Porto Bay Falesia Hotel

, Albufeira, Portugal
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Porto Bay Falesia Hotel

, Albufeira
4 star

Rooms: 310

Quinta do Milharo - Albufeira - 08200 - Portugal Hotel Website | | 351 289 007 700
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fantastic view from pool area

from janul
Just returned from week stay lovely hotel but have stayed in better.Twice e-mailed for sea view room,didnt get one said non available ,sure not true ,the room was large enough tea /coffee but no milk asked twice didnt arrive reception said as it was only 4star not 5star we could not have milk,we bought carton milk and used fridge in room .The breakfast was good but coffee not very warm and dining room has tables just to close together also weather not good and some people had jackets on for breakfast no heating in the dining room. The hotel grounds are lovely and all areas are spotless,staff very nice .Didnt like the resort dirty rundown not the best on the Algarve no special bar or resturant although did have some very nice meals.The weather was not good didnt like the resort so would not go back to Porto Bay Falesia,but on the whole did like the hotel.

5 Star Views, 3 Star Food

from cariad
Just returned from a weeks stay at Porto Bay. The hotel has just been taken over and refurbished, most of it very nice and tasteful, though the chairs are rather uncomfortable.

We had a room, which was a little small, with a sea view, but the bed was big with nice pillows and light duvets. There was a flat screen tv, and safe which cost 10e for the week, there was also a mini-bar in a fridge which we used to store milk for the tea/coffee which they supplied every day and for water and drinks bought in a small supermarket just outside the hotel. There was also air-con which was very quiet. The bath room was nice with big fluffy towels and toiletries supplied every day, maid service was very good - polite , friendly and efficient.

The pool area was very good with a large grassed area near by with sun beds, never a problem getting beds. There were also 2 areas with chairs and tables near the edge of the cliffs - very nice for sitting reading or having a quiet drink. Pool towels were supplied from reception.

The beach is down a lot of steps but we never had a problem, just had a rest on the way back - they have even put some benches there for you. It is a lovely beach, sandy but with some rocky areas to explore just below the hotel. We saw 2 beach bars in the area we walked.

What lets the hotel down at the moment is the food. The breakfast buffet wasn't too bad but you think they could have had fresh orange juice, they were practically giving away oranges around the area - 1e for a big bag. The evening buffet was poor, not much choice and some of the items went and were not replaced if you came down later, also the waiters were rather disorganised in getting you a table or clearing one for you - I saw one couple wait for nearly 20 minutes with their starter before the table was laid. The Italian restaurant was very good but again rather disorganised, it took nearly 2 hours for us to have 2 courses - we gave up on dessert ! The pool bar was alright for drinks but not very impressed with food offered, also same problem with waiters - very slow.

Olhos de Agua is small and alright out of season, I think it will be very busy in summer especially with the new Riu Hotel opening shortly. We had a taxi from reception to Vilamoura - 21e and to Albufeira 10e, only half the price to come back !

We enjoyed our stay but if we came again I think we would book halfboard.

Disappointed though a stunning location

from WayneDorset
We stayed early May we normally stay at RiU hotels but looking at the websites for Porto Bay Hotels we thought we would give this a go.
The first mistake was to be put in a Garden View Room on the first floor overlooking the building of another Hotel; also we had the noise of the coming and going of coaches.
The noise we suffered was terrible and we had asked three times to move and were willing to pay for an upgrade however the Hotel could not accomdate the move.
The comments relating to the food regarding standards we found as well, certainly not what we were used to when staying with Riu Hotels. The Location was stunning and if you get a Sea View and no doubt they will improve food in time then it should be ok.
Next time we go back it will be to the Riu Palace. Our Advice is to check that you are not in a first floor garden view.

Our 4th VIsit to this hotel

from Essexman2
I The hotel has now been refurbished to high standards and
good for this but the resturant meals were not up to a 4 star
On our previous visits dinner was something to look forward to
but the food this time was rather mundane and speaking to
other guests they thought the same. Hopefully the hotel can get
this sorted out otherwise people will not be returning.
This is a quite hotel with the local shops and resturants are 8-
10 minutes walk away .

