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All reviews snack bar fat cats these apartments old town pool area clay oven great apartments sun loungers large beer except sunday one bedroom apartment minute walk to the strip ring hob air con living room the ground floor bars and restaurants
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Have stayed here many many times , we used to travel with Sunworld Ireland and they had it in their brochure at one time , it issold independently now on the Internet so you book it directly or you can call them . Bella the owner is very helpful .
The selling point for Varandas is the size of the apartments , it has 3 bedroom apartments which are hard to get in the Algarve and I believe also 4 bedrooms too. But you can always call or mail Bella and ask her.
There is 2 swimming pools and a small pool bar .
It is still predominantly Irish clientele , Bella seems to direct it to that market.
The apartments all have new kitchens , although some of the furniture is old , it is always clean .
There is a supermarket next door which is convenient,
2 restaurants Leme which is Portuguese cuisine and a continental style restaurant Mama Mia which has a great different menu and a wonderful sea and marina view terrace. There is also a few snack bars locally.
The walk into Albufeira town is all down hill approx 20 minutes. Which means uphill on the return I would suggest a taxi.
Getting here is easy taxi from Faro is not that easy as they only take 4 people so as a family of 6 we need 2 . So we book a transfer company called yellowfish taxis they have small cars but if you are a larger party they have minibuses and rather are not much more expensive than the car (only 8 maybe 9 euro more if I'm not wrong ).

Date of stay: April 2013
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6  Thank Paul E
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Central, clean , large apartments , have all you need and in a good spot near the Strip.
Old town is accessible by taxi , bus , or not too fa to walk.
Restaurants and bars all close by . Restaurants are varied .
A lovely cake shop is in front of the hotel.
We flew with jet 2 who were good as they allocated seats and we took a transfer with yellowfish transfers also very good they gave a free bottle of wine as a gift

Date of stay: April 2013
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3  Thank Francesca M
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Excellent hotel, marble flooring through out, staff cleaning all day, stayed in room 215 and was large enough for a family of 4, pull out bed underneath sofa in lounge. Twin beds in bedroom, shower and bath. Kitchen was adequately equipped with fridge, 2 ring hob, microwave and kettle. All rooms overlook the poolside. pooliside bar is excellent, 3euros for hamburger roll, 7euros for a pork chop meal which came with 3 large chops, 2euros a pint of local beer and a glass of wine 2euros. Tins of juice 1.50euros Poolside bar is open from 10am-10pm. U can have breakfast for 5.5euros, 2.75 for under 12,s in main hotel. Served from 8am-1030am.
Downside the pool is absolutely freezing it took a brave person to just jump right in, think it was constantly running from a cold water tap. Once u were in it and moving around u got used to it. Shopping centre pingo doce is just out main doors turn left and at bottom of road turn right u will see a roundabout with green and red worms on it, the shopping centre right across the road (greencanapoies). Hotel has a pool table and football table, plus 2 car game machines. Could do with putting on entertainment but thats my own thoughts. The famous strip is only 10mins walk away with a large variety of eateries and souvenir shops.would highly recommend the clay oven 3rd indian down before u hit the strip. 32.50 for 2 adult meals and pakoras n chips plus drinks for 3ppl its always busy. Not much for children to do unless u want to sit on a bus for 40mins to travel to some of these trips like the zoo etc. Boat trips wont take any less than 6ppl out so best avoiding going around 12pm and go later on in day or organise thru someone else. All in a good week was had.

Room tip: All rooms have poolside view dont pay extra for a poolside view
Date of stay: April 2013
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7  Thank debs3175
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Just returned yesterday from Tropical Sol this is our second visit here within 6 months , first visit very good but 2nd visit was even better. Staff at hotel very friendly and cleaners also. Staff at pool bar were excellent, food and drink very reasonable prices . Apartment was cleaned with clean towels 6 days out of 7 they don't come on a sunday .
Strip great place to explore during the day and night. Fat Cats a good place to eat penty choice at reasonable prices , a must is to visit the sizzling stone because the steaks are to die for , Angolus is a great karoke bar for night entertinment.

Date of stay: April 2013
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3  Thank Christina A
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just asked to be moved rooms could not be more accommodating great staff came here last year prices reasonable and better than the strip great hotel ill be back every year. The area is good. Places to go lugis on the strip and the Yorkshire tavern great atmosphere and best dart board on the algarve. Family friendly and I could not be happier

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3  Thank Craigt1980
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