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Monica Isabel Beach Club
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

I would rate this hotel good for the money, We paid around £240 each (not inc flights) for 10 nights all inclusive and for that it was very good value for money, we were in block B which was quite big and clean but basic, The food was excellent and something for all tastes, Staff were good AI drinks were limited but not bad for free, The 2 outdoor pools were very cold 1 is small and a good suntrap in the afternoon with no noise, the bigger one is ok but noisy and the snack bar serves burgers and chips/toasties etc, the indoor one is not bad on cloudy days but could get full easily, The free bus to old town /strip holds 8 people and does make a few trips if more than 8 are waiting although the road walk to the strip was 12 minutes, The old town is about 15 mins by beach or concrete although beach is a lot flatter and a lovely walk, The entertainment was limited but a singer on most nights, covered games room/chill area for kids and pool tables are in the lower bar area, THERE IS FREE WIFI in a big ballroom downstairs you just have to look for it and two pc's in reception, There are a couple of bars and two supermarkets in the immediate vicinity but the main draw is the beach area, you will not see a better sunset than on Praia beach, is was gorgeous! Please note the waves can be a little overpowering at times, All in all we had a good holiday for the price we paid.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I have just returned today following spending a week at the monica isabel with two friends. We found all the staff helpful and friendly reception and bar staff alike. Most of the residents were there for a good time apart from the moaners and most places get them where nothing is ever right - my answer stay at home! Hotel location is excellent right on the beach close to the strip and the town. Food was good and hot with plenty of choice with lovely views from the restaurant over the beach and over to Albufeira. We stayed in block M with a lovely sea view, the room was really big and clean, we overlooked a small quiet pool away from all the kids in the main pool so it was lovely and peaceful. The pool was cleaned every day, sadly some human beings feel unable to pick their own rubbish up around the pool and place it in a bin themselves why should someone clean up after you- dirty people I say.Yes we had flys and wasps and seagulls and chickens and cats but so what its close to the sea and greenery what do people expect.

The hotel could do with a face lift I agree but at the end of the day it was a cheap holiday definitely worth the money and I would return, we all enjoyed our week and the weather was wonderful!

Room Tip: Block M was a good block over looking the sea and small pool area,close to the kids club with a lift to all floors.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank HelenMallinson
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We arrived early morning (2am) 27th October 2013 and was greeted with a smile,shown a map of the area and escorted to our apartment im M2 block which is a short walk from the main hotel.
We were very surprised at the size of the apartment,it was very big with a microwave,2 ring electric cooker, full sized fridge and sink, we were all inclusive but its nice to have the option to cook for yourself if you wanted to.
Once we found our way around we were very pleased with the hotel,a bit dated but it had everything you needed inc a indoor pool,pool bar with food served from 12pm (burgers,chips,salad,toasties,crisps) and the staff at the bars were very friendly and always having a laugh with us.
There is a free bus which takes you to the old town or the strip which is great,we used it a lot,the food was varied but we never went hungry,fresh fish most days,chips,rice,salad,soup,fruit ect.
As it was late in the year I did find the pool very cold but the sea was the same,there is easy access to the beach,we walked down the beach to the old town and it took us 12 mins to do it,very easy.
Would I go back.......Yes I would,as I said before it could do with a lick of paint and updating in places,there is free wifi so the daughter was happy as was I.

Room Tip: The block we were in was in block M2 which is around the back up a hill so beware of that if you have kids or older people,we had room 301 on the end so missed a lot of sun due to tree cover.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank siluspoker
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

If you want 5* luxury pay for it! if you want a standard 3* all inclusive this will do for the price.

We checked in late at night about 12am check in was friendly and quick we was given a map of the resort (remember this is a resort not a hotel so some things are dotted around) when given the map the gentleman behind the check in desk showed is on the map where we was and where our apartment was in relation to the reception and all the other bits and bobs OK at first it does not make sense but after a day it did, on going to our room he called over one of the security guards who lead us to our room, our apartment was brilliant for us 2 adults 3 children, it was a 2 bedroom with kitchen dinner, and bathroom.The view was amazing we had 2 balcony's 1 from each bedroom both looking out to sea, (upper floor A block)

Breakfast just like many budget AI was fried egg,hot dog sausage, scrambled egg,beans,grilled tomatoes,different types of breakfast potato every day,toast,jam,marmalade,bread,cheese,ham and other meats,youghts,cossiants, we had bacon twice in a week,

Never made lunch spent to much time round the pool sunbathing where there was a snack bar with salad and crips then later in the day you could have toasties cheese,cheese n ham or a burger all with or with out chips if you wanted more than this then you would need to go to the restruant for lunch, but this did us for a snack as we never went for breakfast till 9am and evening meal started at 6.30pm

Evening meal, well our first was a Sunday night and i made my self a good enough Sunday dinner so could not complain at that. Every night there was enough choice for every one with similar things each night as AI does but different if you used your head you could have a curry dish one night a pasta dish another a roast another and fish and chips another and a take away style meal another and then a salad dish another!!., so why people complain i don't know!!!! OK its not the most amazing food but its ediable enjoyable and included in your price this is not fine dinning its AI catering for thousands of different people.

The Beach was so close you could almost throw a shell on it from the pool area

Pool was very cold but the kids seemed to enjoy it, i found the sea more fun and much warmer, watch the waves though they are strong

The beach close by was a bit grity type sand and lots of large shells we found a lovely soft sand beach by having a wander though

I don't understand why so many people pay for a taxis into the old/new town when theres a free bus, take the free bus in walk back or taxi back!

The kids loved it and out of all the places we have been this is the one they want to go back to??? Dont know why!

The entertainment was rubbish apart from the parrot show that was brilliant

Yes the place is dated in some places, but we go on holiday to enjoy ourselves and not look at the decor?

Would i go back? Well for the price i paid including private transfers for 5 of us YES i defiantly would go back to this resort monica beach hotel.

My only real negative even though the toilets were cleaned ever hour the male toilets at the back of the AI bar were disgusting never any soap,the hand dryer did not work and no paper towels to dry your hands on

That said i would return as the value for money was brilliant and i would just say to them people out there who complain about a rip in a seat or a walk up hill its a brill place and loacation

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!

Room Tip: upper floor of a block we found good
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank ginnyginf
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Stayed all inclusive returned 2nd november 2013, what can i say, there was a mixed group of 16 of us aged from 5 -45 and we had read the reviews on here before hand but had kept an open mind as to what to expect, on arrival we were greeted with reception by a friendly lady who suggested as it was late we just dump the bags and go get some dinner from the restaurent and when we are done they will take us to our rooms which we did, got into our room in block m and after a drink went to bed, woke up to gloriuous views over the sea, accomodation was clean but dated, just remember your not paying 5 star prices here and you will be ok, generally found all the staff on the resort to be very friendly, rooms were cleaned every day (except the one when one of our party was unwell and slept in all day )food was ok with a good choice at all meals (be warned they dont always serve bacon for breakfast but when they do its good bacon) all the bar staff and waiting staff in the restaurent were friendly and professional and we had none of the issues mentioned elsewhere in the reviews on here,

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank thegrimreaper1979
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