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Solar de São João - Apartamentos Turísticos

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

So from reading the reviews we weren't expecting much, however the staff are very friendly and will help you with anything you need. A €50 deposit per person is required upon check-in (check in is at 2pm, check out is at 10am) Me and my mum stayed in a studio, it had 2 sofas which convert in to beds when you remove the covers, comfort wise they aren't great but manageable, the only down side in the room is the hob it isn't great it takes so long to get warm however the oven gets up to temp quick and the microwave is a life saver. The rooms are cleaned daily by the maids and towels get changed every 3rd day. The pool area is kept clean and there are plenty of sun loungers, cushions are kept near the pool side bar, the bar sells different snacks and food and a wide range of drinks free wifi is available around the pool and in main reception so no need to pay €4 for internet in your room. Someone is on hand at reception 24 hours which is useful. There is an English bar at the top of the street leading to the hotel the beer is cheap, then only a 2-3 min walk to the strip which is perfect.

Rua do Solar Apt 774 Albufeira

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Pool bar
  • 2 outdoor pools

Located in Areias de Sao Joao, Solar de São João - Apartamentos Turísticos is a leisurely stroll from sights such as Albufeira Bullring and International Health Centers Albufeira. This 74-room, 3-star apartment welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. Also near this Albufeira apartment are Oura Beach and Aveiros Beach.


For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 9 AM to 11 AM. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge.


The 74 apartments feature kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops. For entertainment, guests can expect to find satellite TV.

Property features

Guests staying at Solar de São João - Apartamentos Turísticos enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, a library, and a terrace.

Room options

Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms

Twin 4 | Sleeps 6

Apartment, 1 Bedroom (2 pax)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

57% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 256 reviews