11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Booked through Sunshine.co.uk and couldn...
"Booked through Sunshine.co.uk and couldn't fault them, they e-mailed me before we went to make sure everything was okay and to say have a good time, which I thought was good.
The hotel was in an ideal location, right on the edge of a cobbled square which had a few nice restaurants and we were about 20 metres away from the beach.
Weather was amazing, food was great, and if you're looking for a holiday with lots to do at night i.e. bar, restaurants etc without having the club 18-30s vibe of Albufeira, it's a great place to visit. Weâre both 30-somethings and the age range was just right for us.
Only down side was the hotel which was pretty basic (although very clean) and definitely not the four stars that it was advertised as.
Also disappointed in the attitude of the staff. Every time Iâve been to Portugal in the past Iâve been amazed by the friendliness of the locals, but the people who worked in the hotel were surly and not very helpful at all, in fact we felt we were being a burden if we had the cheek to order a cheese toastie!!
The pool is also a nightmare if you like to try to get a tan because it is enclosed by tall buildings and you have to chase the sun round the pool throughout the day - also a very nasty smell from the drains which wafted around at regular intervals.
Itâs all about location, location, location though and definitely recommend Carvoiero - eating drinking, generally having a good time and lots of nice walks as well."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of November 2007
"Most uncofortable bed that I have ever slept in. The rooms and the rest of the hotel are clean. The breakfasts leaves a lot to be desired. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The pool area was a good sun trap. There was entertainment on two evenings during my week's stay. The hotel is well situated for good quality local restraunts and the local bus service."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of June 2007
Great place - room 214 is the best!
"Holiday period (end of May)
We booked this holiday with Palmair and despite a 10hr delay the desk clerk was still on the ball when we arrived at 23:30. We were checked in very quickly and off to our room for a much needed kip.
Be warned - the hotel has tiled floors and noises echo around the corridor, there is also street noise into the early hours. We purchased some ear plugs from the chemist and had fab sleeps after that. We had a double which was very comfortable other rooms had twins.
Room 214 has a large balcony that gets sun early morning and again late in the afternoon. A great place for that last minute topup before going down to the bar for "happy hour" at 6 where cocktails are half price (or less).
Breakfast has a wide choice with 3 types of egg, bacon, sausages etc etc. Plus a Continental version. We normally had a bit of both and then had a light lunch.
All guests there with us commented on the cleanliness of rooms and the hotel in general.
We would certainly go back to this hotel and resort again!
Carvoeiro is a small town - nothing like the Beruit type high rise complexes elsewhere.
We ate out every night rarely spending more than 35â¬ for a main course and a bottle of wine for 2 people.
The range and quality of meals was superb.
The beach is on the small side - but is clean and well managed.
The town retains that small village feel with all the traffic circulating an odd junction near the front of the hotel. There is a webcam that overlooks this area - a google search will find it"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of June 2007
A laid back holiday
"We had already booked the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol - before someone told us about Trip Advisor - thankfully the hotel was ranked in the top 10... it certainly put our minds at rest. Even though it overlooks the beach and busy main square, we found the hotel to be fairly peaceful, apart from the late night disco opposite... (when we were there it only opened Friday & Saturday night). The view from our balcony at the front of the hotel was stunning (see photo). The breakfast is basic, but the hotel is clean and we found the staff to be friendly and helpful â particularly Antonio in the bar â who made the most wonderful selection of cocktails, especially his competition winning âpinkieâ
Carvoeiro itself is a beautiful town, the people were incredibly friendly and English is widely spokenâ¦ and we had lots of help practicing our fumbled attempts at Portuguese!! There are some gorgeous beaches and coves to explore such as Algar Seco, at the top of the hill just behind the hotel (see photo).
There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants on the cobbled streets (a variety of places to eat on an evening â you wouldnât have to eat in the same place twice during a fortnight â unless you wanted to!) A LâAnterna (on Estrada Do Farol up the hill to the side of the hotel) is fabulous and an ideal place to try local specialities. We went a couple of timesâ¦ the Algarve speciality of chicken piri-piri was superb and the chicken in peanut sauce, equally delicious. We also became rather fond of the local red & white Borba wine.
Piuâs Bar & Restaurant (almost on the beach) is ideal for watching the fishermen bring the catch in, and trying the fresh local sardines with a cool drink whilst watching the world go by. Try Rascals Bar (on Rua Do Paraiso - the hill opposite the Hotel) for great Cocktails overlooking the cove, or just further up the hill try O Indiano, on Rua Do Casino for what has to be one of the best views whilst enjoying a curry! (see picture).
The local bus service is cheap and efficient and stops at the side of the hotel to take you into Lagoa main bus station (10 mins away) â from where you can explore Lagos, Alvor, Monchique, Porches, Faro, Albuferia, Portimao, and Silves etc, with ease and without a car. We had a great two-week break and would recommend Carvoeiro for a quieter, more laid back holiday and as a good base to explore this side of the Algarve."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of April 2007
"This hotel isdatedand not really four star in our view the first bedroom we were given had no balcony and only one small window a single rather than a double we moved rooms after six days this was on the front of the building with a balcony maybe this room warrented four stars some noise from disco late into the night nice view onto the beach and square swimming pool area small and not that many sun beds bar area in hotel also very small but plenty of seats in lobby the bar staff very good and attentive the ,rooms are kept clean food at breakfast passable we did not eat in the hotel in the evenings lots of good food places in the resort try maximes you have to reserve a table in advance the area is good for walking if you are fit nice cliff top walks"
- Travel date: Fri 27th of October 2006
Great hotel, great location
"We stayed at the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol for one week in June, and found no cause for complaint whatsoever. Rooms are clean and airy, staff are extremely friendly, and the location of the hotel is perfect for exploring the beaches, coves and restaurants nearby. We were particularly lucky as we had a room with doors opening onto the pool area, which was very handy, as it did tend to get quite busy by late morning. However, once settled on your lounger it is a very pleasant spot to just chill out and enjoy the sunshine. We didn't dine at the hotel restaurant apart from having breakfast every morning, but certainly with regard to breakfasts we were pleasantly surprised, as they did offer something for everyone everyday: bacon, beans, sausage etc, cereals, cold meats and various drinks.
