So, my partners parents took out timeshares with RIC in Portugal, so they stayed at one hotel, and me and my partner stayed at thee ourahotel, and we wish we never! We were told that minor works were going on in the hotel, which we wouldn't have minded... but it was literally like a building site! When we arrived, we could not believe our eyes, the hotel was practically falling apart! When we got into the hotel, we were quite surprised at the reception and thought that maybe the inside wasn't as bad as the exterior view. But we were wrong... we got to our room and it was extremely outdated! and the bed was weirdly cut off from the rest of the room by two wooden walls and a curtain? Then, as you do, we thought we'd have a look at our view... what view?! We looked out onto a run down part of land and the back of someone else's apartment. When we asked if we could move rooms to have a better room, like the pool, the receptionist just told us 'no, too noisy', when we said that we didn't mind the noise as the works would only be going on during the day, and we wouldn't be there, she replied 'no'. So we went back up to our room 316 to get ready to out for food, so my partner moved the plastic table outside to give us some more space, when 3 of the legs just fell off... he then went to wash his face and teeth to then find that the plug was stuck and i found out that my hairdryer just didn't work and the toilet didn't flush! So we called down to reception and they gave us a different hairdryer and when we told her about the sink she said she would be up in a minute as she is the only one in the building! When she couldn't fix it, she asked us to move 3 doors down, into room 319... it seemed more spacious due to the room being the other way around. Throughout the 10 days we found a number of problems with this hotel... the tea cups were tiny! more like shot glasses! and as for our kettle? well lets just say there was no plug and we had to boil the water on the hob! The dishwasher sounded as though it was about to take off! and when we read the handbook, just to have a look, it stated not to put anything in the safe as it will get stolen? as soon as we read this, we made sure the maids did not enter our room and just asked them for essentials and we tidied the room ourselves! Not once did we go to the pool as it was empty... not bar staff NOTHING! so we drove down to my partners parents apartment everyday! We thought we would also have a look around the hotel, as we heard there was an indoor pool with jacuzzi... We opened the door to be taken down some steep steps, and it was extremely dark, i thought it couldn't be down there! but it was... however, the changing rooms were 'out of order' and there must have been one or two lights which were on! i would not go in there!
So the positives? There were a few... It was in a very central location, there was a supermarket called 'pingo doche' literally over the road, or if you had a car, lidl's wasnt too far away. It was roughly a 5 minute walk to the strip where all the bars a places to eat were. Another positive was that it did have air conditioning and an acceptable tv with quite a few english channels, including BBC London??
We met another older couple in the hotel, and asked what they thought of the hotel, and they said that it was awful! But they come every year as they own a penthouse suite. They told us that Ourahotel aparthotel went bust and since then its just gone downhill. However, leading up to the end of our holiday, we did start to see men working on the hotel and were told that it should be renovated by Decemeber? which i think is highly unlikely, but i do hope they can give it a facelift, because it is in a really good location!
- Also Known As:
- Ourahotel Aparthotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve