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“Great complex, but road noise a bit of an issue.”
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Encosta da Orada
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Just returned from a 7 night stay as a family of 4. Complex is just as everyone else says - clean, safe, amazing pools(cold!) Walk is fine into old town- going towards courts opposite the apartment and keeping to the right going down steps. Walk back is uphill,but not too steep, but we did this every day, sometimes twice. We booked with Algarve Getaways- very efficient. We stayed in block A - 3rd floor penthouse A - lovely inside, large balcony, well equipped, got sun until mid afternoon. However the main bedroom is adjacent to the busy main road- noise all night, this could be a problem if like us you are not used to this.The bed must also be the most uncomfortable I have slept on- every spring moved as either of us turned waking the other one up! However the sofa bed- a proper fold out one in the lounge was really comfortable- the children used this and also the lounge was on the front so did not get the road noise. I think block A is the only one near the main road. Small supermarket nearby- just up the road to the left of the Dolphin roundabout. Would definitely stay here again but in another block.

Room Tip: Block A is adjacent to busy main road- on the top floor the noise could be heard in the bedroom all...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We have just returned from our first holiday abroad with our children (4 & 2 years old) and have had an amazing time thanks, in no small part, to the apartment we rented from Mrs & Mr Frampton. The apartment was extremely comfortable, well equipped and very very clean. The numerous balconies mean you can chase the sun all day long and enjoy the impressive views of the harbour and ocean. Everything is in easy reach with Albufeira's Old Town and harbour just a 10 minute walk away. I echo the comments made by Sarah H in saying the information provided by the owners was second to none and I would have no problem recommending their apartment (Block F, 1A) to anyone wishing to visit Albufeira.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We have just returned from this complex. We booked with Algarve Getaways and their professionalism from initial enquiry is unquestionable and I would have no hesitation in recommending this company. Indeed whilst we were staying we had a minor issue with a bath tap, I made one phone call and within 10 minutes they arrived with a plumber and problem was fixed, this was top class service.
The complex is superb , modern and very recently built. It is set on a the top of the hill with panoramic views over the old town , marina and the beautiful blue sea. This is an extremely safe complex and you cannot enter unless you are a resident (very reassuring with families). The gardens are manicured and the layout is stunning.
The complex features two swimming pools (one kiddies) with a waterfall connecting each. Don't be deceived by the photos , this pool is HUGE and there are loads of sun beds.
The pool and complex are spotless!
We were in Block H and were met by the very personable Daniel from Algarve Getaways. He gave us all the tips, shortcuts to old town and gave us a very comprehensive tour of the apartment. I must say that the photos that I had seen did not do this apartment justice, it was 5 star fit-out with every conceivable home comfort.
We had two bedrooms , both doubles with excellent wardrobe space, electric shutters and full length windows/balconies. Indeed every window and patio door has electric shutters and this is again very reassuring for safety.
The bathroom is well finished with bath / shower and beautifully ornate with lovely tiling.
The kitchen has every appliance: Fan assisted oven, big fridge - freezer, microwave , washing machine and dish washer. Algarve Getaways even left a nice welcome pack of food to get us started. The kitchen then leads to a small balcony which gives direct view to the amazing swimming pools.
The dining/living room is very spacious and continues with the modern theme with leather corner suite, plasma TV and some lovely furnishings/fitting. This in turn leads to a large balcony with views to die for and it is THE place for your dining pleasure in the evening as the sun hits it beautifully then.
This is THE best complex in Albufeira Old Town.
The walk to the old town is approx. 10 minutes downhill. Once you arrive in the old town the world is your oyster with abundance of restaurants, bars, shops , entertainment etc (I will review some of these separately and will also review old town on its own).
I could write another 1000 words about this complex and apartment but you need to go and see for yourself. Book with Algarve Getaways and get on that plane.
This complex / apartment is 100% suitable for anyone seeking a relaxing and safe holiday.
We will return !

