We travelled here on the 4th June for a week as a couple in our mid 30s. We booked a studio apartment with Jet 2. We arrived at the apartments and were given Room 18 N.
Check in was quick, and the staff was pleasant enough. Had to pay 20 euros for the keys, but got this back at the end of the stay. We were given a map of what block we were in, and the guy on the reception also advised of us where the nearest supermarket and taxi stands were, and how to get to the beach.
We then went to the room. Well!! From expecting a studio, we ended up with a 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the private pool and a view of the sea!!
Well impressed!! (thought they made a mistake!!) It was lovely and clean, very spacious, and had 2 balconies!! The kitchen had all we needed for our stay - toaster, kettle, pans etc for making light meals and breakfast. Had an old little tv, but during the week they changed it to a big flat screen tv which they were doing for all rooms as far as i could tell. Like other reviews the beds were quite hard, but still managed to get sleep.
The maids cleaned every day, and came any time between 10am and 6pm. We had clean towels every other day, and clean bedding once which was good. They did a fab job cleaning.
There are 2 pools, and in our block (block 18 - which i think is the best out of them) was very quiet and we always got a lounger, but the other pool where the snack bar is always looked busy so we never ventured to it.
The pool was cold but it was lovely to cool down when hot!! The pool was cleaned every day ( i saw the maintenance guy every morning while i was sitting at the balcony)
The beach is about 5 mins walk down some steps and it can be a struggle if walking back in the heat but its not that bad!!
The area where the apartments are great, a few bars and some lovely restaurants. Neto and Carpe Diem(we went back there twice) were both lovely. There is a lovely lady who serves you in Carpe Diem who is english, and always chatty and makes u feel welcome. Prices are all reasonable. Strip is about 15 mins walk away and just before it there's another restaurant called sizzling stone...lovely steak -its a must!!! We only went to the old town once, and got a taxi there and back which cost about 6 euros each way, would have gone more if it were nearer, it looked like a good half hour walk or so. Lovely place to chill had have a few cocktails.
I would go back to the old town more, but the times we ventured to the strip it was full of hen/stag parties, so it bit noisy and hectic for us.
The only thing that annoyed us was the People in the apartments next door (i think they were German) Played the same songs every night, and slamming doors, banging walls, buzzing everyone's doors and loud music from about 10pm till about 5 in the morning, they also kept setting of the fire alarms, i felt sorry for the family's in the same block with little children. One night security came and told them the police would be called if they didn't quieten down. They left the next morning. There was a hen party below us and they were quiet and didn't hear a peep out of them.
Flew with jet 2 and had transfers with them also, all went well and only delayed for 2 hours going. Transfer from Faro was good, but if not a bit long.
My tip is if your going, try and ask for block 18 as its got its own little pool and nearest the beach.
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