We booked a last minute deal and got a small self catering apartment at the Jardins Vale de Parra for just £20 per night. The apartment had a reasonable sized kitchen equipped with a kettle, washing machine, sink, fridge (no freezer shelf), linen airing rack, hob (but no oven) and a basic set of pots, pans and utensils. The lounge/diner was a good size with a dining table and 4 chairs, coffee table, small TV, 1 sofa and 1 sofa bed so we could have easily had another 2 people there. The bathroom was basic but clean and everything worked as it should. The bedroom had twin beds pushed together (which did seperate in the night) dressing table, bedside tables and a large built in wardrobe. Both the bedroom and living room had a little balcony overlooking the pool area and one of these had som plastic patio furniture. The apartment was generally clean and tidy and although the decor was slightly dated it was a perfectly comfortable.
The two adult pools were also very clean and not over-chlorinated (we didn't try the kids pool but it looked OK). The pool bar was quite well stocked and not too badly priced. Staff were generally friendly and helpful.
As other reviews say it is a little out of town but the nearest beaches are just over a mile away and the nearby resturants are quite good (especially the Indian). It is also nice to bit away from the typical tourist destination feel that you get being in the busier part of town. Although taxis weren't too expensive (6-8 Euros each way) it soon adds up. We didn't try the buses but we didn't see any either.
Because of the location I would only recommend this place if you are planning on hiring a car, don't mind long walks or spending an extra 20 Euros a day on taxis.
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- Also Known As:
- Jardins Vale De Parra Hotel Albufeira
- Jardins Vale De Parra Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
- Jardins Vale Parra