Left you feeling something is missing

from prs54fmpu
We have just finished what should have been a week in the sun in the Algarve, put in typical Algarve fashion the sun is less apparent than normal, so it only leaves us to find other things to do and in that respect the hotel was sadly lacking, you could have joined in with the darts or table tennis, but I did not book Butlins.
When you first arrive at the hotel you are greeted by friendly reception staff, who are attentive to your requests and try their best to make sure you have a pleasant stay.
We had a normal garden view bedroom which had obviously had some renovation work carried out but the bath still had chips in the enamel and the floor needed cleaning from the new grout. The beds were a nice size but very hard, it was like sleeping on a board. But to console us we had a flat screen TV yippy but do not panic there is ITV1 Channel Islands, our maid was very good she even made animals out of our towels as a bit of fun.
We ate in all three restaurants and Il Basilico is the best, the Madeira dinner is a buffet (as is breakfast) and is sadly lacking in quality and @ 22 euros each is expensive. The pool bar restaurant needs some serious attention on its quality and costs.
The pool area was very clean and had more than enough sun beds for all guests even the Germans did not feel the need to pre book with towels.
Evening entertainment is one of the funniest things we have seen and does continue the Butlins theme each night apart from one, the group was the same just a different number of members, they even tried to change the name, but we could see through their clever disguise, the other night was spent watching parrots of different varieties riding on scooters and ringing a bell, shoot me now.
The area of Olhos de Agua, is like most of this region hotels and rubbish restaurants, that serve Pizzas Burgers and chips.
Albufeira has now been taken over by beer swilling, football song singing louts, who have no manners or self respect, and I am afraid the bars, shops and restaurants reflect this, which is a shame as it used to be such a nice place.
Overall I would not go to this part of the Algarve again, and would not recommend the hotel, yes it was clean and yes the staff were friendly and I can even forgive the parrots, but it had no soul, it was too clinical, and I could not honestly think I must rush back.
P.S. Our First Choice rep was terrible and I am in the process of venting my anger at the management.

Stunning cliftop location

from ManxMaid
We have just returned from a week at the Porto Bay Falesia which has a stunning cliff top location with an equally stunning view. We have also stayed at the Porto Mare and The Residence in Madeira and feel that the Porto Bay Falesia has a little way to go as yet to attain a similar standard – though I am sure this won’t take too long. Of course, the Porto Mare and Residence are new builds – whereas the Falesia was an existing hotel which has been refurbished – which means you have to make the best of what you have got and in the main, I would say the renovations are of a very high standard.

There is a 500 bedroom 8/9 storey hotel opening in June 2008 across the road from the Porto Bay Falesia which is bound to have an impact on the area for the future.

Access to the typical long sandy beach is via 100 odd steps and a short walk which are accessed from just outside the hotel grounds. The alternative small beach is about half a mile down the road which is where most of the small restaurants are located. Overall the beach road area is quite run down looking.

We fell into the trap of booking a Junior Suite for extra space and were given a suite which sounds identical to that of ‘personwales’. We also asked if we could be moved to another room and were actually given what appeared to be the largest suite they had, which consisted of 2 bedrooms, 1 bath/shower room, separate shower room and a sitting room/dining with a kitchenette. There were 2 small balconies and we also had the use of a large roof area with chairs and 2 sunbeds. There were a couple of drawbacks with this space - 1) There was an air conditioning unit above the roof terrace which was, at times, noisy, but this was sometimes off – so it was nice and quiet on these occasions. 2) There was no shade. I think that the superior double rooms with a sea view might be the ones to go for?

The reception staff were very helpful and were more than happy to accommodate our request for another room and the pool bar/ Buzio bar staff were very friendly.

There was a reasonable choice at breakfast (including champagne/sparkling wine – mmmm), but I have to say not up to their Madeira Hotel standards. They really do need to provide fresh orange juice – The Algarve seems to be overflowing with oranges – so I can’t understand why fresh juice isn’t available. Needless to say it was mentioned on a feedback form they were circulating at breakfast one morning.

We did not have an evening meal in the Madeira Restaurant but did have a really good meal in the Italian restaurant – Il Basilico. Well worth visiting and no dearer than out and about.

Pool Bar meals – definitely room for improvement here.

Public areas
The public areas are all very tastefully furnished.

Recreational facilities
Both the outdoor and indoor pool areas are spotlessly clean – there is also a sauna and steam room beside the indoor pool. You have to collect/change your pool towels from Reception area – which I thought was a bit strange. There are also 2 tennis courts, a gym and Spa service but did not use any of these facilities.

The evening entertainment consisted of a group of five singers who split up into different variations during the week – they were good – but it did get a bit ‘samey’.

Eating out
The Chinese restaurant at the bottom of the road from the hotel was very good and staff really friendly. Overall our favourite restaurant was O Golfhino and would recommend this highly - it is on the road down to Olhos d’Agua beach on the RHS. It is only small and I would imagine reservations would have to be made at busier times. The So Good Pizza and Grill just along from the Chinese was not such a good experience…..a definite no for us.

Places to visit
Loule. Alte and Silves are all well worth a visit – the countryside away from the developed coastal strip is lovely. But beware the N125 when driving as it can be hectic with the odd pothole along the way.

