Muthu Forte da Oura
41 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We loved it !
"I stayed at Forte da Oura from 5th Sept 2008 for 2 weeks with my boyfriend (both age 30) & we both absolutley loved it. The location to start with was excellent, out of the hotel turn right until you reach Wild & Co Pub, turn right and you are on 'the strip' dont let this expression put you off ! 'The strip' is not your usual Faliraki type it is just the main street of bars & restaurants, its not rowdy or full of drunk teenagers. We found some lovely places to eat up the strip including the chinese restaurant opposite Wild & Co up the side alley, also the mexican place about half way up is amazing. I would also recommend Sunset & the Sizzling Stone which are both on the right as you come out of the hotel. The hotel itself was great we requested a high floor and sea view & amazingly we got both ! The rooms are very spacious with a separate area for living room / kitchen and bedroom, in the kitchen we had a fridge, freezer, 2 ring hob & microwave. There is also a TV in the room & you get BBC1, BBC1, ITV1 and Sky News. Our room was cleaned every day at approx 3pm so we were never in the room at the time. We stayed in Room 326 which was quite near the balcony of the Receptiobn area so sometimes on an evening you could hear some noise coming from the bar, however the doors are so thick that once you close the main door and the bathroom door all the noise is blocked out. We found the Receoption staff to be very friendly & helpful & the Reception is manned 24 hours. We had a minor issue with out air con & they had someone there within about 20mins & he fixed it straight away. There is only 1 downside to this hotel & that is the pool area, which is very nice just not large enough. The sunbeds are very close to eachother & if you are not there before lunchtime you have no chance of getting a lounger !
The beach in Albufeira is lovely, however the charge you 8 euro per lounger per day & again they are very close together, so we walked onto the beach then left all the way along to the rocks where the sand is almost white & there are hardly any other people, also the water is much clearer, would highly reccommend trying this & you can get shade in the little coves. I would definately go back to Albuferia and definately stay in the Forte Da Oura again ! ps - the old town is lovely too, just get the little train at the top of the strip for 2 euro but everything is a lot more pricey through there !"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of October 2008
First time been to portugal really enjoy...
"First time been to portugal really enjoyed it. Stayed in alburfeira at Forte De Aura which is situated 2mins down the road from strip,would definately stay here again it was excellent. Cleaners came every day towels changed most days. Entertainment from 10pm most nights good laugh. Thought strip was going to be bad but rather enjoyed different bars and entertainment and you were'nt moidered by pr's. Happy hours most of night so drinks around 3-4 euros pint. Few british trying with time shares (why do they bother spoiling things) Beachs beautiful quite expensive for drinks and 15 euros for a sunbed (cheek)
Went on train to old town takes about 10 mins nice there,quite hilly in parts, narrow streets Good food.
Would go back again defo."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
We have just come back from this hotel,...
"We have just come back from this hotel, from what all i can describe is the best holiday ever. The Hotel was amazing and all i can say is the comments are all true. Our room was huge, the view wasnt great but who stays in when you have sun bathing to do. The pool is small, but we used to still get a place around 11am in the morning just would suggest if you are in a group to get up early to get a sun bed. The beach is only a small walk away same as the lovely strip of bars. Me and boyfriend are hoping to go back very soon!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 8th of September 2008
The hotel was amazing and we were very i...
"The hotel was amazing and we were very impressed with the standards of cleanliness. The staff were all very polite and helpful, even lending me wrapping paper and sellotape at the end of the trip to wrap some fragile luggage. The room we stayed in was huge, the kitchen diner, bedroom and bathroom were separated by doors which reduced noise/light coming into the bedroom at night. We didnt have any problem with mossies and used the curtain dividers to prevent these entering the room. Not sure how often the towels were changed but our rooms were cleaned and the beds made every day. The hotel is in an amazing location! Many reviews suggest it is at the top of a steep hill. This is misleading. The beach is a short walk down a small hill (not steep) and the hotel is ideally situated not far from the strip (five minute walk) but far enough so that it is not affected by noise. There is a small supermarket less than 5 mins walk to the left of the hotel. I would most certainly recommend this hotel as we did not have a single problem all week. The only thing i would say is that in high season (july-august) there may not be enough sunbeds to go around, although we were fine. There are alot of trips on offer in the area, including zoomarine, lisbon shopping, fiesa sand sculptures, quartiera market on weds, vilamoura marina and cape st. vincent. these were all very enjoyable and we were able to tour the whole length of the algarve and visit the capital in the space of a week. We would recommend a visit to a small travel shop on the opposite side of the road to the supermarket and to a left a bit. The woman there named Alison was very helpful, friendly and genuine - she knocked discounts off the price of tours for us, beating thomas cook by euros! Another good tip - visit the Club Praia de Oura website (this hotel is directly opposite Forte da Oura) and sign up for the email special offers. They sent us a ten euro voucher which we used towards food in this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of June 2008
We stayed at Forte da Oura for 2 weeks i...
