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Reviewed 10 October 2011

I stayed at this Hotel on the 13th to 17th September after booking it via Asda Travel. Although it was advertised on teletext. We booked out flights seperately as it was cheaper.

This hotel does live up to all our expectations and more. It is spotless. It is brand new and hasnt (yet) been wrecked by ungrateful guests.
The pool is huge and hundreds of sunbeds available for use, yes it was windy but its a welcome breeze when its hot. How can someone seriously complain about the weather!??

our room was lovely, i think they are all the same with a small kitchen and table, sofa with plasma and a seperate bedroom with plasma, and a lovely bathroom. our room was on the 4th floor above the kids play area and got sun all day and a sea view. cant fault it! The complimentary toiletries are really nice and replenished every day.

The restaurant- i seriously dont know how someone has complained about this!!! Yes its white deco and has a weird green glow (blue for the blue room) but what else would you have it like. its a futuristic hotel so the dining area follows! Plastic chairs.. there is nothing wrong with the chairs, they dont leave marks on your legs and are comfortable! The food in the mornings consisted of a large fruif bar of chopped pineapple, kiwi, orange, necterine, plums. Lovely! cereal for the kids, and bread for toast, lots of pastries and salads. Nothing to complain about!!! Dinner was lovely too. it was buffet style, with gorgeous pesto chicken breasts, pork, beef, veal, fish, chips, wedges, a lovely salad bar! (if the hot food was cold or bad, surely people like salad, or maybe the people complaining are fatties who only want hot chips) live a little and try different food. if you want british food, go to Butlins not portugal!! we ate soo much and loved every meal. Drinks could be put ona tab, cans of coke were 2 euros and mateus wine was 12 euros for the bottle. They would also keep it for the next night for you.

we ate out twice in Alvor, it was about 15 mins walk down a slight incline of a road. not a hill!! its so not far to walk so dont listen to other reviews. There is a supermarket at the bottom of the road and sells nice fruit and bread and a deli! we ate out in pesitana (i think) and also the restaurant opposite it. we had a hanging beef kebab, fillet steak. to die for! cost 31.50 euros for the meat and would have paid more!

the beach is not far but is advisable to get the train at 10am and then return at 1.45 or 5.45. the walk back isnt that bad. the beach is a must as its so stunning. If you get off the train and walk to to the beach and then right along to the left you will find the secret caves. no one hardly goes there especially at this time of the year.

Also we had sardines in the restaurant with blue and yellow wooden chairs at the bottom of the alvor high street. we got about 6 sardines cooked on the bbq for 6.50 euros. easily enough for two!! yummy.

there is not much nightlife, only a couple of bars open late. but this was perfect for us as we didnt want to go out clubbing.

we also went on a sunset boat trip, which i would highly recommend!

all in all, dont listen to the bad reviews. if you have ever been to an all inc in turkey or egypt, this place is 20 times better. If you like all different kinds of food and are not fussy, then go here!

the room also had a hairdryer in the bathroom! x

Room Tip: choose a room on the top floor and ask for a sea view, you get evening sun!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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18  Thank Cardiff_chick22
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Not long back from a weeks stay. Had a very relaxing time. There were very few guests and as our week went by the numbers got less and less. When we first arrived, as mentioned before, the restaurant was very noisy and the furnishing did nothing to help absorb the noise. We got talking with the manager who was very keen to get peoples impression of the food and restaurant itself. It seems there are going to be many changes to this area by next season. I think, from how things were described all problems of size, noise, choice and variety and the way the food is kept warm etc, will be addressed through the winter and should be much better for next year.
The rooms can't be faulted. The same with the staff. The pool area is amazing with a huge number of loungers, but I do wonder what it will be like when the hotel is full.

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor room for a better view of the pool/distant sea on one side or the mountains on the other.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank JM1_11Cambs
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

This hotel was amazing. It was clean and the service was 101%. I have never been to a hotel where everything is to a high standard but the Alvor Baia Hotel was. The room service was efficient and the staff friendly. The cleaning of the rooms were always well done and the reception, waiters and waitresses were all very helpful and friendly.

We only had to leave at 5pm on the Friday and they allowed us to stay in the room till 3pm which I thought was very good of them. It gave us time to do some last minute sightseeing without having to worry about our suitcases.

The area does require some walking but it is an enjoyable and peaceful walk to the beach, bars and restaurants or you can take a taxi which is 3-4 Euros. If you want to go to Albuferia or Lagos it is more or you may want to hire a car for the day.

The swimming pool is massive and clean and the balconies are very long. You have a games area and internet room and the internet is free.

I would recommend this hotel. I had a fantastic holiday.

Room Tip: Get the room with the seperate living area and bedroom
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank Natalie G
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

Huge brand new hotel which I suppose just needs some suggestions to improve. Our lovely big balcony got no sun at all at anytime of the day which was disappointing as we like to sit out with a drink etc. When we asked about it we were told you had to pay extra for a sunny room!!!!! The pool is so big and exposed that The wind regularly blew over umbrellas and made it uncomfortable to sit out so we went to the beach which was lovely. Alvor is a nice place. We have been before but we won't go back to this hotel as it is soulless. Positive points , good food and friendly staff.

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Thank veronicalynch65
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

staying here has been the most relaxing holiday i have ever had! Do NOT listen to any bad comments you may have read already!

my partner and i have had a 2week stay at the Alvor Baia and i have simply nothing to complain about!

the rooms are very spacious with a large fridge and simple kitchen, enough to make lunch in. a large bathroom, living area and bedroom. they were cleaned daily and nothing to fault.

the hotel is very clean and staff are more than happy to help with anything and offer advice. we booked through travel republic so did not have a rep to ask for advice and this was never a problem! as the hotel was not full we were able to check out of our rooms late easily.

the pool is massive, never seen one so big! plenty of sunbeds around the pool and we found most people ventured to the beach so the pool was empty and more than enough sunbeds so getting up late was never an issue. all that can be heard is the water from the pool, it was so peaceful.

the food was standard for a 4* hotel, its a buffett style as every other hotel ive ever stayed in offering this type of service. if you want luxury wining and dining then dont come all inclusive or half board. the restaurant staff were continuously replacing the food and i always had a hot meal. the staff were friendly and provided an excellent service.

as for people saying you need a car and the hotel is up a steep hill, they are just plain lazy. we walked to alvor town most nights, a 5-10 min stroll depending on how far into the harbour you want to go. the beach was 10-15 min walk away and after getting the hotel train there we walked back, so really not that far at all! there is also a small supermarket, us stop and banks 5min walk away. all you really need on holiday!

we hired a car for 2 days from alvor town to visit slide and splash water park and lagos town, well worth doing and we only paid 65 Euro for this.

overall the best holiday ive ever had!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank 25couple
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