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Yellow Alvor Garden
Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Worst hotel ever.
Breakfast very poor.
Beds only fit for skip.
All furniture poolside and patio worn out.
Floor covering worn out, windows broken and did not lock.
Only good thing was the air conditioning
Stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This hotel is rated 4 star which it certainly isn't. The hotel needs a big overhaul,very dated and the carpets in the corridors are badly stained. The bedrooms were kept very clean but beds and furniture very old and worn. The gardens were beautiful around the pool area and very well maintained We were very glad we had booked bed and breakfast as food was not good.Lots of lovely restaurants in village and Alvor is a lovely place. We will visit Alvor again but definitely not the Yellow Alvor.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My stay at the Yellow Alvor Gardens was very good. Reception area & bar area were clean and well kept. Buffet style breakfast was good. Outside Pool and gardens were well maintained and it was a lovely quiet and peaceful area. There was plenty of sun loungers. Room was cleaned everyday and fresh towels & sheets supplied. Only fault was our room was a bit on the shabby side. It needed a fresh coat of paint. But overall I was very happy with the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank M B
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

OK, it's not the absolute worst dump .... but (a) The food is terrible (b) Some of the staff are downright rude (c) Ants in the room, so you cant have any food/fruit there or they find it (d) It's location (e) Indoor pool surround glass is literally falling to pieces and the showers are cold. (e) Only will give out 1 key per room

If you're staying in Alvor, just don't stay here ....pick somewhere else, there's plenty other options.

It's not a 4 star but any standards .... maybe just about a 3 star, maybe.

It's a hotel that probably was very nice 20 years ago, but clearly has no money now for maintenance or upgrade.

Alvor is a great village, but this hotel is not !

Room Tip: As high as possible to avoid the ants and overlooking the pool/garden area
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

First thing I would say is that this is not a four star hotel. A struggling three star at best. The building itself has lots of potential and maybe it was a four star many moons ago. You'll notice that many positive reviews here for this hotel are quite old. Now the hotel appears be run on a shoe string budget and the list of problems are endless.

Breakfast is horrendous. Even the coffee is dire. The only thing I could find edible was slices of cheese. The hot food is nothing short of disgusting. I was genuinely worried for my health after tasting the scrambled egg. Most certainly the worst breakfast I have had anywhere. I tried it twice and then opted to buy breakfast in the town instead.

Staff are sparse and often rude. Neither bars are ever manned and if you want anything beyond the local beer you are pushing it. I asked for a diet coke with ice. Not a hope and that was after waiting for service for 15 minutes. I gave up on other attempts as I couldn't get a staff member to serve me. You also better not have any note greater than five euro as they don't have change.

The rooms are musty smelling and after a day out you have to air out the room before you sleep. Sheets not changed once on the bed after staying for a week. Pillow cover was made of a heavy material that didn't look like it had been cleaned in a long time. There was a greasy shine in the middle of it. I wrapped it in a bed sheet before using. Toilet in my room was broken and as a result continually filled. Called reception and they didn't want to know. A friend staying in another room had a problem with ants. Again, they didn't want to know. Only one key available per room also so if your sharing a room you need to pretty much stay together.

They do a dinner offer, €16 for a buffet. I was sensible enough not to try this but a friend staying did and said it was no better than the breakfast.

I could say more but you get the idea. When I was checking out I asked if I could buy a postcard and avail of the postal service they advertise. I paid for the postcard, wrote it out and then tried to give it to the receptionist for posting. I just got back a blank stare. After pointing at the sign saying "we post your mail" and waving my postcard I got the following response.... "I have no stamps"

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Have just returned from Yellow Alvor Garden hotel having spent the last week there with a friend. The twin room had plenty of space and the bathroom was quite large with an excellent shower.Room was cleaned every day with fresh bedding and towels. The view was wonderful, looking over the pool and beautiful gardens. Staff were most helpful and the bar staff excellent. I must say that the breakfast was the only thing to let the hotel down. However this would not put me off and I certainly would return. The hotel is in a good locatiion and is within a short distance of the old town. We had dinner twice in the hotel and it was very good with plenty of choice/

Room Tip: ask for pool and garden view and preferably on an upper floor
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This hotel must serve the worst breakfast I've ever attempted to eat. The scrambled eggs have to be tasted to be believed! ditto the mushrooms, a strange unnatural chemical taste from both, No fresh milk and the coffee machine spewed out horrible undrinkable foamy sludge for all selections. I restricted myself to the toast, tetleys teabags and sliced processed cheese after day one. Avoid at all costs!!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
Price Range: £55 - £205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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