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“A little gem of a place” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vale de Carros
Ranked #41 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“A little gem of a place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

My partner and I have been visiting Vale de Carros since 2003, only missed one year.

The two-storey white-washed apartments and studios are set in clusters around beautifully maintained gardens and are furnished in typical Portuguese style - heavy pine furniture, which may not be to everyone's taste. Ground floor one-bedroom apartments have a patio/garden area and first floor studios have an enormous balcony.

There are two swimming pools, one by the bar/restaurant and a smaller one further down the complex which is so, so peaceful. Food in the bar/restaurant is excellent quality and very reasonably priced. Breakfasts (lots of options to choose from) are served until mid-day and
snacks and main meals are available until 9 pm.

Vale de Carros is set in a peaceful location (but don't forget that this is Portugal so expect cockerels shouting early morning). It is only a five minutes walk to Acoteias where there are bars, restaurants, newsagent and well-stocked supermarket. Restaurants range from Portuguese, Italian and Chinese and highly recommended is Hugos, where Hugo and his wife serve wonderful snacks and main meals throughout the day and evening.

Vale de Carros is ideal for parents with young children and for couples but maybe would not suit older teenagers (too quiet). But the bright lights of Albufeira are only a ten minutes taxi drive away (cost around 12 Euros)

We love it and will hopefully return next year.

Lindsay and Mike

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Ok good things, studio rooms great for Sun bathing. Staff in the bar great, Maids unpleasant, reception nice. Now the bad, pool- had dead flys floating in it and not cleaned daily as mentioned in previous reviews. Rooms- was not cleaned prior to our arrival, what I believe to be pubic hairs found in the bed also in the bathroom and even the freezer!! Be warned there is not a daily maid service. The shuttle bus only goes to one beach at 10am and returns at 2pm, this has to be booked a day before. Mosquitoes are a pain so buy a plug in from reception or the supermarket which is cheaper. The single beds are very uncomfortable and they have a bar down one side, so if a romantic getaway is on the cards this is not the place. if you want a lively night out it will cost a bit in taxis, this place is miles away from anywhere.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

A last minute get away, and expecting the worst we were surprised by the size and cleanliness of the apartment, the helpful staff, and a daily maid service when self catering!
Room was very ample for the two of us with a large veranda as well, open plan with bed area kitchen area dinning area, small but clean bathroom with only a shower (other rooms do have baths) and the huge balcony/veranda.
5 minutes walk to bank, supermarket, tobacco and newspaper shop, 20 mins walk to the beach.
It has food in the bar 9.00am till 9.00pm, drinks till midnight, a swimming pool and pool area cleaned every day.
All in all a really good place, I would visit again, only thing that needs doing is levelling the pool table

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Me and my partner came back from these apartments yesterday very quiet staff ok beds are really uncumfy you can hear every think the neighbours are doin if you want a lively place to stay this is not the place to stay needs a refit asap

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

My wife and kids have stayed at Vale de Carros three times now and have had a great time each time we have stayed. The rooms are a little basic and could do with a bit of modernisation but are cleaned every day by the maids. The staff are all very friendly and helpful and they other a free minibus to the beach and albufiera town on a daily basis, there are two swimming pools to choose from so usually always somewhere to sunbath, and the food is very nice and at a good price.We will be going back again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed 6 nights witth a large group, the one bed apartment was clean, I missed the electric kettle but the one bed room apartment was big enough for the 3 adults and child.
The food at the bar was fairly priced I nd cooked breakfast was enough to last all day, for €5 well priced.
The main plus were the staff who were fr u endly accommodating and added to the overall atmospherethe evening stroll.was lovely
Although way the weather was kind and

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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derby
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33 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Before booking this you need to consider what you are looking for in a holiday. If its 5 star luxury this is not the place for you. If its a cheap break with clean accommodation then go for it.

The good

Value for money ( we only paid £250 for the week)
Nice pool at the quiet end
Reasonable size room with fridge, kettle and hob
Huge private balcony with sun loungers and table
Easy walk to restaurants
Supermarket close by
Spotless clean room
Hot shower

The not so good

Rooms are dated but clean and tidy
We had a strange push together bed set up that wasn't the most comfy
Thin walls (I was lucky the hotel was quiet but it might bother you if it's busy)
Miles to the beach

For the money we paid I was happy with what we got but personally I prefer a little more luxury.

Room Tip: Ask for room by bottom pool if you are a couple wanting a quieter time
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Vale de Carros
Address: Apartado 6015 | Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8200-925, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Vale de Carros 3*
Number of rooms: 111
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