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Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Ranked #26 of 52 Hotels in Lagos
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Fantastic location for ultimate relaxation”
Reviewed 3 February 2011

My husband and I stayed here for the last leg of a 12-day trip to Portugal last August. We wanted a few days to relax after more than a week of sight-seeing and traveling through the country, and the Vivenda Miranda was an ideal hotel for just that. Located on a bluff outside of town with gorgeous views of the ocean, it was just a ten-minute walk down the hill to a wonderful beach. I had read on tripadvisor that not all rooms had air-conditioning, so I called ahead to ask for one that did. Portugal gets extremely hot in August, so I would recommend this to anyone planning to travel here in the summer.
Upon arriving, we were upgraded to a junior suite that had a sitting area, a renovated bathroom, and private lounge chairs with a peekaboo view of the ocean. The staff at the hotel were all extremely friendly and the restaurant (with outdoor seating that offers ocean views) was absolutely fantastic. We had planned on going into town one night for dinner, but ended up eating at the hotel every night because we enjoyed the dining experience so much. You have the choice of choosing the four-course menu (changes daily) or the regular selections. The wine list was a wine-lovers dream - they had an extensive selection of delicious Portuguese wines that you'll never see in the United States. At the end of our three-day stay here, we were already planning our return trip. Pure bliss!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 2 December 2010

Overall, this was a beautiful stay overlooking the sea. The grounds were very pretty as was the terrace where we had breakfasts and drinks both days. The room was spacious and tastefully decorated. The only criticism was that the room had no A/C which made the room a bit hot when sleeping. But all in all it was a wonderful stay and I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

Stuck out of town and quite difficult to find with GPS. Great welcome, nice rooms with balcony with sunbeds and table and chairs. New and large flat screen TV with proper channels. Bathrooms are a bit tired. Pretty gardens. Pool looked good but too cold even on a warm November day. Breakfast and lunch on super terrace. Dined in both nights. Avoid "gourmet menu" at €45 and stick to having the a la carte even if you restrict yourself to one course; otherwise what you save on a resonable room rate will be swallowed up in the expensive restaurant. In the low season you can only really dine at the hotel unless you have transport. A 5 minute walk to a lovely beach. The hotel is bordered by some open building plots so be prepared for possible noise. There was some development going on next door but my room was on the other side of the building so not disturbed.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

The best reason to stay here is the setting. It's on a bluff with spectacular ocean views and lovely gardens. Our ocean-view room was a good size and had a large terrace overlooking the pool and ocean. Bathroom was very nice too. The buffet breakfast was generous and of excellent quality. (We didn't stay for dinner.) Now the negatives. For a hotel at this price range, the room furnishings were inadequate. There was no luggage rack, no desk, no place to set anything down, and not enough hooks in the bathroom. Other than the bed and a built-in armoire, there were just a couple flimsy tables draped with cloths. And the hangers in the armoire are the annoying type that can't be removed--as if people would steal them if they could.

My biggest complaint was the pool, which is taken up with a furiously bubbling whirlpool in its center, and a waterfall on one side. these keep the water churning, making swimming very difficult. I was told that there was no way they could be turned off during the day.

Still, it's a nice, quiet, very beautiful place to relax, just outside a very busy town.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

We recently visited Vivenda Miranda and found that the hotel exceeded our expectations. When we parked and walked through reception to the terrace overlooking the sea, my husband and I were both stunned at the beauty of the ocean view and the nearby beach. We found the same to be true of our suite, which had a balcony with a sea view and view of the nearby beach. The service was good and the food excellent, although, as other reviewers have pointed out, it was quite expensive. Also, we found it a bit too structured in that we sometimes did not feel like a five course meal, but would liked to have had a nice plate of cheeses and fruit. We were required to have two of the 5-course meals and would have preferred maybe on meal and visiting the nice restaurants in Lagos.

Overall the experience was great and the service very good. I had a facial from Albertina, which was wonderful. Our suite was very clean and large, and the bathroom had been recently renovated and was lovely.

In terms of nearby restaurants, we would highly recommend Campimar Beach Restaurant on the Porto De Mos beach which is very near Vivenda Miranda. We went there 3 times as the food was good and, once we came back a second time, the waiters treated us like dignitaries, bringing complimentary glasses of port to taste and wonderfully fried sardines when my husband mentioned that he had tied sardines earlier in the day. This is a casual restaurant, but the service, food and the view of the ocean make it well worth it.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

We stayed here four nights to end three weeks in Portugal. It is in a gorgeous location on a bluff overlooking the Mediterranean. You can walk down to the Beach but we were mostly happy to relax on the beautiful grounds of the hotel. The terrace of our room had a full vista of the area. (not all rooms appear to have as good a view).
The restaurant with its Swiss chef is superb, so don't worry about having to purchase some dinners as part of your stay.
If air conditioning is important to you ask for it when booking. As of July some rooms didn't have it.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

The location, style and size of Vivenda Miranda fully met our expectations. The decoration of our room was just ok, but not really charming and comfortable. The missing AC did not contribute to a relaxing sleep, the beds did neither. The restaurant staff was very friendly, but sometimes a bit unorganized. It took quite a while to get used tables prepared for new guests and sometimes upon guests notice to the waiters. Even when the terrasse was too hot and sunny for breakfast, the tables in the restaurant were not prepared timely. The breakfast was very good, set menu excellent quality and choice. The staff at the front desk didn't seem to be very committed and interested in communication with guests. Most of the times there was no one at the lobby, but stayingin the back office only. No friendly hello when guests entered the lobby. We did not get the impression that there was any management attention or presence except the restaurant manager.
This hotel is a bit overpriced, but still enjoyable because of it's stunning location, lovely garden, quality of breakfast and dinner and the hotel's boutique style character.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Address: Rua das Violetas | Porto de Mós, Lagos 8600-513, Portugal (Formerly Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Lagos
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
#13 Luxury Hotel in Lagos
#15 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The unique Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda is a hidden gem, situated in an idyllic location, nestled into the cliff top above the beautiful Porto de Mos beach with just 25 individually styled rooms and suites. Enjoying stunning panoramic ocean views that blend with the lush, natural Mediterranean gardens it was originally the 17th century home of a noble family before the loving and individual restoration of its current owner. With discrete and excellent service and attention to every detail, this small luxury hotel boasts a superb fine dining restaurant catering to all dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and RAW, as well as an intimate Neal's Yard Remedies ethical and organic spa. Here you will find the perfect escape! ... more   less 
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