When we first looked at our apartment we were amazed by the size of it, 2 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 5 balconies huge lounge and dining room with a fully equiped kitchen too. The grounds are well kept and the swimming pool and loungers are great, however, I appreciate that Portugal is going through a rough time at the moment , but hey so is everyone else, the staff frankly are surly, they are in desperate need of hospitality training as at present they have nothing going for them at all. I was told the key card maker was broken so if the side doors were closed you had to walk all the way round to the main entrance, it stayed broken for the duration of the holiday.
The pool although I earlier indicated is great I would quantify that in saying the fountain at its head is very noisy and can start at 7 in the morning, running until 8.30 at night, after a few hours on the balcony you find yourself overwhelmed by the noise, when I asked them to turn it down I just got the customary shrug of the shoulders and the palms of the hands facing me, not what I expected from a 4 star establishment.
You should also be prepared for hard beds, and yes they are hard by any standard, to the point of uncomfortable, this was pointed out in a previous review but not taken too seriously by me, I would advise you to take this seriously
The apartments are quite a distance from the night life and restaurants of the old town which is lovely at all times of the day, the walk takes about 20 minutes up some quite high hills but its downhill after that, a taxi costs about 7 euro.
I hired a car from an internet site to get around the many sights on the Algarve, I got what I thought was a good deal from the hire company and paid all the various insurance waivers etc thinking job done, however, when I picked up the car I was told I had to take out a further insurance policy for 43 euros and leave a 300.00 euro deposit and pay 80.00 euros for a full tank of fuel with no refund on fuel returned, needless to say I was not amused by that, so in short if you do hire a car in Albufeira be prepared to pay an extra 123.00 euros, not such a good deal after that.
All in all we enjoyed the holiday, but it could have been so much better, the apartments have so much going for them, open a bigger bar and retaurant put some entertainment on for your guests till say 11.30 or midnight.
Makethe most of what you have, and employ happy staff it will pay dividends in the future.
Stay away from the apartments at the top end of the pool
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