I have recently returned from a stay at the Pestana Delfim Hotel in Alvor. This was a first time visit to the area for myself and my lady friend. It was also a first experience of an all inclusive holiday and hotel. I must admit therefore to being a little apprehensive before we set off as some reviews of the all inclusive package were mixed to say the least. This was also very much a last minute booking via a local travel agent who proved extremely helpful in sorting out the deal.
The hotel setting and grounds are excellent and the brochure picture did not do them justice. There was plenty of space both around the pool and on the adjoining grassy areas which were immaculately mainained. The pool captain kept everything tidy and was very pleasant to deal with. My only very minor grouse related to this area; after a time the lounger beds became a bit unyielding and would have benefitted from a separate mattress like those on the beach.
The whole ambience of the hotel was welcoming and the Reception staff were excellent, helpful and considerate without being effusive. The room was well up to standard, comfortably furnished and well equipped. There was plenty of storage space. The rooms themselves were spacious, as was the balcony which had a sea view. The standard of cleaning was excellent and towels etc. regularly changed.
Dining was all buffet style but the range of dishes was very good indeed. I am not normally a great fish eater but I must admit I tried every kind of fish I had ever heard of and some I had not. The range of meat and vegetarian dishes was similarly very good. It was also good to have dishes served direct from the grill by a rather cheerful chef who offered excellent advice on the boniness of the fish. The range of vegetables was similarly extensive but as in many buffets they were occasionally a bit cool. A discrete micro-wave could help solve this minor problem.
In general the bar staff were very good and service was efficient. There was an excellent range of drinks as part of the package and the coffee and drinks dispensers in and the dining areas were most useful. One thing which was quite pleasing was that there was little evidence of abuse of the drinks package. I half expected at some stage to come across some half crazed Brit in union jack shorts but there was no evidence of this.
This for both of us was a first time in Portugal. The whole hotel experience was first rate and we would certainly come back
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- Pestana Delfim Alvor
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