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Choromar Apartments
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Just returned from Choromar we do go to these apartments every year for two weeks in September but this was a surprise for the wife's birthday and what a lovely week we had staff as always were great cleaners came 3 times during the 6 days we were there northing bad to say about our stay all I will say is the people who pay next to nothing for a holiday with a low cost firm they get the rooms that the firm book so I would think that the cheaper you pay the further away from the main block and entertainment you will be as for the stags & hen party's there where 3 lots there and we didn't have a problem with them although we have in are September holiday we have been going for 14 years so its not been that much of a problem counting down the days (85)

Room Tip: I think you get what you pay for
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank boboLiverpool
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Myself and my husband spent the last week in the Choromar self catering apartments,returning home on 23rd June. The apartment itself was spacious, clean and very suitable for spending a weeks holiday. The hotel on the other hand was a place I did not want too spend much time about. The staff were very unfriendly, unhelpful and showed a could'nt care less attitude. The music went on until all hours at night, with children running around into the early hours. The pool was a no no. It was never cleaned. There was no safety measures in place, given that much of the clientele using the pool were drinking, with many drinking parties held in close proximity to the pool daily and nightly. There was no supervision on many of the children, who were allowed to 'do thier own thing' at and in the pool with no consideration for the hygine of others. The towels were only changed once in the full week we were there. If we wished to take a drink to our apartmnent, we had to use plastic cups, even though we were residents, 2 floors above the main reception. Although we are daily walkers at home, the hotel is too far away from the Strip. Approx 15 min walk, climbing up hills. The hotel provides a 'coutesy bus' twice a day 11am and 3pm only.it does not run on a Sunday, Wednesday or Public holidays. It does not return to the hotel late at night, so if you want to sample the wide variety of food availabe on the strip , you have to make your own way home after 3pm, I suppose the emphasis here is on, not wanting you to spend your money anywhere other than the hotel. All in all, I enjoyed my break as I spent a lot of my time out of the hotel, at the beach in the old town and sight seeing. I will go back to Albufeiria, but not to the Choromar Hotel.

Room Tip: Self catering apartment is the only way to go in this hotel. One that is far away from the bar area.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank EDEL F
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

Just got back from a 2 week stay at the choromar hotel. A family of 4 adults 4 children and 1 baby. My family arrived at the choromar and given key to room 204 in main building. Room very clean and basic, twin beds which is normal for us ( that you can easy push together if you wish ) very clean cot for our baby. TV was a moden flat screen which had english channels which included ceebebies, this was extremly helpfull on the cloudy days to entertain young ones as there is not much to do for children. The other familys room was in a different block, spacious and clean with a large garden and balcony. Weekdays at the choromar are fairly quiet on a night apart from the noise from the bar. You can hear this from the main block. Weekends however bring ALOT of groups of men and women. The noise sometimes becomes annoying but if you ring reception their security gives out warnings. Two warnings and their out! Which happened to a few people while we were there. Pools are clean. One pool we had to ourselves for one full day which was brilliant! Although we did have a problem with glass being in and around the childens pool, the staff were quite slow to solve the problem but it did eventually. No problems with getting sunbeds, no getting up early to get one! Which is a massive bonus for us. Food and service in the bar is excellent Fatima especially, what a lovley lady. Main bad point is the distance away from nightlife and restaurants the walk is approx 20-30 mins from the strip with children and is not a pleasent one. Nothing to look at on your way no nices bars to stop and have a drink at. Highly recoment the golden garden for a chinese on the strip and the mexican on the beach front at the old town, lovley!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank BeibersMam
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Choromar Apartments…An enigma, a stigma…a hotel with a challenge. The challenge, …should you wish to accept is to remain calm, relaxed and free from anger. For the competitive soles out there, exciting missions include Snorkelling in the comfort of your own living room, mastering the art of break and entry or sharing passionate time with your partner whilst staring at each other 10 yards apart (a task not easy in a room, where 2 energy-efficient bulbs are dimmed further in lampshades). If that’s not adventurous enough perhaps avoiding maiming yourselves on wires, cardboard boxes left on stairs or better still watch in amazement when you have your room re-decorated during your stay.

