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“A week All Inclusive at the Alpinus.”
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Alpinus Hotel
Ranked #45 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Coventry
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“A week All Inclusive at the Alpinus.”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Arrived at the hotel at a good time on the Thursday morning, check in was simple staff were friendly. Got straight into two of the three rooms booked and we were amazed to see the size of the apartment and the equipment they had in them. Over the years of being All Inclusive and all stars we have never had a kettle in the room or apartment and to be fair this made our holiday as we could grab a tea when we wanted without stepping out of the room. The hotel was clean enterainment came from a stag party which was great and also a different act every night over the 7 nightsof our stay, despite other reviews about the shorts and drinks we had them for the whole 12 hours when required also beer was okay. Food was varied and as we have a 3 year old there was choice for him and the over 60's we also went with. In general our party of 8 had great value for money transfer was private and was easy, pleasant and simply straight forward.
Taxi service was also cheap and simple 4 euros to the beach which was lovely and 11 euros to the town, where the beach was also good and so were the resturants and sites. Would definitely recommend the area and hotel andfor youngsters it is fab.We are even considering the area again.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2012 via mobile

We booked this through Low Cost Holidays as we have booked our previous holidays with them and cant fault them for value for money. We paid £100 each for 5 nights all inclusive which equates to £20 a night.

I cannot understand the reviews of people complaining about the food, ok it was a little repetitive but it was edible and hot. Breakfast included fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheese, bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, bread rolls, preserves, cereals, toast, juices, selection of hot drinks (what more do you want), Lunch and Dinner were more or less the same, soup, salads, pasta, meat and fish dish, chips, potatoes and a small selection of desserts. Wine, beer and soft drinks are served at lunch and dinner.

The beer, wine and local spirits were all drinkable.

The rooms were huge, clean, lovely. Housekeeping cleaned them everyday and you could request fresh towels as and when you required them. There wasnt a kettle in the room but we brought our own.

We walked to Albufeira from the hotel, it is a 5 mile walk but a pleasant one.

We took the shuttle bus from the hotel one afternoon to the Old Town and had a lovely time. We had a great meal try the Shellfish cataplana - it was fantastic.

The Luna Alpinus was great value for money for the price we paid of £20 pp a night. What do people expect for the money. A fantastic cheap break.

Would I stay here again YES but I would probably go self catering and enjoy lots more meals out.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

went all inclusive food same every day chips .rice . pasta. lunch and dinner eat breakfast at 9 cannot get a drink till11. two swimming pools one bar opens at 11 five minutes walk between the two..smoking aloud inside the hotel Free courtesy bus from the hotel to Albruferia however only available twice a day If you go in the morning you miss lunch and there is no mention of packed lunch.ENTERTAINMENT Very rubbish entertainment. Cheap entertainment is what I call it. Karaoke was on twice during our stay which is fine but the entertainment guy Celio couldn't sing himself which didn't set the tone also on another night when we had a reptile show which was 3 reptiles, a snake, an iguana and a tortoise photos 10 euros each .no entertainment during the day overall this hotel is not what i paid for and would never go back again.i went for six nights.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

my friend and I stayed here from April 16th - 21st. after reading various reviews on here was very skeptical! After arriving i needent of worried!
Reception staff were very helpful on various times that we asked for help.

our room was lovely spacious apartment, that we both didn't expect! cleaned everyday by the maids, with fresh towels also given daily. lovely big balcony over looking the road. For some people this may have been a problem due to the traffic and lorries passing through constantly.

we stayed all inclusive, this for me was the only let down. the restaurant was really small and for the time of year we stayed it was no problem, but i can only assume in high season the queue for food would be quite long!
breakfast was lovely with a choice of cooked breakfast or if you wanted a continental breakfast they had plenty of choice.
lunch and dinner had food was limited... lovely fresh salad served for lunch and dinner.. no problems with this, you could tell it was freshly cut and not reused for dinner each day.
Hot choice was one meat and one fish.. along with veg, rice and chips.
no children options. For me i would of liked to see more food and more choice.
dessert was limited aswell, fresh fruit, jelly and ice cream everyday with a different sponge each day.
snacks inbetween were only a cheese and ham roll, now for me this was a let down... they could have atleast offered a few more snacks.

drinks were brill... good selection, wine, beer, liquors etc .... this saved me plenty of money!
altho no cocktails were included and did end up buy 2/3 over the week at a pricey 4.80euros!

2 pools one with a kiddies pool... area kept clean and tidy, plenty of sunbeds no complaints!

the beach is about a 20 minute walk, but well worth the walk when u reach the beach! absolutly gorgeous!

plenty of bars, restaurants and shops near the hotel

places to visit -
zoo marine!! well worth the money!
gypsy market in vilamoura on a wednesday!
albufeira old town square... plenty of bars and shops there!

overall fab holiday!!

its what you make of the holiday!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Louth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Dont know what people are moaning about just got back after a week and had a fantastic time. Reception staff are all helpful, what some people need to realize is our sense of humor and culture is totally different to Portuguese we go on holiday and expect far to much i and my partner found all the Portuguese people very warm and welcoming and that is not just in the hotel. As for the pavements well yes welcome to the Algarve this is how they construct the side walks and in some places do need some attention as do ours here in the UK possibly more so.

