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Pestana Alvor Praia
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 April 2012

We stayed here for a week on a half board basis and couldn't fault any aspect of the hotel or the service from the staff. The view from the hotel is wonderful and the beach below is amazing. The rooms were spacious, especially the twin suite which also had a large seating area. The outdoor pool is large and would be excellent for swimming, we tried once but it was just too cold!! The indoor pool is smaller but the complex has everything you need to relax - jaquzi, steam room, sauna. There was also a spa on site and I enjoyed an Indian head massage which was blissful. The buffet had a different theme every night and there was always a fish, meat and chicken main option with lots of veggies and a pasta dish. The salads were also plentiful and delicious. The staff were outstanding and really made our stay. We will be back!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Spent four nights in this hotel as part of a spa break and I have to say that this has also been added to the top of my hotel list. Firstly the views from the rooms are spectacular (we actaully had a seagull land on our balcony it was beautiful). The hotel facilities, are great, all meal times served really good variety of food, and of course the champagne breakfast was top notch. I would highly recommend this hotel for friends, couples, groups and singletons - there is so much to do - or not if you like. Its a lovely walk into the main city and everyone all staff are very helpful and charming.

Room Tip: All rooms were excellent - we went as a group of 26 and I had the opportunity to visit a few rooms a...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

This was our first visit to Portugal - we found the hotel to be extremely well located - the beach was great and a short walk into the village/town of Alvor. The views from the sea front rooms were spectacular.
The rooms are very spacious, extremely comfortable and well equipped - tea and coffee making facilities would have been nice though. The towels were changed twice a day (if used) and the sheets daily - not good for the environment but total luxury.
For breakfast there was a good selection and lovely fresh fruit and a glass of bubbles for those who wished to indulge. The music in the restaurant was irritating - like being in a lift....
The staff were attentive and charming and keen to ensure that everyone had everything they needed or wanted. My husband was surprised by a bottle of champagne and chocolate cake being delivered on his birthday - a very nice touch.
Being charged to use wifi seems a bit off - every other hotel we've stayed in provide it for free and understand that people do have to keep in touch.
Would definitely go back again and understand they have great rates for long stays. We had brilliant weather - blue skies every day and tempertures reaching 18 degrees - chilly at night and when the wind picked up the temperature dropped, but great for January/February.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view room - 6th floor was great!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ChurtSunseeker
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

The hotel is very big. We stayed on the 5th floor with a beach/garden view which was simply beautiful. The sunsets were perfect.

The rooms were perfectly adequate and comfortable with two single beds pushed together, table, TV, chairs etc. The bathroom had two sinks, bidet, toilet and shower/bath. The only downside to the room was the shower. It was very small, low down the wall (we are quite tall) and the shower curtain was too long so sat constantly at the bottom of the bath and didn't dry out very well.

We stayed B&B and the breakfast was very nice. You had the usual choice of cooked English breakfast, cereals, meat and cheese with a selection of breads and rolls etc. They had a lady who would make omelettes or fried/scrambled eggs to order.

During breakfast and dinner, they had a piano player which was a wonderful start/end to the day

We had dinner once in the hotel and the buffet was again very nice with the usual selection of foods. They had a different cuisine each night and you also had the opportunity to order from their a le carte menu.

The beach is lovely with the hotel supplying beach towels and sun beds. There is also a lift to the beach if you don't fancy the garden walk down. The pool is very large (and deep over 3 metres at the deep end) although in October it was quite cold. Plenty of sun beds available.

We used the mini golf but they only had one ball left. It took us ages with a dog coming over and stealing our ball but we managed to get it back and it was a nice hour spent in the mottled shade of the trees. It is actually quite difficult and worth a go, especially as it is free.

The restaurants along the beach were all good but watch out with the fish of the day dishes because they are expensive, just as much as a restaurant in town (if not more).

We used the local dive centre at the sister Pestana hotel and have no complaints other than we had to pay in cash as they didn't have a card machine. It may be worth checking this before you go ahead and book lots of diving.

The diving was a bit murky at this time of year. Think we will stick to warmer, clearer waters.

The hotel is a 15/20 minute walk away from the main town or the hotel can call you a cab which costs about €4 per trip. The main town is full of bars and restaurants and the hotel will book you any restaurant on your behalf.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view on 4th/5th or 6th floor.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Tracy N
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

I picked the Alvor Praiai wanting a nice quite holiday and got exactly what I was looking for. Pestana owning a number of hotels in the area and this one is geared towards the more discerning traveller and to buiness people with conference rooms available. As a result the hotel does not tend to attract too many familes with young children which tend to veer more towards the Pestana Dom João II next door. The facilities are excellent and service first rate. The hotel is located on top of a cliff but there is lift at poolside which will take you down to the beach and the sunbeds reserved for hotel guests only. As a resukt of this however sea view rooms do tend to only get a glimpse of the sea and I'm not sure whether paying extra for one would be justified.
My only negative comment was that I would rate this hotel more four star than five star compared to other hotels I have stayed at over the years. Facilities in the room itself could be improved on for example with tea/coffee making facilities.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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9  Thank MWH_62
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

I have stayed in many hotel's all over the world and this is a hidden gem. The guest here is treated so well and there is an old fashioned hospitality which speaks of a more gracious and gentler age, where service is always with a smile and every need is attended with an unasumming courtesy and style .This was my first stay and all the staff from Angela the Manageress to Louis at the Reception were exceptional and went way beyond their normal duties to make our stay memorable and made us feel special .

Room Tip: Sea view is crucialon the higher floors
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank michael c
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

We have just returned from a lovely relaxing 5 day stay at this fab hotel. When we arrived there was a problem with the garden view room we had booked so we were put into a time share apartment for one night and the following morning we were upgraded on our original booking to a beautiful sea view room for the inconvience. We also received a gift of assorted fruit from the hotel which was an added gesture and very much appreciated. The ladies on the housekeeping staff were unbelieveable even turned our beds down at night and left chocolates too.Bathrobes and slippers provided in the bathroom. Sleeping at night was peaceful no noise in the corridors of the hotel. Antonio the bar manager was brilliant very welcoming for all of the nights we were there and he makes a top class club sandwich and is a professional at cocktails. Breakfast was to die for and all staff involved were lovely. The only small suggestion I would have is perhaps a kettle in the rooms would be nice for a late night cuppa. We will return for another holiday to this hotel without a doubt.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms are fantastic.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Lynda G
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Address: Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8501-904, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alvor
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#4 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
#5 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
#7 Family Hotel in Alvor
Price Range: £66 - £259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Alvor Praia 5*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pestana Alvor Praia is a 5-star hotel in Alvor, Algarve. Located on Praia dos Três Irmãos, one of Algarve's best beaches, complete with white sands and tranquil, crystal-clear waters. It's surrounded by expansive gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and an elevator for direct beach access. If you wish to relax, visit the indoor swimming pool with plenty of natural light, the Spa where you can schedule a Magic Spa massage or beauty treatment, the Turkish bath or the gym with the latest equipment. If you wish to enjoy your meals with your family or have a cocktail, the Pestana Alvor Praia offers 2 restaurants and 2 bars. You can even make use of one of the tennis courts or golf courses only 15 km away. The little ones can enjoy mini golf, the playground and Kids Club (available from June until September). All rooms have Wi-Fi and air conditioning. ... more   less 
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