We went as a couple in our 50's for a short break 5 days from Wed to Sun. First impressions were good. The lobby is clean and tidy. The hotel is a modern building as you can see from the pictures posted. Our room overlooked the back of the hotel towards the pool which I asked for. I don't think I would have liked a room at the front although it overlooked the garden and grass, a few feet away was the car park.
Plenty of car parking spaces although I can imagine that it would fill up if everyone had a car.
The room was cleaned every day and fresh towels and flannels supplied at every clean. Each room has a kitchen with all the usual appliances, cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher, full size fridge and a coffee maker. It was well equipped with plates, glasses and cutlery. There is a free to use safe in the room. Hair dryer in the bathroom although my wife complained because she had to hold the button on for heat but she got used to it. The beds as usual are firm but the pillows are very soft just how I like them. Copious amounts of VERY hot water so be careful if you have kids with you as I swear you could make a cup of tea with the water. Whilst on the subject of water, when the toilet was flushed the pipes made a high pitched whistle until the cistern filled and came from the cold water supply but nothing I did with the tap in the tank cupboard would stop it. I didn't complain as we were only there a few days. We could hear the same noise from other rooms.
Breakfast was phenomenal and replenished by the staff regularly so you would never go hungry here for sure. They do an evening meal which is very limited, whilst there the 5 days the menu never changed and consisted of duck with rice and salad, lasagne, and cod in sauce, and one desert, although not on the menu I was told by the barman that there was soup to start and all for 7.50 euro per person although we never dined in.
Drinks at the bar when you could find a barman was reasonable although in Alvor you can buy cheaper of course but as hotel bars go it was a fair price and something like 2.5 euro for a large beer and 3.50 for a glass of wine. The hotel information pack says the bar is open until midnight but whenever we got back from and evening meal the place was dead and only the TV and the receptionist for company needless to say we never had a night cap in the bar but chose to buy drinks from the supermarket and drink them on the balcony.
Pingo Doce is a new supermarket which is just at the top of the road turn left and left again it only opened at the beginning of June and was told by an ex pat in there that it was the cheapest locally. Prices on par with the UK. Wine can be bought in there for as little as 1 euro but I can't vouch for its quality.
Alvor village itself is quaint and was very quiet until Friday 9th when it was the Portuguese bank holiday weekend and we were told that they come down in droves from Lisbon to the Algarve for the weekend.. I felt sorry for the restaurateurs at first as they were plying for your business at every glance of their menu's which was embarrassing when you kept saying no thanks. We ate there on the river front twice and had very good food for a reasonable price. Chicken piri piri and grilled sardines are everywhere for about 6 to 8 euros. So a meal with a bottle of wine and water with couvert which we ate as a starter came to 30 to 40 euros. Alvor is probably the best little village on the Algarve and is very close to Potimao should you want some night life or variety I assume..
One mark off for service because of the lack of a barman at night. One mark off the restaurant because of the lack of variety at the evening meal however snacks during the day were availabe. They don't seem to push the evening meals and I assume this is because of its lack of presence on the main road as they would get very little passing trade.
We booked with Easyjet Holidays and it came to just over £700 add insurance, car hire and fuel, car parking at the airport and you are looking at about £1000 for 5 days plus spending so it's not cheap but you get what you pay for. I saw some rough looking apartments and hotels nearby which made us like this hotel even more.
Hope this is informative enough to make your own mind up about the place.
Ask for a poolside room the outlook is far better
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