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“Nice spot. Hotel was fine, but no lift!”
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Residencial Mares
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We enjoyed the river view from our terrace. The hotel itself is somewhat charming. Breakfast was good and eating outdoors or in with a river view is nice. Rooms were dated and a bit shabby, though, and could have used a freshening up. Restaurant was reasonably good. Staff were helpful and friendly and spoke English. Not a far walk from the bus station, if you're taking public transit. Very close to the water taxi that takes you to the beaches. Restaurants all around you of varying quality. A good base for walking around this small city.

Room Tip: There is no lift and lots of steep stairs. Be aware of this if you travel with heavy bags!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We booked this hotel for our first 2 nights in the Algarve. Parking the car in front of the hotel will cost you €4,- per day(free parking 350 meters away but we liked the idea that we could keep a look out for it). Friendly reception. great shower, ok beds, reasonably clean. small fridge in the room, very handy to keep your beers cold for your visit to the beach. the boat to the beach island departs right in front of the hotel, in 15 minutes your there. if you like a little more peace, walk a little further down the beach and you've got all the space you need. :-)
The restaurant downstairs (same name as the hotel...) is a classic tourist trap, with super annoying "sales-men" walking the streets trying to lure you in. heavily over priced, crap service, less than average food. there is a gem of a restaurant on the other side of the river... see my review.

Room Tip: we stayed in room 210, a few rooms on the second floor have a balcony overlooking the harbor. quiet...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

A well located traditional guest house, on the river side in this lovely Algarve town. Quite a charming building (although the charm extends to a lack of a lift/elevator!), with communal spaces inside and up on the rooftop - we had a balcony too. The location is great, with a lot of parking over the road. The restaurant underneath appeared a tourist trap, although they provided hotel's the inclusive breakfast in the morning. I don't think I'd choose it in the evening unless desperate however!

The lady on the front desk was very helpful and friendly, and was happy to knock a small amount off her room rate with a bit of polite bargaining.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed here one night as part of a cycling trip through the Algarve. Arrived in Tavira exhausted from a long day and were welcomed by desk manager. She had limited English, but was helpful with stowing our bikes, and providing water ( at a charge). The hotel has NO elevator; normally this would not be an issue, but we had lots of gear and bags and had ridden 50 miles that day! Our rooms were on the third floor reached by a winding staircase. Two sturdy men nearly collapsed after that climb...so be forewarned oh ye of the heavy suitcase! There is no in-room WiFi, although we were told there was. We had to use the WiFi next door in the super friendly sports bar...slightly inconvenient since we needed WiFi for trip related items as well as business. The signal was there, but very weak and intermittent.
The room was fine with a nice balcony overlooking the river. Locally made tiles were used on the floor and in the bathroom-- nice touch. Clean and comfortable, but our air conditioning did not seem to work. Breakfast was adequate with cold ham and cheeses and breads, hard-boiled eggs and some fruit. We did not eat in the restaurant for dinner. ( It was strangely empty and we wondered why: possibly because the prices were quite high by comparison with other local eateries). We did not have cars, so cannot address parking, but we arrived over the main bridge by bike and rode right up to the hotel, so I think access by car must be easy. Overall, a positive experience, but not in any way luxurious. There is a roof top terrace for sunning. Good value for price.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights early May. Tavira is nice town. Some great little restaurants and interesting houses and sights. This hotel exceeded our expectations. Good price. Very nice room with ensuite bathroom. Beautiful tilework throughout hotel. Nice roof top patio. I didn't work at going to the beach--got my Portuguese suntan up there. Excellent breakfast. Romantic hotel and town.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

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.

Room Tip: 212 on 2nd floor overlooking the river. No undue noise as others reported. Better balconies on that...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Located right on the river, in the old town, Residential Mares is perfectly located in Tavira. The reception staff didn't have the traditional Portuguese warmth, though wee helpful enough. Rooms were a bit basic, though had a bit of local 'colour' and were clean, fair sized and quiet - all we needed.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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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
#6 Spa Hotel in Tavira
Price Range: $49 - $321 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residencial Mares 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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