Falesia Hotel

, Albufeira, Portugal
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Falesia Hotel

, Albufeira
4 star

Rooms: 170

Apartado 785 - Albufeira - 8200-911 - Portugal | 351 289 501237
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from jackmarie
My husband and I spent our first week together as a married couple at the Falesia. The staff was amazing in ensuring that our stay was great. When they heard it was our honeymoon, they gave us a free upgrade and a free bottle of sparkling wine. It was a nice touch.

We loved the lobby of the hotel. Great place to just be. We also rented a car at our hotel for a day and drove the coast of southern Portugal which is a must!

The pool is lovely and the view from the rooms is breathtaking. Walking to the nearby beach on a path down the cliffs is also a must!

Some people dont know what they are talking about!!

from originalmarkymark
I have just read some of the other comments about the Falesia and find it deeply destressing that some people actually find the time to come onto this site and moan and complain about the above hotel. There is one review from "A Trip Adviosor Member in Scotland" well stay in Scotland. 1. There is entertainment every night at the hotel and only 1 night a week are the reps involved, the rest are done by the PRODUCTION TEAM, Eddie, Jay, Jenny and Lesley are NOT reps they work for a different company and are a group of professional singers!2.Its people like you Mr Scotland that really do give sites like this a bad name. 3. The entertainment is first class and yes you may find that the DUO finish at 11.45, however its the LAW in Portugal!!!!! The Duo are also very professional ( Andy and Kellie ) and Dave the sound and light tech is FAB!!!!!

We had a great 2 weeks at this hotel and this was due to the entertainment and the staff. The Rep team Mark, Helen and Carlos are fab and nothin is to much trouble for any of them.

The food is second to none and the rooms were brilliant. The day time activities are not for everyone, however if they are not your cup of tea ( Like the evening entertainment - Mr Scotland ) STAY AWAY.

Deffinatly the BEST gold hotel we have stayed in and will go back.

PS Mr Scotland - Platinum is a TOTALLY different brand to GOLD, comment when you actually know what your saying.

Thank you Thomson Gold. xxxx

ll love the Falesia

from United Fan
My partner and I booked an allocated-on-arrival one week holiday from Canada at the end of November 2005 and ended up at the Falesia Hotel near Olhos d’Agua. It was a wonderful relaxing holiday and a great break from winter! The staff was always friendly and approachable and this seemed to rub off on the guests who were a great bunch. The hotel is not beachfront but the walk to the sea (about 15 minutes away) is very pretty. There is also a free shuttle bus that goes there during the day. The beach and cliffs along the coast are spectacular and if you are fit enough you can walk into Vilamoura in about 2 hours... well worth doing. Also, if you want a lazy day, the hotel grounds are very attractive and full of palms & fish ponds or you can just go for a walk in the nearby orange groves.

This is a Thomson Gold hotel, so the reps are trained in that old school Butlins holiday camp style which does nothing for us. If that’s your thing however, then enjoy... hi-di-hi! We didn’t go on any Thomson excursions, preferring to take the local buses instead and set our own agenda for the day. Local transport is very good in mid-week, less frequent at the weekend. The bus is the best way to see the local towns, such as Faro.

We didn’t go to any of the hotel’s entertainment nights in the show bar. Again, that’s not our thing and if it’s not your thing either then ask for a room away from the show bar on the top floor. It’s quieter there and the views are lovely.

The outdoor pool is very attractive but a bit cool in November. November temperatures in the daytime typically reached 17 degrees, so it’s sunny and warm but not blazing hot. We loved the indoor pool though. It’s heated and stepped at one end. There’s also a small steam sauna and a very small jacuzzi... which needs to be bigger for a hotel of this size.

The food was generally good. This is a half board hotel, so the meals are buffet style. There were always new meat and fish dishes in the evening and I think everyone except the most picky eaters will be happy with the selection.

The Falesia closed for renovations in December and will re-open in the new year. All I can say is if they manage to improve on an already very good hotel then future visitors are in for a treat!