Accommodation was lovely and clean linen regularly, Food was good and found no reason to complain we had a fantastic time at a price which we was well happy with. Would say to anyone read your small print and checkout where the hotel is located ( google earth great tool ) then you wont be disappointed if you think you should have had more :)

Met some fantastic people Mike, Pete, Harry and Barbara hope you guys read this had a great time in your company A1 people .

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wolves
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Well where to start to review this hotel!!!!!!!!

Got to be overall one of the worst places I have stayed. Reading other reviews I do think people must either have stayed at a different place or their expectations they have of a holiday is very low.

This hotel is supposed to be a 4star. I really cannot disagree more.
I and my family went to the Luna Alpinus for 10 days. The weather did dampen our spirits to begin with as it rained from the moment we stepped off the plane but you make the holiday the best it can be.
ARRIVAL
Getting off the coach we heard someone say "I’m glad this isn’t our hotel" but on entering the reception area were surprised at how nice it did look. Went to reception to be told we couldn't get into our rooms until 2pm. As we had 3 rooms in total and a 3 year old with us we asked if maybe just one room could be made available so we could get changed after getting wet. The receptionist gave the impression she would do this and told us to go for a drink in the bar and she would come and find us. We were given our wrist bands for all inclusive but told no information about anything. We purchased a safe for 2euro 20cent per day.
On getting to the bar we realised we couldn’t have a drink as it was 10:45am and the bar opens at 11am (why send us there if it wasn't open) anyway we waited around finally got a drink, asked reception again about rooms to be told "well check in isn't till 2pm" (if she hadn’t of raised our hopes we could have gone for a walk or something) so we ended up going for dinner.
ACCOMODATION
After dinner we were given our room keys and we went to unpack. We were given 3 rooms next to each other which were handy and were what we had asked for. The rooms were fantastic they were huge. There was a big kitchen with appliances. (I didn't have a kettle but I only had to ask for one if I wanted it), bathroom with bath and lovely shower, big living area with English TV and stereo (although the room above my sister's decided to use this for a private party one night but reception did sort it out), large bedroom plenty of storage space and lovely beds even though they were 2 singles pushed together. Rooms were well decorated and clean and tidy and looked after as well as air conditioning or heating.
FOOD
Food is a very low standard. Soup always tasted like potato water when the potatoes have boiled in the water along with some slight flavouring which seemed to be sometimes made up of what was on the menu the previous meal time. 1 meat and 1 fish dish which was either very overcooked or occasionally well under cooked. Meals were always very cold but what I managed to pick out I enjoyed. Meals were accompanied by pasta, spaghetti; rice and chips. Deserts were very repetitive and poor. Each night was very weak jelly, 4 different types of ice-cream, piece of cake and then a mousse or rice pudding and melon chopped up. Presentation was poor.
Breakfast had many choices from the bacon, sausage, egg, beans, tomato to toast and continental to fruit and yoghurt. Drinks were available, wine, beer and soft drinks and water as well as hot drinks. Some of these were restricted at certain meals. I think food was recycled.
First meal gave a bad impression when we waited 30 minutes for a table. We were told there was no space but the biggest area was empty then as we were waiting a large party of around 60 Portuguese came past and were seated. Hotel very much looks after their own kind as they had preference.
POOLS
On knowing that there were 2 pools me and my mom went to look at the second pool (the north pool). difficult to find at first as you had to go up a lift walk round a corridor to go down a lift to then go up a steep slope and through a games room. Whilst going up the slope my mom got went paint all over her hand from the banister as there was no sign to warn of wet paint. Floor was slippy but was worked on whilst we were there.
When the weather finally picked up we went to sun bathe by the pool. Went to get a drink at 11am to find the bar wasn’t open. Went to reception to enquire to find they only open one bar each day in the winter season. So we had to trek to the north pool and bring drinks back. Seemed a bit stupid really when no one was around this pool. Reception told us to make things easier for us to send one person the long way and for them to open the fire escape for the rest of us to get in this meant we only had the slope to contend with. Finally after everyone asking reception they used their logic and opened the nearest bar.
Facilities not very good. Beds very worn and dirty, tables full of ground in dirt, chairs had got cracks in them and once again dirty. Pools rarely used as absolutely freezing all week. Reception hired towels out which looked good quality. Not sure how much though.
ALL INCLUSIVE
What a JOKE!!
On reading reviews before we went we had a feeling that spirits were going to be limited. I really disagreed with this as I have never experienced this before and thought that Low Cost Holidays should tell their customers this rule exists. What was even worse was we especially asked them before booking and was told all Inclusive was 11am-11pm no mention of restrictions. Time of spirits was 6pm to 8:30 coincides with dinner time. What happened though was people were necking drinks in this time and then ended up in bed early. Wine was disgusting which I reckon was watered down. Booking showed ice cream and snacks were included. Half way through our stay when weather improved my 3 year old niece wanted an ice cream. Went to get one to be told it was 2euros for 1 scoop of ice cream which was the same ice cream that was free at dinner and lunch. we let it slide until we saw another child have a massive bowl of ice cream for free (Portuguese child) Me and my sister went to reception to see a child having a blue band changed to orange which the receptionist tried to deny. We asked what the hell was going on to be told we had blue bands not orange which entitled the ice cream, spirits all the while and snacks this was because Low cost holidays did a deal with the hotel to get a lower priced holiday but are not telling their customers. We asked to upgrade but it would cost 12euros 50cents per person per night. This felt like a made up answer as no one seemed to know really. We asked to speak to the manager and after another family spoke to him and complained too, the manager decided to change the rules and for the last few days of our holiday we had proper all inclusive. I respect the manager for what he did there.
LOCATION
Hotel is in the middle of nowhere a couple of shops and bars and supermarket within walking distance. Very uneven pavements around. Beach around 20 minutes walk away but loads of steps to get down to it.
Free courtesy bus from the hotel to Albruferia however only available twice a day If you go in the morning you miss lunch and there is no mention of packed lunch. You have to book the bus so I don’t know what happens when there is no space.
ENTERTAINMENT
Very rubbish entertainment. Cheap entertainment is what I call it.
Karaoke was on 3 times during our stay which is fine but the entertainment guy Celio couldn't sing himself which didn't set the tone very good.
First night abruptly ended at 11:05pm by lights being switched off in extension area even though someone was sitting in there. No warning.
Toni on the guitar was entertaining but couldn't really sing.
Portuguese folk night was quite good and they got the audience up and the atmosphere was good.
Music quiz one night consisted of Celio trying to sing songs from musicals and asked questions about it. Although he kept changing his mind on what answer he wanted.
Another night we had a parrot show which was good but seemed to focus more on selling photos at 10euros a piece, this was true also on another night when we had a reptile show which was 3 reptiles, a snake, an iguana and a tortoise as again photos 10 euros each with no offer for buying more than one. What a rip off. Also saw this show twice in the 10 days so was very boring. Other entertainment was more quizzes. Entertainment room was not big enough for everyone there so I really don’t know what would happen in main season.
Entertainment never started on time and didn’t last very long. Once main thing was over nothing else happened just a tiny bit of background music apart from the times the Portuguese were present and then the evening lasted longer and lots of music was playing.
STAFF
Very rude, moody, unhelpful, sarcastic, information books at reception not correct.
OVERALL
We had a good enough time as you have to make the holiday yourself but the hotel wasn’t up to my standards and definitely not a 4 star regardless how much you pay for it. I think this hotel may be slightly better in the summer as both bars and pools would be open and there would be entertainment in the day but still not as good as it should be.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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mablethorpe
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

