Apartamentos Turisticos da Orada
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... sun shines and of course I will have brought all the wrong clothes! As I said, within 15 minutes we were whisked off for tea, then a walk to the local supermarket and a coffee in their favourite cafe, then a walk down to the beach, then back to their place for a meal - pork in tomato sauce with mushrooms and lots of veg. - and wine and port! All very pleasant. And ...
... sand and turquoise blue waters is absolutely breathtaking! I found myself literally gawking at the the view in amazement. After about three hours and three million pictures, we decided to head back to the hostel! After supper, we all sat around the dinner table and visited then ended our evening watching Pitch Perfect projected up onto the wall in the living room. It was so lovely to be with a big group of people and just enjoying each ...
Well the time changed! Lagos is an hour closer to Canada so it switched to six hours instead of seven hours, which really confused two girls at 4 in the morning! At first we thought our train was an hour early so we got our backpack on and waited for the next stop, than got told by the worker on the train that we had another hour. We than thought we had the time change figured out and that the train was an hour late so we ran to our next train, than got told we had to wait ...
... day yesterday! We took a bus to Quarteira, the area where we were bike riding a few days ago. (this is the correct spelling for Quarteira, please disregard previous mis-spellings) This was a market day, and we bought some cheese, figs, an onion, almond cookies, more fruit, etc. We then hit the shops. I sipped a coffee in the sun and read while Dawn successfully stalked down some shoes and a scarff. Then came the big plan of the day. The bus ride East to ...
What a great day yesterday! 5 of us met in the lobby at 9:00, then to the bus stop East, to the town of Vilamaura. This lovely village seems totally designed for biking. Extremely flat, every street has clearly defined bike lanes, as well as bike lanes everywhere. We picked up are reserved bikes at the harbour, for 13 euros, for the day. We pedalled East along the promenade, through to the next town, Quinteiros, for miles. So picturesque. After a while we ran out of road. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Apartamentos Turisticos da Orada Albufeira
We are just back from Portugal and stayed at the Orada apartments at the marina in Albafuria it has a great place to stay all the staff were so friendly they couldnt do enough for you.We were in a studio apartment it had everything you could wish for washing machine dishwasher fridge freezer there is nothing bad that i can say about the place at all. We went with FLYGLOBESPAN and would have no hesitatin in going with them again the weather was great the food and it wasnt all that expensive either so if there is any one out there going to these apartments all i can say is im sure you will have a wonderful time
We stayed 7 weeks at the Orada Apts just outside of Albufeira from January 29 to March 19. We were initially pleased with our accommodation. The apartment was spacious and modern, and well-equipped. Our problems started about a week after we arrived, when the hot water went off without warning while showering. Despite several visits from maintenance staff to fix the problem, it happened repeatedly for about 3 weeks and no one seemed overly concerned nor were we offered alternative accommodation. About a month into our stay, the day before we were to leave on a 3-day tour, we got up in the morning and the living room and hallway were flooded from a break in the water pipes. We also had no hot water again. The office staff assured us that both problems would be taken care of during our absence. Upon returning late in the evening from our tour, we tried to use the oven and the power shut off leaving us without lights. This happened 3 times before we were advised not to use the oven until someone could repair it in the morning. At this point, we demanded another apartment which was arranged for the next day. For our troubles, all we got was a short note of apology and a small bottle of wine from the manager, who did not personally meet with us. To add insult to injury, we had to pack up all our groceries and personal belongings and move everything ourselves. After moving into our new premises, we again had problems with the hot water. Fortunately, after the second occurrence, a maintenance person spent about 2hrs working on the water heater and was able to fix it. There were numerous other problems at Orada which we felt were not dealt with satisfactorily, including insufficient clothes hangers, shortage of patio furniture, expensive telephone/internet service and unsatisfactory maid service.
We have just returned from a week at the Orada apartments. We had a one bed apartment which had a full separate kitchen area, living/dining room, bathroom and bedroom with ample space. Kitchen was fully equipeed with gas cooker, toaster, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer. The apartments are clean and still very new looking. The place was very very quiet, not very many guests. Pool area is lovely, but the pool was freezing (as usual!). There is a pool bar/snack bar.
Peaceful and picturesque
Like all others reviews concerning this hotel complex, we found it excellent in all ways. The front desk was outstanding and the accomodation first class. The only down side is the distance from the centre of Albufeira. If you can walk uphill for 25 minutes or if you have a rental car for all of your stay, then this is the place for you. Also, in March, the price was right. The poor quality of the channels available on the T.V. was another drawback, but scrabble, bridge, dominoes and other card games can fill that void .
We just returned from a two week stay at the Orada and I want to say that we were treated superbly. The front desk staff were extremely helpful and were fluent in many languages, especially english. They went above and beyond to help us with our inquiries and offered many helpful suggestions.
Lovely apartments and complex although the colour scheme reminded the kids of Ballamory!
Our only problem is the location. You need a car here just to buy groceries and the town is realistically too far to walk (up hill).
Marina is largely empty still so we wouldn't go back
Very Modern Apartment
We stayed at the Orada Apartments last December 2005 and we enjoyed it because it wasn't peak season for Portugal. It had all the modern appliances and it was extremely clean and spacious. Service was very efficient in all aspects. They were extremely helpful. There was only one regret. There was not much english-speaking channels to choose from on TV except for CNN & MTV. You need to have a car here to get you anywhere or buy your groceries, although you can walk to the old town in 15 minutes. The colors of the Apartments are refreshing butyou need to get used to the color combinations. There is not much cheap nearby restaurants to choose from. But if you have a car, no problem.
Just had to write after seeing the first review, we spent a fantastic week there in April 2005, 2 bed apartment new and very stylish, when I mean new, I mean just built!, I'm sure we were the first in our apartment, a 2 bedroom duplex, large lounge, balcony, kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, etc and bathroom on the first floor, 2 bedrooms ensuite bathrooms, separate toilet on the second floor with balconies all around, very spacious and very Grand Designs! the complex is situated in the new Albufeira Marina about half a mile from the old town, a nice walk in during the day, 20 min at the most. and 5 euros in a taxi at night. The apartments are mostly situated around a very large and lovely swimming pool.The colour scheme of the apartments take some getting used to, a cross between South beach Miami and Balamory! not very traditional but in keeping with the modern feel of the development.
Just returned from one month in Albufeira. After l week at Orada, moved into town to Almar Hotel Apt. with great view of ocean and handy to everything. Orada staff are unrelentingly inefficient; property is deserted in Feb. as apt owners come in summer and only 40 apts are rented of over 200 units; complex of shops, restaurants is mostly vacant; no shopping, no groceries; 30 minute steep walk to nearest grocery; easily 50 minutes to old town. You MUST rent a car to enjoy the town and beaches. This marina is along the coast, away from town, not at the base of the town. And, you can't see the ocean; as a marina, it's an inland parking lot for boats and a hefty walk to the harbour; bus service is every 30 min. to town, but means long roundabout journeys back. The complimentary shuttle forgot to pick us up; 3 days to get an extra blanket etc. etc. Customer service is an unknown (seem resentful of renters; they often refer to their clients as the unit owners, so obviously, you're chopped liver). Summer may be a more social time, but staying at this property feels more like a pastel California motel - no sense of a culture dip in Portugal.