Just back from a weeks stay in the Alvor Pestana. We booked our holiday with a local travel agent and were informed a few days before our departure that the hotel was overbooked and they wanted to move us to another hotel. The main reason we booked the Alvor Pestana was due to the close promimity to a beach. We have a one year old and three year old and we didnt want to rent a car or have to walk a distance to a beach. Also our kids sleep in the middle of the day so we wanted to be close to our hotel.I put my foot down and the hotel moved other guests.
1. Location is excellent when trying to entertain young kids. We brought them to the beach early in the morning then up to the hotel bedroom for a nap, back to the pool, lunch in the hotel, back to the beach etc.
2. The quality of the breakfast was excellent. Great choice for the health conscious, omlettes were tasty and the waffles with chocolate sauce were delicious.
3. Hotel staff made a huge effort to facilitate food choices for the kids. Made tasty dinners every day for the one year old.
1. Swimming pools were freezing.
2. Drinks at the bar were very expensive. Approx. 13 Euro for a gin and tonic.
3. No kettles in the hotel rooms so i had to ring room service every time i needed hot water to make a bottle for the baby or else i had to go down to the bar area for hot water.
4. We had reservations about the room we would get considering the hotel wanted to move us to another hotel. The room that was allocated to us wasnt great. The room was located at the side of the hotel - we had a view of the fire exit and no sun on the balcony until late in the evening. The fact that our kids had naps in the middle of the day one of us sat on the balcony every day for two hours looking at a fire exit in the shade.
5. Our first morning we arrived down on the beach at 8.10am and all of the sun loungers were allocated to guests. The 2nd morning we arrived down at 8am and we were lucky to get two sun loungers. Guests are meant to collect their hotel towels at 8am by the pool area and then go to the beach and book their sun loungers with a member of staff. Problem is guests hold on to their towels from the previous day and go down to the beach before 8am and put their towels out. This was so frustrating. The hotel should either allocate a different colour towel/day or else remove all of the towels on the beds and make it clear to guests that they must sign for sun loungers. The 7 days that we stayed in the hotel we got sun loungers once. Also guests staying in other Pestana hotels in the area can use the facilities at the Pestana Alvor Praia ! We paid a lot of money for our weeks holiday so the facilities should only be for guests of the hotel.
6. The bedrooms are in need of a refubishment. The woodwork on doors was shabby. Also our bathroom was small with the shower built into the bath.
Hotel is really more suitable for couples. We did have a great holiday and the staff in the hotel were excellent. Special mention to the assistant manager. She was terrific.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Alvor Praia is a 5-star hotel in Alvor, Algarve. Located on Praia dos Três Irmãos, one of Algarve's best beaches, complete with white sands and tranquil, crystal-clear waters. It's surrounded by expansive gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and an elevator for direct beach access. If you wish to relax, visit the indoor swimming pool with plenty of natural light, the Spa where you can schedule a Magic Spa massage or beauty treatment, the Turkish bath or the gym with the latest equipment. If you wish to enjoy your meals with your family or have a cocktail, the Pestana Alvor Praia offers 2 restaurants and 2 bars. You can even make use of one of the tennis courts or golf courses only 15 km away. The little ones can enjoy mini golf, the playground and Kids Club (available from June until September). All rooms have Wi-Fi and air conditioning. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, Prestigia, PESTANA MANAGEMENT - Servicos de Gestao S.A., getaroom.com, Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, HotelQuickly, Cancelon, Evoline ltd and TripOnline SA so you can book your Pestana Alvor Praia reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel Alvor
- Pestana Hotel Alvor