Monica Isabel Beach Club - Albufeira

ex. Monica Isabel Resort

Forte Sao Joao, Albufeira, Portugal, 8200-325show map
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The 3-star Monica Isabel Beach Club offers 200 functional rooms in the centre of Albufeira. The hotel was opened in 1982 in an 8-story historical building and renovated in 2006. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service, 24-hour reception and concierge service for the guests' convenience.

Near to a wonderful beach, the hotel is set close to Holidays Bar. It is located 2 km from the center of Albufeira.

Restaurants, nightclubs and cafés are also at hand.

Monica Isabel Beach Club lies within 30 minutes’ drive to Faro airport.


For your comfort, you will find an in-room safe, satellite television and a patio. The hotel offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the guestrooms. Rooms include bathrooms with a roll in shower, a hairdryer and a bidet.

Eat & Drink

Breakfast is available from 08:00 to 10:00. Seafood dishes are served in the outdoor restaurant. Monica Isabel Beach Club also has a busy night bar with billiards and a terrace. Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro are situated in a business area, about 600 meters from the venue.


Guests can make use of free parking, a safety deposit box and a vending machine on site.


Monica Isabel Beach Club offers live performances and karaoke to keep guests entertained. Windsurfing, diving and beach volleyball as well as a gym, aqua fitness and aerobics classes will help travelers keep fit.


Wireless internet is available in public areas for free.

Guest Parking

Public parking is possible on site for free.

Year renovated:   2006.  Number of floors:   8.  Number of rooms:   200.

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Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in public areas


On-site car park

Luggage storage
24-hour services

24-hour reception

24-hour security

Food/ Drinks

Outdoor dining area

Poolside snack bar

Restaurant buffet

Swim-up bar


Snack bar

Picnic area/ Tables


Paid airport shuttle

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness centre

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

Indoor heated swimming pool

Private swimming pool

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centre
  • Wind surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Pedal boating
  • Banana boat
  • Aqua fitness
  • Water skiing
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Cycling
  • Tennis court
  • Badminton
  • Beach volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Bocce
  • Golf course
  • Billiard tables
  • Darts
  • Table tennis
  • Squash
  • Archery
  • Aerobics
  • Fishing


  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Room service
  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Bicycle rental
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service
  • Bell staff/Porter


  • All inclusive
  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Cafe
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside snack bar
  • Snack bar
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Picnic area/ Tables
  • Gluten-free meals
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Buffet breakfast


  • Business centre
  • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
  • Projector
  • Fax/Photocopying


  • Cots
  • Babysitting/Child services
  • Children's buffet
  • Board games
  • Children's pool
  • Children's play area
  • Kids club
  • Game room

Spa & Leisure

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Seasonal indoor pool
  • Private swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sun loungers
  • Casino
  • Aqua park
  • Karaoke
  • Live entertainment
  • Sun terrace
  • Garden area
  • Leisure/ TV room
  • Bungalows
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Library

Room view

  • Sea view
  • Garden view
  • City view
  • Pool view
  • River view
  • Landscape view

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Individual heating
  • In-room safe
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Connecting rooms
  • Living room
  • Sitting area
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Dining table
  • Ironing facilities


  • Bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Washing machine
  • Bathrobe
  • Free toiletries


  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/ Kitchen utensils


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Hi-Fi
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • International calls
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Ornate ceiling
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Check-infrom 15:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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  • Nearby
  • City landmarks
Fishermen's SquareFishermen's Square3300 ft
Albufeira Shopping CenterAlbufeira Shopping Center2000 ft
Albertu's BarAlbertu's Bar3800 ftThe Strip
Falesia BeachFalesia Beach4000 ft AlbufeiraPortugal
Xorino Cave Xorino Cave 4100 ftOld Town
Centro Historico de Albufeira Centro Historico de Albufeira 4900 ft AlbufeiraPortugal
Torre do Relogio Torre do Relogio 4700 ftRua Jose Bernardino de Sousa
Castle WallCastle Wall4700 ftRua Joaquim Pedro Samora
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Fisherman's BeachFisherman's Beach3700 ft
Church of Sant'AnaChurch of Sant'Ana1.0 mi
Barranco das Belharucas Beach - FalésiaBarranco das Belharucas Beach - Falésia2.9 mi
Bullring AlbufeiraBullring Albufeira4600 ft
Albufeira StadiumAlbufeira Stadium4600 ft
Municipal Museum of ArchaeologyMunicipal Museum of Archaeology4300 ft
Church of São Sebastião - Sacred Art MuseumChurch of São Sebastião - Sacred Art Museum5000 ft
Balaia Golf CourseBalaia Golf Course1.9 mi
Parking Garage AlbufeiraParking Garage Albufeira4000 ft
Albufeira\'s Igreja MatrizAlbufeira\'s Igreja Matriz5200 ftRua da Igreja
Praia dos PescadoresPraia dos Pescadores1.0 mi AlbufeiraPortugal
Sant\'Ana Church Sant\'Ana Church 1.0 miPraca Jacinto d_Ayet Address Travessa 1º de Dezembro
San Vicente de Albufeira Statue San Vicente de Albufeira Statue 1.0 miLargo Jacinto D'Ayet
Montechoro Strip Montechoro Strip 1.1 mi AlbufeiraPortugal
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Getting around
Faro (FAO)15.5 mi
Portimao (PRM)19.6 mi
Albufeira Train Station3.0 mi
Tunes Train Station5.7 mi
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GoodBased on  370  reviews
  • 8.2

    - Location (between the bar area, and the city center, and in front of the beach), facilities (you have everything you need), animations, value for price.

