Hotel - early morning flight arrived approx 11am check in not until 2pm. Guy on reception very helpful - got us in early and was pleasant everytime we saw him - funny and kind enough to lend me a hairdryer for the week. Also we hadn't printed off hotel voucher, just written down the details, he gave us wifi code and his email add to send it. All sorted quickly.
One lift not working other broke next day with us in it - used stairs rest of week but it was working again later that day. Other public areas and pool etc all fine.
Room 319 an immediate disappointment but only because we had been influenced by previous reviews so were looking for the stained walls etc. In reality, it wasn't that bad, a bit dusty under the beds, bathroom could do with an upgrade and the integrated radio in the bedside table needless to say could have been returned to the 60s/70s. It wasn't very clean in places but i just had a quick wipe around. However, all working order and shower surprisingly good. It's got everything you need. Incidentally the hotel is being refurbished at the moment - other rooms have been done and they are currently painting the outside red - it will be better ready for the season though they might leave some rooms that will no doubt be trashed by the end of this summer. Odd numbered rooms are stripside and even a Sunday night before Easter was really noisy but didnt bother me so much - i knew what to expect. Not for the faint hearted though - earplugs essential if you're a light sleeper or pay a little extra for a poolside room that will be a little quieter.
Lots of Portuguese families here currently so quite a nice atmosphere. Mostly English and German in town.
Good location for bars and clubs and restaurants (hotel bar reasonably priced with afternoon Sun on balcony - nice view over pool area). Beach a little walk away and uphill on way back - nice bar there though and lots to do. Be aware that is only the nearest beach (Oura) and not the main beach in Albufeira; the main town is about 2 kilometers away downhill walk mostly. I'd advise turning left at the roundabout at the end of the strip (past Invictus, a nice restaurant with seaview) and taking the first right into Club Praia de Oura complex - really nice walk through their gardens rather than the smelly busy and steep road opposite the strip (it is actually called Cardiac hill). Alternatively keep walking on the road having turned left from the strip and past all the bars in the next part of town (Santa Eulalia), and then the next right which brings you to another smaller beach which is a little quieter - bar over the sea is lovely.
The road train will take you to the main town centre for 5 euros. The main beach and area is more suitable for families and those wanting a quieter experience. Walk further through the Old Town and on to the Marina - a few nice bars and you get most boat trips from there - probably about 3 miles from hotel to walk but fairly pleasant. If you like walking and explorations us, it's fine - some Lntof make it though and might feel trapped.
Breakfast in the hotel has sufficient choice. Boyfriend didn't like coffee but i managed to appease him with a tea. Bread, cheese, ham, cereals, sausage, tomatoes, boiled eggs, yoghurts, fruit, juice and water - plenty of choice for most people. Breakfast was quiet and calm around 930ish each day; most people sleeping it off i think. Some days it was a bit hit and miss - boiled egg on day one perfect, next day not cooked enough, day three scrambled but cold. The times we went earlier, it was busier and there were queues. The Easter bank holiday weekend was totally different - queued for a table, queued for food, coffee machine not working... full of Portuguese and Spanish... 2-3 waiters really struggled. Can imagine this is typical in high season; suggest getting food and taking back upstairs to bar/balcony.
crazy golf needs painting but functional and tennis courts looked in good order - you have to hire equipment for about €10 for an hour. Pools clean - terraced area again could be updated but functional.
First day housekeeping asked if we wanted room making up; we're quite tidy so declined but asked for more towels - no problem - really pleasant ladies who always said hello.
Important to note we paid £140pp each for a week including flights and BnB basis - this is pretty fair value for what's on offer - okay for a very cheap deal but wouldnt pay more in its current state.
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