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Apartmentos Turisticos Minichoro
Ranked #113 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Reviewed June 15, 2008

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.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

I've stayed here twice in 2 years and loved both visits!
The only down side is the noise from Father Ed's Irish bar at night across the road. If you have a studio apt it'll be noisy but a one-bedroom apt is noise free.
The rooms are spotless but they don't have a TV. All the staff speak excellent English and are all really helpful.
You've GOT to go to the bar for a drink, the barman Ozzy is a fantastic bloke - tell him John Travolta says hello!!
The pool is huge with plenty of sun loungers and a decent pool bar that serves food and drink.
You're a 5 minute walk away from the top of the Strip - you can walk the full strip in about 20 minutes or get a taxi for 3 Euro to Wild N Co at the bottom end.
Wild N Co serves fantastic steaks, Yan Yan is a good Chinese, The Cottage is good for 'British' food, Paulu's Pizzeria is SUPERB!, the Indian beside Erin's Isle is really good - there's tons of good places for a quality munch at a decent price.
You're ideally placed for many of the local tours/attractions as most of the buses pick up from outside the Hotel Montechoro. We got the bus to Splash & Slide waterpark and Zoomarine from there and they didn't take long at all.
If you're in any doubt, don't!!! Book it now!

  • Stayed: September 2005, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rita M
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Address: Rua Jose Afonso 23, Albufeira 8200-351, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #113 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: $42 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartmentos Turisticos Minichoro 3*
Number of rooms: 249
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