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Monte da Eira Apartments
Ranked #9 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Tavira
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Passably functional”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed in a one bedroom apartment for two nights at the end of a 10 day holiday. Having been in a fully equipped villa with a maid and private swimming pool, maybe our expectations were high. However, I doubt we'll be going back to Monte da Eira apartments.

The apartment was very clean, well maintained and functional. There is also a small supermarket 75 metres down the road from reception and on the other side of the road from the complex's bar. Otherwise everything else Tavira offers is a long walk away. Better to have a car (we did).

Checking in was a brief affair and we were told next to nothing of what the complex offers other than a restaurant, the nearby supermarket and 2 swimming pool areas. On going into our apartment, we couldn't find the third bed, so had to go back to reception to ask - the sofas are fold out beds, though given their design, this isn't very obvious. Neither these beds nor the main bed offered a good night's sleep. Air con worked well. The kitchenette had a microwave and electric 4 ring hob but no surface area left to prepare anything on and, although there were pans, there were no utensils to cook with other than a blunt knife, a sharper bread knife, a ladle and a straining spoon. We went to one swimming pool area and, although there were no free beds, the smaller pool was child friendly if your children are over 1m tall or can swim. The larger pool was wet.

On checking out at 8:20am on a Monday, reception was closed, so we left the key in the apartment and phoned them later to say that's what we'd done. If you do go and stay and intend to check out early, ask what the procedure is first.

Functional, very clean and well maintained, as I say, but that's about it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Kingston, Canada
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Fully equipped kitchen. Comfortable bed. The heater squeaked and was not repaired during the five nights we stayed. WiFi is not free. Washer and dryer for the complex closed at 8 pm. Convenient for supermarket shopping with two close by. Safe for walking and car. Definitely would stay again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

Very nice stay, these app's. Not expensive, good value. The desk is not unfriendly, but one man was fully incompetent. We strongly recommend it, nevertheless. Well kept, clean, enough space, located an 15 minute walk form Tariva. Childunfriendly (great!).

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portugal - ST
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

This is a calm and clean resort . There are 2 swimmingpolls, kinder area, a bar at the entrance and a supermarket near the entrance (50 meters). There is a shopping centre with a big supermarket near (7 minutes walking). The Apartment is equipped with modern appliances, is very clean and comfortable. The staff is very kindfull.They gave us a upgrad for our apartment. My children liked very much to stay here. Tavira is a beautiful town. Beaches are farway from this resort. We can go to Tavira Island by boat but you need a car to go to the port. We can go to others beaches but using a car. I recommend this resort to all people who want to spend their hollidays in a calm place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Figueira da Foz
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

The room was very clean and the cleaning ladies very helpful and nice, they make a very sweet bed for my baby boy.
You have to ask for a room wiht air conditionning, not all room have it.
The restaurant "a Nora Velha" is GREAT, very nice personel and the food is very very good and not too expansive.
The pool is great but can be a little bit small when the apartments are all rented.
Great vacations.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2010

This was our second trip to Tavira and we again stayed at the Monte da Eira apartments. We were two couples and the layout was ideal with two beds two baths and a kitchenette/lounge and two balconies. Air con is essential in the summer months. The large warm pool was a few steps away as was the round bar which was frequented by locals. Always a good sign! If you want roast beef, sports bars, nightclubs and kareoke then do not come here, if you want a charming old roman town with a very Portuguese atmosphere and good sea food restaurants then do come! I would describe the town as shabby chic built on both sides of a lovely river. The reception office will call a taxi which costs 4 Euro to town or it can be walked in 20 mins. Forget high heels as everywhere here is cobbled. We were here for the festival of San Juan on 25th June which was celebrated for 3/4 days, everywhere was decorated with paper flowers and there was live bands playing by the river all evening and fireworks it was lovely to be amongst local people dancing and celebrating like that.
There is a new large shopping mall near the apartments which has every shop you could want. The island of Tavira is worth visiting as it's stunning beach and fresh fish are well worth getting the ferry to spend the day there, it costs 1.80 Euro return. There is an excellent beach a five/ ten minute drive away called Mante Rota. I would say a car is essential here as the Spanish border is only 35 K away and the roads are very good for exploring the Algarve coast. Having done this we were glad to be returning to lovely Tavira.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

We booked Qunito do Morgado as we had been in Alvor during our last stay in Portugal and wanted to try something different. We were very happy with our choice. The hotel is quite lovely. We were upgraded to a two bedroom apartment which was very well appointed and quite large. Two bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen, dining room, living room and large balcony with table for 6.
As with our last stay in Portugal, no spatula,egg flipper was available. I thought this may be the case so brought one from home and was glad to have it. It made flipping eggs much easier than with a slotted spoon.
The city/village of Tavira is perfectly lovely. It was a 5 minute walk to the large mall with grocery store or 20 minute walk to the centre of Tavira itself. When we did not feel like travelling to the surrounding cities, we would wander downtown and send emails from the free internet service at the public library. We also found a laundramat on the canal which was 2.50 euros vs 4.00 euros at the Hotel.
Spain was a 15 minute drive from Tavira and we found the gas to be 0.30 euro cheaper in Spain than Portugal.
The mini preco at the entrance of the Hotel had some of the best grocery prices around and carried all that you needed (even a meat counter at the back) if you were planning on making some of your own meals.

All in all a lovely trip. Tavira was a great (although quiet) place to be and very different from the Alvor. If you are looking for lots to do and lots of restaurants to wander around to, then Alvor would be my first recommendation. If you have a car and do not mind the quiet, Tavira is great

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Monte da Eira Apartments
Address: Quinta do Morgado | Estrada Nacional 125, Tavira 8800-209, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Tavira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Monte da Eira Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 230
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