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Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol 2.0

Lagos, Portugal

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Pros

  • 10- to 15-minute walk to old town and easy drive to beach
  • Functional apartments with kitchenettes
  • Outdoor pool with lounge seating
  • Cozy bar and TV room plus communal barbecue area
  • Well manicured lawns and gardens plus mini-golf and playground
  • Free Wi-Fi in the common areas

Cons

  • Rooms and bathrooms are quite dated
  • Breakfast is not offered
  • Seasonal property, closed during colder months -- check ahead
  • Wi-Fi is only available in public areas, not in the rooms

Bottom Line

Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol is a two-pearl property in a peaceful neighborhood outside of historic Lagos. It’s a 10- to 15-minute walk to the old town's shops and restaurants, and a five-minute drive from Praia Dona Ana. The 31 apartments include studios and one- and two-bedroom units, all of which could use an update and lack Wi-Fi, but include kitchenettes and furnished terraces. There’s also a small outdoor pool with some comfortable lounge seating. Inside, guests can relax at the bar, which doubles as a TV room. There's no on-site restaurant, but there’s a communal barbecue and picnic area to prepare meals. Travelers who prefer direct beach access and more amenities can check out the nearby Canavial I and II Apartments.

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Scene

Unassuming property with homey details and manicured gardens

There are seemingly limitless numbers of humble, apartment-style hotels all around the Lagos area. While there isn't much to distinguish this from the others, it would be a mistake to discount the Marsol for its initial, basic appearance. That's particularly true for budget-conscious travelers. The bar and lounge are both cheerful, if a bit small, with warm, homey details, like whiskey-brown ceramic tiles, dark chairs, and traditional decor on the walls. There’s plentiful seating throughout, along with several potted plants and a piano in one corner. The grounds are well laid out, with neat gardens, lush almond trees, and lounge chairs outside the one- and two-bedroom apartments. It’s a smart choice for couples and families, or anyone who prefers more personalized, home-away-from-home accommodations and the price can be right for this popular area. 

Location

In a residential area, 10-minute walk to the old town and five-minute drive to beach

In a quiet residential area of Lagos, Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol is well situated for tourists seeking reasonable proximity to the area’s major attractions. The shops and restaurants of the buzzing and charming old town are about 10 to 15 minutes away by foot. Praca Gil Eanes, the town square that's home to live entertainment and one of the best sweet shops in the city, is located in the old town. The historic Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, built in the 17th century, is a popular local attraction that's five minutes away by car. Pinhao Beach, with its impressive cliffs and rock formations, is approximately a 15-minute walk. Praia Dona Ana, the area's most famous beach (and justifiably so), is five minutes away by car, though it may be worth heading the extra minute to Praia do Camilo, which is usually less crowded. Faro International Airport is about an hour’s drive, and Lisbon is two hours and 30 minutes away by car.

Rooms

Functional studios and apartments with kitchenettes

Accommodations at Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol include studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. All are simple and a bit dated, with neutral color palettes, tiled floors, and sparse decor. Many previous guests have noted that there’s a certain Old World charm about the style, and colorful azulejo tiling in spots does add a touch of personality. Most of the color comes from plaid curtains and sunny bedspreads and sofa covers. All units include tube or flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, safes, and furnished terraces that overlook either the parking lot or the courtyard. There is no Wi-Fi in rooms.

The studios measure 24 square meters (258 square feet), and while on the smaller side, they do manage to pack in several functional features. The open layout includes a living area and a small dining table, along with either twin or double beds. One-bedroom apartments, at 38 square meters (409 square feet), have separate bedrooms and larger living rooms, as do the two-bedroom units. Even the bathrooms could use some refurbishing -- they’re wallpapered and feature  minimal counter space plus shower/tub combos, towels, and a small bar of soap.

Features

Modest amenities, ranging from an outdoor pool to a casual bar

Facilities at this property fall right in line with its fairly humble vibe. There’s a pool behind the apartments. It’s on the small side, shaded by gardens and surrounded by several lounge chairs. The casual bar area doubles as a TV lounge, with a flat-screen TV lighting up a small space crowded with seating. Other than drinks at the bar, there’s no restaurant on-site, and breakfast isn’t an option either. Guests are free to use the barbecue facilities in the picnic area to prepare meals. There's also a playground and mini-golf holes for the little ones. Parking is free, as is Wi-Fi in public areas only.

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Address

Avenida das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lagos 8600-501, Portugal

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