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Casa Mitchell Apartments
Ranked #54 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

When we first got out the taxi we were greeted by a frendly receptionist (located in the opposite appartments) with a good grasp of English, who showed us around our appartment and how to work the air conditioning/ safety deposit box/ TV etc.

The room (Room 64) was the one identified in the brochure, was much larger than we anticipated for the two of us. The Kitchette/ seating area was generously equiped, with a huge fridge, Microwave, toaster, kettle and 2 hobs. The TV was hardly used but did have about half a dozen english channels (was positioned high in the corner) Room on Road Level but noise was not noticiable at all, Balcony to the back overlooked the pool (1st floor) and that too was of a larger size than some of our neighbour's- however we did request a large room at booking of the holiday. The pool was small but with only a dozen people around it was plenty big enough- plenty of sunloungers also.

The maid kept the room spotless, changing towels and linen twice weekly and cleaning daily -Except Monday. The Air conditioning was not chargerable unlike other places we have stayed, on the 11th night of the stay it did stop working, after a trip to reception in the morning to report, it was fixed within hours.

The Location was really good, just a short walk (5Minutes) to the beach and shops/ restaurants/bars but far enough not to hear any noise at night. This was downhill via slope/ steps so would not recommend to people with walking difficulties.

One inconvenience was the key fob system, the Key's were securely attached to the Electricity Card- 2 keys one for the front main door and one for the appartment door, however this meant that if one of us went out, the other was without electricity. We came up with a solution!! We handed in the shopping through the front window to the other person and swapped for the keys.... However later on we found out that the receptionist can'' buzz'' you in on request. - If only we had known this earlier!!

The local general store is only 3 doors along the road and sells most items- bread, wine, cheese, jam etc. The local supermarket is 3 minutes walk down the hill with a better selection of items, more supermarkets slightly further along, as is the Old Town wth restuarants and bars, souvenir shops.

We had heard that the transfer coach is quite a long journey and this hotel being at the very last stop, we pre booked a taxi to and from the airport and took about 30 minutes each way rather than the reported 1hour 40 ish.
See photos - would recommend, many people seemed to be repeated returners. Would return to the resort just to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

We paid extra to have an apartment suitable for four people. Heaven knows how four would have coped in Apartment No.75. It was clean, I will agree to that, but it was so dark and depressing in the bedroom which didn't have a window, but at the far end there was a small sliding door on to the balcony. The television was not in the seating area - it was high on the wall in the bedroom, so again if four people wanted to watch it, the four would have needed to lie on the bed. We had paid just under £1000 for a week in nothing more than a rabbit hutch type apartment. We registered our dismay within 10 mins of arrival and when the representative came to see us we were offered a move to another hotel for an additional £600!!! The representative we dealt with confirmed that he would not wish to stay in this apartment. To add insult to injury, we met a lovely couple staying in another apartment in the block which was so different and guess what - they had paid less than us for two weeks holiday. Something wrong somewhere. We did put in a complaint to Thomsons Holiday, but two months down the line we have heard nothing.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

The location of Casa Mitchell is probably its main selling point. Away from all the noise of The Strip & Bar Street, yet just a few minutes walk from the beach, excellent restaurants and bars. The apartment complex is small but well served by a decent swimming pool which, as previous reviews says, benefits by not having a pool bar blasting out music.
The apartments primarily cater for couples, which also adds to the relaxing atmosphere - no screaming kids round the pool! Compared to the other hotels we saw on our airport transfer dropping-off saga, this one certainly seemed to have the most character and charm.
The criticisms? Our room was one of the smaller ones (a corner room), which was a bit unfair when other people seemed to be paying the same for more. The amenities were quite basic but sufficient if you were prepared to eat out (which you should as there are many excellent restaurants in old town Albufeira).
The local corner shop was quite expensive but well enough stocked for the basics and had all you needed. Leo's, the cafe across the road, was reasonably priced - but don't expect service with a smile!
All in all, Casa Mitchell is a great choice for the old town, and especially for couples who are looking to relax by the pool and have a base from which to explore the area.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Telford
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

I agree with all of the other reviewers that Casa Mitchell is very clean and I would definitely stay there again. However, perfect it isn't. Rather than go on about how good it is, I'll tell you what we didn't like.

