We had a 10 day B&B stay at the Casablanca Inn. This was our first visit to Portugal and the Algarve and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and will definitely go again.
The hotel is excellent with good air-con which we really appreciated in August to get a good night's sleep. All of the staff we dealt with were courteous and efficient; they almost all spoke perfect English (our Portugese is almost non-existent).
It really is only about 200m from a huge, popular beach with a fine selection of cafes.
Breakfast was excellent, but teh staff can get a bit overwhelmed if a large number of people all turn up at once, so service can be a little slow, but we were on holiday so didn't care.
We ate dinner in the hotel once evening and were very impressed especially for the price; three-courses for less than €10!!
In spite of several others' comments regarding the age of the guests, there was a complete mixture of ages, from "kids" to "crinklies", and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Monte Gordo isn't the prettiest place, but is well serviced and an excellent base for sight seeing. Parking in August was a complete headache.
When we stayed, the large square right at the front of the hotel was being re-modelled and that meant we didn't make too much use of the nice outdoor pool or sun bathing area due to the noise and dust. That work should be completed by end of September 2009.
One tip:- the hotel has its own area of sun beds on the beach and if you take some proof with you, you get 20% off the price of sun beds, parasols etc. This is worth doing as they're not cheap (though almost everything else in Portugal was?!).
A few minor negative points.
Have to agree with someone else's comment regarding lighting in the room. Like many hotels, the room had a profusion of small lamps with no single large light. All of these lamps had energy saving bulbs fitted and the overall light level was a little low for comfortable reading.
The hotel is not child-free and several families had children with them. All were well behaved and this didn't cause us any problem, but the travel agent we used had advertised the hotel as "adults only".
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- Also Known As:
- Casablanca Hotel Monte Gordo
- Casablanca Monte Gordo