Hotel Tivoli Arade

, Alvor, Portugal
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Hotel Tivoli Arade

, Alvor
4 star
Marina de Portimao - Alvor - 8500-001 - Portugal Hotel Website | | 282 460 200
293 Traveller

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Excellent, with a couple of minor niggles.

from OUFC_68
Briefly, I agree with most of the reviews already posted. However there were a couple of minor irritations. We travelled with two children and had a junior suite, we had envisaged that they would sleep in the bedroom and my wife and I would sleep on the double sofa bed. Unfortunately the Sofa proved totally unsatisfactory, not only did one half roll out from under the other almost drawer like, making the two halves different heights but the lower half was extremely narrow. Certainly not helpful if you are feeling romantic!

The staff on reception, as already mentioned, were in varying degreed rather surly and unhelpful. Parking was a problem at times. We were in the end block nearest to the beach and had to park in the underground car park which is a fair walk. Finally there were a fair few dogs on or around the complex and their owners were less than dilligent in picking up the inevitable mess.

Other than that we really enjoyed both the setting and quality of accommodation at the hotel.

Oh and by the way, all my family love football are quite happy to be British but are not drunken, foul mouthed yobs as described by the previous reviewer. May I suggest that if he dislike Brits so much he takes his holiday somewhere less populous next year like Siberia.

Lovely but ruined by the English on Tour brigade.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Tivoli in July during the first week of the school summer holidays with our two children. I was very concerned about going to Portugal because I'd been told that it is just full of English, and I cannot stand going abroad to be surrounded by the typical England/Chelsea/Arsenal football shirts crowd, and the 'English Pub' and 'Egg and Chips' venues that are so embarassing to us seeking some foreign culture and local eateries.

I thought staying at the Tivoli a 4* resort that was not exactly cheap would ensure that we would not be subjected to 'Brit factor'. The first two days were lovely barely an English person in sight and my children having a good time but with consideration for others all seeking a peaceful and relaxing break. On day 3 I look up and my nightmare came true. Walking down the pool are four families with no less than 10 children between the ages of 10 and 15 all with the essential footy shirts.

Needless to say they took over the pool, the restaurant, the peace and quiet and ruined the week for everyobne that happened to be there that week, what a shame.

The Tivoli was extremely clean and tidy. The room we had overlooking the marina was a good size, cleaned every day by the maids. The power showers were wonderful ! We had a room overlooking the marina which was beautiful.

Outside of the Tivoli Arade complex though and it was Pizza Hut and McDonalds undoubtedly to cater for the majority of English that visit looking for hiome from home.

We went half-board which was the right choice. The restaurant is lovely. We sat outside every evening overlooking the river and marina, quite stunning. The choice for HB was rather limited consisting of salad, soup and a different hot dish every evening but if you didn't like the hot dish, it was back to the soup !

The location of the Tivoli is very picturesque. As part of the marina complex it was very interesting to look at and be alongside. There is a small quiet beach just up from the marina, but if you like it a bit busier then there is Praya De Rocha beach which is huge and offers all the usual watersports that you could hope for, jet-ski, Flying Fish, Banana rides, Rings,etc.. There is also a beach opposite on the other side of the River Arade (hence the name of the hotel) which was much much quietr, equally with some watersports if you wanted them, but it was just nice to be away from the crowds and particualrly the truck load of English that had arrived at the Tivoli. To get to the beach opposite I would suggest going up to the marina office and they'll call a water taxi to take you over the river to the beach for 5 Euros each return. Pedro is the chap you want. Lovely guy, speaks very good English and is wholly reliable to come and get you and not leave you stranded ! Otherwise it's a long walk round !!

The staff within the Tivoli were pleasant except some of those on reception who were abrupt and rude. My advice is taking them head on never pays as they will become even less helpful, so as painful as it may just accept that's the way they are and just try and gain what it is you need by being nice and friendly regardless of their approach.

