Just returned from a week at the Brisamar well what a strange strange place. First of all we had a 2 hours 40 minutes transfer with Thomas Cook which was like the never ending journey dropping off in a number of hotels in a number of resorts and guess what Alvor is the furthest away so last drop offs. Try keeping kids amused for this time.....not good. The coach goes through Alvor and carries on and on and on its quite a ways away from town to say the least through roadworks and a building site.
The coach went into the Brisamar and we though oh dear what a dump, it needs a patching on the rendering and a damn good paint. The picture on the websites must have been taken years ago. A lot of the garden areas have been let to grow wild so we were a bit down hearted.
Reception staff were very efficient our room was not ready but they allocated us another one, massive apartment with the kitchen as a separate room could not believe how spacious and modern they were compared ot the complex, but then there was the smell oh dear like sewage. We put on the air con and went out for a walk came back and it was worse, complained at reception and we were told we would have to wait until the following day to see of there another room coming free ( i see this on another review, must be their standard line). This smell made us gag, we found the source a pipe under the fridge in the kitchen. Hubby went back to reception and demanded to be moved and voila we got another room, again very clean and spacious. Small terrace nothing special there.
We used the pools in the hotel , cushions on the sun beds delievered by the pool man, lovely kids pools. We also ate in the coffee shop, Food was basic, we are talking sandwiches and toasties but the staff were really polite and quite friendly. Really good with kids which contradicts some of the things have read on reviews. Reception staff were also nice and helpful.
Was not overly happy with the location walked into town just twice during the daytime and took taxis at night when going out to dinner 3 euro 90 each way. Reception calls the taxi and it costs 50c for the pleasure. Thre is a bus that runs 3 times a day from the complex into town but sounded a bit ropey so we never experienced this one !.
Alvor is a lovely town with winding streets and oodles of restaurants and bars as a must go to Drakes and say hi to Sara and Pat, fabulous steaks, lamb steak pie and the most authentic indian curry you will get abroad courtesy of their indian chef. Great with the kids and dining alfresco. For snacks and a friendly drink go to chill out bar talk about value for money with a wide range of taosties, wraps, sandwiches and of course the burger and chips. A large beer is 1 euro and so is a glass of Sangria its fab !.
Nice to see a good mix of shops, only saw 1 perfume shop and one electrical shop , instead there are a varying gift shops and boutiques which is something different from the canaries or mainland spain. The beach is a strange location probably another 10-15 mins walk from the main town so feels a bit disjointed but was a huge sandy beach stretching for miles, not trying to cram everyone into a small space.
We paid for a taxi back to the airport rather than endure the transfer coach, if only the travel comapnies can get this sorted. I know there are economies of scale but that really is a joke spending nearly as much time in the coach than on the actual flight
I would steer clear of the Brisamar good job the weather was fantastic and we were able to visit slide and splash an ace waterpark and Zoomarine, great for the kids. Contemplating if we would return to Alvor, not quite sure
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