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Sol E Mar, Albufeira

Rua José Bernardino de Sousa Albufeira Algarve 8200-146 - Map
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Sol E Mar Overview

The Hotel Sol E Mar is located close to the Old Town of Albufeira. This 4-star hotel is set right on the beach, offering panoramic sea views from many of the rooms and the hotel’s restaurant.

Facilities available at the hotel include an indoor pool - heated during the winter months, a TV lounge where guests can relax or mingle and a library with grand views over the Atlantic. The in-house entertainment team provides cabaret and folklore nights every evening at the ‘Rainbow Bar’. The hotel’s dedicated ice cream shop is bound to be a hit with the kids while mum and dad may prefer the vast range of sight, sounds and leisure activities available within a stones throw of the hotel.

Each guest room at the hotel has a private balcony with sea views, a satellite TV, a fridge and an en suite bathroom with hairdryer.

Sol E Mar Overview

The Hotel Sol E Mar is located close to the Old Town of Albufeira. This 4-star hotel is set right on the beach, offering panoramic sea views from many of the rooms and the hotel’s restaurant.

Facilities available at the hotel include an indoor pool - heated during the winter months, a TV lounge where guests can relax or mingle and a library with grand views over the Atlantic. The in-house entertainment team provides cabaret and folklore nights every evening at the ‘Rainbow Bar’. The hotel’s dedicated ice cream shop is bound to be a hit with the kids while mum and dad may prefer the vast range of sight, sounds and leisure activities available within a stones throw of the hotel.

Each guest room at the hotel has a private balcony with sea views, a satellite TV, a fridge and an en suite bathroom with hairdryer.


Our customers think this is great for...

93%

Close to the beach

91%

Central location

65%

Great service


Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Arcade/game room
  • Area shuttle (Surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
  • Check-out by noon
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • On-site car rental
  • Photocopy machines
  • Pool table
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Swimming pool - indoor
  • Terrace

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Minibar
  • Phone
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite television service
  • Television

Customer Reviews

8/10 Great Based on 168 Customer Reviews

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9/10 Fantastic

04 May 2017

Lovely Hotel on the beach!

We got to Sol E Mar at 10.30am,our daughter had e mailed the hotel earlier to ask if they could have a room ready, she also mentioned that that it was my husband's 6oth birthday. Not only did they have a room ready for us but there was also a bottle of champagne on ice in our room! What a lovely surprise! Our room on the 3rd floor was lovely, tea & coffee making facilities in the room would have been good. We stayed Bed & Breakfast, lots of choice & plenty for everyone. Nice bar & music every night. Our first time staying here & I think we would find it hard to stay anywhere else in Albufeira in the future! staff all very nice, especially the barman!

The best thing about my stay was...

I would have to say the location & being right over the beach!
8/10 Great

15 January 2017

Excellent hotel in very good location

Stayed here for just three nights and from check in to check out everything was excellent. Rooms spacious and all have sea view/fridge and safe deposit box. Towels changed daily and breakfast buffet was good with a good selection of both hot and cold food. Great location for the old town with it's shops, bars and plenty of eating places. Hotel right on beach with sunbeds for hire at 5 euro per day.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location
8/10 Great

29 December 2016

Friendly and clean, ideal location

This is one of the first hotels to be built in Albufeira Old Town, and is in the best possible location - right on the beach, all rooms sea facing and a minute's walk from the start of the old town. It is spotlessly clean, but does need upgrading-though the matresses were brand new and comfy. The rooms are large, with lovely balconies. There is air con, which we didn't need for our Christmas stay. The room and other areas was comfortably warm day and night, so I imagine there was heating but it was silent and not visible. The half board was super value-though not much choice for evening meal, it was good quality. The bar prices were much the same as in the town, and there was pianist/singer entertainment. Christmas Day gala dinner was superb.

The best thing about my stay was...

Cleanliness, location
10/10 Amazing

27 December 2016

Christmas Day

We have stayed at the Sol e Mar on numerous occasions but this was our first Christmas Day there.. As usual the staff were fabulous, the Gala Dinner was superb and the entertainment from Nuno was outstanding. We had such a great time that we have already booked with friends for next Christmas!

The best thing about my stay was...

Great Hotel with Wonderful Staff
8/10 Great

05 December 2016

Fab views

The hotel staff where friendly and helpful and you could ask them anything and if they could help they did. The view of the sea was to die for. Very pleasant two weeks holiday

The best thing about my stay was...

