Yellow Alvor Garden - All Inclusive3.0 out of 5.0
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Having been to five star hotels for the past few years we were a little trepidatious to downgrade to a three star (per Trip Advisor/First Choice) but we wanted small and quiet and we loved Yellow Alvor as soon as we arrived. Yes it is a little tired and dated but all the more lovable for not being slick and flawless. It was like an old relative who you love all the more even though their young and trendy days are behind them. Rooms: comfortable (beds were perfect for us), clean, air-con, free wifi, hot and powerful shower, balcony (NB get a GARDEN VIEW); Pools: One indoor and one outdoor plus a kids pool. Great for swimming in or relaxing by; Bars: Pool bar was fine in the day, the only slight criticism we had with the hotel was that the lobby bar (open in evenings) was small and often standing room only, we like to sit with a drink and watch the world go by but this wasn't possible at night so we ended up on our balcony; Entertainment: Low key entertainment day and night for kids (films / games) and adults (volleyball / boules / music / comedy) but not 'in your face' and easily avoided if you like to make your own entertainment; Food: The quality of the food was as good as any of the five star hotels we have stayed at. There was something different every lunch and dinner and the quality was good for a hotel. True there wasn't rows and rows of food available but always something tasty to eat and a choice of three or for mains, plus soup, salad, fruit and desserts (not sure about vegetarians though); Alvor Town: We walked once or twice a day into the town which took us about 10-15 minutes (and I'm not fit although if you were in a wheelchair or mobility scooter the pavements would not be suitable), the town has a good selection of bars, restaurants, gift shops and cafes plus a fishing bay (we didn't make is as far as the beach but apparently their is one. There are public toilets in the castle ruins and down the side street with the Irish bars heading down to the bay. A shuttle bus runs from the hotel to the town/beach four times a day but we didn't use it as it was easier to walk; Fitness equipment: there was some outdoor fitness equipment or the type you often find in parks, only four items but my husband used them everyday; We LOVED this hotel. So relaxed after getting back on Thursday. Happy to answer any questions for people considering a visit.
Got back last week from a week in this hotel and i really cant complain about it at all. The staff were very friendly and always helpful. the gardens and pool are good and there's terrapins and carp in some of the ponds. The food had a good variety but was your standard all inclusive favourites. The room was nice and just enough room for me and my partner, however could do with a lick of paint and for any more than 2 it would be cramped. but there was english channels on tv for if you wanted to kill time. The rooms were cleaned everyday whilst we were there and cant complain about that at all. Going at this time of the year imo was perfect the weather was high 20's low 30's each day and if you get the sunbeds in between the pond and pool you have sun all day. the only downsides for myself and my partner were the fact that the evening entertainment was just singing acts there was no variety, so most evenings we just walked down to the harbour which i will say offer you some amazing sunsets. its about a 15 minute walk down to the harbour or a quick taxi ride. Secondly half way through the holiday a coach load of french arrived which stuck together like glue and if you timed going to eat wrong you'd get stuck behind them. Some of them were quite rude but that's their issue not the hotels. The only positive to this was that they didnt use the pool so it was always quiet at most points there wouldn't be more than 5 people in the pool. The town offers a good variety of bars and restaurants if you want to eat out i can highly recommend the Italian opposite the sunset bar. The Beech is a taxi drive away we walked from the harbour and we wouldn't do it again it was quite a treck. All in all for what we paid for this holiday i would go again it was a nice chilled out week with my other half.
The hotel was very clean and the staff very friendly.Our beds were a little hard though it Did,nt detract from the enjoyable holiday we had. The gardens are lovely lots of areas to have a little solitude if needed.The food was ok always able to find something to your taste although did use the microwave a fair bit.You need to be reasonably fit as it's a fair walk into Alvor itself but enjoyable if you like a walk.The river trip to Silves is lovely .This can be booked on the quayside.We were very lucky the weather was amazing 34°for 14 days.Overall Yellow Alvor Garden have the best of both worlds small and friendly but on the edge of all you need for a lovely holiday. Many Thanks.
