Stayed 17 days Sept 2012
Ok so we couldn’t find any recent reviews for Zarco anywhere and my oh my we searched. The photos looked decent so we rolled the dice and stayed there. So glad we did. This is a super little 3 storey complex. All the good later but first the bad:
Travelling with an 18 month old we wanted ground floor accommodation. Numerous emails back and forth preceding the holiday confirmed our request. We arrive to be told ground floor not available for the first 3 nights, Grrrr. The in house management were loosely sympathetic; the outside management were completely unsympathetic, to the point of being bang out of order. We were offered a 5 euro discount per night with very much a take it or leave it attitude. We decided to stay and were glad we did. Just be aware if you have any issue at the hotel you may be left frustrated and annoyed at their attitude. Not typically Portuguese I would add and the fault is with the Hotel’s management.
So the good and there was lots of it. These apartments are ridiculously quiet. Fantastic for a toddler (ours slept 10-12 hours straight every night) which meant we slept too. The cleaning was superb and I mean superb, Every single day, fresh towels, floors mopped etc. Swimming Pools immaculate and the garden lush and green.
Ok no restaurant on-site but you can get coffee for 60 cents and ice creams, cold drinks etc all around the 1 euro mark. There is a supermarket literally just around the corner and a few local restaurants. The best by far being A Carpa
which does great simple food at a good price. Parky’s is, well what it is. Plenty of reviews of Parky’s on the net but I will just say we enjoyed a number of drinks there and found the entertainment of a comedy value (even tho it’s not meant to be )
Zarco’s is about 30 mins walk to the Marina, pleasant enough in the evening but tough in the afternoon sun. The Marina remains overpriced for meals so try the back streets for better food and prices. Highly recommend Sun Dragon Chinese, set buffet price of 9.90 euro, Food cooked fresh and was very very nice. Also ask for Concorde restaurant, great food in a nice square. There is also a bar a couple down from here ran by Al.
Zarco’s is part of a Portuguese chain called Clube Interpass which offers membership in Portugal and members can then stay at the differing hotels for cheap rates. This would explain the lack of reviews available as it has mainly Portuguese guests.
We hope if you have stumbled on Zarco’s this review will help you make a wise choice in staying there, a fantastic value for money holiday base.
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