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“A bit out the way but a relaxing break at the Yellow Alvor”

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Yellow Alvor Garden
Ranked #22 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
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“A bit out the way but a relaxing break at the Yellow Alvor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

We a couple in our late 20s are just back from a week in the Yellow Alvor. On arrival into the hotel I noticed we had to go though a large apartment complex to get to the hotel, looking at the hotel brochure I was expecting to have a nice long garden entrance into the hotel, however the Hotel is not signposted at the road, and the entrance is at the very end of another large hotel complex. First impressions inside the hotel were good, friendly receptionist, paid the €10.50 for the safe and 25€ deposit. The reception area is very small only a few chairs, so no where to relax down if waiting for a bus, taxi etc. The Hotel has a very modern feel about it, nice decor, nice lift, very well maintained, clean carpets. We had a garden view room on the 1st floor, ensure you get a garden view as the other front view would not be appealing !!.

The room was immaculate, nice flooring, small compact room, remote control AC, clean bathroom, clean linen and the also the DREADED twin beds with a matress like a plank of wood. There was a television and also a small fridge which was very handy for storing drinks and snacks. The walls between the rooms would not be the best so if you have noisey neighbours it could cause problems. The rooms were cleaned every day and done to a very high standard, We stayed on a B & B basis, the breakfast is very basic and the same thing every day no change that was a shame, the rashers were not up to much!The swimming pool is superb, a nice large pool with plenty of sunbeds, the gardens are very well maintained around the hotel. The indoor pool looks to be a bit of a let down, its small and not cleaned too often by the looks of it, it is also in a glass house so very warm. There was one cloudy day but was not impressed with the indoor pool so did not use it. There is a few exercise items in the gym, the sauna and steam room have a 6€ charge per hour !. The location of the hotel is quite far out from the centre of Alvor, if you decide to walk it is a 20 minute walk, you would have to walk through the other apartment complex which has no proper footpaths and also not well lit at night so that was disappointing. The nearest supermarket is in the Club Brisamar, its very basic expensive place for snacks, there is a main supermarket down behind a new apartment complex which is been built this is on the left on the way down towards the centre of Alvor, it has the sign Pingo Doce. Supermarkets can be expensive in Portugal.

The town of Alvor has many restaurants, some good some not so good, overall quite expensive for what you actually get, by the end of the week I was glad I was not gone for 2 weeks as if staying for 2 weeks eating out would be very expensive there. The bars are all quite small and as there is not many bars they all tend to be very busy some nights, if your looking for nightlife go elsewhere, as apart from the restaurants at night there is nothing else happening. If I was to return to Portugal I would go to a different area, the hotel is too far from the beach, it can make you dis-interested in gong to the beach in the first place, do not get me wrong, its a nice hotel with good facilities if it could be moved else where it be great. Portugal is a lovely country I would recommend renting a car, as the public bus service is a joke, I would recommend the Lagos & Sagres tour, it was a great day out, it is nice to explore the island so renting a car would be highly recommended. Overall we had a great week, the weather apart from one day was very warm, the hotel is lacking atmosphere, the bar is small and very quiet, most people went out elsewhere, the hotel just seemed to be lacking atmosphere and with so many nationalities staying their, there tended to be no mixing of hotel guests. We will return to Portugal sometime but not to Alvor. We would give the hotel a 3 star rating based on the backward location of being behind a big hotel complex, also the twin beds with hard matresses, we slept better on the sunbeds outside !, and at night one could not really enjoy sitting on the balcony as the back of the hotel is in darkness and no views at night as its isolated.

Room Tip: Go for the Garden view otherwise you be looking at a run down tennis court outside !
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Castlebar, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

Just spent 5 day there, hotel name not on sat nav its listed as IBOR HOTEL. room clean no tea making facilities bed very very uncomfortable. on first night had dinner in hotel 15 euro buffet but not great selection for that price. Breakfast was super!! Waiters and waitresses very pleasant . Pool and grounds lovely. great place for just relaxing and if you dont want to leave hotel. as walk down to town will be all uphill on the way back. so be prepared to sweat

Room Tip: Pool view quietest
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

We are a couple in our mid 20s and were looking for a quick 10 day getaway. Having stayed at top hotels all over the world, my review is compared against those
I was a bit precautious at first due to some negative reviews, however;

HOTEL - Medium sized, very modern looking, well maintained with friendly, helpful staff. The rooms were large enough and only complaint would be that they all seemed to be twin rooms. The garderns and pool area were lovely.

