My wife and I booked last-minute, allocated-on-arrival deal with Seguro Holidays on the Saturday, and two days later our Futura flight from Prestwick touched down at Faro at the start of our fortnight's stay.
We knew little of Albufeira, for it had been many years since our last visit, and nothing at all of the Minichoro, apart from a small write-up in the Seguro brochure.
Two-stars plus they rated it, and I guess they have got it about spot on.
We were dealt with swiftly and politely at reception, and handed the key to room 406, which turned out to be a studio looking out to the Montechoro Fun Park, with its swimming pool, water slides (no longer in use), crazy golf, bars and restaurants.
The studio, although large, was a bit tired, and, alas, at that time of year (June) not once did the sun hit our balcony. No, those precious rays focused themselves on the back of the hotel - which was taken up by a huge swimming pool, with lots of loungers, a bar and restaurant. Very nice it all looked, too.
Facilities in the apartment were basic. A cooker, with four rings and oven, and a decent-sized fridge. That was about your lot. No TV or radio, no microwave or washing machine. Very much budget accommodation, and as we had paid a budget price, we had no misgivings at all as we settled in for our stay.
Our bedding and bath towels were changed regularly over the two weeks - at least every other day, so no worries on that score.
All the staff spoke English, or variations of it, and without exception we found them friendly and eager to help. Obrigado!
Only food available at the Minichoro was at the pool bar, so forget having breakfast there. But across the road, there were lots of places offering "full English" for no money at all.
The hotel runs a free mini bus service five days a week to either Oura Beach or Fishermen's Beach. Only trouble was that once you got there, the cost of hiring two loungers was a ridiculous 15 euros!
The Strip, a long avenue of bars, restaurants, shops, strip clubs and such, runs all the way from the Montechoro Beach Club to the Montechoro Hotel itself. Lots of bargains along the way, with small beers commonly one euro, and a half a euro more for a "pint".
No shortage of nice eating places. We liked O Buzio, near the top of The Strip. Friendly Portuguese service and a menu to suit every taste. Never tried the ham shank, or the ham on the bone, but Desperate Dan would not have been disappointed by the portions!
The Yan Yan Chinese, a further 75 yards up the road, offered a four-course evening meal, including beer or wine, for only 9.90 euros. No frills, but what a feast!
Best food by far, over our fortnight, was found in Erin's Isle Irish bar, straight across from where we were staying.
Huge portions here, too, and everything as fresh as you would wish it be be when it arrives on the plate. So-friendly staff make this a place to look out for. No reason to give it anything less than 10 out of 10!
Hope this may help any prospective Minichoro holidaymaker, or, indeed, anyone heading for Albufeira.
If you have any other question specific to the hotel, or the resort, it is now easy to find me on this forum.
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