All in all the Tivoli was a lovely place and it's qualities (room cleanliness and size and the location) should be viewed without the blurring of the Enlgish that you must expect. I thought that about 85% of the people there were English, but according to the Manager only 55% were, and that to me is even more worrying that it just feels like there are more Brits there !

If you can tolerate the English abroad and that up the road outside the complex is like Romford in the sun, then you'll love it ! Failing that, just stay in the complex and stroll around the marina, use the gym, get a water taxi to the beach opposite or laze by the pool, and you'll never know what lurks beyond !

Absolutely Fabulous

from Siguy
My wife and I have just returned from a week at the Tivoli Arade and couldn't be more impressed. Everything about the hotel was fabulous - we went with our 18 month old who also had a brilliant time! The location, food and service provided by the hotel were of a very high standard

Superb location right on the mouth of the river in the middle of the Marina. The hotel makes up two arms of the marina with a third arm having bars and restaurants. The hotel was very easy to find (we hired a car and drove from Faro - only took about 40mins) and it was easy to navigate around the area - just follow the signs for Marina de Portimao to get home! As already mentioned two beaches are within a 5 min walk - we prefered the river beach as it was close to the hotel and had a life guard etc although the Praia de Rocha beach is much prettier with white sand stretching for miles.

We had a Suite which contained a large bedroom, seperate living room with dining table and kitchenette, balcony and a massive roof terrace all overlooking the marina. Maid service came everyday and did a great job of cleaning - the rooms and bathroom were always spotless. Cot and highchair were provided free of charge which was a bonus (we booked through "laterooms" and paid a fraction of the rack rate - worth a look).

Hotel facilities:
Very large main swiming pool with loads of loungers - it is seawater but was not cold in July. The bay pool was about 30cms deep so is ideal for toddlers! The pool area is very popular so it was sometimes difficult to get a lounger.

The breakfast served between 8 and 11 was of a very high standard with both cooked and continental available - the coffee machine mentioned is a douwe egberts machine so the coffee was actually very good! We ate at the hotel on two evenings and it's a bit more expensive than the bars and restaurants at the other side of the marina. The meals were quite good - the hotel had a fish barbeque one night which was only €25 including wine etc. We mostly ate on the other side of the marina where there are a variety of restaurants - Portuguese, Italian, Pizza hut etc. We had one of the best meals I have ever eaten at "The Dockside" but it was also one of the most expensive I have ever eaten due to a mix up in translation - such is life!

A superb hotel which I would recomend to anybody although I would say it is particulary suitable for people with families or those who want a quiet holiday.

Excellent Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just came back from 10 days at the Tivoli Arade and would recommend it to anyone. Has a quiet, friendly feel to it not like so many places on Algarve which is now so highly developed (and getting worse by the day).

Quiet (though we are before UK school hols) and peaceful - no billericay brits here thankfully.

You will want to have a car - Auto Jardim in PdR did us a great Megane estate - we had wanted a six seater but they had none and this was much cheaper and fitted us all in anyway. Nearly all locals speak excellent English but practise your portuguese anyway.

Service can be relaxed (slow!) at times - it's the way. Prices are generally reasonable. Some stuff is especially cheap. Stock up with necessities at local Lidl's (5l of water for 41c!) but there is a mini market at the fot of the steps near the beach which is easy to miss.

Almost nothing to see in any town unless you want a lilo (PdR), like old churches etc but beaches like PdR, walk around the rocks to the 'hidden' bit or Praia d'Alvor are superb. Water is bracing but wonderful. Saltwater pool in hotel is great and we preferred it to harsh chlorine (salt is light).

Breakfast buffet is comprensive and good. Lunches at Ithaka bar are very good indeed. Evening meals in hotel: most people choose buffet as it seems best value - salads etc are excellent but main courses are rather average. We did eat in about 5 nights and it was reliable and convenient if you want max choice. However there are so many other good restaurants around that serve fresh caught fish etc that you have a wide choice. Staff are friendly and helpful. Cleaners do the rooms every day but the time they do it seems indeterminate! Rooms are great, showers nice and powerful - all is modern and clean.

