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Giramar Apartments
Ranked #19 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Lagos
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Kiltimagh, Mayo, Ireland
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Just back from a 2 week stay at these great apartments with my wife and 2 teenage daughters. The 2 bed apartment was great, 3 balconies, all the necessary mod cons and a beautiful view looking down on the pool. The pool and bar area are open to the public but please do not think of this as a negative as there was always ample space in the pool and plenty of sun loungers. At the bar you can get lunch type food, burgers, omelettes etc, all very nice and excellent value. The drinks are the cheapest in town. The location of the apartments is approx a 15 min walk to the town of Lagos (once you know the shortcuts). A cab ride into town will cost you €3.90. The apartments and pool area are quiet and peaceful and are ideal for families of all ages. Also, must mention the amazing friendly and helpful staff, Rita and Renato who really made our trip very special.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Off course we choosed the appatment during the low season and we made a very sweet deal through booking.com.

The appartment is awesome; 3 balcony, 2 bedroom, a complete kitchen area with a laundry machine, free wireless internet, etc.

There's an Intermarché grocery store (Very clean) within 5 minutes and the area itself is very safe and pleasant.

10 minutes drive in you're downtown Lagos with their nice shops and restaurants.

We had a pleasant time in Lagos and will definitely be looking forward to go back to Giramar if the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Limerick City
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Folks these apartments has got to be up there with the best of them. We had a two bedroom apartment and there was only two of us staying there, they were spotlessly clean fully equipt and there was an indoor swimming pool, there was plenty of restaurants in the area, it was a nice walk to town or €3.50 by cab, I have to say I was very impressed,

  • Stayed August 2011
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

We had a lovely time at Giramar, the place is very new, fresh and very cheap. You get a lot for every penny and it is highly recommended. The service is also very good. It's about 10-15min walk to the centre, however the nice pool area will keep you busy most of the day.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed August 26, 2009

From Faro airport to Lagos is approximately 2 hours by coach, including stops in a couple of other resorts on the way.
These 12 apartments in a two storey building are located in a very quiet residential part of Lagos approximately 20 - 25 minutes walk from the centre of the old town. The apartments are spacious and clean and will comfortably accommodate 4 people in two bedrooms, or 6 if the fold out couch in the living room is used also. There is a large well equipped kitchen and bathroom, with balconies front and rear. Towels are changed three times per week and bed linen once per week. There is a reasonably sized graduated swimming pool, small childrens pool, loungers, parasols. and a snack bar.
There are two supermarkets and an ATM within 6 or 7 minutes walk. The nearest beaches are Praia Dona Ana and Praia Porto de Mos which are both about 25 minutes walk away.
The old town is busy at night with a huge selection of good restaurants, some good music buskers and street performers and is quite safe. All local people we came into contact with were always patient and helpful. When we were there, 90% of the holidaymakers in Lagos were Portugese.
Points to note are :
- the pool area is open to non-residents, but this is not intrusive; even in the middle
of August it was never busy and always possible to have a choice of loungers at any
time of the day
- there is small charge for parasols per day or per week
- the pool is behind the apartment building through a small open passageway
- we didn't use the snack bar so cannot comment
- it is not possible to see the pool from the ground floor apartments
- one needs to be security conscious in the ground floor apartments; these are
accessible via three sliding patio doors a front and back door; be careful when leaving
the apartment to lock all the doors and roll the shutters fully down on all of the access
points
- safe deposit boxes in the apartments are free of charge with a fully refundable deposit
when the key is returned
- for families with young children a trip to the beaches is not a realistic option by foot
because of walking in the heat and because the trip back to the apartment inevitably
has a large uphill section
- again for families with small children, a trip to the town at night is probably best done
via taxi to and from Placa Gil Eanes, not expensive
We hired a car for a few days and made some day trips. Overall I think the Algarve is about sun, sand and sea, there isn't a whole lot more to see or do there. Lisbon is about 3.5 hours away and Fatmia about 4.5 hours, day trips to these are not feasible in my opinion.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

The Giramar Apts are very clean, spacious, and well equipped. The Kitchen has plenty of tools like cutlery, mugs, plates, glasses, and more. The rooms have hairdryers and irons, and the bedrooms are clean and spacious. We had 2 balconies, and They were fabulous. Our apartment was upstairs, and I would highly recommend getting an upstairs apt, unless you have a family with small children or elderly people, because the stairs leading up to it are fairly steep. The pool is an excellent size, and although its open to the public, it never really gets busy. There is only a very small path to get to the pool, so don't listen to any reviews that say there is a large road to cross! The snack bar beside the pool is overpriced, but it fills the gap if you are ravenous.
Restaurants in Lagos are very cheap, very nice, and very comfortable. A few we would recommend are Mullens (Chicken Piri-Piri= DIVINE!), Restaurant Sao Goncalo, and one more called Cantihno Algarvio (order the marinated lamb 2 days before, its stunning!). One other tip is to not get dessert in most restaurants and to go to a gorgeous gelateria called Bruno's Gelado. The only place we found did good desserts was Mullens-The desserts there were really really really nice!!!!!
One other thing I must mention is the beaches. We loved Dona Ana Beach, its about a 15 min walk away, and we also went to a beach called Camilio, which was further away, more like a 25 min walk. Oh, just one more tip: When you're coming hoome from town at night, get a taxi, its only E3.90!!!!
All in all, We'd highly recommend the Giramar Apts and Lagos itself!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Ireland
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

Giramar can be best described as a block of 12 spacious clean appartments with access to a seperate pool and snack bar called The Paradise Club. Two main problems here for families with small children- Access to pool is via a public walk way so it is unsafe for children under 8 years to go alone. Secondly it is open to the public so you never know who is going to be wandering around or how busy it will be. A local school appears to have access to pool too and it is also used for Birthday parties! Although we were warned by our Budget Travel Rep not to leave clothes on our balcony we took a chance and unfortunately the clothes were taken by passers by. The walk way was never clean either as the local dogs (quite a few) used it ! We didn't find the people running the snack bar very friendly. Though judging by the roars and screams coming from the building on our last day I expect they were having problems!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Giramar Apartments
Address: Rua Antero de Quental 18, Lagos 8600-532, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Giramar Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its 2 outdoor swimming pools and large sun-bed terrace, the Giramar offers spacious 2 bedroom apartments with a kitchen and 2 balconies each. Guests can benefit from free parking. The light and modern Giramar apartments include a spacious living area with a DVD player, satellite TV and free wi-fi. Most apartments enjoy views over the pool. Guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks at the pool terrace cafeteria. There is also a games room with billiards and board games. The Giramar is situated a 15-minute walk from the centre of Lagos with its cosy streets and historic Santo Antonio Church. Lagos Castle is a 10-minute drive away. ... more   less 
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