13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good value for little money
"We found this hotel to be clean and well staffed. Food was reasonably good although a little limited on choice. Beds were comfortable and air con a bonus. Best dessert jelly I have ever tasted!"
- Travel date: 4th October 2011
"This was a cheap and delightful holiday, we went for four nights for mid week break and paid just 400 pound for the two of us, this included four nights half board, transferes and flights.....the hotel didnt let us down. It was situated in a fantastic loacation of monte gordo and was just 5 min walk to the beach. The rooms were basic but really clean and clean towels/room every day. Ww went on the 7th August and where the only english in the hotel which was not a problem, it seems the hotel is full of englsih in their winter time...april/may, however weather then is still very warm. Im usually a hard to please person when it comes to holidays (cos I work so hard all year and believe i deserve a good hol when the time arrives..ha ha) this hotel delivered. We have booked to go back May 2012 again for four nights as we loved the quaint friendly town, however this time we are staying at the Yellow hotel for a change, again we got bargain of Â£389 for two with everything as before. The town is east of portugal which is just across from Spain, it takes about 50 min to get there from faro...if your finding it difficult to make your mind up....dont, you wont be displeased...just dont expect 4/5 star boutique hotel as this is not the case, its friendly, clean, great location and value for money....."
- Travel date: 13th August 2011
Perfect for a quiet getaway
"We were looking for a cheap break to get away and came across the Hotel Baia. On arrival (10:30) our room was ready even though check-in wasn't till 3. The room was decent in size with free air-con. A TV with 2 English channels(ITV & ITV4+1) and 2 single beds. You can also hire a fridge for 25â¬ a week if required. The pool area on the roof is small but adequate with a heated pool and jacuzzi which few people used. The self serve restaurant gives you lots of choice in the evening with plenty of salad, a fish option and a meat option each day. The breakfast was a bit of a letdown but is great if you like scrambled egg but there was plenty of the usual continental fare. The resort is quiet but saying that has plenty of bars and restaurants. 3 bars in particular are the Golden Rose, Johns Bar and Best of all the Seagull Bar. This place is run by a Portuguese couple called Fernando and Maria. They make you feel so welcome and is perfect for the sports fan. Drinks vary from 2â¬ to 3â¬ for a pint of local beer but you can get an Irish coffee etc for 2â¬. Cocktails are around 5â¬. The beach is stunning miles and miles of clean well looked after sand with crystal clear water. There are fishing boats pulled up onto the beach each morning which is quite a sight. The stroll down the beach to Spain takes around 90 mins and you can then get the ferry across. There are plenty of bike hire places if you feel a bit adventurous and would like to explore a bit more. Overall if you are looking for a cheap getaway to relax this hotel and resort is perfect and we plan to go back next year."
- Travel date: 4th May 2011
don't go !!
"Unfortunately, we were really disappointed in this hotel. On the plus side, it was very clean and the maid service was great. But the food was really terrible. The main course was a choice of either a fish dish or one meat dish. The food was often cold and was honestly very unappetising. We did tell the waitress one night that the food was cold but she just shrugged and did nothing. We actually ended up eating in a local cafe a few nights. Breakfast was again very basic with scrambled eggs and beans most days alongside a selection of rolls and breads, etc. To sum up, the hotel itself is very clean and the staff are polite (tho not friendly) but the food leaves a lot to be desired. "
- Travel date: 15th March 2011
Hotel Bahia - Monte Gordo
"If you are expecting a 3* hotel (in comparison to the UK) then don't - the hotel looks ok from the outside the inside looks as if they have tried to jazz it up but to no avail - the rooms themselves are rather dated ( early 70's). On arrival we greeted by what seemed a hundred kids in the reception area (later found out that there was a football tournament that was to last the whole week of our stay. Apart from being pushed about by a rather surly and rude Portugese man at the reception(belonging to the football party) the receptionist apologised on his behalf.There were only 2 lifts in the hotel and the Portugese monopolised them on our arrival - (so the my other half had to do the farmers walk and carry them up 3 floors). The room on appearance looked ok but on closer inspection there was dust over the dressers and bedside cabinets - I drew a line in the dust on the phone receiver (and it was was still there on the saturday of departure!!!!)( the wardrobe doors were off their runners, so my other half had to fix them - the cleaner came in everday and emptied the waste paper bin as I made my own beds each morning and she left them (obviously I make a good bed!!) - the breakfast consisted of the usual continental rolls jams cheeses and ham - but the ultimate had to be the american style breakfast - scrambled egg with hot dog sausages, scrambled egg with beans, scrambled egg with bacon and if you were lucky on one of the mornings you may have been able to spot the mushrooms!!!! - the resort itself had plenty of nice bars and restaurants and I would recommend it and return - but unfortunately not to this hotel. "
- Travel date: 7th July 2009
A cheap holiday
"As long as you do not expect any sort of luxury you will be OK. We didn't pay a lot to go here so was expecting what we got. Basic rooms, basic bar & restaurant area and not the warmest welcome from staff. However, it was bearable and for a cheap get away couldn't complain. Monte Gordo itself was very quiet at this time of year (it was still quite cold and rainy). It may well be that this was the reason, however, we were a couple of 26 & 27 and felt like we were the youngest people there by a long shot. It is a very nice place with lots of bars, restaurants and cafe's and the beach is absolutely lovely. But do not be illusioned this did not mean there was anything for young people to do at night, as everything closed quite early or if it wasn't closed it was empty. Again this could well be the time of year. We were looking for a quiet holiday, but for our age this was a little too quiet."
