Situated right at the top of the Strip which is full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Good buzz about the place and was busy for September. My boyfriend and I went together and it was exactly what we wanted. The old town is only 15 minutes away on a train-which picks up right outside the resort. Old town is more chilled out and calm than the strip and was nice for chill out evenings-nice pubs, street music, restaurants and stalls. Beautiful beach there aswell! Would recommend wandering away from the main town areas for food. We went to a fabulous portugese restaurant off the strip-and it was top class! Staff were friendly-food was lovely, and so cheap. €33 for 2x starters 2x Mains (one of which was a steak!) 2x deserts, half bottle of wine, pint and coffee! Food on the strip is nice but more expensive than this-but still cheaper than home!!
The resort itself is quite basic. You get what you pay for. The apartments had a bathroom, and a kitchentte/bedroom/living area. The beds where basically 2 matresses in the shape of an L. On a raised cement and tiled area. We pulled the mattressess on to the floor though and it was fine. But do be aware of this-because we arrived and were expecting a bedroom!! The complex is kept very clean. Beds were made everyday, and floors cleaned. Pool is very big and clean. Not alot of sunbeds-considering the size of the complex! But we went down to the beach most days which was lovely and only 15minute walk away. Plenty of sun beds to rent for day.
Staff had very little English. Just don't be expecting to get helpful information off them-they don't have the words to articulate any, or else they are just ignorant..... Would recommend the Slide and Splash Water Park. It was a great day out. The bus was only €8 each-return. The park was €21 adult. Really good fun!
All in all, I would recommend this resort. Location is great-so many things close by! Best of both worlds- the madness of the strip and the chilled-out old town. Room is basic but clean. Just remember the mattresses so you are not surprised. Food and drink is cheap. Air con in the room, huge balcony, grand shower. Staff don't have good english and aren't the friendliest, but everything is at your disposal. Considering how close you are to the strip, you cant hear any music or noise at night time, if the door is closed. Some nights people coming home were quite loud-but that's to be expected.
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- Vilanova Resort Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal