Janelas do Mar Apartments

Address: Rua de Correira-Lote 215, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200-112, Portugal | 3 star condo
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This 3 star condo, located on Rua de Correira-Lote 215, Albufeira, is near Quad Ventura, Dream Wave, Clock Tower, and Xorino Cave.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Janelas do Mar Apartments Albufeira

      Spacious and clean, overall great holiday


      We booked a last minute, allocation on arrival deal and were more than happy with this hotel. We paid very little for the self catering deal, and feel we got a great hotel for the money.

      It was very spacious and clean, with good facilities. It was within walking distance of the strip - about 15 minutes, with the beach at the bottom of a hill ! Which we didnt mind, i can imagine that in the middle of the summer it would be hard work going up there in the heat, but as we went in January it was fine. It is also within walking distance of Old Town, a really good supermarket called Modelo, a shopping mall and plenty of shops and restaurants.

      The strip was very touristy, I imagine very good for clubbers in the height of summer, again because of the time of year some of the pubs were closed for the season, but it was good because it was nice and quiet, especially on the beaches, which were amazing, with lots of coves to explore.

      I rated it above average because it was a last minute deal and it was so cheap we were very impressed. There were 3 pools, one indoor and a jacuzzi, which was great! They were too cold to go in though in January, I dont think they were heated - but the jacuzzi was great!

      Also in the hotel were pool tables, and a gym.

      For eating, as mentioned there is a great supermarket nearby, as for restaurants, you could eat at a different one for every meal there are so many! And they were all to our experience very good value.

      Near to the hotel there is a small cafe with tv, bar and pool tables - but there is not much else nearby, there was only one bar open at the hotel when we went, but i understand there are a couple more, one is a snack bar i think. But we had no trouble at all finding places to eat. Although i am vegetarian, and i found there were in general less options, and if you have ever had a Greek salad, youll know how good they are, do not expect the same thing in Portugal! I ordered salad and got a basic bit of tomato, cucumber and Lettuce!

      We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, I would reccommend it to anyone apart from the less mobile, if you enjoy walking and exploring places it has a great location for everything.

      3am Karaoke


      Not a great place to stay unless you like to sit in a grotty little bar with undemanding middle aged parents and kids in pushchairs listening to the teenagers sing old tunes on the Karaoke until 3am. It's 30 minutes walk from the old town of Albufeira, the only real destination away from the appartments because the nearer 'Strip' is so awful, populated almost exclusively by expatriate north Europeans offering Dutch, English or German beers, food and tv to the exclusion of anything local or indigenous. The whole town is a building site and there's nothing apparently there that could have existed more than 10 or 15 years ago.

      Zero culture, lowest-common-denominator entertainment (and that's being kind!) and not particularly cheap either - the onsite supermarket is more expensive than your usual corner shop.. but the wine is cheap and very neccesary if you want to sleep before 3am.

      The grounds were reasonable, the pools clean (and cold!) and the appartment OK for a couple but not great overall.

      Heartbreak hill


      we stayed at this hotel in july 2005,and although it's not perfect we enjoyed our stay there.You are about 10 mins walk away from a supermarket {the one at the hotel is really dear and very unfriendly}the "strip" is a short walk away with plenty of resteraunts and bars try the blues 2 cafe food and service is excellant ,the apartments can be noisy but thats more down to bad guests than anything else the entertainment is really bad but as I say you are near the strip.The old town is about 4 euros in a taxi but you can buy bus passes either daily or weekly ,I think daily it was 2.50 or 12 weekly, do take a t-towel as these are really bad and DO NOT BUY TICKETS FOR EXCURSIONS BEFORE YOU GO we did and had a terrible time trying to find our own way there,buy them on the strip or in the old town travel agencies there sell both transport and tickets together you can buy just buy tickets but trying to find public transport is hard-if you intend driving this isn't a problem.Most of the staff are very pleasent and helpful ,the locals can sound a bit intimidating but they are great,there is everything you could want here,it's just a matter of finding it.Don't expect a 5 star hotel it's not. Most of all enjoy youself if you want to pick fault you will.