I have waffled on a bit – but I hope the information is helpful. All in all, we had a relaxing week at a very nice hotel. The weather was disappointing but you can’t do much about that!!

Good Hotel in a picturesque location

from PG2220
The Porto Bay Falesia has just re-opened after a renovation and the rooms were very impressive - everything was new. Had a pool/seaview which was a lot better as the rooms at the back looked onto nothing (except a building site where a new hotel is being built).

Pool and garden areas had loads of sunbathing space and plenty of sunbeds, or the fantastic beach was only 140 steps away.

Didn't think much to the food choice and the evening buffet was particularly boring. Bar areas also very quiet and quite pricey.

Olhos D'agua is a small town with plenty of small bars, but in May most were closed and even on a Saturday night were empty so not much life. Albufeira and Vilamaoura only a short bus or taxi ride away where a bit more is going on.

A hotel on the up

from personwales
We'd previously stayed at the Porto Bay hotel in Madeira, which is also 4 star. The Falesia is not quite up to that standard - yet.

The only major problem we had was that we booked a junior suite and asked for it be quiet. Firstly, the suite was just one very small room and then an empty room - there was hardly any furniture in the living area. Secondly, it overlooked the air conditioning units. However, we complained and were moved to the front of the hotel to a standard sea facing room. It was beautiful, quiet, airy and with a spectacular view. To be honest it was bigger than the suite. The room was cheaper than the suite - and the reception staff ensured that we paid the cheaper price.

The hotel has clearly had a lick of pain - and it still having it in some places. There are a few maintenance people around - nothing major but bits and pieces. For a 4 star hotel they probably should have re-fitted the bathrooms but they're adequate.

Some of the staff are clearly new and are trying to learn how to do things. Otherwise the hotel probably needs a few finishing touches to make it a truely fantastic experience - eg at breakfast they serve orange squash instead of orange juice. However at the moment the hotel is quite cheap and I suspect this will change as the finishing touches are completed.

A true 4 star hotel

from mailman46
On arrival we were speedily checked in by polite and friendly reception staff.

The room was immaculate with large comfortable beds,a flat screen TV, hair dryer, tea &coffee making facilities and a mini bar that even had room for us to keep the fresh milk we bought, to go with the tea bags we brought with us.

We were on a bed and breakfast footing only so cannot comment on the evening buffet but if it was as good as the breakfast then it would be fine.
Breakfast was a choice of hot food, cold meats, cheeses ,salads,fruit , selection of juices, various breads, yoghurt and there was even champagne.

The hotel grounds were immaculate and the views from the hotel were magnificent. Falesia beach is spectacular. All in all I can say that The Porto Bay is a true 4 star hotel, however maybe it was the fact it was so pristine or maybe it was because it seemed to cater more for the many German guests but I found it somehow IMPERSONAL. So if you like a nice friendly hotel where all the guests mingle and meet up in the bar at night then this is NOT the place for you !

Olhos D'agua is a small resort with a nice beach and lovely feel to it. Just down from the hotel is Tracie's Bar where we enjoyed
several evenings ( and afternoons ). Eric and Sue treated us like old friends and Eric's kebabs and a large San Miguel made the perfect evening meal.
If you like Chinese food then The Happy House at Oura is the place to go. They serve an 'all you can eat' buffet for 9 Euro.

Excellent Hotel

from NomadWarwickshire
I returned yesterday from the hotel which reopened in March under new ownership. The location of the hotel is fantastic right on the cliff top with amazing views over the beach and sea. We had a second floor room with a rear view overlooking the gardens. The rooms are are not huge but very nicely furnished with flat screen tvs, mini bars, tea/coffee facilities and individual air conditioning. Staff very friendly and hotel and rooms very clean. We were on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfast buffet had a good selection of hot and cold dishes but lacked an omelette station which many 4 star hotels have these days. Restaurant was spacious with outside seating. There was also a poolside restaurant which was open for lunch which served salads, sandwiches, and a variety of hot meals.
Pool areas are very nice with lots of layouts and a grass area away from the poolside and two seating areas with views overlooking the sea. Access to the beach is via a longish flight of steps but not as bad as some people have suggested.
As we were on bed and breakfast I can't comment on evening buffet but looked in and seemed to have standard buffet fare.There is another Italian restaurant which had just opened so did not get chance to see menu. Public areas were elegant, spacious and clean. In the evenings there was live entertainment in the bar/lounge area.
For a small resort there was an excellent choice of restaurants and coffee bars - traditional portuguese, italian and chinese.

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  • Address: Quinta do Milharo - Albufeira - 08200 - Portugal
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