About Tivoli Lagos Hotel

  • high speed internet in room
  • swimming pool
  • shuttle bus service
  • free internet
  • restaurant
  • fitness center
  • bar lounge
  • spa
  • wifi
  • business services
  • suites
  • public wifi
  • air conditioning
  • room service
  • dry cleaning
  • smoking rooms available
  • meeting room
  • non smoking rooms
  • laundry service
  • concierge desk
  • banquet room
  • multilingual staff
  • breakfast buffet
  • airport transportation
  • outdoor pool
  • paid wifi
  • conference facilities
  • parking
  • housekeeping
  • minibar
  • private balcony
  • reduced mobility rooms
  • heated pool
  • indoor pool
  • poolside bar
  • safe

Reviews summary

( 3724 reviews)

15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Cockroach Motel!

Reviewed Tue 13th of October 2009

"Having previously stayed here at various times over the last 10 years,we confidently made a pre-paid booking in Aug 2009 for x2 rooms for myself,my wife & daughter - Big mistake, because we subsequently found out that the hotel is currently for sale & that they have a cockroach infestation problem that the hotel management are fully aware of. When we complained,they changed our rooms however the new rooms were as bad (i:e cockroaches in both the bedroom & bathroom ) On our return to the UK & following an on-line complaint (which at first was ignored)to add insult to injury all the Hotel Group will offer is one free night's stay - but as we are not used to sharing our rooms with cockroaches we naturally declined !! "

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  • Travel date: Sat 10th of October 2009

We loved this hotel from the moment we a...

Reviewed Sat 30th of August 2008

"We loved this hotel from the moment we arrived- other couples on the coach even commented to each other about how lovely it looked as when you arrive at the entrance you immediately see an impressive reception/lobby area with a beautiful staircase leading to the rest of the hotel. We were met by one of the staff who took our cases to our room and didn't even look like he expected a tip!! The hotel was very impressive- huge with long terracotta coridors leading to spacious rooms, a lovely restaurant where we ate breakfast every day and an elegant bar area. The hotel pool was lovely, clean and plenty of sunbeds for everyone even though we went at high season. The room was very clean with maid service every day and air conditioning. The only draw-back was that our balcony had huge stone walls although other rooms did have good views and as the hotel and resort are so good we didn't use the balcony much- it is also quite cool at night (which is refreshing after the heat in the day!) The breakfast is an all you can eat buffet which is the most impressive breakfast we've ever seen- choice of cereals, fruits, croissants, muffins, salads, cold meats and full english!!! The staff were friendly at the hotel and at the beach club which we visited regularly using the hotel's courtesy bus. It's well worth going to this section of the beach as it is much quieter than other sections of this very long beach on the resort. The resort itself was lovely- we would definitely recommend the restauants alongside the marina- we ate at one of the resturants there twice it was so lovely with superb food and wine. We didn't realise how much cheaper food and wine is in the Algarve than the rest of Europe- this was a pleasant surprise!! An excellent holiday- would recommend it to anyone!!"

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  • Travel date: Sat 30th of August 2008

We have usually stayed in apartments so...

Reviewed Sat 16th of August 2008

"We have usually stayed in apartments so this was our first holiday in a hotel abroad. We visited Lagos last summer and had liked the town. We chose the Tivoli because we wanted to be comfortable and we were.
We took advise from other reviews and booked a twin rather than a double room to gain space - we were very pleased with the room - bathroom - balcony. Our Room overlooked the turtle pool and garden but was close to the main hotel block. This meant it was very quiet.
The air conditioning was very good but we didn't need it on all of the time. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast - yes sometimes it was busy but there were always spare tables - platters were frequently filled. The fruit was delicious - I have to say I never bothered with a cooked breakfast.
The pool area and bar were clean and tidy - you could always get a table in the bar area - and generally a sun bed around the pool. It was often windy around the pool - fine if you don't want it to get too hot - but take the trip to the beach club if it bothers you. Loads of free sunbeds on the beach at the Dunas club. The sea was clean, cool and deepened very slowly. We found it peaceful - no Looky Looky men! The facilities were great - treat yourself to a pair of rattan beds with champagne or a massage!
We never used the bus but walked across the bridge and through the marina - a bit of a dusty trek - but you can paddle part of the way in the sea - and stop for a beer in the marina on the way back.
Loads of good places to eat - don't bother with O Artista at the bottom of the drive - awful! Do look beyond the main drag - Vino Il Divino - dinner on the roof terrace was fantastic - but remember your cardigan!
Only drawback to this holiday was the over 3 hour transfer from the airport on arrival!!!"

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  • Travel date: Sat 16th of August 2008

The transfer bus turns onto a narrow str...

Reviewed Sat 21st of July 2007

"The transfer bus turns onto a narrow street, with beautiful bougainvillea. This little street is part of the hotel. The bus stops and we walk into the smart and deliciously cool reception to be greeted very courteously.

