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Bayside Salgados 2.5

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Within walking distance of lovely Praia da Gale beach
  • Clean apartments with kitchenettes and balconies
  • Decent-size swimming pool with plentiful loungers
  • All-day restaurant serving good-value menu
  • Evening entertainment includes bingo and karaoke
  • Cheap shuttle bus service to Albufeira
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 

Cons

  • Remote location away from nightlife
  • Wi-Fi is weak in most apartments

Bottom Line

Bayside Salgados is a budget apartment complex with a colorful and friendly ambience set in a fairly remote development that's a 15- to 20-minute drive to Albufeira. Its 94 studios and one-bedroom apartments are simple but clean, and equipped with basic cooking facilities and free (albeit weak) Wi-Fi. On-site dining is good quality and reasonably priced, and there's plenty of space in and around the outdoor pool. The hotel attracts mostly families and older couples; those looking for cheap apartments closer to nightlife should take a look at Choromar Apartments on the edge of Albufeira. 

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Scene

Colorful budget-level apart-hotel with friendly and attentive staff

With its bright pink tapered columns and white and yellow facade, the entrance block to the Bayside Salgados is certainly distinctive. Stepping into the small reception area, the bright and playful vibe continues with a pink Cadillac sofa, vibrant artworks on the wall, and a purple-baize pool table. Most of the property consists of four, low-rise accommodation blocks -- also brightened up with splashes of color -- set on simple grounds with tidy lawns dotted with palms and lined with concrete footpaths. While undeniably at the lower end of the market, the feel is intimate and unpretentious, with friendly and attentive staff. Clientele tends to be a mix of families with kids and generally older couples looking for a budget break in the sun.

Location

Off the beaten track, though within walking distance of beach and golf course

The hotel has a rather out-of-the-way location in the Herdade dos Salgados development positioned between the Algarve tourist resorts of Armação de Pêra and Albufeira. While there's not a great deal in the immediate surrounds, a mini-market selling groceries, an Italian restaurant, and the 18-hole Salgados Golf Course are all within a 10-minute walk. Also within walking distance is the lovely swathe of unspoiled coastline of Praia da Galé, as is the Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve. For those who fancy some nightlife, Albufeira's center is about 20 minutes away by car. Faro Airport is located about 40 minutes away.

Rooms

Simple, clean apartments with kitchenettes and balconies/terraces

Renovated in 2013, the resort's 94 air-conditioned studios and one-bedroom apartments are basic but clean, with white walls, tile floors, and their signature pops of pink and turquoise. Apartments all have open-plan living areas with dining furniture, sofas, and kitchenettes with microwaves, electric hobs, kettles, toasters, and fridge-freezers; studios include raised mezzanine bedroom areas as opposed to separate bedrooms. Glass doors open to furnished balconies or terraces, while simple tiled bathrooms include shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and wall-mounted soap dispensers. Wi-Fi is available, but the signal is weak in most apartments; flat-screen TVs also provide satellite channels (a couple are English-speaking).

Features

Decent swimming pool and good-value food and drink

A breakfast of hot and cold items is served buffet-style in the hotel's colorful restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is not included in the standard rate, though it's fairly cheap and the food generally is a good value. Drinks are also reasonably priced and can be enjoyed on an outdoor terrace or by the pool. The swimming pool is clean and big enough for a proper swim, and sun loungers are plentiful; the pool terrace also includes a splash pool and games such as pool, ping-pong, and table football. Evening entertainment includes the likes of bingo and karaoke. The hotel offers a cheap shuttle bus service that runs to and from Albufeira.

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Address

Herdade dos Salgados, Albufeira 8200-424, Portugal

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