Loved the Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from 2 weeks Honeymoon at the Falesia. The hotel was spotlessly clean, well kept and the staff were excellent.

We are a young couple (29 and 30), and the entertainment although wasn't our cup of tea, was of a high standard. The entertainment team (Eddie, Lesley, Jay and Hannah), were all very talented and had great voices, it was obvious they worked very hard. The only disappointment was a 'comedian' they had on one night, which was so bad it cleared the bar!!

On the subject of the bar, the staff were brilliant. After 5 days they knew what our drinks order was, we had waiter service at the table and never once had to go to the bar to order. Impeccable!

The food was fabulous, and they had such a range to choose from. We definitely didn't find it bland. Every night there was at least 3 different types of meat (chicken, veal, lamb, beef, turkey) and at least one type of fish available for the main course. The Swordfish definitely has to be tried!!!

Each night there was at least 6 different salads, but I would agree with the comment that there were no notices about what was in them. If you have an allergy this would be important. We did however see a sign stating that the food had been prepared in the same area as nuts, so may not be suitable for some.

There was also a good range of puddings - profiteroles, fruit, many different cakes, Creme Caramel, ice cream, and a huge selection of cheeses too.

The area is set back from the beaches (a good 1/2 hour walk) and quiet for some, so if you want a busy beach holiday it's not for you! I have MS so definitely couldn't have managed the walk to the beach. A hire car for some is a must, we had one and it was really nice to see some of the less commercialised areas of Portugal.

Altogether we had a very relaxing Honeymoon, and were there from 27th Oct to 10th Nov. The weather was gorgeous everyday with a minimum of 20 degrees C (70F). It rained 3 times, but only for a couple of hours a time, then it was lovely again. We got this hotel as a last minute deal and it was well worth the money.

A great place for a relaxing holiday

from EnglandJohn
We returned from the Hotel Falesia on 18 August 2005. Here's a detailed report of how we found it.

We went via Thomson Gold as the Falesia is now a Thomson Gold Hotel. Thomson are the only tour operators using this Hotel, and therefore all the guests staying there are from the UK. Gold hotels do not accept anyone under 16 years old.

Location - In a small town known as Acoteias. Only around 4 bars and restaurants, plus 2 supermarkets, and a couple of shops. All within 10 minute walk of the hotel. Access to them is however poorly lit in the dark, and can be reached by a dozen or so steps, or follow the road. Acoteias sits between Albufeira and Vilamoura, about 8/10 euro taxi ride to each. The beach can be reached by 1)going through the Sheraton Pine Cliffs resort whose grounds partly surround the Falesia. This way takes around 20/25 minutes, includes a fair walk, plus around 200+ steps. The Sheraton has a lift which eliminates about a quarter of the steps, but requires a card issued to the residents of the Sheraton. If someone has a card you can jump in. 2)Walking around the Sheraton. This takes more than 30 minutes and includes walking along a road with unmade path, very dusty and bumpy, and followed by around 100 steps 3) The Falesia offer a free bus 4 times a day. You still have the 100 steps though. The Falesia is mainly surrounded by two storey villas and pine trees. A villa was under construction near the hotel, but seems unlikely to affect any guests as it is some way from the hotel itself.

The Hotel - The falesia, I was told, was built around 1994. I was told some public areas have been modernised in the last year, and all public areas where clean, bright and fairly typical of a four star hotel. The entrance, corridors, bar and restaurant where all in very good decorative order. There are 2 lifts serving 4 floors and we never found ourselves wating to long.

Restaurant - Nicely laid out, and contrary to a report we read before, well spaced out. The staff were the most efficient, polite and friendly we have seen at any 4 star hotel. Buffet breakfast and dinner. Breakfast typical of what you would expect for a 4 star, toast, fruit, fried and cereal. Tea, coffee, juice and water. Evening meals offered a choice of several meats, fish, salad, vegatables etc. French fries were always on the menu, potatoes made an occasional appearance. We found the quality and presentation of the food better than most 4 stars we have visited, and were impressed to see the head waiter regularly checking the food, and even checking the temperature of the cooked meats etc.

