Just returned from a fab week at this Cerro Mar apartment. Booking from the start was effortless, with Gill sorting out the transfers, and her agent meeting us there. The location could not be better, turn left out of the block, down the steps & into the Town Square well within 10 mins. Don't let the steps put you off , I am an unfit 50 year old, and never found them a problem, even in the heat. They are not steep, just take a steady pace, afterall you are on holiday!
The apartment is at the back of the block on the ground floor (garage block underneath) looking out onto a small service road, it was quiet and private.
Okay you don't get the sea view, but you do get a large, private, quiet balcony and no noise from the pool or children running up and down.
The apartment itself was spotless and modern, with good quality furniture. ( beds really comfy) Plenty of storage space & flat screen TV (which we never used) The air conditioning in the price was a treat.
The only thing missing was a microwave, and a couple of tea towels. I believe Gill has recently taken over the apartment, so maybe she has these inhand? It was no biggie, but Microwave would have been handy to warm up the breakfast Pain Au Chocolates. We never cooked, but everything was there if we wanted to do so. The apartment block is very well maintained, with nice flowers & garden. Once again, the pool area was let down by the mainly English tourists intent on putting towels on sunbeds early in the morning, and not turning up to use them till the afternoon. Maybe throwing them in the pool if they do not turn up before lunch, would stop the problem!!!! But the pool area was nice,, pool clean and warm, with grass to sit on, when the towels are occupying all the sunbeds .
All in all a lovely apartment, great location and a fab service from Gill and her team. Would have no hesitation in recommending and returning again in the future.
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First of all we were met at the airport by our transfer agents Yellowfish who took us straight to our apartment. The driver was extremely friendly, efficient and helpful giving us a potted history of the area and Portugal in general - we would definitely recommend them.
We were met in resort by representatives of Algarve Holiday Property who showed us into our apartment and left us with a contact number should we require any assistance during our holiday. The apartment was clean, comfortable and well equipped - our only comment would be that we would have liked a few extra dishes and plates as if we had used the dishwasher we would have run out of clean ones very quickly. Also we could not find a visitors book in the apartment which are usually there to provide useful information on the area. I did find however that you could ask reception in the hotel across the road if stuck.
The apartment is located on quite a steep road and to access the old town from the apartment meant using the steps which certainly keeps you fit and only takes 5 minutes - 10 to come back up!. Albufeira is generally very hilly so not really recommended for the infirm although there is an escalator down to the beach at one end and a lift tower at the other.
The Old Town is lovely and has lots of excellent restaurants. We would recommend the Atrium restaurant which was upstairs in an old theatre and the Central Planet where we ate most evenings. Generally, we found the food to be excellent especially the fish and most bars/restaurants have live entertainment every evening. Also we should not forget to mention the street entertainment.
The beaches are lovely and clean but we found the sea to be decidedly chilly for June. Also we found that it turned rather chilly during the evenings when the sun went down - don't know if that is normal for the time of year.
Finally, we would like to thank Gill at Algarve Holiday Property for a very efficient and stress free service when booking our holiday apartment. We would recommend them and Albufeira to our friends.
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