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Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

Nice clean simple. On upper square of town above market square. Lovely views from balcony across valley.
Wifi router in reception so doesn't permeate well to all rooms. 3 single beds in room.
Popular Restaurant in square and supermarket below hotel from where we got evening meal supplies.
Good cold cheese and ham breakfast which keeps coming on request. Tea is available if requested.
Very good value for money.

Date of stay: May 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I stayed in Monchique, 3 nights in late May 2014.

This guest house is centrally located in Monchique, about 8 minutes walk, uphill, from the bus stop. It's a good location if you are using public transport and want to stay in Monchique village itself. It's not well signed, so you need a map to find it.

It's a very basic, old fashioned guest house.

You enter through an anonymous door right by a grocery store. You enter by first pressing a buzzer, that lets you into a dark lobby, tiled with azulejos.

The twin room, was rather small, but spotlessly clean, with a tiled floor, and a bathroom with shiny white and turquouise tiles. One or two tiles where chipped, and mended in an amateuris way, rather charming.

I had booked a room with a view, and the view was absolutely lovely.

That said, the room was in fact very basic and sparsely furnished. For instance, no luggage rack, and no chair, and a wardrobe with only 2 hangers. For a single person in a twin room, this was Ok, you can use the other bed to put your luggage, but for 2 people, it would have been a bit crowded.

The bed, was good, but a little hard for my preference. Good bed furnishiings for the climate.

The room was 2 fligths up from the entrance, with no lift.

The Wifi was WAP encrypted, with password on the actual WiFi and it worked excellently in my room.

I was staying during what is obvously low season in Monchique, with very few guests in the guest house and Monchique in general. Also, while I was there, most of the other rooms, and maybe other areas, were being renovated. Therefore, I hesitate a little to continue reviewing, because some of the following might be on account of that, and might well be improved later in the season and when they have finished their renovations.

The staff, or rather, the Landlady, and one maid, knew hardly any English. They did not even know the basic words for handling the checkin. Somehow, we managed to communicate.

They require you to pay your whole stay in advance. In cash. They take no form of credit card at all. The nearest ATM is about 10 minutes walk away, by the church.

In general, they did not seem all that service minded. It takes a long time to claim someone's attention.
They keep your passport for a couple of hours on arrival, instead of simply taking a copy, or having guests fill in those details by themselves.
In the morning, although they say breakfast is from 8 onwards, arriving one day at about 8:30, it took about 15 minutes for the landlady to start getting breakfast ready.

The breakfast, is not a buffet, but a single breakfast with no choice. That said, what was, was good quality, 2 good rolls, with ham and cheese, and an orange.

When using the shower, one needed to run the hot water tap for about 5 minutes to get hot water.

The information on the booking site is very general, and not correct for all the rooms. They were just added to Booking.com, so maybe they didn't get it right the first time.

All this said, I had a good stay. The place is basic, but OK. Might be better in high season, but I cannot tell.

It is definitely good value for the price!

However, if I stayed in Monchique again, I would at least investigate whether I could find something else, in the actual village.

Room tip: Getting a room with a view is definitely worth it. Try to get a room facing away from the village, this would both be a little more quiet, and be a better view,
Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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4  Thank FiftyNiner
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Reviewed 30 September 2015
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Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 September 2015
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Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2015
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Date of stay: March 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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