Accomodation - Some rooms look over the pool, with balconies and views over to the sea if your on the 4th floor. Other rooms look across the Sheraton golf course, across the car park, or across the Pine trees that surround the Hotel. We asked for, and got rooms on a high floor overlooking the pool. Guests on lower floors, or overlooking the car park may have been disappointed. We spoke to one guest who asked to moved, and was. The rooms were clean and appeared to have been re-painted recently. The bathrooms were clean, but showing signs of age. Contrary to a report we read prevously on this site, our rooms had safes for which you pay 30 euros for 14 nights. All rooms are air-conditioned, and include mini-fridge, hairdryer, TV plus plenty of storage space, but as usual a limited number of hangers.

Swimming pool, loungers etc - There is a large unheated outdoor pool, plus an indoor pool with Jacuzi, and Turkish Bath. Both pools were cold but we soon adapted to this and it did not affect our holiday. There are a large number of loungers, and we noticed a comment from one holidaymaker in the Thomson book that there were more loungers than guests. Not sure if this is true, but there certainly seemed no problem finding a lounger even for the late risers. As ever, people started putting their towels out from 7am on the more desirable locations. Loungers are spread out around the pool and on the grass in the grounds. Good shade could be found under the palm trees, or the canopies (but these were the desirable locations). There is one table tennis table and one pool table around the pool. For a small refundable deposit you could hire towels for the poolside. These could be changed everyday if you wish.

Reception - One thing we found at the Falesia that is better than most 4 star hotels we have visited in the politeness, friendliness, and efficiency of the staff. We could not fault them, nothing was to much trouble. We noticed our fridge was leaking one day - it was replaced within 30 minutes. The reception was happy to eschange money, call taxis etc.

Entertainment - This is provided by the Thomson Team. Daytime entertainment including water fitness, plus competitions in pool, table tennis etc. Evening entertainment was again provided by the Thomson Team plus some other acts. Not our cup of tea, but fairly typical for this type of hotel.

Hotel Bars - Typically dearer than the local bars for shorts, but we did notice you got larger soft drinks in the hotel than local bars gave for the same money.

Have we covered everything - I hope so. We went as a family of 4 (45, 44, 18 and 16) and everyone enjoyed it. Would we go again - definitely. Overall we found the accomodation average for a 4 star, food above average, staff excellent, location remote (possibly to remote for some - but that's how we like it).

Lovely Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well I can honestly say that this was one of the best holidays I have ever had, I went to The Falesia a few years ago, and was amazed at the huge refurb it has had done. Thomson Gold, well done!! All of the reps work so very hard, I have never been to a thomson hotel and had a rep there every day and all day. All of them are always smiling and stay around in the evening, the entertainment team were fantastic, the four of them work so very hard and have amazing voices, a real team all of them. The hotel staff are all very friendly as they were before. The restaurant is fantastic, you feel like you are on a cruise ship when you walk in. Therer is alot of food to choose from and yes it maybe a bit bland but still hot and tastes good. Just one suggestion is more labels on all of the cold food though as I have allergies and dont always know what certain things are. Thats just a minor issue though. Went on some excellent Thomson Excursions aswell. Not alot to do in the resort at night time but entertainment was good and we went into Albufeira one night and Vilamoura both only 15 minutes in a taxi and cost between 10 and 15 euros. Would definately recommend this hotel and would come back again

gardens beautiful but

from paulinetoombs
We always use gold hotels and this is probably overall the worst one we have stayed in. However the hotel itself is well maintained, very clean, and the staff are first class. The gardens are a delight but the pool is no good unless you are a good swimmer it shelves very quickly into deep water as does the indoor pool. The hotel is in a very remote spot with very little to do in the evenings. The nearest bus stop was some way away as was the beach, far too far if you are not very mobile. The Hotel has few facilities, most noticeably no money changing amenity, and no bureau de change any where abouts. The shop is really not much use at all, it really only sells news papers and very expensive souvenirs. The food was well cooked but not very imaginative, tinned fruit every night! but the dining room is very classy and spotlessy clean. The reps tried very hard to make the enterntainment succesful but they were only two professional acts on during the fortnight. Our biggest concern was how expensive the resort was. we travel widely and this was without doubt the most expensive holiday that we have had in trems of meals , drinks and general holday stuff. We have not been to Portugal before and will probably not return, certainly not to the Falesia unless it was a bargain break!