The Hotel is quite large, one is tempted to say sprawling, but that would give the wrong impression. It has expanded horizontally rather than vertically which is good for Lagos.

Our, very sweet, porter carries our luggage a long way using three lifts and a flight of steps to reach our room. Following him we are impressed with the spacious and beautiful public areas and corridors.

Most of the rooms are in low rise blocks linked by lovely small scale landscaped areas. Our air conditioned double room is small but perfectly adequate with all the usual facilities – hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee, shampoo and shower gel. The TV has some English channels. Commendably the room has a recycling waste bin with four colour coded compartments. We explore the balcony which is tiny, but again adequate, it has two plastic chairs. There is no table but we later use the stool from the bathroom for this. The view from the balcony might not suit everyone but we like it. We look onto a street of old terraced houses and a real life soap opera entertains us at times.

We unpack and then take a stroll through the hotel. The pool looks lovely and we find a garden with walkways flanked by pools, home to carp and terrapins.

The Hotel Lagos has three restaurants, on our first night we try the Italian restaurant and eat in a conservatory. The meal, both service and food, is very good. All the staff we meet are friendly and helpful. There is live entertainment every night so we sit and listen to the music for an hour.

Next morning we take the buffet breakfast and are overwhelmed by the fine choice of food.

We walk around Lagos, the centre is a short stroll away. We decide it’s a nice town. It has pedestrianised streets, a harbour, and marina. We reach the marina by a lifting pedestrian bridge over the river. Back in town the fish market is fascinating.

During the following days we find there is just enough variety of walks in and around town to keep us entertained for a week. There are many restaurants, which we think are good value. The Hotel has a club on the beach (at extra cost) which is served by a very regular free bus. It makes a pleasant morning to use this bus, walk back along the fine beach, and take the little ferry (50 cents) back across the river into town.

After a week we decide this has been a very good holiday. The hotel rooms are maybe a touch small, but that is a minor criticism. Thomson have served us well and the plane is on time both ways."

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  • Travel date: Sat 21st of July 2007

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with s...

Reviewed Wed 26th of July 2006

"Upon our arrival, we were greeted with smiles by the reception staff. From then on, this very lovely hotel leaned over backwards to make our stay enjoyable. Tivoli is a very attractive hotel & although this is a big hotel, it does not appear impersonal or unfriendly.

Our room was so pretty, all in blue & white & our balcony view was onto a rustic woodland glade.

Breakfast was something to look forward to, with so much choice of everything, be it hot or cold, that you came out groaning & didn't even think about lunch. Although there were three restaurants in the hotel, we prefer to eat out in Lagos in the evenings, so I can't say what the hotel food was like.

During the second week of our stay, I unfortunately took ill so our return to the U.K. was postponed for a further 5 days. Even though we were aware that the hotel was to be just about fully booked, the management took all the stress away, letting us keep our room until I was well enough to fly home. Tivoli is certainly a hotel we will return to. Next time, we'd love to take all our family with us. We know our grandchildren would have a whale of a time as children were made very welcome.

Just one thing I would point out is that most all of Lagos is cobbled with tiny stones & we saw more than one person slip & fall.

All in all, I would recommend the Tivoli Lagos wholeheartedly."

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  • Travel date: Wed 26th of July 2006

No-one has mentioned Cafe Ketchup

Reviewed Mon 8th of October 2012

"We have just returned from a week at the Tivoli and would agree with what other reviewers have said. Hotel is immaculately clean, rooms seem to vary in size and quality and its a lottery (as with most hotels) whether yours is good or bad. We had a twin room overlooking a pond, which was spacious, had a tv with several english channels and a mini bar, the bathroom had 2 sinks, bidet , shower and bath (old but immaculate) nice toiletries, but only view was of the pond and other rooms. This didn't bother us but may bother some guests. The breakfast was very good, although why don't the toasters ever work in hotels?!!! We were very surprised no one has mentioned the excellent C.K.L restaurant at the bottom of the hill and to the left from the hotel. Don't let the name (Cafe Ketchup) put you off - it's by far the best restaurant in Lagos. Excellent Danish chef-Christian , the menu is only small but has a daily special and the food and presentation is first rate, reasonably priced too. The "couvert" is something else I'll not spoil it but sardine paste and olives it ain't! also agree Escondinho is excellent, the locals thought we were mad because we only managed about 20 sardines between us also had the biggest and tastiest piece of tuna I've ever had for 8.50 euros, again don't be put off by the look of the place it's rustic to say the least. All in all apart from the odd cloudy day an excellent holiday, highly recommended."

