kids. With no air-conditioning it was a bit difficult to sleep in high temperatures. Part of the hotel service included, the beds being made everyday, but sheets only changed after a week. Towels was changed every 3 days and floors moped. No counter top or dishes was included in the daily cleaning service. There wasn't any cleaning detergents (had to buy my own), but they changed your dish cloth every other day. The balcony was very nice, as we had a look out over the pool. The children enjoyed the pool area a lot. There is a small cafeteria at the pool, that offers beer, cool drink, ice creams and pasta and sandwiches. The pool area was very relaxing. The front desk is very friendly and is open 24h. You can also buy some emergencies at the front desk, from wine to toiletries. They are also very helpful with information on excursions in the area and will book and help arrange it for you. The restaurants, shops and the strip was all walking distance. The hotel is very central and close to the "new" strip, without being inside it.

Unfortunately the rooms need a serious updating. It is in a really good location near to the strip which caters for stag and hen doos and clubbers (about 5 min walk). If you love the clubbing scene youll love the strip, if not stay away. This hotel could be a little gem if it was updated, the staff are very friendly. the pool area is fine with plenty of sun loungers. Ipersonally wouldn't return but if your looking for a base to put your head down its fine.

I have been coming here over the past 25 years, for a week in June. Although the rooms could do with a make over, especially the beds. The pool area and gardens are well maintained, plus the staff are very friendly. It is an ideal base, as it is only a mile to walk or take the road train into old Albuferia or just a short walk around the corner to the famous "strip" with bars and restaurants and you can then go back to the peaceful surroundings of the hotel afterwards, will be going back next year.

hotel is basic but biggest dissapointment was the so called beds that was a pull out sofa.. awful.. got no sleep for the whole week on it with the one pillow you got. on the plus side it was cleaned daily and the pool was nice. on arrival all guest must pay a 50 euro deposit per person,when i asked what this was for i was told for breakages,to be honest there was not a 100 euro worth of stuff in the room.location is 5 minute walk from the strip but after visiting the strip i was very dissapointed with the large number of stag do`s taking it over and making fools of themselfs, making every female a target. even at breakfast time people was urinating in the street whilst famileys was having breakfast, after seeing lots of this we spent our time in the old town what was much more laid back, little train takes you there 5 euro retun..beach is 15 euro for 2 sunbeds and brolly. would i visit here again?no.

Arrived for a 5 day stay to celebrate my friends birthday. Each person had to pay €50 euro deposit which wasn't returned until check out. We asked if we could get back even €150 the night before departure as we were leaving on an early flight but manager refused so were all stuck with €50! 2 members of our group were returning in September, this made them reluctant to book here. Decor in room was dated but clean and ample in size for 5 people. Spiral staircase to top bedroom was very narrow and hazardous, didn't fancy climbing it after a few glasses of vino nor would I have liked it had my young children been there!! Bathroom down stairs had no ventilation and the water pressure and temperature was awful, each had to shower individually and even then still wasn't great, defeated the purpose of 2 bathrooms! Maids cleaned and left towels every day, room had everything you need for self catering! pool and bar area clean and well maintained, snacks and good choice of drinks available, reasonably priced and tasty too, staff very attentive and pleasant! Did see a few cockroaches tho 😩Great location as 10 mins walk from main strip, although on weekend nights when the stag parties arrive, noise from strip can be annoying! Good value for money but the €50 each deposit is too much.

Very basic ... lots of deposits to put down... 50 euros each when we arrived (would not have been to bad if we had been told this in the 1st place) 50 English pounds for Wi-Fi and 4 euros a day .50 English pounds for safe and that was before we got to our room. When we finally got to our room no beds. (The setees was the beds) getting over our shock and on a good note the room was cleaned every day .. bedding cleaned every day towels every 3 days. Nothing was to much for staff. Pool was clean reception was clean. Was very basic. All rooms are pool view.

Lovely Apartments Brill location near to walk to bars shops n restaurants but nice n quiet at night, pool fab, staff very helpful and friendly. Our 2nd visit here and def return as loved it, Apartments very clean abit dated but lovely, All in all we had a lovely hol here end May/start June

Just back after spending a week at this fantastic wee hotel!!! Stayed in a studio apartment had everything we needed... room was cleaned everyday nothing was to much Trouble for the staff from cleaners to receptionists to bar staff such a friendly relaxing place.. the location is amazing about 5 mins walk to the strip but yet at night it was so peaceful no noise at all.. about 15 minutes to the beach and 30 to the old town!!!! Central to everything.. we asked to see a one bedroomed apartment they are very roomy and most face out onto the pool . The pool area is spotless with plenty of sun beds . We will definitely be going back here and have no trouble recommending it to anyone.. absolutely well worth a visit.. couldn't find fault in this wee place. Helena the manager is so friendly and asked everyone she met if they were happy and enjoying their stay she made time to chat and make us all feel very welcome...

Originally booked a studio, on arrival decided it was too basic for us oldies and without hesitation the Manager sourced an upgrade within a very busy schedule. She advised us on a choice of two and with the stag do's that arrived just after ( see a previous negative revue from these - unwarranted ) her choice was spot on. Comfort and your own space at a fair price. All amenities available, even wifi from the balcony and pleasant staff.

Firstly, the stay was booked through a third party to accommodate a group of lads on a stag party. Whilst it wouldn't have been our 1st choice, we were happy enough to have accommodation for us all to stay in one place at relatively short notice. On arrival we were informed that check in wasn't until 2 but we could use the pool and bar until then (2hrs). After around an hour it was fairly apparent that our presence was not welcome. At checkin we were treated fairly abruptly and our passports were taken from us, to be kept until deposits paid. Only to find out later from a member of staff that they had been through all passports, checking each of us out on social media to establish our backgrounds!! Deposits paid was a total nightmare with names not taken at the time of paying made checking out far more difficult that it needed to be for the man behind reception, made even more complicated by what looked to be zero communication between staff!!! Several negative comments made regards, 'English Stag Parties'. Considering they held all Passports, they should have at least have got our nationality correct!! I could really go on and on. However, the hotel and rooms are kept clean and the pool area and bar are both nice. The pool is good and deep if not a little cold, which i thought was great in the hot weather. If this place were more stag/hen friendly, it would be a great place as the location and setup is near perfect. However, if I were travelling with my own family I would be looking for something more.

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57% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 258 reviews