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Hotel Made Inn Hotel 2 star
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Vicente Vaz Das Vacas, Nº 22 Portimao, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Made Inn is an unusual trendy little budget hotel where the most has been done to give good results with a small budget. It is located in Portimao town between Lagos and Albufeira about two miles from Praia da Rocha (beach). With its bright orange lettering and small trendy functional concept, it reminded us of easyJet hotels. However, the simple décor in the rooms is more personal than the basic tiny white rooms of the airline's properties. It's a great place to stay for travellers who want to get a feel for the local atmosphere as it isn't in a particularly touristic area although Portimao isn't the most beautiful of the region's towns even if the beach is a bus ride away.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    The hotel is located in the small town of Portimao, which is between Albufeira and Lagos. In the immediate surroundings, there are a number of local restaurants, bars and shops but very few tourists, which makes for a refreshing change. The promenade that lines the water is within 10 minutes' walk, however, it is not possible to swim here - the entire area has been concreted over making the water's edge look more like an undeveloped harbour than a beach. The nearest beach is Praia da Rocha in the touristic centre of Portimao, which is about two miles away from the hotel ? the hotel rents bikes or the receptionist can direct you to a bus that goes straight there; otherwise the walk takes about half an hour.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    This compact hotel has 28 rooms that are all decorated differently. Our favourite room was the 'Thousand and One Nights', with gold wallpaper, a four-poster bed and glow-in-the-dark stars on the navy blue ceiling. We also liked the beach-themed room with a pebble backdrop and a red cabana stripe above the bed. A room that we were a little less keen on was the 'Velocity', with a huge photo of a race car stuck to the back wall.

    There are three categories of rooms - single (double bed but single-use only), double and triple standard, which sleeps three.

    Rooms all have small flat-screen televisions. The bathrooms are all brand new and modern.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The hotel opened in 2009 and is more of a budget hotel for travellers rather than holidaymakers coming to the Algarve for a beach holiday.

    Practical, functional and clean, Made Inn serves its purpose well. Upon entering the small reception area, we were greeted with a wide smile from the receptionist. The living area behind the reception desk reminded us of youth hostel facilities, with a large television and couch, a couple of vending machines and three computer terminals with complimentary internet. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. For game fiends there is even a Wii in the basement for guests' use.

    For a breath of fresh air, it is possible to have a rooftop aperitif on the hotel's terrace. Small with false grass turf, it does the job.

    Food and drink

    There is no restaurant at Made Inn, but it does have a small breakfast room in the basement. Although it serves its purpose, there are no windows here, meaning it is a little grim despite the bright furniture and the grass root wallpaper. We liked the beach rackets propped up on tables as menu holders. Breakfast here is usually a buffet of fresh fruit and cold cuts. There are also vending machines a fridge of drinks (extra charge) in the lobby for guests needing a little pick-me-up in the day time.

    Beach

    The closest beach to the hotel is Praia da Rocha, which is a couple of miles away from the hotel along the coast. The beach here is sandy and fairly wide and long, meaning that you rarely have to search a long time to find a spot to put your towel down. There are also modern structures that have been built along the beach where you will find restaurants and bars open throughout the day. The beach is down from the cliff edge, meaning that people with reduced mobility may find it difficult to get to.

    To know

    There is no private parking so if you are arriving by car, make sure to find a parking space in the city centre as close to the hotel as possible. The hotel is open all year round. Guests can leave their valuables at reception (there are no safes in the rooms).

    Although the hotel's official star-rating is 2-stars, we have given it 3 stars for quality.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Room rates are well-suited to small budgets.
    • The rooms are clean, pleasant and comfortable.
    • The roof-top terrace that looks out onto the surroundings.
    • The friendly service.

    disadvantages

    • The breakfast room is in the basement, meaning that there is no natural light making it a little grim.

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