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Hotel Apartamento Forte Do Vale
Ranked #12 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

I went to Albufeira in May 2012, stayed in this beautiful hotel, loved the room with great view, swimming pool was amazing and the acces to the old town was perfect! Nice and helpfull staff, very clean and tidy place, I was very happy customer who will be coming back for sure!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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fife, scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Stayed here for 7 nights from 18 November. Very impressed with the apartments which are very spacious and very well equipped. Found the apartments also to be very central for all amenities and everything was within walking distance. My only gripe was the abysmal cleaning service. We never had the apartment cleaned in the time we were there. Each day we had the towels changed and toilet rolls but the beds were never touched or any of the surfaces cleaned. I found this very surprising especially when I discovered from other guests on our last day that their experience of having their apartments cleaned was certainly much different from mine. However, this didn't detract from the pleasure of staying at these apartments, and with hindsight I should have complained, but thought that the lack of cleaning was just the way it was.

There is a health spa/swimming pool/gym which is absolutely beautiful. The cost is either 12 euros per day or 25 euros per week. Excellent value for money.

There is also a sizeable bar which was very reasonably priced. They show sporting events and topical programmes i.e. x factor.

All in all I would recommend these apartments and fully intend to return - although I may bring some rubber gloves and buy cleaning products from the supermarket.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Myself, my husband and toddler stayed at these apartments in October on reccommendations from two well travelled groups. Our expectations were exceeded, they were lovely and clean, fresh and extremelly well equipped. We stayed in number 403, at the back, very quiet. The kitchen included all the facilities as previous reviewer mentioned. They are also very secure with a intercom/camera at the door. As mentioned before the beds are hard, but that is only compared to your own at home. Staff in reception could'nt have been more helpful, when we arrived there was no travel cot as requested, but this was quickly rectified. The food was lovely, we had lunch two days from the sports bar and dinner from the restaurant which we enjoyed on our apartment. The only downside was the pool, it is freezing even when our toddler had a wet suit on it was still very cold, however this would not stop me staying again. It would be such a bonus if even the childrens pool was heated.

Albuferia is split in two with the apartments in the middle, so it is easy to walk or take the tourist train to both. I preferred the old town, it was more historical and the scenery on the way is breathtaking. The strip is the other part, it is ok, more commercial, we went there a couple of times for a change, there is an excellent coffee shop that serves coffee/tea, wine, beer and cakes and the prices are very reasonable. Also if you like indian food try the clay oven just off the strip, the food is fantastic. Another nice place to eat is Ricardo's Italian down near the front of Fishermans Beach in the old town.

A word of warning, do not book any trips with the ticket shop up near the strip, they booked a trip for me and got the location mixed up, we missed the bus, they had my mobile phone number but never contacted me, and when I went back they would not refund or re-arrange for me, the lady was quite nasty when I tried to reason with her.

We will definatley be back to Albuferia and these apartments. We booked through sunshine.co.uk highly recommended, everything went well.

Room Tip: Room 403 is at the back, it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

we stayed for 14 nights in november the hotel was lovely are one bedroom apartment was huge had everything you needed dishwasher washing machine fridge microwave hob english telly stations are apartment over looked the pool and there where plenty of sunbeds.we had a lovely relaxing holiday wheather could have been better. you dount need a car you can walk where you need to go would defenitly stay again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stayed here for 10 nts at beginning of November, the hotel was very clean and modern, the apartments were probably the best equipped we have ever stayed in.
The building is open plan except for the top floor so noise from the bar echoes around all the building, especially when there is entertainment in the evening.
Pool area was very nice but not sure it would be adequate enough during the summer months.
Enjoyed our stay here and would probably stay again in quiet season.

Room Tip: Rooms 421 to 424 face the back of hotel and get the sun late afternoon and are far enough away from...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I booked to stay here based on old reviews from Trip advisor, the main bonus was being able to check in early on our arrival then being upgraded free of charge. The room had ants in the living room and had a dirty balcony that we couldn't go on due to bird muck. We found our front door open on 2 occasions and when we told the receptionist she just looked at us shaking her head. The restaurant was slow serving due to it being out of season as the person who served drinks was also our food waiter. These our my only moans as the location and most of the staff were helpful and the snacks at the bar were very nice. Would stay there again

  • Stayed November 2012
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Neau Ferriee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Excellent Hotel - food was amazing in the Restaurant / bar and Lucy and Paolo the bar staff could not do enough for us.

Rooms are lovely and spacious and spotlessly clean. Pool also very clean and sunbeds very clean. Staff cannot do enough for you.

My only negative is the noise - for some reason you hear everything around you, its not just people moving in the apartment above you. Its very very echoey - and we were there last week so, from a guest point of view, it was extremely quiet - god knows what it would be like in the Summer.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Apartamento Forte Do Vale
Address: Rua de Dunfermline, Albufeira 8200-278, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Apartamento Forte Do Vale 5*
Number of rooms: 125
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