I stayed at this Hotel on the 13th to 17th September after booking it via Asda Travel. Although it was advertised on teletext. We booked out flights seperately as it was cheaper.
This hotel does live up to all our expectations and more. It is spotless. It is brand new and hasnt (yet) been wrecked by ungrateful guests.
The pool is huge and hundreds of sunbeds available for use, yes it was windy but its a welcome breeze when its hot. How can someone seriously complain about the weather!??
our room was lovely, i think they are all the same with a small kitchen and table, sofa with plasma and a seperate bedroom with plasma, and a lovely bathroom. our room was on the 4th floor above the kids play area and got sun all day and a sea view. cant fault it! The complimentary toiletries are really nice and replenished every day.
The restaurant- i seriously dont know how someone has complained about this!!! Yes its white deco and has a weird green glow (blue for the blue room) but what else would you have it like. its a futuristic hotel so the dining area follows! Plastic chairs.. there is nothing wrong with the chairs, they dont leave marks on your legs and are comfortable! The food in the mornings consisted of a large fruif bar of chopped pineapple, kiwi, orange, necterine, plums. Lovely! cereal for the kids, and bread for toast, lots of pastries and salads. Nothing to complain about!!! Dinner was lovely too. it was buffet style, with gorgeous pesto chicken breasts, pork, beef, veal, fish, chips, wedges, a lovely salad bar! (if the hot food was cold or bad, surely people like salad, or maybe the people complaining are fatties who only want hot chips) live a little and try different food. if you want british food, go to Butlins not portugal!! we ate soo much and loved every meal. Drinks could be put ona tab, cans of coke were 2 euros and mateus wine was 12 euros for the bottle. They would also keep it for the next night for you.
we ate out twice in Alvor, it was about 15 mins walk down a slight incline of a road. not a hill!! its so not far to walk so dont listen to other reviews. There is a supermarket at the bottom of the road and sells nice fruit and bread and a deli! we ate out in pesitana (i think) and also the restaurant opposite it. we had a hanging beef kebab, fillet steak. to die for! cost 31.50 euros for the meat and would have paid more!
the beach is not far but is advisable to get the train at 10am and then return at 1.45 or 5.45. the walk back isnt that bad. the beach is a must as its so stunning. If you get off the train and walk to to the beach and then right along to the left you will find the secret caves. no one hardly goes there especially at this time of the year.
Also we had sardines in the restaurant with blue and yellow wooden chairs at the bottom of the alvor high street. we got about 6 sardines cooked on the bbq for 6.50 euros. easily enough for two!! yummy.
there is not much nightlife, only a couple of bars open late. but this was perfect for us as we didnt want to go out clubbing.
we also went on a sunset boat trip, which i would highly recommend!
all in all, dont listen to the bad reviews. if you have ever been to an all inc in turkey or egypt, this place is 20 times better. If you like all different kinds of food and are not fussy, then go here!
the room also had a hairdryer in the bathroom! x
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