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With a stay at Cheerfulway Acqua Maris Balaia in Albufeira, you'll be minutes from Santa Eulalia Beach and Maria Luisa Beach. This aparthotel is within close proximity of Medronheira Tower and Olhos D'Agua Beach. Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and an outdoor tennis court. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite. Make yourself at home in one of the 113 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite television is provided for your entertainment. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Reviews: Aparthotel Cheerfulway Acqua Maris Balaia
0.4To be avoidedEmma - Aug 30, 2017
The fact that walking into the hotel 3 letters of "Acqua" at the entrance of the hotel are missing, gives a prelude of what is to come, not to mention the empty beer cans and bottles inside the hotel grounds as you walk in, real classy. Demonstrates lack of respect for the guests and also an indication that the hotel owners have no regard for how the place looks.
The hotel is dark and stinky (there is a constant stench of bleach(?)). The floors are filthy. The lift is scary. The main stair is missing a piece!!! (Health and safety hazard big time!!). The room... ah the room.. where do I start??. Tidy, but not clean. The dirt in there has made its home so to clean the place you would need a power hose and 4 experienced firemen, the place needs to be fumigated. The walls were dirty and hadn't been painted since 1980 (at least, on my own calculation). The bathroom was just awful, the bathtub filthy, with scum on the door handles. The shower head broken (felt on the top of my hubby head and also on me as well). Decor again from the 80s.. (if it only was clean). The room: the curtains were half hang, the fridge in the "self catering area" broken, the sink blocked with dark unpleasant slim inside(and releasing a quite scary smell) so we had to cover it, not unlike an uncovered sewer. The stained brown pillows didn't have covers (so we were afraid use them)... this would be like the never ending story. I didn't unpack my case the 3 days we stayed there cause I was scared of using the wardrobe. The whole room was a health hazard.
There is no cafeteria. Our breakfast was not included and they didnŽt have the facilities to provide even a coffee. Nor did they offer it when asked if we could have it separately and they said they would charge us 6 eu ahead for a coffee, or full breakfast or nothing.. And because the hotel is close to nothing, no coffee. (The kitchen was not in a position to be used - unless you like living dangerously -).
The prices are also embarrassing. In the swimming pool area (water scarily dark, children pool blocked out) 2 euro for a shot of beer in a plastic glass, 2 euro for a glass of water, 2 euro for a coffee from a vending machine. They also advertise services they do not provide. At the bar (in the hotel next door but the only one available for this hotel) they have a menu with bar food but they do not serve bar food. They have a sign in reception saying bar open til 12 but they close at 11. Rude would be a mild word to describe the behaviour of some of the reception stuff (except for the youngish fellow who did our check in on the first day who was actually nice and making the effort providing all the complaints he was handling and he was the only one at reception).
The only reason why we stayed is because we couldn't find any other place once in there.. AND 100+ eu a night is NOT cheap. I would expect to find this service in a hostel for which I pay 15 eur the night but this is not the case and I have been in hostels, where I have paid 15 eur the night which were 100 times better that this hole. This is a place for people who do not care where they sleep their beers, not for a family, pleasant holiday.. and that should be make clear at the time of booking. How can they be a 3 start hotel???
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