Quiet location, a 10-minute drive from Albufeira and Oura Beach
Nightclubs and bars of The Strip a 10- to 15-minute walk away
Snack bar for breakfast, lunch, and drinks
Apartments with kitchens and balconies or terraces
Outdoor pool has a shallow area for kids
Daily shuttle service to beach and old town (fee)
Housekeeping every other day
Free Wi-Fi in lobby and at pool
Location is away from the action (a pro for some)
Some apartments lack air-conditioning and need renovating
No on-site meal service besides snack bar
Lack of entertainment and activities
The 31-unit Novochoro Apartments is a quiet budget property that's a 10-minute drive from Albufeira and the beach. Guests looking for a livelier scene can walk to The Strip in 10 to 15 minutes, and there are a few restaurants nearby as well. Studios and apartments are a mixed bag -- some are fresh and bright, while others are outdated and lack air-conditioning. All have fully equipped kitchens plus balconies or terraces, but Wi-Fi isn't available in rooms. The outdoor pool is the most popular feature, and breakfast and lunch are served at the lobby snack bar, which also provides drinks. A shuttle runs into town for a fee. Travelers might also consider the Janelas do Mar Apartments, which is a budget property offering more activities and recreational options.
Quiet, laid-back place with few frills that's best for independent travelers
This hotel is quiet and laid-back, with a family-friendly atmosphere and little in the way of entertainment or activity. Not much sets it apart from the many apartment-style budget properties that ring Albufeira, and the style is low-key a bit dated. Besides the outdoor pool, the only public area consists of a multi-purpose lobby, where guests can also purchase snacks and drinks, play billiards, read, watch TV, and use the computer. There's also a little area here with toys for the youngsters. Since all units have kitchens, this place attracts self-sufficient guests who don't need a lot of frills. Most guests are budget-conscious couples, but families and groups of friends are also seen here.
Quiet setting, about a 10-minute drive from Albufeira and the beach
This hotel is situated in a quiet neighborhood, about a 10-minute drive from Albufeira or Oura Beach. Guests can walk to The Strip, a lively zone of bars and nightclubs, in about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the destination. Although there isn't much immediately around the hotel, Monte Choro is about 10 to 15 minutes away on foot as well, with shops, restaurants, and a supermarket. Expect a 35- to 40-minute drive to Faro Airport. The hotel provides a shuttle to Fisherman's Beach and Oura Beach four times a day for a small fee.
Apartments range from fresh and renovated to tired and worn, all with kitchens and outdoor space
Rooms here are studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Some are generically modern, with bright interiors, but others are dated and tired. However, even the fresh apartments are plain. In the more pleasant units, expect to see details like terra-cotta floors and medium-tone wood-veneer furniture plus floral artwork and fabrics in spring green and sunny yellow hues. In contrast, older rooms are drab and dingy, with faded artwork and dated upholstery. These units also lack air-conditioning. All apartments have flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes. Kitchens in modern apartments have granite countertops, updated appliances, and fresh tiling. The outdated units are showing wear and tear throughout the kitchens, although they are equipped with most everything needed for cooking and dining. Bathrooms are much the same story, ranging from tired and worn to fresh and clean. All rooms have balconies or terraces furnished with plastic chairs, some with views over the pool. Two one-bedroom units above reception share a large balcony that works well for group get-togethers. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi isn't available in apartments.
Snack bar, billiards, computer desk, outdoor pool, shuttle service to beach
This apartment-style hotel is a basic, no-frills place with few features. A bright common area by reception includes a snack bar, kids' play area, library, mini-market, and a billiards table. Breakfast and lunch, as well as drinks, are available at the snack bar. Guests can hang out at the dining tables and chairs to eat and drink, and there's also a sofa in front of a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. The outdoor pool is on the small side, but there is a large deck with umbrella-shaded lounge chairs for relaxing poolside. There's also a shallow section for kids. The beach is accessible via the hotel's shuttle, which makes the trip four times a day for a small fee. On-site parking is free. Free Wi-Fi can be accessed in the lobby and at the pool, but not in rooms.
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