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Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Northampton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Really enjoyed our stay but a couple of things need addressing.”
Reviewed 10 September 2011

We stayed at this lovely hotel from 1st - 8th Sept. 2011. The whole place is spotless, gorgeous rooms and bathrooms although you do have to step into the bath to use the shower it's worth it! Maid service is very efficient and thorough and we found all staff in all areas very friendly and helpful. The pool area is huge with lots of sunbeds availlable and a very safe pool with lifeguard on duty while we were there, easy to get in and out of with shallow walk in at either end - most families seemed to catch the free road train from the hotel to the beach which meant that the place was very quiet during the day - got busier after 3.30 every day. Hotel bar prices are reasonable but much cheaper in town. A few disappointments - there was no kettle in the room only a saucepan thing to boil water which was quite dangerous to pour. Also, we were half board but felt the need to eat out several evenings as the buffet food was uninspiring and often cold, even when we were first in one evening. Breakfasts were better but still sometimes not hot enough. Be aware that garden view rooms hardly get the sun on the balcony - pool view rooms are what you need if you like sun. We would go back but only on bed and breakfast, but the hotel will be all inclusive next year which won't suit us.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Have just returned from a stay in the Alvor Baia. The rooms are lovely and the pool area is magnificent with loads of beds available. Children are well catered for and there is a shallow part at each end of the massive pool. We stayed on a B & B basis so didn't try the dinners. Breakfast was a bit chaotic but there was a reasonable choice of food if only they kept it warm! The staff are fabulous and cannot do enough for you. No hotel entertainment although Alvor is a short walk/taxi ride away.




All in all I would recommend this hotel - they just need a good restaurant manager to oversee things.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

The hotel measures up to any 4* holiday accommodation. Hotel, staff and management had only been up and running for a month or so but had managed to iron out most of the teething troubles that come with a new venture. Reception was modern, light and airy with large wall mounted TV's showing MTV day and night, WiFi hot spot and a separate room with PC's and internet access for use by guests also a small boutique selling pool toys, sunglasses, sun creams etc. The bar area the same serving drinks and snacks.
The rooms (ours was a "superior suite" with pool view) had space enough for two adults and two teenage daughters. Cleaned and freshly prepared everyday by the excellent house staff. The only gripe was that there just isn't enough hanging space for clothes or storage for suitcases and cups and glasses were only one each but I believe the problem is being addressed.
The dining rooms, one green one blue, had large sliding doors so you could choose to eat inside or out. The food, a typical holiday hotel running buffet was quite varied though picky children and teens may struggle on some nights. Again only one complaint, and again I believe the restaurant manager has rectified it, was that if you arrived towards the end of the dining session you sometimes had to wait. They did open the other dining room, the blue one, but this only alleviated the problem in the short term as the waiting staff had two rooms to work and they seemed stretched at times.
The pool is fabulous, very large and clean though only 1.4 metres deep (rumor has it that the hotel is part owned by Portuguese footballers and that Ronaldo paid for the pool though it was also said he had it designed to practice his diving skills) so its pretty safe for children and with a "toddler pool" at one end which is also close to the playground with a variety of climbing and sliding activities for younger children. Lots of sun beds, parasols and tables. Waiters do come round but not very frequently so a trip to the bar for a "cold one" is the easiest option. Watch out for the "light" breeze in the afternoons which put more than one brolly in the pool.
Other amenities, a gaming area and spa though to be honest this area seemed to be a work in progress as well as the usual pool towels for hire and dry cleaning service etc.

Overall an enjoyable stay and had it not been for the fact that next year its going to be a First Choice hotel and all inclusive rather than something a little different to the usual British holiday - maker type of hotel we would have returned. Highly recommended !

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Porto, Portugal
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Good:
The room's - very spacious, can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child without any problems.
The pool - great
Quietness - although the view isn't great, the hotel is located in a quiet area, good for resting
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

The hotel was newly opened in July 2011 so we were worried that it would be a building site. We booked directly on the hotel's website but emailed and phoned to check everything was okay and the reception staff were friendly and helpful and assurred us all was well. We needn't have worried about the hotel not being ready. Although some of the landscaping was continuing it was only planting so there was no disturbance at all. The hotel was only half open and on a trial run for next year. The pool and bar area is magnificent with plenty sunbeds and no towels on sunbeds. No loud music all you could hear was the lapping of the water. So peaceful, although it remains to be seen if this is the case next year when more Brits arrive! The rooms are modern, large and airy and just as described on the website. The balcony is huge. There were 2 adults and a teenager and we had plenty room. A kitchenette is provided with fridge, microwave and hob, suitable for snacks or a light lunch really. Rooms are cleaned everyday but the hotel did have a few silly young ninny cleaning staff who seemed to take forever but not really do much.
The dining experience is adequate. Buffet style, fine if you are not overly fussy. We did have a few days when the restaurant was extremely busy and you had to wait for tables but you could put this down to teething problems having just opened. The hotel intends to offer all inclusive next year so they will need to get their act together before then.
The staff are very attentive, especially the bar staff who like to chat to you and practice their languages. The location is good just on the edge of Alvor about 10-15 mins walk into town. An easy walk in the evening. It is a gentle uphill walk back but if you have walked around town and had enough a taxi back is 4-5 Euros. Alvor itself was small but lovely. A mixture of Portuguese or Bistro style restaurants and the usual Irish Bars and a lovely quaint marina. It's not for those who like loads of pool games or entertainment on hand but we had a wonderful relaxing time and would definitely go back and book this hotel. Let's just hope it is not ruined by the hoardes next year.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Address: Estrada do Alvor, Galo Loiro, Alvor, Portimao 8500-322, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Alvor Baia Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 402
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