We stayed here for 5 nights. It was our first time there but our fourth Tavira stay and we rated it as the best accommodation that we have had there. It was all very clean and well decorated with all modern conveniences - including a powerful electronic wall hairdryer! The rooms were a good size and well furnished and with an attractive mix of more traditional Portuguese nd more modern style.
The shower was also powerful and there was always plentiful hot water. The beds were firm, which we like. There was a flat screen tv and en suite bathroom.
It was the only place we stayed this time which had a fridge in the room and which was welcome. It also had A/C. Unfortunately, the free wifi was very hit and miss, and this included for the desk staff too. A number of guests complained of this and one said he would never book accommodation without wifi. We were told variously that this was to do with their server and also the need for stronger routers and which were on order.
Reception was 24 hr pd and with English speaking staff.
Breakfast as taken at the restaurant downstairs via the Residencial, though it belonged to others and functioned as a separate business after breakfast. It was a reasonable buffet and with good coffee. It was cramped given the massive and squashed together furniture unless it was warm enough to eat outside.
We made the mistake of having dinner there one night and were distinctly under impressed with the quality of the food and the general presentation. A real shame as there are so many good places to eat in Tavira. This time we especially enjoyed Brisa do Rio, Jamie's Cozinha and Rive Gauche. The ice creams are also generally great!
We coincidentally arrived on April 25 (Independence Day), a public holiday and the start of a 4 day festival of local foods and crafts by the river. Each evening there was also a free concert, our favourite being the 2 young women singing fado (the national type of nostalgic music), and that evening a lot of the local older women were in the audience enjoying the entertainment.
The Residencial is beside the Rio GIlhao, near the fishermen's landing, though we only heard the 7.30 am siren once. It is only two minutes walk to the old fish market, which is the start of the central town. The building is a typical one in that it rambled all over upstairs in an attractive manner with 2 floors of bedrooms on varying levels. Rooms at the front overlook the river; first floor ones have French balconies, and the second floor ones have good size balconies. We had 212, which was the one nearest town and, we thought, the best view with the end corner balcony.
The restaurant was not busy, and we had no rising noise as some reviewers wrote.
There is also a several levels roof terrace for guests.
At the eastern edge of town is a modern shopping centre - large Continente sign identifies it. There are lots of good shops there as well as the afore mentioned supermarket. On the 2nd floor is a food court and a large sun terrace with stunning views over the salt pans and towards the sea.
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- Also Known As:
- Residencial Mares Tavira