So after reading some of the negative reviews about this place, we assumed we would have to eat out most nights, although we were all inclusive. Not sure what people expect when they go on holiday, the food here was more than adequate!! Although there wasn't a big selection, the hotel itself is not that big, the selection that was on offer was excellent, well cooked and tasty with a good selection of meat and fish. Yes i would agree with some other reviews that the breakfast was probably our least favorite, however lunch and dinner were excellent, we didnt have a bad meal once! For £420 for a week all inclusive including transfers, what more do people want?! Hotel itself was well looked after, friendly hotel staff, well maintained gardens and rooms cleaned every day. Location was a 20 minute walk to the town center, 30 to the beach, but there were shuttle buses available. Only thing i would say, which we knew before we went, was there is no iron/board in the room. Dont be put off by the negative reviews on food, unless your looking for Michelin starred food, then yes, dig deep in your pockets and go somewhere else! A nice relaxing resort where you dont have to get up at 4am to get a sun lounger!
Stayed for 4 nights at the Yellow Garden 1st -5th October. Room 221 overlooking car park and hotel opposite. Noisy until 11.00 most nights due to their entertainment. Would recommend you try to get room over looking pool and gardens. Staff pleasant and helpful. Free shuttle bus runs 3 times per day from the hotel . Recommend that you get there early for tickets as only 8 seats. Alternatively walk approximately 20-25 minutes into the village, shops supermarket, lovely sandy beach and harbour. A few young familie staying, however generally very quiet, older guests staying. Food plentiful and varied contrary to other review. Lots of salad, fruit, local dishes, and chips if you want them. Breakfast continental, cereals, fruit, and 'fried' available however the scrambled eggs and sausage not very good quality. Apart from some breakfast options we enjoyed our stay, ate and drank various meals and drinks. The hotel is a bit tired in places decoratively, however the rooms and areas are cleaned daily. The staff all work hard and never seem to stop. I would stay here again
Cheap and cheerful . Not local to the main part . 5 euro in a taxi or a 25 min walk Food not the best Drinks at pool bar if poured by the older woman are terrible measures half a normal measure. All in all not the best . Wouldn't stay here again
We visited late september and the rough age of travellers were around 50 or 60. The food was very poor with minimal choices. The woman who served at the pool bar could be quite rude and not friendly. We were all inclusive but ate out half of the time. The entertainment wasnt the best so we headed down to the strip each night. Theres no food available after 9.30pm and also no vending machines or coffee making facilities in the room which isnt good when coming home at night. The rooms were cleaned everyday though.
We were not impressed with the food. We had read the bad reviews but thought that it was just picky eaters. We are not fussy with our food but there is no variety with a very limited selection and the food is cold. Yes you wont go hungry but part of the holiday is the food. Drinks are great and the pool area is fantastic. Food was ok on the two lunchtime bbq days Tuesday and Thursday. the rest of the time it was plain meat/fish and boiled potatoes rice and a borring salad bar and some bread rolls I had a bacon roll everyday and an orange for breakfast. scrambled eggs every day which were orange and tasted funny no one was eating them. Yoghurt was disgusting I think they just use very poor quality ingredients. lunch I was happy to have some salad and bit of meat or fish and a roll would have been nice to have some tuna. Dinner we always looked at but ended up eating out in the town the wine was good but theres not even a cheese board and the desserts are also disgusting worst all inclusive food we have had. this hotel is not set up for all inclusive so be warned. Just borring food in tin trays no flavour just to stop you going hungry. no wonder you can not find any pictures of the food. I don't think I put any weight on which is a good thing. Jenny
This hotel has great outdoor spaces! It's set in an old golf course so there's plenty of greenery as well as 2 'lagoons' one of which has turtles and some large fish which the kids loved! The outdoor space is very well maintained and has some beautiful plant life! There are 2 pools, the larger adults pool isn't very deep, I wouldn't recommend diving in as the deepest section I could stand up and it was only chest height! But there is a large ledge/shelf around the one side which is great for the kids to sit and walk on! The kids pool is great, there's a large bouncy castle and inflatable slide that goes into the pool which the kids loved! There's also a play area shaped like an aeroplane, along with a sea saw for the kiddies to play on! The food is your typical all inclusive, not a great variety but none of went hungry! The sardines are very delicious! However the veil and pork chops are very tough and the breakfast sausages are more like mini savaloys! There is a self service coffee machine that does nice cappuccino and latte's, however one of our group drinks black coffee and he said it was extremely strong, almost like a double espresso rather than a coffee! The pool bar is a nice atmosphere, the bar staff have a good laugh with you especially Bruno & Deborah! The beer is super bock which I've never had before but it was very nice! The cocktails are definitely worth a try, especially the