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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Just back from a 2 week stay in this Resort with my husband. The area was lovely and quite, exactly what we needed due to hectic and busy careers! We were checked in very quickly by a lovely girl in reception who explained the free daily transfer buses into town (that have to be booked in advance), the safe costs €30 a week and you need to pay a €25 deposit that you get back when you check out. We were pleasently surprised when we got to the apartment, it was very spacious and had all the mod cons in the kitchen. Very clean. Was a little disappointed that we got a ground floor apartment and not one with a balcony - but i didn't ask for that up front so would recommend that you do that. I had requested a Marina view but being on the ground floor didn't give much of a view. Bed clothes changed twice a week - towels supposed to be the same but if you leave the towels out on the floor the cleaner will change them for you.

The Marina is across the road from the apartments......there is a lift / stairs from the middle of the apartment complex (then though a set of glass doors) that you can use to get you out into the main road, then walk across the road and down the stairs and you are in the marina. The only thing is that the glass doors are not open all the time - it's ok to get out from the apartments to the marina as you can use a button to release the doors - but you cannot get back in from the marina side to the apartments if the doors are locked so you have to walk down to end of main road and in the main enterance to the apartments. Marina was lovely but very quite at this time of year.

Yes these apartments are outside the town but the walk was only about 15minutes into the centre of the main town. The hills are not as steep as people in other reviews have mentioned. We walked into town every day of our stay and only got taxi's home when it was late at night! We really enjoyed the walk each time. The taxi's cost no more than €6 from the old town to the apartments. As we were self-catering we had to get a taxi back from the main supermarket - Continente (in the new town) as it was the most reasonable. DON'T shop in the small supermarket in the Marina Area - rip off!!

Agreed on the other reviewers that the pool in the complex was absolutely freezing - but got used to it once in for a few minutes! Pool area was really lovely - again very clean - and there was a drinks / snacks area there - this closed at 7PM.

The old town is amazing - we loved it. So quaint and the market style stalls were lovely. We went for a walk to The Strip in the new town one day - it was horrible and we came straight back to the old town - but suppose it depends on what you are looking for! Night life in the Old Town is brilliant for all ages!

Best Restaurant by far was BAILOTE - an Italian Restaurant (in the old town straight down from the tunnel to the beach) but is a steakhouse and fresh seafood restaurant - the food is amazing, wine is amazing and the staff couldn't be more helpful....you have got to go there! :-)

We did the Best of the West tour one of the days - bus tour from about 9AM in the morning and we didn't get back until after 7PM - very long day but was enjoyable. My husband did the Parasailing (from the Marina where you can book) and he absolutely loved it!!! You can get a CD of pictures for €20 at the end.

All in all a great holiday..........and would recommend these Apartments to anyone!

Thanks for reading!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank SonnySouthEast
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

After reading previous reviews I was really dubious about these apartments but I was presently surprised by the complex. We went as a family of 5 - my husband and I and our 3 KIDS aged from 31 to 23. It was a little quiet around the apartment complex, we found it a pain that the bar closed at 7.00 pm meaning we had to go outside the complex every evening but we all found something to interest us in the old town,great food and bars, the down side of this is that the old town is a good 20 minute walk or a taxi ride away, there is a complementary shuttle bus which runs on a 2 hourly basis from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and it's FREE but only runs from monday to friday. The quality of accommodation is excellent and unlike previous reviewers I could find no fault with reception staff, they were all very helpful and pleasant. My only gripe with staff is that one of the night security men was a very unpleasant character who locked the front door early meaning that guests had to walk round the building and enter from a different way when he was quite visably sitting in reception watching T.V. and would not get up to open the door.

Room Tip: Rooms in block F have no views
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Gerri37
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Apartments lovely and clean Bosh washer, dishwasher large fridge freezer microwave kettle ironing board, iron plus hair dryer.Large bathroom with bath shower over bath excellent.It was a very large studio on the ground floor A19.Towels changed every few days plus bedding changed a least twice in a week while we were there.If you leave your towels outside the bathroom door on the floor they will change them everyday.We ate round pool a few times and ad no complaints club sandwiches and chips was enough for two people.Never ad to fight to get a sunbed and it was lovely and quiet round pool,plenty of people but no loud music must be getting old.If you go to these apartments you must try the Resturant on the hill up towards old town.Theres sign outside saying oldest Resturant in Alberfuria sorry forgot name but if you go you might see Cliff Richard who eats there because he leaves his boat in the marina.We booked through Travel Republic and we are going back next year to these apartments because we enjoyed so much would recommend to anybody as lond as you dont mind walking 10 to 15 min stroll to old town,but there is plenty of resturants in marina which are 2 minute walk.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank CLOSEY999
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We stayed here at the end of August for 7 days with our 3 children (aged 10, 6 and 2), our oldest child is disabled and is in a wheelchair. When booking we requested an accessible room and they supplied us with an apartment on the ground floor. Thank you. We had 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin singles bed), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and a living / dining room. All was very nice and clean. In fact in the living area we had what must have been a sofa bed opened up and set as a bed, which was handy for our eldest when she was out of her wheelchair. They also supplied us with a travel cot for our youngest but he ended using one of the beds.

