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Grand Muthu Forte do Vale
Ranked #15 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Reviewed July 19, 2010

The nicest hotel i've stayed in yet. Great value at 450 for a week compared with friends staying in nearby hotels and no comparison in my opinion. Very decent size rooms and wardrobe spaces are top notch for those of us who bring everything but the kitchen sink! Looks exactly as it does in brochure -no juicer as stated, but not a problem, no kettle either but use the saucepan and ladle... bingo! Sound air-conditioning in bedroom and lounge, hairdryer in bathroom, built in radio system in lounge and bedroom too. If you get a room facing the pool you'll have sun alll day long. Nice little bonus too was the reflective windows so you could have your blinds drawn back knowing nobody outside can see in! Black out blinds were great for an afternoon nap and cleaners never too early! Once the doors were shut you cant hear a thing outside.

Walked to old town centre as i have been here before, in all honesty it takes about 25 mins and i just got reception to call a cab every other time as it was nice, quick and cost about 4euro. A pleasant 5-10 mins walk down to beach.

Quiet hotel - friendly staff as long as you are friendly to them, that's what we noticed and once you speak to them they are lovely. Entertainment at night in bar but nothing that filled the place. Drink €1 for glass of beer and €1.50 for pint between 5 and 10 o'clock! Great value!

Entertainment for kids or kids clubs are not really to be found here so if you have older children who are looking for mad fun at pool or to make lots of friends i would not stay here. But if you are with young children and want them to have comfort and a good cool night's sleep i would reccomend it 100%.

Had a look at fitness centre and spa. It was 15euro a day, didnt bother with it.

Much preferred Old town for food and nights out - Buddy's for a great steak and glass of wine while enjoying the entertainment in the square. The New Town has a good fine massive irish bar Erin's Isle that has a Michael Jackson tribute on Thursday which is good if you have kids or large groups. If you wanna eat near hotel i was pleasantly surprised by the Tandoori round the corner when you go out front door. Great value and delicious!

Only negative, (and it's very very minor) is that lifts were a bit of a pain, ages waiting so used the stairs more often!!

Highly highly recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Myself, the wife and two children were looking forward to this holiday, on looking at the hotel via their website it looked impressive, spacious and modern. On reading other reviews i knew we were in for a treat. The hotel is just literally off then main road that runs along the coast and is situated about 10 minutes gentle walk to the strip and about 15 minutes to the old town, so is ideally placed to experience both. The location makes the hotel quite. Superb beaches are on your door step, usually down steep paths/roads, so people with walking difficulties should bear this in mind. If you wish to stock up on groceries then use the Modelo supermarket (the 'Blue' supermarket next to the hotel is expensive!), its about a 10 minute walk away, ask reception for directions. on leaving the hotel via the restaurant/bar exit turn left and follow the road down until you come to a bakery called Pao Da Aldeia and this does fantastic loafs, cobs and cakes. The hotel is spotless, and the reception is efficent and helpful. The pool area is well maintained and has plenty of sunbeds. We stayed in an one bedroom appartment and the rooms are very large. The kitchen is well equipped, and includes dishwasher and washing machine. YES no kettle, but a pan works! The rooms have air conditioning, and this works effectively when required. Overall i would recommend this to anybody who wants a quite hotel, with great facilities/pool and superb beaches on your doorstep!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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5  Thank Masters-excursions
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

WOW - This hotel was amazing! Spotlessly clean, modern & spacious. Staff friendly and very helpful. Plenty of sunbeds all day. Pool was very quiet - never more than 4 other people in, even though the hotel was full to capacity.
Towels changed every day. Best equipped hotel Ive ever stayed in. The washing machine came in very usefull when a seagul pooed all over me and our towels whislt sunbathing!
Its about a 10 min walk to the strip and a 20 min walk to the old town. We got a taxi back each night for just less than 5 euro.
If I had to moan about anything it would be that the pool doesnt have a shallow end, its 1.43m in both pools so my yound girls couldnt 'stand' and I could barely reach (only on tip toes) so it was hard for me to help them practice without armbands - but that was no big deal.
Would definately reccomend.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

