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“Great location , Great value, Dont be put off by "the hill"”

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Albufeira Jardim - Apartamentos Turisticos
Ranked #118 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Albufeira
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I am amazed by people who review these apartments and complain about the stairs or the hill( loose weight!) . Dont be put off ( even Monte Carlo has hills and the best views cost a fortune.) We are both in our 60s and found the "gentle climb" up from the vibrant " Old Town" in 10 minutes EASY with lots of bars and restuarants on the way up/down the location of Jardim is just fantastic. We found Jet 2 holidays great value for money and exceeded our expectations. The flights on JET2 were in new aircraft with roomier seats, no anoying music, no Tvs and good baggage allowance . Transfer was "Rep free" by coach both ways and we didnt feel as if we were being hearded about like demented sheep. I e`mailed the Jardim and asked for a "Room with a View , Top Floor , Sea view , quiet location . Quite a list ,but they came up with everything , outstanding views right over the bay. ( Complainers about the hill .... thats what you get.. an outsanding view across the town and bay, at low cost. The apartment was all we expected and included , fridge with Ice Box, nice bathroom with powerfull shower, lovely sunny balcony with two seats and table. two beds ( a bit hard) and then small kitchen area with all the equipment you need , plates cups etc, cooking pots pans etc Oven and microwave. The room size was larger that most B and B or Hotels so, just what we needed for an independant stay at low cost. Only 400 yards from our appartment was a small " open all hours" supermarket called Fruitas Alerfaria (Coke sign outside) ideal for all we wanted serf catering wise ( and great value) for all your water, bread, etc etc. I would say these apartments suit all groups( families, groups, couples and singles, retired etc) apart from those with mobilty difficuties.. ask for ground floor . We timed walking to the Old town and it takes just SEVEN minutes. Same applies to the beach access through a tunnel which was one of the best beaches weve been on. ( And we travel a lot...) . Bonus that you can hear the waves crashing on the sand at night from the apartments. One night though we had a lot of noise from some "typical drunks" and security were called and acted immediatly. In summary, yes this place could do "with updating" but you get what you pay for and the Pools Bars and Restuarant and public areas and gardens are all well maintained , its spotlessly clean everywhere, good maid service every day and the complex has bags of character in a great location . The kids have a small pool, lots of shade and sun beds available but be prepared for a few steps with buggies. Three nice tennis courts available as well. We would go back again and would recommed the Jardim apartments

Room Tip: If you want the sun all day ask for rooms overlooking the tenis court from the middle and top floor...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

Just got back from here and compared to what we paid for our stay (£45) per night room only,you have to look at the plus points and in all honesty it was a decent place to stay. The other review comments regarding this place are mixed. The guy who complained about having to pay 1Euro a day for the tv, Really! you are on holiday, it only shows Portuguese channels, why would you want it when most of the town has Sky in nearly every bar!, and also complaints about having to pay for locks on room safe, much rather do that than have a keypad lock which anyone can get the passcode!
As for the hill, ask to stay in blocks A or B. They are at the bottom of the complex and only 10 minutes walk away from the old town.
Rooms are clean, staff are friendly, room serviced daily, decent sofa style beds and good showers. Pool area is looking tired, but it has 2 pools, 2 bars and great views of the town and coast. Not bad at all. They will ask you to pay for mats on sunbeds. Don't bother. Take your towels and lie on the grass! If you want luxury, do not stay here! If you want affordable, pleasant surroundings, within easy distance of the town then would definately reccommend it.

Room Tip: Blocks A or B to avoid bigger hill.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here in June, we had the most amazing holiday. We stayed for a week and the room was cleaned every day apart from sunday. The housekeeping ladies were lovely and would do anything if asked. The pool area was brilliant, the food served at the bar and restaurant was excellent. The best thing about the room was our balcony, we had the most amazing view over the pool and the beach, we could see right across to the new town. Most nights we ate at a little restaurant just at the bottom of the hotel gardens, (forget the name) , it served nice food and the waiting staff were fab. It had a lovely little terrace! The studio apartment was a good size, kicthen with fridge, cooker and microwave, a power shower. Only down side was there was no air conditioning, however it was cool enough with the balcony doors open and the windows open. The bar provides a little entertainment on friday and saturday nights which is nice to listen to.. A trip to the zoomarine is vital, shows are amazing!! We will be back next June!!

