10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good base to explore the Algarve
"We've been on the Algarve a few times, but not for a while. The Alvor Village is on the edge of the town, but is only ten minutes into the old town with all its bars and restaurants (but it's slightly uphill all the way back). There is a courtest bus running twice a day to the beach (free, but give a tip). Alvor itself is great, and the people are friendly. We were there for a relaxing week, so ate, walked around, enjoyed the beach, and took a couple of boat trips - one up-river to Silves (recommended). Most guests rented cars - easy to get out and about from here. The hotel itself is spacious and modern, with big rooms. We had breakfast and the occasional snack lunch there, and drinks in the bar on a couple of nights, but no evening meals (too much choice in town). One oddity is that there is no information lying around. After unpacking, we asked how to get into town, and the guy on the desk pulled out a mao for us, marking in all the info. On the third day we asked about the bus to the beach (having read about it online) and were given a timetable. Heaven knows what other services were available if we had thought to ask! Internet access was ludicrously expensive - the kid on the desk said he wouldn't touch it! There's a big pool too."
- Travel date: 22nd February 2010
hotel was very modern and well kept but a bit out the way
"hotel was what we expected very clean and modern. the staff were helpful,the rooms were cleaned on a daily basis but in a quiet location about a fifteen minute walk from the village. we were on bed and breakfast basis, breakfast was very good with plenty to choose from.also.. its a two hr drive from airport. the only downside to our holiday was tour operater globespan went bust and we had to pay our hotel again before we cud leave as the tour operater had not paid."
- Travel date: 22nd December 2009
Modern hotel, convenient location, great price
"We stayed for a week in October having booked directly on the hotel website and as we booked a week prior to travelling we got an excellent "last minute" deal of 60 euro for the room incl breakfast for 2. Hotel is modern in decor, which is a nice change from some of the other Alvor hotels we've stayed in which were very dated in decor. Room was a good size with a large balcony, separate bathroom and then sitting/dining/kitchen area with bedroom to the side. Everything very clean and new. Facilities were enough to cook in if you wanted with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, however we just used the kitchen/dining area for lunch. It was handy to be able to bring in water, drinks, basics for lunch and as these are sold as apartments/suites the hotel staff could care less what you bring in from outside. Breakfasts were of very good quality - lots of fresh fruit, multiple types of bread/cakes/rolls, cereals, juices, cold meats/cheeses and the usual hot buffet. We didn't use the hotel at all for dinner/lunch. Pool area was nice, very clean, lots of loungers, towels provided at reception. Didn't get the previous comments about no bathrooms near the pool - there are bathrooms and shower close by the pool (don't have to go back into the hotel) and also bathrooms close by reception, perhaps these were only opened more recently. No bar by the pool but quite close to go back up to the hotel if you wanted anything from the bar there which is open all day. We ate out in Alvor every night, about a ten minute stroll - best were The Captains Table and Adega for both service and presentation - some of the others are a bit "samey" and, service can be patchy if busy. We have been to Arco Da Velha on previous visits and liked it however when we tried to go this time it was full and we were quite rudely turned away so we stayed away for the rest of the trip. Bar wise we really liked the small Sancho Panza at the end of town, excellent cocktails and good vibe. Otherwise there are lots of other bars on the main street and also several Irish pubs with live music if you fancy that. Hotel is not on/close to the beach but that didn't bother us as we were happy to lounge by the pool. Overall hotel was brilliant value for the standard of room, breakfast, decor and pool. Extremely convenient for Alvor. Wouldn't be great for kids as nothing for them to do that I could see...anyone with kids seemed to go off to the beach every day."
- Travel date: 25th October 2009
Lived up to expectations
"just returned from a week at alvor village suites and can honestley say we were very pleased with what we found. we were given room on ground floor overlooking the pool which we thought was a much better option than the road facing other side of the hotel. we had b&b but if we visit again would probably not bother and cater for ourselves as the suites are very well equiped, and at the weekend we found the restaurant very busy as they seemed to cater for some local weekenders.We are a very fussy couple and felt fortunate that we were staying here and not at some of the other scruffy looking properties up the road . This hotel is perfect for mature couples who just want a quiet break -- but if you,ve got kids or dont like to hire a car -- This is not for you"
- Travel date: 4th August 2009
Wonderful hotel and village
"I stayed at the alvor village suites hotel last september with my fiance and loved it. The hotel itself was clean, tidy and modern. I would say if you were a couple without a family this is the hotel for you - the village centre is around a 10 - 15 min walk away from the hotel dependant on your age and health (we are both 25yrs). The main village area and beach takes some finding - it is tucked away! but once you find it it is fantastic - the food the out of this world and not one night did we have a bad meal. We were only on B+B at the hotel and this was amazing too! Eating breakfast outside with running water feature next to you is lovely! The staff were polite and welcoming - the bar area was lovely also. Just an amazing hotel really! if your looking for crazy nightlife or a buzzing area for kids this place is not for you! There is nightlife and fantastic bars but id say there were more for couples. Overall for the two weeks we were there we loved it - my only complaint...the pool was cold! :) Also - turn right or left on the beach - toddle off for a walk and see what you find! ..."
