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“Fantastic Penthouse Apartment but Poor Location”
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Encosta da Orada
Ranked #34 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Reviewed August 3, 2011

We stayed in a lovely penthouse apartment with everything you needed and fantastic views but the location was a bit out of the way. The walk down to the old town is fine but you really needed to get a taxi back and this was a struggle most nights as the taxis were extremely busy and we only managed to get a taxi 2 out of 7 nights.

We wouldnt stay here again due to the location being too out the way but the apt itself was fab.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

My wife and I loved both the apartment and its location, as well as the fantastic Algarve Getaways.

Cannot believe the location comments as you can take a stroll down to the Marina or old town, and cabs are cheap. we only got a cab once in fact.

Great pool, great gardens, lovely top quality apartments with view to die for.

The location is a few streets back but within 5 mins you have a couple of bars, 10 to the old town. Which means you can chill in the day or party at night....without the noise.

I 100% recommend this complex.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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12  Thank Aaron&Nic
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We stay in this complex 3 times a year and it is beautiful.
Forget the previous post about it being in the locals area it certainly is NOT.
Around it they are other apartment complex ie: Albuferia Jardim, windmill apts and loads of stunning villas.
It is steep but that's why you get fantastic views.
The local shop is 2 MINS down a bank don't know which shop the previous poster was going to.
You might need a taxi back as it is steep but I have been pushing a buggy up the bank for the past 2 years it just depends what you can manage, taxi back is very cheap around 4 euros.
Lovely big pools for the children and no pool bar for the drunks = bliss.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank RJBUk
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

Ive just returned from a one week stay in these apartments. I went with Algarve Getaways (who I have travelled with before and been really impressed it) but we were not impressed at all with this place. It is REALLY isolated. It is nowhere near any of the other tourist areas / apartments. It is located in a neighbourhood for locals. The "local" shop is an extremely steep walk downhill (10 mins), coming back up with a load of shopping is a nightmare in the heat, its really really steep. We are in our 20's / 30's and fit and found it difficult. The apartment itself was nice, we were just unlucky in ours I think because some of the facilities werent working (the safe, the toaster, the hob). We found it 100% necessary to use taxis when going into the old town or montechoro. We walked down during the day a few times (pleasant enough 15 minute walk) but its down an extremely steep hill as well. I have been to the Algarve many many times and appreciate it is hilly but this was unbelievable. Wouldnt chance it at night time after having a fall one of the days on the way down. We have 2 young children who were not with us on this holiday thank god. It would be totally unsuitable I feel if you plan on getting out and about with your children if you are staying here. We stayed in Parque Corcovada with our children in July 2010 and loved it. Very central, clean, spacious etc. Overall, we were disspointed with this experience. Its a shame because the apartments are nice but the location is a total put off.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

"We stayed at apartment OR -AC and booked with algarve getaways, which are a great company. we stayed for for 1 week and had a wonderful time.
The apartment was done to a high standard and had everything you needed, although we didn't do any cooking as in the old town there are LOADS of great places to eat and the taxi back is only 4 euro, so no need to walk back after a nice meal. The pool area was relly quiet and relaxing, no need to reserve sunbeds. The balcony also had 2 sunloungers and the sun was on the balcony all day and also had great views. The only regret is that we didn't go for 2 weeks !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank cooperNottingham
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

Returned for our main holiday this year.Same plan as last year.Transfer with Algarve 365.Booked apartment OR-IA through Algarve Getaways.This apartment is furnished to a very high standard and 15 months since our 1st visit still pristine.This apartment has a lovely balcony overlooking the pools to catch the morning sun and a larger one for afternoon/evening with beautiful sea views looking over the marina.Pleasant stroll down to the Old Town 10-15 minutes .Peacefull and relaxing holiday in a beautifull environment.Would certainly return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kittyHove
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Encosta da Orada with our daughter and her friend..we knew it would be lovely but nothing prepared us for the lovely sea views,and the attention to detail.. even down to sunbeds for the beach plus cool bag, the owners have thought of everything..no expense has been spared the aparmtent was very tastful, the kitchen better equipped than my our at home..
The complex itself is very well established with beautiful plants and trees, a tennis court
we even had racquets in the apartment..what more can I say we book thru owners direct and we NOT disappointed would highly recommend this appartment.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank pinklady64
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Address: Cerro do Piedade, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Swimming Pool
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Ranked #34 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: $74 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Encosta da Orada 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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