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Grand Muthu Forte do Vale
Ranked #14 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We just got back from a break here. Its a lovely hotel for the price and very good location. The local train (mini tram train) stops outside the hotel and takes you to the old town and the new town. However the new town (strip) is within a 5 minute walk anyway.
The rooms are large and have everything you'd need for a short break.
There is a sports bar on site with decent priced drinks and good sports viewing for me!

There was a problem however that the hotel was overbooked when we arrived but to be fair the hotel put us up in their sister hotel just around the corner and they paid for our taxi to and from there and covered the bill from the mini bar.

Overall a good trip!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week in April after reading the reviews on here and I wasnt disapointed. Hotel was very modern and the rooms were huge. The locks on the doors were awkward but were the most secure locks ive seen at a hotel. We didnt use the safe but the one that was located in the wardrobe wasnt secured down which seemed pointless. Wifi was only available in reception. Pool area was nice although the pool was extremely cold. Decent menu at the poolside bar and a good selection of drinks. Theres a nice bar downstairs which has occasional entertainment. The location was good it was half way between the old town and the strip. Both were roughly a 10 min walk either way. If you dont like walking there was a regular road train which stops right outside and takes you on a circular route to the old town and then up the strip for a couple of euros. Tv in the room had a good selection of British channels. I would def consider using this hotel again.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Stayed here about a month ago and it is nice ,Clean and spacious. If you plan on sitting on your balcony I would opt for a front room as after 1pm the sun shines there the rest of the day and at its hottest.The Road Train is Single Ticket 2.00 Eur. Or a Day Ticket is 3.50 Eur. Perfect for going the old town or the strip, If it's to hot for you to walk of course.

Room Tip: Don't get a room near the bar well above the bar as i heard them playing very loud music 1 night...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We Loved this Place ! .... Reception was Friendly & Efficient ..... Our Appt was "Spotless" .. Kitchen was well equipped, dish washer, washing machine, full size fridge/freezer, kettle, coffee maker ... & Microwave ... Hob !

We will be back to Forte Do Vale ..... next year !

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Stayed here with a friend for a girlie 4 night break. 1 bed apartment was huge, clean and had no problems with the bed. Previous reviews have berated the beds, I didn't have a problem and pillows were fine too. All staff we came across were very friendly and helpful, check in was fast.
Pool area very nice, although water was freezing. Plenty of sunbeds to go around.
Have been to this area of Albufeira 3 times in the last year and found it extremely quiet while I was there, especially the old town. Weather was fantastic and love the portuguese people and portuguese food. I do think that drinks are quite expensive though, usually paying 10 euros for 2 amaretto and cokes!! The only negative comment re the hotel I can think of was the room keys. Not the easiest key to fathom, maybe we just had a dodgy one? Can't comment about food at Forte Do Vale as we didn't eat there.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

As always we have had a great time staying at FDV (a few little negatives) but cant wait to book our next visit. We just love it there but have a few little niggles..


* The continual barking during the night from dogs (all night) was so annoying. Pleased to say building work has ceased at the moment at the front entrance so no noise from there.


* Sun umbrellas by the pool. Originally there was only 2 small ones at the pool. FDV was much busier than usual (with families and young kids) and people kept asking for umbrellas. Eventually they put out another 5 which was not enough for the amount of people using the pool. Hope they have more in the busier season otherwise this could be a problem.


*Breakfast at FDV very poor. I remember from last year breakfast wasn't that good but we tried twice this year and things hadn't improved (the food wasn't hot for a start and very poor selection). Cost 5.50 euros per person. Much better breakfast served at the Cottage (10 min walk) at a cost of 2.75 or nearby Bora Bora at 5 euros.



* Internet access is coin operated 1 euro for 10 mins but was unbelievably slow!


* Last little niggle why oh why do the maids always arrive at 4.30pm. We were always up and about early every day so the room was empty all day long yet they always arrived just as you were back in hoping to get your feet up.

These are just a few little niggles but we still love the place, the size of the apartments, the location etc etc. Very friendly reception and bar staff. Its a great place to stay and we will be going back. By the way entertainment was on in the bar 4 evenings and Happy Hour is 5 - 8pm.


Restaurant served dinner in the evening at a cost of around 8 euros for a 2 course. Garlic bread, soup or salad, meat or fish dish. Quite a few people were using the restaurant although we preferred to go out for dinner.

Safety deposit box, 2.75 euros per day and 10 euro returnable deposit.


Anyone going out soon Albufeira is a great place to visit and Forte do Vale is a great base.

One last thing. I notice lots of people complain about the beds but have to say we found them very comfy.

























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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We booked this hotel as it was 4* and wanted a bit of luxury, we were upgraded free of charge as there were no studios available, so we got a 1 bed apartment, the rooms were massive!! Furnishings and everything were very good and a nice view to the sea. The staff, especially the gentleman on reception (cant remember name sorry!) were very helpful and helped us book our return shuttle for us.

Rooms are air conditioned and only 10 minutes either way to the strip or the old town.

The breakfast was ok, all you can eat but was on the cold side. Good value though at 5.50 euro. We didn't have evening meal. The bar also has entertainment at night.

Only problem we had was the pool wasn't heated and was too cold to use! Also the dog in the house next door wouldn't stop barking so kept me awake a bit at night! Not the hotels fault though.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua Dunfermline | Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira 8200-278, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Apartamento Forte Do Vale)
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
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Ranked #14 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: $48 - $402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Muthu Forte do Vale 5*
Number of rooms: 125
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