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... we were taken out, thinking we were going to the vegetable market at Lagoa, then back. But we went on to Portimao, then to the shrine of Señora da Rocha and then back around 4.30. So a longer trip out.. But very pleasant. This evening Bill and I went to the fish restaurant on the beach and had Sea Bass - delicious but a little pricey. But isn't that what holidays are ...
... I didn't realize how much I missed simply having a meal with people and just visiting with everyone! We woke up Sunday morning and got an early start on our exploring. This time we went back to the beach which we visited the first day, and worked our way around the coast back to the beach we left off the first day! This hike was pretty challenging, and at some points we were literally crawling along thin ledges looming over at the ...
... for it. Finally we got on the right time and boarded the right train and arrived in Lagos! This city is so beautiful with so many hidden treasures that I wouldn't of dreamed of finding. It's a town that you can walk around in forever. Our first day we really had this vision to go to the beach and drink piña coladas and soak up the sun. We got picked up from the train station by the hostel staff which was super nice, and got a tour of the town. The sun was shining and ...
... raspberries, oranges, buns with peanut butter (the jar we packed from home is almost done!), apricot jam, tomato and cucumber slices; along with tea for Dawn and my coffee. We will then plan our day which will either be a bus or train out of town. Our return must allow some tennis, then the hockey game starts at 5:00. As for dinner tonight, we have a list of bistros and pubs that we still want to check out, as well as favourites that we wish to return to. ...
... us back to the beach promenade. We selected an outdoor cafe for lunch, then biked around Vilamoura, trying as many bike paths as we could muster. We returned the bikes at 4:30, a bit stiff and burned out, but so happy for the experience! After bussing it back to our hotel, we went to the bar and all 5 of us had the special: cheeseburger and pint of beer for 3e.99 ($6 Canadian). We watched the women hockey team beat the Swiss in the semi-final. The girls go for the gold ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Montechoro Albufeira
I stayed at the Montechoro twice - once in August 2003 and then again in June 2004. The rooms were almost identical on each occasion - very large and clean but showing signs of needing refurbishment. All rooms have a large balcony, which is very private and is a great place to sit in the evenings.
The Hotel Montechoro is situated in the newer part of Albuferia on the end of the "Strip"about 1mile from the beach and about 10 minutes by taxi to the centre of Albuferia's old Town with its lovely beach and square which is a popular place for entainers.
Stayed there in May 2005. A nice big hotel, buffet breakfast was nice, pool was nice, bar was full of ballroom dancers and music by the piano man, Not very entertaining but a good place to relax if you have sunburn cos its very dark down there! The hotels location is ideal at the top end of the strip. We had a good view of the strip from our balcony. Bedroom was spacious and bathroom was ok. Overall this is a good place to stay espectially if you get it cheap. I don't think it deserves the 4 star rating maybe a good 3 star. Very clean though! Would go back.
A nice hotel conveniently located at the quieter end of "The Strip". We got it on a last minute cheapy and for what we paid we thought it excellent value. Having said that, we would not have been as happy if we had of paid full brochure price and probably would not have selected it anyway. Rooms are very spacious, but desperately need refurbishing, although very clean, as were all the public areas. All the staff were extremely pleasant, helpful and polite. The buffet style breakfast was good with plenty of choice. We only had dinner once at the top floor Restaurant. The food and service were excellent and the view made for a very romantic evening! Evening entertainment was scratchy, but we were out of season, drinks of course in keeping with expensive hotel tarriffs! Some lovely bars and restaurants within walking distance and some more lively hot spots the further down the strip you went. Not good if you are disabled as it is at the top of quite a steep hill, great though for shifting the pounds! Would not rush to go back and would not choose it for a two week main holiday, but great for a short break (at the right price!) and brilliant for the duty frees!
We have recently stayed at this hotel and I would agree with many of the comments already written. It has an impressive lobby and reception area but the rooms are dated somewhat. However, in my view more importantly, they are very clean, well maintained and spacious and have a fairly large balcony.
Enjoyed my 4 day stay in June 04. Located next to "the strip" so plenty of night life and lots of bars/ restaurants very close by. A bit far from the centre of Albufeira.
Large rooms with balconies. Furnishings a bit dated but room was very clean. Staff generally very helpful.
As in most places, tough to get a sun lounger by the pool although most people seemed to have left by 5 (leaving just a group of fat, balding, annoying Russians trying to take over the pool).
Overall, a decent hotel and I'd stay again if the opportunity arose.
Go to the erins isle
i stayed in the hotel for a week and i found it good, although there is a buffet restaruant on the ground floor it is only ok, it would be more worth your while to try the restaraunts down the strip.there is also a bar on the top and ground floors but there is no atmosphere at all. i would recommend the hotel as the best i have seen in montechoro and it is situated in the perfect place in the middle of everything. the pool is top craic because of the diving board and there are plenty of sunbeds to top up your tan.the best part is that it is right beside the best irish pub i have been in called the Erins Isle,give it a look if you have some Irish in you. all in all a great hotel and resort.
Montechoro hotel good/bad
Found hotel to be good but not worth a 4* rating. Reception area large and impressive but gives the impression that the rest of the hotel will be the same. Bedrooms spacious but in need of upgrading as was the bathroom, large, clean but loose fittings and needing money spent on it. Towels were changed each day and maid service 6 days a week.Restaurants were good but expensive although residents get a discount. Staff quite friendly and spoke good english.
Stuck in the 70's
This hotel was visibily at one point a 4 star hotel, but is not at the moment. It is stuck in the 1970's apparently based on the rooms and the hallways and bathrooms are dark and dingy. It was however in a pretty good location and had a really nice pool.
Good: rooms, gentle staff, large bar. Bad: noisy at day