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I am just back from the Perola. I had read some of the reviews on here before I left but arrived with an open mind. I found the staff to be very friendly, My appartment was clean and spacious. The Balcony was quite narrow but who cares. I wasn't there to spend a week sitting on the balcony. There's a bus that looks like a train which runs all day till after midnight. It stops in only 3 places. The Strip, The old Town and Just next to the Perola. At 3 Euros for a day ticket you cant go wrong. It's around 4 Euros for a Taxi from the Perola to the Strip. There's a Taxi Rank outside the Shopping Centre next to the Perola.
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Had a great time at the Perola
Have just returned from a week at the Perola de Algarve and had a fantastic time.
Once you get over the fact that it is behind a supermarket and is accessed by a steep road, you realise how ideally placed the Perola is. Nearer to the old town that the strip but within easy walking distance of both, this hotel was an ideal base to explore Albuferia. Comments have been made about having to walk past the smelly bins down the side of the supermarket - just cross over the road then you don't have to smell them! The hotel itself was very clean and the staff very pleasant and helpful. We had a studio appartment which was plenty big enough for just 2 of us. Nicely decorated and furnished it had everything we required. When we arrived we had a very small fault (not easily detected) which we reported to the desk, it was fixed straight away, excellent service.
Our room overlooked the pool, the pool area was cleaned daily and hosed down, the sun was on our room in the afternoon and evening and we had a sea view, heaven. Walked to the various beaches, all very clean. If you access the beach by Fishermans beach and walk along, if the tide is out, you can walk for miles and is lovely. We were on the second floor and had no problems with noise, which is suprising with a hotel of this size. Having stayed in 4* accommodation on the last three of our holidays, (one of which we were also on the second floor but had no lifts, unlike the Perola, so we had to drag suitcases up two flights of stairs!) in different areas including Spain, and all being very different, the Perola held its own. Would definately recommend the Perola as an affordable holiday.
Just got back from a week at the Perola do Algarve. I read some of the reviews before I left and was a bit worried about what I would find. I was pleasantly surprised. The Perola is an older hotel and could probably use a bit of an upgrade but it was clean and very adequate. If you are looking for a five star resort forget it, but if you are looking for a place to sleep at night after being out sightseeing or going to the beach it is perfectly fine. The rooms were quite large and had everything we needed. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The pool area was very nice. If you are looking for an adequate family hotel for a stay in Portugal the Perola is perfect. It is also close enough to walk to most of the places you need to go in Albufeira and there is a good supermarket very close by to get your groceries.
Not sure what a hotel has to have to have 4 stars over the door but the perola certainly was 4 star value. The hotel is absolutely spotless, and kept that way!! The pool and surrounding area the same. The staff are friendly and obliging. The location is great, halfway between the strip and the old town, with supermarket and bus stops nearby and beachs about 10min walk. Coffee was good, food less so but they are self catering anyway so eating out is the way to go. The rooms were bright and airy, with kitchenette built into one wall. TV present but channels limited. All in all we were very happy with the Perola and would definitley recommend it
Myself and five friends stayed in these apartments from june 10th-17th this year on a girls holiday. As students we had been apprehensive about going after reading some of the reviews, however this was unwarranted. Our studio rooms were comfortable, clean and relatively big,with a decent sized balcony. The swimming pool was quite cold, but if its really warm its a perfect way to stay cool, we even swam in the rain!! We ate dinner in the Perola once- it wasn't anything special. Poolside snacks were, however, tasty and cheap. The staff were very pleasant towards us, even when we came in at 5am after a night out!
The Perola is located halfway between the old town and the strip, about 15minute walk to each. Taxi's are an easy way of travelling around albufeira if its too warm (or wet in our case) to walk, its about 3.90 euros from apartments to the strip or old town. The desk staff will order one to the apartment building for 50cents.
Good food can be found in both the old town and on the strip, but the old town, in my opinion is best. I would recommend Bravo facing the old town square, its only down side was the building work going on directly outside, even at 11pm! Also Jo Jo's in the old town if you're looking for a taste of home!!
Fishermans beach is around a ten minute walk from the Perola, and its very nice. We took advantage of many of the day trips offered by our rep (we booked via First Choice) and they were all great value for money. We would recommend the Jeep Safari Superday, which includes a river cruise, lunch and tasting of the local Firewater drink. Lisbon was also a very enjoyable day out. The nightlife on the Strip is very brilliant, with bars open til 4 or 5am. Our favourite was Paradise, a small pub, with reasonably priced cocktails- try an Oura Strip, yum!
Overall its was a very enjoyable trip and the only faults we could find with the Perola was the lack of a kettle in the kitchen area and the entertainment in the evening, we went to the kareoke and there was about 5 other people there. We would definately go back!!
would recommend, had fab holiday here.
