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“I wouldn't let my cat sleep here!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

I'm sorry to rate this accommodation so poorly, but we were so shocked at the state of the place, we just wanted to let people know that it is not advisable to stay here in December (if at any time of the year).

The weather, I know is not guaranteed, but if your accommodation is comfortable, you can still relax and enjoy your stay away from home.

The clue as to how bad the accommodation was going to be, was that our taxi transfer driver did not know where it was - we had to get out of the taxi with our suitacases in the rain and look for the booking office. Having found a local behind some locked gates, he pointed in the direction of the local estate agents. We was then escorted accross the road by a travel agent whom was talking on the telephone and laughing intermittently, and then shown to our room (we had to be quick because the lights were on timer and once they go out, it is completely pitch black)

The Algamar is a self-catering accommodation. Upon entering our room, the first thing that hit me was the smell of mustiness, the staines on the floor tiles, the army camp type twin beds (it was supposed to be a double room) and the black spores all over the radiator's! This should have been the moment we turn to the estate agent and request she find us alternate accommodation, but we didn't - our mistake!

The cooker and the fridge, not to mention most of the cooking area was covered in grease and grime and the smell was terrible. Our view from the patio doors in which incidently was supposed to be the harbour encompassing boats and fishing restaurants, was in fact a dirty, horrible swimming pool full of debris and filthy deck chairs, surrounded by accommodation for the locals and no sign of the sea! Much to our disappointment, we decided to look for alternative accomodation ourselves in which was the Dom Pedro Hotel a few hundred yards away. This incidently was quite reasonable, although the restaurant in the hotel was not open, so we had to go to a neighbouring hotel for something to eat!

To finalise this experience, we decided to leave Portugal the next day on account of everything being shut and the only attraction open was the Casino!

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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Algamar

Property: Algamar
Address: Av.Tivoli, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-401, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
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Ranked #10 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Algamar 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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