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Pateo Village Apartments
Ranked #74 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Just returned from a week at the Pateo Village and here is my review of the place.

First impression: visually not that great but I think I judged it too quickly. Check in was slightly annoying as guests who were also checking in and were before us in the queue were given their room keys straight away while we were told our room wasn't ready yet. After commenting that the previous people were given their keys we were told we could have another room that was ready instead of waiting for our room?? Didn't really understand why this room wasn't offered to us in the first place? Once that was sorted there were no other issues. Reception is open 24 hours which is handy and if you need a taxi they will order one for you but charge 50 cents for the call.

Apartment: Basic, clean, big and spacious with separate bedroom and sofa beds in the lounge. Large wardrobes in bedroom with a few hangers. Found the beds to be comfortable enough. Two balconies, the one off the lounge was huge and the bedroom balcony smaller. All the facilities you would expect in the kitchen were there, fridge, oven, microwave, kettle etc. bathroom was fine, dated but adequate. Shower was great. Apartment was cleaned and towels changed every other day. We had a flat screen t.v but only sky news and a rubbish film channel were in English. Reception asks for 20 euro deposit for t.v remote.

Grounds: Two outdoor pools and one indoor which we didn't use so can't comment on those but looked nice from the balcony. There is an onsite shop which is more expensive than the supermarkets but for the basics we needed, milk, coffee etc we just bought them from the shop for convenience. There are lots of cats (and one dog) about the place, all were harmless and very cute but some people may not like that.

Surrounding area: There really isn't much outside of these apartments apart from a supermarket and a couple of restaurants, mamma mia is one and just opposite another one but can't remember the name. We ate in both and had nice meals both times. We did feel as if we were in the middle of nowhere. I read other reviews before we went and some said you can walk to old town and beach and others said it was too far. I have to agree it is too far to walk, especially in 30+ degree heat. We are in our 30's and relatively fit but it's not my idea of a holiday to be hot and bothered before I've even reached where I'm going so we decided on taxis but each to their own.

Beach: We went to the local beach at the old town on our first day (which we were told is called fishermans beach) and were really disappointed, the sand was full of broken shells, literally everywhere, to the point where every step you took something would cut into your feet even in flip flops. It was packed and had awful portaloo type toilets, reminded us of southend. We didn't stick around. We asked our rep the next day if there was another local beach and were told to try oura beach in the new town which is definitely too far to walk and a taxi was usually between 7-8 euros one way. It is a lot of money to spend there and back every day but if you like to sunbathe on a nice beach as we do it is worth it as it was miles better than the fishermans beach. A few nice places to grab lunch there too.

Old town: Very nice and loads going on, too many places to mention but we liked the rock cafe, had a nice meal and saw a decent band there. The atmosphere is generally nice although saw a few stag do's where the men were loud, rude and lowered the tone a bit but then you get that most places I suppose. Embarrassingly they were usually English!!

To sum up it was an enjoyable cheap(ish) week in the sun, apartments were fine but in my opinion too far away from the action. Would I go back? Probably not and probably wouldn't go rushing back to Portugal either but for couples/families who want a basic place and don't mind walking (or paying for taxis) I would recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Good points:

-very spacious, clean apartment (if a little basic - but hey its fairly cheap) with 2 nice balconies and nice views.
-Complex for the most part set in a pretty, peaceful area on a hill.
-The old town is seriously lovely with plenty to see and do and some decent eateries.

Not so good points:

-Grumpy staff and customer service in general needs looking at... for example being told we had to wait till 3pm before we could get in our room having arrived at 11 - we could accept this (just) - but to discover rooms were actually ready at around 12 when we'd already waited around for hours on end was not acceptable (why didn't they just tell us when we were sitting in reception BORED out of our brains!?)

-The stray dogs and cats are all very sweet and nice natured and it's clear the hotel look out for them, but if you're going to feed them and allow them to roam the complex please be decent and have them de-flead! For the sake of the animals and the guests especially children.

-The old town is where people go who want a peaceful tranquil restful holiday stay. So it was dissapointing to have to put up with big groups of men on stag dos getting drunk and loud by the pool everyday, holidaying teens staying up playing loud music ALL night every night and so on without any concern from staff about their other guests. (I'd like to point out I am 22 and my boyfriend is 29 so we're young ourselves and this was STILL extremely annoying.)

I would however just like to add that there were no break ins while we were there (other reviews mentioned this!?) the place seemed very safe (cctv) the pools are lovely and clean as are the surrounding areas and the housekeeping was efficient and every other day as expected. Don't come here if you don't enjoy walking - the walk back from town is all uphill but we did it everyday! it's fine. we were shocked at the amount of people who all got taxis back everytime! no wonder britain has an obesity problem!? Also Zoomarine is an awesome day out!! Overall a great week in the sun.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Rhiannon090
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

