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Clube Praia da Oura
Ranked #62 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2010

Well having booked this hotel in January was really disappointed with the room allocated on arrival - stuck in a tatally sunless corner with a lounge area that went round a corner that was far to small to get the pull out bed out. As we had children did not like the fact that the bedroom was up a concrete stairs and so was the bathroom - not suitable when travelling with children. Complained about room and were allocated new room with tiny balcony couldn't even fit the 4 chairs on it but there was sun but just trees in front - the bedroom was huge but the living area tiny and yet again had to move furniture out of the way each nite to get out bed. this room was not even in the main complex it was on a main thoroughfare with the door rite at the roadside. Residential villas were around us and during the nite there was the constant wailing of dogs!!!

Considering we had booked this so far in advance we expected a decent sized room with at least a terrace and ample living space . tour rep just didn't see the problem - total waste of time he was!!

All in all the rest of the complex was fantastic and the food in the restaurants fabulous and of course the location to die for !! Would go back only on guarantee of pool view or terrace.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

We booked this holiday with co-op travel and our provider was Thomas Cook.
From the moment you pull up to this hotel you will be amazed! The main reception, has a bar with a grand piano, a sitting area which is the most amazing layout- the wall in the reception is a glass window into the bottom of the swimming pool!
The hotel was fantastic, beautiful location, right on the beach. We went half board to save on money. The food in the hotel was delicious, they didn’t just do the usual half board buffet they really made an effort! One night was ‘steak night’ which we obviously didn’t pay for as it was part of our half board package, they were charging all others gets 20Euros alone for the stake! The ‘steak’ night was such a sell out they turned people away!
We asked for sea views & that’s exactly what we got! Out room looked over the sea, it was so relaxing to sit at our balcony watching the sea and in the evenings the sun set.
The cleaners work hard to make the place spotless, we can’t complain they were perfect! In fact we left a letter with reception on leaving to thank our cleaner, she was so sweet always tried to talk to us even though her English was little!
The hotel was the best we’ve been to, we are so glad we went, the facilities are endless as it is part of a complex of three, so you can use any of the 3’s facilities including if you are half board, you can eat at either 3 restaurants!
The hotel has a reception area, that contains a desk for all tours and trips, do your research! The reception prices were so much cheaper than that of our tour operator Thomas Cook, we saved so much money on trips by using the hotel!
All the staff were friendly and very polite, their English was spot on!
The hotel’s location was great as a young couple we were close enough to the main strip for drinks, a taxi ride to Vilamoura and close to most the trips and attractions! Not to mention the hotel having a beach which was quiet and the most spotlessly clean beach I’ve ever been to!
We had a wonderful time & didn’t want to come home! It was simply perfect!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2010

This is a massive hotel (1300 rooms), so if you like a more intimate experience, you won't find it here. Our room was over the quiter side and had sea views, but they do extend far into the town area. The beach is lovely, but very tidal so be careful if you're not that confident at swimming.

The food in the area is not good. The "Strip" is great if you want food you could get at home sat along side a road! Its all the same - meat and fish, burgers, etc. However, a 25 minute walk or 15 minute car/train ride (from down the stip) will take you to the "Old town". This is a much nicer area where you an get some traditional food and sit by the sea. It is worth the trip.

The rooms are dated but very comfortable and clean.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Carlow, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

I travelled with my husband and two smallies (aged 3 and 2 years) and we were staying in a one-bed apartment. CPO (as it's called) is a huge complex - there must be several hundred apartments and unlike lots of places, it's not fenced off or enclosed. The apartments go right down to the beach - but sadly we didn't get one of those. We were on the ground floor right opposite the main pool and we were pretty happy with that location.

The apartment was reasonably spacious and very well supplied with kitchen bits and pieces - even tea towels and washing up liquid. There was a microwave, kettle and toaster and plenty of cutlery, plates, etc.

The balcony space for the one-bed's is very good - lots of room for kids to play safely, with a table, four chairs and two sunbeds. Happily our balcony got the sun from about 1.00pm every day - just in time for the kids nap.

The staff were friendly and helpful and the maid service was really excellent. We only ate in the restaurant twice at lunchtime, and it was very good.

The downsides for us included the fact that there was no airconditioning. The first two nights were almost unbearable and neither the kids nor the parents got much sleep. After that the weather cooled down a little and we had probably acclimatised. You could hire an airconditioning unit for €50 per week, but they only had 5 available and they were all gone.

Another downside was the kids pool. Way too deep for small kids - once they moved about two fee beyond the access steps it was too deep for our youngest. Our older daughter could go about half way out before it was up to her chin. There are also no sunbeds around the kids pool so you must use a couple of benches there or lie on the grass.

The last downside is that the only entertainment for kids under 5 years is a nightly kiddies disco for one hour. Given that this is September and the majority of over 5's are back in school I thought a bit more effort might have gone into putting something on for the little ones, but sadly not.