The apartment had all the appliances we required including microwave (some reviews stated they didn't have a microwave), hair dryer, iron etc. the TV was probably a 22" CRT and there was a selection of channels some English, German, Portuguese, but the reception varied throughout the day, wasn't really a problem as we weren't there to watch TV.

We had three air conditioning units, all three worked no problems. We had an issue with no hot water, but after mentioning to reception they resolved with 20 mins.

As mentioned in other reviews the safe costs €17.50 plus a €25 deposit. The wifi only covers the reception area, not a problem for me as I had bought a Internet sim from the vodafone shop at faro airport and used this in my unlocked mifi device, this only cost €20 for unlimited use.

There is a regular bookable shuttle from the apartments into town that I used the next day to do some shopping for our stay at their supermarket called continente (sp?) this is a lot cheaper than the shop in old town or the rear of the apartments going towards the marina. They have a lot better variety too.

Going into old town, as other reviews have stated it is a bit of a walk, that too a little uphill. We as a family walked that distance fine for our stay nearly every day and as the weather was sunny and a nice breeze we enjoyed it. I can understand for some people doing that daily would probably loose it's charm. However you do have the shuttle or cabs from near the Barclays at the rear of the apartments. That said the apartments seem to be in a quiet (non touristy) side although there are a fair number of building sites I felt it was better than some of the more built up busier areas.

We found the staff at reception at the apartments to be very helpful and they also called to book taxi's for pickup directly outside the main entrance. Our experience with them was very good.

Regarding the pools, they were as others have mentioned, FREEZING!! But the kids seem to adjust, it would have been nice if they had a kids playground as we felt we couldn't spend the whole day by the poolside as the kids would just get bored.

The marina is close by, if you've got a pushchair / buggy / wheelchair be aware there are lifts from the road (facing the road) at the rear of the apartments that go down to the marina level, it's not really obvious but they are there! The marina itself is nice and pleasant and has plenty of restaurants and small kids activities (bouncy castle and ride ons), I felt these were a little expensive but we only visited a couple of times but the kids enjoyed.

Overall our experience was very positive and we'd gladly visit again.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank navgeeza
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Just returned from a weeks stay at the Orada with my boyfriend. We stayed in a studio apartment and when booking, had requested to be on an upper floor however we were informed on arrival that all studio apartments are on the ground floor. The apartment was spacious and modern with a large living and dining area/bedroom, a good sized, well equipped kitchen and a bathroom. As we were on the ground floor there was no real balcony but a small patio with a table, chairs and a rusty clothes horse.

I noticed when we arrived the bathroom seemed clean enough - there was no obvious dirt but on closer inspection the sink and counter hadn't been wiped as there were bits on it and the floor was the same in the harder to reach areas. It's a shame because it only takes seconds to wipe down a surface. Maid service is supposed to be everyday and towels and bedding are supposed to be changed twice a week however we didn't get 'clean' (faintly marked and not the most pleasant smelling) towels until day 5 of our 7 night stay and it was clear the bedding hadn't been changed because there were still faint remains of my mascara on the pillow and bed sheet. I informed the lady at reception and she assured me that we would have fresh linen the next day. The maids did finally come and change our bedding but the following day they didn't bother coming at all and we were leaving the day after! From my experience this would be unacceptable in a 2 star accommodation let alone 4! The cherry on the cake was on the day we checked out; As we were dragging our cases to reception, we passed the maids cart and I noticed a toilet brush from one of the rooms placed on top of the pile of clean towels - lovely!

The pool area was nice enough with plenty of sun loungers but the water was freezing cold and there were a few tiles missing around the pool which looked sharp.

We were disappointed with the location because at the time of booking, we knew there was going to be around a 20 minute walk to the old town and the beach and that it was a little out of the way but the fastest we ever walked it was roughly 25 minutes speed walking! At a leisurely or even brisk pace its definitely longer than that!

The Marina is just a short walk away and there are several restaurants. We ate at the Spanish Restaurant there one night and the food was amazing, I would definitely recommend giving it a try! There is also a small cafe which do lovely pastries and a few shops selling essentials and the usual touristy things right by the apartments however the nearest proper supermarket is roughly halfway between the old town and the new town which is too far to walk; especially with bags. We ventured out to the new town twice and it was 8 euros each way in a taxi from the apartments. You can also catch a little train from the Old town which will take you there for a couple of euros. If you want lively nightlife, its the place to be and there are plenty of shops and restaurants. The old town is much more authentic than the new town but also quite lively in the main square with plenty of places to eat.

Overall I would not recommend staying at the Orada particularly if you want to be by the beach. It wasn't terrible but there was also nothing great about it. The location is quite out of the way, the apartment could have been cleaner, 2 of the receptionists I spoke to were helpful and pleasant but overall service was not 4 star and we could have stayed somewhere nicer for the price we payed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Lozza123
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