You'll fall asleep to the sound of barking dogs and awaken to the sound of crowing roosters at the Joinal Villas, but that was the least of my concerns. Having stayed in National Trust properties here in the UK, I was expecting the same standards of quality for my £3000 outlay. As other people have alluded to here already, the main concern concern surrounded the state of the kitchen in terms of safety, cleanliness and levels of equipment. There is a dishwasher provided but you'll be having to do washing up long before you've filled it due to the lack of cups, small plates, and spoons. We had to nip out on our first day to buy mugs and a filter for coffee. There was also no vegetable peeler, which i would have thought was a fairly basic kitchen utensil. The front of the fridge looked filthy, and were the wires hanging down from the ceiling above it live? The electrics were a major concern. All of the sockets had scortch marks on the wall around them, there was a 15 second delay between turning the kitchen light on and being able to see anything, and it was impossible to operate the washing machine and the dishwasher at the same time. Also, if you had all four rings of the hob on the fuse would blow at the box and have to be reset, only working again after a 20 minute delay. It was thanks to a people in a neighbouring villa that we were able to cook the kids tea when that happened. The tiled hood over the hop is also so low that if your over 5ft 5" you'll end up crowning yourself on it at least once during the holiday; in the end I rigged up a sign using paper and elastoplast in an attempt to prevent this from happening. Other gripes included the fact that several of the lights had no bulbs, the telly was tiny and that the master bedroom only had three pillows. Talking of the bedroom, the matress was comfortable enough but the bed squeeked every time you turned over; you wouldn't have wanted to do anything more energetic. We had a great holiday but that was despite the accommodation and not because of it.
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- Joinal Villas Apartments Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal