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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Yellow Hotel Alvor
- Iberotel Alvor
- Alvor Yellow Hotel