Booked a week at the Alba in May 2012. Emailed the hotel beforehand to advise that my husband was recovering from a serious illness & it was also our wedding anniversary & requested a quiet, comfortable room. This email obviously fell on deaf ears...
We were in room 219, overlooking the road with a balcony that got no sun whatsoever.
The entrance to the hotel was clean & well maintained. The staff were approachable & friendly. Our room was very clean & the beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was also pristine. It is an "aparthotel" & has a mini kitchen complete with fridge & microwave should you wish to cook. We didn't but unfortunately other guests did & there was often a lingering "school dinners" smell in the corridors. The worst thing about this hotel is the noise. The doors bang & slam & you can hear every footstep in the hall. If they insulated the doors properly & put a carpet in the hall it wouldn't be so bad. There were dogs barking intermittently most nights. We may as well have left the balcony door open for what good it did with soundproofing. The man in the nest room talked loudly all night. Apparently guests who were lucky enough to get rooms overlooking the pool didn't suffer at all. We went out of season, I'd hate to go in high season.
Breakfast is bland & boring but the Dutch guests, of which there were many, were tucking in. You have a choice of cake, yes cake. Hard boiled eggs, processed cheese slices, salami, yes, salami & ham. The fruit salad is pieces of apple with mandarin segments & the yoghurt looked like cottage cheese. The bread was delicious!
The pool was FREEZING! We were also unlucky enough for our trip to coincide with the painting of the hotel nest door. We literally lay by the pool watching paint dry, the highlight of our trip to Monte Gordo, which I believe is Portugese for "Gods Waitingroom"
The hotel is well located for the promenade & centre & the area as well as the hotel is wheelchair friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Hotel Monte Gordo