About Monaco Hotel
- high speed internet in room
- shuttle bus service
- swimming pool
- free internet
- bar lounge
- free parking
- wheelchair access
- free wireless internet in room
- air conditioning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- airport transportation
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- baggage storage
- breakfast in the room
- car hire
- english amenities
- fax photocopying
- french amenities
- 24 hour front desk
- snack bar
- free breakfast
- hiking amenities
- sun terrace
- bicycle rental
- spanish amenities
- portuguese amenities
- allergy free room
5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"we extended our stay in Portugal and decided to try a hotel near to the airport, so not much traveling to do. We were pleasantly surprised we checked in early morning our room was ready for us very clean lovely comfy bed, nice bathroom. We ate in the restaurant at night and had a lovely meal, even though it was very quiet. Breakfast was fine, although I was surprised it was tinned fruit not fresh same with the juice, because I had previously enjoyed a few glasses of their freshly squeezed juice. It was very quiet around the hotel think the fact that it was a weekend didnt help but that suited us. A lovely pool area with plenty of chairs and we had two glorious sunny days."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of June 2006
Quiet And Relaxed
"A lovely hotel for a nice quiet break. Certainly not the most buzzing Hotel I have stopped in, and a little reserved but the staff are quite friendly and the pool and gardens make the hotel.
The rooms are quite well appointed and very clean.
The location makes this Hotel more suitable for a 're charge' short break holiday, as it is a few miles from Faro. The little hamlet of montenegro is only 5 minutes walk.
Would not reccomend for families as the hotel is very quiet and there a good few steps."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of May 2006
Comfortable but not in a good location
"We have just returned from a 3-night stay at the Hotel Monaco in Faro. We read the reviews on this site before we went and agree that the location is not good if you do not have your own transport. We opted for this hotel as we were wanting a cheap 'city break' holiday with a bit of sunshine so were not expecting luxury. The staff at the Monaco were extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome. The family room was huge, comfortable and clean although the overall impression would have been better if the black mould had been removed from a large area on the ceiling in front of the window. Breakfast was adequate - limited choice but plentiful. We didn't investigate the pool area as we had a lot of rain and wind but inbetween showers we did get some sunshine and it quickly became T-shirt weather! We found the minibus service excellent - friendly helpful driver who not only transported us from the airport but also one day to the huge shopping centre with its huge upstairs food court (we opted for 2-course Mexican meal for just â¬5,50 including beer!) another time took us and collected us from the Marina in Faro and another day took us to the railway station where we took a train to Albufeira but beware: we found to our dread and exhaustion that Albufeira Station is approximately 6 miles from the beach!!! Good job it wasn't raining that day! We later found out that it would have been better to take the local bus from Faro to Albufeira! Another more serious warning: if you need medical treatment when in Faro, ask to be taken to a private medical clinic - my son fell, cut his head, the hotel receptionist called a taxi for us and we were taken to the A & E department of the local hospital - nightmare, don't go there - a security guard demanded to see my son's passport which was at the hotel as when getting into a taxi nursing someone with a bleeding head a passport is the last thing on your mind. When they saw the injury they did allow him through but would not let either of us accompany him and from behind the screens we could hear other casualties screaming in pain. The only treatment he received was a basic dressing to the wound which still bled for several hours when back at the hotel. Not a good end to the holiday. It would have been better if the hotel had been able to give us details of a private medical centre. Another thing we would do differently next time - we would not take travellers cheques - the hotel would not change them nor would the banks in Faro! The only place we could get them changed was a Foreign Exchange bureau in the town. To end on a more positive note: we found the quality of food and drink in Faro town excellent and very reasonably priced, for example steak (looked more like veal) egg and chips in one restaurant for â¬5,50 and the Portuguese red wines are some of the best we have ever tasted. We flew back into Leeds/Bradford Airport with our bags clinking to the sound of bottles containing Tawny Port - for which we have a newly acquired taste!"
- Travel date: Fri 9th of December 2005
"I thought the Hotel was fine. It seems like Faro is constantly expanding and there were various sites in the progress of being built. We went in February and it was lovely and warm (but the pool was freezing!). There's a huge supermarket on the road into the town and a shopping centre with plenty of places to eat - oh, and espressos are drunk by the gallon!
The beach is not too far away, but the hotel provides a free shuttle bus and wiil take you and bring you back from the town or the beach at certain times with no extra charge.
Breakfast was more than adequate - scrambled eggs, frankfurters, bread, cereal. Perfect for stuffing your face before a day out. Theres a couple of very local restaurants and a little busy street a short walk from the hotel which is a bit rough looking but safe enough I guess, and has little corner shops and bars.
I had a great time there. I wanted a bit of winter sunshine and that's what I got. Was great to sit on a beach in shorts in the first week in February.
There's not really much to do, but there's plenty to see if you want to explore.
Portugal gets my thumbs up, I'd definatly go back."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of August 2004
A week is too long at the Monaco
"My wife and I spent 1 week at the Monaco in June last year. On the plus side, the rooms are fine for the hotel classification, the service was good and the staff friendly and helpful. The hotel has a comfortable bar with a large screen television. There is a pleasant but small pool area which was never crowded. One of the main problems with the hotel is it's location which is just off of a main road opposite an area of waste land (at least it was last year) and on the edge of a residental area. There are a couple of resturants about a 20 min. walk away and a few shops. The beach is about 3Km away as is Faro town. The hotel claims to have a shuttle bus to the beach and Faro, this service was never available when requested and in any case, ceased operating after 5.00pm. The hotel has a resturant located in a fairly gloomy room below ground level, with no natural light. Breakfasts are buffet style, are the same each day and comprised of the usual selection of bread and preserves complemented with salty canned sausages, scrambled egg ,canned fruit and fruit drinks(not juice). I can honestly say that it was the least imaginative breakfast I have ever had in a hotel of this catagory, and in an area with so much wonderful fresh produce! It is fair to say that, one evening we did try the resturant for dinner an it wasn't that bad. All in all this hotel is fine for a one night stop, two at the most but if you do not have your own transport do not even consider it."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of February 2003