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Prainha Clube
Ranked #9 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“disappointing”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Just returned from a 1 week half board stay at this hotel. The hotel looks nice with lovely views over the cliffs, perhaps a little too much white in the decor and furniture. The service however leaves a lot to be desired, the restaurant service is very poor, the half board gave us an option of only 2 meals each day with a request to order the day before!!!!! The meals were at best average with an uninspiring selection.
The location unfortunately meant trips to Alvor required a taxi, perhaps we should have researched the hotel better as we expected it to be much closer to Alvor and also expected Alvor described as a fishing village to be just that not a town full of restaurants, bars and gift shops surrounded high rise buildings, it was most definitely a disappointment.
The reception staff were unhelpful when asking how to get out to the local area and obviously expected guests to stay within the resort.
As I suspect is the case with many resorts of this kind it was necessary to go out early and claim sun beds despite signs suggesting this was not allowed.
I guess it depends what you are looking for but for me this resort was a huge disappointment, it has however taught me to be much more thorough researching a resort before booking!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

We have just returned from two weeks holidays at Prainha Village, our second time there. The apartment was a one bed apt but was very spacious, with an excellent cleaning service provided. The best thing about this complex is its location about 3 kms outside Alvor. The Atlantic pool is stunning at the top of the cliffs with a lift through Canico Restaurant down to the most beautiful beach which we walked every evening to get to Alvor (about 30 minute walk). It is a very quite complex, mostly families and very little noise at night. There is a little supermarket on the complex which do fresh bread/croissants every morning which sold out quickly. There is also a little Italian restaurant which also did takeaway pizzas etc. There are three swimming pools on the complex but the Atlantic Pool is by far the best, but charge €7 for two sunloungers which is a bit expensive. There are tennis courts, children's playground, small football area and volleyball. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stopped in without a reservation and were immediately accommodated. The rooms were large and spacious, and the view was beautiful! Several great pools, and situated on a gorgeous stretch of beach. One of our favorite places in the Algarve we stayed. We had one little problem with the woman who ran the breakfast buffet - my husband brought only 3 Euros down to grab coffee for us but the coffee was 1.70 each, which was ridiculous. When this lady gave him the price, he told her he'd be right back with the rest - and left me there as 'hostage'. When he came back down, she got right in his face and shouted 'YOU PAY!!' Honestly, lady, no one wanted to steal your overpriced coffee! Besides her, the rest of the staff was very sweet.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Nice hotel, good location half way between Alvor and Praia de Rocha. Fairly quiet although there were 2 stag groups in who were noisy. Atlantic pool is spectacular and the staff in the pool bar were lovely.

The downside to this hotel is the lack of a proper bar. There is a pool bar in the day and a restaurant at night but not really anywhere to just sit and have a drink in the evening. As it is a 2k walk to either resort it would have been nice to have been able to just stay at the hotel now and then but that wasn't really an option.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

Firstly I would say the apartment we stayed in (501) was very spacious , great air con but too much white deco, it was hard on the eyes. The cleaning staff did a great job every day they came in & thoroughly cleaned the apt. The cliff bar & beach the lift brought us down to was fab.
The location not great halfway between alvor and Praia de rocha so we either had to take a bus or taxi to these places as there was no entertainment in the apt complex. Also €7 for the beds at the Atlantic pool a disgrace Supermarkets on site expensive not a great selection there better off buying food at alvor. Found the reception staff not too friendly. Wud not return

  • Stayed June 2013
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Erskine
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Reviewed 25 June 2013 via mobile

Was a bit apprehensive about staying here, having stayed in the Dom Joao previously which I loved. Turned out I liked this but in different ways.. Lovely well maintained gardens, rooms adequate, clean and small kitchen fully equipped. No fighting for sun loungers although more if the type that adjust would be good. Please watch out for sprunklers that come on throughout day without warning. Pool area lovely, separate area for kids, also Atlantic pool lovely with snack bar. Air conditioning fantastic. Bit of a walk to alvor, but taxi relatively cheap. Would def revisit..

  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: Prainha Clube
Address: Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8500-072, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Alvor
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#8 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Prainha Clube 4*
Number of rooms: 61
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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