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Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

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Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

Hi everyone,

My sister and I are looking into booking a hotel in Vilamoura for a few nights in July.

We want to be pretty central, and also want a bit of luxury and pampering but I'm conscious of budget and actually being able to afford doing things when we are there!

At the moment I'm torn between the Tivoli Marina and the Crowne Plaza - is it worth paying extra for the Tivoli?

I've been reading the reviews for each and am getting more confused!

Would appreciate any advice!

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1. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

They are both very nice hotels, the Tivoli is right on the Marina but the Crowne Plaza is still quite central to everything albeit a few minutes from the Marina.

I would personally go for whichever has the best rate which I would hazard a guess would be the Crowne Plaza.

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2. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

Tivoli being right on the Marina and garden with pool and has direct access to the beach.

Crowne Plaza 5 min. from Marina with 2 minutes walk to the beach.

You could use Google Maps for location if you'd like to see exactly where they are.

Edited: 8:49 am, June 06, 2011
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3. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

that's really helpful, thank you very much!

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4. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

I've stayed at both and if you want a nice modern room with luxury bathroom you are better at the CP, the pool and garden area are lovely. Tivoli is nice but it's a bit hit and miss with the rooms. Food is not an issue as you will be eating on the lovely marina or surrounding area every night! You are right on the beach on both and there are cocktail bars on the beach in front of both - the one with the beds and sofa's is closer to the tivoli but the one in front of the CP has a lovely decked area with beanbags to sit on after sunset with a cocktail which is way better value than the one further down.

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5. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

I guess what swayed me away from crown plaza was some of the comments regarding poor staff attitude and an extra charge for using the spa/gym facilities. But I've just read in a recent review it has new management so maybe it has changed.

Still torn but CP may be the way to go in terms of budget!

Thanks again

Cork, Ireland
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6. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

Just back from the Tivoli and can highly recommend it. Lovely hotel with great staff. Best bit is the spacious grounds and the location. Stayed on the renovated 5th floor and room was excellent. Hope this helps.

Claregalway, Ireland
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7. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

Hi Clare,

just wondering if you did go to Vilamoura in June and if so where did you end up staying Tivoli or Marina - Same dilemma for me and friend just interested in how you got on?

Thanks in advance,


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We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in the end, and loved it.

In the end it came down to budget and as it was at least £100 cheaper than the Tivoli we decided to go for, and think we probably made the right decision. (The Tivoli did look lovely though, would def give it a try when the funds allow!)

We loved the pool/garden area, the hotel was really close to the beach and literally 2 minutes walk to the marina. The casino next door was useful too, for cheap cocktails (v strong though!)

Also we loved the breakfast, being able to use the free internet on the four apple macs in the reception, and the staff were lovely! We also had fab massages outside in a little tent thing!

Hope that helps!


Claregalway, Ireland
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Thanks a million Clare for that . booked the Crowne!!



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10. Re: Tivoli Marina or Crowne Plaza?

Hello all,

I know nothing has been posted for a while on this forum but did not want to re open another forum with exact same topic..

I am considering both of these hotels but for our honeymoon. CP offers junior suite for almost the same price as Tivoli deluxeroom. Which do you suggest we go with? Also, Are the spa facilities at either of these free??

We want to stay somewhere central and close to the beach.. Any tips on restos or bars would also be appreciated.. We are in our mid 20's and like to eat well but not party too much..

Thank you so much!


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