Are Albufeira’s beautiful beaches and energetic nightlife calling you to southern Portugal’s paradisic Algarve region, but you’re wondering where to stay? Considered one of the more exciting Portuguese towns offering plenty to see and do, as well as a favorite among English-speaking expats, Albufeira isn’t short on accommodation, but it might be difficult to choose one. Luckily, The Culture Trip did the legwork for you. Here are our picks of the seven best hotels in Albufeira.
Enjoy a relaxed environment at the Vila São Vicente, an adults-only hotel just steps from the Praia do Peneco, one of Albufeira’s main beaches near the historic Old Town. The hotel is also just a short, few-minute walk from many of the area’s popular bars and restaurants, but guests wishing to stay close may enjoy the on-site terrace bar, outdoor pools, and sunbathing deck.
Known as the 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 of the action. It’s just steps from Piccadilly Cocktail Bar – considered one of the best bars in the Algarve – and down the street from the area’s liveliest district. After the excitement in town, guests can relax by the bar beside the hotel’s outdoor pool.
The Hotel Brisa Sol is a large, family-friendly apartment hotel near the center 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 approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the beach and main attractions, it’s close enough to all of the main sights yet far enough away for a relaxing stay. Each room is also equipped with its own kitchen area, a bonus for anyone on a budget and/or wishing to prepare their own meals.
Falésia Hotel is another adults-only accommodation in Albufeira where rooms come with private balconies offering views of the pool, the nearby golf course or a serene garden. Located by the Falésia Beach, it’s a lovely location for days in the sand and sun, but the hotel also offers an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an onsite tennis court surrounded by a lush backdrop. Guests can also enjoy the spa hydrotherapy in addition to different treatments.
This is the place to practice your golf swing and/or relax in absolute luxury. The five-star Pine Cliffs Ocean Suite, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is a large resort with 148 guest rooms, surrounded by its own 18-hole golf course and near the beach. Rooms, which are spacious and fully-equipped, come with their own private patio and terrace. Although the excitement of town and the beaches are nearby, guests may not want to leave this beautiful space and the eight restaurants, two poolside bars, eight pools, five tennis courts, and the luxurious spa services are more than an enticing reason to stay close.
Private, romantic, and elegant, Vila Joya Home may be everything a traveler is looking for from a seaside retreat. Surrounded by lush grounds and perched above the sea, it may be hard to believe that 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 dining experience run by Chef Dieter Koschina, as well as an exquisite spa service.
Another option for anyone wanting absolute comfort and luxury while visiting Albufeira is EPIC SANA Algarve, a top five-star accommodation by Falésia Beach that is surrounded by pines and offers a variety of amenities. Guests may enjoy the health club, one of the four outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and full-service spa center. The resort is also family-friendly and provides babysitting services and infant/toddler beds, as well as a pool for kids and a playground. One of the hotel’s main highlights is Al Quimia, its Michelin guide restaurant offering fine dining service with fresh, local ingredients.