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Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve
Ranked #12 of 53 Hotels in Lagos
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet room with large terrace. Easy 2 minute walk to the (many!) flights of steps down to Praia Dona Ana (beach), and 15 min walk in to the old town of Lagos. Staff were all very helpful going out of their way to help out when asked. The ladies manning the buffet breakfast were attentive and hard working. They seemed to never stop, except to help someone. The breakfast had reasonable variety, with the fresh fruit ( and melon in particular) being our favourite part! The roof top pool and bar area had too much sun and wind, and not enough shade to be a good break from the intense sun on the beach. We enjoyed one lunch from the hotel bar on our own terrace instead. Parking is at a free public car park in front of the hotel. It fills up (and overflows everywhere! ) during the peak daytime hours when everyone's coming to the beach. If you can leave your car and walk everywhere , you'll be fine. Otherwise, by early evening spots become available again. Also the hotel charges for use of beach towels and safety deposit box.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Victor P, Owner at Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Dear elizpet14,

Sounds like you certainly got a full Carvi Hotel experience! Our ladies in the breakfast room will be happy to hear that their hard work is appreciated. Sometimes they move so fast that guests don't even notice them!

Thank you for the review and we hope you traveled home safely!

Best,
Victor

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We requested a double room with sea view and got a twin room first so then we were asked to move to the 4th floor, where the balcony was tiny with a view of the rocks opposite. If we stood by the air conditioning unit on the balcony we could see the sea, but definitely not as advertised on their web site.
Also the room was tiny, with only enough room for the bed and a bedside cabinet either side, of which one was broken. The fitted wardrobe was.... Yes you guessed it, also minuscule, so my partner lived out of his case so that I could get my clothes in the wardrobe, bless him!. We mentioned to the reception staff that the balcony was not as advertised on their web site but they were not interested. They were fully booked was their response.
But the biggest issue to spoil the holiday was that the bathroom looked stunning but stunk of sewerage! Again we spoke to reception staff who told us this was normal due to the sea!! It was retching to have to go in there. We kept the bathroom door shut but the smell still wafted into the bedroom. Unbelievable!!
During our stay we heard other people given rooms that were unsuitable and interestingly in the comment book on display in the foyer, we read a comment that stated "Staff are unpleasant" and personally I couldn't have put it better myself. We were given misinformation on more than one occasion and the only time they were helpful was when they were trying to sell us an overpriced excursion.
Would definitely not recommend this hotel and have never felt this strongly before about such a experience.

Room Tip: Don't stay here as you don't get what you book.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Amanda W
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Stayed August 14 , 11 nights. Very good location for access to beach and only 10-15 minutes easy downhill walk into Lagos town. We found hotel was kept very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. Rooftop pool was never that crowded , unlike other hotels where we have had to get up early to get sunbeds. Breakfast was fine , although bar area would have benefited from the air-con that rest of hotel has. No decent UK TV (then again was a nice break from it), Major plus for us with two teenagers was free Wi-Fi throughout hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for sea view room,
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Victor P, Owner at Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Dear AGBirmingham58,

A nice holiday in the sun away from TV is just what the doctor ordered sometimes! I am glad to hear that you had a comfortable stay with us and hope to see you again.

Best,
Victor

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed here for several nights at the end of a 10 day trip to Portugal. It was just the ticket. You are literally steps from what must be the most picturesque beach in the country. Plus the room was spacious by European standards and included a large terrace with lounge chairs. The staff were incredibly helpful and allowed us a late check-out so we could take a boat tour (which left right from the beach outside) on our last day. The hotel is an easy 15 minute seaside walk from central Lagos which has dozens of great food/drink options. The price could not be beat and a very decent breakfast was included. We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Victor P, Owner at Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Dear Joe B,

Thank you for the great comments! Praia D. Ana is actually one of the top 10 prettiest beaches in Europe! That view never gets old...

See you next time!

Best,
Victor

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We've stayed at Carvi for 5 nights and were rather satisfied with our stay. Everyone keeps talking about its location and I agree that Praia Dona Ana just beside your door makes it nice, however please be aware that this beach is small and is EXTREMELY busy. Also that the sea is quite cold even in the middle of summer :)
Back to the hotel, the staff makes a huge difference for this place - they are on duty 24 hours, speak excellent English and are very friendly and helpful. We had a side sea facing room with huge terrace and loved it.
Breakfast is simple but tasty but coffee is so sooooo bad :(
When you walk up the hill and to the left, there's a very nice restaurant Amigo serving decent food and drinks. If you go to the right, you will reach Spar after 5 minutes walking and the old town after another 5 minutes.
Make sure to do kayaking trip with any of the tour companies, it's definitely worth it!

Room Tip: The sea side facing rooms on the higher floors (we've been on the 3rd) have large terraces
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Definitely worth it. I stayed at this hotel for four nights. Yes, to my mind it is somewhat overpriced. Breakfast is just ok. However, the location is really excellent. Literally one minute and you are at Praia Dona Ana. A view from my balcony on the third floor was just gorgeous (make sure that you get a room with sea view). It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the downtown. It's not bad really. First, it's an easy walk. Second, after dinner and wine/port/beer you have to walk for a while. Right? I would certainly stay there again. BUT I will not park my car beneath the trees in front of the hotel entrance. Those flying creatures are ready to destroy your car :)

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

My partner and I visited here for a week in July. Although the room was on the small side it did have a balcony and we don't go on holiday to just sit in the room so this wasn't an issue for us. The other downside is there wasn't a fridge in the room but once again it's not a deal breaker. If you can get past those two downsides the hotel is fab! You have the beautiful Praia Da Ana beach on your doorstep and beautiful views! It's a 10-15 minute walk in to town and the location for us was perfect, we had the chilled beach atmosphere by the hotel and could walk into town for the more touristy side of Lagos.
The other point that really stood out for me were the reception staff, nothing was too much trouble and they were extremely helpful!
Would definitely recommend!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Victor P, Owner at Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear WLN,

Thank you for the great review! Sounds like you had a great vacation and enjoyed your time in Lagos. Although we do what we can to provide a great hotel, vacation are better spent outside on the beach enjoyed the sun!

Hope to see you again soon!

Best,
Victor

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Additional Information about Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve

Address: Alameda Doutor Armando Soares Ribeiro | Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos 8600-500, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
#8 Spa Hotel in Lagos
#21 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
Price Range: £35 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carvi Beach Hotel Algarve 3*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of the most beautiful beaches on the Algarve coast, south of Portugal, is the Carvi Beach Hotel. Lagos, a city with more than 2.000 years of history, like many coastal towns in Portugal, Lagos has a special relation with the sea that is firmly established in history, culture, architecture and gastronomic patrimony. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lagos Carvi Hotel
Sol e Praia Lagos

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