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Forte Sao Joao, 8200-325 Albufeira, Portugal – Show map
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Monica Isabel Beach Club's staff speaks: Russian, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, English, German
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Outdoor Pool (all year), Grounds, Terrace, Sun Deck
Tennis Court, Golf Course (within 2 miles), Fishing, Pool Table, Ping-Pong, Hiking, Cycling, Diving, Mini Golf, Sauna, Fitness Center, Massage, Indoor Pool (all year), Beachfront, Bicycle Rental, Game Room, Playground, Karaoke, Entertainment Staff, Evening Entertainment
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Snack Bar
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Car Rental, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Currency Exchange, Baggage Storage, Concierge Service, Shared Lounge/TV Area, Babysitting/Child Services, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Daily Housekeeping, Fax/Photocopying, Souvenir/Gift Shop
Newspapers, Safe, Shops (on site), Convenience Store (on site), Non-smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Elevator, Heating, Designated Smoking Area
Russian, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, English, German
Continente (0.5 miles)
Mercado Municipal de Albufeira (0.6 miles)
Pico da Foia (18.6 miles)
Arade (15.5 miles)
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Until 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 6 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
One older child or adult is charged EUR 20 per person per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds/cribs in a room is 1.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Balcony was deteriorating, literally crumbling.... staff on arrival were fine, but rude on departure.... Most visitors were drinking and smoking constantly, although not badly behaved, so if you like that then that's fine...pool area claustrophobic
Spacious rooms, very good value for money, beach location, parking easy ( wouldn't be in summer )
Staff not very friendly Restaurant was more like a soup kitchen If you arnt all inclusive your treated badly
Location to old town Location to beach Nice pool Apartment was good Fantastic views Great restaurant called Panacee across the road
Breakfast was awful ( not enough food, cutlery, crockery and seating for the amount of people staying ). The staff didn't care either... No wifi. Inadequate bed linen, pillows, towels and toilet rolls. We asked for more but never recieced them. There were three off us and only enough for two!! The pool shuting early and miserable man telling us off. Location was inbetween both old town and the strip but it's a good 10/15 minute walk to either..to far and up hill walking back from old town.
Nice size room, good sea view. Free parking. Close to the beach but down steps to get to it. Good to have a fridge but the other facilies in the kitchen very poor.
All facilities not available ie Mini market had to walk 15-20 mins for supermarket. Apartment wasn't 3 star quality and hotel wanted us to pay extra to move into main hotel!
People we met made holiday. Location on beach excellant
Very dirty and in poor condition, left after one night.
as I said very dated property , would struggle to get 1 star in Ireland ,
nice and quiet , reception staff nice .
The room was in a corner facing the street and there was a street lamp right in line with our window. Of course, the light was on all night as it should, but there was no blind in our room to darken it. The buildings were kind of old and not well maintained. The paint was falling off and there were humidy stains in some walls. The meals were cheap, but the options were limited. Ran our of beer very fast.
It was close to the sea Good value for money Cheap dining
Staff lise very nice
shabby dated fixtures and fittings, needs a refurb
for money ok
I wasn't looking or much to begin with a cheap place to stay while I golfed near by. Just a place to throw my head down at night and have a bit of breakfast in the morning. I got a mouldy bed and bedroom, terrible staff and run down 1970's style kip. I don't to want to go into too much detail but honestly just don't bother staying here no matter what you are looking for in a stay.
Getting out of there!!!
meals, price, location, room... everything is perfect for this price! I should have stayed there longer.
The food, the rude staff, wifi only in reception which was the main source of the all inclusive bar and was like bedlam, restaurant staff were rude and very slow to clear tables, public areas were not kept tidy, big hotel but old and in desperate need of refurb.
Location Room was large
The staff were not very friendly
The location and the weather
I once again mention the lack of more English speaking TV channels with movies. They are available in Albufeira, I know that be course I stayed in hotel in Albufeira last summer and it had two movie channels.
There was nothing special. In all I had a very relaxed and good stay.
Kitchen had no cleaning linen. Extra bed in the living room was uncomfortable.
Proximity to the beach. Nice balcony for sunbathing.
For the rest of the hotel staff, service staff we can not say same. One aggressive Furia tried to break into the room to us when we slept in bed. When it was refused, she not give us the missing water boiling pot and angrily declared that we can ask for it tomorrow. When I went Complain about this lady, her colleagues came to us and announced even better news- that we can get it, if pay the deposit to the hotel reception. That's how we lived without water boiling pot all 3 days, there was not a microwave too. .... More ... When booking an apartment in this hotel can never know what in apartment they provide. pictures of their apartments is the same. We asked apartment on the top floors with balcony to the sea, but when we arrived, we found out that we have apartment down 1th floor near from an internal pool. There had stinks of chlorine and feelings we are in a basement. Before arive to the hotel we wrote an email to Hotel Administration about what we wish to have... can we will have a balcony on the top floor to the sea, bathtub conditioner If this is not reserved to offer in our apartment, we wanted to pay extra and to have a better apartment. Replies Messages from Hotel did not come even definitive in the 48-hours period. Instead booking.com worker immediately phoned us and promised to do everything possible so that we get our service. Can think that hotel managers are responsible for giving good services,so they need to be made redundant. Because even after bookin.com workers 2 phone calls to the hotel and my letter with a list of needs, we got the apartment on the 1st floor, which was dark and smelly that basement. Admission girl offered us other apartments, but the lowest category. The girl was exceptionally polite and well understood in English.
Girl in hotel reception worked perfectly. To each our request she responded quickly and professionally. Room cleaners were friendly and nice.
The steep walks and the steps to move around the site. I don't see how they can change that as it is built on the side of a cliff. Drinks were expensive if you are only half board this would not apply to those who went all exclusive.
Excellent value for the half board price we paid. It is large enough to be able to have accommodation away from the crowd. We went for a rest and that is exactly what happened however being over the Christmas period it was not very busy the summer months may be very different. The beach is perfect and the views wonderful.
Location between old town and the Strip.
The whole place is tierd and run down.......
Ideal location .......
location, price, friendliness of staff.
Everything. Looks good on website! Advertises a kitchenette. Only a sink in my room. Had to leave a deposit to just get a kettle. Asked for a microwave - Told I had to upgrade I.E. pay more.I Asked for a seaview, asked for a high up room as I am 67 and need a lift!! True I was not promised 1. the room I got was down 2 flights of stairs to what I can only describe as a dungeon ! with a rock face 20 yds away.The hotel its self is on an incline to make a mountaineer cringe both to the beach and up to the main road. Unless you are fit as a donkey ! do not go there. There could be more!! Well you asked?? Please can I claim compensation for mis- selling etc. I think I will make this a formal complaint. Compensation please??
This hotel has had many not very good reviews…however for the location and value it is great. I would recommend this to anyone who is on a budget. The staff is great, its right on the beach and they have evening entertainment that engages interaction between the guests which makes for fun time.
This is not the fault of the hotel but, inconsiderent people staying in the room above mine were sliding, and moving furniture, at 04.00 and 05.30 hours, depriving me of a good nights sleep. This could be improved if the hotel were to fit self-adhesive felt pads (which are easily available in packs) to the feet of beds, chairs, etc, thus enabling the items in question to glide easily. and quietly.
Accomodation and location
There were no instructions or info left in apartment, and couldnt operate cooker. electronic push botton so not straight forward. complained and no-one came to assist as promised. Only one pillow which i mention and no added provided. minor things though
I thought the apartment was fine, with a great view. I was only half board, but the breakfast was great value for money at 5euros and great selection. The locatiopn was perfect as between old town and strip and only 10 minutes walk to either.
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