- Travel date: 23rd June 2009
Too much missing
"Having just got back from a 2 week holiday I decided to write a review of the Four Star alvor village suites and to be honest it is mixed. First of lets look at the positives. The Hotel is sold as a 4* Hotel and for the following reasonâs I would have to agree that it meets that standard. The hotel is brand New (open about 4 months) and the room/apartments are large and decorated in a modern style, comprising of a kitchen with table & 4 chairs, cooker, fridge, dishwasher and hob. There is a lounge area with a fold out bed with the sleeping area opposite; there is a room safe in the sleeping area also. The bathroom is nice with a spa bath (although this would be a tight fit if you are on the large side). The balcony is huge with a table and chair set over looking the pool (in our case) which has to be a better option than the front of the hotel which overlooks the road. The grounds & pool are nice and large if somewhat oblong shaped with plenty of loungers. There is no pool bar if you want a drink, use the loo etc, then you have to go back inside. Now hereâs the strange thing, there is no loo in the lobby (well I could not find one). There is one near the restaurant but it is behind a closed door when the restaurant is closed so hence it is closed also? The staff are friendly and happy to help where they can, although there are not many about. If you are looking for âRightâ on the beach then this is not for you as the beach is a good 20 â 30 minutes walk, the hotel does provide a shuttle bus into town 3 times a day but that only gets you into town. The beach is still a 10 min walk from there. We would not recommend this hotel if you have children as NO entertainment is provide for them, all that is provided is either a man with a keyboard or a man with a drum (small one at that) alternate evenings Fri thru Sun. Now hereâs the âButâ and the reason we gave it 3 stars in our review. We have stayed in many 4 & 5* hotels over the years and I suppose we have come to expect certain things (perhaps we are picky) that were not available at the Alvor Apartments, likeâ¦.. Most things to be honest. On arrival it would have been nice to have Tea & Coffee available in our room, not just the facilities to make them? Paying 30 euro for the use of the room safe is a bit steep and it is not refunded? So what else does it not have.. There is no room service available, nor a concierge service, information in the rooms (what to do, whatâs available etc) is non existent. There is no laundry service and no washing machine in the apartment. If you speak only English there is only 1 channel available on the TV (Euro News) and no DVD/CD player. There are so many âlittleâ things imho that go to make the difference between 3* and 4* and unfortunately Alvor Apartments fails to provide any of the âlittleâ things, which is a shame. I would also point out that the maid gave the room only a quick clean and the bed linen was not changed for 7 days and she only vacuumed alternate days. In fact one day our room was not cleaned at all. Now for the food provided. We stayed B&B and the buffet is served from about 7ish to 10 am and is ok with a good selection. Lunch is also served but we did not partake. Dinner is serve from about 7pmish to 10pm (kind of keeps continuity I suppose) and at 12.50 euro pp and is good value but the selection is rotated quickly so it becomes boring after about 3 days and there is no ala carte option available. Drinks are reasonably priced and not extortionate. There are 3 restaurants close by (as well as a couple of shops) we would recommend only 1 that being the Suriname restaurant 200 yards up the road, avoid the proclaimed âFrenchâ one if they (the French) ever find it they will no doubt invade Portugal to remove it. Overall I donât want to sound negative as we did enjoy our stay at the Hotel, but there is just too much missing service wise to make this Hotel a 4* in our opinion."
- Travel date: 29th October 2008
Great Hotel at a bargain price!