The location and the friendly staff at the sol e mar
10/10 Amazing

06 November 2016

veranda with a view

believe it when they say" its overlooking the beach", to wake up to that view every morning and the sound of the waves rolling up the beach all I can say is it made our stay special. we were central to the slower paced old town which was more our pace compared to the more bustling "strip". the breakfast catered to everyone and was plentiful. staff were more than happy to help you with any situation be it directions or even logging on to print off plane tickets. we used local buses and got on a bus that was right as well as wrong, the driver(lovely bloke) shouted English couple(no offence taken) where are you going we told him and everyone on the bus joined in to explain we needed to stay on for the second part of the circuit of Abufeira as we had got on to early hmmm we got to the hotel in the end. and that's why we loved it there it was friendly and relaxing as you wanted it to be. It would be a 10 but the bed was just a tad hard for us.

The best thing about my stay was...

the area the hotel was in was just what we were looking for
10/10 Amazing

06 November 2016

veranda with a view

believe it when they say" its overlooking the beach", to wake up to that view every morning and the sound of the waves rolling up the beach all I can say is it made our stay special. we were central to the slower paced old town which was more our pace compared to the more bustling "strip". the breakfast catered to everyone and was plentiful. staff were more than happy to help you with any situation be it directions or even logging on to print off plane tickets. we used local buses and got on a bus that was right as well as wrong, the driver(lovely bloke) shouted English couple(no offence taken) where are you going we told him and everyone on the bus joined in to explain we needed to stay on for the second part of the circuit of Abufeira as we had got on to early hmmm we got to the hotel in the end. and that's why we loved it there it was friendly and relaxing as you wanted it to be. It would be a 10 but the bed was just a tad hard for us.

The best thing about my stay was...

the area the hotel was in was just what we were looking for
10/10 Amazing

01 November 2016

Fab views

Hotel is traditional and maybe dated, but is spotless and MOST of the staff are friendly. A smile and a pleasant greeting from staff makes a holiday for me. The location is perfect and the views are spectacular. The evening menu selection was varied daily, breakfasts are the same but plentiful and the staff extremely nice. The only issue re the pass as mentioned before is the layout and common sense regarding the breakfast - milk should be placed at the beverage area :) ... Rooms: - fine size, basic and clean with the fantastic sound of the sea 24/7 Bathrooms need an updating they are not dirty, just old and worn, but still in working order. We knew when booking what to expect, but it stole our hearts, we will return to this little Gem as the staff who smiled at the guests are what sell the hotel, in my opinion. A special mention to Lucio and Nuno in the bar area, they know how to welcome guests with a smile and pleasant manner. The reception staff were always kind and busy. The restaurant staff same. Placidio, the chefs and waiter Cassica. Smiling and greeting guests. We will be returning for definite.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location, views and smiles :)
10/10 Amazing

16 October 2016

Holiday break father and son

Excellent, very clean,towels and bed linen changed daily,food good buffet style,staff all pleasent and helpful,rooms all have sea views and very quite at night.The old town square 5mins away out of the hotel beach entrance turn right up through the tunnel and straight forward to all the shops,restaurants and bars.

The best thing about my stay was...

All of it.
10/10 Amazing

10 October 2016

Great Hotel, great location

Had a fantastic stay at the Sol y Mar, again our 4th year for an annual "lads" weekend. Hotel great location perfect right on the beach and village amazing

The best thing about my stay was...

The location of the hotel
10/10 Amazing

22 September 2016

Great Hotel

Great hotel, great location and lovely staff

The best thing about my stay was...

Very friendly and helpful staff
4/10 Average

01 June 2016

Location ideal

Just back from week at sol e mar. Had a fantastic stay. While hotel is a bit dated it is clean, comfortable and location wise if you like the beach it's perfect. Only 2 or 3 min walk to square where there are loads of shops and restaurants. We stayed half board breakfast was ideal something for everyone. While evening meal was fine we felt it lacked a bit of atmosphere. The staff were very friendly. Only other little issue was the fact that they had no outdoor pool but being so close to beach it didn't really matter to us.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location to beach and restaurants.
8/10 Great

06 May 2016

Nice hotel in great location

Stayed in hotel several times, the bathrooms could do with some updates. Stayed H/B and food was good with plenty of choice. Will use this hotel on our next visit to Albufeira.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location
8/10 Great

28 March 2016

Pleasant trip.