We highly recommend Bar Tropico on Praia d'Alvor which looks like a cafe but does really excellent food and has great service.

Trips we did were: Dolphin Seafaris is a must and was superb. Also drove to Sagres which is stunning. Monchique is worth it for views from mountains - go on a clearer day than we did. Food etc in mountain cafes is ridiculously cheap.

Roads are good, everywhere (esp loos etc) is clean although the Portuguese do seem to have a problem with graffiti.

Anything not good? Nowhere to really sit and relax in hotel in an evening - no lounge. Gym is good but a fair walk across the complex. We had elderly parents with us and getting around was hard for them although when golf cart transport was requested it was always forthcoming. When you have a car, get a barcoded ticket from reception so you can go in and out of car park easily without a new ticket each time.
We will definitely be going back.

Fantastic Break

from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived at the Tivoli Arade for a one week stay at the beginning of July and from the moment we stepped into our room until the moment we left, we were more than satisfied with the holiday. The marina area is beautiful and well maintained, the hotel is spotless and well serviced. The room facilities are good with a small kitchenette area in the junior suites complete with fridge and microwave. We found the staff very helpful and friendly on the very odd occasion we ventured to reception. Breakfast selection in the main restaurant was varied and of a good standard as was the menu on offer at the pool bar. The hotel swimming pool is a sea water pool and takes a little while to warm up but provides a welcoming cooling effect in the heat of the sun. The whole pool area including the childrens splash pool was well maintained and clean. The hotel appears to be geared towards families and couples and would probably would not be best suited to singles. The waterside complex at the marina has some good restaurants and bars or you can venture further to Praia de Rocha (The Strip) to find more bars and restaurants. Praia is more like the Brits on Tour type of area but well worth a look. Eating and drinking out is relatively inexpensive and good value for money. Transfer time from the airport is approximately 45 mins if you do not have to drop off or pick up too many people on the way.
Our overall assessment of the holiday has been superb with absolutely no reason for complaint. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone as we are sure you would not be disappointed.

Great place lovely staff

from Maryboro
Stayed there in July, a great place, pity about the whole complex being so spread out, try and get a room in the main complex as appartments at the exteme end of the marina are very far away from the dining room.
The staff are a credit to the hotel, so freindly and helpful, other hotels please note.
The "Dockside" restaurant nearby is to be reccomended for it's sea food and steaks.
It was great to have a holiday in a hotel in what appears to be a very safe area for holiday makers. With taxi fares so reasonable in the area it is possible to get around cheaply.
It is one hotel that we would go back to again.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed for a week in June with girlfriend, booked through Expedia and had a Junior Suite.

This hotel was fantastic approximately 45mins from Faro. Inside a gated complex which is very impressive. On arrival we were taken to our suite via Golf Buggy - very good which was great as the individual apartments are spread along the Marina over some distance

Rooms: Were brilliant so clean and were kept like that for the whole week by the very efficient army of cleaners that the hotel employed.
Our suite was looking over the Marina (with some great looking boats), contained a kitchen, dinning table, large bedroom and nice bathroom - everything catered for to a very high standard.

Breakfast 8-11am at the hotel restaurant which overlooked the Marina outside and inside tables available. The selection was brilliant hot and cold, cereals to continental to cooked breakfast - just great.

Beach: Private beach for hotel was great not crowded at all - complimented by beach bar selling soft and alcoholic drinks snacks and ice creams. Just next to this is a very large beach which runs for as far as the eye can see, again very quiet - sea was warm as well which was great!!
Hotel also had a great pool with lovely umbrellas and good shade!!!

Area: Brilliant selection of about 12 or so bars and restaurants along the marina which served great fish and meat dishes - quality of the food was high - we tried most of them!!! No British Bars or any rubbish like that these were middle to top range restaurants but good value
Up a couple of steps next to the hotel and about 3/4 of a mile away layed Praire Da Roche - described very well by my girlfriend as Brits Abroad - nice for a walk and to see where the masses are staying but far enough for them not to effect you in your hotel. However a couple of very good fish restaurants which overlook the beach were frequented!! I recommend the Palm Lounge for a late night drink!!!