FOOD - We only went on a B&B basis, but must say the food was catering enough for any appetite.

STAFF - Staff were very helpful and the only one thing which I was annoyed about was having to put a €20 deposit for each beach towel. However we could change them as often as we liked and had a hassle free return on the last day.

PROS
- Clean and modern
- Nice quiet location, 15 mins from Alvor
- Very good value for money
- Freindly staff
- Adequate facilities
- Lovely pool area

Cons
- Slightly outside Alvor, so €4 taxi each way if not up for a walk or have a hire car
- Eggs were never cooked well! lol
- Entertainment seemed very limited although it seemed popular.

  • Stayed June 2011
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

We booked the hotel through Easy Jet Holidays...thought our original check-in time was 3.00, the hotel staff was very helpful after knowing that we travelled with a 9 months baby and got the room ready for us before 12.00. The stay, I must admit was a pleasant one. We stayed on B & B basis. The breafast was basic, but good ( dont except a gourmet breakfast). The hotel is family friendly and lots of guests were with young ones.

The even allowed for a late check-out, since we had a young one.

The best part of the hotel is the staff's.. they cleaned the room everyday, replacing the towels and clearing out the bins. The pool is very adequate and children pool is also quite good. Alvor Village/Beach/Harbour is just 10 minutes stroll, with lots of bar and cafes/restaruants. The city of portimao and pria de rocha ( fabulous beach..dont miss) is not too far ( £10 by taxi).

All in all, we had a lovely holiday, but is it a four star ?? i am not sure..I would give 3 star, because there was no Kettle or Hair Dryer or Iron Box in the room. The Fridge is not stocked as mentioned in their brochure and the Shuttle Bus is not provided as well ( though they said it was broken down and agreed to pay for return trips to Alvor Village/ Beach, but the catch is one need to return by 6 p.m and claim the money on the same day by submitting a taxi receipt...which i found quite tedious). In addition, if you need to use the sauna /steam room you need pay 2 euros per hour, which i found bit odd.

Room Tip: Please ask for Pool View..
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Devon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

Just back from a week Bed and Breakfast at the Yellow Alvor. We had a room overlooking the pool and Gardens, which were beautifully maintained. Plenty of sunbeds available. The rooms were very clean and were well equipped with hairdrier, TV, fridge and a small balcony. The barman, reception and restaurant staff were friendly. The hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the centre of Alvor, and a bit further to the beach. This was fine for us. The only let down was the quality of the food at breakfast, although we always found something.
This was our first time in Alvor and we loved it. There is a new boardwalk which takes you along the estuary to the headland. We walked back along the beach. It was glorious. Another day we went by boat up to Silves, which was a lovely little trip. We were picked up by car in Alvor and taken to Portimao to get the boat. We went up the river to Silves. Lots of wildlife to see including egrets herons turtles and storks. We then had an hour in Silves and back again, with wine soft drinks etc on the boat. For E20 per person, I thought this was good value.
There are plenty of restaurants/cafes/bars in Alvor, lots of which specialise in Portugese food and fish. Lovely. We'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

Yellow Alvor Gardens Hotel

This hotel is set in beautiful grounds with ponds full of fish and some turtles, all of whom enjoy feeding time!!
The staff here are all wonderful. There are not many staff in the restaurant and bars but they certainly work very hard when the customers are there. During our ten day stay here there were no more than 40 guests in the hotel at any one time until the last weekend when it was Portugal’s national bank holiday. The hotel filled up for the weekend but the staff told us they would all be gone again on Monday morning! At any one time we were by the pool by ourselves, in the restaurant by ourselves and in the bar by ourselves! Which is nice for some time but not all the time!!