relaxing gardens

from kitty21
We have just returned from a 2 week stay at this Thomson "Gold" hotel. Classed as a 4 star but in my opinion a 3 star. Having sampled Thomson Gold & Platinum Hotels in the past I'm afraid this Hotel does not warrant 4 star status.
However, to be fair, we found the Falesia to be very welcoming, very clean and very comfortable. The garden area along with the pool is exceptionally well looked after with an abundance of sun-beds.
The Restaurant, on two levels (head up it's more comfortable surrounded by windows looking out onto water features) is light and airy with modern wooden flooring. Breakfasts were faultless with plenty to choose from. Dinners were not so good. Only the Hot dishes were signed telling you what was what. The Cold salads could have been anything...we hadn't a clue what was laid out . There was a sameness about the Dinners night after night so we ate out 6 nights out of the 14. The Wine list is limited.
The entertainment was not good!! Out of our 14 nights there was only 2 prefessional acts if you could call them professional. The rst of the time I'm afraid it's the Thomsons Reps putting on what can only be described as "Holiday Camp" entertainment. It was not what we expected from a Thomson Gold Hotel! The resident duo stopped playing each evening at 11.40p.m. so unless you want to dance the night away to a soulless disco you can expect to be in bed and all tucked up by midnight!!
We booked a "Superior Room" and although the room was spacious and overlooked the gardens the only extras we could see was a bottle of water every day and tea/coffee making facilities. In my view not worth the extra as ordinary rooms seemed to overlook the pool and had everything we had . The Bathrooms need upgrading. Water ran to just warm if you left it any later than 6p.m.
All in all, a very comfortable Hotel but NOT worthy of a 4 star rating.

A great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a great holiday at this recently refurbished hotel. Great rooms, food. and staff. Could not find fault. It has just gone Thompson gold so the price will have gone up.

Very Good Value For A Short Break

Arrive at this hotel to an extremely warm welcome from the staff and a complimentary glass of Cava while they very efficiently check you in.
Nice airy reception with lots of comfy sofas. Well appointed rooms very clean and comfortable beds, with lots of wardrobe space. Bathroom very well equipped also very clean and not too small. Well stocked Mini Bar, colour TV and fitted carpets, with two easy chairs and a table.
Excellent pool area that extends into lovely well kept gardens perched on a cliff over looking the med with an abundance of sunbeds. Waiter service throughout the day for drinks. Tennis court here too. There is also a very good indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Massage treatments are also available.
The restaurant is very spacious and extends on to the pool area which is lovely for breakfast. The breakfast buffet is good, serving the usual continental fayre together with the full monte! Not the absolute best we have had, but certainly very substantial. Dinner is served with two sittings 6pm and 8pm. again Buffet stlye. There is a very good selection of food both hot and cold but it was nothing special and the atmosphere left a lot to be desired, bright lights, tables too close together and very noisy, certainly don't dine here if you are looking for a romantic evening! It reminded us of an over crowded canteen and was very disappointing.
There is live entertainment and dancing each evening in the lounge bar.

For what we paid it was very good value and the staff are excellent in every way. Would not like to spend a week or two here though.

Something which we feel well worth a mention now!

A new hotel is currently being built across the road, between the hotel we stayed at and the new Palace Algarve hotel. We were told it would not be completed until 2007! The actual area is a bit messy at the moment, pavements could be a hazard in some parts. You can walk to the beach but it is very hilly so no good at all if you are not very mobile! There are a few bars/restaurants etc in the resort but we were out of season so the place was very quiet.

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  • Address: Apartado 785 - Albufeira - 8200-911 - Portugal
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