Despite the title of my review...We actually loved the hotel it could most definitely do with an update in decor (I think it was last renovated in 2006) but perfectly pleasant and comfortable, with everything you'd expect from a highly starred hotel. I would say that the 5 star should have been a 4 star but none-the-less a clean hotel with plenty of space and entertainment.
Approx 45 mins taxi ride from Faro airport (65 euros) which was bearable, delivered straight to the door!
Check in was really quick and our luggage was whisked away to the room for us. Smiley receptionists and porters... everything was explained in clear English (as neither of us speak Portuguese!) We were given a map of the hotel along with guidance about events on in hotel and surrounding areas. We visited at the end of season where most things were closed or closing but still nice to be told what was going on.
The rooms - we were upgraded to a sea view room - which was great. the rooms were small but plenty big enough to relax in with a great outdoor terrace/balcony with a day bed on for chilling out in the sunshine (or in our case the rain :O)... but relaxing none-the-less.
The only criticism about the room was that the TV looked like it was from the 70's (but it had plenty of English speaking channels available) and there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room (which was really annoying) - linen was fresh and clean, towels were great, we also had robes to chill in and the room was fresh and cleaned daily. Our Chambermaid was lovely and always smiling!
The breakfast selection was fantastic - pretty much everything you could ever consider to eat at breakfast on hand - eat as much as you like with free flowing tea and coffee. The Juice selection was wide but all seemed be squash rather than fruit-juice but a minor comment really! Freshly made Omelettes of your choice ! Delicious!
Food and drinks in the hotel were great - they have a cocktail of the day which is always interesting to try! Room service food - delicious and quiet reasonably priced!
The Spa / gym area was well maintained - again could do with an upgrade but had everything you needed and as it was so quiet it was pretty much our spa and gym so we could do what ever we needed. Fresh towels, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi (not the warmest but comfortable) outdoor pool was amazing although we didn't get to use it because of the weather.
Sport - Tennis club in the complex - separate to the hotel but great for those looking for a tennis partner or to hire courts. Gym had one of everything you'd need - I would imagine it would get busy in the peak times but for us great. Putting green for baby-golfers and plenty of golf for those who are into the sport (not our thing!). Surfing in the area and a dive school up the road. the beach was lush - just a shame we only had one hot day in the 5 days there to enjoy it!
Right on the beach so the views were amazing.. and they had a James bond-esque lift to the beach!
A real mix of guests from all over the place - lots of golf players, but mixed between couples, families, groups, and a couple of solo travelers from what we could see.
Great beach bars and local restaurants within walk-able distances... a great little place if you aren't looking for mod-cons and funky decor. Not much going on but we were out of season so that was expected. Apparently the first year in 14 years that it had rained in October so just unlucky I guess for us!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel Alvor
- Pestana Hotel Alvor