Apartamentos Turisticos da Orada
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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
Disappointed with Orada Apts, Albufeira
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.
One other point with which seniors should be aware, the Orada Apts are pretty isolated, at least 1/2 hr walking distance from Albufeira and the beach. The walk is uphill most of the way and not easy. Although Orada provides a shuttle service, it does not operate on Saturday and Sunday, leaving people without a vehicle dependent on taxi service or the local bus system. We were not informed of these facts by our travel agent.
Upon returning to Canada, we e-mailed Henri, the Sun Med Holidays representative in Orillia and provided him with a detailed account of our experience. We had no response from him, even after sending him a follow-up reminder. Although we enjoyed our trip to Portugal and would like to return someday, we would definitely not stay at the Orada Apts. in Albufeira nor would we recommend or arrange our travel plans through Sun Med Holidays.
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.
I would suggest hiring a car.
Within 5 minutes walk you are at the marina where there are about 4-5 restaurants. The Italian is very good. Albufeira centre is about 25 mins walk away. There is a bus which runs from near the apartments to town centre every half hour. The main square in the old town is dug up at the moment and doesn't look like it will be finifshed any time soon.
For any travellers with children, a cot was available at the apartments and the main supermarket in Aluberia (Modelo) sells Aptamil formula and mostly Nestle baby food. S26 Gold (SMA Gold's equivalent) is available in chemists.
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.
We had a studio that was extremely well equipped and more than met all of our needs. It was a bit isolated, however, that gave us the peace and quiet that we were looking for and we had a car for travel to other spots, shopping, restaurants, etc. A car is recommended.
If I was going to return to the Algarve, I would surely put the Orada high on my short list of places to stay. I would also recommend Paradise Tours in Albufeira if you wish to get out and see the area without the hassle and cost of driving yourself. They pick you up and return you to the reception and provide excellent guided tours of many attractions in Portugal and Spain/Gibraltar/Tangiers.
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.
To sum up we found the complex a fantastic base to stay, found the flight and transfers from Globespan excellent. and the resort itself lovely.
Orada poor option
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.
- Hush Puppy
I stayed at the Da Orada apartments for 1 week in June 2005 and they were fabulous!
We stayed in a studio but it actually had a living/dining room, separate bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. It seemed brand new, as if noone had stayed in it before. We were particularly surprised to get a separate bedroom in a "studio" apartment. All the furnishings were bright and modern. The living room was very spacious and there were patio doors onto a small terrace with a table and chairs. The apartment was well equipped with a fridge/freezer, oven, toaster, kettle and washing machine. This is the best holiday accommodation I have ever stayed in!
There is a lovely pool at the apartments but it seems to get quite busy at the weekends so I would recommend going down to the pool early on Sat and Sun if you want to get a sunlounger!
The marina area is lovely, although there wasnt much open when we were there. I think there were 3 restaurants and a bar. Further up from the marina there were a few shops, but again there were a lot of empty spaces. I think the marina will be brilliant when it is finished.
There is a brilliant restaurant down at the marina which serves mainly pizza and pasta. I can't remember the name (it's something "Italia"!) but we went there a few times and it was great every time. They also have a brilliant selection of ice-creams!
The marina is a little bit out from Albufeira itself. It's possible to walk into the new town in about 20 mins. To get to the new part/the strip we took a taxi, which was always very cheap.
I would definately recommend these apartments and plan to go back once the marina has more shops and restaurants!
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