The Best Hotels in Albufeira for Every Traveller

Fisherman's Beach in Albufeira, Algarve
Fisherman's Beach in Albufeira, Algarve | © travelstock44 / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 February 2021

Are Albufeira’s beautiful beaches and energetic nightlife calling you to southern Portugal’s Algarve region? You’re not the only one. Considered one of the more exciting Portuguese towns, Albufeira is a favourite among English speakers and isn’t short on accommodation. You’ll find stylish apartments right by Fisherman’s Beach, a cosy bolt hole just outside the city and a family-friendly enclave perfect for the whole gang.

PortoBay Falésia

Hotel, Resort
4.6/5 (566 Reviews)
PortoBay Falésia
PortoBay Falésia | Courtesy of PortoBay Falésia / Expedia
The ideal ‘fly and flop’ destination, this 301-room hotel offers all that one could require without moving far from it. There is a wonderful beach framed by red rocks at the end of the property, to which the hotel has private access; perfect photo fodder when the sun sets. There are three swimming pools, a good spa and several restaurants – try the squid rings with aioli overlooking the sea for a perfect lunch.
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Hotel Cerro da Marina

Resort
4.5/5 (16 Reviews)
Hotel Cerro da Marina
Hotel Cerro da Marina | Courtesy of Hotel Cerro da Marina / Expedia
Surrounded by a large and leafy garden, the rooms in Hotel Cerro da Marina come in muted, neutral colours allowing the views over the swimming pool and gardens to come inside. A walk away from the nearest beach, there are plenty of facilities to keep you busy within the hotel grounds from a swimming pool and hot tub, to a spa and wellness centre and a snooker table.
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Velamar Boutique Hotel

Budget Hotel
Velamar Boutique Hotel
Velamar Boutique Hotel | Courtesy of Velamar Boutique Hotel / Expedia
Velamar sits 8km (5mi) outside busy Albufeira, by pretty Olhos d’Agua; here you can enjoy both the nightlife and restaurants of Albufeira in the evening and a more tranquil flop-by-the-pool experience in the day. Facilities include a dinky pool-side bar, a jazzy lounge decked in all blue and a spa embracing Japanese philosophies. Sun seekers can reach the nearest beaches by taking a five-minute drive.
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Hotel Baltum

Independent Hotel
4/5 (335 Reviews)
Hotel Baltum
Hotel Baltum | Courtesy of Hotel Baltum / Expedia
Right in the heart of Albufeira old town and minutes from popular Fisherman’s Beach, Hotel Baltum offers 51 comfortable rooms, plus self-catering apartments nearby. The crowning glory is the rooftop deck, where you’ll discover a cocktail bar with views over the Atlantic Ocean and the old town, a hot tub with a sea view and squashy sofas under a grand parasol. If you don’t fancy going out to eat, there’s also an Italian restaurant.
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3HB Golden Beach

Apartment
4.7/5 (227 Reviews)
3HB Golden Beach
3HB Golden Beach | Courtesy of 3HB Golden Beach / Hotels.com
There are 54 apartments here ranging from studios to three-bedroom lodgings; all come with a kitchen and either full or side sea views. There is also a standalone three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa with access to the resort facilities. The apartments radiate from a central swimming pool, snack bar and sunbathing area. There is a playground for children tucked away in a quiet corner, a fitness centre for adults and an outdoor hot tub.
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Vila São Vicente

Hotel
Vila São Vicente
Vila São Vicente | Courtesy of Vila São Vicente/Hotels.com

Enjoy a relaxed environment at Vila São Vicente, an adults-only hotel just steps from Praia do Peneco, one of Albufeira’s main beaches near the historic old town. The hotel is just a short walk from many popular bars and restaurants, but guests wishing to stay close may enjoy the on-site terrace bar, outdoor pools and sunbathing deck.

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Califórnia Beach Hotel

Hotel
4.6/5 (34 Reviews)
Califórnia Beach Hotel
Califórnia Beach Hotel | Courtesy of Califórnia Beach Hotel/Hotels.com

Known as Algarve’s destination for stag and hen parties, Albufeira is the place to go if you want to be surrounded by a dynamic nightlife scene, and Califórnia Beach Hotel is close to all the action. It’s just steps from Piccadilly Cocktail Bar – considered one of the best bars in Algarve – and down the street from the area’s liveliest district. After the excitement in town, guests can relax by the pool-side bar at the hotel.

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Hotel Brisa Sol

Suite Hotel, Hotel
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol | Courtesy of Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol / Expedia

Hotel Brisa Sol is a large, family-friendly apartment hotel near the centre of Albufeira. Contemporary and spacious, it offers two outdoor pools (one for children), an indoor pool, a playground, an arcade room and tennis courts. Located around a 10-minute walk from the beach and main attractions, it’s close enough to all the sights yet far enough for a relaxing stay. Each room is also equipped with a kitchen area, a bonus for anyone on a budget.

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  • Falésia Hotel

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.6/5 (409 Reviews)
    Falésia Hotel
    Falésia Hotel | Courtesy of Falésia Hotel/Hotels.com

    Falésia Hotel is another adults-only accommodation in Albufeira; rooms come with private balconies offering views of the pool, the nearby golf course or a serene garden. Located by Falésia Beach, it’s a lovely location for days in the sand and sun. Alternatively, the hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool, and a tennis court surrounded by a lush backdrop. You can also enjoy the spa hydrotherapy in addition to other treatments.

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    Pine Cliffs Ocean Suite, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

    Resort, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel
    4.4/5 (45 Reviews)
    Pine Cliffs Ocean Suite, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
    Pine Cliffs Ocean Suite, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa | Courtesy of Pine Cliffs Ocean Suite, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa/Hotels.com

    This is the place to hone your golf swing and relax in luxury. This large five-star resort has 148 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course and a beach nearby. The spacious rooms come with a private patio and terrace. Although the excitement of town and the sands are temptingly close, guests may not want to leave this beautiful space – the eight restaurants, two poolside bars, eight pools, five tennis courts and luxurious spa services are enough reason to stay.

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    Vila Joya Home

    Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel, $$$
    Vila Joya Home
    Vila Joya Home | Courtesy of Vila Joya Home/Hotels.com

    Private, romantic and elegant, Vila Joya may be everything a traveller is looking for in a seaside retreat. Surrounded by lush grounds and perched above the sea, it may be hard to believe this peaceful accommodation is in bustling Albufeira. The boutique hotel has 21 guest rooms and two restaurants — a real treat being the two Michelin-star restaurant run by chef Dieter Koschina, as well as an exquisite spa service.

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    EPIC SANA Algarve

    Resort, Spa Hotel
    4.8/5 (374 Reviews)
    EPIC SANA Algarve
    EPIC SANA Algarve | Courtesy of EPIC SANA Algarve/Hotels.com

    EPIC SANA is a five-star accommodation by Falésia Beach surrounded by pines and offering a variety of amenities. You may enjoy the health club, one of the four outdoor pools, an indoor pool and spa centre. The resort is also family-friendly and provides babysitting services and beds for the little ones, plus a kids’ pool and playground. One of the main highlights is Al Quimia, a stylish concept restaurant serving dishes made from local, sustainable ingredients.

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    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Nina Santos.

    These recommendations were updated on February 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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