Tivoli Lagos Hotel
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We were well and truly ready for our final rest stop of the trip here in Lagos on the Algarve coast of Portugal. We travelled by train from Lisbon to the small town of Tunes where we then changed to a regional train to Lagos. Our hotel was just beautiful. Another great Hotwire mystery deal with a lovely pool area, a free shuttle to the beach club, …
... stand, but also turn and (yes theres more) even catch the odd green wave. For those mind numbing seconds on each of the waves I caught, it was one hell of a feeling and my smile and nod of approval as I rode the wave to shore definitely showed this. To be honest, just picture Kelly Slater.
To put it kindly though, I am far from a natural born surfer...and golfer now I come to think of it. Both are ...
... other. It took about 2 minutes before the childish bickering and name-calling started which I may say happened because an unwanted splash was sent in one party’s direction. What followed was an hour and half of curses under breath and more than a few terse words exchanged just out of earshot of others whilst keeping a jolly smile on our faces. We actually caused a kayak jam at one point and couldn’t unjam ourselves until a wave broke us free inside of a cave. ...
So annoyed that my phone died for the whole first day we were in Lagos. So no cool photos of the beach or their neat little town centre. Unless I steal Emma's photos. The beach was beautiful. White sand beaches with crystal clear water that looked devine. But it was deceiving. It was bloody freezing. So freezing there was no chance ...
... and literally went along the coast! Turns out we ended up, un intentionally at a nudist beach!!! Went for a dip, but were fully clothed...we weren't the only ones!! So that was pretty much our Lagos trip! It's now time for a bus back to Lisbon...leaving at 8pm, arriving at midnight, then we'll stay at the airport as our flight is at 9am...so with a 6am check in there was no point in a hostel! I'm sure I won't be saying that at 3am on the floor in the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Tivoli Lagos Hotel
We went here in October 04. I can't remember the exact dates as i have tried to erase the whole experience from my mind. The carpet in our room was very stained and stank of something that i won't put in writing here. We complained but this fell on deaf ears. On our last night about 20 students turned up, forcing us all out of the indoor swimming pool due to the level of noice and the upset it was causing our 9 year old son. Again, complaints fell on deaf ears. This is not somewhere i will be returning and is not in my opinion a 4* hotel
Great place to stay in Lagos. Nice hotel- great pool, bars, rooms. Wide open spaces in the lobby and the mezzanine, bar, lounge. Clean and comfortable. Walking distance to everything.
One problem- there isn't much air circulation in the elevators or hallways, so it can get stuffy (I was there in early October). Other than that, everything was great.
What a fantastic hotel! Bright, clean and airey. The staff were all very friendly and helpful - apart from some of the 'guards' by the breakfast buffet door (but fair play to them the breakfast was lovely and anyone would want to steal it!)
Hotel pools at the beach and main site were great.
The room was really clean and the remote control air-conditioning was top. As for the telly - no problems if you like German MTV!
One thing other trip advisor users haven't mentioned is that the hotel offers free beach towels, fresh every morning (you have to give them a €20 deposit that's refunded at the end of your stay).
The waiting & bar staff @ the hotel were friendly & helpful. Good location, food reasonable, rooms were reasonable too, good hotel to relax in. Free bus to beach although when there you are charged 4 euros if you use the sun loungers you are not told this until you sit on them. Reception unhelpful, would recommend this hotel to people wanting a quiet base to explore the lovely Lagos.
Nice hotel....although the grounds and public areas are much nicer than the rooms.
Watch out for those hidden costs, though. They charge you three euros for ice (only available through room service). And the sunbeds on their beach cost 8 euros!!Go to the beaches on the other end of town....we are still kicking ourselves for wasting a day at the hotel beach.
The breakfast is great and one of the hotel restaurants Lacomringa is out of this world....eat outside.
Watch out for the hidden extras
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Lagos, a fantastic resort. The hotel was very well situated. It was clean and the public areas beautifully furnished. The breakfasts were of a high quality and, fortunately for us, served until 10.30 a.m. Because we got a 'deal' we got one of the smallest views with a poor view - albeit you could see the sea! The room was very, very clean and well furnished. Laundry was changed every day. The balcony was tiny, however, and there was a charge for tea & coffee - and the mini bar charges were very high. There's plenty of cupboard space and a TV, but few English channels. There is a safe, but like everything else you have to pay extra. This includes the leisure facilities which cost around 8.5Euros per session - around £6, which for the facilities available did not represent very good value. The pool area was clean with plenty of sunbeds, but the cafe-bar is expensive. Take advantage of the happy hour 6.30-9p.m. When you can enjoy a reasonably priced beer and listen to the somewhat 'middle of the road' entertainment. The Duna Beach Club is a bus ride or 20 minute walk away. It has a much better restaurant and great changing facilities, plus a nice pool and plenty of sunbeds around the pool but, guess what/ Payment is required for the sunbeds on the beach and you can't put up your own sun umbrella even if you are a hotel guest. The beach is huge there but not as nice as the beaches on the other end of the town, which are absolutely fantastic.
All in all, we would go back, it's a great base from which to explore the town.
Plus and Minus - Tivoli Lagos Hotel
I agree that the Tivoli Lagos is an ideal base and I also agree that the staff are surly and unhelpful. There is coffee and tea in the rooms but are charged on your bill which I think is a bit mean.
There are notices up at breakfast time stating if anyone is found taking food out of the dining room they will be charged and one gets the feeling as you leave you are being watched.
Air conditioning not really effective and not much atmosphere in hotel.
Plus - bus to beach every half hour, great situation for finding great restaurants, lovely decor throughout hotel.
Lagos - superb resort
Thoroughly recommed this hotel and resort. Only down side was the room: poky and dark.
Keep going back..
De Lagos Hotel has many pluses and minuses. Pluses are: Convevience(car not needed);beautiful gardens surrounding the outdoor pool- with many nooks and crannies;excellent buffet breakfast; portuguese-style decor; indoor gym and pool;most rooms are spacious;free courtesy bus to their Duna Club pool and bar on stunning Meia Praia beach- 2km away and usually deserted because one off tourists don't know it's there!
Minuses: Rooms in older part of hotel have shabby decor-new wing is much better(c.30% of rooms); standard set meals are ordinary- eat out in Lagos' fabulous restaurants;staff are surly and couldn't care less;drinks and extras are expensive;lacks atmosphere- better off season if you get in with a golfing crowd! Summary: Off season packages are very reasonable, so use the hotel as a base.This hotel has no competition in Lagos-there's nowhere else better,I'm afraid! PS.Last of 6 visits here in Nov.2002- and the town is superb!
Will be Back!
Great hotel! Stayed in February 03 so weather iffy. Not a golfer, but others played every day. Good off season rates. We had four very nice rooms, each with a balcony. Rather spread out, so if you have difficulty moving, obtain a room near the lobby. Convenient to town and waterfront; we parked in the hotel garage and only drove to visit Sagres. Was not beach weather, so did not make it to their beach club.
Food was good; both in bar and restaurant. (One restaurant was closed for remodeling). Piano player/singer in bar-was very good. Returning in November for 4 or 5 days.