- Travel date: 2nd June 2008
Went on cheap last minute holiday to thi...
"Went on cheap last minute holiday to this hotel. Clean, basic, friendly. The food wasnât up to much I have to admit but there was plenty, lol. There are clean towels every day, beds made etc. There are plenty of restaurants in Monte Gordo so finding a decent meal is not hard. Itâs a quiet resort which suited us just fine as we wanted to relax. Scenery is beautiful (saw dolphins in sea on the last day, magical!!) I would recommend if you are after a cheap, no frills holiday. And if you do visit I also recommend you visit Bell 3 bar on a side street near the casino and ask Manuel to make you a jug of sangria, itâs delicious! The best, friendly guy, nice bar, good service even when busy! Back to the hotel.....we got more than what we paid for so was happy!"
- Travel date: 6th November 2007
Went on cheap last minute holiday to th...
" Went on cheap last minute holiday to this hotel. Clean, basic, friendly. The food wasnât up to much I have to admit but there was plenty. There are clean towels everyday, beds made etc. There are plenty of restaurants in Monte Gordo so finding a decent meal is not hard. Itâs a quiet resort which suited us just fine as we wanted to relax. Scenery is beautiful (saw dolphins in sea on the last day, magical!). I would recommend this hotel if you are after a cheap, no frills holiday. If you do visit I also recommend you visit Bell 3 bar on a side street near the casino and ask Manuel to make you a jug of sangria, itâs delicious! The best, friendly guy, nice bar, good service even when busy! Back to the hotel.....we got more than what we paid for so was happy! "
- Travel date: 6th November 2007
bostin good value hotel
"just returned (18/10/2007)from baia de monte gordo.Smashing 3 star hotel,pleasant rooms spotless clean. Breakfast called american style better than continental,alwayssomething you can eat. All in all a really good value hotel."
- Travel date: 19th October 2007
A warm friendly welcome
"A group of us stayed for a week in October 2006 and were impressed by the very friendly, efficient and helpful staff. Our room on the sixth floor was excellent. The buffet style restaurant was a bit crowded but a good variety of food over the week. As the hotel catered for a wide variety of nationalities they made an attempt to appeal to all and this was not an exclusively british style hotel ( not that we wanted that) We would definitely stay here again As a town Monte Gordo is blessed with an excellent beach and a wide variety of shops . The market in Vila Real de San Antonio( 2 miles East) on a Sunday is a really colourful and a not to be missed experience"
- Travel date: 20th October 2006
"Having read previous reviews we were very disappointed. We arrived just after 2pm and were told to come back later as our room was not yet ready. No offer of a drink or anything. We returned an hour later and was given the key to our room. When we got there it had not been cleaned since the previous occupant. I told the recetionist of the problem, she offered to give us another room straight away, but it would be a 'down grade'. I declined this. She then managed to find a room of the same grade we had booked. The resaurant was too small for the number of guest with insufficient seating. The meals were buffet type and there was not enough space around the serrving area. The breakfast was described as 'American', it was not. The evening meal consisted of a soup starter, and a choice ot two main courses, either fish or meat (this was mostly pork). The hotel was geared up mainly for German and Dutch guests. The sky tv system was in German or Portugese subtitles with only two chanels in English, CNN and Euro Sport."
- Travel date: 17th September 2006
Excellent Value For Money
"The hotel has been modernised very nicely and looks very good inside. The room we stayed in was for 3 people and was more than big enough for us and the whole of the hotel was very clean. The staff were very friendly and more than happy to help with any queries we had. The only slight negative would be the evening meals which were very boring and basic so we made the most of the excellent (and cheap) restaurants and bars that MG has to offer. We would highly recommend both the Baia hotel and MG as a resort to anyone if you enjoy a quite and relaxing holiday. We hope to return again soon."
- Travel date: 13th August 2005
Top traveller tips for Baia de Monte Gordo Hotel
"Try Bar Eighty just across the road!"
"get yourself on the lovely beach...take a good book and relax. Listen to the waves crashing onto the sand whilst you sip a nice cold beer!!"
"Don't expect the earth you get what you pay for."
"not a lot to do if you dont want to lie on beach. very small resort."
"favourite bars - Harleys & Bar 42"
Baia de Monte Gordo Hotel is also called
- baia de monte gordo