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“goods and bads” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amar Hostel & Suites

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Amar Hostel & Suites
Ranked #7 of 23 Ericeira B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“goods and bads”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Recently spent a week at Amar as a young couple. Hostel opened in Feb 2012 hence rooms and interior were quite new. Nice simple interior, no more than you really need on a daily basis. Perfect garden where you can spend your afternoons sunbathing on the grass, reading, eating, talking to new people.. probably the best feature of the property. Spotless housekeeping, very clean rooms and communal...Location is very convenient, easy access to town centre, well Amar is actually right in the town centre. Drawbacks.. Start with breakfast. Guys, sorry to say this out loud but please take this as a constructive criticism, breakfast is appalling. Jam, margarine, honey, bread,coffee,fruit juice,cereal... You do not get a praise for this, not in a Mediterranean country. Either charge extra for breakfast and provide a proper one or not at all. Construction next door. Heavy construction starts at 08.00 in the morning making it impossible to sleep any later unless the windows are shut. Do not know how much longer it will take but probably by next season if should have been finished. Staff. Tourism is way more complicated than it looks from outside.. And the staff of a property need to understand this. You do not get your room checked when your customer tells you that housekeeping took away dirty towels but not put new ones in. You do not get to be told to rinse your dishes and place them in the dishwasher if no body is doing so, just before leaving for the day. If as a customer you explain the stains on your bed sheet which were already there, you do not get to be told that you are just shunting away the ordinary, usual excuses. Not every occasion is the same. At the doorstep upon check out, you do not get to be asked about your room key as the first thing, you get to be asked how you stay was... But anyhow, there were occasions that they were helpful and smiley to us and all in all, I would recommend this property to my friends and family.. Ok, a few humble suggestions which might give you some insight.. Property has definetily got the right material for a successful business. Extend the Wifi to every room and the garden. You can generate some extra revenue by selling some beverage, a vendor machine would do. Remove the bathtubs in the bathrooms, they are not adding any value. Compensate it by giving the customer the space needed. Towels, you need to one if not two size larger with the towels. Kitchen equiptment, need more if you are expecting higher volume of guests. Hope this review helps prospect guests and the hotel management...

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

This is a brand new hostel located very close to the centre of Ericeira. I've stayed in with my wife for a weekend break. The hostel is focused on younger travelers but everyone behaves quietly and the owners make us feel at home. We've stayed at a private room in the upper floor which is, in my opinion, the best option. The room look is light, the furniture is new and everything is kept very clean. The breakfast is simple but tasty. Some guests use a communal kitchen in an independent glass house located in the garden. During our stay we had a great fish dinner prepared by Mara. Bruno, the owner, is a surf addict, so you must be prepared to be challenged for a surf baptism every morning.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Amar Hostel & Suites
Address: Rua Prudencio Franco Da Trindade Nr 1, Ericeira, Portugal (Formerly Casa do Sol)
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Ericeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Ericeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Amar Hostel & Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AMAR is a charming hostel set in a 1933 house located right in the centre of Ericeira. Officially recognised as Europe's first World Surfing Reserve in 2011, this uniquely beautiful and traditional fisherman's village is situated just a 40 minute drive from the Portuguese Capital, Lisbon. The hostel is perfectly situated at the heart of the best surf in Portugal, and just a couple of steps away from the main beaches and village centre, where you will find some top Portuguese restaurants, cheery bars and exclusive shops. The hostel has a relaxing mediterranean garden, rooms with sea views, an exclusive lounge bar, weekly activities such as surf lessons, yoga, BBQs, trips to Sintra, garden massages and the kind of atmosphere that will make you love it as much as you will love our ocean. ... more   less 
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