Muthu Forte da Oura
41 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just got back yesterday after a week at this hotel. checked in at 10pm at night and was put into a room on the ground floor. Walked in to room to find we had a huge bathroom with a sloping sink and mirror tilting to the floor. Pulled back the shower curtain and the shower was 4ft from the floor. It didnt take a genius to work out we were in a disabled room. We went back to reception and were told by the receptionist that the hotel was full and we couldnt be moved. We were advised to speak to our rep. Saw our rep Simon the following day who was a total waste of time. He blamed the hotel manager and said room allocation was upto him and the when we spoke to the hotel manager he said it was up to my Travel to sort it out! We were told there was no room free until 3 days later. As we were only there 7 days this meant half of our holiday we were stuck without a shower and when we turned it on the water covered the whole bathroom and even went into the hall as there was no shower tray due to it being designed for someone in a wheelchair. The manager and the mytravel rep were not interested that I fell on the floor during the night due to having a soaking wet floor. The manager actually sent a mop and bucket to our room for us to mop it up after each sit down shower! My boyfriend is 6ft 4 and had to sit on a chair under the shower!! We didnt unpack our suitcases as we were waiting to move and got moved to the front of the hotel on the 3rd day. The room was good, had air conditioning, was clean, spacious etc. However if you want any sleep on your holiday dont go to this hotel, They have entertainment until 2 each night and it bellows throughout the whole building. They had parrots flying around at 2 in the morning. I would not return to this hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 13th of September 2007
Forte da Oura is nice - but not quite 4*
"Stayed for a week at the Forte da Oura with my wife in Sept.2007.
The place is nice enough, but not quite a 4 star.
The room was very nice, clean and spacious. We did a late booking, but asked for and got a sea-view, which was great. The rooms at the back of the hotel appeared to overlook some building work and were out of the sun for most of the day.
Didn't use the restaurant in the evening, but the poolside bar did nice snacks at lunchtime. There's plenty of bars, restaurants and shops within a few minutes walk.
The strip is about 5 minutes walk away, but is a bit naff. The old town is much better. There's a bus stop right outside the hotel and the bus costs 1 euro into the old town. The cost of a taxi to the old town was 3.90 euros.
There's a very nice beach which is about 5 minutes walk away and well worth a visit.
The only slight down side of the hotel was the pool area (nice enough but not enough sun beds and could get a bit crowded), and the bar area which was a bit too close to the reception area. Also, the evening entertainment was a bit dodgy - we could have seen an Elvis tribute on one night and performing parrots on another.
All in all, a nice place in a good position, but be careful which room you get."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of September 2007
"Just returned from Forte Da Oura, spending a fortnight there with my wife & 3 children (10, 17 & 18 year olds). All the previous reviews were right, it is a great place.
We only caught the end of the entertainment evenings as we ate out every night, but they were no worse than previous places we've stayed. The two barmen "Chris & Poulo" were very helpfull (Chris was leaving a couple of days after us). A word of warning about drink prices, they do rise at all bars in the evenings (6-7 Euros each for a Malibu & Lemonade & a JD & coke). Best to stick with the local brews.
For those like me, that like to get away from the afternoon sun, the Oura bar (turn left out of the hotel) is a good place to go, they sell a very refreshing pint of local Cider. Another good thing is that it has Sky Multi room, so he'll put "Gillette Soccer Special" on, if the featured football match doesn't include your team ;-)
A good Indian is the closest one, the "Haweli", (turn left out of the hotel, then left at the roundabout). Reasonably priced too, being as your walking "away" from the "Strip".
For those that like to be entertained while eating, "Johnny Hooper's Jazz bar" is the place to go. With the host supplying the live music & a music quiz , followed by dancing, you'll stay there all evening, we were in a party of 12, but there were a number of couples there too. Its a bit of a walk (check the free maps), but it's well worth it
Beware of letting your kids get "Henna" tatoo's, we were fined 38 Euro's by the hotel, for new bed sheets, after our youngest had one put on her ankle & the "dye" came off.
Last thing (although nothing to do with the hotel), the baggage handlers at Faro airport are staging "Wildcat" strikes at the moment. We only received 3 out of 5 suit cases back, & had to return to the airport the following afternoon to get the last 2. Some couples only took 1 suit case, so went without a change of clothers for the start of their holidays. About 40 people just from our flight were affected."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
Building site and no room by pool
"As with other review, the rooms at the back are awful. Twenty metres from an active building site. Like many others, couldn't get a sunbed as poolside too small and packed together like sardines. Had to use pool at another hotel. Definitely will not go again."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of August 2007
"My wife and I stayed here for a week in July 2007 but first consulted Tripadvisor. I could not complain about this hotel at all, the rooms were spacious, with aircon, and all the utensils you could ask for. Beds and towels changed every day. We had a room at the back which does'nt get the sun during the day ( it kept our room cool ). there was building work going on outside, but what little noise there was, was unobtrusive.
The hotel restaurant prices were very good also."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2007
Fabulous time at Forte da Oura
"Just back from holiday in Albuferia, 23 August 2007, staying in Forte Da oura. The apartment was lovely and spacious with air conditioning and luckily we had a garden view. The apartment was spotless and the towels changed regularly. As mentioned in other reviews the pool area is not the greatest, there are definitely not enough sun loungers to cater for all the guests, however the beach is only 5 - 10 minutes walk away and you can hire 2 sun beds and a parasol for 13 euros a day. For all those ladies dont attempt to wear high heels when you go out at night as the footpaths are very slippy. The strip is only 5 minutes away from the apartment but the old town is better, it's cheaper to go there by taxi instead of the bus, only 5 euros. Ask directions to the taxi rank as it's easier to get one from there rather than asking your hotel reception to phone one. We ate out every night and the food was gorgeous.I would recommend Bravo and the Bank in the square in the Old Town.
