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“Unfriendly owners but decent place for the money”

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Residencial Hotel Por do Sol
Ranked #27 of 30 Tavira B&B and Inns
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews
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“Unfriendly owners but decent place for the money”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I would have ranked this place higher except for our unfriendly welcome with Nickolette. We arrived around 6pm. There was nobody in the lobby and the door was locked but there were instructions to ring the bell and someone would come down in a few minutes otherwise try calling. Since we were tourists we did not have active cell phones, that was not an option so we rang the bell and waited at least 10 minutes. Then, we rang a couple more times in a row and still nobody came. After about 20 minutes of standing outside we rang a couple times in a row and a few minutes later Nickolette (one of the owners) came down and let us in and gave us attitude about how we shouldn't ring twice in a row because it takes her time to get down. First, of all, we waited almost 20 minutes and instead of saying sorry for the wait, she accused her customers of being wrong which automatically got us pissed off. We were 4 people and stayed in the apartment. It was spacious and nice. The internet didn't really work well there though which was annoying.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Excellent value for money compared to the other accomodation we stayed in during our tour of Portugal. Rooms were spacious, and had all the necessary facilities that we could have hoped for. The owners were so helpful and attentive, for example when we needed taking to the airport, when we had problems with our bank card and even trying to support with specific dietary requirements at breakfast!
I would certainly recommend this guesthouse for a couple or a family!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We were a group of 4 people and stayed in one apartment with 2 rooms. We saw the pictures online but the place was much better than what we expected. Big, bright and clean. The breakfast was also very good and gave us a boost to start the day!
If I had to go again I would stay in Residencial por do sol again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed for five nights in a large group: 14 people. We got five rooms, what is almost half of residencial's capacity. Miguel, the owner has so kind to write me one week before asking how we would like rooms set up, double or twin beds. His wife was running daily business as they also have a restaurant in town. She was very helpful advicng us how to do.
The breakfast is nice, served on rooftop, with good quality ingredients.
Rooms are large enough for three people. I got a family suite, that is a corner room that can accomodate easily four people and luggage.
Location is also very convenient althrough is nosy by weekends. Air conditioners in some rooms are not enough for summer hot.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

This was a last minute booking as our previous hotel went out of business the week before we flew out.
Good location- we walked into the centre each day with a 4 year old.
Our family room was infact a lovely airy suite of rooms.Lots of space for a family but not very toddler proof in terms of stairs, ormaments and loose handles!
Clean and well decorated. Kitchen somewhat over equipped with crockery- felt like the previous owner had just moved out but lacking a the useful stuff like a sharp knife.
Roof top brekkie great.
Owners friendly and helpful
Overall a good one.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The room was neat, clean and well appointed, including international TV. Breakfast is simple but nice and adequate, and served on the roof weather permitting - if not it will be delivered to your room. There are good views of the town and saltpans (with sea in distance) from the roof. It is well run by the couple, who have an international background (Miguel being of portuguese origin) but are english to all outward apearances. We found it a good base to expore the Algarve from Faro to the spanish border.
The town centre is 5-10mins walk away and riverside nearer, and there are numerous good restaurants nearer than that. A medium-large supermarket is just across the street so getting bread and water etc is easy - a shame that it also spoils the view.
There were no significant downsides but here are some things others may find a problem: as you might expect from an establishment of this size, there is no lift, so don't go if you don't like stairs. It was difficult to find - mainly because the roads in the vicinity are all one-way and had been reversed since our sat nav got its info. The immediate locality feels like the back streets but seem perfectly safe.
This next bit is not the hotel's fault but I counsel booking direct with the hotel or on their website tavirasol.pt as it will probably be cheaper than going through an intermediary site. I booked through booking.com and can say the their "best price guarantee" is a deception! You may be forgiven for thinking that they strive to have the cheapest price - I can tell you that (as far as this hotel is concerned, so probably applies in general) they will charge the same price as the hotel, PLUS their fees. They are only interested in doing anything about the price if they get caught out - and then only if you complain within 24 hours and can identify a website offering the same room, dates and price. I ask you - who keeps looking at other websites once you've made your booking? I was able to identify that booking direct is cheaper than using booking.com and, as a matter of courtesy, I let them know - they weren't interested! I paid significantly more than I need have, by booking through booking.com. I could have cancelled my booking and then re-booked through the hotel, but I had chosen a rooftop room and didn't want to lose it. Annoyingly, when we arrived the rooftop rooms were out of commission so we were put in one of the cheaper rooms anyway - a situation only improved by the knowledge that the room we were in was a better spec than the rooftop ones - and we had a balcony but a very restricted view.

Room Tip: Rooftop rooms are small but carry a premium price, and you can still go and sit on the roof terrace...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We got a big room looking at the street, with a little veranda. Although the street is quiet and picturesque, lI will ask for a sea view next time. You can also enjoy the views from the roof terrace, where you have breakfast.
Everyone is very friendly and helpful, with advice about restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and best beaches.
The free wi-fi is also an advantadge.
All in all great value for money!

Room Tip: room 206 has a small issue. the breakfast area on the roof terrace is right above it so there is som...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Residencial Hotel Por do Sol
Address: Travessa Nossa Senhora do Livramento 4 | on the corner of Rua Jose Juaquim Jara 82, Tavira 8800-376, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Residencial Hotel Por do Sol 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feels like a home away from home. Large rooms recently redecorated, some rooms with balconies, enjoy the location right in the center of Tavira, with view of the Ria Formosa and Tavira rooftops. Healthy breakfast on our panoramic roof terrace, weather permitting of course. ... more   less 
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