It was our first visit to the Algarve and indeed to Portugal, and we were not disappointed! We will definitely be returning. We stayed for 1 week from 10th to 17th October and had a lovely time.
The weather was great, the hotel was in a lovely spot so you had the choice of sitting by the pool but also the beach was just a short walk down the steps (or you could take the lift) where the hotel had their own loungers and sun shades. There was also a small indoor pool (if the outside pool was too cold-it was quite cold!). The beaches were amazing,
The walk into Alvor town took about 20-25mins (depending on your pace) although a little dark when walking back at night. Taxis were quite reasonable we were told. Alvor town was lovely, plenty of little shops and loads of places to eat. There are also plenty of opportunities to do some walking if you like to (we do). Claire (our Thomson holiday rep) took us on a walking tour of the local area on our first day-which was very useful to get to know the local area. We did the board walk to Alvor and around the estuary on our own the next day and also inland to upper alvor and back to the hotel-about 9 miles in total. Next day we walked the other way to Vau which was also a nice walk along the coast.
We also took the courtesy bus to Portomao and caught the train to Lagos-a lovely 20 minute train ride. We decided that our last 2 days should be "chill out days" so spent time around the pool and on the beach-lovely to have the choice.
The food at the hotel was great-both breakfast and evening meal. I had read a few comments about the evening food being samey but we didn't find this. The staff were very friendly and the hotel was clean and rooms comfortable. The bathroom may have benefitted from a facelift but clean and functioning. I will agree with other comments that it is more a 4* than a 5* as some parts need a bit of updating. The price of drinks in the hotel are a bit steep but there is so much choice in town, it wasn't a problem.
We would certainly return!
- 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