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Maralvor
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We knew the location of the apartments from last year's visit. A 10 minute walk into the village could be a bit torturous in the heat. The pool is quite small and very few sunbeds considering the size of the complex. The bar WAS open and had a small selection of snacks which were good. The apartments are large and spacious, we were in 311 which is at the back of the building. Well equipped kitchen-I even found an iron and board but didn't use them! My only gripe was a new toilet seat is desperately needed-it's wooden and warped-surely not that expensive? There was quite a lot of noise from cars parking below us during the evening but slept well, comfy beds even without air con. We had the shutters down and the windows open. Great apartment.

Room Tip: People have mentioned that rooms over the pool are noisy but so are ones at the back due to the constant car noise. Didn't mind the view across to the other apartments.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank NezzaD12
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed in apartment 203 which we rented privately from Owners Direct.

The apartments are HUGE! More than enough spare for a family of 4. Our apartment was extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly think of and the kids loved the fact we had flat screen TV and DVD library! We had over 100 books in the apartment to read, along with a cupboard full of games!

The apartment was cleaned on arrival and linen changed once throughout the stay. We had to wash our own towels but this was part of the agreement on the rental so we knew we wouldn't have daily cleaners in.

We stayed for 2 weeks (30th July - 13th August) - the start of August is holiday time in Portugal and everyone decends from the north making everywhere quite busy. Our pool seemed to be used by people other than those staying at the apartments. This mean there were the usual sunbed savers - which got worse towards the end of our stay. To be fair, Edwardo (the guy behind the pool bar who seemed to run things) did come round a move towels off some days.

There is a reception area, but we never saw it open (although as we rented privately we didn't need to use it).

We took two children aged 9 and 12 and there were enough children around for making friends and playing.

All in all a great value holiday, excellently located (10 minutes one direction to beach, 10 minutes other direction to town) and brilliantly equipped.

Room Tip: We had pool view - lovely big balcony!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kerry O
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

We have just got back from a week at the Maralvor. These apartments could do with a little updating, however the cleanliness and space in the apartments were excellent. There were three double wardrobes with more coathangers than you could possibly need (not always the case in our experience of apartments abroad) The location was a little too far from the village for our liking especially at night when we had to get a taxi as it was too far to want to walk back.

Apart from the location the only real downside was that there are no shops close by (nearest large supermarket 15 mins walk, or 10 mins to a smaller one on another apartment complex!

There is a bar on site near the pool but unfortunately this was not open during our stay (they were awaiting a cash register to be delivered before they could open!)

We travelled as a couple so it was not that bad but I would not recommend these apartments to families with young children wanting icecreams and drinks!

Also the reception desk was very rarely open, we had an early transfer and had to just leave the keys in the room.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gints
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

these apartments can be privately owned so the standard you get will vary we had a big apartment even had a washing machine and an ironing board which you don't intend to use much on holiday but can be useful

Nice pool good size

It is a bit of a walk to the village nice though I would always get a taxi back in the evening though

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Tom_The_Tailor
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

I have just returned from a weeks break in Alvor, Portugal, and stayed at the Mar Alvor. Upon arrival, I was extremely dissapointed and shocked at how run down The Algarve looked, with graffiti and run down properties at every turn. When we finally arrived at the Mar Alvor it looked tired and run-down and in need of an update. We found the beach, although our route was an up and downhill trek for 20 mins. The beach is amazing, and once located changes your whole perspective of Alvor!!

Further into the week, we located a short-cut to the beach, turn left out of apartments, and then right at the roundabout at the base of the hill and follow the road to the beach, approx 5-10 mins walk max!! My son adored the pool, but did cut his foot on one of the many loose tiles at the bottom.. and after a day of scorching sun on the beachfront, it was lovely just to dive into and have some pool fun.

I ran out of gas on one day, leaving us without the ability to cook and there was nobody on site to assist. The following day, when he was back at work, the gas bottle was exchanged promptly. In seven days, the appartment was cleaned once, but towels were changed every other day. Lumpy pillows, but after all the walking we could've slept on concrete and not noticed!

I would recommend these appartments as a very low budget, cheap get-away, but hire a car as Alvor itself is very small with very limited shops and night-life.

Room Tip: Room 104 over looks the pool with a large balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank SamWhelan
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