"After loosing a trip of a lifetime in Grenada due to the crash of XL and still trying to get our fully covered ATOL bonded refund back -but hey thats another story! - we were a little short of funds so booked a last minute allocation on arrival holiday in the Algarve. When we were told we were staying at the Alvor Village we were really none the wiser as it wasn't in thebrochure at all. The rep told us it had only been opened about 6/8 weeks and most guests were also on AOI. We arrived in the dark and rain and dropped a few people of at various accomodations en route none of which looked that great, so when we pulled into the Alvor Village we were delighted. Its modern and stylish. Check in was swift and pleasant. We were allocated room 113. We opened the doors and were totally knocked out by just how lucky we were to have been placed here. As already been been said the rooms are all suites. The pictures on here show it really well. The facilities in the room were super. The whirlpool bath was a delight, especially as it got quite chilly in the evening - a nice hot bubbly bath was luxurious. As you would expect from a hotel this new all the equipment was of a good standard. The dining room was small but elegant - yes even with plastic chairs this was possible. The food was very good but not a great deal of choice. The waiters were efficient but in all honesty the head waiter will have a struggle when they are full as he flaps about a lot. The bar and seating area were really nice. They had a modern 'chic' kind of feel to them. The grounds are ovbiously in their early stages of development but I am certain they will be beautiful once nature has had a chance. The decking and swimming pool had been really nicely done, once again to a high standard. Decent sunbeds and umberellas. As mentioned in another review I also saw the goatherd one afternoon and it was delightful to watch. Alvor town in about a 10 minute walk away and it was a great place, warm freindly and safe. Something for everyone really. Arts& Crafts, lots of traditional resturants and chinese, indian , few 'tacky' shops and lots of differnt types of bars and pubs. Dicely Rileys was a great place if you like a pint of magners and a sing along. Boozers Bar was a laugh watching the Karaoke (no I am not brave enough to do it myself). But the place that gets my biggest mention is a restuarant called Seattle Style - it is right at the bottom of the towm right next to the life boat station. The food was fantastic I cannot say enough good things about it. Great owners, Fab music - they have a live act every night, and mouthwatering food. All this and reasonable prices what more could you ask. The seafood chowder simply not to be missed. - if you go there an old english man will come and talk to you, he left the uk by boat 2 and a half years ago and has never returned, he is so friendly. In fact everyone in Alvor is friendly, its heartwarming. Alvor Beach is lovely, huge and very clean, if you are taking kids, take some cheap kites they will have so much fun. We hired a car and for four days tried to 'do' the Algarve, well I think we got an overview, and all in all we felt Alvor was the best place of all and were even happier with out allocation. We did a boat trip on the solar powered boat called Flor el Alvor - something like that. 25 euros each for about a 3 hour trip including champagne and sangria. It was lovely as the engine is practially silent. The crew were great and their motto - "our aim is your recomendation" is exactly how they behave, a great trip and thoroughly recommended. So heres the negatives guess you kind of knew there had to be some............... The maid service in the rooms was very poor, I am a naturally tidy person anyway but if you get crumbs on a carpet whilst on holiday you cant hoover it up can you - this was never cleaned the whole time we were there. The beds were poorly made and there was no attention to detail - we found a lump of solid toothpaste (not ours I hasten to add) behind the taps - yuk. The hotel 'snag list' obviously hasn't been totally completed with windows neading cleaning, grouting touched up etc etc all minor issues. The swimming pool, lovely as it was, was freezing and I am usually the first one in but it was too cold and therefore empty almost the entire week. Not sure why they don't but have been told now that Hotels in Portugal dont heat their pools at all. And thats it ,so you see nothing really. All in all I found Portugal delightful and I would return tomorrow."
