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Hotel Boa Vista Hotel 4 star
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Rua Samora Barros 20 8200-178 Albufeira, Portugal Albufeira, Portugal -
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Located on the outskirts of Albufeira a short walk from the beach, the Boa Vista has beautiful sea views and good service, despite its décor being a little dated. Although the rooms look a little higgledy-piggledy, we liked the fact that the rooms all had a different set of furniture and a different feel altogether. The area around the hotel is largely residential and is a great draw for tourists as it is far from the madding crowds near the harbour down below. The hotel, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has undeniable charm that cannot be created in a new-build; however, this does mean that the hotel looks a little old-fashioned. The Boa Vista mainly welcomes couples looking to spend some quality time together - there are few families with young children who stay here.

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      Boa Vista   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.7 /10

    Located just outside Albufeira in the Algarve, the hotel sits atop a slight hill dominating the lower residential surroundings and looking out to the sea, which is beautiful. The harbour is nearby and the town is a 15-minute walk away from the hotel. The nearest beach is Praia Pescadores (about 700m away) and due to the hotel being on a cliff, there is a lift that takes people down to the beach, which is particularly practical for guests with restricted movement.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 88 rooms in total, which would usually qualify the Boa Vista as a boutique hotel; however, due to its architecture and layout on the small site it sits on, it feels more like a small resort.

    The rooms, each named after former Portuguese colonies, all vary in size, shape and furniture, giving it its rustic charm. All rooms have bath tubs except for one. They all have Wi-Fi included in the rate, old generation televisions, a safe (extra), use of a fridge (extra). Some rooms have twin beds. The Executive Deluxe rooms include bathrobes and walk-in closets and separate shower cabins as well as bath tubs. Some rooms are better furnished than others - the antique four-poster antique beds are definitely worth asking for as it gives the room a luxurious aspect. Due to the horseshoe shape of the hotel, all rooms have sea views and small balconies to enjoy them.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Dating back to 1962, the hotel is somewhat of a landmark in the area, which makes up its intangible charm that you won't find at the more recent hotels on offer in the area. The stunning views of the turquoise sea makes up for the slightly garish outdated décor, which is nevertheless cosy. The hotel consists of three buildings joined together, hence why you may notice the difference in the size and shapes of the rooms. In the same vein as this, the rooms all have different furniture. With regards to facilities at the hotel, there are a couple of computers with internet in the lobby area, complimentary yoga classes in the mornings (enquire for exact times with the hotel), a restaurant and a small health club area. The main draws of the hotel is the peace and quiet here as well as its rustic charm and sea views.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel has a small restaurant, which even when the hotel is busy, doesn't feel too cramped. It also has outdoor seating for guests wishing to enjoy the sea views beyond the pool during their meal. The restaurant doesn't offer all inclusive meal plans, but depending on the season does offer bed and breakfast and half-board plans. The food served is a mix of local fare and international food, which is usually served as a buffet, depending on the hotel occupancy - during low season, an à la carte menu is offered.

    Spa

    There is so spa as such, but guests do have access to a sauna, steam room and gym for free. There is also a massage room, a vichy shower treatment space and a Jacuzzi bath treatment room, but as treatments are outsourced, guests must book in advance. It is also possible to have a massage outside close to the pool.

    Beach

    Praia Pescadores is about 700m away from the hotel and it is less crowded than in the centre of Albufeira, although during peak season (usually during the school holidays) it can get very busy. As the hotel is on a cliff, the climb down is steep but there is a lift to take guests to and from the beach without having to venture down the cliff sides.

    To know

    The Boa Vista is part of the Belver group of hotels with properties in Porto, Lisbon, Curia and Alentejo.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The beautiful sea views from the rooms, lobby and pool area.
    • The friendly service.
    • The sixties charm of the hotel.
    • Isolated in an exclusive spot away from the crowds of ?tourist town'.

    disadvantages

    • Dated interiors, which could do with a refurbishment.
    • The largely concrete structure of the hotel and the lack of gardens.

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