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Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Reviewed 21 October 2011

Stayed at the Alvor Baia for a week on a half board basis and yes it was very enjoyable.The hotel is brand new opened I believe in July 2011 ,it is spotless.All rooms are apartments ith a spacious sitting room come dining room,leather sofa and flat screen tv with channels also in English,table 4chairs ,fridge,sink and hob which we had difficulty figuring out how it worked so ask at reception.Bedroom also spacious with a flat screen TV too and two single beds together to form one large bed ,very comfy matressess .Bathroom very nice with even a bidet.Toileteries supplied.The breakfast were quite good with plenty of choice with fruit to die for,unfortunately Kellogg's hasn't made it there yet.Dinners the same although sometimes warm not hot,service very efficient and when you engaged the staff they were very friendly and helpful but must be trained to not bother the guest,a shame makes it feel clinical.One thing that irritated the couple with us was drinks at dinner such as water and wine the waiter asked for your room number but did not say that you had to sign for it at the desk on the way out of the dining room and they were stopped and told in front of other guest that they had not paid for their drinks,they thought that it would automatically put on the room tab.Something the restaurant manager should have the staff inform people of the procedure.The hotel is about 15mins walk from the town and 20mins from the beach,there is a complimentary roadtrain to the beach which I believe next year will run all day.Lovely pool and large well equipped play area for kids.Beach is beautiful especially on the east side along the rocks.A tip if your thinking of hiring a car for a few days do it through the internet from the airport couple had it for a week same price as we paid for three days from the resort.All in all would stay there again and recommend it to all.

Room Tip: pool view is prettier but hasn't the sunsets
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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14  Thank Moonknight
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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!
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  • 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...
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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
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  • 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.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Address: Estrada do Alvor, Galo Loiro, Alvor, Portimao 8500-322, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Price Range: $184 - $551 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alvor Baia Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 402
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