Don’t let the minimalist design fool you – the newly-built Alvor Baia is family-friendly down to its bones, thanks to the supersized pool area and spacious rooms.
Things come family-sized at the Alvor Baia. The big hotel is paired with a long pool that dominates the grounds. Room-wise, you can opt for spacious, modern apartments.
A landscaped pool area, buffet restaurant and cocktail bars speak for themselves against the hotel’s streamlined backdrop.
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Buffet meals. Late breakfasts. Snacks. Ice-cream for kids.
Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
All are included except where indicated.
The hotel-run kids' club has so much going on with face painting, creative drawing, treasure hunts and many more activities to keep them entertained. They'll have no trouble sleeping come the evening. It's for ages 4-12 years.
Throughout the week you can enjoy different types of evening entertainment. They have quiz nights, karaoke, tropical nights, live music and a Portuguese themed night.
A large pool that stretches across the back of the hotel. There's plenty of parasols and sunbeds to soak up the sun.
Spacious rooms with whitewashed walls are comfortable spaces. Balconies offer a bit of outside space, while each room comes with a lounge and kitchenette. This room has a double bedroom.
Spacious rooms with whitewashed walls are comfortable spaces. Balconies offer a bit of outside space, while each room comes with a lounge and kitchenette. This room has a twin bedroom.
We stayed here recently for 10 nights. On arrival the hotel looks fantastic, really nice and very modern. Check in was a bit of a pain as loads had arrived at the same time and there were only 2 staff checking in. There were also loads of people who had arrived earlier but whose rooms weren't ready, these people seemed to think it was ok to just walk to the front of the queue which made the wait for us even longer. We were eventually checked in and allocated room 430 on the 4th floor. The rooms were great, again really modern and comfy. The only thing we found a bit annoying was the gap at the top of the wall that separated the 2 rooms. This meant you could here everything. This made watching TV when our son went to bed a bit difficult. The pool at this hotel is huge and we never had a problem getting a sunbed as there are loads. As other reviewers have mentioned it's a shame there isn't much for the kids to do in and around the pool, as the pool is so big they could have easily had a separate part for the kids with slides or a splash zone. In fact this was one of the main things we were disappointed with, the lack of things for older kids to do. Our son is 10 so was a bit too old for the kids club which seemed to be for smaller children. The entertainment team tried to keep them busy but to be honest seemed more interested in group dancing or aqua gym. Perhaps more people are needed to help entertain the older kids, the management should look at getting rid of some of the 5 life guards around the pool who seemed to think it was fine to kick a ball around or play on there phones most of the day instead of watching the pool. I wouldn't class this hotel as a family hotel because of this. The biggest problem with this hotel is the bar and restaurants. We didn't mind having breakfast and even lunch in either the blue or green restaurant but didn't feel they were suitable for the evening meal. The food wasn't bad it was just the setting, it was like been back at school, every few minutes a trolley going past with plates clattering around. A hotel of this standard should be able to offer somewhere nice to have your evening meal. You could also have snacks a couple of times a day. Why do you have to be served in the snack bar? It took so long sometimes that the queues were huge. There are 3 bars in the hotel although the one in reception isn't included in the A/I package and only serves premium drinks that have to be purchased. The pool bar was fine, you had to queue sometimes but not usually for long. The worst bar by far is the cafe bar, this is where the evening entertainment is held. Whoever designed the layout of this bar? Once again part of it is like a canteen and you can only see the entertainment from certain parts, that's if you really want to as this wasn't very good either. The hotel also needs to make its mind up how many drinks one person is allowed, it seemed to change every day, sometimes 2, the next day 3 and sometimes as many as you wanted, make the rules and stick to them! We really enjoyed our holiday in Alvor there are some fantastic places to eat and drink in town, which we did several times throughout the holiday. We would return to this hotel but only if we got a great deal which meant we could eat and drink out.More
Fantastic hotel staff excellent food good . Also food in local restaurants good. Room clean and spacious. Wifi only get in reception but you don't go on holiday to play with your phone.fantastic views. Nothing bad to say about hotel. Must visit surrounding areas and beaches .More
This Hotel has just been upgraded to Platinum Status by Thomson. However, although the Hotel is in a beautiful position, the pool and grounds are fabulous and the bedrooms are well equipped and enormous the food is very mediocre with not much choice, a bit of a mish mash and very dry and as for the all inclusive bar it is more like a cafeteria, in the bowels of the earth and always with a huge queue. Surprisingly though, the bar where you have to purchase the drinks has plush seating and overlooks the pool! We had a lovely holiday, none the less, but certainly wouldn't return because of the food and positioning of the bar. In fact this is the first all inclusive holiday that we have actually gone out to eat in the evening.More
Sue B, 528785
Just returned from a weeks holiday here. Lovely modern hotel. The rooms are very big and have separate bedroom and lounge area. There is a small kitchen with microwave, fridge and hob. Unfortunately there was no kettle or cooking utensils, which would have been handy for us having a 1 year old with food allergies. However we coped and that waste only fault I can think of. The food in the restaurants was lovely, especially if you like fish. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner were all very good with lots of choice and a separate kids buffet too. The pool area very lovely and spacious. However the pool was cold but we still managed to get in and enjoy it. We had a lovely family holiday and I would definitely recommend this hotel. More
First the good points; great room, with seating area, 2 TVs and kitchenette, with microwave (we took our own kettle). Wonderful pool which was spotless, as was the whole hotel. Breakfasts and fish especially good. Staff friendly and courteous. Free bus to and from the beach. Alvor is a pretty place, lovely beach and good walks around a nature reserve. The worst thing was tepid to cold food, not up to safe food hygiene standards, this was unfortunately the norm here. I was very sick after eating the shark (I would add I did not hear of anyone else affected, so could have been coincidence). Meat was not well cooked, tough and the beef too rare for most palates. Coffee and hot chocolate came out of machine already sugared+++, however fresh coffee was good. The dining rooms were like school canteens, really let the hotel down, no table cloths, plastic plants everywhere, and the noise!-this was not four star. Filtered water was available from drinking fountains, but tasted awful, hotel charged for bottled water. Snacks available 4-5.30, and for a short time mid morning. The seats in reception were scant and uncomfortable, the evening entertainment not very good and too loud. The animation team were not as professional as most, and I did not feel that they were sufficiently trained to take exercise classes. No money exchange facility at the hotel, but good rate in Alvor.More
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