Just returned from a 10 day break at the Pestana Alvor Praia. This is my fourth visit to Portugal, I've stayed at the Alvor Praia once before, and also it's sister hotel Dom Joao II just down the road. Incidentally, I actually booked to stay at the Dom Joao II, however much to my delight we were moved to the Praia as the Dom Joao was overbooked.
Overall, my stay wasn't as great as the last time I stayed at the Praia. We had an 'Ocean View Room' which was interrupted by a roof. We were also given a room on the left-wing of the hotel, which doesn't even look part of the Praia when you look at it from the beach. Of course I was delighted with an upgrade which saved us about £500+, however I did feel like we were shoved at the end a little bit. On my last stay at the Praia I had a fantastic room, and the service was great. I rang the reception a few times for towels (which we weren't given one day), lights to be fixed and to request a new TV remote, and our calls were unanswered which was very disappointing. When you are a priority in the hotel, you really are a priority, but I couldn't help but feel like we weren't as valued on this stay.
In my opinion, unless you pay for the best rooms (which are really expensive!!) the hotel is not a 5*. It's 5* for its premier location and great views, and extortionate bar prices (it was cheaper for a beer than some soft drinks!). Other than that, I really cannot fault Alvor, the beaches, the staff, or the nearby restaurants. If you're a family or married couple, this is great, but if you're a younger couple, you might find yourselves getting a bit bored.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel Alvor
- Pestana Hotel Alvor