I have just come back from 3 nights & 4 days staying at the Casablanca Inn, I went with my best friend that I have known since I was 10 I'm currently 17 nearly 18. I also currently study Travel & Tourism Level 2 So I do have some knowledge on hotels & what should be expected such as health & safety etc. This holiday was a quick get away because I wanted a nice break from the UK I have never been to Portugal before only spain this holiday was booked through Thomson it seemed to be a great package deal I read some of the reviews before I left & I felt very nervous of what to expect. Once I arrived I thought the front of the hotel looked very nice & Presentable then I walked inside & noticed that the hotel owners have cats that they allow around the hotel we were also told that they have a dog but he wasn't very well so we did not see any other animals apart from that cats which were okay it's fortunate because I'm a cat lover but personally if you are not fussed on animals then I do not recommend this hotel. The hotel does not habitat stray animals please be rest assured that the cats DO belong to the hotel owner, anyway they provide free wifi & you can use it for how ever long you wish too it's all free I thought that was really good considering that most hotels would charge you some (€)-(£).
The only thing with the wifi is that you can only use it when you are sat in the main lobby which is located next to the bar area. We found the room very clean & the beds were reasonably comfortable at least we had a good few sleeps considering (My flight) was not satisfactory because of a child kicking the back of my seat, the rooms were also very clean can not fault the cleanliness of this hotel what so ever. The tv was not old it was brand new flat screen (small) but nice only thing I would add is that there was no point watching it because they only have one English Channel which is basically a news channel the rest of the channels were in Portuguese.
As for the food I was NOT impressed I'm aware I'm a teenager but at the end of the day I find myself mature for age even though sometimes I have some immaturity. The first day we arrived we were told that dinner was going to be a buffet we waited for a very long time to be served we waited at least 20-23 mins till someone gave us a menu? that's right we were given a menu to choose a starter-main course- then dessert. I was shocked that they had called or said that this was a buffet because it was certainly not.. most of the starters was basically soup & as for the main courses well let's not discuss that the food was not at all up to standards personally I found it rather gross even my friend said that it was average.
Breakfast did not get any better hardly any thing to choose from, not much choice for any one & little food I'm not sure whether they are trying to save money or just make tiny portions of food but either way I was very hungry after breakfast & dinner. Round the corner luckily is a little super market we went & bought some biscuits & chocolate to satisfy our hunger after breakfast or dinner. As myself & my friend went half board we only experienced breakfast & dinner so I'm sorry but I can not give you any information about their lunch dining options.
The swimming Pool was alright accept its right next to the canteen so whilst you are in your bikini/swimming costume then people can have a good look at what you are doing.. which myself & my friend felt uncomfortable..the pool is enclosed so depending on what time of year you visit the temperature is not known, one thing that did come across not so great was the fact I took my chewing gum out of my mouth & placed it on the side of the pool I forgot to pick it up & bin it. The next day we went down for a quick swim my friend noticed that the gum was still by the side of the pool & their was a lot of spiders & other creepy crawleys in the pool (not nice for your daughter/son) to swim in right? basically the pool was supposed to be cleaned every night with special chemicals to prevent infection! but from this we were aware that the pool had NOT been cleaned ew.
The Hotel is alright if you are looking for a *Cheap get away in the middle of no where.. literally the hotel is located in Monte Gordo which is a bit of a wasteland I do not mean to be rude but from what we saw it looked very run down with half knocked down buildings & lots of shops out of business. It was alright for one visit but I highly doubt I would choose this hotel again the cats were very sweet but I would defiantly not book this hotel again. There is not much to do & the food was just not satisfactory I know for the older generation it may be "fine" but for myself & my friend we did not really enjoy it.
The only best bit was just having my best friend with me to spend some time with her I was so glad once I arrived back into the UK as soon as I got home I stuffed my face with food! I have never been so grateful to be back in England literally praise the lord ( I'm a christian) so I can say this.
Anyway I would not really Recommend this hotel... so it is really up to yourself. Just bear in mind everything I have said If you would like any other information just add me on Facebook & I would be more than happy to disclose it! Happy holidays.
~ Alyce Holloway
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- Casablanca Monte Gordo
- Casablanca Inn Monte Gordo, Portugal - Algarve