Bright and modern apartments have decently equipped kitchens
All rooms have flat-screen TVs, kettles, and dining tables
Eight minutes’ walk from the Praia do Inatel
10-minute walk from the escalators leading to Fishermans’ Beach
Large, sunny pool terrace overlooking Albufeira and the ocean
Pool bar serving snacks and drinks
Buffet breakfast receives positive reviews
Rooms lack air-conditioning
Fees for in-room fans and safes
Some decor could use a refresh
Wi-Fi only available in the hotel’s lobby
The three-pearl, apartment-style Hotel Almar offers a good value in Albufeira. The hotel is an eight-minute walk from the Praia do Inatel, and 10 minutes from the center of town and the escalators leading down to Fisherman’s Beach. Decor in the hotel’s shared areas could use an update, but its 44 apartments are fresh and minimalist, with decently equipped kitchens and large terraces that overlook the Atlantic. However, there's no air-conditioning and fans require a fee, as do safes. A large sunny terrace houses a main pool and adjacent kiddy pool, and overlooks the ocean and surrounding rooftops. The buffet breakfast (fee) receives positive reviews, but guests will have to cook or go elsewhere for other meals. People looking for a resort-type hotel with more amenities might want to try the Auramar Beach Resort.
Apartment-style property with underwhelming decor in common areas, but terraces with scenic ocean views
From the outside, Hotel Almar's stark-white concrete makes an impression, but interior design is far from its strong point. The lobby is a dim space with a scuffed stone floor, dominated by a heavy blond-wood reception desk, and featuring a small waiting area with a single couch, coffee table, and oversized red urns. A tiny bar doubles up as its breakfast room: It has a ceiling clad in blond wood, bent-wood chairs at tables covered in white linen, and banquettes in muted shades of ochre and sage. Outside -- and in the apartments -- things pick up, though. The hotel has a large lap pool set in a terra-cotta terrace surrounded by a stretch of green lawn. The terrace overlooks the clay roofs of Albufeira and the blue Atlantic. Attracting both families and couples, this is a good self-catering option at an affordable price.
Eight-minute walk to the nearest beach, and 10 minutes to Fisherman’s Square
The Hotel Almar is ideally located for guests looking to stay in the center of Albufeira. It’s an eight-minute walk to the Praia do Inatel, and the escalators leading down to Fisherman’s Square are a 10-minute walk away. There is a small supermarket a three-minute walk away, for guests to stock up, and there are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. The Strip, which is home to much of Albufeira’s nightlife, is a half-hour walk away, or an eight-minute drive. Expect transfers to Portimao Airport to take between 30 and 40 minutes, while Faro Airport is a 40- to 50-minute drive away.
Minimalist, modern apartments with kitchens, outdated bathrooms, and terraces
The Hotel Almar’s 44 apartments are a bit minimalist, but they are far more contemporary than the common areas. They have either one or two bedrooms, and are decorated with dark-wood floors, white popcorn walls, and furniture in moody shades of navy blue and cool gray. On the downside, rooms lack air-conditioning, and fees are required for both fans and safes. Bedrooms are large, and have two single beds pushed together to make a double, as well as a desk and chair. The apartments have a sizable living and dining space, with the two areas separated by a low cabinet unit painted gray. The living area has a coffee table, two couches, and a flat-screen TV, while the dining room has a table and chairs next to a serving hatch.
Kitchens have outdated patterned tiles, but everything else is sleek and modern. They're equipped with a two-burner stove, microwave, mini-fridge, kettle, and toaster, as well as the usual cookware and crockery. Some older tiling also remains in the bathrooms, but they're kept clean. They have a shower/tub combo with a plastic curtain, bidet, and magnifying mirror, plus toiletries. All apartments have good-sized terraces with plastic furniture, and either ocean or garden views.
Lap pool set in a sunny terrace, pool bar, and breakfast buffet
The Hotel Almar is a bit light on amenities, though that's a bit to be expected for an apartment-style property. The centerpiece is undoubtedly a large lap pool in a terra-cotta terrace surrounded by a stretch of well-kept green lawn. A smaller, shallow pool for kids is also here, and both are surrounded by a handful of white plastic loungers. Dining-wise, a pool bar serves drinks and snacks throughout the day, plus a buffet breakfast is served in a small dining room. A computer and printer are available, but for a fee. Free Wi-Fi is limited to the lobby.