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Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Lagos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Two parents and two youth stayed here for 10 days. We had a relaxing and pleasant stay. Food was good in the à la carte menu, but a bit few alternatives when buffet and brakfast - but good! Short distance to the best beach in town if you prefere space and possibility walking around. City centre is only 5 minutes and 5€ away with taxi - and no waiting time. What negative? WiFi a bit unstable, modern fitness centre, but could be more equiped with 'man' workouts for upper body :-) Towels not changed everyday, but room was modern and easy to keep clean if you left your items in the large entrance hall. All in all a place to relax, no noise - and helpful staff for us - but we did not stress them much.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

This hotel is fabulous, we were there at the end of June, very quiet and relaxing. We had 2 townhouse's next to each other as two families traveling together. Much more space than we expected, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 2 balconies, a roof terrace and a patio area. Breakfast was great, fresh fruit, full cooked whatever your preference. This is a lovely quiet hotel with great standards, taxis to the port etc are easy to get if that's what you are looking.
We will definitely be back

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Marjory K
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

We booked 6 nights half board, in a one bed apartment in the main building, for our stay here.

The staff at reception were extremely polite and helpful. Out apartment was in the main building, one floor up from reception, opening out on to the spa pool area. The apartment itself was amazing, very modern and stylish. The living area was spacious and the kitchen had most mod cons. The only thing we missed was a coffee machine or even just a coffee plunger/french press or stove top espresso maker. The living area was very comfortable with a flat screen TV and lots of channels, although we used the music/radio channels mostly. The patio area was large, with some very nice furniture (table and chairs). It would have been nice to have some loungers in this space too - we did jump over the raised shrub bed to get to the loungers at the pool, but that wasn't ideal. Actually I would suggest some stepping stones over the raised bed to allow the residents to access the pool area.

As mentioned, we decided to go with half board, just to make it as stress free for us as possible. We ate every night at the hotel restaurant. The half board menu was limited, but the food was good in the most part. There was one particularly friendly waiter, I think his name was Palma, and he made our visits to the restaurant an absolute joy - he was attentive, but yet was never overbearing.

Breakfast was also good. Limited buffet, but suited us. Beautiful fresh fruit and yummy pastries (except the danishes, which just tasted a little strange).

The spa pool area was great. Nice and quiet. We never once when to the main pool. The thermal pools are on the chilly side, but wasn't an issue for us. It would be nice to have some staff around to take orders for food/drinks, be we were so close to our room that it didn't really matter to us. Didn't use the spa facilities (except the shower area on our last day as we were leaving late) but the staff were extremely friendly.

Belmar is a little way out from town, about 20-25 minute walk, but we like to walk so fine for us. One great place to visit is Ponta da Piedade - very close to the Belmar.

We did go pre-peak season, so can imagine it being different if they were busy, but we will definitely go back there. Next time we will go off-peak again, but we won't go half board. We enjoy cooking and, given that we now know the facilities in the apartment are great, we will have a couple of nights in. There is also a gorgeous restaurant on the beach that do amazing sardines and mackerel, so that will be an option for other nights, and we would be happy to eat in the hotel restaurant again, but with the full options on the menu.

We will be back!

Room Tip: One bed apartment in main building was great!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank SineadOD
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

We picked this resort due to the recommendations from a UK Travel company , last year was great we wanted the same level of comfort , and we were not disappointed. The rooms were more like smart apartments than a hotel room, very good and clean room with great levels of Kitchen equipment. The Hotel staff were extremely pleasant and helpful especially worth mentioning Miguel at reception who went out of his way to recommend places to visit and things to see in the Wild West Coast of Portugal. The pools were wonderful and in June very quiet and peaceful but bit cold. The restaurant was good and reasonably prices but anyone expecting fine dining would be disappointed. The hotel is well situated near the local beach, and a 30 minute walk from Lagos Town centre , however taxi is easily available and only 6 Euro.
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The big question people have is it worthy of a 4 star rating , I would say the 4 star rating is fine for a Portuguese hotel , but if this was compared to 4 star Uk hotel then it would be more like a really fantastic 3 star. For example, as people have pointed out , Toiletries are not replaced, not even in a 12 day stay, No Pool drink delivery service, (it does have a small pool type bar), Some of the Spa equipment was not always working , and the Steam room was scalding hot and I reported it.

One comment was that the SPA treatments were prohibitively expensive and above UK levels this was very disappointed and stopped us using them. All in all we loved the Hotel and Location and would recommend it as long as your 4* expectations are slightly on the low side.

Room Tip: Some rooms may have limited Sun in Morning or Evening , if thats an Issue please ask for your prefer...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Overall I enjoyed my stay at Belmar, The apartment itself was bigger and better than expected. With high ceilings and a view on beach and pool.