we have just returned my husband and i from a one weeks stay here. it was are first time to Portugal and we loved it so much , we arrived on the early morning flight from doncaster at 11 . 30 in the morning , arriving to wonderful hot sunshine, the coach took about a good hour to arrive at pateo village as it dropped at a few hotels first and we were the last drop off, but it was great as we could see all the sights and loads of orange, lemon and limes trees. first impressions of pateo village was clean and well looked after. we arrived at check in at 12 30 , and was told we could leave our bags in a special room , as all room are not ready till 3pm, that was no problem as we slipped into our shorts and swim wear and went down to the pool bar for a bit of lunch , great bar food next to the pool . after lunch we sat in the sun around the pool until3pm. our room was ready spot on 3 , we were on the top floor right at the end ,overlooking the pool from the front and a fantastic view over the mountains all around the sides and back . first impressions of our apartment were brill,,,, very clean, massive,large lounge, kitchen area with every single thing you need,large clean bathroom with full bath and shower, beautiful white soft towels,bedroom at the rear over looking the mountains. and the balconey was a sun worshipers heaven the biggest ever !!!! with table and chairs , we fetched two sun loungers up to ours as there is loads around the pool,We was going to go to Aldi to do a shop for the week but it is a long walk up a steep hill going and coming back but if you turn right as you come out of pateo walk just down the little road and turn left there is a little supermarket there were the lady is so lovely and friendly , and they sell everything you need and cheap , so we just had a stroll down there for our food shop , The walk into the old town is great if you get to know the short cuts , about 15 mins but we always got acab back as up hill ,the old town was fantastic , we loved it , market stalls up the cobbled tree lined streets , loads of great shops to look around , and a fantastic square with loads and loads of bars to sit and chill and people watch, with lots of street entertainers, fantastic,,,,,, we didnt eat out much as we love the self catering side of this holiday as we just have loads of salads as it was too hot to eat , but if you like dinning out there are loads and loads of fantastic places to eat . if you like it a bit lively if you go down the narrow streets next to the square here there is loads of disco, kareoke bars , and brill street entertainment. .. we went to the beach most days in the day time , lovely clean beaches, then came back in the afternoon , around the pool or on our very private balcony, we loved pateo village it was nice and quiet only thing thers a cock a doodle do at a farm over the back and its at it all day and night but it didnt bother us after a few drinks ,people who pull this place to bits are just nit picking as its a great place for the money.there is a shop on site for bare essentials ,eg water bread ,,,, the maids came in every other day and cleaned the place fully . clean white soft towels ,,, so we loved this place ,,,,,

Room Tip: dont go for a ground floor room as at night there are a lot of stray cats and dogs around and they j...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Jill T
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

just returned from a fabulous 3 night break staying at Pateo Village, Abufeura. 5 ladies, who had amazing time. Our accomodationwas a lovely 2 bedroomed villa. Cheap holiday which over exceeded our expectations. I would definately reccomend the Pateo village

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

No shuttle bus as per the website so it's around 4-5 euros in a taxi to and from the old town around £8-9 to the new town. The walk down is around 15 mins to old town but too much to walk back you will need a taxi back. There is one nice receptionist called Sandra the rest are a bit blunt. Snack bar near pool expensive 2 euros for a can of pop but there is a supermarket 5 mins walk away so I would advise to buy from there. We had a stag do staying when we was there that was very roudy near the pool playing drinking games and the staff didn't tell them to calm down which was disappointing as we couldn't sun bath near the pool when they we're there. The apartments are very spacious however and have everything you need for self catering. The main let down was the place wasn't very clean could do a good scrub. Would I go back no, however you get what you pay for here.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Rachael2306
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My family arrived 12th June for a 2 week stay first impression wasn't that bad, arrived around 12pm to be told we had to wait 3 hours to check in and me having 4 kids who where very grumpy and tried this wasn't good at all.
Through out our stay my children had cut there feet on the bottom of both pools several times due to great big holes and loose tiles!!
Cats and dogs using the grounds at there own personal toilet cat poo everywhere, flea bitten dogs constantly walking round begging for food and scrounging through bins.
In the Thompson brouche it was stated to have entertainment every night but unfortunately we was to learn that it has not been doing any entertainment for some years! Pateo village is surrounded by many derelict hotels and apartments the on site shop is really expensive but a few minutes walk down the hill is a reasonable supermarket

  • Stayed: June 2014
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3  Thank emzie4
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

So we went to Pateo Village for a week during Easter. We got an apartment which was very spacious and comfortable. The beds were a bit hard and the pillows were terrible. We had a room right in the front of the pool which was beautiful giving easy access to the pools and bar. The indoor pool was excellent being clean and warm for any time of the year. The outdoor pool was a bit too cold to swim in during April but it seemed that it would be lovely any other time. The reception is nothing special and the staff were ok but not very friendly. There were cats freely roaming around the pool and walking into the patio of our room which was very annoying. Our room was only cleaned once during the week which was a shock. The main issue here was that transport was a COMPLETE DISASTER. If you don't like walking for long distances and in hilly types of places then you need to rent a car which is what we did after a day there. The centre is lovely and the beaches are great too. The slide parks are great and I recommend a visit to ZooMarine. We also used the car to go to Lisbon for a day which was absolutely gorgeous despite the 3 hour trip. Also, getting food is an issue if you don't have a car because the market in the hotel is very expensive but a 10 minute walk can get you to a decent market where you can buy everything you need. I won't be coming back again but it was still an enjoyable holiday.

Room Tip: Opt for an apartment as they are very roomy and you have a good chance of getting a room right in fr...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Laith A
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Address: Pateo Village - Apt 908 | Rua Bem Parece - Pateo, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #74 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Price Range: £23 - £490 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pateo Village Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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