14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
One of the better hotels in Monte Gordo
"Monte Gordo itself has not changed much since the 1980's when it was at its peak. The same applies to many of the hotels some of which are in urgent need of updating. Thankfully the same does not apply to Alcazar which has been refurbished although it does retain some 1970's style. The rooms were spacious with air conditioning, television and a mini bar. The beds were reasonable without being either comfortable or uncomfortable.If you have walking difficulties we suggest you request a lower floor when booking as on a few occasion we did have to walk up the stairs to our room as the lifts were very busy.The restaurant is a liitle cramped but we found the buffet breakfast to be good although it you go down after 9.15 then it get rather busy.It did not usually worry us as we were early riser.The guests are a mixture of nationalities with Dutch and Germans being in the majority. All were very pleasant.There were a number of English guests as well, a good mixture. Staff were helpful. Do not hold your breath for good entertainment as it was a low standard and best avoided.The hotel like the resort is more suitable for couples who do not want a lively holiday, but appreciate a wonderful beach,no larger louts,nice walks in a flat area and close proximity to Spain. You can also catch a bus or train(Train Station is 20 minutes walk from the hotel with an horly service)to Faro and resorts in between.During our visit there were only a few children staying at the hotel which resulted in peace and quiet. We were very pleased with the hotel with one or two minor disappointments and having looked around other hotels in Monte Gordo we felt we had made the right choice. We would recommend it to couples and would suggest you plump for the bed and breakfast board option so you can enjoy some of the restaurants in the resort for your evening meal."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of January 2010
Great for couples but not families
"The Hotel Alcazar is located in a cenral but quiet position near the wonderful sandy beach. The rooms are comfortable with air conditioning but no kettle. We were located on the 4th floor which was about right. As the hotel has only two lifts if you are in a room towards the top of the hotel at peak times there is a lenghty wait for a lift or a long walk down the staff. Rooms are cleaned most days and in general staff are top notch, both friendly and helpful. Breakfast is buffet style and was very good and as long as you do not leave it until the last halg hour dishes are repenished.Swimming pool has sun beds. We can strongly recommend Monte Gordo which is ver flat and has some good walks along the coast to the Spanish border. Ideal for couples over 40 but would suggest families may be better looking at another more commercialised resortin the Algarve or a different hotel in Monte Gordo which caters more for families. for us it was a very boom not having loads of children staying here. It was peaceful. If hiring a car be aware some company do not allow you to drive them into Spain or there is a premium on the insurance if you wish to do so.it is advisable to check before hiring. Also if you can put up with the early start a days excursion to Seville is unmissable. We would certainly stay at this hotel again.The guest are a mixture of nationalities with the highest proportion being from Holland."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of January 2010
My daughter and I (15) have just returne...
"My daughter and I (15) have just returned from Monte Gordo. The Hotel Alcazar was very clean. Pool a little too cold. However, the accommodation could not be faulted. Evening entertainment was limited and would not suit younger people. The resort was fabulous. Very laid back, full of restaraunts and some shops. The beach was impressive. The resort was not too commercialised. I would strongly recommend this resort and hotel, although if your looking for lots of entertainment and 'someone' else to entertain the kids, this place is not for you. It is ideally located, as you can visit Spain which is only 15 minutes away. You can also visit Tavira, a lovely town by coach/car in about 40 minutes. My daughter and I even went on a day trip to Lisbon. On the whole a brilliant holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2008
We stayed at the Alcazar which was very...
"We stayed at the Alcazar which was very clean but the entertainment was very limited. The resort of Monte Gordo is not for those looking for night life. Plenty of restaurants
and the casino is worth a visit but take some identification. You can catch a bus in to Villa Real which is only 5 minutes down the road where you can get the ferry across to Spain
(10 minutes on the ferry). Plenty of fine sandy beaches in Mote Gordo but be aware you
could get bored in this resort."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2007
"stayed in hotel alcazar had wonderful time .standard of hotel was very good ,food was excellent . rooms were cleaned every day with fresh towels and clean bedlinen large pool with ample sunloungers .shady area under trees with hammocks nice to relax away from sun. large bar and tv lounge ,entertainment every night.staff courteous and friendly. monte gordo has a beautiful sandy beach , good restaurants and bars and a few shops ."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of September 2004
too young at 40
"Just back from this hotel, it is like something from Austin Powers (very 70's). Possibly the wrong time to go to this area of the algarve.
At 40 we were at least 30 years younger than the rest of the hotel. The entertainment was appaling, if I hear happy days are here again I will scream. Not recommended for anyone with a pulse."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of March 2004
Lovely hotel, shame about the food
"Lovely hotel, staff very polite friendly and helpful. Only problem was the food. Not a lot of choice and not very hot. Dinner was served from 7 PM, but that time was taken over by the Dutch Stampede, so its best to go to dinner after 8 PM, (dutch all in bar then, its happy hour!!!!, taking up all the seats and buying one drink all night). I can recommend The Seagull pub, where i befriended Fertnando the owner. Most welcoming and helpfull, and has a taste for scotch whisky. Overall we had a wonderful holiday (Februarty 5-12 2004) weather lovely people friendly, beach out of this world."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of February 2004
Enjoyed the Alcazar
"Stayed there 2 weeks Aug-Sept 2003. Rooms were good, resturant was ok, but lacked a selection of main course (fish or meat 1 of each), didnt matter though as there are lots of excellent places to eat in Monte Gordo. Hotel well situated on the edge of the resort so is quite quiet, about a 10 min stroll to the beach. Pool area excellent but sun doesnt get to one side till about 11.30 am. for a family hotel though there were'nt any organised events during the day, no childrens club even for the mainly Portuguese who were there. English people seem to be in the minority in August If you have a car, parking isnt free but is secure.
Overall above average for adults so would go back without hesitation."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of September 2003
"We just got back from 2 weeks at the Alcazar and it was just what we needed. We went with 2 children aged 3 and 6. The hotel is as good a new since its refurbishment all rooms having sky and air con. Our room was like an Ikea showroom. We were however, the only English guests bar one other couple all guests were mainly Portugese and Spanish both very friendly. Would not hesiate to go back."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2003
"Just be back from Monte Gordo. Stayed in Hotel Alcazar. Great nice and clean hotel. One of the best hotels in Monte Gordo. Clean rooms, good breakfast, nice interior - retro look from the 70's. Want to go back immediately. Next time certainly Alcazar again. If somebody want information about Monte Gordo or other suggestions for the Eastern Algarve, don't hestitate to contact me.
Hotel Alcazar: GO ON!"
- Travel date: Sat 9th of August 2003
Excellent stay in the Hotel Alcazar
"Just returned from two weeks at the Hotel Alcazar, great friendly service, good food and drink. The accommodation was clean and well kept with a daily maid service. A very relaxing and enjoyable break."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of July 2003
"We have just returned from a brilliant holiday at the alcazar the food was very good (especially the fish dishes) I would recommend it to anyone !"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of June 2003