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Cerro da Marina Hotel
Ranked #41 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Cerro Da Marina. We chose this small boutique hotel after reading many reviews on trip advisor, and on the whole most are pretty accurate. Its an extended villa, once owned by Cliff Richard, set on a steep hill , surrounded by other villas, but not built on top of one-another. It has only 24 rooms and the ambience of the place is lovely, with guests of various nationalities all amiable and happy to mix and chat.
The rooms are of a good size with plenty of storage and a large bathroom with shower over bath with really good water pressure and plenty of hot water available. There is a flat screen tv if needed with a few English channels I believe [didn't use it]. There is a fridge which is re-stocked daily , but just with a couple of small bottles of water.The aircon worked perfectly and ran quietly.
The villa is 2 storey and all rooms have a balcony or terrace, equipped with the usual table and chairs. In the garden there is a good size swimming pool with a small shin depth shallow end which steps down to a depth of only 1.1metres in the main part, so no deep end and very safe.[ the pool is very cold though ] but much needed as the temperature was 30* the first week.There is also a Jacuzzi which was warmer. There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool and gardens, and it was lovely not to have to rush out and grab one, there were plenty available at any time of day, and at times it felt like it was your own private villa with just a few couples using them. One downside are the sunbed covers are looking tired and are in need of replacing.! We stayed b&b so cant comment on the evening meals but other guests said they were tasty and value for money.[three courses for 13 euro] The breakfast was perfectly adequate with all the usual fare available. There are very few staff who multitask and are friendly and approachable. So if you want a quiet, relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle but within 20 mins walk to the old town , the cerro da marina fits the bill.!

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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Just returned from a ten day stay at this hotel. Started a bit rocky as we had to wait for our room. First time ever we had to do this in 13 years of holidaying. Eventually got to our room which was very nice over looking the garden and pool.
Very small hotel and getting towards the end of the season it was lovely and quiet. Plenty of room round the pool and no rushing for the sun beds. Breakfast was filling with plenty of choice. Stayed b+b so can't comment on evening meal. The main drawback for this hotel is it's position almost on top of a steep hill. If you have any mobility problems this hotel is not for you. To get anywhere it was about a 20 min walk down but longer back. You can get a taxi for around 5€ which we needed a couple of times.
Facilities were good and hotel very clean, honesty bar was a good idea as there was never any one round in the evening and no entertainment to speak of. The staff were brilliant and kept everything up together. Would we stay here again no... this is because of the position. We were told that this hotel was first owned by Cliff Richard wether this is true I don't know. But the hot tub in the garden was great we used it every day...

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Lovely place to stay - only about 24 or so rooms on two stories. Plenty of space inside, and outside around the pool,surrounded by a pretty garden. We stayed bed and breakfast, with the evening meal pre booked by 12.00 midday if required. It is about a 15 minute walk to old town/beach - down hill, to visit any restaurant/bar, of which you are spoilt for choice. Although the walk back up to hotel could be pleasant, a taxi can easily be got for between 5 and 6 euros.
Hotel Cerro da Marina a very nice place to stay.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Just returned from 2 weeks at the cerro. We have been before (over 10 years ago) and it was exactly the same. Yes it has many positive attributes as identified in previous effusive reviews however, the place has a feel of a medium class of nursing home (particularly when you factor in the clientele many of whom are repeat customers aged 50+) The furniture is elderly and the place would be better without all of the old furniture inside and a white paint job. The rooms are large - they would benefit from a refit as the bathrooms are inappropriately large but yet have a very small number of usable plug points. I cannot fault the staff who all work incredibly hard to make your stay comfortable. PLEASE change the beds & pillows they are very hard.

Albufiera old town has changed and not for the better. The bar street has infiltrated the rest of the old town and it felt cheap, rough and full of drunken (English) people. I also visited the strip OMG what a deeply unpleasant place. There were some good restaurants mainly located on the outskirts of the old town. Tried a tuk tuk that was a great laugh (albeit a bit scary).

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We have stayed here for the last two years. A great place for a quite holiday. Situated on a hill about 15 minuets walk to the main town. The walk back can be a bit strenuous, however a taxi is only 4-5 Euro. In our opinion the hotel is kept very clean and the staff are absolutely wonderful. We found the beds very hard and we have noticed that this has been an ongoing complaint.
The hotel is getting a little dated. The decor, particularly on the exterior, needs attention and most of the sun beds need renewing.
Breakfast is more than adequate and the evening meal, if you choose to have it, for the price, is acceptable, although the choice is somewhat limited.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rua do Cerro Grande, Albufeira 8200-108, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
#19 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#31 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: RM250 - RM745 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cerro da Marina Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a landscaped garden, this hotel overlooks Albufeira’s new marina and offers elegantly decorated rooms with balconies. Only 700 metres from the beach, it features an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.Cerro Da Marina Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are decorated in neutral colours. Each room overlooks the garden or the pool, and has a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar.Guests can start their day with a breakfast buffet. The hotel’s restaurant opens to the pool area and serves international cuisine and Mediterranean dishes. Special diet menus are also available.The nearest golf course is 4 km away, and close to the hotel there are water parks and zoo parks. The Main Church of Albufeira and the Fisherman's Beach Albufeira are only 700 metres away.Faro Airport is 27 km away, and the hotel offers free public parking on site. A car rental service is also available. ... more   less 
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