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Ondamar Hotel

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Portugal, Europe
Albufeira

Located just a short walk from the centre of the popular holiday resort of Albufeira on the Algarve Coast, this apart hotel is within easy reach of restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. The famous Praia do Forte Beach can be reached within a 10-minute walk, Aveiros Beach, Oura Beach and Fisherman's beach are close by. The international airport of Faro is at a distance of 35 km.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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Facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Wi-Fi*
  • Car hire*
  • Transfer service*
  • Airport Shuttle*
  • Laundry service*
  • Medical service*
  • Bicycle hire service*
  • Smoke detector
  • Hotel safe*
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

The Local Area

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Drama Poolside

Review by cmeade10 Cobh, Ireland

Lovely apartment and pool area. Not enough sunloungers which has been said over and over again about this hotel. The restaurant and bar in the hotel was closed and no entertainment at night...

The pool bar was open and was very over priced. The owners of the pool bar seriously need to go on a customers service course. They were outrageously rude to customers and the enforcement of only eating and drinking of what was bought at the pool bar was enforced to the point of them calling the police. Ridiculous! Pity because the hotel was nice.

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Expensive - no amenities available as stated

Review by Barr306 Strabane

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment for 10 days. For the price that we paid, £1700, we were not satisfied that we got value for money.

Rooms - were nice...

We had a wheelchair accessible room which was very spacious and very clean. The cleaning staff always left it very tidy when we requested the service.

Mini golf - excellent. Passed a couple of hours and not expensive.

Pool - not enough sun chairs. We had been told that more were ordered but according to previous reviews this seems to be a regular thing told to guests without actually happening. About 30 beds for a large hotel is not adequate. Unless you are up early to get one...you wont.

WiFi - told it was broken and only worked in foyer of hotel. This is not acceptable for the money that has been paid. WiFi should not be unavailable for more than a couple of days in order to get repaired. We had no WiFi for the full 10 days!

Gym - out of order due to refurbishment....unless you are a manager. Most mornings the staff were in using this facility. Again....not acceptable for the money paid.

A partial refund should be given for such little amenities.

Entertainment - none. Unlike other local hotels. Hotel bar and restaurant - closed...in July????

Pool side bar - good food. Some staff are very nice but some of the female staff have very poor hospitality skills. A lack of business skills also. You can't order beans on toast because it's not a seperate choice...but both items are on the menu. Surely they should be able to accommodate such an easy request. They can be very rude. They threatened to phone the police because someone had some bottles of water bought from a local shop. This water was for a baby but they wanted us to purchase it at the bar. However, other guests had full picnics going on and nothing said to them. I would not recommend anyone to stay here. I will not be back to this hotel.

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DO NOT STAY

Well what can I say? WHERE DO I START. Thankfully for the people we had with us our holiday was still enjoyable. Not because of anything this hotel had to offer us though...

Which was in fact NOTHING. NO RESTAURANT NO GYM NO BAR NO NIGHT TIME ENTERTAINMENT NOT ENOUGH SUN LOUNGERS (ABOUT 30) most people had to lay on GRASS full of ants ofcourse.

The bar staff had the absolute nerve to call police because people at the pool area had their own bottles of water? People being children. Then lied to the police and made false accusations to have their guests get into trouble.

Blonde ladies who run the bar (apparently one was the hotel owners daughter) - completely EVIL. I have never seen anything like it.

They've no problem taking your money thats for sure. Complete false advertising of a hotel.

Do yourself a favour and book elsewhere.

The only one positive thing I could say is that it is clean.

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Not for families!!!

Review by donna86 northern ireland

We stayed at these apartments for 1 week and have just returned. Myself my husband and 3 kids, I was so disappointed and so glad we were only there for 1 week! These apartments are absolutely not for families it is full of hen parties and stags! Young drunk men around pool and sitting around baby pool drinking early in morning! Shouting and singing all day around pool and parties of approximately 20 stags! I witnessed young men a part of stag party lying around the grass making rude gestures.. Really shouldn't mix family hotels with hens and stags as it's not fair on the young kids!

My husband witnessed a young fella part of a stag party "peeing" against the pool bar without even acknowledging it and walked on as if nothing had happened! Just disgusting!

No entertainment of any kind for kids and families !

Not enough sun beds either and the service at the pool bar is the worst I've ever seen!

Most definitely would not recommend these apartments at all!

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Fun Police Hotel

Review by KG K London, United Kingdom

I want to start by first saying we are a group of girls who were on holiday to relax but also have fun. We are not particularly loud but this hotel was run like a library.

At the pool and restaurant area most days we felt uneasy and uncomfortable...

e also witnessed a member of the bar staff, security and the hotel manager I believe speak very rudely and came across very intimidating to a group of guests on a family wedding holiday. They were minding their own business playing with a ball in the pool not harming anyone and the hotel manager tried to give them a 150 euro fine. It was an awful experience to witness everyone having a great fun time interacting with other guests to being to scared to enjoy yourself.

The presence of security round the pool came across aggressive and rude. I witnessed the security tell other guests off for having some music on, playing with balls in the pool and on the grass, jumping in the pool and walking the wrong way down a no entry path by mistake. To me these are all minor things that did not need such an aggressive approach. I could not relax with such a angry atmosphere round the pool.

The restaurant was awful we were told off for ordering to much food at breakfast when it wasn't clear what we could and couldn't have, change was thrown at us aggressively when ordering drinks, I witnessed staff speaking about other guests and there was glass on the floor.

There was a very strong meat smell in the fridge which was empty. Also whenever we put waters in the fridge, they smelt of a very strong cleaning agent after they had been in there a while. The door to the balcony would not lock and there was no available safe in the room. Each time we left the room we left concerned. We had to continually ask for toilet roll which was not replenished properly each day and when we did ask at reception, you'd have thought we asked for something extreme. Also we had an issue with the towels only 2 would be replaced when there were 4 guests staying in the room this didn't happen every day but it did happen most. The WIFI was non-existent and when we asked at reception they said they had asked for someone to fix it but had no indication of when it may be fixed. We had no WIFI the whole holiday and had to use our own data.

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