Yellow Alvor Garden - All Inclusive3.0 out of 5.0
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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!
Accommodation was better than expected and very clean. Surrounding pool and lawned area was lovely to relax in. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Food was as expected. Didn't go hungry, every night had something I enjoyed. Definitely somewhere I would like to return to :)
It's lovely hotel rooms are up-to-date and the food is good. The only down fall was that the Jacuzzi was taken away. It's good for kids as there is a kids pool altogether there are 3 pools. would stay here again.
Stayed here in late July for one week with family of teenagers and my mother. Been to several all inclusive hotels before but this was best one for space and a relaxed atmosphere. I hate fighting for sunbeds and feeling like everyone is on top of one another, so this hotel was perfect. Activities laid on for adults and small children, but didn't see a great deal laid on for teenagers. When my son, who is 12 tried to join in he was turned away. I guess there were activities for him but he's shy and didn't want to be signed up at reception then led away to tennis courts away from the pool. Very clean resort, rooms cleaned every day. Friendly staff and very efficient in the dining room. Entertainment in the evening passed the time and usually resulted in dancing which was led by Portuguese, Spanish and French. We all throughly enjoyed the dancing, even the teenagers got up! Plenty of sunbeds to sit by the pool but we used some facing the lake for peace and quiet. Food was good, not the biggest selection I'd ever seen at an all inclusive, but all fresh and varied. We always liked something on the menu and there were no complaints. On the negative side, rooms were a lottery, we requested a pool view, which I know is not a guarantee, but we ended up on the ground floor facing a car park which was the biggest disappointment of the whole holiday. When I asked if we could move it was a point blank no. Really wished we'd been on the other side of the hotel so we could have sat out overlooking the pool. My daughter's friend had her bikini stolen off the balcony while it was drying; not the hotel's fault I guess, but wasn't nice. Pillows and bed rock hard, but we survived. Town worth a visit and the beach is lovely. Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the hotel but I wouldn't return because of the risk of getting a room on the 'wrong' side of the hotel.
I was disappointed with my stay, the food choice was very limited, rooms in need of a face lift and ANTS galore!! It is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, there is a shuttle bus but you have to book early to get a seat and they stop at 5, taxis were only 4 euro into town so that wasn't bad, but the hotel charges 50 cents to call one for you, unbelievable! Also there is no luggage room to leave your luggage when checking out at 12 so it is just left in reception which is not very good at all. Limited entertainment, too few seats. I wouldn't return to this hotel very expensive for what it is.
The hotel is clean and well maintained as far as I could see. The staff are friendly, the animation team always put the effort in to make you laugh and were doing activities during the day and evening also. The pool is large and has a nice little area for those who are too chicken to jump right in! The outside bar is right near the pool area, with a fair few cocktails available, coffee/espresso and (very nice) beer, local beer being superbock. The food in the mornings were the same every morning, the usual breakfast that most know of. The lunches were often fish and/or steak or chicken. The dinners were also similar. As a couple we ate out 3 of the nights out of 7. There was always something to eat, but there's not huge amounts of choice for the food. That and some days the food was okay but not exactly tasty (not what you would expect from a 4 star anyway) but as I say it wasn't horrible food and there was always something to eat and enjoy. The restaurants and bars 15 minutes walk away were very nice if you find yourself not enjoying the food and they were reasonably priced. The rooms were decently sized with all your normal things. Only thing I'd say about our room was that it was overlooking a car park, not that we cared because we came to get sun, food and alcohol not sit in the room, and plus the area around the hotel isn't exactly breathtaking mountains and lakes etc. Most of the rooms overlook the pool and gardens. Overall the hotel was nice and the holiday was great. Because of the location we would come back to this hotel.
After reading the reviews on here, I felt I had to write my own review which doesn't involve moaning. Rooms are basic, however, I don't come abroad to sit in a room all day so struggle to understand why this is an issue for some people? Personally I like to be outdoors on holiday in the sunshine!!!! Spent a fortnight here with my two kids who are quite fussy eaters and yet they always managed to find something to eat EVERY single night as did I and I found the food lovely. Don't know what people expect from this either..... a 100 different variety buffet to cater for every single person on this earths palate??? Hot, tasty and a variety and the salad was just gorgeous. Pool and outdoor areas very pretty and kept well. All staff very friendly and always had a smile on their face and all work really hard for what I would imagine isn't a great wage. Entertainment was largely aimed at the Portuguese and French, however this is because they are the biggest visitors and so that decision of entertainment is quite right!!!! British people are not superior despite what many of us think. All in all a great holiday, Alvor is just stunning and unspoilt and we would gladly return. Some people just need to get a life and enjoy themselves rather than focusing on meaningless, small stuff. If you want 5 star perfection then book (and pay for) 5 star perfection.
Slightly put off by the reviews on here after booking. But don't know how people can complain, excellent value for money. The rooms were cleaned every day, not sure why people comment on the size, personally I go away to be outside, not sat in a hotel room. All of the staff were brilliant and very friendly. The food was a typical buffet, lots of choice. Will definatly be going again
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52% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 663 reviews