The only trip we did was Aquashow, the kids loved it but the queues were a bit long for the rides. Overall the whole holiday was excellent and we will definitely be going back next year."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of August 2007
Great place to stay
"We have just returned back from a fortnights stay at the Forte Da Oura Hotel in Albuveira Aug 12 2007, the hotel is very clean (maid service everyday), reception service is great, my children loved the turtles that are in the hotel lobby!! entertainment is on Sun - Wed which was good, bit noisy but dies down around1a.m.ish. Christian and Paulo at the hotel bar are very friendly. If you like to spend your days sunbathing around the hotel pool you really have to get up at the crack of dawn to get a sunlounger as guests put their towels down very early and there arent enough loungers to cater for the large hotel!!!!! Didnt see any building work going on may be the workmen are on holiday during August???? The "strip" of bars, shops, restaurants is literally 3 minute walk from the hotel. Coconuts is a great place to eat and entertainment for the children, Indian Royale is fantastic, Sizzling Stone is excellent to. Bullfight on a Friday night is worth going to see. Zoomarine, Slide and Splash is another great place to visit. we have visited Albuveira twice now and wouldnt hesitant to go back."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
Best holiday ever!
"Have just returned from the Forte da Oura on 2 August. I could have stayed another fortnight. You know what its like when you drive up to your accommodation - sometimes a feeling of "oh no what have we done" - was so not like this at the Forte da Oura. Gorgeous from the outside and was the same inside. We had booked a studio apartment for myself, my husband and two girls aged 11 and 9. I have never seen a studio so large! Had a living area with kitchen and sofa bed, as well as a separate bedroom, lovely bathroom and great sized wardrobes. Fully air conditioned although with the lovely evening breeze you didn't always need it! Very family orientated hotel, lots of kids. My two made about a dozen friends who varied in age between 6 and 16 and they had an absolute ball! All in all a fabulous holiday, great accommodation (albeit the building work is going on at the back although I never heard a peep of it), inexpensive and delicious food (try Frogs on the Strip) and I have priced the same holiday for next year - what more of a recommendation could you want!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of August 2007
pure amazing best holiday ever
"Forte da oura is the best hotel i have ever stayed it in my life. The hotel it's self is really clean and very comfortable. i would recommend the hotel to anyone especially for family's. Forte da oura is about 15 mins away from all the bizz??? (the strip). The food is superb and so is the people. If you have the chance to go just go because it is out of the world !!!"
- Travel date: Mon 30th of July 2007
Clean and friendly hotel
"Our party comprised 2 adults and 2 teenage sons (18 and 15 years). One week stay self catering.
Holiday good points:
Clean - rooms cleaned daily, towels changed when required
Friendly - staff were helpful and polite
Rooms were a good size and satisfactorily equipped - kitchen, TV with BBC and ITV, bath and shower.
Quiet hotel - rooms were well sound proofed
Lively resort - plenty to occupy two teenagers
Location - easy walk to the Albufeira "strip". Easy reach of restaurants and bars off the strip.
Holiday bad points:
Poor pool - small and unexciting.
Not enough sun beds and no hotel policy to stop guests reserving beds with towels.
Building site next door to hotel - noisy from 08:00 to 20:00 rendered our balcony unusable. Construction seemed to be far from completion. Rooms at other side of hotel were not affected.
No gym at the hotel - but there is an excellent gym at the Hotel Paraiso (20 minutes walk away)
Beach was very good - clean, long sandy stretch with coves (5 minutes walk a the bottom of a hill)
Sea was clean although water was colder than expected
Resort had a good mix of nationalities and catered for families of all ages."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of July 2007
Not a 4 star hotel & not suitable for families
"This is the worst hotel that I have ever stayed in and definatley not a 4 star.I agree with many of the points made in previous guests reviews.
Large clean rooms.
Good location but very near the strip, hence the type of guests attracted to this hotel.
Small pool area & lack of beds.
Half board very poor more like fast food & snacks.
On arrival we were warned about the large number of single sex Dutch groups who dominated the hotel. They would party in their rooms & balconies until midnight, then they would go to the strip . Returning between 3 am & 8 am , making lots of noise & disturbing other guests.
When they got up in the afternoon they would dominate the pool area , making it an unpleasant environment for families.
After speaking to locals we discovered that Dutch holiday company GOGO ( holidays for dutch youths between 16 - 26) used this hotel & had their office in the hotel entrance.
Luna hotels should decide which clientele they want to attract to this hotel & not try to mix two very different groups.
In summary, if you are a stag or hen party or want an 18-30's holiday you will have a great time. If you are a couple or family then good luck!"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2012
A Holiday to Remember
"Stayed at Forte da Oura for 2 weeks at the end of July 2011, with my husband and 3 children. Lovely, clean place in and around the hotel/apartments. It has a nice mixture of families and groups of young people but there was always a nice atmosphere at the pool each day. Fantastic location for the beach and to restaurants and bars. Only a 5 minute walk each evening to the bars and there were lots to choose from. Would definitely recommend this hotel and will be going back ourselves in the future. My favourite beach was St Eulalia, which was only a 10 minute stroll when turning left out of the hotel. And my favourite restaurant was the Chinese at the beginning of the Strip."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of August 2011