The only thing that the rooms do lack is a fridge/minibar, so we couldn't buy anything that had to be kept cold, but for things like drinks and bread/crisps, the room is kept so lovely and cool by the airconditioning that in the end we didn't really suffer from the lack of fridge at all!
All in all I would definitely recommend this hotel. It is in a prime location, close to one of the lovely beaches, albeit a fairly small one, and within a few minutes of a plethora of restaurants and bars. There was a mix of ages there: mostly English people, some with very young children, a few couples like ourselves, and quite a few more middle-aged couples, but this may change when the school holidays begin! But we had a really lovely week at this hotel and in Carvoeiro itself, and there were no problems with regard to our acommodation whatsoever."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of July 2006
Sun, Sea & Sand
"This is a pleasant hotel, located in the heart of the village, and only yards from the golden sandy beach. The staff are all extremely helpful, and speak good English. We were a bit disapointed in the room, in that it is a bit on the small side, but was very comfortable. The balcony, too small. Other features, which need improving was the lack of a fridge, not important in the winter, but essential in Summer, & the TV was small = 14", & had very poor reception. There were 2 Portugese, 2 German & 2 English speaking channels, but both the English ones were News orientated. A decent size telly, with satellite TV, & a fridge, would make this one of the best hotels we have stayed in. Plenty to eat at breakfast, & tasted good. Never tried Lunch, but Dinner, was always excellent, & good value for money. No entertainment for Children, & if you are looking for nightlife, look elsewhere, but for a quiet holiday, it is great."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
Perfect January weekend break.
"Did a cheap flight weekend break to Carvoeiro Sol Hotel in January for my husband's birthday. Very comfortable, clean hotel with courteous staff. Was a real pleasure to see Carvoeiro out of season as we've been used to the heat and crowds in July/August in previous holidays there. Enough restaurants open for dining out - so didn't actually dine in the hotel as very quiet, but obviously had the breakfasts which were fine. Had 3 beautiful sunny days - actually needed suntan lotion if you sat lunching in the sun for too long - a real joy in January! Even managed a dip in the outside heated pool. Would recommend it."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of January 2006
Fine - if you don't expect four star luxury
"This is a decent little hotel, centrally located by the village/town square and the beach. Carvieiro has changed from the sleepy fishing village it once was and is now surrounded on all sides by villa and apartment complexes, making it quite busy during the day. The demographic when we were there, in the first two weeks of September, was mainly Brits, a few Germans and a surprising number of Portuguese families. As the UK schools had gone back, most UK children there were under-fives, so there wasn't too much noise. The hotel was clean and the food and service were adequate. The hotel's small pool area was OK although only part of it is in direct sun before midday. You can either scramble for a sunbed in the the sunny part early on, or just be cool and get there in the afternoon and enjoy the sun for the rest of the day. If you want entertainment other than the cabaret style bands in the main square occasionally or cheesy sing-along stuff in the hotel lounge twice a week, you'll be disappointed. The Carveiro Sol felt like no better than a three star hotel, the beds were like concrete and there's no fridge in the room which is a minor irritation. We had an inside room overlooking the courtyard dining area, with no balcony unfortunately, but it was quiet. Hire a car, you'll probably get bored with the resort after a few days unless you are a dedicated sun-worshipper."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of September 2005
"We stayed at this hotel on our first trip to the Algarve. We arrived late on a Sunday night and were surprised to find a concert right outside. Concerts were held in the square every night we were there but we soon got used to the noise. Hotel was excellent , staff very friendly and helpful. Noticed that children were not a problem to the staff.
To be honest a little noisy at night for about 45 minutes after the entertainment finished around 11.30 but we soon got used to it but if a light sleeper you may need to think about it.
Stangely enough the best food we got when in Carvoeiro was in the hotel restaurant at night and it was reasonably priced. Cant say the same for their bottles of water. We also found it surprising that while there was air conditioning in the room there was no fridge or mini bar. ( nowhere to stop the chocolate from melting in the heat. )
Whilst right in the heart of the action we could still find quiet places in the hotel.
We intend go back without a doubt. Can really recommend the hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of August 2005
"we had a great holiday last summer (august 2004 empty-nesters late 40s-but not past it). All staff from front desk to chambermaids really friendly and genuinely helpful. This is a small hotel with a really nice atmosphere. Lovely courtyard for breakfast food fine and plentiful. Do not come here expecting lary bustle and is not really the kind of place that will impress the average adolescent (shame!!) Pool small but fine for cooling off and always very clean it was bliss to have the peace to sit and read. There is some entertainment in the lounge a few times a week all quite tasteful.Rooms good sized and air conditioning can be a little too effective - we woke up freezing first night. We were automatically upgraded to a seaview on arrival at no extra cost and it was a real plus being able to watch the world go by at the sea front. can get loudish when the club on the beach empties out circa 6am but did not spoil the holiday. wonderful restaurants in the resort we ate heartily in a different venue each night. We are going for a mini break in may when i suspect the whole resort will be quieter."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of March 2005