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Forte Do Vale 3.5

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Apartments located on a quiet residential street about a mile from Albufeira's main nightlife Strip
  • Fully-equipped kitchens include washing machines and dishwashers
  • Apartments extend to furnished balconies, most with nice views
  • Large swimming pool includes sun loungers and separate kids' area
  • On-site spa and health club has a sleek indoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center is large with both cardio and weight-training machines (some more modern than others)
  • Two bars and a restaurant serve light bites and buffet-style means
  • Games room with pool tables, air hockey, and video games
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Free shuttle to Oura Beach

Cons

  • Not on the beach
  • No Wi-Fi in the apartments
  • Hard beds with lumpy pillows
  • Tennis facilities are extremely worn

Bottom Line

The Forte Do Vale is an upper-middle-range apartment complex in a quiet, residential corner of Albufeira. Apartments are clean, spacious, and well-equipped with full kitchens. The complex includes a wide range of facilities, such as a large terraced swimming pool, a health club and spa, and a restaurant. It might lack atmosphere, and the beaches aren't within easy walking distance, but there's a shuttle on-hand to ferry guests to the famous golden sands of the Algarve, and enough on-site to keep them busy at the complex and in the area.

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Scene

Bright and fresh apartment complex with ever-changing lobby flower arrangement

Stepping through a pair of sliding doors off a relatively quiet residential street in a peaceful corner of Albufeira, guests enter a large, bright, and airy lobby, where floor-to-ceiling windows pour sunlight onto sleek modern furnishings and antique-style vases and mirrors. A really nice touch is the centerpiece floral arrangement, which takes various shapes and is changed twice every day. A long, curving reception desk greets guests, mostly vacationing couples and families.

Location

Set on a quiet residential street a mile from Albufeira's main strip

The Forte Do Vale is located on a quiet residential street in Albufeira, in the Portuguese Algarve. The property is set away from most of the other hotels but is still within walking distance of bars and restaurants. Beaches, however, are not within easy walking distance from the hotel, though a shuttle bus ferries guests to the sister hotel Clube Praia da Oura, which is within a block of the area's most popular beaches. The hotel is about a mile from the main nightlife strip of Avenida Francisco Sa Carneiro, while Faro Airport is 20 miles away.

Rooms

Clean, modern apartments are fully-equipped with kitchens.

Apartments, which include studios and one- and two-bedroom units, are clean and modern with contemporary furnishings, colorful fabrics, and vibrant art prints. All are apartment-style units with fully equipped kitchens that include fridge-freezers, ovens, burners, dishwashers, and washing machines. Living rooms include sofas and separate dining areas, while balconies have tables and chairs. Air-conditioning is included in all units, as are flat-screen TVs and telephones. They do not have Wi-Fi.

Features

Large swimming pool with poolside bar and separate kids' pool

The complex has a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers, as well as a separate pool for kids. Next to the pool is a bar serving drinks and snacks, while there is also an inside bar and restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A health club and spa offering a range of treatments can be found on-site, with an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as two exercise rooms. There is also a games room with pool tables, air hockey, and video games. Wi-Fi is free in common spaces.

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Address

Rua de Dunfermline, Albufeira 8200-278, Portugal

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