Firstly I would like to say that this was my first holiday with my boyfriend, and first holiday in 5 years. I found such an amazing deal (7 nights, flight, hotel and transfers for 2 people =£380), that I was worried it would be a disaster. How wrong could I be!?!?
We arrived at the hotel at 1am after a long transfer and I was a bit angry that nobody was there to greet us. Reception was closed with a note instructing us to call this telephone number. Luckily we had our mobiles because we would not have found a public phone to do this anywhere near. The guy arrived within 5 minutes and gave us our key. We went up to the room and I stood in shock for a good few minutes. It was absoloutely huuuuge!
We had a seperate kitchen with table, washing machine, cooker, toaster, fridge freezer, pots, pans, plates... everything you would need. A gorgeous bathroom with full sized bath and shower that was better than any other foreign shower I have used, the pressure was perfect and no messing about with hot and cold taps. Seperate bedroom with twins beds that came together for a big double. Extra pillows and blankets in the wardrobe. The lounge had another dining table, sofa and 2 chairs, a cot, TV, and bookshelf with lots of books to chose from. The balcony had doors from the lounge and from the bedroom and was massive, with patio furniture and drying rail for towels and bikini's etc. The whole place was spotless and smelt great. To our delight, the cleaners came every other day to replace towels, loo roll, empty bins and give the whole place a mop and clean.
The pool was a lovely space. The water is freezing cold so you need to be brave or just dive in! Plenty of sun loungers and private to the hotel. The guy in the pool bar was very nice and friendly too.
We had read other people's reviews about how long it takes to walk into Alvor. I promise you, unless you are walking at a snail's pace, a steady stroll will last about 10 minutes and it was a nice part of the evening. And the hill is not that steep, it's just that it is downhill all the way. We always got a taxi back up though and it cost just short of 4 euro's.
The taxi driver's are amazing. The 1st night we were there our taxi driver took us on a tour of alvor, free of charge because we said we were lost.
We found that the food was overpriced by the harbour. All the restaurants serve the same menu's and nothing exciting. But there are some lovely italian restaurants and we (typically English) found an english restaurant, so if you are craving some home comforts, it's definately worth a visit. Every shop and bar has 'Free Maps' for you to pick up and they show you all the eating places and where everything is. You MUST MUST MUST stop in at Paddy's Bar in the centre. It's an Irish pub that has a guy singing 5 nights a week and it's a great atmosphere.
There is nothing negative that I can say about the Maralvor or Alvor itself. Absoloutely stunning and will be returning to both. Thank You for a wonderful holiday. Hope the photo's do it justice.
Helen and George
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The MARALVOR apartments stand out for their perfect relation between price/quality/location. These spacious apartments, are located at mere 700 meters ( about 10 minutes walking distance) from Alvor Vilage center and the glorious sands of Alvor beach. This location allows to remain accessible but distanced enough to enjoy a relaxed holiday, escaping the noisy hustle and bustle of a center located unit. Built with comfort in mind, these apartments have an independent kitchen, fully equipped with Fridge/freezer, hobs/oven, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, washing machine and all remainig utensils necessary for a great SELF-CATERING holiday. The bedrooms, are equipped with two single beds or a double, a large wardrope for all the necessary packing space and still have enough space left for 1 or 2 Cots if necessary (no extra cost but will req. To pre-book them on reservation). The living-room, once again ample and spacious, are equiped with a sofa bed or a sofa plus single individual beds, that allow for a maximum ocupancy of the apartment without sacrificing on comfort or giving guests a claustrofobic feel. Equiped with Satelite TV, with all the national channels plus some international ones, allow for a good retriet, when the holiday fun gets a bit tiering. The bathroom, also with good size, has a full bath and shower.He unit has also a SNACK-BAR (privatelly managed and with seasonal operation), were several drinks, cocktails and snack are served thruw the day, and were you can still find games such as darts, snooker and video-games ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maralvor Hotel Alvor