"We stayed at Forte da Oura for 2 weeks in September 07 and had a fab time. We had stayed at Forte da Oura in sept 2005 also and that is the reason why we booked to go again this year. The apartments are very clean and our rooms were spacious and cleaned daily with new towels/bedding. The staff were always helpful and friendly.
Paulo who runs the hotel bar remembered us from 2005 and was great to see him again; the entertainment in the hotel bar was something else though. Mainly singers and Elvis is a must, you will never laugh so much in your life. We never had any problems getting a sunbed, there were a lot of sunbeds close together, but they are easily moved to make more room but can imagine that is not possible in the peak season.
The hotel is perfect location to the strip and beach but we preferred to get a taxi to the old town and old town beach as they are so much nicer. The old town has some amazing restaurants especially Bravissimo, good entertainment in The Rock Bar and Las Vegas Bar in the old town.
Two nights of our holiday we got a taxi to Vilamoura, it cost about Â£10 each way and was worth it, beautiful harbour, and lovely restaurants and the Irish bar was brill, great atmosphere.
We never heard any building work at all during our stay, we saw the site at the back of the hotel but never once heard any noise from it, it looked at the same stage it did in 2005.
Only downside was a disturbance going on in the room next door to ours but that was quickly resolved and the couple were 'evicted'.
Would definitely go back again to these apartments as they are perfectly located and well maintained."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of October 2007
This is not a 4* hotel, at best it is a...
"This is not a 4* hotel, at best it is a good 3*. I am writing this review as the majority on your site are old and I have just returned from my stay.
My hotel was booked through Travel Republic and on arrival at the hotel I was advised that the hotel was overbooked. I was advised this was because some rooms were not being allocated / were unavailable due to building work going on.
The hotel details do not mention any building works yet some of the rooms being booked are clearly not up to standard or habitable. From what I saw it looks like a new hotel and pool area is being built at the back of the Forte Da Oura, so it could take some time yet to complete!
When we eventually got allocated a room (we had to stay one night at another hotel), we were allocated a superior room with garden and sea views. We definitely had a garden view (well grass with a kids climbing frame in the middle anyway) but the sea view was more like a view of the hotels on the road to the beach as we were on the ground floor we didn't see much of a sea view!
The room was nice with a studio area including kitchen portioned off from the main bedroom however in my opinion this is not a superior room. I normally book 3* accommodation when booking holidays to Spain / Portugal as they are usually adequate for the time spent in the room.
In my opinion this hotel was no better than any other 3* hotels and not as good as some I have stayed at in the past and the pool area was a real let down. The pool and terrace area is tiny and the sunbeds are in rows very close together meaning you are caged in if all sunbeds are taken.
If you get a good price for a stay here it is worth booking as the location is good but don't get excited about the possibility of 4* luxury hotel and make sure you know exactly what room you are being allocated before your arrival.
This was our third time in Albufeira and once again we had a great holiday (with the exception of the overbooking at the hotel of course which took up best part of our first two days). There is loads to do and you can choose whether to be part of the hustle and bustle of the strip or enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere in other parts of the town."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
Great apartment and lovely location. Poo...
"Great apartment and lovely location. Pool a little on the small side, and at times difficult to get a sunbed. Friendly staff and helpful to have a little shop on site.
Overall a great holiday and canât wait to get back again. "
- Travel date: Sun 8th of July 2007
A great apartment/ hotel, the studio we...
"A great apartment/ hotel, the studio we stayed in -231- was large and well equipped.
The towels were changed and rooms cleaned every day. Very friendly staff.
The beach and the strip were only a short walk away and the bus stop to Albufeira - 1 euro - was just outside the complex. If you turn left off the complex follow the road around the corner and you will find a supermarket and ticket office. Also just past the rounderbout you can get a bus to Villamora, and Faro.
Would definitely go to Forte de Oura again.
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of June 2007
What can you say about this aparthotel?...
"What can you say about this aparthotel? Well not too much if you want to keep this stunning little gem of a secret to yourself!
Stayed in late summer 2005 and had to slum in it in 5* in Tenerife for 2006, but thankfully got back in for 2007!