The all inclusive option doesn’t seem to have been fully embraced by the hotel. Being told that you cannot have a spirit and mixer until 8.00pm is almost like taking your tee-total mother on holiday with you! What do you want a drink before 8 o’clock for!???!! Very regimented on the rest of the AI also. Snacks available between 11.am and 12pm, and again between 3pm and 4pm! Ice creams available between 12pm and 1pm and again between 4pm and 5pm. So don’t get hungry or need cooling down at any other times, you may be disappointed!! These snacks and ice creams were supposed to be available from the poolside bar. That was if the staff were available to open the bar and keep it open longer than 4.00pm. The staff also had to help out at lunchtime in the restaurant some days so you were left waiting to be served at the bar for 15 or 20 minutes at a time.

The pool area itself was well maintained, especially around 2.00pm most days when the guy on the sit on mower decided to break the silence by cutting the grass…….again! Not many sunbeds, but again at that time it wasn’t a problem.

The evening/lobby bar was small but considering the number of guests it never got full! Jose, the barman, took at least 24 hours to get to know, but once you made the effort so did he. Then he treated you like old friends and kept you entertained and lubricated. (Try the black Russian Cocktail, beautiful and alcoholic!!)

The restaurant was a good size, but when the hotel was full everyone struggled with just one juice machine and two hot drinks machines, all tucked in the one area of the dining room. We managed but that was only because the crowds were there for two days!! I wouldn’t like to have to fight for coffee and juice every morning. There was always something edible, although the choice was limited but then again so was the number of guests. We managed to put on weight so it couldn’t have been bad!!

The rooms were a decent size, but could do with a little bit of redecoration and updated furniture. Clean towels every day!!! Amazing! The maids were also very pleasant.

Alvor itself is beautiful and is a 20 minute stroll, or a 10 minute power walk. The beach is lovely and clean and if you walk along it far enough you find the caves, and the scenary is stunning.

I would recommend this hotel, but not as all inclusive. One of the reception staff did mention that he didn’t think the hotel would be offering this option next year anyway, as both the guests and the hotel was struggling to cope with it. Great hotel, great staff, great location.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

Just returned from a week at the Yellow Alvor. We got a fantastic price for this hotel with breakfast included and to be honest did not expect too much due to this. We loved the hotel!. The rooms were a little bit tired but very clean and the air con was great. The rooms were also cleaned to a high standard every day. We had a room facing the pool and the view was wonderful , the grounds of the hotel are really beautiful. It's about a 15 minute walk to the village but for us this was not a problem and we walked both ways every night and most days. You can get a courtesy bus if required. This was our first time to Alvor and will not be our last. A wonderful place with fabulous restaurants and a beautiful beach.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Yellow Alvor Garden
Address: Rua da Dourada, Alvor, Portimao 8500-034, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Yellow Alvor Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All Inclusive: 08:00 to 10:30 - Breakfast Buffet in the Restaurant 10:30 to 18:30 - Soft Drinks (orange, pineapple, coke, soda and ice tea) and Local Alcoholic Drinks (Vodka, Gin, Brandy, house wine and beer) in the Pool bar 11:00 to 12:00 - Snacks (burger, hotdog, ham/cheese sandwich, tuna sandwich, chicken sandwich and chips) in the Pool bar 11:00 to 12:00 - Ice Creams (chocolate with vanilla and strawberry with cream) 12:30 to 14:30 - Lunch Buffet at the Restaurant (include water, softdrinks, national beer, house wine and coffee/tea) 16:00 to 17:00 - Snacks (burger, hotdog, ham/cheese sandwich, tuna sandwich, chicken sandwich and chips) in the Pool bar 16:00 to 17:00 - Ice Creams (chocolate with vanilla and strawberry with cream) 18:30 to 21:30 - Dinner Buffet at the Restaurant (include water, softdrinks, national beer, house wine and coffee/tea) 19:00 to 24:00 - Local Alcoholic Drinks (whisky, brandy, gin, vodka, almond liqueur, whisky liqueur, coffee liqueur, white port, red port and daily cocktail), house wine, national nacional beer and softdrinks at the Lobby bar 22:00 to 24:00 - Local Alcoholic Drinks (whisky, brandy, gin, vodka, almond liqueur, whisky liqueur, coffee liqueur, white port, red Port and daily cocktail), house wine, national beer and softdrinks at the Terrace bar Daily Animation: Entertainment Program for children during the day and live music at night. ... more   less 
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