Myself and my mother travelled to the Algarve on a late deal, we booked a 2 bedroom apartment for just the two of us, we had a fantastic package deal for a week self catering.
Once we had booked, we read the reviews listed on TripAdvisor and some of the comments worried us.
I have to say the whole holiday was absolutely fantastic, the only downside was the travelling to the apartment on a Thomas Cook coach, which for an hour and a half drive to the apartment was appalling!! On the return we hired a taxi, admittedly at 70 euro's wasn't the cheapest but reduced the travelling to about 40 minutes and the comfort alone was well worth the price!!
On arrival we were informed that as it was low season, many of the hotel amenities such as the pool bar and restaurant weren't open. The reception staff were lovely, spoke good English and gave good advice on restaurants and were happy to order us taxi's - the cost being approx 5 euro each way to the town centre or beach.
Both the beach and town are walking distance if you choose, being approx 600-800 meters away. (I have been told this is perhaps 15-20 minutes walking...I cant verify as I never tried)
The 2 bedroom apartment itself is spacious and the maids did a wonderful job, coming in once every other day to refresh the towels (if you need more towels, a polite word to reception gets it sorted). The shower was temperamental varying from scolding to freezing but that could have been down to user error as my mother didn't seem to have any issues!
The hotel itself has a spar on site for the basics, choice is limited and certainly no supermarket but it will keep you from starving. As the on-site restaurant was closed, we ate out every night, and there are some fantastic eateries.The cost of eating out varies greatly, if you love your fish do be wary as some restaurants charge by weight so just be cautious before ordering!!
With regards to Thomas Cook, if you are travelling with this tour operator, check the prices of trips through the hotel direct or in Alvor town centre you are also able to book the same trips at a better price!
If you are looking for a modern, high tech, well furnished apartment then this will not be the best fit for you however if you are looking for basic, clean comfort and low cost for a good base to explore, I would recommend highly....
If you have any issues, talk nicely to reception, there will always be limitations ... but its amazi...
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