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We would just like to give a brief review of this amazing property and would like to thank both Owners Direct and Mr & Mrs Frampton for providing us with probably the most comfortable, clean and OUTSTANDING holiday stay we have ever experienced...

The service from the owners was second to none, the apartment was simply beautiful and we just wish we owned it ourselves!!! We arrived from Newcastle to Faro quite late in the evening so the first day we awoke and opened the curtains was quite unforgettable, breath taking views across the sea, harbour and inland...infact, from the three balconies you can basically see everything!

The apartment itself has everything you need and is SPOTLESS and modern and also totally secure. The couple of bad reviews MUST be from some very sad people who go looking for problems??

We will be returning as soon as possible...Can not wait! The only tip I can give any future holiday makers who may stay here would be;

Hire a car if you get a chance, we found the most beautiful beach called Sao Rafael only five minutes away, a taxi there wouldn't cost much?

Quickest way to get into Old Town Albufeira from the complex is to walk straight across the road, passing the football/tennis courts on your left then your only minutes away!

Thankyou so much for an amazing stay at an amazing place!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Room Tip: The apartment photos shown here do not seem to be as nice as the one we stayed at, so maybe better t...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

FANTASTIC! Block F 1A - Our fourth stay in this Lovely modern apartment

Apartment 1 F 1A Mr & Mrs Frampton’s: This is our fourth visit and we will definitely keep coming back.
The apartment itself was in a perfect location because of the breathtaking views over the sea area, on a few occasions we would sit out and watch the boats in the Marina off in the distance, which made for a very peaceful end to the day. Even during the daytime, when it we fancied somewhere cooler, there is a second shaded balcony to the side of the lounge which was a welcome relief after spending all day on the beach.
Before coming to Encosta Da Orada, we had stayed at a complex we which was at the top end near the busy dual carriageway and we could not get any sleep. Having now stayed here four times, we decided it was worth a write up and I am happy to state that 1A is quiet, peaceful and thankfully you can cannot hear or see the main road.
The apartment is furnished to a very high standard and has a very welcoming atmosphere upon entering. Liked the sofa’s too, we have something quite similar at home.
The apartment has everything we needed, e.g. tennis rackets and some beach toys, which stopped us having to go out and buy some cheap paddle bats which we’d only leave behind anyway. The DVDs were a nice bonus too!
During our stay, we also had the pleasure of meeting the cleaning team (Liz), who helped us at one point when we had accidentally locked ourselves out one evening. After hearing Liz was round in 5 minutes, she even took us shopping one day and she really has a heart of gold.
As for the area, there were plenty of nice restaurants and shops, my favourite being the Argentine steak house at the top of the Marina. It has set a benchmark now for what I expect when I eat steak, and is now a required visit each time.
Before our first visit I did read one comment about location which concerned me to begin with, regarding the hill and the distance from town. After seeing the place myself, it became evident that the high up views are an equal trade off for the trip up the hill. The peace and quiet is what you get for moving out of town. Personally, I found the silent nights and reasonable walk into the old town a pretty fair trade off for the location. Overall I found the experience very enjoyable, found the apartment very relaxed and with a pleasant atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it and I look forward to seeing what’s new on our next visit!

Room Tip: Try the Argentine steak! Visit the old town
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I visited this apartment with family in 2012 and had such a good time there that we have decided to go back there this year!

The apartment itself was spacious and modern. I stayed in the twin room and the beds were very comfortable with wardrobes that had lots of space to hang up clothing. Air conditioning was also in the rooms which was perfect after relaxing in the sun on the two balconies that have amazing views over the harbour.

The apartment is only a short walk into Albufeira which was good for us when we wanted to eat out and enjoy the local area. However, we also stayed on the complex mainly in the day and the swimming pool at the complex was a decent size, wasn't overcrowded with children and plenty of sunbeds available throughout the day.

I would definitely recommend staying in this apartment if you are looking for a great holiday in Albufeira.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Cerro do Piedade, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 135 Speciality Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: £56 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Encosta da Orada 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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