I love the Albufeira hotels mainly for one reason. While in very many other countries and even other towns and cities in Portugal, mostly what is being offered, are usual rooms or for lower prices, dorms. In Albufeira it seems to be an unwritten rule that most hotels offer self-catering rooms of which most also include a balcony.
The thing I've been repeating over and over again in my previous posts and what I will be repeating again, I was there during low season or actually not even low season, it was rather an off-season. And because of that I managed to book hotels in Albufeira extremely cheaply, especially considering what I received for that money.
Usually I hate booking anything beforehand because the prices in the net ain't that good and you can find cheaper prices often just by checking different hotels and hostels out yourself. But in Albufeira, thanks to a tip from a friend of mine, I booked the hotels a day or two before my check-in, I did the same in case of all the hotels I stayed in. I did the booking via either Booking.com or Travelrepublic.co.uk. While the prices are just a bit different and also the set of hotels that have registered with them varies, the main difference is that via Booking.com you can book a room for the same day while with Travelrepublic you need to book at least one day in advance. The prices though might be just a bit cheaper via Travelrepublic, but just a bit.
So, what did I pay for self catering rooms in Albufeira? Well, the average could be probably something like 12 euros a night. The least I paid was 9 euros a night, the most I paid was 17 euros a night (mainly due to my own stupidity), usually it was something like 11 euros a night. The prices onsite without booking via internet would have been at least twice as high. And those prices are per room, not per person. The rooms were actually meant for two. So if I had been travelling together with my non-existant girlfriend, the price would still have been the same.
You can read more about the hotels in other posts and see the pictures of the hotel rooms in the Albufeira in Pictures section.