Pro's: Very spacious, clean and well equipped apartment in a well looked after hotel with good size pool, pleased to find a spare foldable bed in the living room and fully working air con.. cleaned 3 times while we was there.
Con's. I've never had a check in experience quite like it, we arrived early in the morning and told check in was 3.30 pm (was expecting this anyway as read other reviews) so we went for some food and a explore and came back 3.45, to find a long queue of people with rooms still not ready and no answer as to when they would be.
So Its baking hot, people are tired and frustrated, there is not one chair to sit on and no answers or organisation going on whatsoever.
Felt sorry for a couple in their 80's as we was all waiting a good hour and a half just to get to our rooms. I ended up going and sitting by the pool until my husband called me.
-On another occasion i found the reception staff standoffish and unhelpful when i needed important advice on getting home.
-The hotel is not as close to amenities as I thought, there is an onsite shop which closes really early.. i think around 7ish. You will find the nearest supermarket also closes early.. never had this anywhere I've gone before.
-It got freezing some nights which is a shame as we like to sit out on the balcony and have a few drinks when the kids go to bed. Some nights it was so cold i had to get a thick blanket out. The beds are ok but the pillows aren't comfy. The bath is massive compared to usual ones.
All in all for the price it was ok.
Our favourite place to eat was called the yacht club, down by the marina. Stunning views, the afternoons went by so nice here, sat in the sun with drinks and gorgeous food, kids played on the little closed off beach bit in view of us.
I also recommend slide and splash waterpark for a family day out, we all had so much fun here. There was hardly any queues and the price was 85euros for a family of 4. A taxi to get here is cheap too.
A really nice holiday all in all. Not sure about whether I would return to this hotel but if i saw the deal i got again i may be tempted. Alvor itself is really nice my only regret is i forgot my driving license to rent a car ans explore more places nearby i definately recommend doing this as its only a small place and can get a bit boring.