upon arriving at the hotel we was told our room would not be ready until 2 oclock and was advised that low cost holidays hadnt even paid for our stay. We went to the bar and ordered a couple of drinks to be told that spirits were only available from 6 till 8.30 wine and beer all day what a rip off when you pay for all inclusive. There was no entertainment much at night what they did put on was rubbish. We went to get the table tennis bats from reception to be told that they are in the pool bar that was closed all week. The room was very clean and big 2 bedroom apt. The staff need to learn to be a bit more happy and smile a bit. The beach is about 15 to 20 min walk and is up hill and down hill all the way. Spent a fortune on taxis to get anywere. overall this hotel is not what i paid for and would never go back again

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Alpinus Hotel
Address: Pinhal do Concelho - Acoteias | Pinhal do Concelho - Acoteias, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal (Formerly Luna Alpinus)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#34 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpinus Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 185
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of the most exclusive touristic areas, near the famous beaches of Albufeira. With an exceptional view over the pine trees and the golf course, the Alpinus Hotel is the perfect place for holidays in the Algarve. Features 185 apartments and studios (128 one-bedroom apartments, 52 two-bedrooms apartments and 5 studios) comfortably furnished, all with balcony, equipped kitchen, bathroom, direct telephone, satellite TV, stereo system, air conditioning and safe. The hotel includes two pool areas for adults and children, buffet restaurant, bar, coffee shop, meeting and events room with support equipment, private parking and free Wi-Fi. LOCATION The Alpinus Hotel is located between the exclusive area of Vilamoura, with its Casino, Marina and some of the best golf courses in the Iberian Peninsula, and the cosmopolitan town of Albufeira, with a diversity of handicraft shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and the vibrant nightlife of the Algarve. 29 km from Faro Airport, 12 km from Vilamoura, 10 km from the historic center of Albufeira, 1.2 km from the Falesia beach and 200 m from the Pine Cliffs golf course. ... more   less 
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Luna Alpinus Albufeira
Luna Alpinus Hotel Albufeira
Alpinus Albufeira
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