1. We went self catering because we like to buy and cook local food. Fish, meat and veg from local markets. The appartment was extremely poorly equiped for this. Cooking facilities were two hot plates and a microwave oven (and a toaster). All three of the very small pans were metal, meaning that they could not be put in the microvave. There were no other pots so there was no way to cook anything in the microwave other than a ready meal (and I didn't go on holiday to Portugal to eat ready meals). Also, the cooking equipment was very basic. There was cutlery but no can opener, cork screw, bread knife, , nothing, just knives forks spoons and plates. There were wine glasses that held about a mouth full of wine and the tumblers were the same. We ended up buying a can opener and a corkscrew along with some plastic decent sized cups, which we used for wine and beer.

2. The appartment key is attached to a card which has to be put into a slot next to the door to turn the electricity on. This means that if you go out, your electricity is switched off automatically (except the fridge). There is an outer door to the appartment block, for which you also have a key on the same key ring. You have to open both doors to get back in to your appartment (and there are no door bells). What this means is that... well, here's an example. I wanted to go out and get some milk. My partner was watching the tv. Our options were that I go out and take the key, leaving her with no electricity in the flat (no TV). Or, I go out leaving her with the TV, but I have no way of getting back in to the appartment block!? This was an issue on dozens of occasions during the holiday. I wanted to go for an early morning walk on the beach while my partner slept. How? Note, both keys and the card were held together with a solid welded metal ring.

3. The TV. I like to keep in touch with the news and our TV had BBC World 24, which was brilliant. Except, we had to keep fiddling with the TV because it had a loose aeriel connection at the back so the picture went funny every feew minutes. Verry annoying.

On to the stuff I did like.

Spotlesly clean, very good location, good pool, excellent free library of British books to borrow.

Tips.... The big supermarket chain in Portugal has gone bust! It's the one that is equivelent to our Tesco or something. So, the local one to Casa Mitchell is boarded up (as are all the others). Look round the local area. We ended up using 4 different small shops, each being very good for one thing. Bread at one, cheap wine at another etc... The shop 20 yards up the road is very expensive in comparison to the ones 2 minutes walk away in any direction.

Last note. The cleaner was absolutely lovely and did a fantastic job. Thanks to her.

Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Devon
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

Stayed here for a week , very clean and well equipped with Kettle and toaster ,also an iron and ironing board.Very quiet as Adults only .Nice clean pool about a 15 minute walk into the town.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

we stayed here for two weeks in a one bedroom apartment and we were amazed with apartment the kitchen was brilliant it had everything you need plenty of crockery and all the electrical appliances were spot on everything worked without fault.
the bathroom was massive huge bath with shower only downside is you cant flush toilet paper you have to leave it in bin provided .
lounge had a double sofa bed 4 seater dining room table small tv with sattelite good selection of channels. main bedroom had a double bed (very comfy) room had airconditioning (ice cold) we needed it ! off the main bedroom was a rather large balcony with views of the swimming pool and garden.
maid service was everyday excluding mondays fresh towels left beds changed every second day and the floors mopped aswell.
outside space was lovely plenty of sun beds and tables and chairs around the pool no pool bar so you can take your own .
location is fantastic out the door turn right and follow the road down 4 mins and your on the beach !!!
cant recomend this hotel enough 10/10.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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East Anglia
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2009

Apart from hard beds and some fan noise at night, perfect.
Easy walk to Old Town Square for evening entertainment, easy to park, no-problem car hire through hotel, very pleasant reception staff, not too big, no pool bar (that's a plus) etc etc.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Mitchell Apartments
Address: Rua do Tenis, Albufeira 8200-186, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Albufeira
#22 Family Hotel in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Mitchell Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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