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“Large building going on next door”
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Villa Marazul
Ranked #31 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Lagos
Manchester, UK
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Large building going on next door”
Reviewed June 20, 2007

The damn building work is the reason for the low score. There's a major (I mean major) piece of building work going on and I could see it from my balcony. They begun work at 8am - 7pm. The banging I can stand, the drilling and sawing drove me crazy. It's a major project which will run at least another year. If I'd known the work was being done, I wouldn't have gone there at all. Luckily we spent all day away, and with the doors and windows closed, it was much quieter.

The hotel is very nice, small hotel, hardly saw anyone else. The rooms are good size and the pool's lovely. If the building work was finished, or never taken place, it would get 4.5 out of 5. But, these forums are to tell the truth and it sort of spoiled my holiday, a little, not a lot. Loved, totally loved Lagos.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The building site next door
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2006

We luckily fell upon this inexpensive, but delightful Pension type hotel in the middle of bustling Lagos. Yes you may find the front room noisey but we had a quiet room at the back. Rooms are cleaned daily, they provide a basic breakfast & its dirt cheap at 30 Euros (out of season). Staff are first class, helpful & friendly. Beds comfy, bathroom a little average but everything works. It maybe hot in summer so if thats a worry this hotel may not be for you but we stayed in October when its mild. The windows work though & there's a fan.

It has a flight of stairs to conquer if luggage is an issue. But the location makes up for all those small inconveniences. Good restaurants right outside.

  • Liked — position, price
  • Disliked — small breakfast
  • Tips/Secrets — no
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2006

This villa/apartments has pros and cons but there is something special about it given the cheap(ish) price.

Check in is at sister Hotel Costa D'Oiro Ambiance Village. We just turned up at the villa itself where there is a phone and a number for the sister hotel, call them they will pick you up to sign in and drop you back off.

In the website we booked from, a number of facilties where advertised but what you get is a studio flat or 1 bed flat and a shared pool. There is no shuttle bus into town, no golf, no bar etc. despite whats advertised your getting a villa - not a hotel.

We stayed in the studio flat which was very large, more than enough room for two, seperate bedroom, bathroom and combined kitchen/living room. The villa is very clean and each flat has its own balcony with table and chairs complete with sea view. There is a beautiful beach next to the villa (200-300m), mainly used by locals. The pool is very nice as well.

The villa has a really nice feel, in a beautiful but secluded part of town (outskirts). Unless you are fit I would recommend a car, we never had one and it took a minute or so to get to the beach, 10 minutes to walk to the nearest shop and 25-30 minutes into town (thats not a leisurely stroll either). We dont mind walking so never had a real problem.

Ask for a key for the safety deposit box when you check-in. The person who drove us to the check-in never told us this and it was only when we got back to the apartment that we discovered this. The checkin is only 5 minutes drive but a 25 minutes walk.

I would have given this four and a half stars but as there are no half marks I have opted for five.

  • Liked — great view, good size studio
  • Disliked — just too far from town without car
  • Tips/Secrets — ask for safe deposit key when cheking in
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2006

we stayed in this small, friendly, apartment-complex for 2 nights while on a business trip. The apartment was clean, spacious and in a good location, only a few minutes drive into the centre of Lagos. At first we had some trouble finding the complex as it's situated in the quieter/residential area of the town. Once we arrived, there was nobody on reception but the maid was in the grounds and gave us our key and showed us around the apartment. 50 metres away is the beach which can be seen from the balcony. There is a wonderful restaurant right on the beach which is well worth a visit! The complex also has a swimming pool and bathing area situated in the gardens of the grounds which has an informal/relaxed feeling (too cold to swim in January though so didn't sample the water!). We couldn't fault the apartment at all, the maid came daily and changed bedding and towels etc. and the kitchen had all the necessary equipment to cook a proper meal if need be. Would definitely go back there, would be an ideal base for a holiday.

  • Stayed January 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Villa Marazul
Address: Rua Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lagos | Barranco do Porto Mós, Lagos 8600-621, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Marazul 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Mar Azul is a charming, secluded, Mediterranean-style villa, overlooking Porto de Mos beach in Lagos,one hour from Faro Airport and 2 hours from Lisbon and Seville. Other beaches such as Praia D. Ana and Praia do Camilo are only 1.5 km away, as are the spectacular Ponte da Piedade headland and the town centre. Check-in is made at the sister hotel, Costa D'Oiro Ambiance Village, in Lagos. The property is divided into 5 studios and 5 one-bedroom apartments with an attractive, Mediterranean decor and Free Wi-Fi. Hotel Rooms: 10. ... more   less 
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