A 10-minute walk to Albufeira's beach, bars, restaurants, and shops
Rooms and suites with balconies or terraces, some with gorgeous sea views
Restaurant, coffee shop, and bar with entertainment most nights, lovely sea views from terrace
Free breakfast with lots of hot and cold options
Indoor and outdoor pools, plus a shallow kids' pool
Small spa and fitness center (fee)
Library and game room
Small dogs allowed at no charge
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Uphill walk back to hotel from town can be challenging for some
Fee for kettles, safes, and minibars in rooms
Rooms and some common areas are outdated
Dining and entertainment get mixed reviews
Fees for use of spa and fitness facilities
All-inclusive rates come with lots of restrictions
The 92-room Hotel do Cerro Younger is a quirky two-and-a-half-pearl option with a convenient location just outside Albufeira. Although it's located in a quiet residential neighborhood, guests can walk to the beach and town in 10 to 15 minutes. Rooms and suites are a bit small and rather dated, but all have a balcony or terrace, some with exceptional views of the sea. Others overlook the outdoor pool. There's also a gaudy indoor pool, as well as a spa and fitness center. The restaurant gets mixed reviews, and there are fees for using everything from safes to the gym. All-inclusive rates are also a disappointment. Younger travelers wanting a hipper property could check out the nearby Hotel Rocamar, which has gotten a contemporary makeover in public spaces and Superior Rooms.
Cozy, quirky hotel suitable in a quiet part of town for all sorts of travelers
With its white-washed and stone facade, this hotel fits right in in its residential neighborhood -- as such, this is a quiet alternative to some of the boozier crash pads right in the center of town. Potted shrubs and flowers accent the entrance, and palm trees and flowers are visible out front from the second-floor terrace. The narrow reception area is cozy and friendly, with a long front desk along one wall and leather sofas and chairs along the other. However, the decorative mishmash that greets guests is a clue as to what's to come. A red accent wall behind the white reception desk and red pillows and rugs add splashes of color, while modern art hangs on the lobby walls. However, hallways are outfitted with antiques and traditional art, and rooms are an even more confusing, dated blend of styles. Musical instruments also hang throughout the hotel. The atmosphere overall is a bit quirky, but cozy. It attracts mostly mature couples, but also families, groups, and individuals, most from the U.K. and Ireland.
Just outside central Albufeira, a 10- to 15-minute walk to town and the beach
This hotel is situated in a quiet residential areas on a hilltop above Albufeira's bustling old town. It overlooks the Bay of Albufeira, and there are many restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance. Fishermen's Beach is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and there is a bus stop nearby with buses that run to the center of town. A supermarket is a short walk away, and there is a nearby shopping arcade with a pastry shop, snack bar, an Indian restaurant, and a terrace. Depending on the destination, it's a 10- to 15-minute walk into the old town, which is packed with bars, pubs, restaurants, and shops catering to travelers from the British Isles and Ireland. Keep in mind that the walk back will be entirely uphill. Faro Airport is about a 35-minute drive from the hotel, while Lisbon will take about two-and-a-half hours to reach by car.
Small, dated rooms and suites, all with balconies or terraces, some with beautiful sea views
Rooms are small and modest, with tile floors, medium-toned wood and rattan furniture, gold accent walls behind the bed, decorative canopies over the bed, and striped draperies. It's not exactly a modern look, though retro-contemporary chairs in some rooms do add a bit of style and color (though ultimately look quite out of place). Some rooms have dated features such as phones, tube TVs, and bedspreads, but all have air-conditioning, satellite television channels, and free Wi-Fi. Minibars and kettles for tea and coffee are available on request for a fee, and safes also carry a fee. Suites have sitting areas plus a dining table and chairs. All rooms have a furnished balcony or terrace, and higher-end rooms have larger outdoor spaces and scenic views of the sea. Some rooms overlook the pool area. Compact bathrooms are tiled and feature shower/tub combos, hairdryers, bidets, and toiletries.
Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, indoor and outdoor pools, plus a small spa and fitness center
The restaurant offers a free breakfast buffet with a good selection of hot and cold items. Lunch is served in the coffee shop, and dinner is a la carte off the menu. A cozy bar with velvet and leather sofas and chairs for seating offers entertainment most nights, and in nice weather, guests can sit outside on the terrace and take in beautiful views of the water. The food and entertainment both get mixed reviews, but guests who would prefer to go elsewhere will find plenty of nearby options. All-inclusive and half-board rates are available, but restrictions apply and the packages disappoint most previous guests.
The rectangular outdoor pool is a focal point for the hotel, as many of the rooms overlook this space. Its rectangular shape makes it suitable for swimming laps, and there are lounge chairs with umbrellas surrounding it. The pool deck isn't very wide, so the space can get crowded at times. A smaller kids pool is adjacent, but that's about it for kids' activities. Ambient lighting and bust statues atop columns provide a gaudy atmosphere at the indoor pool. The small spa also offers a sauna, whirlpool, Vichy shower, and Turkish bath, as well as massage and other treatments, all for a fee. There's also a fee to use the fitness center, which has cardio and weight training equipment in a small, windowless space.
A cozy library and game room offers cushioned wicker seating in front of a flat-screen TV and fireplace. Games and books are available. There's also a pool table and TV in the coffee shop, as well as TVs in the bar. Small dogs are allowed at no charge, and Wi-Fi is free throughout.