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Pestana Alvor Praia
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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“Lovely hotel in beautiful location”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

if you want a restful, relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting then this is the place to go. Beautiful pool area + beach (seemed like a private beach). May not be a city 5 star hotel but add the amazing setting and views then it just about deserves a 5 star rating. Make sure you get a sea view room. We went at a quiet time so not too busy - we avoided the tour of the apartments etc. with the carrot of 40 euro discount off bill - they asked us once and that was it so we weren't pressurised. Only a 4 euro taxi to alvor - if you get tired of Alvor then try Portimao for more of a town/port/shopping experience or Praia de Rocha for cheaper restaurants (but more like a spanish resort). We loved eating on the beach just by the hotel at L'Atlantida - great for fish, snacks and drinks - ultra friendly and reasonable. They made us a special sangria on our last day which nearly blew my head off. If the drinks etc. were a bit cheaper in the hotel then I am sure that they would be much busier in the bars but there again this kept the hotel nice and quiet. If you want to get plastered every night on cheap beer / wine then this is not the place for you. Anyway, we had a lovely 12 night stay and would definitely go back.

Room Tip: get a sea view room for the views
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

Stayed at this hotel with my girlfriend from 27 – 31 May. We arrived at the hotel at 13.00 on the Sunday and our first impression was a magnificent hotel, with in a great and stunning location. The hotel interior might be a bit dated, but it seems to be well maintained. At check-in we were surprisingly asked if we had arrived at the correct destination, and if we might have mistaken our booking for the neighboring 4 star Pestana Delfim. Show my passport did not help, but after I retrieved the booking confirmation for their website, we were allowed to get a room. This was a somewhat disappointing start; the receptionist seemed at bit hostile and did not excuse the mix-up. We were then given the keys to the room, and promised that the luggage would be brought up immediately. However, the receptionist or the porter must have forgotten our existence since we had to call twice to get the luggage brought up.
We both, thought this opening lack of service to seem a bit strange, but decided to give it some other goes. The room itself (garden view, or parking lot view a bit more accurately) seemed nice enough, spacious with a nice balcony supervising the parking lot. The room seemed clean enough at first sight, and the bed was marvelous, it might easy be top five of the best hotel beds I’ve had, and comparable with far more expensive hotels. Taking a look into the bathroom, also spacious we found the shower curtain to be stained and dirty, however nothing we bothered complaining about. The walls around the bed seemed somewhat unclean as well, with a lot of “strange” stains on it.
During our stay the room was cleaned only twice, and there was not a turndown service, you might expect at some hotels. All hotel bars was operating, but the service still mediocre even though prices quite high.
On the bright side, the breakfast was generally very good, even serving local sparkling wine. The pool area seemed clean and nice, and staff was at hand to give out towels. We did not go for Golf, but we played Tennis twice at the hotels tennis court, a good experience and the tennis staff was polite and generally nice.

If this hotel had an effective housekeeping, a somewhat more service minded reception and porter, and perhaps just gave the little extra in making people feel at home this would have justified a 4 star experience. This being among the most expensive 5 stars alternatives in the Alvor/ Portimao region, I come to expect something outstanding in all areas to justify all five stars. Would I come again? No, I’d rather try a 4 star to see if the service would be more appropriate.

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geddington
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

The Alvor Praia is an excellent hotel with a stunning location.The staff are very friendly and so professional and cannot do enough for you.Our recent stay was for 10 days and each day was spent lazing by the pool in the Algarvian sun.Our suite was spotless and so comfortable.The only problem with our stay was that it passed so quickly.We would certainly stay again and cannot wait for the opportunity.

Room Tip: I would opt for a sea view room,stunning views,well worth the extra expense.
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Surat, India
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

The hotel location is excellent. You have the rocky beach on one side and smooth sandy beach on the other. View from superior rooms is fantastic.
The leisure facilities are however significantly limited. Rooms are good. Televisions are from last century. Staff are of diverse grade. Some were extraordinarily frieendly and helpful while some were outright snobbish and unfit for hospitality industry. Food choices are limited especially in terms of international cuisine. Restaurants were inadequately staffed and the head waiter was the least courteous.

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

We have just spent a week in one of the apartments overlooking the beach. What a fantastic location with picture post card reviews. The room was superb, clean and well equiped and the pool and gardens were lovely. The staff are realy helpfull and the food by the out door pool is just great. There is an indoor pool, gym, suana and spa facilities as well. What more could you ask for. Alvor is just a fantistic little town with good bars, food and things to do. Not a place to go if you are looking for night clubs though.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2012

We booked four nights with Easyjet Holidays and discovered a lovely hotel with hardly anything to criticise. The hotel is immaculately clean and well-appointed. We had a sea-view bedroom on the fifth floor and a glorious view of the gardens and beach from our balcony. We stayed half board and the breakfasts were excellent. Dinner was very good too, allowing for the usual downsides of a buffet.

The staff were extremely accommodating and could not have been more customer-oriented. The hotel is right above the beautiful beach, with a lift down to the beach itself if you don't want to walk. The outdoor pool is lovely and there is an indoor one as well.

There was a cocktail party one night (which we didn't attend because of other commitments). At breakfast there is live piano music from 9 am and live music every night - very relaxing and nowhere do you get overwhelmed by it..

This isn't really a hotel for children but there were children there and they are welcomed and looked after well.

We will certainly go again. We were going to visit the [best] rooms on the sixth floor but never got round to it.

There are sun loungers for hotel guests on the beach with free towels from the pool bar.

We disagree with the mean-minded reviews opposite: this is a lovely hotel and we had a fabulous time.

The lovely traditional resort of Alvor is very close and there are wonderful little restaurants there if you're staying bed and breakfast.

Beautiful gardens.

Room Tip: Sea view; the higher up the better.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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ireland
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Reviewed 18 May 2012 via mobile

Firstly, this is a 3 star at a push. Don't be fooled. It is old fashioned and needs modernisation, ugly patterned carpets, Tv not flat screened, old crooner on a keyboard singing abba songs in the bar-if u are a pensioner then maybe this might be your thing but for anyone less than 40 steer clear!!!
I really wished I had seen a realistic review on trip advisor, and I would have been spared this ugly old monstrosity which is why I am writing this so bluntly.
Also food and drink prices in this place are ridiculously expensive for bland mediocre food and not in keeping with the general prices in alvor.
I would never return and would recommend that no one wastes their precious holiday in such a dated over priced place. For the sake of a little balance the breakfast buffet was ok.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Alvor Praia
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Alvor Praia 5*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On top of a cliff overlooking the Três Irmãos beach, this hotel in Alvor is equipped with modern commodities, surrounded with extensive landscape gardens, and has a direct elevator to one of the best beaches in Algarve, with white sands, quiet and clear waters. Guests may choose between the open air salt water pool, or the inner pool, the sauna, the Turkish bath, a massage in the wellness center or enjoying one of the 7 tennis courts and 8 golf courses, available in a 15 km radius. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV.At the Almofariz restaurant, you will find typically Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a great variety of theme buffets. The Restaurant has a fantastic view overlooking the garden, which is perfect for the whole family Grilled dishes and international meals can be enjoyed by the pool, followed by a drink at the pool bar. Equipped with the most modern facilities, Pestana Alvor Praia, 5 stars resort in Alvor, is surrounded by 4,5 hectares of green land and is ideal for rest and leisure, offering customers unforgettable moments in a lush environment, perfect for relaxation and rest. With a privileged location overlooking Três Irmãos beach, this hotel in Alvor is located at 1 km from the picturesque Vila do Alvor and its countless commercial and entertainment areas, 5 km from Portimão and 74 km from Faro International Airport. ... more   less 
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