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Casa Mitchell Apartments
Ranked #55 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best self catering appartments we have stayed in.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

Stayed at casa mitchell for 2 weeks,lovely appartments,clean,tastefully decorated,spacious.comfortable beds.quite and relaxing stay,maid service daily,peaceful pool and garden area.2 min walk into the old town,with dozens of bars and restaurants,we had a lovely stay at casa mitchell.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank meggyweggy
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wigan, England
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88 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

We stayed at the Casa Mitchell apartments from 23 to 30 September. We arrived late due to having to avoid French Air space due to strikes. We were the last drop off and the receptionist had waited the extra two hours for us to arrive (the reception is in the pension on the opposite side of the road). Our apartment was room n the ground floor in the corner and was nice and quiet. It looked out over a small garden and the pool of the apartment block next door (which was very quiet). The apartment was spacious and well furnished and well equipped (we had can openers, bottle openers and everything else we would need (but boy the beds are hard. Yes, the TV as a small portable on a bracket on the wall but I do not go on holiday to watch sky TV. Out apartment had a hallway off which was the bathroom and the bedroom which had aircon.

The pool area was very quiet with just 3 or 4 couples around most days. We spent 2 afternoons out there and sun beds no problem. I can only assume that some keys are on different type fobs

As for location, it is in a side street just 5 minutes walk from the front down the side of the Rocamar Hotel. Leave the apartments and turn right and follow the pavement round until you reach some steps. go down th steps and cross the road, almost in front of you at the side of the Roamar Hotel are some more steps which take you onto the promenade. Turn left and walk towards the town centre or turn left and walk towards the lift down to the beach, or carry on and walk down to the harbour and the marina (15 - 20 minutes walk. To get to the old town centre square, turn left out of the hotel and at the end of the road cross over and go up the side street at the side of the garage and then go right. You will pass the church on your left and see Merlins bar in front of you. Head down past Merlins and you start to hit some of the bars. Eddy'ssports bar just after Merlins is great for the major sports fixtures and also sells Pear Cider - the only place I found that sold it. Carry on along this road and you come to the Sol E Mar hotel on your right and 2 flights of steps down to one of the main streets on your left. Steps bar has live acoustic music played by Martin John who is fabulous. On this road any of the turnings on the right will take yuu on to the square. The Rock Cafe is great for the live music but a bit pricey on the beer front. Carry on across the square and there is a road crammed full of bars and live music in many of them.

We had a walk to the new town to the strip but much preferred the old town (although I did buy a very nice cotton sun dress for 12 euros on the strip).

Will we go back - yes but probably not to the apartments, we may try the Rocamar of the Sol E Mar

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Texmaniac
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Ayrshire Scotland
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2010

We Stayed at this lovely hotel from 23rd /30th sept. and with the last couple we got room 74 as well expecting a balcony .but after being told we had our own little private roof terrace with loungers / table and chairs and a lovely swinging lounger . we were very happy with room 74. and on the shower door you have too be gentle with it and it is easy enough too fix if door slides off its rails the room was the cleaniest i have ever stayed in and the maid service was the very best standard .every day towels changed and bins emptied and beds made .5mins too beach and maybe another 3/5 mins too square all downhill .coming back up takes its toll but thats only downside a very small one for such a lovely hotel .and one other the welcome you get from the reception is 1st class as well. but do pay attention when she shows you how too turn key in room 74 .there is a knack too it

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bigyinandweeyin
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somerset
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

Our apartment was disappointing we booked a pool view with balcony but had a small corner room no; 74 over looking the main street with no balcony. The rooms are very clean and the shower was very powerful, the shower door fell off the first night and even though we reported it at the main reception twice it was never repaired.The pool is very quiet and peaceful and plenty of shade if needed.But the hills were the killer,we walked them twice a day when we went for breakfast and then evening meal, the beach is much further than 300m and the pavements are very slippery as they are made of brick marble, deadly when wet! The old town is fantastic, loverly restaurants and bars and plenty of street entertainment going on.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chickenfeeder
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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2010

Just returned from the Casa Mitchell, I have to say that the studio exceeded my experations and I thought it was going to be alot smaller than it was. We were lucky enough to be on the top floor and have a great view of the pool and gardens.