lovely hotel spotless clean, cleaners came every day. rooms are very spacious and modern. kitchen had everything you need but NO kettle.. pool area lovely 2 pools for adults and 1 baby pool. floor is a bit slippy by the pool for kids so we brought swimmin shoes for the little ones. could do with a little more for kids no play park or activities for kids... although there is a little park down the strreet..not much entertainment at night but your 5 mins away from strip and 10 mins away from old town... the beach is lovely only 10 min walk. lovely food resturants around, 1 being the koala garden just round the corner from the hotel... the clay oven is an indian thats just off the strip thats lovely.. lots of choice to go to... if you want stay in to eat there is a supermarket just outside the hotel and turn right its called blue.... happy hour down the bar is 5.30 til 9 small beer 1euro lg beer 1.50 euro... resturant in hotel is ok... not alot of choice. we ate there once. if going to the pool put your towels out early because thats wat everyone seems to do.... overall had a fantastic holiday... 6 adults and 5 children under 5 : )

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

Beautiful hotel. Lots of thought has gone into the design and there are lots of lovely features, such as waterfalls ( inside and outdoors), stone pillars, glass internal balconies and corridors.The furniture is new,modern and tasteful. The apartments are large and airy and consist of seperate kitchen, lounge diner, large double bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped with rings, cooker, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, fridge and freezer. The only thing missing was a kettle ( strange).
The all complex is spotless and there is an army of people working constantly to keep the place clean and well maintained.
Considering this is a 4 star hotel we were amazed at the bar prices 1 euro for a small beer during happy hour and 1.5 euros the rest of the time ( at the Praia D'Oura complex where we stayed the first half of our holiday we paid 3.5 euros for a lemonade). The evening meal was a good deal too. For 15 euros there was a choice of starter, main course, rice, chips and salad, choice of desert plus a bottle of wine ( for 2), water and fruit juice.
Would definately stay here again. Best hotel we've stayed at in Albufeira

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

We stayed here last summer and after returning to the Algarve and staying in a different hotel (there was no vacancy here) we wished we could have come back.. Staff were friendly and helpful (nothing too much trouble) The pool area is clean and full of atmosphere - not too busy or too quiet - kids pool, perfect! The new health club is amazing!!... good value and great for if you get any rainy days - you can take kids swimming in the indoor heated pool, or go down for a work out and spa once kids in bed. Rooms, are cleaned daily and immaculately!

There is a park across the road for the kids, local shops and restaurants out the front door, locals all friendly and even remembered our sons name from year before!!!

Ten min walk to beaches and the new town, 15 to the old town. Hire a car and explore the algarve, the front desk recommended many a beautiful beach for us to visit.

I dont know if we got a good deal, but for what we paid this place was amazing and i cant recommend it highly enough!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

My husband and I, together with our sons, daughter-in-laws and young baby had a great holiday at this resort. Excellent hotel and location. The staff were always extremely helpful and polite. The cleanliness was high - all areas cleaned each day including pools. Nice modern facilities - great deals in the bar downstairs during happy hour which was been 5:30pm - 9:00pm.

We all had a massage from a highly experienced physo - fab; gaining free entry to use the spa, which we did and it was great.

Should you wish to eat a nice breakfast each morning, I would highly recommend "The Tardis". This is located just down the road towards the beach on the left hand side. Great English breakfast - great portions - excellent quality for 5 euros each - freshly squeezed orange juice also - great staff. English owner. We ate there every day except once, but this was no comparison to The Tardis!!

For a great evening meal, I would highly recommend 'The Palacete' - its located just over the road turn left outside the hotel - the food was second to none - just outstanding and faultless - great atmosphere - great staff - pricing excellent also! I wish I was still there!

Its a 15 minute walk to the Old Town which is a must ; and 10 minutes walk to the Strip!

I have stayed in Portugal previously, but his location was the best!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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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 #15 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: $50 - $400 (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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