My wife and I stayed at the Tivoli in early October. I had recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan and wanted a holiday where we could relax and do absolutely nothing, but also be able to change our mind and go exploring should we wish to. Firstly, Lagos is a great place to base yourself if you are in a similar frame of mind. We spent four of the days doing just that, nothing, and then went exploring and on boat trips etc towards the end of the week. I digress.
Onto the hotel, tucked away off one of the side streets leading out to the main road that runs along the beautiful marina, the reception gives a different impression to the rest of the hotel. This is not a negative point. The hotel is glass fronted with a large swooping staircase which could have you fooled into thinking you've arrived at a big inner-city hotel. The rooms themselves are not quite as metropolitan, but are what you would expect from a fairly priced (for what we paid anyway) hotel in a Portuguese town. Our room was some distance from reception, and given the sprawling nature of the hotel, there aren't many that are close! The room was quite small but suited our needs and the bathroom although again small, was quite chic, all mirrors and marble. The view was non-existent given that it looked out onto the back street below with a balcony that you couldn't fit a cat on, let alone swing it. Obviously, not all views will be like this! This was our second room, having been allocated a twin room initially (albeit with a lovely sea-view) - the hotel had no problem relocating us, and as the hotel wasn't anywhere near full, I'm sure they would have relocated us again, should we have requested.
The minibar, as with all hotels was extortionately expensive especially given that shops and minimarkets are literally minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel charges for use of the safe, which I think is a cheek but I suppose the choice is yours. The hotel also charges for use of the gym, which although tiny is relatively well equipped. Having just come from doing not much else but gym work during my spare time in the last four months it didn't bother me. If you like to hit the gym on holiday though, the 5 euro charge per visit may grind your gears (I think they do week passes at a reduced rate).
We spent each evening starting off in the hotel bar, which had a happy hour that lasted for three. During this time most drinks are half price, which makes them more than good value. After that, you can expect to pay usual hotel prices (upwards of 4 / 5 Euro for a pint of lager, 6 upwards for a spirit and mixer). The staff in the bar and across the hotel were very friendly throughout our stay. Beach towels are available from reception for free (with a returnable deposit) and they will change them for you every two days. There is a also a regular free shuttle to Tivoli's 'section' of beach. Beware, whilst the sunbeds on the beaches are free for hotel users, should you wish to lie on the wicker loungers around the pool that looks out onto the beach, someone will appear and charge you 5 euro each. We only did that once.
The beach itself is beautiful, and we spent at least some part of each day we were there, on it. If you stay at the Tivoli when it is busy (perhaps during summer) then you will most likely want to go to the beach each day as the pool and its surrounds look like they would struggle to accommodate the guests a hotel with so many rooms can provide. That said, the pool is well-tended as are the grounds surrounding it.
As we like to experience the local area, and we don't like to be tied down to the hotel we went with bed and breakfast. The breakfast is well recommended; plentiful and freshly cooked. You can choose between cereals, croissants, breads and pastries, and hot breakfasts. If you're expecting a full English, think again. For some reason smoked cocktail sausages are the sausages available and the bacon isn't the best. If you don't mind that too much then you'll definitely find something each morning to suit your taste.
As we dined out each evening I'll provide separate reviews on here for those but my main recommendation for somewhere on the hotel doorstep is O Artista. The staff are fantastic, the menu varied, the food wonderful and the price very fair indeed.
Overall, if we return to Lagos we will probably stay in a different hotel but that is mainly because variety is the spice of life. I would say however, that if you are looking for a hotel that is close to all amenities, (the bustling town centre is 2 mins walk away) provides comfort and value for money in equal measure, together with friendly staff and a lovely breakfast then you won't be disappointed with the Tivoli.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a welcome 4 star hotel in the heart of Lagos. To help make your stay as relaxing as possible, Tivoli Lagos provides a permanent shuttle to the Beach Club: the beach facilities are fun for both adults and children. Located right on the beach at Meia Praia, the Praia Duna bar is the setting for parties, banquets and even beach weddings. Just a few metres from the entertainment at the marine life centre, and a few km from the best golf courses in the Algarve, this hotel is an excellent option for weekend visits as well as family holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tivoli Hotel Lagos
- Lagos Tivoli Hotel
- Hotel Tivoli Lagos