The studio was very clean, as previous reviewers have said the maid was fantastic and worked very hard. My only complaint would be the bed both me and my husband found it to the most uncomfortable bed we have ever encountered on a holiday and did have difficulty sleeping most nights. It was a blessing to have free air conditioning during our stay as it was very hot. We never had a problem with the key as we did not need to go out seperately durung our stay, I can see how it might be helpful though for them to have 2 keys per room .It is true that cooking a three course meal would be a challenge in these apartments but that did not bother us as I never cook in holiday, eating out is a real pleasure in the algarve. I would reccommend eating the the O'Velerio the food here is very cheap and excellent quality, The Three Crowns is also very good as is the Restaurant O Tunel.

The pool area is small but is big enough for the number of guests in the hotel. There are plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas and there is always a shaded area if it got to hot. I only used the pool twice as I am a beach person.

The location of the apartments is not as bad as you would think, most of the hotels in Albufeira will require you to walk up some hill or another so really makes no difference. The beach is close only about 5 minutes walk away, there are steps down to the beach or you could use the lift.

I have been to Albufeira many times and still find it to be a great place to holiday, I would reccomend the Casa Mitchell as good value accomodation.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Moontooth
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Grantham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

Some mixed reviews for what is a mix of accommodation. I can only speak for what we found, I certainly would have objected if we had been placed in one of the small rooms, ours was not the best but it still exceeded previous experiences. The apartment was adequately equipped, but don’t expect to cook a three-course meal, only 2 rings and a microwave. That didn’t bother us as we always eat out, only breakfast in.
Eating out was an absolute pleasure, only a ten-minute walk to an excellent assortment of restaurants. I can highly recommend both the Shalom restaurants for the savoury pancakes and the sashlick, Fernando’s in the square for service and total food quality. As other reviewers have stated, this is a very hilly resort and if you choose the wrong hill to climb it can be very intimidating, certainly not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
Our apartment was comfortable but a little dated, a newer, larger TV would not go amiss, a 15 inch screen in the corner of the room right up near the ceiling is not the easiest to watch, good selection of channels though. If you want to spend time by the pool, you will need an inflatable to make the newer sunbeds tolerable, the older ones are very much in need of replacement and are falling apart
On the whole being child free with clean and tidy small pool area was exactly what we were looking for in our holiday, coupled with brilliant weather, we had a very relaxing holiday and would defiantly go back again, both to Albufeira and to Casa Mitchell.
On a final note we could not praise the maid service enough, what ever she is being paid, she deserves double, cleaning all the apartments and pool area on her own 6 days a week to a very high standard. Casa Mitchell has a very high re-booking rate and this is justified.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DuncanGB
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Brixham, Devon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2010

We choose to stay at Casa Mitchell mainly due to the reviews I had read on trip advisor and so I wanted to say thanks to those people who had taken time to write reviews and add our opinions.

The apartments are great, very spacious, very clean and tidy, just want you want from a self catering holiday. All apartments had a balcony was great as well ours had the morning sun but others had late afternoon.

The kitchen is basic and would advise you take can opener, bottle opener as minimum, the rest depends on how much cooking you plan on doing during your stay.

The bedrooms were spacious and had air con which was definitely needed! My only thing was no hair dryer, but it didn’t bother me too much I just need to add a travel hairdryer to the xmas list.

The pool area is great - very basic, but again tidy and clean and plenty of area of get shade if you need it and great to be able to get away from the busy beaches if you want.

The main criticisms in the reviews I read were about the key and the distance of the apartments. With regards to the key you only get one and this lets you in the main building , your room and keep the electricity going in your room so if one of you goes out the other person has no electricity. But we didn’t find this a great issue as to be honest we didn’t want the telly on - we wanted to go away and that was the main thing you noticed not having electricity for.

The second thing was about the hill / distance of apartments from main area. For us living in a hilly area in blighty - this was no hill more a gentle stroll, and it literally took five minutes if that to get to the main areas / beach.

The other great thing about the apartments was the library – there were lots of books to read and replace with your own which was helpful and lots of bars / shops very close by.

Overall it was a great holiday and the apartments were great value for money. If we were to go back to Algarve again would definitely book these apartments.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank KirstyM04
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Property: Casa Mitchell Apartments
Address: Rua do Tenis, Albufeira 8200-186, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#22 Family Hotel in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Mitchell Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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