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Forte Do Vale
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Rua Dunfermline | Apartado no 632, Albufeira 8200-278, Portugal   |  
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We stayed thursday to sunday as part of a party of 12 on a stag do. The two rooms we stayed in both sleeping 6 were fantastic.

The hotel staff are very keen on making sure you were happy and the bar staff what can i say.... they were the best in Albuferia.

Hotel is in a great location for the strip and the old town both only a ten min walk.

We will be back again.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

As our hotel was overbooked we were moved to Forte Do Vale for one night. The hotel is nice and the apartment we had was very spacious. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need, there was even a dishwasher. All our rooms were contemporary and very clean. On the TV you have some english channels. In a word - great apartment, but....there are some things that takes the rate down(for us). Firstly - there is no wifi connection in the apartment, only in lobby. Secondly - bad location, nothing nearby. If you would like to have some view from your room, book with pool view. This is the only view at that hotel, other apartments have street- and car park view and also view over the roofs. We got car park "view" instead of pool view that we booked originality. Will we stay here again? Probably not, only if we have to stay somewhere overnight and Forte Do Vale is the nearest hotel. For one night stay it is a great hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We returned last night from a 7 day break at this apart-hotel. Having read the reviews I know it was good but it was FABULOUS!

We had a one bed apt, room 321. It was exceptionally spacious (bigger than most privately owned). It was spotlessly clean (the wardrobe smelled fresh when opened). And it had a separate fully fitted kitchen including an easy to use washing machine, dishwasher, combined microwave/oven and a full size fridge freezer. The best self catering apt we have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in many in our 20 years of holidaying with our 5 children.

The location is good, only a bare 10 minute walk in either direction to the old or new town. To get to old town there is a hill but it is a pleasant walk down and if you don't feel up to walking back up the hill just get a e3 taxi!

The staff are lovely, from the warm and friendly reception to the cleaners. I actually loved the cleaners!! They were unintrusive, very friendly, pleasant and polite. In fact, when my daughter left her nintendo 3ds in the room when we went out, we were delighted to find that not only was it still there but it had been put in the pile with her games, her phone and her other stuff.


I could write so much more about this complex but I don't want to bore the reader. All I can say is that it really is a home from home and we will certainly be back.

I cannot recommend it highly enough,

Well done to the staff and management of Forte Do Vale

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We spent 14 nights at the Forte do Vale. We had a one bed apartment at the front of the hotel which was very quiet. The kitchen came equipped with a toaster, kettle and coffee maker. The cleaners came in daily to change the towels, make the bed, empty the bins and sometimes mop the floors, but didn't appear to do any other cleaning or hoovering, I had to clean the bath out myself.There was still a problem with dogs barking, but I don't suppose the hotel can do anything about that. As mentioned previously, the beds are very hard, I also had a bad back in the morning, so the hotel could do with getting softer mattresses! We have been here over the past few years, and the only complaints are that the tiles were falling off in the pool and the bathroom and floor tiles could do with a scrub apart from that, enjoyed our stay here. Glad to see that they had stopped putting entertainment on every night in the bar, as you could hear it all over the place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

we stayed at this hotel for ten nights from the 14th oct till the 24th oct we found it to very good everthing u could want the beds where a little hard as other people have said we found lots of lovely restaurante one done by the hotelnext to the little supermarket was very good they severe a really good breakfast and good meals we will go back with out a doubt hopefully next oct

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Forte Do Vale for a one week stay on the 5th October. We found the hotel to be in a perfect location, it was only a 10 minute walk to the strip & a very short taxi ride to the old town - we could have walked. The best restaurant I have ever been to, Tres Palmeiras is on the same roundabout as the hotel. Also, a 5 minute walk brings you to numerous little shops and a great supermarket where you can get everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday.

The hotel itself is very clean and modern which we liked very much. We had a one bed apartment which was huge for just the two of us. Some reviews have stated that the beds were hard but we found them to be fine. The towels & bedding were changed regularly and the bins emptied. The balcony was a good size and got the sun all day long - a great place to sit and read a good book! The kitchen was well equipped with everything you needed, including a washing machine, dishwasher and microwave.

The WiFi in the hotel only worked in reception and was a little temperamental at times however it was free and it did work - eventually. The hotel bar was very nice and had some good offers on drinks - mojito 3.50. We never ate in the restaurant but the menu looked lovely. The pool was a great size and nearly always empty. This was probably because it was slightly chilly but once you got in you soon got used to the temperature. Sun loungers were always available no matter what time you went down to the pool.

The staff were fantastic. Lucy and Bruno in the bar were always smiling as were the lady and gentleman that ran the pool snack bar. The maids deserve a mention as they were great - service with a smile. We would definitely return to the Forte Do Vale without hesitation. A great hotel and a great holiday - we can not wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oldmeldrum, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Spent a week in the Forte do Vale at the end of October for a week,

The rooms are massive and easily accommodate a family of four. Facilities include Dishwasher, washing machine, TV wish Sky News, BBC1 and ITV. We also managed to get the free WIFI working in the room.

The hotel bar was pretty good value especially during Happy Hour.

There are plenty of sun loungers by the pool but be warned that the pool temperature is very cold.

All the people working on reception are extremely friendly and helpful.

The location of the hotel is very handy for both old town (15 to 20 mins) and to he more lively strip (10 to 15 mins). The little resort train stops right across the road from the hotel and can take you most places in the resort.

We booked through Travelrepublic and paid £180 for 7 nights. Overall extremely good value for money.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Dunfermline | Apartado no 632, Albufeira 8200-278, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 93 Specialty lodging in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Forte Do Vale 4*
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Forte Do Vale Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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