This apartment complex is very, very basic and the rooms are in dire need of an upgrade. We got a spacious 2 bedroom apartment with a balcony, 2 bathrooms, separate kitchen and living room area. Tiny television with only one English channel - Eurosports!
Some of the lights didn't work and the ones that did were very dim. It did smell a little but was clean which was the main thing and the location is good. Lots of towels but no toiletries, not even soap. Housekeeping seemed to clean the rooms in the late afternoon - we arrived at 2pm and our room was not ready until 4pm. Yet when we asked for a late check out on our last day we were told no.
Lady at reception is always smiling and pleasant but the manager isn't so friendly. There is also another member of staff who we approached as the internet in the lobby was not working - 1euro for 10 mins - but he didn't really know what to do and didn't even offer to refund our money. No wifi either.
There is an ok sized pool on site with sun loungers - you have to pay for the mattresses but can do without. The beach is very close-by - it's massive but there are lots of broken shells and pebbles - not suitable for kids and overall, not very nice. The water is absolutely freezing even in the scorching heat.
Food in the area is average and the "specials" seem to be either Peri Peri chicken or steaks. Beer is cheap - we found a place further up The Strip which was only 99cents a beer and 79cents for a soft drink. The apartments serve snacks and drinks. Breakfast is also available but we didn't eat there.
The Old Town can be reached in about 10/15 mins on the tram/train which travels around Albufeira - 2euros one way or 3.50euros for an all day ticket. The Strip consists of bars, restaurants and tacky souvenir shops, not much more. Perhaps it was the time of year we went but places were half empty, even during peak hours. We didn't mind so much though as we only wanted a few days away to relax in the sun. There is a small supermarket near the beach but we preferred to go the large Continente supermarket at Stop 3 on the train.
The best thing about the holiday was the weather - 27 degrees on our last night while we were having dinner! Golf courses are plentiful but a little far out and there is a zoo and some aqua parks. We went to a shopping mall called Algarve Shopping - not much there but worthwhile just for a change of scenery, It cost us 12 euros each way from The Strip.
Thumbs Up - Fridge and air con in apartment, location, pool, weather
Thumbs Down - more or less everything else
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