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Pestana Alvor Praia
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Professional faulty towers with amazingly helpful staff...”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view - amazing views of the sea and beach much nicer than overlooking the tennis court...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

What a brilliant hotel this is. Could not fault it one little bit. Excellent location right on the beach with wonderful views overlooking the atlantic. Breakfasts were lovely and full of variety and the man playing the piano was absolutely brilliant with his vast knowledge of music.We are certainly booking the pestana Alvor Praia again in 2013 and cant wait.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The hotel has its own, private beach area on one of the most attractive stretches of coast line in the Algarve. The pool, which sits above the beach with spectacular views (especially at night) is large, with ample seating area and a lovely pool bar. The staff are always friendly and helpful. If you want a beach holiday, this is for you. A word of warning, however... the gym is not great at all and the restaurant is so-so. I would recommend that anyone who stays here strays out of the hotel to the beach restaurants which are a couple of minutes walk away.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Upton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Just got back home to the cold. Even though the weather in Portugal was changable;( to say the least) with rain 3 full days and 4 days sunny, mostly in afternoon. It was still a lot warmer than home and we enjoyed our break. We were assured by locals and regular tourists alike, that this amount of rain at this time of year was unusual. The hotel Pestana Alvor Praia,was comfy ,views from our room were to die for, staff were attentive and dealt with any issues very quickly [thank you]. The brisk walk to Alvor was 15 mins and hilly; taxis ranged from 3.50 to 5 euros and the varied local food restaurants were fab, restaurants on beach where top class even though expensive. good steakes and plenty of fresh fish. On our last night we had an Indian meal and this was also very good.

Room Tip: sea veiw must
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We have just returned from a seven day holiday.The location is perfect for beach lovers,but it is a 30 minute walk to the village and restaurants around the harbour.After reading some reports, regarding the shortage of sun beds, both around the pool, and on the beach, we went armed with "lie lows"and towels, to ensure some comfort in our desperate search for the sun. I have to say,they remained in the case. I have never seen so many sun loungers both pool side and on the beach. Possibly because it was a quieter time ( October).We found the hotel very clean and on the whole very pleasantly furnished.We had a "Garden View" room,which was quite large,with a very comfortable bed, sofa and chairs, and a small balcony. The bathroom was adequate,with bath and shower.I do think that hotels with a 5*rating should have tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, and in fairness, this is by no means the best 5*hotel I have stayed in. I did feel it was good value for the money, that I paid. Breakfast can be taken either inside or on the terrace, and there is a good choice, of hot and cold food. All in all we would return to this hotel, more for the location, than anything else.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We have just returned from a seven day stay at the Pestana Alvor Praia, and I have to say that this is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. The location of the hotel is perfect for the best beach in the Algarve, sun loungers on the beach are free to hotel guests and the hotel sun terrace is large, well supplied with comfortable loungers (hotel towels provided) and is surrounded by beautiful and well tended gardens. The breakfast buffet was fantastic with all types of tastes catered for, from a wide choice of fresh fruit and cereals to cold meats and cheeses through to a full english breakfast. Our room was very comfortable and most important was spotless, the daily maid service was excellent in fact all of the hotel staff were friendly and very helpful at all times. Perhaps the most pleasing was the care shown in all aspects of the running of the hotel. During our stay I celebrated my birthday, and on returning to our room in the early evening we found that the management had provided us with a birthday cake and a ice bucket containing a bottle of sparkling wine, which was a very nice gesture. This is the first time that we have stayed at this hotel, but we would have no hesitation of returning in the future. A truly great place to spend a holiday.

Room Tip: We had a garden facing room which we found cool in the evening which after very hot days was really...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

this month was our 3rd visit to this hotel and we keep coming back because it seems to us to have absolutely everything we look for in a resort. Its excellent beach,huge pool,great views,included outstanding breakfast and friendly staff makes it tough to beat. The room with a decent sized balcony is also an attraction. Its 5 star in every way.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Alvor Praia
Address: Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8501-904, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alvor
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#4 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
#5 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
#7 Family Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Alvor Praia 5*
Number of rooms: 202
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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