We stayed in a studio which was quite big, most of the studios are on the lower ground floor, but I e-mailed requesting a higher floor so was allocated 405 next to reception, (still only on ground level) this had a lovely sea view, so we were pleased with the studio which was equipped with all the necessary items for a self catering holiday.
The cleaners came in every other day, the whole of the accommodation was kept clean. The sun terrace looked a little bit tired, sunbeds looked a bit grubby but only due to wear and tear. The pool was small and the tiles were broken in places, but kept clean, we spent time on the beach and didn't use the terrace often. There were always sun beds available, not enough parasols though.
The apartments are up lots of steps which have lighting (still felt eerie), this can be hard going, but you did get used to it or alternatively a taxi was 4 euros from the old town to apartments.
Staff were all very pleasant. This is a 3* accommodation and was suitable for us as a couple.
For a cheap and cheerful holiday I would recommend the Cerro Malpique, we would go again.
Travel operator: self
There is no bar (no late noise), though the old town centre of Albufeira is a five minute stroll downhill, it is a little bit of climb back up(taxi's are cheap enough).
Reception is at the nearby malpique 1, and we found the staff to be helpfull and friendly.
The kids loved it as the pool was not crowded and it was again a short stroll to the beach. All in all a nice relaxing holiday and we will be going again.
Travel operator: direct
I have never been away before where there was not a bar all they had was a few cans of beer behind recption which were walm.
The pool was not that big.
The staff were not helpful at all.
The only good thing about the holiday was when we went to recption to change out travelers cheque we gave the lady
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
Location a problem if you're either elderly or have walking difficulties as it is on top of a hill. That aside, for a couple "perfect"
Very peaceful and relaxing, staff were very pleasant unlike some of the reports I had before we travelled. Room was cleaned to a high standard Mon - Fri.
Overall I would highly recommend for couples or families but not elderly.
Travel operator: Mytravel
The location was terrible at the top of "heart attack hill" and there was only one restaurant and shop in the vicinity, nightmare!!
Staff were rude and very unfriendly.
Travel operator: Direct Holidays
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