Travel Blogs from Albufeira
I'm definitely not kidding when I type that I have spent the past week surfing the Algarve Coast of Portugal. For those of you who were in my year 10 outdoor Ed with Skilly, this is perhaps difficult to comprehend. Understandably of course, Grace and I were the two worst surfers in the water (...and lucky to make it out of the water alive on occasions). Well friends, I am proud to say I did improve over the week. Not only can I catch ...
... as well. It was quite the walk back up the stairs to the top though- we felt like we needed another swim once we reached the top! We really enjoyed our four nights here and it was a great way to refuel to the energy before hitting London as our final stop before home. Lagos is definitely a place I'd love to come back to for a good 2 weeks of holiday to visit more of those gorgeous beaches and do a few trips to some other small towns in the ...
... 2 hours we went to our first destination of the night "Whytes Bar" home of the 9 deadly sins. Now I know what your asking, what are the nine deadly sins. Well they are a shot challenge for people to take and you get a free t-shirt. The aim is to get on the leaderboard for your country and get the quickest time.
The cocktails were cheap and full of alcohol but no one is up to doing the challenge. The 30 of us crowd the small bar space and after an hour ...
... Henry was not impressed because it was my idea to check out Lagos. But the place in it's entirety was pretty special. The little town was so neat and trying to drive through the narrow alleyways was an experience in itself. We ate at a small local restaurant owned by Scottish Billy who was the coolest chef/waiter around ...
So. Lagos. Party central of Portugal...the Bali of Europe as some say. Now, I've never been to Bali, and in two weeks I'll be on the d floor in a club in ibiza....so the fact we only went out once doesn't really bother me. Yep. We only made it out the first night! And it's not cause we were soooo hammered we couldn't face alcohol. It was due to the fact that Jed's 'man flu' has developed into conjunctivitis, and my snufferly nose has become a rotten cold. So ...
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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 staff were polite and the cleaners very smiley. The pool was great, although the diving board was closed on our second visit. The first time we went we had to get up early every morning to grab sun loungers as despite signs saying you cannot reserve loungers, people seemed to put their towels out and then disappear for a couple of hours leaving no free loungers for anyone going to the pool after breakfast. This was not as much of a problem on our second visit. People still reserved loungers with their towels but there just seemed to be less early risers.
I ate at the top floor restaurant on both occasions which has a nice view, but is probably over-priced for the quality of the food. It was also quite empty on both occasions and therefore somewhat lacking in atmosphere.
There are plenty of good restaurants around the hotel though. In particular we enjoyed eating at the Mumtaz Indian restuarant a little way down the strip - the best Indian food I have ever had - plus we met Ally McCoist there!
An Irish Welcom
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.
When we stayed at the Montechoro it was the end of May much of thre resort had not opened up but it was still busy,the hotel is spacious and has 2 resturants with health club,gym and squas/tennis courts with an outdoor pool. A regular feature with the guests is the weekly barbecure around the pool with entertainment late into the evening.
It is very popular hotel with Irish guests with Albuferia's 3 Irish bars across the road and I am told it is the venue in October for the Irish music week with 1500 people travelling from England and Ireland over the 2 weeks of the festival. One of the day trips we availed of while we stayed was a visit to Fatima from the hotel.
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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!
Good location, nice hotel
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.
The staff are friendly but can't comment on the restaurants as we ate out all the time as there is so much choice. We did have breakfast each morning which was just okay - not a great variety but not bad.
The hotel is ideally situated, great access to the strip but not too noisy. Close to a decent and very large Irish bar which serves great food in the evenings.
A fair distance from the beach but the hotel runs regular free buses to the beach and old town every day which was excellent.
This resort has a lot going for it - lots of choice for eating/drinking and seemed friendly and safe for families.
Good resort, good hotel, great location.
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