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Hotel Mirachoro Albufeira
Ranked #94 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Ireland
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37 reviews
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“Just don't risk your holiday, stay elsewhere”
Reviewed 14 July 2011

Before you get fooled by the low price please read the warnings on here. I have stayed in hotels and hostels in many countries. Genuinely as long as its got a roof and I can get a couple hours of sleep I'm happy. This hotel was hell on earth.

The room was filthy when we checked in. We done a basic clean up ourselves and moved on. We went to the pool the next day which is also filthy, just dirt everywhere and broken tiles in it. Again we weren't fussy so we let that go as well but should have known it was going to get worse.

The staff are awful rude, the most basic request is turned into a big deal. So when we did mention the dirty pool and rooms, we were basically told thats the way it is. They were more interested in watching the TV in reception to pay attention to the problem. Imagine a couple of homer simpsons at work and your nearly there.

Then on Friday evening the trouble really began. A stag do with about 20 lads arrived and basically took over. You weren't able to go near the pool, it was taken over by lads getting sick, urinating, and smashing glasses. They were shouting all day and night, racial abusing people from their balcony. At one point they even started on another stag do that had arrived. They were four stag groups in the the hotel in our first weekend. The hotel knowingly allows them stay and take over. The hotel has a reputation we were not aware of before we booked. On the first Saturday night of our stay fire alarms were set off for over 2 hours by the stag do. At no point were the police called or did the manager try and calm them down. It turned out after setting off the alarms for a couple of hours, they had actually started a fire. They were all on the first floor and the rest of the guest were on the 5th and 6th floor. If that fire had spread it would have been a disaster. People began to ignore the alarm because it had been going off for so long, it the fire had spread, it would have led to deaths.

There are plenty of hotels in the area and are as cheap as this one. If your paying for a holiday on a budget I would urge you to stretch a little further to avoid this hotel. It is not worth ruining your holiday over. Lack of sleep, anger and frustration at everything that goes on there is not worth dealing with. Just book elsewhere and enjoy the lovely weather, generally friendly people of Portugal. We made the best of our first 2 week holiday and the hotel was the only bad point. This is my first review of a place in a negative way, If I can stop one other person booking here I'd feel as if I'd done them a favour. Save yourself the stress and book elsewhere

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

stayed here from 3rd July till the 10th, (just home this morning) Actual apartments were clean and spacious, very small balcony, for a 4 bedded apt. tho only 2 of us staying here at this time.Arrived on Sunday afternoon to find the same mob of drunks same as previous person reviewing, the stag party were fortunately leaving that evening, according to the staff booking us in, they were still serving them drinks even though the entire party were already obviously very drunk and noisy and climbing over fences into other gardens, and one lad was lying flat out in the reception area. Not a great advert for us and several other people booking in. We were also told that this crowd were not as bad as the previous stag party which had left earlier in the week. If this was the case God help the guests who stayed the previous week. The area was as previously described, abandoned cars, what they never told us was, from Friday evening till Sunday morning at 3.30am we were treated to the most awful racket and screaming from the bar over the rd. Father Eds with blaring music, visible prostitution and drug dealing, clearly visible from our balcony. Apparently everyone we spoke to knew of this, but the staff turned a blind eye. All in All this is not a recommended area to enjoy a family or couples holiday. Cheap but nasty!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

we stayed at the hotel from 30th june till 7th july. arrived and was pleasantly surprised by the size of rooms and had a pleasant afternoon by the pool. the next day a stag party arrived and my holiday turned into hell! the animals on the stag party were loud ,offensive and rude, within minutes there was glasses smashed all around the pool and the drunken men were jumping into the pool with no clothes on and then pretended to have sex on my grandsons lilo. then they were throwing the sun loungers and umbrellas into the pool. we could not use the pool for the next three days. complaining to the manager was useless as he said there was nothing he could do and staff told me he refuses to buy plastic glasses.. there were three stag parties booked into our hotel that weekend which kept us awake all night and had to keep vacating our apartment everytime they smashed a fire alarm. at one point a man was passed out on the floor in reception. do not go to this hotel if you have children.. you will regret it.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Sedgley, West Mids
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

I'll allow you to make your own mind up about the Mirachoro Apartments. However if this review helps then I'm glad to have been of assistance.

I stopped in the Mirachoro apartments for 5 days in June 2011. I was the stag in a 6 man group of friends all looking forward to a few days drinking and relaxing. Within seconds of arriving we were being shouted and cajoled by some young "cockney's" from the balcony above, a theme that ran through the whole 5 days. We found the reception staff helpful but it was annoying that everything incurred a charge, want a safe? 12 Euros. Want a phone call made? 50 cents. Want a local map 50 cents. Want the TV remote? Thats 10 Euro's! Its little things like this that annoy people and yet makes them penny's in terms of cash, surely a sign it should be discontinued?