blue lagoon! The rooms are very very basic and unfortunately quite small, we had 2 adults and 2 under 4s with us and felt like we were on top of each other whilst getting ready! Also the hotel don't seem to supply travel cots even though our holiday company said they did! There is a small table and 2 chairs on the balcony which due to its size almost took up all the balcony space! There is a TV in the room with some decent channels BBC1, Fox, Fox Movies, Cartoon Network, Disney Channell & VH1, luckily the TV volume is limited to 20 as the walls are paper thin! There is an air con unit in the room which is free so that's good as we left in on during the day! The maids came to our room everyday with clean towels, bedding and emptied the bins! The entertainment is hit and miss, quite often it's singers, some very good but some kill every song they sing, the resort caters a lot for French, although we did have a laugh as they don't half go for it on the dance floor :) There are 3 bars, the pool bar during the day, a lounge bar next to reception and the outdoor terrace bar for after 21:00! The lounge bar is nice with low lighting and comfy chairs & sofas however this fills up very quick and it's small so by 19:30 there's no room in there, you can sit outside but that's on the lower ground and the bar is on ground floor so bit annoying as you can get served until 21:00 at the outdoor bar! Usually I wouldn't mind walking but I had a reaction to a bite so my foot swelled making walking painful! The insects over here seem completely ignorant to any sort of repellent! I used an insect repellent and was still bit 14 times by my 5 day, and 3 other people were also bitten whilst using sprays so keep that in much as Portuguese Mosquitos are like tanks lol There are lots of areas that good do with an upgrade, the lifts are old, slow and noisy, the doors aren't automatic and swing back on you quickly which makes it difficult with 2 pushchairs, the furniture and decor is dated as well, outside space I would definitely give it a 4 star, indoor id give it a high 2 star, maybe a low 3 but definitely not a 4! The staff make the hotel what it is as they work so bloody hard and nothing is to much trouble for them! A taxi to Alvor is around 4euro, but it's a nice walk, takes around 20 mins walking! A taxi to Praya Da Rocha was 12.50euro and we got a TukTuk back, which is like a bike with an open seating area and a canopy at the back, which although a bumpy ride was quite nice and breezy, this was the same price as a taxi! Praya Da Rocha beach was lovely, beautiful sandy beach, the sun loungers and umbrella were 10euro for the whole day and there are a number of bars on the beach edge that will serve plastic cups to take away! If you do fall ill for any reason visit the pharmacy first, I had a bad reaction to a bite on my ankle and my foot swelled to twice the size and was extremely painful, we asked reception about a local doctor but she said to go the pharmacy first who gave me antihistamine tablets and cream, they spoke perfect English, even better than some of the holidaymakers 😂! Think the tables were around 5euro so not expensive either! Hope this review hasn't put anyone off as for the price we paid it was a decent holiday with plenty of good points and a few bad! I've paid more for worse!
This hotel is definitely not 4 star rated. Im not sure i would even give it a 1 star. My partner is a wheelchair user and on arrival we realised our room’s bathroom door was too narrow for him to pass through. So we asked for another room and was told they were all the same. Turns out the hotel doesn't offer a disabled room at all which, in itself, is against European laws. Luckily enough my boyfriends able to transfer from his chair so he had to spend the whole holiday struggling. When entering the room we found our towels were frayed and stained so I then had to request for more. We also discovered that the fridge didn't work and the shaver plug in the bathroom didn't work. We also reported both issues to reception yet they were never dealt with. We had requested a double room but instead we got 2 singles pushed together. I understand a lot of hotels do this but usually dress the bed as a double so there’s no gap down the middle. They hadn't done this, so I asked reception for some double bed sheets and I would make it myself, yet was told they don't have and double bed sheets at all, not even in their more expensive rooms! So I struggled with the sheets we had and turned them the other way to hold the beds together. The first nights sleep couldn't have been any more uncomfortable, one of the beds mattress had sunk and the sheets were old and poor quality. Then after our first day out we came back to find the beds had been put back to the way we found them so I had to remake them all over again! Fuming! The later entertainment was average, although the children entertainers seemed to do a good job. The food was edible and occasionally tasty, but mostly over cooked and not a lot of variety. Judging on the amount of issues we had and how many times we had to visit reception, I thought possibly the manager might have shown a little interest, but no such luck. In fact on our last day I over heard another lady speaking with him and all he kept saying was reception could have dealt with her issue, he didn't seem to care or be interested at all. Im not sure where this hotel thinks it gets its 4 stars from because it’s certainly not from the dated decor, terrible customer service and poor facilities. We found one disabled toilet downstairs but this didn't even have a lock on the door so was unusable anyway! Disgusting!
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