Room Tip: Try to ask for a high floored room to discourage breakins and for better views!!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

I have stayed in places from 2*-5* and never ever complained about anything but this place was a joke! We requested a ground floor apartment because we had 2 infants with us, they gave us ground floor with two flights of stairs to get to it. Total nightmare with a double buggy they also gave us the apartment to the left of the stairs so we had to try and get the buggy from the stairs into the room. The room was next to the road so we could hear people walking up and down all hours of the night. The appliances were shocking we turned the hob on and the electricity went off, we informed reception who told us it would be sorted but it never was. There was hardly any hot water only enough for two people to have showers, there was six of us! The grass around the baby pool where we laid with the children had dog dirt on. The pools were mucky and looked like they had never been cleaned. The games room had a pot hole in where I fell on to the buggy and dropped glasses, the bar man was more bothered about cleaning the glass up and was rude to my husband when he asked for drinks to replace the ones I had dropped! We woke to find a bottle smashed on our balcony and empty cigarette box, the cleaner tried her best to clean it up but the kids could no longer go on balcony cause there were still bits of glass there. We went to the reception to put in a complaint and they were not bothered at all. If you have young children and a buggy I would really advise you against booking here, there's no lifts and stairs are everywhere or steep cobbled hills.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We stayed in a studio room (125), my main concern when staying at a hotel is cleanliness and I am pleased to say our room was very clean. There was a strong smell of cleaning products when we arrived but it soon wore off as we had the door open alot. Our bed was a 'sofa bed' but it was comfortable and as it was already made up as a bed it was not really any different to a normal bed. Kitchen was quite well equipped, good range of utensils, 3 sizes of saucepan and 1 or 2 frying pans (can't remember exactly), small cooker and microwave along with crockery, cutlery and a chopping board. The main downfall with this hotel is it is about 15-20 minute walk from to town centre and the beach and the way back is up a steep hill all the way, so if you don't want to do alot of walking, or have difficulties walking you will need to budget for taxis, or get a different hotel.

This is unrelated to the hotel but a handy tip if like us it's your first time in Albuferia and your on a tight budget and want to be able to prepare some of your own meals is to take as much non perishable food your likely to use as possible as the local supermarkets are VERY expensive and made cooking an evening meal not very worthwhile. In future I would try and take some cereal, tea, coffee, sugar, jar of pasta sauce and pasta to make my holiday money go further.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

Stayed here with my family, found a basic, clean apartment with everything you needed. Maid service every day except Sunday. No problem with the showers as someone has previously mentioned - kids wanted the high pressure turning down!! Water always hot. Pleasant, friendly service from the majority of the staff - from gardeners to restaurant staff. Reception staff -a mixture - a couple were abrupt and unhelpful, giving minimum information on a need to know basis! the men seemed to be the most helpful. pool clean and tended to each early morning - a big no no is that there is no lifeguard available which is poor considering the amount of children that were there - however it only makes parents more diligent. Not too far from the the old town where it all happens - shops restaurants etc and the beach. Overall considering it was a lazy, restful, sun seeking beach holiday without hunting for real culture - it was ideal.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Don't under estimate the hill!

Having read the reviews before we went I was prepared for the hill and reassured by my boyfriend that "it won't be that bad" which is probably true if your not unfit like me! The hotel isn't far at all from the centre of the old town and beach - it's just an uphill walk on the way back! and approx 150 steps from the reception to our apartment which was in the furthest away building! We got a taxi home one night which was only 5euros.

Couch bed was rock solid and did not provide a goods night sleep! There was sometimes a bad smell from the bathroom.

Personally, the bathroom is the deal breaker for me! Thankfully it was clean and the shower was powerful! Phew!

The apartment was ok and for the price we paid it was to be expected. Clean towels and sheets and the maids in everyday. Didn't use the kitchen - just the fridge and some glasses which we had no complaints with. We hired the tv for 1euro a day - which worked fine and had several english channels.

We had a garden view room and were on the 3rd floor so also had a view of the sea. The sun was on the balcony most of the day as well and a breeze often came through the door in the evening (came in handy when the hair dryer was on!).

Ate at the pool restaurant every other day and never had any complaints.

As we only ever spent a few hours by the pool each day we never used the sunbeds opting just to lay the towel on the grass. There always seemed to be sunbeds available although the lack of shade was a problem when I was looking to escape the sunshine for a bit!

All in all, it could have been worse. I wouldn't go back based on the location but wouldn't be put off by the other reviews if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Cerro da Piedade, Albufeira 8200-916, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #118 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range: £17 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Albufeira Jardim - Apartamentos Turisticos 3*
Number of rooms: 211
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