On arriving in our rooms I found them to be spacious, clean, well located but like an oven, luckily I have done a fair amount of travelling and a vital part of any room is Air Conditioning or at least a fan (Ceiling or Portable) to help with the heat, we had nothing. The bedroom was average and the bathroom was acceptable, overall it looked a little tired and jaded but what do you expect for £7 a night per person!! We had a fridge that worked (For Beer!) a Tele that didn't, towels that were changed every two days, bed sheets that were not. The twin rooms beds were fine, the futon was not.

The pool is tiny and seemed to be overrun with visitors, however it was good natured fun and nothing too crazy or boisterous took place, well until the locals showed up on the Saturday! Cue 12 hours of screaming, drinking and swearing, and they say us Brits are poor guests!

The surrounding area was worrying, it really was like 1980's Beirut, abandoned cars, decrepit buildings and stray dogs littered the streets, gangs of Africans and local kids hung around, and for a young lady, or group of ladies, it would have been quite intimidating, I didn't see or hear of any trouble but its something to think about. A short 5 Min walk and you're at Erin's Bar, the biggest disappointment this side of the Algarve (see separate review), a cheap supermarket and then another 5 mins and you're at the top of the strip. So everything is reachable in 15/20 mins.

Listen, its cheap, its not that cheerful but it is clean and the staff are helpful.

I've had far better holiday accommodation, I've also had equally and worse that have cost a lot more.

What more can you ask for £35 for 5 nights?

Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

Stayed here for 3 nights - girls holiday, 8 of us in two rooms. Taxi driver had a job finding the apartments but after showing him the map we arrived ok.
Check-in staff very helpful and friendly (through out or stay). Both rooms clean and well equipped (rooms cleaned and towels changed during our stay) Plenty of space in each room.
Pool area small with not many sunbeds, cleaned daily but WATCH OUT for broken glass on the walkways as beer glasses are allowed poolside and we saw several smashed in the space of half an hour!
If like us you fancy a fryup at the restuarant - DONT BOTHER if you are starving, you may have a long wait on your hands! The chef is the bartender, cleaner and check-in staff !!! The Irish bar (just up the stairs on the way to the beach - not far) does great food.
The walk to the beach is mega in the lovely hot sun so use the transport provided by the appartments. WATCH OUT - the prices for the hire of beds&brollies down at the beach is incredible - €15 for the day !!!!
Great night life but beware of the cobbles all the way down the 'strip' - very slippy under foot.
All 8 of us enjoyed our time at the Mirachoro - great for the money. Enjoy your stay if you decide to stay here.















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  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2010

Travelled with my daughter and 2 nieces as a last minute hol arrived at hotel approx 16.00 first impression of the area very run down but reserved judgement on apartments until we got inside. Have to say the apartments are ok nothing special but large enough a little frayed round the edges but basically clean, only drawback 4 women sharing 1 shower to get ready in the evenings not good! the shower leaked all over the bathroom floor and out into the hallway, we had nothing to mop this up with and had to use towels, when i requested clean towels and explained why was told you had to be there for 4 days before you got clean towels.Cleaners also picked random times to so call clean ie 19.30 in the evenings when we were getting ready to go out. On speaking to some of the local taxi drivers they told us to be real careful at night as the area is notorious for muggings, rapes stabbings etc not from the locals I must add. Pool area is way too small for the amount of apartments so had to use the Park swimming pool 5euros for 2 beds or else the beach which was 7.50euros per bed. However Tanya on reception was lovely. Apartments to sum up ok its just the area,spent every night in the Old Town.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Cornwall
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We have just returned from the Mirachoro apartments with two young children. I was abit concerned after reading the reviews, however, to our surprise the apartments were lovely, clean and very spacious everything you need for a family holiday. THe hotel staff were eer so friendly esp tanya, also the free bus service helped with the trips to two different beaches fantastic service !!!!

The apartments are based at the top of the strip out of the way, YOU DO NOT hear noise from father eds bar across the road we were facing the bar and didnt hear any noise late at nite !!!! you do have to walk 5 to 10 mins to the strip through montechoro and YES it is very safe even at 2 in the morning.

I would certainly recommend the apartments to families, we didnt use the pool as preferred the beaches and teh childrens pool isnt a childrens pool, apart from that we had a great time and we have stayed in 5star resorts so yes it is quite basic but great at the same time !!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Mirachoro Albufeira
Address: Lote 124 Rua Jose Afonso | Montechoro, Albufeira 8200-351, Portugal (Formerly Mirachoro Apartments)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #94 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mirachoro Albufeira 3*
Number of rooms: 58
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