The pool areas were very good, with bar down there and a range if different pools for adults and children, the only disapointment was the Jacuzzi (Hydro pool) was cool never heard of a cold Jacuzzi before?

Staff were friendly but service from front desk was just average, there is room for improvement.
For example Maybe when we checking in they could of told us a bit more about our stay,
Where things are.. for example or that the cleaners can come at any time of day - and if you hear a buzzing noise that means they are at the door.
So don't shower with the bathroom door open! - even at 6pm in the evening or they may walk in!

Breakfast buffet had no taste, and you had to lineup to get in. - If you have the choice don't bother with breakfast cook it yourself.

All in all it was a great stay but I feel the prices are a little high for the level of service.

Room Tip: Stayed in a one bedroom in the main building. Was very spacious and had own balcony
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MayaRed
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Other than the hydro pool being as cold as a mother in laws smile we found the whole experience damn good indeed. The rooms were very well presented and the equipment was in fine order. The finish everywhere was very good and to walk out to the garden area and then the pool was particularly appreciated by my daughter who thought that was great fun.
Breakfast was tip top even though after maybe a week you would get a bit tired of the sameness of it.
Watch out for the massages as they are expensive in my opinion so negotiate a price before you lay on the couch.
The position of the hotel is first rate and there are two v good restaurants at the beach which is close by.
Overall the Belmar was enjoyed....shame about the hydro pool so watch out if you go early May !!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank jonspeyer
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Maybe at one time Belmar was a truly excellent hotel, there are definitely some signs of it, but it really seemed to be a good bit past it's prime with a number of negatives. We enjoyed our stay in Lagos despite the negatives, but this hotel really leaves a lot to be desired. It wasn't awful, we just expected a lot more based on the price and rating.

Let's start with the positives... Good location near a nice strip of beach with a good beach bar/restaurant nearby (Campimar). Also, the views from the pool areas of the hotel were very nice.

Now, on to the less positive...

1. With a few exceptions (the person I corresponded with via email and one person who drew a map out for us), the staff seemed generally indifferent to our presence. For a 4 star hotel, we spent a lot of time waiting and when we did speak to staff, they generally kept their responses as short and unhelpful as possible. On checking in, we were shoved a stack of papers to sign and fill out without so much of a greeting. Check out was pretty similar. My girlfriend speaks Portugese and had a bit better luck getting more information out of them speaking Portugese than English, but still it was clear that the hotel wouldn't be much help with finding things, getting recommendations, etc. For example, when my girlfriend was trying to find a nail salon, they refused to call saying the place was closed, despite us later being able to reach the place by phone on Skype.

2. The room itself was decent, but badly in need of painting. Numerous paint discolorations and chips, etc. Not 4 star maintenance by any stretch.

3. Wifi was spotty. My laptop was able to get the signal most of the time, but our mobiles (iPhones) often had a hard time picking up their wifi. In 2014 a 4 star hotel needs reliable fast wifi.

4. We're all for saving the environment, but a beach hotel that will only change towels 2x per week or pay a charge? Towels get soaked and sandy, it's unavoidable when you're at the beach and pool. To make matters worse, the room had very poor ventilation (and no fan or window that could be left open when you leave the room), so towels wouldn't really even dry at all when you weren't in the room. When we were in the room, we had to leave the patio door open and the AC fan on in order to get some air flow and get the room to seem less musty.

5. No replacing of bath products unless we asked for them. I think even Holiday Inn replaces bath products without you asking?

6. The breakfast was included, so I won't dwell on it much, but it really wasn't very good at all, worst we had at any hotel in Portugal.

Finally, and perhaps most symbolic of our stay, I was going thru some papers they had left on the table in our room and one of which was a feedback questionnaire - but it was filled out already by the previous guest to stay in the room! Seems a pretty clear signal that Belmar doesn't care much what their guests think.

Room Tip: If you're going to stay here, get a room not on the ground floor so you can leave the patio door...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

Address: Estrada Do Porto Mos, Lagos 8600-513, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lagos
#2 Family Hotel in Lagos
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
#4 Spa Hotel in Lagos
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lagos
#9 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
Price Range: $104 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Belmar Spa & Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort overlooks the beautiful beach of Porto de Mos in Lagos and comprises studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and two bedroom townhouses many of which have beach views. The fully equipped accommodation is of a high specification with luxurious interior design and includes satellite TV, DVD player, air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen (or kitchenette in the studio apartments). The Belmar Spa offers a wide range of luxurious spa rituals in addition to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxing Chromotherapy suite. The outdoor leisure area comprises a tennis court/multipurpose sports pitch and a children's playground. There are four communal swimming pools, a children’s pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi and Hydrotherapy pool adjoining the spa. This luxury resort is just a five minute drive from the bustling town centre of Lagos. ... more   less 
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