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Pestana Alvor Praia
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8501-904, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #4 of 26 hotels in Alvor
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the Pestana Alvor Praia for only 4 nights but I would defiantly return. Great location just 10 minuets away from the center of Alvor, breakfast was good but the evening meal was poor, I would recommend going in to Alvor where there are some brilliant resteraunts, but don't let this put you off.

Stayed April 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We have just had a week at the Alvor Praia and it was a real tonic. The cool breeze prevented swimming but plenty of sunshine - even sunbathing if you avoided the cool breeze. As for the hotel, it fully lived up to expectations. Everything is smart and clean; the staff without exception were friendly and helpful; the room immaculate and, of course, the sea view superb. But the prize goes to the catering. The dining room is refined, the choice of food excellent and the cost (special offer) was extremely modest - 18 euros per person for a five course self service buffet (if you set out to have everything, but three was more realistic). Breakfast was equally good. The big question is whether they can keep these standards up during the busy season.
The one criticism I would make is that the balconies (at least on the top floor) are a bit spartan. They are concrete and featureless with no cushions or reclining seats. Perhaps they are better equipped in the summer, but if the room is being used why not fit out the balcony with more than two upright wicker chairs and a small table.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We felt so very welcome during our whole 5-day stay and enjoyed the peaceful and comprehensive facilities and long walks along the beach. The staff were so very friendly and helpful and the restaurant was excellent value and always high quality.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Fab five day break with my Mum. Planned to make full use of spa and gym facilities. Had wonderful weather so scrapped that and made the most of great location spending hours walking on beautiful beach and estuary in Alvor. Outside pool v cold but well worth being brave. Hotel enormous! Very unusual! Dated but different. Everything very clean! Staff very helpful. Great breakfast buffet! Dinner buffet adequate but with so many lovely family restaurants close by would recommend eating out instead.

Room Tip: Sea view a must. Go high.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We started to go here 2 years ago, and since then we never missed a summer there.
Rooms are very good, personnel are so friendly, environment is calm and peaceful, excellent services and so on. Access to the beach is valuable and the beach situation is one of the bests in Algarve. The front-end, reception, gardens, bars and restaurants are all very well decorative so you really feel well for being in such a place.

Room Tip: top room with west sea view
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I took my golf group to this hotel in Feb/Mar 2014. I had been to the Pestana Dom Joao II before which wasn't bad. I wanted to try the other hotel down the road. What a difference. Check in was very quick. The whole group was given sea view rooms. The rooms are not huge but well appointed. Everything in the rooms dust free. Great view of the beach and as far as Lagos. Restaurant (breakfast and dinner) was very good. Some show-cooking. Otherwise buffet - but everything always hot and well tended. All the staff very friendly and quick. Had our own cars so ample free parking very welcome. As we were there in winter did not use the outside pool - but everthing loungers etc.very clean and serviced.
Wonderful beach reachable by steps or lift. Nice, friendly restaurant on the beach below the hotel. We ate there twice - good food at sensible prices. Try it!
We all had a great time at this hotel and can only recommend it.
The golf courses belonging to the Pestana were all in very good condition for the time of year and are always great fun ton play for players regardless of ability.

Room Tip: Always worth going for the sea view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Returned to this hotel after a four year absence, I found service from all the staff was excellent with a good sized sixth(top) floor room overlooking the sea and beach. External pool and bar also looks directly onto the sea/beach and beach access is direct from hotel garden.
The hotel is a 15 minute walk from Alvor where there is an abundance of good restaurants, if you prefer a taxi then the cost is five euros or probably a bit less when the road past the Pestana Delfim hotel is open(this was closed during our visit as the Delfim was under renovation).
Breakfast was excellent with a solo pianist accompanying your start to the day. The buffet dinner was disappointing and not up to the standard of the rest of the hotel, the 'a la carte' menu was a little better but with such a choice in Alvor this was not a problem.
Free wifi is available in reception and other public areas.

Room Tip: Sea view room preferable.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8501-904, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#3 Family Hotel in Alvor
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Alvor Praia 5*
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