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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Le Ginestre Roccacasale
Love Love it!!!!
stayed here in 2005 and had such a good two weeks. Not too far to the old town and the strip. Grand walk down hill, id recommend a taxi back though lol.
indoor and outdoor pool and jacuzi.
outdoor football area, bar, restaurant, shop!!
close to the beach!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Le Ginestre Roccacasale
Old Albufeira is picturesque
My husband and I had a wonderful time in Albufeira. We stayed in a second floor apartment which was clean and spacious. Worthwhile to do a big shopping at the large supermarket called Lidls they have a good selection and the fruit and veg is lovely and fresh. We were a bit concerned on how the weather was going to be. It was sunny but a bit cool until around noon and from noon till sun down lovely. The pool area at the resort is very nice - pools are very cold. We headed out of the resort every night as we found the bar area and reception to smell of stale smoke. Lots of nice restaurants although you have to watch out as some are very pricey especially for fish which I thought would be very cheap. We found a great little restaurant called Al Khazaz food was great and very reasonable and a glass of brandy or port was included in the price. The square is a great area to sit and relax and "people watch". Relatives joined us for a few days and they stayed at B&B called Dianamar they loved it there as it was really handy for everything and no hill to climb. It is owned by a swedish couple it would be worth it to check their website if you are not interested in having a place with a pool.
Loved the Pateo Village Apartments!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Pateo Village Apartments back in early August. We have left it this long to take time to reflect on our wonderful holiday.
The staff were friendly and very helpful and the accommodation was first class. A microwave, kettle and decent cooker + plus a fridge and freezer compartment made all the difference to our stay. The food in the snack bar/restaurant was great (if a little pricey) and the pool side bar and main bar were great. The kids loved the three pools (2 outside and one inside) and, alhough the evening entertainment was a little 'iffy' we got on great with the other holiday makers and the staff and made our own fun.
The resort in general is expensive - but lovely. Our advice would be to use the local supermarkets for buying alcoholic drinks (for a tipple or two before you go out!) - though food is expensive and there is not much difference in paying for meals out and for buying food and then cooking it!
The Old town and new are not far away (we always walked there and back) and the bars, restaurants, shops and beaches are all brilliant (even if pricey!).
The scenery is breathtaking and there is also a brilliant skateboard park near the Dolphin Roundabout (you won't be able to miss that) and you should encourage your kids to bring their skateboards or roller blades with them.
We spent a fortune during our two weeeks there but are all agreed that we enjoyed one the best summer holidays we have ever had abroad.
We never found even one bad restaurant - the food, local drinks, wines, people, beaches and scenery are all brilliant. Just make sure you take plenty of cash - the Algarve (and particularly Albufeira) is a very expensive place to take a holiday. That said, we would recommend the Pateo Village Apartments and the resort to anyone - go for it!!!!!!
Apartments clean,modern and spacious -wasn't aware of any break in's as per some of the comments mind you tend to keep to ourselves on holiday!However the first week there was a large group of roudy Welsh who had the whole of the ground floor who seemed to think they owned the complex and I think must have put their towels on sunbeds at the crack of dawn but never used them until the afternoon - left rubbish outside their apartments which is not good when little ones running around!!!
Facilities great, staff friendly enough. About a 20 min walk downhill into old town - taxi's cheap enough for journey back uphill! Great base for trips etc.
Cheap and expensive
The Pateo Village Appartments are clean and roomy. we stayed in a first floor appartment. The location itself was surrounded by building work of new appartments. This did not cause to much noise but did nothing for the scenery. The small shop on sight is expensive, as is the bar. The evening entertainment is minimal. The appartments are situated on a very steep hill and a very long walk to beach and town. The bus available is expensive if like us you have a family (it did state in the brochure that bus service is free -its not). The day trips available through your reps can be purchased on the 'strip' for half the price. Swimming pools ok but cold. We purchased this holiday fairly cheap and got what we paid for. Alburfeia beaches are beautiful and the old town is worth a few visits. Local people are very friendly. The meals on the strip are not bad value for money - lovely chinese resturant there. Also good meal at Marie-Anns.
