a very large modern hotel which wont be to everyone's liking.
check in was very quick and although one of our rooms was not ready we were able to use the all inclusive facilities before.
the rooms are large with a small kitchen including fridge, sink, microwave and a hob. you will find enough glasses and cups for your party but no kettle however there is a small pot with handle that I used to make my own hot drinks with coffee I had brought. there is a flat screen tv in both the sitting room and bedroom. the balcony is very large and I would suggest if you like the sun to request a pool view room as your balcony will be in the sun all day. both the bedroom and sitting room have sliding doors to the balcony. the bedroom is 2 single beds that are pushed together to make a double, these are very firm beds which was great for me but may not suit every one. the bathroom has all the usual facilities you would expect with a power shower over the bath. towels are provided for room us only and they do provide soap and shampoo too. there is plenty to hanging space in the wardrobes but as always never enough hangers so you may want to take some with you. there is a safety deposit box which you can hire at 1.50 per day. the rooms are cleaned daily and overall very lovely once the room to the door is shut you really don't hear any noise from other guess unless they let the door to the apartment shut on its own.
there are 4 floors to this hotel and plenty of lifts.
the food and drink
I have no complaints about the food or drink here but im not fussy. there is a good choice as breakfast the full English was great, there was always soup, pasta, salad and fish dishes available. the meat dishes varied from grilled chicken to lamb. dessert included cakes, fruit and ice cream. we always went to the blue restaurant and had no problems getting a table. the green restaurant is the where they provide highchairs and have a children's buffet as well the food in both restaurants are the same. you get to help yourselves to drinks at meal times with tea and coffee only available in the restaurants at breakfast. drinks available in the restaurants include wine (red, white and rose), juice and cola, Fanta and lemonade.
breakfast is from 7am till 10am
snacks from 11 till 12
lunch from 12.30 till 3pm
snacks from 4pm till 5pm
dinner from 6.30 till 10pm
there are 2 bars in the hotel the upstairs one opens at 10am till 1am but all inclusive is only till 11pm you will have to pay for drinks after that time. the upstairs bar also has a service counter for pool drinks so this can get busy and you may have to queue for a short time one good thing about this is they like you to queue in a line so that you get served in turn, they do have a lot of staff serving so the queue does move quickly even if it is long. the drinks are the usual for all inclusive wine, beer, local spirits, cocktail of the day, soft drinks, juices and hot drinks. I have to say the coffee from the bars are filter coffee and not the same as the machines in the restaurant's.
the pool is large and there was plenty of sun beds and we didn't have to get up early to get one but this could be because the session was slowing down. only down side was there wasn't enough seating in the evenings in the bar upstairs to enjoy a quite drink. the bar upstairs also had evening entertainment of a keyboard player which was good. the bar downstairs is where the evening entertainment that the animation team provided this included a parrot show, bingo and dancing. this is where most of the children and there families where.
the hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the beach which we didn't use as it was only a 10 min walk away. the hotel is on a hill and is a short walk away from the harbour about 10 min walk you can get a taxi for 4 euros one way. you can hire towels to use by the pool for a deposit of 30 euros.
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October 15, 2013
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How wonderful it is to read that you enjoyed staying with us and that our team was excellent and exceeded all your expectations.
we will be expecting you and Family for the next season at Alvor Baia.
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