- Travel date: 27th October 2008
Good hotel in Alvor
"We visited and stayed at this hotel during October and had a good week overall. The hotel is brand new this year and has been really well designed in a contemporary style. all the rooms are suites with bedroom, bathroom, living area and kitchen. The hotel was full when we checked in and so we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom suite which was huge with a balcony to match. We have to say however that the beds although big ( two three foot twins pushed together) were rather hard to sleep on and were therefore not very comfortable, and there was no mirror or chair in the bedroom either where you could sit to do makeup or hair; but I suppose thats a minor issue. Our room overlooked the front of the hotel which had a view of the car park but further afield you could see the Monchique mountains. We were not too bothered about this though as we were only there for a week and its not as if you spend alot of time in your room. It didnt get much sun....just for a short while from 4pm till 6.30pm at this time of year. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. To be honest we found the breakfasts dissappointing; yes there is a good selection of things to eat - juices, cereals, fruit, continental meats and cheese, breads, and a hot selection......but fruit juices were basic from cartons, the cereal was poor quality, a lot of the fruit was tinned and the croissants and bread dry. And there was only one small domestic toaster for us all to use...not really adequate for a hotel of this size. As for the hot selection we found the bacon and sausages to be undercooked (not raw just cooked through with no colour or crispiness) and a lot of the time was only luke warm. But eggs came out hard and overcooked!! Quite often the hot food warmers ran out of items so you had to hang around waiting for the kitchen staff to top things up. We know its difficult to cater for a large group but for a 4 star hotel this really should be better. As a result of breakfast we didnt try the evening buffet meal. Plenty of hotel guests did but we cant comment. Next door is another hotel (Club Brisamar) belonging to the same company and this has a small supermarket and newsagents which is handy for stocking up on items if you want to self cater for lunch or evening dinner. The hotel is situated in a district of Alvor called Dourada/Quinta Nova so is a little way out of the main tourist area. Its a good 15 - 20 minute walk into Alvor itself ; even further to the beach, and for those less agile it may be an issue. The hotel does have a courtesy bus but it only runs 3 times a day at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.; so for an evening out its either walk or get a local taxi. We ate out at several good restaurants in Alvor. Casa do Rio is up on the cliff top and overlooks the harbour - it serves great fresh food in a wonderful setting. The Captains table, Villa 45 and Ze Morgadhino (fresh fish on harbour front) were all good too but our favourite was Os Marafados. This is situated up off the main harbour front but has a lovely terrace area to sit in. The team in here were so friendly and welcoming, and the food simply delicious, especially the chicken piri piri. We spent a very pleasant week in Alvor and would certainly recommend the area to anyone. The climate is lovely at this time of year - we had warm and mainly sunny weather, although the evenings were chilly. They do get rain, we had some at night but its not a big problem. We will go back to the area, and probably back to this hotel as it certainly was the best in the area."
- Travel date: 12th October 2008
Excellent new aparthotel
"Just returned from a week at the relatively new Alvor Village Suites. We usually stay at the Alvor Pestana Park hotel but it i left it too late and it was fully booked, so decided to try this new aparthotel. We were not dissappointed the suites are huge , very bright with everything you could need. The rooms have two sets of doors leading on to the balcony one from bedroom and one from lounge. The only downside was that most of hotel rooms (if you dont want to overlook carpark) face north and you dont get much afternoon sun, but then who really wants to stay in their roomsduring the day. The gardens will be lovely when established.with lovely views over the valley. Every evening we saw a goatherd bringing the goats to feed. There is a nice enclosed swimming pool with seperate childrens pool. I am not sure what children facilities are like as there were none staying at this time, I would be interested to find out as wanted to bring grandchildren next time. The staff were very friendly as nearly all Portuguese are,and hotel and rooms are kept spotless. We only had breakfast excellent quality and everything very fresh. The evening buffet did look nice and was very resonably priced but restaurants in Alvor are excellent anyway and it is a pleasant 10 minute stroll to the harbour. Along the back of the hotel is decking with comfortable settees and chairs at one end and the dining at the other. A very nice touch. It is quite a long walk to the beach(which is amazing) but there is a bus that stops just outside the hotel to go to Alvor Beach. I loved the Alvor village Suites hotel and would certainly return and reccommend"
- Travel date: 1st October 2008
New Hotel with great service and facilities
"My husband and I together with our 18 month old son stayed at this apart-hotel in July 2008. It seems to be a fairly new hotel. The suite was spacious and very well equipped. There was a full sized cooker, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine etc. There was no washing machine but you could use the laundry facilities at the Luna Brisamar hotel next door. The suites have air conditioning. The service was excellent and the staff could not do enough for us. We had requested a high chair for the baby. This was not in place when we arrived. When I asked I was told that the hotel had only recently started to accept bookings from people with children. However the receptionist phoned his boss who immediately went out and bought a high chair for us. I noticed that they also had high chairs in the restaurant the next morning. I was delighted by this. There is a swimming pool and a toddler pool in the grounds of the hotel. It was fine and there were plenty of sunbeds. I would say it would be a bit quiet if you had older children. We had dinner in the hotel on the night we arrived. EUR 12.50 for the buffet, This was excellent value as the food provided was top class. We would have eaten there more often but it was a little quiet at night and Alvor itself has so much to offer in terms of restaurants. Breakfast was lovely also. An excellent buffet of cereal, fresh fruit, meats, pastries, cooked items, etc. The hotel is about a 30 minute stroll to the beach. The beach is lovely by the way. There is a courtesy bus provided if you don't feel like walking. It is about 15 minutes from the village of Alvor and is an easy walk. I would highly recommend this hotel. It is excellent if a little quiet. Alvor itelf is lovely. It maintains its traditional character The seafood restaurants are amazing, especially the ones down towards the waterfront."
- Travel date: 5th August 2008
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