Overall this was a fantastic holiday and I would not stay anywhere else in this area at all!!!!

First Class

from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently stayed at this hotel - location superb as were the rooms- very clean and quiet have regularly stayed in 5* hotels in vegas and dubai this had everything you need for a holiday without the glitz and marble of the other hotels. We stayed in a junior suite (myself, wife + 2yr old) just big enough any more and would have been overcrowded next time and there will definately be a next time we will book early and try to get the family suites, we asked the hotel to see these rooms and they are huge 2 bedrooms lounge/diner etc. Hotel close to PRIA DE ROCHA went in once and did not go back if you like Benidorm/Magaluff you'd like it not our cup of tea as the bars and rests close to the hotel were great for us. Beach close to the hotel excellent for children. Don't be put off by comments other reviewers have made about coffee and no sun umberellas- we found everything about this hotel to be first class- and we had a really cheap week...........Next month Dubai Al Qasr hotel different league altogether

What a great holiday!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was a fantastic find on Expedia. Really great location on the Maraina. Couldn't find fault with this hotel. Staff friendly and helpful, food was out of this world. The pool was very big and loads of loungers, umberellas etc.. I am hoping to return again next year!

You could do a lot worse

from a7ftt
We stayed at the hotel for 9 days in May 05. We really enjoyed are stay at the Hotel. I do agree with most of the negative points made elsewhere, but I feel that they are a little harsh. If you compare this 4* hotel with another in say.. Dubai or Las Vegas then you will be dissapointed, but in comparison with many other Hotels we saw in Portimao, there is nowhere else we would have rather stayed.
The location is perfect. You are 5 mins walk away from Prai de Rocha where all the clubs and restaurants are, which is perfect, because you walk home to peace, tranquility and the gentle clink of yacht masts. Much better than the thump thump of club music.
We only had breakfast at the hotel. It was all of a good standard, lots of fruit (some fresh, some tinned) ham, eggs, cheese, bread rolls, sausages, bacon and beans. ok! the coffee was from a machine, but we liked it none the less. Sitting on the veranda watching the boats go by no more than a stones throw away, and watching all the fish by the pontoons more than made up for any shortfalls.
The rooms were clean and tidy. A hairdryer would have been nice. The bathrooms are modern, and the showers are powerful. There were two chairs and a table on the patio. If you want a lounger, there are plenty by the pool, so go and sit there. The pool was seawater, and blinkin cold, but the pool area was clean.
We hired a car, and we were glad we did. There are loads of pretty towns along the coast and inland. Portimao itself is not the prettiest, but does have a lovely beac in Prai de Rocha. Parking at the Hotel was fine with loads of space, we didnt go in peak season, so didnt experience any problems getting the ticket signed for each time.
There is a good, modern gym at the far end of the complex, with full length windows overlooking the marina.
At the southern end of the marina, there is a good selection of restaurants.
On the whole the Hotel was lovely (remember we didnt go in peak season). There are a few gripes, mentioned elsewhere, so I won't repeat them, but you only have to look at other Hotels in the resort, to realise that you have one of the best in Portimao.
Would we reccommend this hotel? Absolutely. Go and enjoy.

Top Local Tips for Alvor

loved the area beautiful beaches i would love to go back i would stay at the casino looks great

Hidden charges You will often be brought out olives, bread and sometimes some fishy snacks with your drinks and without ordering them. They automatically bring these out but you will be charged for these so don't have to have them. Us greedy guts always did though!

TRavel around Get Hotel to book Taxis for you. A taxi to Alvor takes about 10 Mins and cost 6 Euros. It is a beautiful fishing village with great resturants and nightlife.


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  • Address: Marina de Portimao - Alvor - 8500-001 - Portugal
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