Our transfer from Faro by Resorthoppa Shuttle bus was pleasant, efficient and comfortable but our arrival was a bit of a shock and we wanted to get straight back on the bus. The building in front of us in the darkeness was clad in scaffolding and we were shown down a dark and dingy tunnel wondering where on earth we were going. However the tunnel was only a few metres long and actually just goes underneath the terrace of the scaffold-clad hotel next door to our actual accommodation on the other side. The frontage of Ourahotel is rather tired and in need of a facelift, but nowhere nearly as bad as we first thought. The Reception and lobby were clean and acceptable but somewhat outdated and the staff couldnt have been more friendly and helpful. Our 1-bed apartment was huge, clean, bright and comfortable. It was most definitely 3-star and not what should be expected of an RCI "Resort" but we had everything we needed, including clean white towels every day of our fortnight except Thursdays and 2 large balconies! The Hotel is far enough away from "The Strip" for it not to suffer any related noise or any signs of passing revellers but the traffic noise from the nearby busy main road into town was constant and inevitable although the building work next door is not of any consequence as they are not allowed to make noise during the holiday season. It was also quite far from the beach, a good 20 minutes walk for the young and fit - quite a challenge for us being neither. The Hotel Shuttle bus runs to the beach at 9.30am and 12.30 only and returns 5 minutes later each time so there is little hope of getting a return trip and the hill climb back up from Oura Beach to the bus stop at the bottom of the Strip was also not for the faint hearted. However another bus trip returned us to the Hotel in about 20 minutes. The City buses "Giro" operate a circular route into and back out of town. Blue (Azure) and Green (Verde) lines service the "New" side of Albufeira and the Red and Orange the "Old Town". They run on a circular loop in opposite directions, thereby covering all the appartment areas so you really do need a bus map to discover the quickest and most direct bus to hop on, however they will all get you there eventually. We discovered that the Blue Line from outside Pingo Doce (supermarket opposite hotel) was the most direct into town and the Green Route back out got us home in 10 minutes rather than 45 minutes when we got on the wrong bus. The snack bar by the pool serves wonderful grilled Sardines and makes good coffee, Francisco and Martha serve everything with a big smile and Francisco is happy to sit and chat in his extremely good English. Beware the Reptile Show though, advertised by the Hotel in the grounds, a tiny tortoise, small Iguana and very small snake are all that are offered and the resultant photos are 10 Euros each! All in all Oura Hotel Aparthotel is clean and comfortable but heartless, nothing going on and no life, is in dire need of a facelift and not very well placed for Beach or Town walks. I will return to Portugal, probably to Albufeira which I loved, but not I think to Oura Hotel Aparthotel - not up to scratch but certainly worth a visit, and certainly not as bad as some of its reviews would have you believe.
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