This is a nice comfortable hotel in a quiet part of the Algarve, especially in the off season. So if you want to relax, chill out, or generally unwind this is a good place to do it. I find the pace of life in this part of Portugal helps me relax, and this is definitely the case here. However, the plus with this hotel, could also be a minus, in that the hotel is located outside of the nearest town, and it means a taxi ride in most cases. There is a free shuttle bus provided by the hotel, but the times are limited. George who drives it was a real star, and will do whatever he can to accommodate the requirements of the guests. Thanks to George and the reception staff providing travel info, I did manage to use this as a base for some relaxed exploration. The other big plus about this hotel for me was the restaurant/bar staff, David and Diego (hope spelling is correct) both of whom make you feel welcome, it felt like meeting with a couple of friends every time I went in. They both share a pride in and a passion for the Algarve, and encouraged me to experience the best of what the region has to offer. TIP try the Portuguese tapas in the hotel restaurant, its good.
We weren't too sure about this hotel when approaching it but as quite a few resorts around but the actual hotel was lovely with great pool and close to beach. The apartment (209) faced the river which was very peaceful and fabulous sitting on balcony in evening. Very clean and beds comfortable. We are British so we found this to be a hidden gem in that not many other Westerners were there. The beach is a short (free) boat ride across the river and although no toilets etc there were umbrellas and loungers to hire. The resort next door (Golden Clube) had fantastic evening entertainment which couldn't be heard if you wanted to go back to your room. The hotel at night is quite noisy - no fault of the hotel its the other guest who snooze in the afternoon and go to bed late. The buffet dinner was good except for the desserts. Soup and fish were their speciality - very tasty. The staff could have been friendlier but they were efficient. Good reception staff and cleaners doing a great job with daily housekeeping. Parking a bit of a nightmare but you definitely need a car. Walk through the other resorts towards Cabanas and the beach / river stip is fabulous. Good nightlife and excellent kayak experience. All in all very nice holiday and will definitely go back. Take a day trip into Tivira as the trip to the castle is beautiful. Quaint towns with pleasant buildings and restaurants. We went in August so had fantastic weather. Enjoy.
"An authentic, cozy stay in a family property in Tavira"
We chose the city of Tavira as the base for the Algarve part of our Portugal vacation mostly on the recommendation of the Rick Steves' guidebook. It was definitely less touristy with quaint streets, local people, cozy restaurants, and no giant hotels. The Quinta do Carocol was a great choice as the property is large with authentic looking rooms filled with local furniture and decor. As the property is older, it could use some improvements and unfortunately there was some mold and mustiness in the closet areas which could be a problem if you have allergies. The property had nice landscaping, ponds, and many places to sit. Unfortunately we came during a somewhat cold and rainy time. The heater in the bedroom was necessary and led to a pleasant sleep. Also the bathroom has a heater which helped a lot. Free wireless in the indoor lounge area iss a must for us and it worked just fine to check our email on our Android phones. The place is a good 10-15 minute walk to the river and main parts of town which was just fine for us and the area seemed safe. Two supermarkets (chains) are nearby and a couple of take-away food places. Overall it was perfect for our stay. Afterwards we drove to Faro and then took the train to Lisbon.
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Boasting a charming location in Tavira, Portugal , the Quinta do Caracol Guest House offers visitors comfortable …More
A handsome riverside town, Tavira is famous for its elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Shunning mass tourism, it leaves international-style bars, restaurants and shops to satellite areas such as the beach resort of Cabanas. There are very good local seafood restaurants however. Its medieval castle ruins offer a panoramic view of the town which includes some fine churches. The beaches close by are long, flat and sandy.
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