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“Shared with Monica Isabel hotel, perfect for beach, OK for location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Forte de Sao Joao Apartments

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Forte de Sao Joao Apartments
Ranked #112 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Shared with Monica Isabel hotel, perfect for beach, OK for location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

I just stayed here for 5 nights. I was given a very small studio with garden view in block a. Room was extremely clean, cooking facilities useless ( one induction hob) tho you dont go there to cook i guess. Powerful shower and extra clean bathroom a bonus. There is a hill to walk up but nothing too much as the complex is literally next to the beach so to be expected. The complex is literally a 10 minute walk either to old town or the strip and was very quiet at night.The maid serivce was great, new towels everyday and very cleanly done! Reception staff helpful but only niggle there was unless you know that the complex is owned by the Monica Isabel hotel then you do wonder where reception is!!

Room Tip: Book sea view, the garden view is jus ta patio adjacent to more patios!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

forte de sao joao and monica isabel are both owned by the same people. The location was great 10 mins walk from the strip and 15 from the old town, where you could walk by road or by beach. The apartments were well kept, cleaners came every day with fresh towles, etc. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. We would reccommend that they provide better information on the hotels facilities on arrival. The apartments were situated on the beach front. entertainment at the hotel at night was not great, but a taxi to the old town was only 4.90. The sao joao grill is a resturaunt just situated 2 mins up the road from the apratments which we would highly reccommened. We will definately be returning to this location.

Room Tip: There was alot of steps on the way to our apartment which would not be suitable for elderly or disab...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

A very good location - near the beach (100-200m), Strip 10 min walking, old town - 20 min walking (also hotel provides bus transfer service 3 times a day to old city and back), fantastic ocean view!!!!! The furniture of the room is not new, but the room is very clean and you will have all you need there.. Cleaning every day, bed linen and towels was changed in a day, service is great, reception staff is very nice and helpful, free wi-fi in reception! I recommend it for budget travellers and people, who iz not spending time in the hotel, but on the beach or walking/driving etc. Please be noticed, that apartments is a part of the Monica Isabel beach club hotel!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank shakygirl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2007

Just returned from a week in portugal, booked through algarve getaways and couldnt have picked a better place to stay. We travelled with our two sons aged 7 and 5 and had a two bedroom apartment in the new Areias de sao joao complex. Howard and Barbara, the managers of the complex were first class from booking the apartment to arriving. Howard was there to great us when we arrived and showed us around and had left some groceries for us including a lovely bottle of wine. The complex is in a great location 5 minutes walk to the strip and 20 walk to the old town close enough to all the attractions but far enough away not to be bothered with any noise at night. The apartment was home from home every thing you need for a family holiday. The very large balcony over looked the swimming pol and the childrens play area, which the kids loved playing in every day. The complex has an entry system at the front gate and so you must be a resident to get in using the security code, one of the safest places we have stayed in. This was a great time of year to visit Albufeira because it wasnt to busy or to hot, we would go back to albufeira again and definetly stay at Areias de sao joao, thanks Howard and Barbara for the great welcome, it was nice to meet you.

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Additional Information about Forte de Sao Joao Apartments

Property: Forte de Sao Joao Apartments
Address: Forte de Sao Joao | Apartado 2331, Albufeira 8200-325, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #112 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:2 star — Forte de Sao Joao Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Also Known As:
Forte De Sao Joao Apartments Hotel Albufeira
Forte Albufeira
Albufeira Forte
Forte De Sao Joao Apartments Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

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