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Be Smart Terrace Algarve 2.0

Porches, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Large, bright apartments have kitchens with full-size fridges and coffeemakers
  • Rooms have dining tables and furnished outdoor spaces
  • Nine minutes’ walk from Praia da Senhora da Rocha
  • Sunny terrace with pool shaded by mature palm trees
  • Separate shallow pool for children
  • Kids’ playground and a sandy football pitch
  • Option to go half-board, full-board, or all-inclusive

Cons

  • Rooms do not have air-conditioning
  • Rooms are dated and some have rusted stovetops
  • Food at the restaurant receives poor reviews
  • Very little to do in the surrounding area
  • Some apartments have tube TV sets
  • Have to pay to access Wi-Fi in the rooms

Bottom Line

The Terrace Club is a two-pearl apartment complex, set a nine-minute walk from the Praia da Senhora da Rocha in a sleepy residential part of Porches. The185 apartments are large and have well-equipped kitchens with full-size fridges and coffeemakers, although some stovetops need replacing and there's no air-conditioning. Additionally, guests need to pay to access Wi-Fi in their rooms. There is the option to stay either full-board, half-board, or all-inclusive at the Terrace Club, but the restaurant's food receives poor reviews. An outdoor pool and kids' playground add some recreation opportunities on-site. Guests looking for a self-catering option with more activities should look at the Ouratlantico Apartments in nearby Albufeira. 

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Scene

White-concrete apartment block with a sunny pool terrace and small cafe

A big white-concrete apartment block surrounding a sunny pool terrace, the Terrace Club tends to attract a crowd of young Brits looking for low-cost fun in the sun. The hotel has a tiny reception painted a sunny yellow, with potted greenery and sofas upholstered in a rough taupe fabric. Out by the pool is a small cafe with glass counters and bent metal chairs, while the hotel’s restaurant is a large, windowless room painted lemon yellow, with blond-wood chairs and a row of buffet counters along the long end. Though apartments are dated and drab, common areas are more cheerful and contemporary. 

Location

Nine minutes' walk from the beach, in the residential suburb of Alporchinhos

The Terrace Club is located in the residential Porches suburb of Alporchinhos, a nine-minute walk from the Praia da Senhora da Rocha, a sandy cove with a seafood restaurant and boats on the tideline. There are very few amenities in Alporchinhos: A few restaurants and a supermarket are within a 10-minute walk, but little else. Armacao de Pera, the next town along, bustles with more shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as larger and busier beaches than Alporchinhos, but guests will need to drive there or take a cab, as it is not within walking distance. Portimao and its airport are a 25-minute drive away. Expect transfers to Faro Airport to take between 45 and 70 minutes.

Rooms

Large and bare apartments with kitchens

The Terrace Club’s 185 apartments -- ranging from Studios to two-bedroom units -- are all large, and have sizable kitchens, but their decor is dated and pretty basic, feeling bare with its whitewashed walls and gray tile floors. Studios have a small dining table and chairs, while apartments have living rooms with a sofa bed and a chest of drawers doubling as a TV stand. Kitchens are in a separate room and have a four-burner stove that can look worse for wear, a sink, microwave, kettle, and a coffeemaker, as well as a full-sized fridge and the usual cookware. Bathrooms have an aging shower/tub combo with a tatty shower curtain, and a bidet. The apartments are not air-conditioned, leaving a ceiling fan to do the work of cooling the place, and Wi-Fi access comes with a hefty fee. Some TVs are flat-screen, while others are old tube-style sets.

Features

Pool terrace, cafe and buffet restaurant, and children’s play area

The Terrace Club has a short list of features aimed at satisfying families with kids in tow. The apartment complex’s most impressive feature is its pool terrace shaded by mature pines, with a large lap pool and a smaller pool for children. Also on-site are a sandy football pitch and children’s playground. Though many guests cook themselves, a small cafe is on-site and offers drinks and light meals such as sandwiches from behind a deli-style glass counter, burgers, and pizzas. Travelers can also go half- or full-board, or all-inclusive at the buffet restaurant, although it receives poor receives. Free Wi-Fi can be accessed in communal areas, but it costs extra in rooms. 

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Address

Quinta das Palmeiras Bloco E, Porches, Algarve 8400-450, Portugal

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  • Terrace Club

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