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Residencial Mares
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Sydney, Australia
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“Great budget stay”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Great location right in the centre of town, well appointed budget style accommodation with breakfast included which is always a bonus! Tavira town is over rated, I really didn't see much that was of interest nor is there any beautiful scenery or the like, so I would suggest to spend no more than one night here (if even that!) but this hotel is perfect for a quick stopover. The hot water worked well with a nice bath tub, airy rooms with small balcony overlooking the street. Service was great and hospitality welcoming, a selection of books to read and pay metre parking right opposite the hotel which is very convenient when lugging suitcases around. Great budget stay in a sleepy holiday town with which we were very impressed. Our room was located directly above the restaurant which can be quite noisy at night up until about midnight.

Room Tip: Perhaps suggest requesting a room away from directly above the restaurant as it can be quite noisy a...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Excellent downtown location (overlooking river estuary - fishing boats, birdlife - if you get a front balcony room). Train and bus stations within walking distance, ferry to beaches nearby. No lifts, parking in public carpark (adjacent but need to pay). Hot water and heating a bit hit-and-miss. Breakfasts fairly basic, restaurant (under different management) expensive, but plenty of others in close proximity. Reasonably comfortable, staff try hard. Good base for touring round (walking, beaches)

Room Tip: Balcony rooms at front overlook the river, but didnt get the sun (February)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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NZ
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Residencial Mares was a nice little place. The reception staff were extremely friendly and helpful and asking us if there was anything we needed help with. The hotel was located in a central part of Tavira, close to the shops and to the bus station. The room itself was quite basic and no real luxuries, the television was quite small. No internet provided in the accommodation. There was a place to do laundry just down the road so that was good. Breakfast was included in the price, so that was appreciated. Good value for money as it was reasonably cheap to stay there. Overall, if you are on a budget and looking for a cheap, basic place to stay in Portugal, then I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

I thought it was okay, but my family was skeved out. Terrace was great though. Town is overrated by travel guides. The seafood and rice at the hotel -different than paella - was terrific.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

Although staff were very friendly, they did not seem to have much knowledge about local information that related to anything outside the immediate zone of their hotel. We received a lot of 'I'm not sure where that is' and 'maybe, I woudn't know' type responses. Considering Tavira is a small town, we were surprised at the lack of knowledge. Also, the breakfast buffet was very poor quality. We did not bother going back for our second morning but went to a local cafe that was far superior. The bread and eggs were of low quality, the coffee lukewarm, very little fruit selection, the cold cuts and cheeses were clearly cheap and out of supermarket packets with no flavour. This was a shame because it seems so easy in a place like Tavira to do breakfast cheap and well.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Durham NH
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

They must have given us the best rooms in the building, overlooking the river (whence we watched the fireworks from the June festival). Staff were always helpful. Location is excellent: across the street from the ferry to the beach island, five minutes from the main square and castle, and minutes from great restaurants.

Room Tip: definitely make reservations early!!!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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SOUTHAMPTON
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

The Residencial Mares has close proximity to the ferry landing from where you catch the hourly ferry for the 15minute trip down river to the beaches of the IslaTavira, which no visitor to Tavira should miss.The hotel faces the river, so you will either have a river view or a view of the lane behind the hotel,the latter being the noisier side, as these rooms are built over a restaurant kitchen, and there can be street noise and loud crash-bang kitchen noises at least til midnight!The roof terrace has sunbeds, sunshades and chairs, plus good views of the town, and of course the river traffic, and can be a quiet spot for enjoying the sun without leaving the hotel. The staff, especially Susanna, who speaks good English, are welcoming and will greet you each morning at breakfast, which is is basic but can be as filling as you choose to make it. The coffee is good, as is the seeded bread! My room was clean and simply furnished,and on the first floor there is a little lounge area with a few books and left-over magazines. Do not feel obliged to eat at the Mares restaurant, run by a different management, as Tavira has a wide choice of cafes and restaurants. The walk down to the hotel from ther train station takes 15-20 minutes, and there is a car park between the hotel and the river. There is no hotel bar, but there is a sauna. Altogether a pleasant, simple place, just right for a mix of gentle sightseeing and days on the beach.

Room Tip: Choose one on the second floor facing the river.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Residencial Mares
Address: Rua Jose Pires Padinha 134-140, Tavira 8800-354, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Beach Spa
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Tavira
#5 Spa Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Residencial Mares 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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