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  • Travel date: Sat 17th of June 2006


Reviewed Tue 25th of December 2012

"An excellent hotel in a great location, both the town and marina are just a short walk away
and all the staff are very friendly. It is clean and relaxing plus there is a good choice of food for breakfast. Overall I would have no hestiation in recommending this hotel to anyone visiting the Algarve.

For a local restaurant in the town I would highly recommend Restaurant St Gacaolo on the Rua de Abril, the food is superb and the flambe steaks are a must!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 13th of June 2006

Great Hotel, Great Beach Club

Reviewed Sat 22nd of December 2012

"We stayed at the Tivoli Lagos in May 2006 as part of our European honeymoon. The location of the hotel was great - just a short walk to the centre of town. The hotel was large with over 300 rooms. We initially only booked for one night, but stayed for 2 nights. The first night, we stayed in a room in the main building - it was quite a nice room, although the balcony overlooked an internal wall of the hotel - but we weren't there to sit on the balcony. We had to change rooms for the second night - this room was an older room overlooking the pool. It wasn't as nice, but still comfortable. There is also free car parking.

A full buffet breakfast is offered to all guests. We thought it was very good compared to other hotel buffet breakfasts.

There is free internet access, although there are only a few computers available. At least you don't get slogged with a costly fee to use it like other hotels.

As the hotel is not near the beach, they have their own private Beach Club. There is a courtesy bus shuttle from the hotel to the Beach Club all day. Quite nice to sit by the pool or on the beach. You have to pay for the sunlounges on the beach though.

We were there in mid May and hardly anyone used the pool at the hotel. The pool at the Beach Club was used a little more.

The hotel has a Health Club. The heated pool and jacuzzi are very nice - they are free. They have some gym equipment and offer aerobics classes, but you have to pay for these. They offer memberships if you are there for an extended period of time, but we didn't bother as we were only there for 2 nights.

All in all, quite a good hotel offering the best of both worlds."

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  • Travel date: Sun 11th of June 2006

My Daughter and I Stayed at the Tivoli Hotel

Reviewed Sat 22nd of December 2012

"We had a very pleasant week.
Staff were efficient - some more pleasant than others.
On our arrival we requested an iron (we are very disorganised travellers) - we were advised that not only do they not hire irons - they also do not allow them to be used?? However, they did offer a laundry service of which we availed - Average E1.80 per item to be ironed - Ironing much better than we would have done ourselves - we were delighted with this service.
Our room overlooked car park - next time we go we'll try to get a room overlooking pool.
We will be back - Lagos great town - restaurants wonderful - Hotel great location.
Try - Restaurante Don Sebastiao in the centre of town - lovely wines - Restaurante O Galeao - and also The Adega da Marine on the main promenade area which is typically Portuguese and very good value for lunch. Also Restaurant Escondidinho a family run fish restaurant which appears to be popular with locals - and also very reasonable - behind the hotel in front of GNR."

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  • Travel date: Tue 9th of May 2006

Great Position for the old town

Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"Visited the Tivoli, Lagos over Easter, 2006. Greatt resort. Long sandy beach across the river; smaller rocky coves near the lgihthouse. Town is split intothree distinct areas-marina, beach, old town. Restaurants a plenty-never had a complaint about food all week. TRips out to see the dolphins were fast and fun. Coach trip with thomsons to see the end of the world and the hand of portugal mountains interesting but quite pricey. Hotel was rambling but modern with attentitive staff. We hope to return soon."

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  • Travel date: Sat 29th of April 2006

Good hotel, excellent value

Reviewed Sat 15th of December 2012

"We took an off season break at the Tivoli, Lagos in March 2006. The hotel offered excellent value. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was good for a tourist style hotel and the facilities were excellent; it has a good indoor pool and spa facilities with treatments at a reasonable price, as well as the outdoor pool. But best of all is the Beach Club facility......we were perhaps very lucky with the weather for March but the beach club was a bonus for us."

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  • Travel date: Sat 1st of April 2006

Great experience

Reviewed Sat 15th of December 2012

"Tivoli Hotel was exactly what we were looking for in Lagos. This is a great town with lots to do, eat and see, and this hotel is right in the middle of it (we even stayed an extra night because we liked it so much!). Walking distance from all the shops, bars (go to "Inside Out", great little bar with great staff!) and cafes, and very close to beaches. Hotel staff weren't that friendly but they weren't horrible and they spoke english. Lounge is nice with live entertainment each night it seems, and you can snack there until midnight (did not try the hotel food as there are tons of restaurants all around!). The room was big and clean - but we were given twin beds instead of a double (but they were easily pushed together) and our balcony view was of a wall. We didn't hear any noises from other rooms or outside. This hotel is huge - our room was quite a long walk from the lobby but close to the pool, which we didn't use due to the time of year being a little cool (about 16 to 20 degrees). I would definately recommend this hotel, good price (but I heard it goes up during "high" season)."

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  • Travel date: Wed 29th of March 2006

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