    - the cleaning staff wasnt very good. They hit our door at 10:30 and we were still there. Then they didnt came back later on to clean. Next day they knock the door again when we were there, and we went to reception to ask them to go back. When they went, the only thing they did was organize the towels and bed, nothing more. Even the towel that were on the floor (supposed to be changed) they didnt replace.

  • 7.8

    Checking in at reception very slow (apparently they were short staffed), we had booked a Family Room, but ended up with a 2 bedroom apartment which was very nice also very clean. The maid came in on a daily basis and cleaned and changed towels. My grandsons aged 13, 11 and 10 just loved both the indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel was handy for the Strip and the Old Town. Entertainment was not too bad for April. We would certainly think about going back. We also thought we had got very good value for the money we had spent on our booking at the Hotel.

  • 7.4
    Very good

    Location right between old town and new town, so 15 minutes walk to both sides, which for me was perfect, no need for a taxi to go anywhere. Also, beach was just 50 meters down, so perfect. Most of the hotel staff was great!

    I did book a room with beach view. When I got there, they said they don't offer rooms with beach view, and can only be asked separately. Which was weird, considering a room without a beach view would have been cheaper (45 for 3 nights compared to 51, no big difference but still). Plus, I stayed in their resort under another hotel name as well, just a day before - Praia de Forte Sao Joao....and it was actually exactly the same hotel. Monica Isabel hotel is actually 4 stars, so when booking via, go with Praia de Forte Sao Joao - chances are you'll get a similar or same room for cheaper price. At least that's my experience. But overally, I have nothing bad to say.

  • 8.2

    Pleasant one bedroom apartment. Plenty of room. Nice seeviews and good value for money.

    Breakfast and dinner reflected the lowcost rates in november. So I cannot complain.

  • 7.0
    Very good

    Location to beach and town is very good

    cleanliness of the swimming pools, especially the indoor pool. It was very dirty and it does not have sufficient changing areas.

  • 8.2

    The location is excellent right on the beach,it was very relaxing you can walk along the beach over to the old town when the tide is out and the food in the restaurants along Fisherman's Beach are excellent and a great lively atmosphere there.

    It could do with a refurbishment,but I'd get over that because of the excellent location.

  • 8.4

    The staff were very approachable and friendly nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were clean and spacious and had an excellent view of the sea and beach. It was definitely value for money and excellently situated. The old town was only a 15 min walk along the beach so it was very convenient.

    This hotel would not be suitable for older people or those with any physical problems with walking etc as it was situated at the bottom of a very steep hill. The beach was also very shingly and rocky therefore maynot be suitable for those with very young children.

  • 9.2

    Very helpful and friendly staff who made us feel really welcome. We felt that our accomodation was comfortable and spotlessly clean. Although fairly basic it had everything you would need. The restaurant, even though out of season had an excellent buffet choice of meals, was very light and comfortable with lovely views over the beach. The food was well prepared and wholesome and the standard of hygiene was excellent. The location is perfect for exploring Albufeira and was not too far from the airport along the motorway - about 40 minutes drive.We will certainly be going back.

  • 10.0

    i had a very pleasant stay,it has an excellent location, and very good value for the price,i will be back.

  • 10.0

    We read some of the poor reviews about the Monica Isabel and can only conclude they were written by competitors. We had no problems with the staff, they were very helpful and they rooms were cleaned daily. We stayed in the apartments and were self-catering; the complex is large and located just off the beach. It was a 5-10 min walk to the old town where there must be 200 restraints to choose from. The strip was easily accessed via the rear exit of the complex. Comment has been made about the pool in fact there is a large outdoor pool a smaller outdoor pool and an indoor pool. I have visited Albuferia before and never written a review but do so on this occasion as I feel that some of the more negative reviews I have read are very misleading

    There was nothing to dislike and would intend to visit agin when possible.

  • 8.8

    Apt had seperate spacious living room and bedroom. Sea view. Evening meal good value €8 for 3 course + drink. Buffet so choice of main courses.

    Climb up to main rd so may not be suitable for people with impaired walking ability

  • 10.0

    Very well located, very friendly and helpful staff, awesome breakfast. The rooms are large, ventilated and clean. As for leisure, the swimming pools, both out and indoors, the latter heated, and the proximity to the beach, give you all the fun you want without leaving the complex. I booked the standard studio, and it has a fridge, microwave, cooker, everything you need. Very satisfied.

    As already pointed out in other reviews, the toilet does smell a little bit, surely something to do with the pipes, but nothing that would prevent me to stay there again.

  • 9.6

    Price was reasonable and location was good.

    Meals were a bit hectic!

  • 8.2

    Full bath of hot water after traveling was my best.No shower.

  • 7.4
    Very good

    Excellent location. It was close to the beach. Wery nice biches and you can walk for relaxing

    Monotonous breakfast menu.

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Hotel Awards

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as  Best Design Hotels in Portugal

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Check-infrom 15:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Getting around
Faro (FAO)15.5 mi
Portimao (PRM)19.6 mi
Albufeira Train Station3.0 mi
Tunes Train Station5.7 mi
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