We had a great time @ the Pateo Village, there were quite a few of us, four apts altogether, & our Teenagers made loads of friends & we were able to let them go into either the Strip or Old Town on their own early evening & then we met up with them later as Taxi's were very cheap approx. 3 pounds. The Pool was a great size & indoor pool was fine not heated but did'nt need to be. No air con. but it cooled at night anyway so did'nt really miss it but could hire a fan if need be. Apts were a great size & good for cooking in at night or lunchtime as Balcony was as big as Lounge.
Poolside bar did great hot dogs on Ciabatta & very good steak sanni's good prices too. A great authentic restaurant just down the road VERY CHEAP & did the Best Piri Piri. the only thing missing was beds for the sun beds you had to pay extra for so we bought them as cheaper than hiring day to day, but this seems to be par for the course now. We have been to the Algarve 4 times now & would certainly go back to the Pateo Village, Staff were very friendly & helpful.
the complex was really nice rooms a lovely size.
no air conditioning so u need a fan. no air conditioning in bar either.
great for families as pool table, tennis courts 3 nice size pools 1 indoors not heated.
about 30 min walk into old town but a bus service is available.
fablous resteraunt down the hill and turn right but watch it closes early.
old town was very nice not a lot there for younger children mainly bars and resteraunts but a good selection.
prices same as home but the aparments have eveerything u need for a night in.
Pateo Village Hols
We had a lovely time at the Pateo Village. Our appartment was on the third floor and the patio doors opened out onto a roof terrace. Location was quiet and was 10/15 minutes walking distance from the old town of Albuferia. You could catch the hotel bus although we prefered a stroll in the evening, the hill took a while to get used to but the town is only a short taxi ride away. We didn't really sample the entertainment as the town was so nice and had so many restaurants.
All in all a great holiday and we would go back to the Pateo Village again...
We had no high expectations from this appartment complex as it was such a good price. The accomodation was of a very high standard, although there appeared to be a smell from the bathroom every afternoon. The children enjoyed the swimming pools and it was a very safe environment. As it was a family orientated complex there were many other children and so the kids and we enjoyed our stay. The facilities were ok, the pool table was not in good use and the mini cinema didn't appear to show any films. The entertainment in the evenings was particularly average. The staff were quite helpful and friendly. During the second week of our stay some of the other occupants had made complaint of concurrent thefts and the first choice representative was called as was the police.
The location was ideal for zoomarine and the waterparks. The dolphin interaction experience was fantastic.
The only disappointing part of the holiday was on our departure when the village was inundated with new occupants who were of the football supporting kind, some seen on arrival were quite aggressive. We were then pleased that we were leaving but disappointed on the reputation this would leave the english with.
Definately visit this complex, it is an ideal self-catering facility which is comfortable, relaxed and of a high quality, but wait until the footballs over and when the portugese may have forgotten the disgraceful behaviour of some of the english!
Scared to Move
The apartments are a good size with a pleasent central outlook. They are situated on the outskirts of the resort which was ok for us, but bothered many others. The main issue we had was security. It was non existent. We had a drunk try to break in to our room on our second night. There were two breakins where the safety deposit boxes were looted and two attempted breakins when the occupants were in bed. About 20 families/parties complained to the incompetent first choice rep who's supervisor couldn't be bothered to come and speak to us all. In the end most people were carrying all their valuables with them and we as many others slept in the same room as our children in fear of a middle of the night break in.
Pateo Village apartments
Please bear in mind that as we arrived at Faro airport it started to rain and was proceded by 3 or 4 days out of our 7 day stay. We went the middle of October and were a week too late.Regarding the apartments:* They were very new and we benfitted from this * Nice comfortable accommodation * Good transfer time * A 20 minute walk down(and therefore back up) quite a steep hill to the old town (the quieter and more traditional) although a bus service is provided * 3pools all freezing * Nice jacuzzi * No kids entertainment * Expensive bar and shop * Surrounded by barking dogs that drive you mad at night
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