Name of hotel
Aqua Pedra dos Bicos, Albufeira
A strictly adults-only, contemporary four-star hotel designed to offer high standard accommodation in the heart of Albufeira.
Rooms are modern in style with plenty of storage space and the bathrooms are large with detailed finishes.
No children under the age of 13 are allowed to stay in the hotel while the rooms have a maximum two-person occupancy, which means this is not a place for families.
The hotel is ideal for couples looking to enjoy Albufeira, and its central location means that you do not need to hire a car, as you can walk to the local nightlife spots, beaches, bars and restaurants.
The hotel is busy most of the year thanks to special promotions and deals, which gives it a bustling feel.
140 rooms plus two suites
Within the hotel there is a pool front restaurant with indoor and outdoor covered seating.
The Serenata restaurant has an a la carte menu but most guests make the most of the buffet, which has a rotating menu over 15 days and offers a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian options as well as a large fresh salad bar and a huge range of desserts.
In the mornings the restaurant is used for the buffet breakfast, which offers a good choice.
Bar, lounge, meeting rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant and wellness centre.
Is it part of a chain?
The hotel is part of the Details Hotels & Resorts chain which also runs the Vale d'El Rei resort near Carvoeiro and the Almada Hotel in Lisbon.
When to go?
Albufeira is the busiest resort of the Algarve during the summer, so if you like crowds, then head down in August. However, during the winter months the resort is much quieter and you can experience a completely different holiday, making the most of the beautiful beaches.
It is worth booking a slightly more expensive room with sea views, as the views stretch all the way to Vilamoura and beyond. The seafront side of the hotel is also the quietest. If you are on the other side then you will have more noise unless you keep the windows tightly shut.
What could be improved?
The design of the hotel is one you will either love or hate, and is reminiscent of a bee hive. If you have vertigo then don't book a room on the top floor because the view down into the lounge area is enough to send you dizzy.
Urbanização Quinta Pedra dos Bicos, Lote 24, Santa Eulalia, 8200 - 381, Albufeira.
If you travel through Albufeira and follow the signs for Santa Eulalia you will find the hotel at the end of the road. It is a large terracotta coloured building and you can't miss it.
Single rooms in the low season cost from €34 per night. The suites are available from €110 during the low season. Full details, including promotions, are available on the website.