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AlvorMar - Apartamentos Turisticos 3.0

Alvor, Portimao, Faro District

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Pros

  • Quiet, convenient location within a 10-minute walk to the beach, restaurants, and shops
  • Spacious apartments with kitchenettes, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs
  • All rooms have furnished balconies with sea or garden views
  • Contemporary and stylish top-floor rooms and public spaces
  • Heated saltwater pool with loungers, plus adjacent bar serving drinks and snacks
  • Family-friendly features include kiddy pool, playground, and cots on request
  • Rooftop mini-golf, sun terrace, and modern (indoor) library room
  • TV lounge and game room with pool, darts, and foosball
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No full restaurant on-site
  • Rooms and public spaces on non-renovated floors are dated
  • Pool area is a bit small

Bottom Line

The three-pearl AlvorMar - Apartamentos Turisticos is a condo-style property ideal for anyone seeking a quiet, self-catering beach vacation without much fuss or distraction. The hotel's immediate area is rather slow, though guests are within walking distance to all the necessities and Portimao is only a five-minute drive north. All 50 rooms here are big, though there is a big discrepancy between the simple and dated, non-renovated rooms and the contemporary, 2016-renovated rooms on the top floor. Most of the on-site features -- a heated saltwater pool (and kiddy pool), library, playground, and poolside snack bar serving bites and drinks -- are located on the renovated floor, but not all. Travelers looking to stay in the same price point but closer to the beach, should check out Luna Alvor Bay, though rooms lack free Wi-Fi.

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A clean, condo-style property with a mix of fresh and dated furnishings

AlvorMar - Apartmentos Turisticos attracts a number of young couples, families with small children, and older guests, thanks to its affordable price, apartment-style privacy, and self-catering units. Much like its clientele, the hotel's decor spans through the generations, starting with it's well-maintained though dated reception area. Here, you'll find terra-cotta tile floors, polished natural-wood furniture, and puffy suede-style couches in burnt-orange and blue. Moving into the majority of the rooms, the decor becomes much more dated with flower-print bedding, a mix of mid-century furniture, painted backsplash, and nearly empty walls. Trips up to the top floor feel like time traveling thanks to a 2016 renovation that brought the floor to modern times with fresh, stylish rooms with distressed hardwood floors and white furniture and a contemporary pool area with sunny yellow loungers. 

Location

Quiet and relaxing location near restaurant and a 10-minute walk from the beach

AlvorMar is centrally located in the Algarve's quiet beach town of Alvor, about a 10-minute walk from the sand. Outside of the beach or hotel activities, there's not much happening in the area, but you'll still be within walking distance of all the necessities, including several restaurants, bars, ground transportation, shopping, taxis, ATM, and a pharmacy. There are also a mini-market and a larger supermarket within a five-minute walk from the hotel. Portimao and Portimao Airport are a five-minute drive north, while Faro Airport is under an hour. 

Rooms

Spacious apartment-style rooms with kitchens, AC, and balconies

AlvorMar has 50 apartment-style rooms that range drastically in terms of decor, but are all well-outfitted and spacious. Non-renovated rooms have simple and dated decor consisting of patterned sheets, off-white walls with lamp wall sconces, natural-wood furniture, and terra-cotta tile floors. The 2016-renovated Premium One-Bedrooms and Premium Two-Bedrooms are located on the top floor, and outfitted in significantly more attractive and fresh decor. Expect light-wood floors, white or neutral-toned furniture, and pops of seafoam-green and blue for a relaxing vibe. 

All come with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen LED TVs with cable channels, every-day-but-Sunday cleaning service, and either a furnished balcony or terrace with sea or garden views. Request a room on higher floors for better views or a corner room for bigger balconies. Additionally, since these are self-catering units, expect a kitchen with a four-burner electric stove, oven, mini-fridge, electric kettle, and microwave. Inside the cabinets, you'll find all the cookware and cutlery needed to make a meal. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos and bidets (except in renovated rooms), but no toiletries. 

Features

Heated saltwater pool, roof deck, and snack bar, but no full restaurant

AlvorMar's contemporary pool area is small but sparkling, featuring loungers, a hardwood deck, and both covered and sun-exposed areas. It's a heated saltwater pool that's not treated with chemicals, and is a favorite among guests. There's also a small, circular shallow pool for children. Other family-friendly amenities include an uncovered plastic playground and game room, plus highchairs and cribs on request. There is no full restaurant on-site, but a small snack bar on the top floor serves drinks and light bites. 

A lounge is filled with thick blue carpet, dated chairs, and a corner-mounted flat-screen TV, while a top-floor library room has modern decor, a good selection of books, a TV, and tons of natural light. Just outside from the library, there's a sundeck with a few tables and chairs set up, a mini-golf course, and nice sea views. Other features include a guest room available for late departures, 24-hour reception, and a small guest laundry room with washer, dryer, and ironing board. Free and reliable Wi-Fi is  available throughout. 

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Address

Rua Dom Sancho I No 9 11, Alvor, Portimao 8500-013, Portugal

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