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Hotel Carvoeiro Sol
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Carvoeiro
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Holiday”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We chose this hotel as it was convenient to travel around different places. We arrived late at night and hotel staff are very friendly and helpful - reception open 24/7. There is car parking behind the hotel only downfall you have to get key to unlock/lock chain for access. Breakfast pretty good and basic normal continental scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, etc. The swimming pool was not in use was just starting to get warm outside. There is a taxi rank in front of hotel, a pharmacy, post office, small shops and nice restaurant. We definitely recommend going to a small local restaurant just before getting to the hotel on the right side. You won't miss it had nearly every football scarf in the world and pictures/autographs of footballers. Enjoyed some local fish and nice meals there. If you are thinking of having a drink or two at the hotel there is happy hour at 8pm-9pm so drinks are cheaper. The beach was very clean and fell in love with the scenery especially the sunsets. The local people were very friendly. Hotel room was standard downfall it sort of squeezed, but all in all okay. Was easy getting back to from our visits to other places like Porto. Felt like home and planning on going back again soon.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Hotel Carvoeiro Sol, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you very much for writing about your holiday at the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol here on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for uploading the great photos.

We look foward to welcoming you back to the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol in the near future.

Kindest Regards

Vicki Good
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We chose this hotel for its central location,which is a good reason for most people to avoid,unless they are deaf insomniacs.Rooms either front the taxi rank;you can stay awake to slamming doors,or you can upgrade to sea view,and listen to the bar opposite until 4a.m
We looked at reviews for all CVO hotels,and note that people equate the star rating system as a sliding scale to excellence.I think it's an indicator of facilities,either way this hotel did not have the listed restaurant and a bar that doesn't open is not a lot of use.
Breakfast is served in a pretty courtyard but one sip of tepid coffee and a taste of scrambled "eggs",had us eating for the rest of our stay at Rascals Bar near to the Sol.
On the plus side,we found all staff polite and friendly and whilst the furnishings were drab and often worn out,the hotel was kept reasonably clean.
The Sol has long since passed a TLC cure and desperately needs major money spending on it.
If I were the owner I would not bother as it's location is its downfall. The room rate is fairly cheap,but still comparable to other nearby Hotels,built decades later.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Hotel Carvoeiro Sol, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for reviewing the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol here on TripAdvisor.

We note your comments about the star rating - the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol is a three star Hotel - unfortunately it is listed here as a four star. We have advised TripAdvisor of this error. We have also advised that the location is incorrect also that it is a Hotel and not a bed and breakfast property, We are hoping that these errors will be rectified soon.

With kindest regards.

Vicki Good
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Cork
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

second time to this area in the last 6 months previously stayed in the Suites Alba and to be honest i dont think anything could live up to or resemble this sheer luxury! so we stayed this time around in the Carvoeiro Sol hotel. We arrived late at night and I could not fault the young lady on reception, she has a big smile on her face and from my previous reviews of other hotels this is a big must for me! if you are not greeted by friendlyness then you may as well put the hotel down straight away. So when we arrived they had no booking for us... at 11.45pm this is the last thing you need to hear! but this lovely pleasant young lady got us sorted.

Our room was in no way a 4 star room! it had a balcony and aircon and two single beds pushed together! if you wanted a safe you paid extra for it but would be reimbursed at the end of your stay!

we had a view of the beach and were right up over the main square! now in all fairness the glass on the patio doors must have been triple glazing! as we didnt hear a sound once shut!

breakfast was ok, what more could you ask for! continental or full english! didnt eat here every morning but 3 out of the 7 days!

One thing i would have to comment on is this hotel is not family orientated! in that the swimming pool had no area for kids! you walk about 4 metres in the pool and then it automatically went to double the dept! the sun on average doesnt hit the pool til about 1ish

Also we found that the hotel bar was not open on the Friday night when we arrived or on the saturday or sunday! maybe it was a once off!! who knows!

above all from the reception staff to the cleaning ladies the attitude was fantastic if they met you in the hallway it was a big hello, goodmorning, good evening etc! our room was always made up, towells changed

for sheer location I would definately go back again! special thanks to the young lady on reception and to the Manager of the hotel who was from Lisbon and with whom we had a lovely conversation with whilst waiting for our transfer!

Carvoeiro itself has a lot to offer, the sheer amount of restaurants surrounding the hotel and up and down the side streets, tapas resturant, grand cafe and rascals to name a few!

Room Tip: pay the extra money and ask for a sea view on the 2nd floor
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HolidayInnAlgarve, Director of Sales at Hotel Carvoeiro Sol, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for reviewing the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol in TripAdvisor.

We note your comments about the star rating - the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol is a three star Hotel - unfortunately it is listed here as a four star. We have advised TripAdvisor of this error. We have also advised that the location is incorrect also that it is a Hotel and not a bed and breakfast property, We are hoping that these errors will be rectified soon.

Kind regards

Vicki Good
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

If you like to be close to the beach, shops, bars and restaurants with lots of noise this might be ok. But it's not a four star hotel. It's old and tired, not very clean and the breakfast was poor. Our bedroom was small as was the bathroom. Would not recomend it at all for anyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

please dont expect 4 star luxury because you wont get it, more like a 2 star quite tired and dated, bed linen not changed all week, no fridge in room, breakfast was very dissappointing and limited and didn't appear too fresh so we stuck to a piece of toast! pool bar wasn't open in August and pool area very unappealing, loungers could do with changing, some of the staff ok but others grumpy! there was tea/coffee making facilities but only got 1 sachet of each per day and tiny little milk portion. plus side it is situated in the town and nice sea view but quite noisy at night.
would not stay there again

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

My wife and I booked to go to the Algarve the day before we travelled and we got a last minute b&b deal at the Carvoeiro Sol. Having read some of the reviews on TripAdvisor we were a little concerned about what to expect but were pleased at what we found. Fellow guests in rooms by the roadside commented on the noise levels during the night as it is a very lively spot and the Hotel is bang in the middle of it, so to speak, but we got a room overlooking the pool which was absolutely fine. A/c was very welcome due to temperature and humidity levels. En suite facilities were excellent and water pressure for the shower was superb. Breafast was buffet-style but comprehensive and you could choose from hot dishes through cold meat or cheese with rolls. bread and croissants, and was much better than we'd expected. Location is absolutely first-class with the beach and a myriad of restaurants and bars literally yards away.
The pool was unheated and surprisingly cool given the air temperatures in the high 20s every day, but a very pleasant spot to relax indeed and there was a poolside bar which served snacks and drinks but we felt that the catering options could have been somewhat bettered to encourage the residents from going elsewhere at lunchtime!

As some fellow travellers have commented, the number of rated 'stars' seems high, but on balance, a comfortable hotel in the very heart of a lively resort.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the taxi stands at the side of the hotel ie at the rear on the first or second floor...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed there for a few days over Easter this year , the four of us were stuck in one room with no space at all , there was no balcony- just a Juliet style to stand and look over to the taxi rank which kept us awake at night, the echo of people returning after clubbing was terrible and slamming of doors again woke us up constantly , breakfast was ok , and the location was perfect, right next to the square and beach .
I wouldn't go back there as family holiday it would be fine for a couple or singles.
Don't know who awarded them 4 stars - perhaps Stevie Wonder !

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Carvoeiro Sol
Address: Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro 8401-951, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Carvoeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Carvoeiro
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Carvoeiro
#9 Luxury Hotel in Carvoeiro
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Carvoeiro Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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