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“A Tired Praia in need of a make over” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Praia Mar Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Carcavelos
Zurich, Switzerland
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209 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“A Tired Praia in need of a make over”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Location, location, location. That's what this hotel has. It's not front line but it's very close to that amazing beach.
Hotel says it has Wi-Fi. I could not access it on floor 7. I had to descend to floor 1 to get anything.
Even in the lobby I had to be close to the reception to get a contact. Speed was very slow.
Rooms are tired and in need of renovation. Carpet is in need of replacement. Room lighting is poor.
Reception staff are excellent.
Bedroom was kept tidy and clean.
Room telephone did not work and was reported but never fixed.
Air con unit sounds like a tractor.

Room Tip: Look for a room facing the sea.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

Our stay was adequate. It served its purpose for a place to sleep. The beds were hard and the pillows were worse. I agree with the latest reviewer in regard to the TV, pool and restaurant. For a little more money I would stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brampton, Canada
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed for a week at this hotel for a soccer tournament. The hotel room had two twin beds and a cot, so it made for little floor space. The TV had limited stations and were small, dated with old remote. The pool had a diving board which the kids loved, but the water was cold. The restaurant had a buffet for us but not alot of variety. Overall it was okay but nothing special.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tskid
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5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Our daughter liked the pool. Me an my wife enjoyed the surroundings. The hotel it self is badly in need of a total makeover. It is dirty, the staff don't understand why we want vegetables for breakfast, they offer beacon and sausages, with almost nothing else. Our room is dirty. The bed (very hard) makes funny plastic noices when turning around.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Swansea
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28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012 via mobile

Our stay here was brief (one night) but was very pleasant.

The taxi journey from Lisbon Airport only took 30 minutes (though this was after 8pm) and cost just €30 between two of us.

The Praia Mar is in a quiet part of Carcavelos, a very short walk to the beautiful beach and coastline, as well as to the Riviera Shopping Mall and a selection of cafe's, shops and restaurants in the square directly outside it.

The room was comfortable and cosy with a clean and sizeable bathroom. There was a swimming pool but we decided not to use it.

The restaurant was one of the best features of this hotel as it Watson the very top floor with an awesome view of the Atlantic Ocean. Hot and cold food was available and one of the nicest breakfasts I've had on my travels.

If you stay here it's only really good as a base. It's about a 10 minute walk to the train station where there are regular and cheap trains to Cascais to the west and Lisbon to the east.

Make sure you visit both as well as Belem, two stops before Lisbon, and the wonderful historic town of Sintra. We took a taxi from Cascais and between three it cost about €15 for a 25 minute journey - well worth it as there's so much to see if you like historical architecture and olds worldy surroundings.

My fiancée was working out there for seven weeks so any questions you have could be answered by her.

Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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75 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

It's an old refurbished hotel, just 100 m far from the ocean, there's a mall just in front.
Nice furniture and old wardrobe, the bathroom is ok and has hairdryer.
Free wifi, good breakfast at the top floor restaurant.
Good ratio price quality.
Small free parking at the back but take care when entering from the parking, it seems that you are in another hotel, no maintained at all,

Room Tip: The ocean view rooms on the upper floors have a gorgeous panorama
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wash, D.C.
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97 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

We were put here as part of a conference and the hotel has decided to give up on being a hotel. Not unfriendly, but not friendly. Not clean. The one restaurant we went to we simply left the food on the table, choosing to pay and leave rather than take a chance on its freshness. Unless you surf, why stay in Carcavelhos? The beach is far from attractive. Belem on the other hand is a nice area.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Praia Mar Hotel

Property: Praia Mar Hotel
Address: Rua de Gurue 16, Carcavelos 2775-581, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Carcavelos
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Carcavelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Praia Mar Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nine-story Hotel located 100 meters from beach, 5 km from Estoril & 15 km from Lisbon or airport. ... more   less 
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