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Hotel Costa d'Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel 4 star
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Costa d'Oiro, 38 Lagos, Portugal -
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A small scale resort-like 'village' of several clusters of houses around the main hotel building, the Costa d'Oiro is a calm and practical base for exploring the rest of the region from. Located in an area just after Lagos in the Porto Mos area, there isn't much in the immediate surroundings, but it is close to the quaint surfing village of Sagres at the south-westernmost tip of Portugal - this makes it an idea place to come to for a real break. A more peaceful alternative to the large resorts found in busier spots in the Algarve. The hotel caters to a wide-ranging clientele, from couples, to small groups of friends and families. The clusters of tiled roofed houses give the hotel a local atmosphere, which is embellished by the well-planted garden. An overall calm and pretty but fuss-free local establishment set in the Porto Mos residential area.

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    Location 7.26 /10

    Porto Mos is a residential area located in Lagos a short drive away from the main town centre. On a slight hill, the area spans across the cliff tops of Porto Mos beach. There isn't much else in the area apart from a few golfing ranges. Lagos is a great base for exploring the western Algarve coast as it sits midway between Portimao and Sagres, the lovely wild surfers' paradise. From Faro, the drive is about an hour and a half on the N-125.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 70 rooms are divided between conventional standard rooms and villas. There is also one bedroom that is large enough to sleep a family of four; it also has a full kitchen. Although basic, we appreciated the décor of the rooms, which reflected a local taste without being overwhelming. Smooth polished terracotta floor tiles, dusky yellow walls, bulky white rattan furniture in the living room, each room has its own style and feel.

    The rooms are located inside several small two-floor houses lining a no-through road that goes off to the left of the reception hut. This makes the rooms feel even more private, as guests share the illusion that they are staying in a real local Portuguese residential area, which is pleasantly divided up by well-maintained gardens.

    Apart from the family room and the studio which have full kitchens, the rooms have a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, and a few cooking utensils. Room sizes, décor and ambience varies from room to room, so if you have specific needs, make sure you call the hotel reception to find out exactly what is available prior to making your booking. The studio is our favourite room due to the contemporary character that works well with the local materials and colours used. The studio also has its own terrace and feels isolated from the rest of the hotel, which is perfect if you are on holiday to spend a little quality time with your other half.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The main building, a dusky salmon pink, is adorned with flowering bougainvillea, giving the hotel a very Portuguese aspect. Behind the main reception is a small courtyard with a small pool lined by the hotel restaurant. There are several pools (five in total) dotted around the village, one of which is heated in winter. With only 70 rooms, the Costa d'Oiro is a small hotel, which is ideal if large mass resorts aren't your cup of tea. There aren't as may facilities on site as you might find at a large resort, but the surroundings provide the perfect holiday atmosphere for a well-deserved break.

    In terms of facilities, the pool and restaurant aside, there is a small spa 'hut', where guests can have a massage or beauty treatment. There is also a car park just to the right of the hotel, which is free to use.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The small restaurant, which is more of a snack bar, is handy when you don't want to venture too far away. It has a lovely terrace with wooden tables around the pool area. Through the bar is the main restaurant, where breakfast and dinner are served in a buffet style. We were not able to taste the food, so we cannot comment on the food served here. Lunch is served only when pre-booked, but only for large groups. Most guests tend to grab something quick from the snack bar or they venture outside the hotel for somewhere local to eat.

    Spa 5.7 /10

    There is a small spa 'hut' on the street of holiday villas. Here friendly ladies offer massages and beauty treatments, none of which are included in the room rate. It is a very simple facility - there is no sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The nearest beaches are a ten-minute walk from the hote. The beaches, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo are closest to the hotel, and although it doesn't get too crowded outside of season, watch out for local families during the peak summer months.

    To know

    There is free Wi-Fi in the bar area, restaurant and on the pool terrace.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa, Turkish bath, wellness, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo, tennis, horse riding, sailing, archery, water skiing, sports, surfing, mountain bike, fitness, windsurfing

    • Ski zone
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The local aspect of the hotel.
    • The calm atmosphere.
    • The lovely studio flats on offer.

    disadvantages

    • Guests need a car if they want to explore the area as there isn't much to see in the close surroundings.
    • The pool is quite small and the area does tend to get quite cramped in high season.

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