Travel operator: independant
there is a supermarket near called Ecomarche by Erins isle, an irish bar(you cant miss it) which had everything we needed. the apartments are close to the strip (about a 5 min walk) and in a quiet location, so you wont be kept awake at night.
the staff on reception are helpful, they gave us a map and told us how to get down to the strip, and to the supermarket, etc.
the pool is very nice, but cold! (as always in portugal)
Do not use the phone in the aparment! we had was a shock when paying our phone bill at the end of the week, do not asume that a 0.25 euros a unit means a minute (as we did) it means an impulse, there was approx 68impulses a minute, so 3 short calls cost us 40 euros.
Travel operator: thomson
Travel operator: xl
The apartment however was a 2 bed and one of the rooms was a double bed the other was 2 singles.
The apartment was clean and although just decorated and furnished with new curtains and bedlinen it is in need of upgrading. The bathrooms and kitchen mostly.
There was always plenty of hot water if you have children don't let them near it it is boiling.
The staff were very pleasent and helpful. It is a pity they don't take as good a care of the apartments as they do with the gardens and pool which were excellent.
The main pool and childrens pool were crystal clear and the whole area around is very clean.
The apartments are at the top of the strip in Montechoro behind the Montechoro hotel,and it is quite a treck to get to the strip and down to the beach. You can book a bus which will take you but you have to let them know the day before and it is quite expensive.
The local buses stop at the crossroads on the strip so it is better if you can to get there then you can get a bus too most places this is the second time at the villa alba but until they do something about the bathrooms I don't think we will be going back.
Also one of our party were nursing a knee injury so the hike to go out of a night seemed a lot further.
Travel operator: alpharooms .com
The location was brilliant as you could walk to the Strip in minutes, there are also lots of nice bars and restaurants close to the apartments. The supermarket was minutes away as were the bus stops.
I would not hesitate in recomending these apartments.
Travel operator: On The Beach
There was no entertainment for kids and the pool was always busy and sunbeds were limited and seemed to be reserved from very early in the morning midnight).
Pool bar closed at 7.00pm and there was nothing afterwards.
Some of the apartments were owner occupied and this led to the increased number of pets namely dogs which barked constantly.We had hot water in the apartments occasionally when other apartments wern't using the showers at the same time. The only positive point was that these apartments were in a good location.
We still enjoyed our holiday as we tried not to spend time at the apartments and subsequently travelled into the old town regularly which had lots of good restaurants and music bars.
We would definitely go back to Albuferia but would give the Villa Alba a miss!
Travel operator: falcon
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment, a double and a twin. The twin room consisted of a two single beds one of which was located on top of storage cupboards 3-4 feet above the marble tiled floor and the bed did not have a side rail to prevent the occupant falling out. The second bed was a standard height bed but only about 5 feet long so was only suitable for a child.
The kitchen was well equipped and even had a washing machine. However if more than one electrical item was plugged in at the same time then the fuse board tripped out. This became very annoying.
The bathroom was shabby and dirty. enough said!
The furnishings in the living area had seen better days.
Despite this we made the best of the holiday.
The pool was adequate in the first week but when the resort was fully occupied in the second week there was a shortage of sunbeds and the towel brigade could be seen around the pool at 8am.
Albufiera is a lively resort with a good selection of bars and restaurants along 'The Strip'. Vila Alba is located at the very top of 'The Strip'. Look out for touts handing out maps oft the town - very useful.
A trip to the old town is worthwhile. It is more laid back, has lots of little stalls selling nik-naks, street entertainers, cafes, bars and restaurants. If you like Thai food then The Royal Orchid is a must.
If you are self catering in Albufeira then The Modelo is the place to get your supplies. Get a taxi, will cost around 3 euros.
All in all we had a very pleasant holiday but would not go back to Vila Alba.
Travel operator: Falcon/JWT
The apartments have a high level of cleanliness, with daily domestic services. The overall site is well kept with gardeners tending plants and pool early each morning. My three children have grown through their teenage years with anticipation of visitng this holiday apartment complex.
Poolside there is a small cafe selling mainly fast food and drinks. Prices are reasonable. There is a small pool for young children. There are also Tennis courts which can be hired by the hour.
The hotel is well placed for the Strip, where there are numerous venues for shopping and eating out.
Travel operator: Going Places
The nearest beach was right down the bottom of the strip at Praia d'Oura which would take 20-30 minutes to walk to. There's quite a steep hill to get down to the beach, but taxis regularly arrive late in the day to take you back to the hotel.
Villa Alba runs a courtesy bus to and from another beach in the old town. It would leave at 10am and pick you up again at 4pm, but it does drop you at the top of a hill with alot of steps to take you down to the beach (and back up again!)
Overall the apartments are well situated to the new town although a little far from the beach. The pool was clean although we found there were only about 30 loungers and they'd all be taken up by 9am at the latest. Be careful, if they find you reserving loungers with your towels and not using them then they will remove your towels if someone is waiting (this happened to us!)
We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend Villa Alba to anyone.
Travel operator: Unknown
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