Yes the challenge to visitors to Choromar Apartments is a great one, a challenge a young couple from Yorkshire weren’t looking for. A challenge, we failed in comical circumstances.
Choromar Apartments, a 3-star metropolis situated on the North East of the Strip, Albufeira has so much potential. A huge complex, 4 pools, regular entertainment, reasonable food/drink and internet access for those few wishing to remember why they are on holiday in the first place. The quality of the rooms follows that of the Brazilian City Model. Nice rooms near the CBD (reception area), whilst the further afield suburb favelas are left for the not so fortunate visitors.
Needless to say we were prescribed a favela in “Lote 29”. It was fortunate a room was available in the first place, as no record of our booking was available to the receptionist despite the required booking confirmations. No welcome pack, no description of hotel facilities, here’s your key, begin your hike to Lote 29. Make sure you don’t get eaten by one of the many feral dogs on the way.

A room on level 3, Lote 29 provides a challenge. Lift your cases up the stairs or board the lift designed by a hater of all things claustrophobic. Getting in a room where the latch is hanging off took 10 minutes. The 10 minutes of frustrations cherished when the reality of your hotel booking hits home on entry. Two single beds, a fridge successfully defrosted all over the living room and lighting fit for purpose, should you have booked into an Amsterdam experience holiday.

A return to reception was not greeted well by the manager, whom after much paper crunching eventually managed to give us an upgrade to Lote 28, a level 3 double room, one block closer to the CBD, but still languishing in the favela district. Cases removed from Lote 29, via the lift which functioned successfully, to be greeted by Lote 28, which chose to have no lift installed. An interestingly designed key with 4 prongs gave us immediate access to Room 306.

306 was a massively sized, oblong shaped apartment with a pool view, and décor shipped in from 1980s Sao Paulo. A TV was available, although you have to hike to reception for the remote, whilst all the other basic amenities were available and functioning. The bed although a little firm and very loud was massive, which made getting access to the other side of room a danger for the less mobile visitor. Fortunately I’m mobile so could step over the corner of the room to close the shutters for security purposes.

But why have shutters, when your room is made available to some sweaty Portugeuse removal men from Lisbon, whom the hotel had shipped in to update the 1980s décor to something more modern. Returning to the hotel room to use the toilet (it had lights, unlike the swimming pool toilet), I was stopped in my path my burley men removing the whole of the living quarters, whilst the housemaid attempted to change the Kingsize bed-sheets, not easy for a lady 5’1”. On noticing that the hotel guest had busted the work plans, a panicked maid immediately realising that a Yorkshire man was not getting value for money put me hastily onto the receptionist.
Despite expressing our grievances work carried on at pace. Lifting, carrying, drilling and some feng shui continued as I paced around the room locating all the valuables to see if they were still in our possession. After 2 hours, 4 visits to and from the reception (the last one requiring a somersault with triple salko to get over empty boxes), I finally got a manager to come and witness the impending carnage which was gripping Lote 28.

After marching the manager from reception to the favelas and up 3 flight of “lift-less” stairs, a long moment was taken for her to catch her breath, wipe her sweated brow and then attempt to deliver some excuse-driven manager speak. Fortunately, we Yorkshire folk don’t take no prisoners, so a good old debate was had, no tea or biscuits consumed throughout. An apology and a handshake, and an offer of free drinks was offered.

Yorkshire folk don’t turn down free drinks, she had us hook, line and sinker (no pun for Lote 29 room intended)

This hyperbole driven rant fails to acknowledge the potential this hotel has for some guests, and I am not surprised to read of popular reviews given by some guests. The bar staff were particularly nice, and the rooms did offer size and functionality for a 3-star purchaser. In the last hours of our trip we accidentally bumped into a lovely Jacuzzi, and it was clear that some gems were tucked away behind lock and key. Locally, The Strip is a 15-20 minute walk, with a free transfer bus available, whilst the old-town is a beautiful place.
But tucked away in the Montechoro wilderness, lies a hotel with a severe gulf of class between its centre and its outskirts. Administration and management would befit a Torquay hotel run by the Fawlty’s, and the rooms lack a certain amount of Portuguese culture.

Choromar: An enigma, with so much to offer, but one that…for us anyway, failed to deliver.

Room Tip: Book a room near the main-pool or reception.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank James C
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

Has anyone got a contact number for this hotel? I stayed her last week and have misplaced something, wanted to see if the cleaners found anything. Would greatly appreciate a contact number or email as I cant find any online. Thanks

Room Tip: Good, rooms are very big and good view of pool areas.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Juliane D
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