      Sleepless nights.


      Unless you are a heavy sleeper, Janelas Do Mar is not the right place for you to spend your holiday.

      Our apartment was just feet away from a heavy lift door that gets slammed day and night (like a mini earthquake every time). With 8 apartments on each floor you are bound to be near either the lift door or one of the two staircase doors / fire doors that also get slammed throughout the night by children using the corridors as a playground. Some parents seem to have an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude to children during their holidays.

      There is no double-glazing so we could hear all outside noise.

      There was noise from other families throughout the night. Twice there were domestic arguments. Twice I had to ring reception (at 1.30 am one night and at 5am another night) to ask security to sort it out.

      Block 3 has no staffed reception area, so apart from a CCTV camera linked to the main reception in another block, you are isolated from any physical security presence.

      With tiled floors and wooden chairs, we heard constant scraping noises from the apartment above. This is rather like nails on a blackboard. The only apartments that do not suffer this annoyance are on the 9th floor. It is highly irritating when people return from a night out at 3am and start moving furniture around.

      Dustcarts empty the 5 huge wheelie bins at 3am most days, which is a noisy activity at the best of times.

      A few hundred yards away, a new football stadium has just been completed. The first match was Friday 22nd July. This is nice for football fans but not for anyone not wishing to listen to the music and announcements from the loud speakers during evening matches. There is also noise from football supporters leaving the stadium after the match (with a 9.30pm kick-off, shouting and chanting fans were returning to the site after 11pm).

      Our First Choice rep offered to move us but all the apartments were subject to the same noise from people coming back from The Strip between midnight and 6am (drunk). This leads to lots of door-slamming, lots of loud conversations echoing up the corridors, the inevitable arguments as to who has the door key (!) etc.

      Some of the transfer buses take holidaymakers back to Faro airport at 6.20am, so we got disturbed several times by people vacating apartments at 6am.

      There are no lifeguards at pools, so it's not wise to leave kids unattended even if they are confident swimmers. The pool at the lower level had a problem with very smelly drains during our stay.

      The cutlery was so rusty I had to scrub it when we arrived.

      The tea towels were too filthy to use. Even the washed tea towels were heavily stained.

      There was no microwave or grill (or sieve, or colander). There is just an oven, a hob and a toaster.

      The fridge was adequate, but hums and rattles all night struggling to stop the butter from going runny. If you are sleeping (or trying to sleep) in the living area section this might get on your nerves after a while.

      The beds were rock hard. If you are lucky enough to fall asleep, the pins and needles you get 20 minutes later will probably wake you up again before too long. The pillows were so lumpy they felt like they were filled with marbles. I ended up using rolled up blankets instead.

      The lock on the toilet door was very fiddly to use. This would be problematic for small children or anyone with difficulties using their fingers, such as the elderly.

      I was not allowed to use my Switch card to pay the First Choice rep for excursions (I had to play "hunt the ATM").

      TV rental was very expensive (20 euros for 1 week, 30 euros for 2 weeks).

      The "entertainment" on site in the evenings was pretty dreadful, which is why most people opt to go to The Strip at nights.

      In Albufeira, the cobbled streets are made from white flint, shiny side up, and are like an ice rink. I slipped over injuring my wrist and side. I met several other people with arms and ankles strapped up due to falls.

      Beggars hassle you in the streets, especially in The Strip. Women with bare feet carrying babies at night are on every street.

      Taxi drivers were miserable, to the point of downright rude!

      The on-site shop was ok for essentials like bread and milk but quite limited in choice. There was a supermarket 10 minutes walk away but do not expect the same variety as you would find in your local Tescos or Sainsburys.

      There WERE a few good points during our 2 week stay at Janelas Do Mar, including a trip to Zoomarine, a bus excursion along the West coast, and a boat trip from Fisherman's Beach, but the lack of sleep totally ruined the holiday for all of us.

