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Alcazar Hotel & SPA
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Monte Gordo
Reviewed 22 January 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights, 15th - 19th Jan 2012. We were very pleased with the whole experience. From the minute we arrived we were treated really well, the reception staff were excellent, and in spite of a mix up with our room (which was quickly and efficiently put right) it was a most enjoyable stay. We booked a Junior Suite, very nice, but the other rooms were equally as good. The hotel is spotlessly clean, in a nice spot just on the edge of town, quiet, but not far from bars and town centre etc.Buffet style meals were fine, good choice at both breakfast and dinner. Some entertainment on a couple of evenings, which we did not expect in January, The only critism was the service in the bar was sometimes a bit hit and miss as the barman did seem to be elsewhere on a number of occasions, but this is only a minor thing and did nothing to detract from what was a lovely few days break, I would recommend this hotel without question.

Room Tip: A Junior Suite is a good choice and a high floor on the front of the building gets sunshine all day.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Hotel Alcazar couldn't have been better... the staff was very helpful giving us driving directions to all of the 'best' places to see on the Algarve, providing us with welcoming port and nuts on our arrival, our room was spotless, and the buffet breakfast was varied and plentiful. There were always 3 choices of eggs as well as plenty of fresh fruits and wonderful Portuguese breads. At dinner which we enjoyed twice there were always 3 choices for your main meal and if you do not finish your bottle of wine they place your room number on it to drink up another time. We particularly enjoyed the Fado entertainment in the lounge - no cover charge and drinks were reasonable. The hotel was within easy, safe, well lit walking distances to all of the local restaurants of which there are many. One we liked was called Restaurant Monte Gordo and our 3 meals there were superb. If you go during the off season you do not need to pay for parking as there are lots of spots outside of the hotel's enclosure. Many of this hotel's guests come for extended vacations ranging from one month to six and are offered incredible 'deals' and it seems like a most friendly place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front of the hotel and not the side as then you have full afternoon sun to enj...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Sonya206
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

What a great hotel! We'd booked online and requested a double and were really happy to hear we'd been upgraded to a junior suite - try to go for one of these if you can - as the other rooms were twins. We were on B+B basis so can't review the evening meal, but the breakfast was always plentiful with lots of variety. Cleanliness wasn't an issue - everywhere was spotless. The staff were very helpful and polite and the option of the pool (very chilly, even in the hot sun), sun loungers, under tree hammocks, large swing beds, tennis court and children's play area, should suite the most unadventurous of holiday makers. The town of Monte Gordo is full of very passable eateries (don't dismiss the tourist menues for about 10 Euros - great value) with several small supermarkets which were really cheap. The beach is long, wide, sandy and very clean. We walked the 3km to Vila Real and took the ferry ride (cheap and about 15 mins tops in duration) over the river and into Spain. Ayamonte is a very nice town and there is a definite difference between Spain & Portugal - a good way of comparing the two if you've been to neither before. All in all, a wonderful and relaxing week away. The only thing I'd say is that, at 46 and 52, we felt a little young! But perhaps that changes in the high season. Definitely worth a visit

Room Tip: Junior suite if you can afford (or upgrade) to it
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank tracey010965
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Just returned from ten nights at the hotel this is our second year and the friends we went with it is there third year. The staff are very friendly and helpfull. The only thing that spoils the hotel are the sun beds round the pool they badly need replaceing, very worn and not comfortable if you have a bad back. We hope to return next year and hope the sun beds may have been replaced. Got to say about the T.V when we stayed it was always on the sports channel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

My partner and I have just returned from a week at the Hotel Alcazar. It is one of the best holiday hotels I have ever stayed in - we had a huge room with sea view and balcony, kept beautifully clean and with ample wardrobe space. The decor is quirky and very unusual, all the public areas were spotless, the staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. We were bed and breakfast as we like to eat somewhere different most nights - the breakfast was very enjoyable, good choice and well cooked and presented. If we return to Monte Gordo we will definitely stay here, excellent value for money. Worthy of a higher star rating.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The location of the hotel is perfect. A block or so off the beach and very close to the center of activity.The staff are very friendly and helpful. João was especially helpful and made our stay memorable.The breakfast was the best we had in Portugal. Very nice hotel which we would recommend to anyone traveling to Monte Gordo.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

Me and my mum stayed there the last fortnight. We arrived to find out that they reserved this enormous family room for us, where we could sleep even in separate rooms within the same hall, which was super. The hotel is quite quiet, due to reduced number of rooms, the breakfast has an amazing selection of food and during the day we can get snacks (or even more serious food) in the swimming pool. Food was great, swimming pool was great and clean. There were some nice areas for resting that usually are only available in higher range hotels. The distance to the beach is around 150m and nearest supermarket around 400m -the rooms have empty minibar.
Saving the best for last -the staff and facilities. The staff was extremely friendly, going the extra mile to get all our needs, even the strange ones and treated everyone as family. The facilities were recently renovated and made the hotel look and feel clean.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank charadf
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Address: Rua de Ceuta 9, Monte Gordo 8900-435, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Monte Gordo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Monte Gordo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Monte Gordo
Price Range: £32 - £392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alcazar Hotel & SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Characterised With Sui Generis architecture - Arabic style - the Hotel Alcazar is located in Monte Gordo which has one of the most beautiful beaches of Eastern Algarve in the bay of Monte Gordo. The village is surrounded by excellent, unspoilt natural areas such as the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and Marshland Nature Reserve of Castro Marim. In this idyllic setting, we await you for your best holiday.Enjoy all the comfort of this Hotel in Monte GordoWith a prime location, this Hotel in Monte Gordo, allows you to enjoy an unforgettable stay, enjoying one of the most splendid bathing areas in the Algarve.Location of luxury in the Eastern AlgarveYour stay in the Algarve will benefit from the unique climatic conditions in this region. In the Hotel Alcazar, your stay will be more than a simple "invariant" beach accommodation. You can enjoy the close proximity of other superb coastal areas such as Praia Verde, Altura and Cacela Velha. ... more   less 
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