This complex is an ideal base for an Albufeira experience, just far enough from the noise but not too far from the action.
Facilities are superb and staff are friendly from minute 1 to the last minute of your holiday.
The building work was pointed out to us before our trip, but apprehensively we took the time to contact the hotel direct and the manager, Mr Vegas assured us there was no noise or disruption, and he was as good as his word!
Stayed in Room 311 and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone... so book itâ¦ and remember.... NOT A WORD TO ANYONE...it can be our secret!!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of April 2007
Booked holiday through Airtours. Stayed...
"Booked holiday through Airtours. Stayed in Room 212 (from the below reviews it seems 212 and 215 are very popular!) Hotel was great, rooms very spacious especially for a studio apartment. Beds were comfortable even the pull out bed in the living room was great - there were 3 of us sharing the room. Kitchen was of a good standard, rooms were clean. Our view was fantastic - overlooked the pool and you can see the sea also. Ask for a room on the front of the hotel not the back. Building work was apparently going on when we were there but we didn't hear a single thing! Hotel itself in a great location, 4-5 minute walk from the Strip (bars & restaurants) - can't hear any noise at night. Reception guy extremely friendly and a good laugh! Pool was very nice and clean. Beach is a 5-7 minute walk, quickest route crossing the road and walking through CPO (Club Praia Da Oura)'s complex, and down onto the beach - this avoids the notorious Cardiac Hill, which is hell to walk UP - down isn't so bad but it's much easier to cut through CPO - just head towards the sea!
Only gripe with the hotel is that yes the rooms and standard of accommodation are definitely worthy of its 4 star status, but the bar, which was situated in reception (not in a separate bar area really) was tiny - with only 4 or 5 tables to sit on. And there wasn't really any entertainment.....so I didn't rate that particular part as a 4 star. But the rest of it is great - grounds of hotel are lovely and well kept. We were 3 24 year old girls, and found there werenât as many children in this complex, great for us, but maybe the time of year we went. We had a noisy neighbour (who was actually a family of five) but this was dealt with swiftly by reception.
All in all a great time to be had at Forte Da Oura I would stay again.
- Travel date: Wed 4th of October 2006
24/09/06 - 01/10/06 Have just returned...
"24/09/06 - 01/10/06
Have just returned from staying at Forte da Oura with my partner after having a lovely holiday. There was no building work going on while we were there. We got a Garden Room, which I think is probably the best position followed by the rooms at the front. If possible request that you donât get a room at the back otherwise you will have a view looking onto an old building site. There seemed plenty of other rooms anyway.
To find restaurants and bars:
Take a right when you exit the hotel and the strip is only a 5 minute walk. It is not until you take another right down the strip that you realise quite how long it is.
We however preferred spending our evenings in the old town of Albufeira about a 25 minute walk. Even out of season the square there was buzzing. Our favourite restaurant was âParadiseâ in the square. It was medium priced but very good quality! Mixture of Italian food and Portuguese. If you canât manage walking both ways, we got a taxi back every evening for 3.90 Euros flat fair. Def a bargain!
We went to slide and splash whish was a very good day out for any age. We brought a packed lunch but the food wasnât too ridiculously priced as it often is in other water parks. Would say this is probably the best water park in the Algarve (experience from previous holidays in Portugal).
Also went on boat trip leaving from Albufeira port for an afternoon for only 15 Euros (got a better deal at a tourist information shop than you will get at the hotel.
The hotel does however provide vouchers for Dallas Circus at the moment which meant that it ended up only costing 6 Euros each for an evening of entertainment. Very different from a UK circus but was still entertaining although the beer probably helped. If you have a spare evening I would recommend that you gave it a go.
The hotel was very clean and the staff were friendly. Would say it was perhaps more of a 3*+ perhaps not quite what we would call 4* in the UK. Entrance area was very pretty and swimming pool was nice. Plenty of Sun beds for this time of year and no need to run out and put your towel out first thing. The rooms were also very spacious and had large balconies. Unfortunately the beds were very hard â so our extra pillows were used to lye on.
Overall it was probably one of our best holidays and we have been to many different places in the world. Defiantly very good value for money!
P.S despite mixed weather reports, we had great weather for this time of year and came back with a good tan.
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of October 2006
Just back, brill apts spotless clean, ma...
"Just back, brill apts spotless clean, maid service everyday. We got put to rear where building work going on but got moved to front. Staff friendly, very central to everything would definitely go back albuferia is such a great place.
There is an old tramp that walks up and down the road â heâs harmless but funny just wanders up and down shouting at people but donât let that put you off!
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006