      Very pleasantly surprised


      My friend and I (both single and in our mid fifties, but young at heart! ) have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Janelas Do Mar apartments, having read some reviews prior to our trip I was unsure what to expect but I need not have worried.

      The apartments were very roomy, very clean and well equipped. The grounds were very neat and well maintained, all Pool areas were thoroughly cleaned every morning, the small garden area was a nice peaceful haven with Sunbeds and chairs for those seeking a bit of shade or quiet.

      The snack bar was open long hours and spotlessly clean, prices were not much different from in the Town and I can thoroughly recommend the Tuna Salad.

      As there are 3 swimming pools there was always room for a proper swim,the top pool being almost empty most afternoons.

      Our apartment was directly over the bar but this was no problem at all as all noise was finished by 1.00am and there was no noise from the town either because of the location.

      The apartments run their own shuttle bus service which would benefit from making just a couple more stops but the apartments are adequately serviced by the local buses , a trip round the whole resort costs only one euro and a taxi ride costs five euros at the most.

      We had such a good time we are definitely going again next year and I would recommend the apartments to everyone except those with mobility problems, as the whole resort is very hilly and the pavements are very slippery.

      Lots of problems


      we went on a family holiday 6 adults 1 child,the apartments are spacious but there was a lot of problems we were in block 2 on 1st floor right above the noisy bar,there is a tv in the room but you need a remote 60 euros plus 15 deposit.most of the plug sockets were hanging off dangerous when you have a young child did report it but they just slotted them back in some gave off shocks there is a few activtes to do but you have to pay eg table tennis 4 euros for half a hour plus deposit .the gym 8 euros the list goes on all hidden costs also they had no laundry but they would wash your clothes for 1 pair of trousers 4 euros.there is not a lot to do at the hotel you have to go to main strip which is about 20 min walk or taxi 5 euros ,the bar does not open untill 5 pm ,the on site supermarket is really expensive with limited choice.i would not recomend this to any one.

      Great Family Apartments


      Took a cheap last minute week away for 3 adults 1 child.

      Nice clean family appartments. We had 2 balconies and we were grateful for the through breeze. Apartments are very sparsley kitted, but we ate out everynight.

      We had a twin room and the additional "sofa beds" were for a change beds with cussions to make them sofa's.

      It has 4 pools 1 Adult, 1 Family, 1 toddler and 1 indoor, as well as jacuzi and other things which need to be rented. Bars/cafe next to each pool for the lazy.

      Clean and well organised apartments but everthing on site is relatively expensive.

      Best advice, forget taxis or the bus, the strip is about a 15min walk, across the main road, over the hill and across a bit of waste ground.

      Beer can be bought half the price of the apartments at the strip.

      Would recommend to anybody, but would advise shopping and drinking off site as it is far cheaper.

      Nice apartments, shame about the wind.


      Arrived in June 2004 for Euro Championships. I found the apartments to be quite big, clean and tidy. However the oven used for cooking food seemed to take forever and its quite windy because of where the hotel is situated. It isn't far from the strip in Albufeira however, just a short walk, so thats ok. Theres also a local pub just down the road which sells beer for 1.50 Euros, cheaper and better pints than the hotel, which sells them at 2.50 Euros. The staff are nice, friendly and helpful and speak good English. The hotel also has good facilities such as the pool, jaccuzi, sauna and gym to keep you occupied through the day. If I was to consider coming back to Albufeira, id be tempted to choose these apartments. Overall the apartments are pretty good.

      Very good, clean & spacious.


      I stayed at these apartments summer 2003 and found them to be very clean spacious and generally well maintained, the staff where very pleasant and helpfull. The service in the bar and restaurant was also very good. I would definately return.

      Very clean and spacious


      Staff very nice, apartments very big, clean, food very nice and not too far from town. There is a bus that brings you to the beach from outside the apartments every 30mins very handy!!!. it was my first year to take my 4 year old daughter away for a holiday, the apartments and pool etc are very family orientated. I liked the Janelas Do Mar Apartments and will be returning again this year.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Janelas do Mar Apartments Albufeira

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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