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Choromar Apartments
Ranked #66 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 3 June 2011

My friend and I were looking forward to a relaxing stay in lovely friendly Portugal. The staff at Choro Mar were hostile and rude, it was very noisy all night and during the day due to stag parties and constant karaoke. The beds were very hard and creaky. It is miles away from anywhere, a good 40 minutes walk into the start of town, and uphill on the way back. We had to escape, hire a car and find a room in a hotel in Carvoeiro. So our cheap getaway ended up being anything but.
The staff seemed to react to all British people as if we were troublemakers, breakfast was practically thrown at us, and I had told my friend that Portuguese people are really friendly, which they mainly are. The apartment was large and clean, but we had no sofa, just a bed, the towels were never changed, and the bar/pool area was cramped and unwelcoming. Portugal is lovely, Choro Mar is the opposite, don't waste your hard earned cash here, unless you want to mix with stag parties drinking beer at breakfast, swearing and partying all night, not our sort of place!

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

choro mar is a lovley place after reading some of the reviews we were rather worried however there is definatley no need to be worried, the food was nice, hotel was clean and spacious , in the week we stayed you always saw the cleaners around.
The pool area is small but relaxing, the spa is a great retreat if you choose for some peace and quiet (3 euro ppp hour ) which u can also use the steamroom or sauna once you have paid, and just a short 10 min walk will bring you into the centre strip (lovley breakfast in the wind surf restaurant) the aqua park wasent open wen we were there so we went to slide and splash not a bad water park although i imagine the aqua park would be the better of the 2, the only down side of the holiday was not the hotel nor the food nor the staff all were very nice (Fatima one of the hotel staff is wonderful a real nice lady) It was just a shame there was an urully family with just as unrully kids that the management could of had a quiet word with on several occasions (they just ran riot!!) no parental guidence WHOTSOEVER so long as the football hooligan father was getting drunk and the mother was getting tanned the kids were just left to themselves. I would return to the choro mar hopefully not thesame time as that family again tho prefferably.

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1  Thank willis9899
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Just back from a week here and all I can say is dont listen to the moaners!
We were in a block of apartments away from the main block and it is was a peaceful, relaxing location. Pools to ourselves most of the time! We did go to bar and main pool but if is a bit crowded but this was not a drawback as we had the peace of our own pool!
Free bus or bus for 1.10 euros from the school bus stop nearby, or walk!

This was our second time in Albuferia and at less than £400 for 2 including flights, two cases and transfers this was a bargain!
Apartment was clean, spacious and had a washing machine, full hob and oven and fridge freezer. Storage was more than adequate and balconys at front and back so you could take advantage of morning and evening sun.

There is food available in the bar which is good and entertainment nightly- karoke with Pedro! But strip is a easy walk away with its bars and restaurants.

Apartments are in a mixed residential area but this makes them more peaceful than in central locations!
Would stay again!

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Reviewed 31 May 2011

My friends and I stayed here from 17th may for a week. Immediately on arrival you feel apprehensive as it's apparent your in a residential area which does resemble the ghetto and the location is not near beach, strip or old town. This is no where near as bad as what previous reviews have mentioned a taxi is cheap at around 4 euro and they come pretty quickly too. The room was spacious and very clean and we got pool view, the only thing we had to complain about was the fact you don't get enough toilet roll and when asked for more we got told to read the welcome card, which really didn't answer our question, all the same we found this hilarious! Food in bar u's fantastic and good value for money I'd recommend their chicken kebabs and breakfasts, manuel needs a rocket up his backside though as often food would be ready before he got you a drink. The pool in the main block is heated and clean and would recommend the spa 3 euro for an hour per a person which was a bargain. The staff were wonderful, Fatima is by far the nicest lady and the receptionists brilliant especially when we were stranded due to the ash cloud. Pedro and his karaoke nights were excellent aswell, he certainly knows how to liven the place up.

Despite some teething problems we're coming back to stay in this hotel again next year, it's good value for money and you get more than what you pay for.

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Reviewed 28 May 2011

Good bits =staff
Bad bits , location, decor, standard of apartments, pool crammed in sunbeds & tables. stag and hen dos. This place is appalling,the drains smell 24/7. The electrics in the apts are a death trap I could go on but no point. just dont go. If you have to go, hire a car and get out of the Ghetto location, not safe to walk at night, no bars, or restaurants in the close proximity, just gangs of local hoodies on corners, packs of wild dogs, not trying to upset anyone but it gives the fealing of a run down south American ghetto. we ended up booking into some where else in a safe area. we are a well travelled couple in our 40s and very little has ever bothered us on our many,many travels.

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Reviewed 27 May 2011

just got back from my shortbreak.we stayed at the one bed room apartment the rooms are massive size and clean.all i can say is ideal place and value for what you pay.and location is not bad.free bus to the beach...

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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Stayed at the Choromar apartments for the 1st time. Perfect choice. Spacious & clean. Had requested an apartment with a sunny balcony & got 2 balconies. Ten minutes walk from a supermarket. 15 minute walk to the Strip, which is the hub of this resort. The staff were friendly & food lovely & inexpensive. If you dont like walking, a bus stop is nearby & taxi's cheap compared to the UK. The pool outside the bar was heated & a great atmosphere. Would recomend these apartments to anyone.

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Address: Lote 22 23 Rua Candido Guerreiro | Montechoro, Albufeira 8200-347, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #66 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: £18 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Choromar Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 65
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