The hotel was constructed in the 70’s I’m told by one of the staff and has been modernised last about 2-3 years ago(think it could do with a bit more modernising and kitchen utensils still). It has approximately 60 apartments over 5 floors. The tables in the living rooms are rectangular and hence they may not be suitable for toddlers. Make sure to get a room on the first floor as the balconies are at least 4 times bigger. They charge for the safe in the room. The staff are friendly and will help with issues. We had to move due to noisy neighbours. They helped us without any issue. The bar was a bit of a let-down. It’s outside and really is only a hatch on the side of the hotel. They do cocktails as my wife will verify. It closes at 10:30pm but by 9:30 the bar is really quiet as most people have kids. The also serve snacks and evening meals here. Eating or having a drink here under the parasols is quite relaxing. Cleaning staff come every 2-3 days and give general clean.My wife used the spa and found it to be excellent.
They charge for the sun loungers by the Atlantic pool(free by the hotel). Nice location though.
I have to stress you are not in the town of Alvor. It is 25-30 minutes’ walk into it and almost most ways in to the town mean uphill. Not great if it’s hot outside. Cabs have a central pick-up point in the town near the centre so it’s easy to get one. They will charge you about €5 from the town to the hotel and about €8-9 to Portimao. The shop on the Prainha village is expensive. In Alvor on the other side of the town is a decent supermarket called Pingo Doca (look for the signs in the town) and the prices reflect or even a little cheaper than the prices in Ireland for most basics foods.
Restaurants on site: Miss Pasta, Canico, Buzio. Miss Pasta I did a separate review for. Canico(the on by the lift to the beach) avoid unless you like being looked at with a toddler! Buzio was closed down when we were there.
Alvor is a nice small fishing town that has a little tourist feel to it. It has narrow streets with restaurants that leads down towards the boardwalk beach area. Definitely bring some walking shoes.
Portimao has a beautiful waterfront area with a few cafes and shops. Head up the narrow streets to the Aqua shopping centre. You can’t miss it as it has a high tower like structure on it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4-star tourist apartments comprising 61 apartments in one 5-floor building with 2 lifts. All apartments face south and have either a balcony or a terrace. Prainha Club is located by the sea, about 4,5 Km from Portimao and 2,5 Km from Alvor. Distance to the beach is about 300 metres. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prainha Clube Hotel Alvor
- Prainha Hotel Alvor
- Prainha Alvor
- Prainha Resort Alvor