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Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Reviewed 8 July 2012

I will start by pointing out I always give a fair and honest review.
Transfer to Alvor:
Advised this would be a 1 & 1/2 hour trip, however this turned out to be 2.5 hours! although this is not a reflection on the hotel more the tour operators, jet 2 in our case.

Arriving at Alvor baia:
Didnt arrive until 21.55 and the all inclusive dinner was closing at 22.00, upon being told this I asked for some sandwiches and drinks for the room, I was told no problem but unfortunately waited till 11.30 for a poorly made. Cheese and ham sandwich and a bottle of water! first impression not good!

Check in was good and swift! Which was good after such a long transfer!

Rooms:
Excellent rooms with good facilities, beds are nice and comfortable.

Security safe is chargeable by the day!

Rooms are cleaned daily, however we seemed to get the lazy cleaner who only did the minimum, making beds etc. Floors where not cleaned for the whole week.

Restaurant:
Nice clean facility, but not 4 star food. The food was reasonable and I certainly did not go hungry. points which could be improved, food is only warm, not hot! a little worrying with meat dishes!

Bars:
Drinks on offer for all-inclusive are good! biggest problem is getting served, both bars are under staffed, this is a large hotel and only seems to have 1 or 2 max staff per bar at anytime!

Pool:
Excellent! Good size, well cleaned.

Spa:
Excellent spa day! shame it's not included in all inclusive!

Negatives:
Bar service,

12 noon strict checkout! Return flight was 17.00 and no way of having a late check out or using all inclusive facilities for drinks!

Snacks were only leftovers from lunch.

Overall the place does what it says on the tin! a nice week in the sun.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Yes, it's new, clean, big (500 rooms!) and spacious (room, balcony, pool). Food is very good with childern food (pasta, chips etc.) too. But the red wine is a disgrace for Portugal: such a bad red wine in a country that produces lovely reds and whites. But buy your wine and enjoy it at your own balcony. Unlike the foto on their site there are no wine glasses so bring them with you from the bar. Rooms are ok isolated so the noise levels inside are fine. The airco works good and also not to noisy. On the balcony you'll hear the airco fans on the roof.
BBC Worldservice on the telly now available.
Bring a wireless cable router or FON router with you (and the cable!) and setup you own wireless (works only when you slide your card in for electricity). The internetrouter of the hotel is a too cheap version and needs to be reset often (you'll get a "no ip" message). So sometimes it works and sometimes not (not to bad when you're on holiday and wanted to read that book ;-)
The little train works well: take the 9 o'clock to the beach and you'll have a empty beach for your self to start with. Take the 12:10 back to the hotel and enjoy your lunch in the Green restaurant (the Blue restaurant opens later and has no baby seats ;-). In the afternoon the beach can be very windy. Oh, do not forget to go to "O Tobias" a little restaurant/cafe on the beach (and not behind it) almost at the end of the beach before the rocks (when you walk from your train to the beach turn left) Say hi to lovely Claudia ((portugees and she teaches English in winter). They have real good curry too being from India! And from there you a wonderfull view of this bay all the way to the nice town Lagos (Taxi is 20 Euro from the hotel and is better than to wait for hours for the bus as we did). At the tiny harbour of Alvor you can book nice sailing trips. No mosquitos :-)

Room Tip: Higher floors have nicer view and choose if possible the rooms directly above the reception on the s...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Just returned from 11 nights at the Alvor Baia, rooms were spacious and clean with a seperate living area with sofa and tv. The downside is that you could hear a lot of noise from the corridoors with guests slamming doors, shouting or letting children run up and down screaming. Pool was very busy with no free sun loungers as most were being reserved but we were happy to get the free train down to the beach.

Food was ok although a bit repetitive but this is no different to anywhere else that we have been where all inclusive is buffet style. We went into Alvor to eat out a few times which was great and more relaxing. The dining room is very noisy so it's a case of eating and getting out as soon as you can, not very relaxing.

The bars were quite busy and I think that there should be more staff serving as queues did get very long at times especially at the upstairs bar. Most staff were friendly enough apart from one lady at the bar who was quite rude and surly. The downstairs bar was really noisy at nights with no entertainment for adults really, it would have been nice to have an adults only bar where you could go to have a quieter drink.

Room Tip: We emailed the hotel prior to going to ask for a pool view room we also got a sea view
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We booked our holiday through Travel Republic who use a company called A2B Transfers for the transfers from airport to hotel.

We travelled in June 2012. Hotel was nice but watch out for the transfers...they were awful.

We flew back from Faro - it took over 2 hours to travel 47 miles...on the way back it made us over half an hour late for our flight check-in.

we complained to Travel Republic who do make a notional effort to investigate the complaint but do nothing else. What out when booking with this company...it has put me off using them again.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool are worth it.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Andy_the_man186338
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

Just returned from a week at the Alvor Baia. The good points, Hotel was clean and spacious, staff were friendly and helpful.
The not so good points. Not nearly enough loungers or shades around the pool.
The bad points. Food was of poor quaility, under cooked and cold, this was reported to our Rep who promised to pass this concern to the management but we noticed no improvement. We shall not be returning as having to eat out makes an expensive holiday when you have paid all inclusive.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank rodneyo997
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Additional Information about Alvor Baia Resort Hotel

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: $182 - $543 (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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