Went with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised with how nice the hotel was for the price. Excellent location on beach front and lovely old town behind. Nice, clean, large room with excellent shower. Pleasant, helpful staff. Took the halfboard option as it wasn't much more expensive than b & b and ate there 4 nights out of 5. Reasonable choice of food and plenty of it. Wi-Fi in public areas worked well enough but TV in room could do with some better English channels. Would use hotel again if in Albufeira.

The best thing about my stay was...

Beach/Sea view.
10/10 Amazing

18 March 2016

Location is everything...

What a great place to spend all of February...nice sized room, right on the beach of Old Albufeira. Fantastic feeling waking up to the sounds of the surf and early morning sun. The room balcony was a great place to sit and take advantage of the rays or if you want to get on WiFi you can go sit on the balcony of the lounge and enjoy the company of other guests. The room was larger than most others in Europe, comfortable, and most importantly clean. The cleaning staff did a great job. The lounge was a good place to sit and get on the computer (the only place to use WiFi) and visit with other guests. But, difficult place to contact family on WiFi due to number of persons in area or the evening entertainment, which is OK if you like elevator music....if not a short walk to the main square will get you more up to date music and cheaper bar prices. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful....as well as all cleaning staff we encountered. We were on half board and the restaurant food was rather good....fresh and plentiful with a varied menu, with a good selection at each meal.. including fish, pork, beef and duck. I really enjoyed the selection of two different soups at dinner....they were great. But, only at breakfast did you have tea, coffee or juice....at dinner you had to purchase any liquid, $2.50 euro for a large water was the cheapest. IHowever, when staying for a month some things can get to be repetitious...but always something to enjoy. Mostly the serving staff was quite pleasant, except for a certain older gentleman who never greeted you or seemed to smile....thankfully there was this younger Irish server who had a great sense of humour and made the dining area a fun place to be...it would be a sorry place if Colin wasn't there. Overall it was great vacation...location was the top selling point....if they made a few minor changes like beverages at dinner and WiFi in rooms it would be the greatest place to be in all of Albufeira.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location
8/10 Great

13 March 2016

Another good stay

Just returned from a week at the Sol E Mar - having been once before a few years ago. The position of the hotel is amazing - right on the beach. We had room 217 right at the end of the corridor - large room, good sized bathroom with a fantastic shower. All the Staff were all very helpful and cheerful - food good and plentiful. All in all a very happy stay, and will return.

The best thing about my stay was...

Sunshine!!
8/10 Great

29 February 2016

great hotel inconsiderate guests

We were in room 106 the guests in room 108 have remarked on Tripadviser about the behaviour of the guests in room 107.We arrived on the on Thursday 18th Feb.The guests in 107 arrived on Saturday,the trouble begins,music till 3 in the morning and loud talking,first night I put this down to excitement,second night talking till early hours,third night music playing,arguing, obscene language.Called security,went quiet.Forth night talking till early hours.Fifth night loud argument obscene language,security called again,security man told to F.off.running up and down corridor,talking till early hours.This is not the kind of behaviour you come to expect from people in there mid 50s.I would advise the Hotel to take note of there names and bar them forever ! I admit that the above incidents can be to a certain extent out of the Hotels control,but the breakfast room is another thing.The walkway for people to pick up food is too narrow 2 people cannot comfortably pass,and this happens often because items are not placed in the correct order.Milk should be with the cereals and Tea and Coffee.Butter and spreads should be with the bread and toast machine,this would stop guests having to double back to collect items.

The best thing about my stay was...

After all that moaning and groaning can I say the Sol E Mar for the price is one of the best Hotels I have stayed in.The location is perfect ,The staff are happy and friendly.The rooms decor may not suit all but they are clean an comfortable.I hope to return someday.
8/10 Great

16 February 2016

lovely hotel

loved our stay at this hotel it is a bit dated but the rooms were nice and clean bed was lovely and comfy the lovely sea view makes up for everything though! loved it and will definately go back

The best thing about my stay was...

sea view
10/10 Amazing

14 February 2016

sol e mar

hotel is in perfect location, great views,staff,food, clean.all first class. the evening entertainment leaves much to be desired, he would be best to stay at home

The best thing about my stay was...

sea view
10/10 Amazing

25 January 2016

Sol e Mar, Albufeira

Excellent hotel close to bars and restaurants.

The best thing about my stay was...

The rooms with great sea view.

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