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“Good location but poor facilities”

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Vila da Praia Holiday Apartments
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Limerick
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good location but poor facilities”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

First off i'll start with the good points, the location of the apartments are fantastic. Close to the town and beach. Lovely pool area with lots of room and never too busy. The apartment is gated and felt very secure which is great with young kids.

The main problem we had was with the facilities at the apartment we stayed in, the bed we had was extremely uncomfortable and felt like sleeping on springs. In the apartment we had no sun umbrella for the pool unlike other guests, no wifi and no hairdryer. We booked through Slavic and would be unlikely to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We go to Alvor 2-3 times a year and tried these apartments they are i the perfect location to center of village and beach superb pool area, would recommend them we had a lovely apartment one bedroom, will be looking for two bedroom next, only complaint we had was dog barking constantly in house across road otherwise great time.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Onsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Alvor was the perfect family resort (with 2 and 3 year olds) that isn't built up, has lovely Marina, pretty town and the best beach I ever seen in Europe. Food was excellent especially seafood. It's a very accessible place and these apartments were in the best location for visiting all parts of the town. The apartment was nice and fully equipped and my parents had next door (which was more basic), so I expect the quality varies on the complex. It is small so no site shop/restaurant, but plenty within walking distance. There is a small toddler pool as well as a larger pool. We went early October and it was a bit hit and miss with the weather, although mostly warm and sunny so my only complaint was we didn't get the evening sun. We will definitely go back to Alvor and stay here again but hopefully we can be more selective on the actual apartment. My parents who are retired and go on about five holidays a year all around the world, were extremely impressed with Alvor and also can't wait to go back.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

I stayed her for 2 weeks with my mum, dad and 11 year old brother. We stayed here last year but in a different apartment at the back of one of the blocks. This time we were on the second floor but the balcony was overlooking the pool and further away the beach. The pool is lovely and warm!!! Never over crowed and there are a large amount of sun beds meaning there is always one available. The main town is a 5 minute walk away with many nice restaurants and small gift shops. The same distance away from the harbour which is full of lovely fish restaurants with an amazing restaurant. In terms of eating out I recommend, Don Toro steak house, Caravela and Restinga restaurant just at the start of the beach! Alvor is a lovely town and there is lots to do. I recommend a day out to slide&splash and zoo marine with the kids.

I had a lovely holiday yet again, Villa da Praia is a lovely local place to stay!!

P.s get an ice cream from Made In Italy on the high street!!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We got 2 rooms here from Gary & Trina great location great pool. It is a spacious villa with a dishwasher and washing machine which is great if there is lots of children with you. The beach is a 2 minute walk down the road. The Harbour and restaurants our 5 minutes away which is helpful. It's not that busy so no need to reserve sunbeds too early. The pool is big enough but some bits could be shallower as this was a problem for the younger children, I'm not saying all of it has to be toddler friendly as there is a child pool but they might want to have their shoulders under the water. The one thing that was annoying one night when we where going to our rooms we saw a family of 7/8 people with 5/6 kids jumping in the swimming pool at 11pm when the pool opens at 9pm. So we ignored them and went back to our rooms. About 15 mins laterr we heard them dancing in the sprinklers and drinking the water! My mum went out and told them to be quiet as we had 4 and 6 year olds trying to sleep. They went but came back 5 mins later so I turned the lights off and just went to sleep somehow. I'm not downgrading the resort because of this but that was the 1 night I didn't enjoy.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Returned last week from a two week holiday in this beautiful complex. The one bedroom apartment which is owned by Garry and Trina is on the first floor and was very spacious and had every bit of equipment that you would ever require. Pools and surrounding areas very clean and well cared for. Apartment is in a wonderful location 10 minutes walk from beautiful beaches and 5 minutes from the lovely fishing village of Alvor. Would highly recommend this apartment to anyone and considering booking again for next year

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tranent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed at these apartments from 11 to 21 July and loved every minute of it. The apartments are extremely clean and spacious. The pool area and surrounding grounds are the same. There is an entry system into the apartments, therefore not allowing any random people being able to enter the apartments. We were on the first floor with our balcony looking over the pool area and surrounding grounds.

We dealt with Debbie Burton in the arrangement of our stay at the apartment and have to say that she was lovely, extremely helpful and very efficient. We arrived at the apartment to find a welcome pack provided by Debbie of bread, butter, cheese, ham, wine (red and white), beer and water - this was very welcome given that we arrived at the apartments at around 9.30pm - with a three year old toddler in tow.

The facilities in the apartment are excellent - washing machine, fridge freezer and dishwasher - in fact all my holiday washing was done before coming home - which made a difference.

Cannot recommend these apartments or Debbie Burton highly enough.

We are very keen to return next year with our toddler and new baby in tow!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Vila da Praia Holiday Apartments
Address: Alvor, Portimao, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Alvor
Number of rooms: 236
Also Known As:
Vila Da Praia Holiday Apartments Hotel Alvor

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