Just back from spending a week in an apartment at Sereia de Oura. The bedroom was very spacious with lots of built in wardrobes, the kitchen was fully equipped including a washing machine and there was a good sized living area. There were three of us (2 adults 1 child) but the apartment could comfortably have handled 4 and if the kids were small maybe 5 at a push (we were provided a fold up double bed and the couch could sleep one as well). Air conditioning was extra at €6 per night (it is €5 per night in the studios), it certainly made the apartment very comfortable although perhaps that price is a little much for the rental. The pool is adequate for the numbers in the apartments, no problems getting a sun lounger and they provide cushioned liners as well for increased comfort which is a nice touch. There is an onsite pool bar that can prepare snacks as well as having ice-creams that is tended by a very friendly member of staff and the prices are not unreasonable. There is no wifi in the rooms but it is available in the reception area or just outside reception where they provide a table and chairs. Not ideal but it is free. The tvs have around 5 english language channels (itv, bbc1, bbc news, cnn and sky). As mentioned in other reviews the manager Bruno is very likeable and helpful and has perfect English. Rooms are cleaned 3 times per week (monday, wednesday and friday) which was sufficient for us. Our room was on the ground floor at the back of the hotel (room 107), no great issues with noise although if you were a light sleeper you would hear the bin trucks in the morning and the seagulls but there isn't anything the hotel can do about that. Location wise the hotel is around 20 minutes walk from the old town, it is probably a bit arduous if you have small children or difficulty walking as there is a steep hill involved and the heat doesn't lend itself to long walks. There is a street-train with a stop up the road around 5 minutes away that might suit some people as that covers the worst of the hills but the return journey would take a long time as it goes in a long loop. The new town (or strip) is much closer being less than a ten minute walk. The nearest supermarket is about 5 minutes away, it isn't very big but was adequate for our needs. The nearest beaches are around 10 minutes away (longer on the return journey as that will be uphill) and they were nice beaches. There are a number of restaurants located at the front and adjoining buildings to the sereia,- Cheers bar is very reasonable (pint of local beer for €1.50!!) and they serve nice snacks. There is a good Indian and three perfectly adequate restaurants within 100 yards of the apartments so no need to travel if you so wish. In conclusion, it's a small well run, apartment complex with friendly staff and is good value for money.
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- Sereia Da Oura Hotel Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve