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Pestana Alvor Praia
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
Leicester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Turned out nice in the end !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012

We were informed a day before flying our hotel had been changed. To say the least, we were concerned. Upon arrival however, we were pleased to see a nice hotel and meet very pleasant staff. Upon return, I have decided to enter this review as our stay could not have been better ! Every aspect of the hotel is truly 5 star (some bathrooms are functional) the high quantity of capable staff made every problem disappear quickly. The food is firtst rate, meals are not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. In short , I would go again in a heart beat.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Middlesborough, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Hotel and staff were amazing! A man plays a grand piano to welcome you into breakfast and the waffles were fantastic.

Spent 7 days here got a free upgrade with a lovely view of the garden fountain. Beach was just amazing with stunning views. I will say though the swimming pool is freezing on a morning. They do have a much warmer pool inside and your less likely to get sun burnt.

Our room was upgraded for free and was twice as big as the other standard room with a large sofa and a mini fridge to store all your drinks from the local supermarket which is only a short walk away. The bathroom was incredible and very stylish however there is only a frosted glass panel wall and door to it so not much is left to the imagination of anyone your staying with sound wise.

The bar is great but very pricey about 6 times the price of drinks in the local area, I would advise drinking and eating out. Never tried the hotel food apart from the breakfast which was buffet style with omelets, full English, continental, fruit, cereal and waffles.

There is a gym but it could do with updating as all the equipment is very worn and old and there is no air-con. Also the air-con in the room was next to useless even at full power I could put my hand right over it and not tell the difference.

Other than those small issues though the entire holiday was fantastic and would most definitely go again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

Just returned from a four day break at Pestana Alvor Praia. This is the nineth time we have stayed at this hotel.As usual we had a great stay.The staff were as freindly and helpful as ever and although i agree with other reviews about the decor being a bit dated,this hotel has everything you could want for a relaxing holiday. The pool is always clean and the beach is to die for. Even better knowing you can get off your sun lounger and get the lift straight down to the beach!!!!! We always go bed and breakfast as it is quite expensive to eat in the hotel and there are so many lovely restaurants in alvor town.Which is only a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel. Be sure to try a restaurant called Albar snack bar and restaurant. The Albar steak with egg and mushrooms is delicious !!!!!! Get there early as its very popular. Cant wait to go back

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ian W
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012 via mobile

Had a wonderful stay here, great facilities and right on beach. Only down side was cost of food and drink in hotel was way over the top but plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Great staff too. Would love to go back

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Crawley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

We spent 9 nights at The Alvor Praira after the hotel and Alvor itself being recommended by a friend. We had room 620 which was spacious and had a lovely sea view.
We had stayed at a Pestana in Maderia last year which was of a very high standard so we expected similar service and facilities in Alvor.
The location is perfect, with a short walk to a lovely beach (and beach bar). Always plenty of sunbeds and parasols available every day. We had bed and breakfast and chose to walk into Alvor every evening for dinner. It's around a 20 minute walk but most chose to get taxi's which were very cheap.
Breakfast was good with plenty of choice and freshly cooked eggs, and pancakes available and all the staff were very friendly. Beds large and comfortable in the room with a spacious bathroom and shower.
We believe there are only 5 hotels in Alvor and this certainly looked the best !
Alvor itself is a lovely village with a great atmosphere is the evening. Nice bars and restaurants with lots of choice. Would certainly return to this hotel again.

Room Tip: The higher the floor the better the view of the beach and the sea !! There are 6 floors in total.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012 via mobile

Always sceptical when reading other reviews, so this is my first attempt at writing a review, so from the top- The Hotel, absolutely fantastic, well positioned over looking the sea, breakfast was help yourself buffet which never disappointed due to the choice available, th I have to say the fruit salad at breakfast was amazing.
Staff- so courteous, helpful without a doubt a credit to the hotel. The Room we had a sea view on the fourth floor room 438 wow what a view over the bay fabulous.
Entertainment a bit low key, we chose to taxi in to Alvor every other night, such a choice of quality restaurants, bars, shops etc, Alvor is such a nice place that we would visit again.
My partner Julie and I had a fabulous stay which I would recommend to anyone, 5 Star yes though it's not a new hotel it's decor, location and access to a beautiful beach makes this such a nice place to stay.
Alvor is low key compared to Spanish resorts which is what makes Portugal / Alor such a nice place.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

I have just got back from a week's stay at the Alvor Praia on a half-board basis. The room over-looked the gardens and also had a sea view, it was spacious and the bed was so comfortable. The TV had many English channels to watch. Breakfast was fantastic, such a variety and a chef to cook some of the food freshly while you wait. The pool bar served nice food but expensive. Drinks and ice-creams were also up to 5 times the price of elsewhere. The service was poor as many of the waiters did not speak or understand English and they were slow.

Dinner was good although at least two dishes each night contained fish. There was often pork but I would have preferred some chicken! There was a good selection of high quality desserts. A very pleasant woman greeted us every night at dinner as we walked in and asked us how our day had been. She made polite conversation and made sure we got the table that we wanted.

The hotel was right on the beach with a lift in the hotel taking you down to it. The sun beds could be used on the beach for no extra charge. There are snack bars very close that are cheaper and provide more variety than the pool bar. One of which is a fish restaurant that also does amazing desserts! Canico is a snack bar and restaurant in the cliffs on the beach which we went to due to reading a review on tripadvisor and it did not disappoint!

There was no entertainment in the day at the hotel which was disappointing as it was extremely quiet around the pool all day and at times too quiet. The entertainment in the evening was usually a singer every night. The bar was expensive, even happy hour was 20% off instead of 50% which could be the reason for it being scarcely populated!

There was a great shop where you could buy bits and bobs i.e. newspapers, magazines and suncream but also some nice clothes and accessories at reasonable prices.

All in all it was a great holiday due to the location and is definitely somewhere to go to relax.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pestana Alvor Praia

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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