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“Ok if you have kids” 3 of 5 stars
Review of ALVOR FERIAS HOTEL

ALVOR FERIAS HOTEL
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ALVOR FERIAS HOTEL
ESTRADA DO ALVOR, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #14 of 26 hotels in Alvor
Derby, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Ok if you have kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stayed 10 days from 10th June. When we arrived we were told our apartment was the other side of road and to go over the footbridge. We struggled up 3 lots of steps with heavy cases, found our apartment up a further 3 lots of stairs. Next day we realised it was easier just to cross over the road and not use the bridge. The apartment was spacious, clean and well equipped, no complaint at all apart from the size of the balcony, we had one each side of our rooms but they were tiny. Also could have done with the towels being changed more frequently. We expected there would be few kids as out of school holidays but the place was very busy with Irish families so I guess they have different school holidays. There is a pool on either side of the road but the size and facilities not really large enough for such a large complex. Most days sunbeds had towels on early morning and the pools were full of kids jumping in off the bridges despite signs saying not to. We had a meal in the restaurant which was excellent and the guy and girl who run that bar are great. We didnt think much to the cafe and club on the reception side of the road but there are plentiful bars and restaurants in Alvor. Alvor is lovely and we were spoilt for choice where to eat and drink, the beach is fantastic but we thought the sunbeds were overpriced at 10 euro for 2 with an umbrella, most were vacant with people lying on towels instead. Bars we would recommend are Michaels bar on road down into Alvor they do a fab mojita. Cactos II and a couple of other bars in that area do cheap drinks with entertainment at night. We had an excellent meal at O Alcaide restaurant and Annies Bar do a fantastic breakfast and is run by a couple from Swadlincote. As a self-catering holiday if you like to get out and about and not spend much time round the pool this hotel is fine it has everything required for an enjoyable holiday.

Room Tip: We were in room 721 which was above the dustbins which were emptied in early hours of the morning so...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Stayed on self catering basis. Appartment was spaceious but had little sun due to location. Had to stay on ground floor at our request but views were not good and balcony very small. Restaurant quality was poor but we did only use it once for convenience. Bar did not open until 8pm and was then overrun by the kids club. No space to sit for a quiet drink or chat although the entertainment was quite amusing. Bar desperately needs extending. The town was a good 15 minute walk and was ok going down but less appealing going back up as very hilly. Taxi service very good and reasonably priced and reception staff happy to book these for you. trips can be booked with the hotel but can be found cheaper in the town. The town itself is quite charming with lots of little shops and many places to eat. Some restaurants fairly expensive but mostly all similar prices . We would recommend trying CIAO BABY restaurant which is located a short walk from the roundabout at the bottom of the hill. The food was excellent and the service the same with a very friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced. We had a three course meal each with drinks for less than 40euros. Our stay was slightly spoiled by the weather but overall i would recommend staying in Alvor. Our only gripe was about the bar area but the bar staff were very friendly. The kids club was obviously a success and couples without children may wish to consider a hotel that does not state 'family friendly'.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I got married in ALbefueira but all the wedding guests stayed here as Alvor is a far nicer place (in my opiion) The appartments are HUGE. Basic stuff, but close to the centre of alvor and the pool was spotless welcoming. The side on the opposite side of reception are far nicer and quiter.

Room Tip: Opposite side to reception is nicer and quiter
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

we stayed here in april,the apartments are large open plan with sleeping room for 4 people,there are 2 balconys which was great as you could follow the sun all day, one gripe i would have is that the bar or restaurant was not open,we were told that is was too early in the season to justify this,which was strange as there was a lot of people staying at the complex.the pool area is great but could do with a bit of maintenance and general tidy up.overall a very large place dont know what it would be like in high season.

Room Tip: ask to stay on reception side as the second complex is accessed via an over road walkway.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed at Alvorferias on a self catering basis in October, upon our arrival we were informed that our appartment wasn't ready so we went off to the pool bar for a drink, I was amazed at how small the area was, the pool bar was in the resteraunt and I wondered how everyone was going to fit inside.
Once our appartment was ready we collected the keys and went up, it was quite a nice space and clean.
It was in desperate need of an update and general maintenance, large cracks had been papered over, patio doors with a huge gap around the outside, (when the wind blew the cutains moved), dirty windows, cupboard doors not fiting and hanging at strange angles, as for the beds, never have I had such a hard mattress.
The food was.... repetetive and boring, if you enjoy bland fish or pork every night fine, cooked breakfast consisted of scrambled egg, fried egg, beans and mushrooms, there was cold ham and cheese.
There was however toast, bread rolls, fruit, oh and cake.
On the first night we went to the main bar wich opened at 8 O/C, we arrived at 5 past but the door was locked so we waited till twenty past till someone decided to turn up and open up, a further 10 mins till they were ready.
Same can be said about the hotel run kids club, we decided to let our 5 year old go to a cooky making sesion which she was looking forward to, we got there at 09-55 ready for it to open at 10, we decided to walk back at 20 past when we met a chap wandering towards us, "if your for the kids club its this way" he informed us, I said "yes we know, we have been here waiting".
We were then told that, and I quote, "there's not enough kids so wer'e not doing the cooky making, she can play down there". when we picked our daughter up the guy in charge...?? was sat watching films on his lap top, he had no interaction with our daughter and no interest in being there, needless to say she didnt go back.
We had an issue with the hot water in our appartment, after a small bath for our daughter and a shower for the wife, there was no more hot water.... we had to break out the kettle.
In the blurb it states that there is a kids play area, fine there is as long as your kids are toddlers up to about 2 and a half, really not great.
Whilst we were by the pool a street seller came around trying to flog some naff wooden carvings, he got to our table and I looked up, smiled and said, " no thank you ", nothing, he carried on getting more and more animals out whilst scowling, twice more I told him no thank you to no avail, then we just ignored him till after a while he skulked off, if I want to buy things Ill go to a shop mate.
Talking of which, Alvor town is a gentle 10 min stroll away and well worth it, loads of places to eat and some very reasonable, I would reccomend heading down toward the fishermans huts and turning right there are several resteraunts there all very nice. loads of places to buy your gifts.
if your looking for duty free look for Johns shop, grab a free Alvor map in town.

Room Tip: A good room..... unsure there is such a thing.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at Alvorferias in a self-catering apartment. The first thing we noticed was that our apartment was huge, which was great as we had a lot of space. It needed a fresh coat of paint and some general updating, but that's what we expected with the rating of the complex. There is a nice pool at the complex, and a small kids play area, which was handy. There is a beautiful beach a short walk away, and likewise the centre of Alvor is a short walk away so I would say it's a good location for families with small children, as long as you don't mind a bit of walking to get about! The on-site restaurant/cafe was nice and clean but the service was very slow, despite it being quiet. There are really good restaurants in the centre of Alvor which serve better food at better value. It's a 3* complex, wouldn't rant and rave about it but would probably stay here again, if we got a good deal.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

The apartment had big rooms, with west and east facing balconies, we were on the 4th floor, which we thought would be a pain, but saw beautiful sunsets and great views over Alvor. Basic but clean, maids came 3 times in the week. Bit cheeky to have to pay extra for a safe though. 15 minutes walk to lovely beaches, these were so pretty we didn't use the pool or bar. Also 15 minutes into the town, up and down a long but fairy shallow hill. Spar supermarket on site was useful, although a little more expensive than the one down the road. We got a late minute bargain, and were very happy with what we paid for.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: ESTRADA DO ALVOR, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 26 hotels in Alvor
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