My husband and i have just returned from a week's stay at the Perola and we had a brilliant time in Albufeira. (although leaving the kids at home with their Nana probably helped).
The Perola is very clean, staff friendly, we had a studio room which was actually fairly big compared to other studios we have stayed in, good size wardrobe with a few clothes hangers, we also had an ironing board in our room which came in very handy.
We ate in the snack bar a couple of times and the food is ok, not great but it is freshly cooked and hot.
The bar is upstairs and is open until midnight (sometimes later), but i dont think the entertainment is up to much. We went out into town every night.
The pool is a good size but just to warn you that the water is absolutely freezing, as is the sea, no matter how hot the weather is or time of day, and the weather was roasting when we were there, well into the eighties.
The Perola is placed halfway between the old and new towns, takes about 15/ 20 minutes walk or you can get a taxi at the top of the road for just under 4 euros and this will take you almost anywhere in albufeira, the price doesn't change. Also you can get a day ticket on the Tourist Train for 3 euros and this runs to the old town and the strip and runs until 1.00 am.
At the moment the main square in the old town is being dug up, lots of building work going on, hopefully be finished by the end of the summer, but there are lots of other good bars and restaurants there. The beach is gorgeous and if you keep walking along the beach you will find little private coves with their own bar and these are actually cheaper than the main beach for hiring sun beds.
You can swim with the dolphins at Zoo Marine for 135 euros (you need to pay to get in to the park aswell, about 25 euros), and it is a great experience, definitely recommended.
We had a great holiday in Albufeira and will definitley be going again.
This was one of the most spacious apartments we have ever had. It was also clean and well maintained. The cooker blew the fusebox one morning and it was fixed very quickly. We didnt eat here so can't comment on the food. The location was perfect - huge hypermarket nearby and also the location for taxis and the tourist train stop. The old town is the best part of Albufeira although the main square is still being dug up. The 'Strip' is just a long drag of souvenir shops, bars and restaurants which could be anywhere.
We just used the Perola as a base to explore the Algarve - the mountain areas are really worth visiting and also the far West around Cape St. Vincent.
Over Easter we had one day of torrential rain but the rest of the time was mainly warm and sunny. Prices similar to UK.
After reading many of the reviews on here we were slightly worried that we had booked in to fawlty towers but we were so very wrong.
The hotel itself is situated right in the middle of the old town and the new with Montechuro and prai da oura and it's really easy to walk if you ware able to both areas within 20 minutes. but for those of you who cannot walk far there is a Tourist train at the top of the road which will take you to The Strip (where all the enternainment and nightlfe is) and to the old town and Fishermans Beach which is really gorgeous.
The Hotel Apartments are very large and well decorated, the only thing I can say that is slightly bad is that the bathrooms could do with a bit of updating. I can only imagine this to be a problem if you fancy sitting in your bathroom all holiday!!! The pool is huge, although quite cold, but once you get in it soon warms up. Loads of nice amenities and places to relax.
Next door to the hotel is the fab Modelo shopping centre which sells everything from a huge supermarket to electricals and clothes. It also has food outlets like Pizza Hut and burger bars etc, also over the road is McDonalds and KFC if you like that kind of thing, if not there are lots of traditional restuarants all around.
I can honestly recommend the Perola as we had a really great time, book with First Choice and you will get a great deal. The Rep Michelle was very helpful and not too pushy like many (I should know I used to be one!) and the really seem to care about the guests. Fab time ;-)
I was a bit worried when I read the reviews of this hotel but on having spent two weeks here would honestly recommend it. Only concern would be if someone wasnt too mobile the hill to get up to the main road may be little bit much. My husband, grandson and I had a wonderful two weeks here, the staff were friendly and the rep, Marie was absolutely brilliant. Just across the road from the hotel is Bar 101 run by Sinead and Andrew, wonderful couple and bar.
Went out on the speed boat Ocean Thunder twice and would recommend it to anyone, the guys that run this are brill and it is definitely an experience not to be missed.
Went up the strip couple of times during the day but cant say was that impressed with it, some of the bars are okay but unfortunately you get plagued by time share people, some of who are very very pushy and wont take no for an answer.
Old town is brilliant but due to the drainage works that are going on at present it is not as nice as it normally is, which is a great shame because some of the bars and entertainment that is normally on offer here has came to halt.
We all had a fantastic time, would recommend portugal to anyone and would highly recommend these apartments.
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Was in Portugal the summer of 98, I worked at an hotel called Perola do Algarve. Worked so much all I got to see was "albufeira by night" and the beach (which was very beautiful indeed) . We had absolutely no rain for two and a half months.
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Has anyone stayed at the Perola this year. I have read one or tow old reviews that were very mixed. Just worried I have made the wrong choice. We go on the 26th July Many thanks