My wife, 1yr old son and I stayed here for a week at the end of May. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment on a self catering basis. We fully reviewed what we were getting for our money in advance and Pateo lived up to expectations.
It is out of town (at the top of a steep hill), it is on the "budget" side and the transfer is an hour and a half from the airport. However, the apartment very much did the job and we even had a large private balcony with sunbeds on (courtesy of it being on the top floor which we had requested as per a previous trip advisor review tip!).
The apartment itself is fairly clean (although floor not great when you've got a crawling child!) and well equipped (kettle, decent oven with grill and hob, microwave, sufficient crockery and cutlery). The safe costs extra (so we didn't bother) and cleaning doesn't happen every day.
There is a well-stocked (albeit on the slightly expensive side) shop, the bar has a happy hour and does take-away pizza, the swimming pool is decent (although not heated so quite cold even on a hot day) and the cafe next to the pool does a good range of well priced and surprisingly tasty food, snacks and drink but only during the day.
...Usual issues with people (almost entirely British!!) bagging sunbeds at 8am and actually coming out to use them several ours later but where doesn't that happen?!... We also saw that a few reviews commented on the stray cats and dogs hanging around. We saw about 4 of each but quickly saw that the reason they hang around the resort is because some guests feed them! We ignored them and had no trouble with them.
There are cheaper supermarkets nearby (Alisuper - right out of Pateo down the hill then left and right just after the traffic lights) and a few decent restaurants - Mamma Mia (good views but no longer does the buffet), O'Leme (good steaks) and Monteiro (random and a bit more of a walk but great price and really good food with a comedy old man serving). These are all right out of Pateo down the hill then left and along the road - Mamma Mia and O'Leme are fairly close but Monteiro is about a 10 minute walk further along the same road (it's down the road on the left just before the Pepsi but worth the walk in our opinion). If you don't want to do the walk down to the town, the bus is every half an hour and only costs a couple of euros (although takes a bit of time to get there) and the taxis cost 4-5 euros.
All in all, if you're not looking to spend a fortune, looking for self-catering or at least not looking for all to be done for you and don't mind being out of town, this place may well be for you.
Albufeira itself is split in two; new town and old town. The new town is for the youth to do their boozing and boogying (note the jealousy in my typing!). The old town is for all. It has a nice square, cobbled streets, decent beach, lots of touristy restaurants and shops and has seemingly lost much of its character but is nice enough.
Food is well priced, good range of cuisine, some nice fish dishes, a couple of reasonable Portuguese lagers and the wine is pretty cheap. Service is what you'd expect and of course they all speak better English than I do!
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