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Costa D'oiro Ambiance Village
Ranked #12 of 50 Hotels in Lagos
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Leintwardine, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“O.K. but only a 3 star really”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Stayed for a week between Xmas and New Year 2011.
The hotel is actually a collection of appartments scattered around a complex.
We paid 505 euros for 7 nights including breakfast.... Now the review:-

Location.
Situated in a quiet residential area of Lagos about 20 mins walk from the town centre.

Room
Our small room looked more like a self catering apartment with the twin bed sharing space with a cooker, a sink and various cooking utensils. Not what I would have expected from a hotel. There was a small balcony overlooking the outide pool area. No mini bar and although there was a safe, we had to pay extra if we wanted to use it. Normally these things are included in the room price! Bathroom was small but clean, although there were several cracked tiles near the toilet. The corner shower had a nylon curtain rather than a proper shower door..not impressed!

Food
The restaurant area is situated by the poolside. The buffet breakfast was excellent with lots to choose from as well as bucks fizz! No complaints on that score.
The receptionists were very helpful and efficient.
Overall the accommodation was O.K. but the bedroom wasn't up to the standard I was hoping for.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2011

The hotel is actually a collection of small cottages and is located in a very quiet & residential part of Lagos. However, it is just 5mins away from the beautiful beaches of lagos.

The manager at the check in was really warm & friendly and showed us to our rooms well before the check-in time. Since we were on our honeymoon, they had kept a bottle of bubbly for us! that was really sweet. The room was very large and spacious and had its own kitchen. the hotel has two pools (we didnt use either) - one for summer & the other for winter (heated).

We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel and both were very good. Everything was nice and fresh and very Portuguese.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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CentralSwitzerland
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2011

Close to one of the best beaches - Camilo (5 min by car, 15 if you walk), we had a studio which was the right choice as Lagos offers great restaurants and we just made our own snacks for lunch. Price was okay, it is a quiet place, wouldn't recommend the restaurant.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Our family spent 5 nights at this resort. The rooms are widely spread out, but nice, clean, with parking space available. The best beaches are close by but some of the rooms are a ten or fifteen minute walk to the breakfast area. Breakfast is quite good by European standards, The facility rents out towels and beach umbrellas. The only problem we had was when we left; since we had returned our rental car, we had to walk to the breakfast place/office with all our luggage.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Newcastle
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Arrived at 11:00 at night and the reception was closed which got me cross right from the start - no doorbell, but a mobile number on the wall. Called the number and the concierge appeared within 3 minutes. Checked in and then taken along the road to our room which was in a separate block about 75yards from the reception.
Had ordered a double bed and was given twin beds- complained about this the next day and was told they only had twins!
Had a ground floor room with patio doors to a grassed lawn and small unheated pool. surrounded by bushes and shrubs- very nice, private and quiet, shared this area with about 4 other older couples- including some grumpy Germans who refused to make eye contact or say hello even though they were sitting 3 feet away.

Very clean room, but basic. I cannot really fault anything in the hotel clean, good buffet full breakfast with bacon, egg etc as well as continental. Beautiful beach 5 minutes walk, mini market and local bar 3 minutes walk, 15 minutes walk to town centre.

The only gripe was the price- for €123.00/night, in Lagos, I expect 4 star accommodation and service- this hotel is 3 star at best.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village is a great little resort with a good location. It’s walking distance from both the beaches and the bar scene, but it’s far enough from the main center that you’ll be able to get a good night sleep and not have to listen to the partying crowds. If you’re looking for that scene, don’t stay at Costa D’Oiro. Find a hostel near the main square. Costa D’Oiro is much more relaxed and more suited to the families rather than the backpacking college kid.

What made this hotel stand out from the rest of the places we stayed in Portugal was the size of our hotel room. I wouldn’t even call it a room, it was more of a suite with a full kitchen, fully stocked with all the cooking supplies we could have needed, living room with satellite TV, spacious two bedroom with another satellite TV, porch and outside area with a table. They also offered a full complimentary breakfast in the morning (with all you can drink mimosas), but don’t bother with their restaurant – the food there is so so.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2011

We found this hotel very, very nice. We had a warm and polite welcome after a long drivce from Lisbon. We stayed eight nights in a big room with balcony facing towards the garden. The room was very clean and comfortable and the bathroom likewise.
The breakfast was one of the best ever!!!
About 15 minutes walk into the center of Lagos and two wonderful beaches five minutes away (Praia de Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo).
We attended the BBQ night by the pool, but this was disappointing. The food was not more than OK, but the wine selection was very good.
All in all a great experience, and I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Costa D'oiro Ambiance Village
Address: Lote 38 Rua da Costa D'Oiro, Lagos 8600-544, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
#8 Luxury Hotel in Lagos
#9 Family Hotel in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Costa D'oiro Ambiance Village 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The small 67 rooms & apartments Boutique hotel Costa d'Oiro Ambiance Village is located only 3 minutes’ walk from Praia D Ana and Praia do Camilo. The historic city centre of Lagos is 1 km away. The spacious guest rooms& apartments are uniquely decorated in different styles, all focusing on a Mediterranean theme. There are 4 outdoor pools, 1 covered swimming pool, massage room and free Wi-Fi. The “Restaurante do Village” offers bright, contemporary décor and a range of Portuguese dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
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