The whole place was clean and tidy plenty of hot water for showers, clean towels every day. If you want a tip for the lady's there is a plug near the mirror to do your hair, maid kept the room spotless and a nice little kitchen to make the odd snack and breakfast.
Bit of a rush most days for the pool beds, but this seems to be the norm in most places now days, never seemed to be many in the bar at night may have been the over the top prices.
I will go back to this apartment if I ever go back to Albufeira, finding I like Lagos and Tavira more these days they are not so mad.
Travel operator: Thomson Holidays
In a good area to walk to old town (10 mins) and strip (15mins. Lots of eating and drinking places round about.Fantastic cake shop beside hotel opened till 11.30pm - cakes to die for. Never ate in hotel so don't know what food like.
I have just returned from a long weekend and one of the First Choice Reps I was talking to has told me that as of next years season First Choice will have Exclusive Use of the Brisa Sol and it will have all the First choice resort entertainment including Kids Club
Travel operator: none
Travel operator: Aer Lingus/i-knowportugal.com
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
Travel operator: On the Beach
We had a 1 bedroom appartment which is spacious, clean and has everything you would need for a self catering holiday. We made the mistake of going half board however, especially as you have everything at your door step.
A large Modelo supermarket next door, a wide choice of restaurants within walking distance, with the choice of walking to the Old Town -10 mins and the New Town 15 minutes.
Talking about the hotel food,the Breakfasts were lovely with plenty of choice, but the dinner was awful for children and vegetarians - very dull food. (There is a Mcdonalds and KFC opposite for those children who are fussy eaters though)Hotel location was good apart from the busy road, Beach was a 10-15 minute walk - check out the escalators down to the beautiful sandy beach - one of the best I've seen. Buses can be caught outside of the hotel however.
Staff at the hotel were average, didn't really make any effort on their part, especially with the children. The restaurant manager did say that he would make our little one nuggets or fishfingers at no extra cost though, so do ask.
Be warned the swimming pools do not have a life guard on duty. The outside swimming pool was very cold, and the inside one was like a sauna - needs updating, as does the health club which you have to pay extra for. We did't try the hotel entertainment, it seemed very geared towards old people, and had no atmosphere.
All in all, this hotel is good for a self catering base, not really for young families, as there is no entertainment for them, but due to the location there are lots of restaurants, bars, great beaches.
Travel operator: Alpha Rooms
Travel operator: Portland
We stayed half board at the hotel the first night the food was really nice we had pork the second night it was chicken piri piri which is supposed to be a portuguese dish, the chicken was raw inside and not cooked, i told my children not to eat it but i did not say anything to the waiters i just took my children over to macdonalds and got them something to eat from there. On the third night it was steak and again we could not eat it as this was very very rare my husband likes his steak med/rare but even he couldn't eat it and by this time i had had enough and told the head waiter and he just said ok he didnt apologise or try to solve the problem that not just us but other people were having with the meat not being cooked properly. We never ate again in the hotel.
The maid service was quite unusual too, we would go out of the apartment in the morning and return to find our towels hadnt been changed and the apartments not brushed out etc then the maids would knock on our door at 5pm sometimes this i couldnt understand.
The hotel location was ok but i would stay either in the old town of Albufeira or the new town as it was a bit of a walk to the new town and the strip although when we got there there was nothing open. During the day there were some shops open I did on a couple of occasions try to buy a couple of souveniers but after myself and my children were told by the shopkeepers that they were a little bit more than the marked up price i decided to leave it.
I would definatley not visit this hotel again and i will not be going to the Algarve again as i have visited many places out of season and there has been plenty to do for myself, my husband and my children. Really Terrible couldnt wait to get home!
Travel operator: freedom direct
The Xmas gala dinner in the hotel was super and such good value too. Opposite was Tim Tim a lovely Chinese place. Good food and very reasonable.
Mini train stops outside the hotel and for 3euro you can travel all day to the Strip and old town which is a fab place to visit by day or night.
We would not hesitate to recommend this aparthotel and hope to visit very soon.
Travel operator: travel republic
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