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“Thankyou...This beautiful apartment has got to be our best holiday ever!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Encosta da Orada
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Cerro do Piedade, Albufeira 8200, Portugal   |  
Hotel amenities
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Thankyou...This beautiful apartment has got to be our best holiday ever!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We would just like to give a brief review of this amazing property and would like to thank both Owners Direct and Mr & Mrs Frampton for providing us with probably the most comfortable, clean and OUTSTANDING holiday stay we have ever experienced...

The service from the owners was second to none, the apartment was simply beautiful and we just wish we owned it ourselves!!! We arrived from Newcastle to Faro quite late in the evening so the first day we awoke and opened the curtains was quite unforgettable, breath taking views across the sea, harbour and inland...infact, from the three balconies you can basically see everything!

The apartment itself has everything you need and is SPOTLESS and modern and also totally secure. The couple of bad reviews MUST be from some very sad people who go looking for problems??

We will be returning as soon as possible...Can not wait! The only tip I can give any future holiday makers who may stay here would be;

Hire a car if you get a chance, we found the most beautiful beach called Sao Rafael only five minutes away, a taxi there wouldn't cost much?

Quickest way to get into Old Town Albufeira from the complex is to walk straight across the road, passing the football/tennis courts on your left then your only minutes away!

Thankyou so much for an amazing stay at an amazing place!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We stayed in an apartment in Block A let by Algarve Getaways. The service we received from them was excellent. They organised very friendly transfers from and back to the airport with one stop only - ours! There is security entrance to the apartment complex and the apartment block; the doors and windows on our apartment had electric shutters and we felt very safe and secure here. The apartment itself was very nicely fit out, spotlessly clean and modern (the photos I have viewed here do not do it justice, better to view their website here http://www.algarvegetaways.com/apartments-and-villas/26/OR-AC.html) and contained everything we needed including a safe to keep our valuables in. Our daughter slept on the sofa bed in the lounge and I have to say that it was extremely comfortable. The pool area was lovely and had a toilet and shower area beside it. This apartment block is walking distance to the old town which has many nice bars, restaurants and shops. I would definitely recommend Algarve Getaways and look forward to our next visit to Albufeira with them!

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

FANTASTIC! Block F 1A - Our fourth stay in this Lovely modern apartment

Apartment 1 F 1A Mr & Mrs Frampton’s: This is our fourth visit and we will definitely keep coming back.
The apartment itself was in a perfect location because of the breathtaking views over the sea area, on a few occasions we would sit out and watch the boats in the Marina off in the distance, which made for a very peaceful end to the day. Even during the daytime, when it we fancied somewhere cooler, there is a second shaded balcony to the side of the lounge which was a welcome relief after spending all day on the beach.
Before coming to Encosta Da Orada, we had stayed at a complex we which was at the top end near the busy dual carriageway and we could not get any sleep. Having now stayed here four times, we decided it was worth a write up and I am happy to state that 1A is quiet, peaceful and thankfully you can cannot hear or see the main road.
The apartment is furnished to a very high standard and has a very welcoming atmosphere upon entering. Liked the sofa’s too, we have something quite similar at home.
The apartment has everything we needed, e.g. tennis rackets and some beach toys, which stopped us having to go out and buy some cheap paddle bats which we’d only leave behind anyway. The DVDs were a nice bonus too!
During our stay, we also had the pleasure of meeting the cleaning team (Liz), who helped us at one point when we had accidentally locked ourselves out one evening. After hearing Liz was round in 5 minutes, she even took us shopping one day and she really has a heart of gold.
As for the area, there were plenty of nice restaurants and shops, my favourite being the Argentine steak house at the top of the Marina. It has set a benchmark now for what I expect when I eat steak, and is now a required visit each time.
Before our first visit I did read one comment about location which concerned me to begin with, regarding the hill and the distance from town. After seeing the place myself, it became evident that the high up views are an equal trade off for the trip up the hill. The peace and quiet is what you get for moving out of town. Personally, I found the silent nights and reasonable walk into the old town a pretty fair trade off for the location. Overall I found the experience very enjoyable, found the apartment very relaxed and with a pleasant atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it and I look forward to seeing what’s new on our next visit!

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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Watford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I visited this apartment with family in 2012 and had such a good time there that we have decided to go back there this year!

The apartment itself was spacious and modern. I stayed in the twin room and the beds were very comfortable with wardrobes that had lots of space to hang up clothing. Air conditioning was also in the rooms which was perfect after relaxing in the sun on the two balconies that have amazing views over the harbour.

The apartment is only a short walk into Albufeira which was good for us when we wanted to eat out and enjoy the local area. However, we also stayed on the complex mainly in the day and the swimming pool at the complex was a decent size, wasn't overcrowded with children and plenty of sunbeds available throughout the day.

I would definitely recommend staying in this apartment if you are looking for a great holiday in Albufeira.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Firstly, i would like to state that this review is factual, with photographic evidence of an actual stay we had in apartment Encosta da Orada
Bloco F - 1°A
Rua Jose Ramos Pimenta
8200 Albufeira
Algarve - Portugal.
We rented this apartment from a Mr & Mrs Frampton.
Firstly, the kitchen was covered in greasy splashes and had spills on the counter.
The bathroom was mouldy(thick black mould) around the bath/shower seals).
I had to wash the throws from the beds to allow my children to sit on the filthy sofas, i cleaned a patch on one of the sofas, this can be seen in the photographs.
The Bedspreads had dubious stains on them from previous guests.
From the previous guests we found a piece of used underwear, food wrappings, food bags, kids drawings.
All of us had to be treated for threadworm on return from this holiday.
There was NO linen or towel change during this 2 week holiday, which cost a small fortune.
Some of the other rented apartments looked lovely with maid service and the pool and grounds were stunning and beautifully maintained.
The views from the apartment were good, this could be a lovely apartment with some improved cleaning and badly needed maintenance.
It's a steep, 10 minute short walk into the old town, nice quiet area.
I am keeping this factual as my previous review of this property has mysteriously disappeared.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Noworrriesuk, Owner at Encosta da Orada, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
We were surprised to read your review as our guests satisfaction is our no 1 priority. We do not have any record of your complaint but we do have scores of letters and e-mails from guests who tell us how much they have enjoyed their stay. We always strive to keep the apartment in perfect condition for each and every guest and have a policy of investing and improving the apartment every year which has included the apartment recently being redecorated and being in showroom condition. Our attention to detail and ensuring we make everyone holiday the best is can be is why we constantly receive five star reviews and guests who return year after year. If you contact us with the details of when you stayed we will be pleased to offer you a free week. Kind regards, Mark & Jackie
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Had a brilliant sea view, a harbour view, a pool with a waterfall and a separated kids pool that is rarely busy, a tennis court, a modern, clean and modern apartment complex. A walk to the old town, beach and harbour are all about 10-15 minutes depending on your pace. You can chill on the sandy beach hire out jetskies at the harbour, go fishing and banana boat all of which I did!

There were also some great restaurants in the old town as well as some good bars too.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I stayed here with my partner for just over a week, the apartment was wonderful, very secure and the air con is installed and worked fine for us, there is a by of a walk into the old town however being closer into town would of ment missing out on the most stunning views and the wonderfully quiet neighbourhood. I would suggest hiring a car or taxi for a food shop when you arrive however we decided to eat out most nights taking advantage of the walk back to burn off some calories! Would definately return again!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cerro do Piedade, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 101 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Encosta da Orada 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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Encosta Da Orada Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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