I would however recommend CPO to families with older kids and to couples. The location is great - only 5 mins walk to the start of the strip, the beach is anything from 1 min to 3 mins walk away (depending on where your apartment is), and the complex is very well kept.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2010

Just come back from CPO. Had a truly fabulous stay. The hotel is immaculately clean and the room was cleaned every other day. Had an apartment with a sea view, which was lovely. It is a very large complex, but it is run well. There was always hot water, there was no air conditioning but this was not a problem for us at this time of year,eventhough the weather was really hot. The food in Jac's on site is wonderful and very reasonable. You should visit El Rancho at the start of the strip - food was excellent here too. We caught the dinky train to the old town for a couple of meals in the evening - 7 Euros return for the both of us and well worth it. Try the Mexican Mi Sombro - gorgeous food and a sea view. Lovely beaches, with proper British sand! As a bonus there is free Wi-fi internet access in the reception - which was really handy. Good fun entertainment in Amanda's bar every night. Lots of happy hours at the bars on site. All round brilliant time - with ITV, BBC and Channel 4 for those of us who like our home comforts whilst away.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2010

Stayed for a week in a self catering studio at CPO in Praia da Oura. Self catering facilities were great, everything you could need! Location of the apartments was great, 5 min walk to 'The Strip' with lots of restuarants and bars but far away enough to not hear the noise! Our room was cleaned every other day which was fine, the only downside to the rooms is that there is no air conditioning, you do get a fan but with temperatures of 35 degrees you really could do with some air con! The apartment complex is huge, some apartments do face onto the beach but the complex goes quite far back, we were placed in a seperate block (Block K) towards the back of the hotel (no pool or beach view). However, this was fine for us as we had a few shops over the road and didn't have to walk up the hill to go to dinner every night. A word of warning - lots of hills. The pool was nice, had a little shop but the woman just made up her own prices! Bar/restaurant on the side of the pool which was nice but expensive. Haven't really got anything bad to say about the hotel except check in took quite a long time, the queue was just slow moving and then you had to wait for a porter to take you to your room.

The area of Praia da Oura was great, highly recommend The Sizzling Stone restaurant, bit pricey but lovely. Its on the way to the strip. We really liked Portugal the only negative was that in the restaurants they were quite reluctant to give you change from your bill ie, they wanted it as a tip. We went to Slide and Splash water park for the day. It was one of the cheaper ones but had plenty of slides and things to do but the place is daylight robbery. It's the first waterpark i have been to that you have to pay for sun louners (4 euros each). There was plenty of grass to sit on though. The sun loungers dont come with an umbrella, that's another 5 euros and lockers are 4 euros but do take alot of extra cash as they require a 10 euro deposit for each of these....! We booked the waterpark through Thomas Cook and it was about 28 euros with return transfers. We also booked a day trip to Lisbon through the hotel, this was 19 euro each whilst Thomas Cook wanted 45 euros each. This was really great, the journey is around 3hrs each way including a 30min stop. They give you a guided tour where you can get off the bus for an hour/30mins at each place and then they drop you in the centre of Lisbon to do some shopping for 3hrs. It was a great day.

Overall, highly recommend the hotel and The Algarve. Staff were very friendly and everything was clean.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2010

Just arrived back from Clube Praia da Oura - travelled with husband and two girls aged 12. The hotel is clean and in the best location in Oura. We were on the ground floor overlooking the pool - which was cleaned daily. You can either lie on the sun loungers or around the hotel on the grass - which was actually cooler and more comfortable. Everything about these apartments is good except for no air con. I would not hesitate in booking this hotel again if they spent the money and installed air con. Besides that one downside - everything else is excellent. Went on three excursions - slide and splash, catamarran and jeep safari. Happy hour 12 till 3. Do like the locals and visit the beach as the sun is going down - around 7pm. Very relaxing and still very warm.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Clube Praia da Oura
Address: Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira 8201-911, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Clube Praia da Oura 3*
Number of rooms: 564
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This extensive resort is located in Praia da Oura in Albufeira and features 2 renovated outdoor swimming pools, tropical gardens and a bowling green. It offers direct access to Praia da Oura beach, less than 200 meters away.The property is a great family destination but also perfect for couples or groups looking for an entertaining and lively beach holiday.All apartments at the Clube Praia da Oura have a private furnished balcony which have views over either the Atlantic Ocean, swimming pools & gardens or the resort.The apartments feature a fully equipped kitchenette, en suite bathroom with hairdryer and a seating and dining area with satellite TV.With a 24-hour completely renovated reception and lobby bar/café, the multilingual reception staff can book tours, airport transfers and the hotel shuttle service to the centre of Albufeira. There is also a Golf desk available where all golf courses in the Algarve can be booked.Jac’s Restaurant serves an à la carte menu of a variety of international and national dishes. Guests can relax and have a drink at our Ocean Bar with views over the ocean or Bowling Green or enjoy the Pool bar. There is a daily entertainment program available and evening entertainment options include theme nights, live music and karaoke.Guests can enjoy a variety of different dining options at our restaurants in our sister resorts, a 5 minutes’ walk away.The main entertainment area of Albufeira is a 5 minute walk away.Clube Praia da Oura is 40 minutes’ drive from Faro Airport and just over 3 km from the old town centre of Albufeira. ... more   less 
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