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Forte Sao Joao, Areias de São João, 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
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Until 12:00 PM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Up to two children under 2 years stay 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 in a room is 1.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 2.
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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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.
Accomodation and location
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.
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.
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
Food was good
Dark corridors Poor room Dirty 11 pm is too early for all inc bar to clise
The excellent location: Its literally on the beach!
the room was huge, with an equiped kitchen and a balcony. The bathroom was also big.
The breakfast was very crouded, hard to find a place to sit and sometimed things were missing. but a good breakfast. At night was noisy (caraoke and stuff....) but from our room it was quite quiet.
Excellent quality / price. Very friendly and profissional girl at reception.
The facilities need renovation. We were stuck in the elevator and had to be opened by our own hands. Near the door of the hotel are always strange people.
Cleaners - Russian lady Wifi was very weak Didn't get offered all inclusive deal for drinks and food until we asked. Too many cats
a bit dated and self catering cooking area was very very basic hot water boiler stopped work but they did change us into a different room
Place is excellent - beach is right at the hotel.
Hotel staff unfriendly, not carrying about hotel guests, everything (hair dryer, keatle, safe...) must to be asked and get for deposit - imagine coming late at night, tired and discovering that in room there is no hairdryer and to go back to the reception you must climbe up to the hill, because staff wasn't so kind to tell shortest way through the hotel facilities. Oh no, that would't work, because enter facilities you can only with room key (which is also electricity swither), which is given only one! For two adults! If you are a couple it will either strenghten your relationship, or since you would be forced to go everywhere toggether - will ruin it. Breakfasts are the same every morning... Room furniture from 19th century...
Location is spot-on for beach, old town, restaurants and shopping.
The roosters on location/next to it, at 4/5am start crowing until about 10am and it´s impossible to sleep. I'm very sorry but Monica Isabel won´t be an option for me in the future.
Location to beach and close to The Strip and Old Town
Apartment very dated, furniture in poor state, not as advertised on web site paid for Premium not what we received. Hotel needs modernising and a total re-vamp. Expensive mistake beware when booking you don't get what you pay for.
Great location. On the beach. Walking distance to all amenities, good housekeeping.
Kitchen equipment was poor for self catering. ie. no kettle no toaster. Could have had a microwave that was in the brochure.
Location - pool area - proximity to beach - shuttle service
dreadful original apartment (block B) - later transferred to Block C - staff need better attitude bar closed before 12pm
everything was ok! good car parking, swimming pools, room and beach.
very cold sea...
Most of the guests are in older age
The lady in reception.
Location was great! Easy access via beach walk to centre of Albufeira within minutes.
Staff not very helpful. Not value for money. No WiFi in room and poor in public areas. Rooms in need of renovation. Website offers beach views, we had none!
location right on the beach.
rooms were very tatty.
We had studio apartment A124. Location looking out to sea excellent, very large patio & very quiet. Porter assists taking you to your accomodation with cases as a matter of course. Due to the large complex could be difficult finding your room without this facility.
Be aware site is on a very steep hill & access to our studio meant negotiating many steps.
I thought that the staff were very professional and friendly. The location was great for the beach and a few restaurants.
If you get booked in separate buildings it really is a 5-10 min. walk apart. The air conditioner did not work in one our rooms and it did not work the whole time in our friends rooms. Hopefully they have had a chance to fix this for their next guests.
Rooms where clean and hotel was clean. Reception staff friendly and helpful.
The room I stayed in was directly under the restaurant, so this made it very noisey at early hours of the morning. From 6.30 to 7.30 was when they where preparing breakfast so i was awoken every morning with the noise. The bar service wasn't great, there was two bar staff on at night and on one occasion just one, waiting at least 10 to 15 mins for a drink. If they employ more bar staff this will resolve the issue. Plus the bar closes at 11pm which was disappointing.
Location close to the beach very hilly for walking up to the pubs and cafe
No kettle 2 ring cooker very slow at heating up no toaster
Location to the beach
Every time we came back to our room there was at least 2 new cockroaches, sometimes dead sometimes alive. Staff didn't seem to care. Also the air conditioning was dripping water the entire time it was turned on
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