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Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School
Ranked #26 of 70 Lagos B&B and Inns
Linz
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“Lovely place!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

With very clean, very nice rooms, this guesthouse is close to beaches as well as the old part of Lagos town but in a very quiet street. That means: Great starting point for anything you want to do during the day, because you get a good night's sleep. On arrival, we got great tips on where to go and where to eat as well as a booking for kayaking the caves of Lagos (amazing, by the way). Really friendly service, great breakfast, lovely garden... I can do nothing but wholeheartedly recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Waterford
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Besides a difficult situation with a double booking on my part which was dealt with when we arrived, this guesthouse leaves a lot to be desired.
It has a 1979s feel. It is cold and sterile with very little comfort and lacks any atmosphere whatsoever.
The breakfast was, however, lovely (meats, cheese, cereals, bread & yoghurts) but the kitchen area lacked any warmth or comfort and had echo of emptiness.
the rooms & bathrooms were very clean and spacious with balconies and average views.
There are plenty of beautiful relaxing, warm & friendly hostels & guesthouses in Lagos that would go above and beyond for their guests so I would not recommend visitors to stay here. Also the hosts are too formal and make the guests feel like they are intruding into their house which isn't what a holiday is about.
As I said, there was a unpleasant difficulty with booking but either way this hasn't tainted my view on the quality of the hostel.

  • Stayed March 2013
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FlowHouse, Owner at Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
This is a revenge review. Guests Colleen and Eoghan made a duplicate reservation, which they refused to cancel till the day they left. They were upset because we wanted to charge them the late cancelation penalty, and they tried every thing they could not to pay this penalty. After a long, senseless argument, i offered to lower the penalty, and ended up charging them only 50% of the penalty. Apparentely, this was not enough for them, as we can see from this revenge review. We had a loss in income due to their duplicate booking, yet we offered them a discount penalty, and they still write a bad review, makes me think we should have charged 100%. And it is clear, from thir review, that they are in NOOOO way trying to get back at us :/
We have reported them to Guest Advisor website so that other Hotels will know what kind of clients they are, and be prepared to deal with them.
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Oslo
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

It's a wonderful place to spend holiday in! Not only is it high-standard hotel that welcomes you warmly but also a proffesional surf house that organizes as well as recommends additional attractions. Whole-heartedly recommeded!
PS. Sorry for the delay :) Cheers!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Very welcoming atmosphere, with knowledgable, caring hosts. We had the Armona Room, which is a spacious, nicely furnished double ensuite situated in an extra bungalow in the garden - used to be the pool and billiard room and has been newly constructed in 2012. The garden was our favorite place to eat and chill out. The house was extremely clean and nicely furnished as well. Kitchen is well equipped, storage room and fridge space available. Breakfast was yummy and plenty. The house lies in a quiet residential area, it is NOT a party house. It is about 10 minutes to the beaches (plus taking the stairs or - more remotely - climbing down) and to town.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and also took a two day surf course with their partners, algarve watersport (dot) com. Thanks to the hosts for the great stay!

Susanne and Henric, Germany

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Flow House was much more then we expected. The house is lovely and the rooms are perfect for longer stays. We have been traveling for 3 months and this was by far the best breakfast on offer at a guesthouse. The owners are warm and incredibly helpful, full of useful information about Lagos. If you don't believe this review check out our travel blog where we wrote even more, www.westcoastnomads.com

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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FlowHouse, Owner at Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Hi Emah!!

thank you for your glowing comments about the Flow House, and we loved reading your article about our house on your travel blog westcoastnomads, and also find the other articles documenting your Euro trip very entertaining and informative.

I know that Canada is far away, but we´d love to see you again sometime. Anytime you´re in the "neighborhood", we´ll be delighted to find a great room for you :))

Best

Alexandre @ Flow House
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Goettingen
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is without doubt one of the best places I've stayed.The house is very beautiful, bright and very clean!there are common areas,a great kitchen you can use,a beautiful garden area and very clean rooms.The atmosphere is very nice,welcoming, warm and relaxing.It's about 10min walk away from the city centre and perfect to visit all the beaches..which are not far awa.2 supermarkets are just 3min away, a ATM as well.the guesthouse is located in a nice and quiet area. The breakfast is unbelievable good, also the coffee..:-) they don't have many rooms, so it s very very nice and familiar. Alex and Maija are very very friendly and helpfull,great hosts and they ll give you all the information you need and do their best to make your stay the best stay ever. I actually wanted to stay 2 nights, I stayed now 9 nights and I was sad that I had to leave. I stayed in a 3bed-room and we had enough space, good beds, and a big balkony..the other rooms are double rooms I guess.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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FlowHouse, Owner at Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Hi Christin,


thank you so much for your heart melting comments. We aboslutely loved having you here, and you made it into our top 3 favorite guests ever :)) We loved having you around, and how every morning you asked us for one night longer. It made us very proud to see that you just couldn´t leave :))

There should be a "GuestAdvisor" review site, because, from us, you would get a 100% positive review.

We would love meeting you again sometime,

Best

Alexandre & Maija
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The first thing that struck me about the flow house, other than it being a gorgeous place was that Alex is a fantastic host. The consummate professional he gave us all the information we needed and some invaluable restaurant tips and beach information. (his tip for where to eat cataplana, lead to a delightful 3 hour relax in this excellent restaurant enjoying the atmosphere and wonderful food)

We stayed in the 3 bed room which was spacious and had a lovely balcony. The beds were very comfy, with immaculate sheets.

The shared bathrooms were large, spotlessly clean and the upstairs one in particular was a great space.

The communal areas were stunning and the garden provided an excellent spot for a debrief of the days lazy or indeed active beach endeavours. With a shop 2mins walk away it was easy to stock up for an early evening beer in the sunshine on the sofa.

Breakfast was simple but delicious fresh local bread each day and he even made it early for us the day we left.

The house is about 15mins walk to lovely beaches, we tried a different one each day and about the same length to the town. I would say, if you are over 21 and not australian (no offence intended) avoid the main town bars late in the evening. There are however plenty of lovely restaurants to fill the void though.

We also did a surf lesson organised with Alex and this was great too, my muscles have never ached so badly but it was a great day.

All in all, I would certainly return to the Flow House.

  • Stayed July 2012
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FlowHouse, Owner at Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Hi Nikki!!

I hope you´ve recovered your sore surfing muscles :)))

Thank you for your fantastic review, we appreciate it. It means a lot to us, learning that you had a great time here at the Flow House, that´s why we´re in business, to see you leaving with a smile on your face, even if a little "beat up" from the surf lessons :)))

Looking forward to meeting you again, we´d love to be your hosts again!

GuestAdvisor score :100%

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Alexandre & Maija
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Property: Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School
Address: Lt. 34 Rua dos Taxistas, Lagos 8600-579, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Flow House - Guesthouse & Surf Kite Surf School 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, just a 10 min walk from Lagos historic XV century city wall as well as its restaurants and nightlife, the Flow House is a spacious and comfortable villa, tailored to fit your expectations and provide you with the perfect place to recharge your batteries after your holiday activities. Several beaches, such as Porto de Mós, can be found within a 10min walk from the front door. ... more   less 
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