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The Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve is located on the seafront of the beautiful beach of Meia, in the Portuguese Algarve. This new 5-star hotel is an ideal choice to enjoy a few lavish days of entertainment, spa, exquisite gastronomy and sport. It has 220 rooms and suites that ensure rest and relaxation due to its tranquil ambience as well as modern services and facilities that leave nothing to be desired. In addition, to its idyllic location, the Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve has luxurious facilities that include direct access to Meia beach, free Wi-Fi, SPA Sensations with a jacuzzi, sa...More details
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One line: Very good hotel; peaceful and wide array of things to do for families. Great buffet.
Reviewed 2 november, 2021
Family holiday with a 4 and 8 year old. One line: Very good hotel; peaceful and wide array of things to do for families. Great buffet. We booked as as a package via Jet2 from the UK for a week in late October and accepted that the weather was a “throw the dice” but was very good (5 days of nice sun 22-26c, pleasantly cool at night) Great things: * No 1. The staff. I have travelled a lot over the years and think that this hotel team is exceptional - small details like remembering your room number, paying attention to the children first. Very high level of fluency in English, which is good as my Portuguese is very poor. Really nice people and very enthused for the return of tourists post-pandemic lockdowns. * The beach is excellent - clean, very short walk from hotel. * The buffet breakfast and dinner is really good. I am normally skeptical of buffets but this really is first rate. A lot of choice (with some rotation each day) and very fresh food. Really, really good if you have kids with different preferences. Everyone was very happy all week. Eating breakfast outside in November is a very pleasant experience * Good choice of pools - indoor and outdoor, plus the beach. Some hotels in the area don’t allow children in the indoor pool. This one does, though no inflatables, which is reasonable as it is part of the spa * Cleanliness - spotless with good daily housekeeping * Quiet - rooms are very well sound insulated. While there is some live entertainment some nights it is well away from the rooms in the lobby * Kids club - we only used it a few days but the staff were superb with fluent English and went the extra mile. * Shuttle bus to town - only €2/person and very regular * Portugal felt very safe - distancing and mask usage was very high Minor points (and I stress minor, I would not let this effect your decision - I am nit-picking) * Snack bar menu is slightly limited; they had run out of a few things - but it was end of season in a global pandemic so it is unfair to criticise * I saw comments about it’s star rating - if it should be 4* or 5*. If you compare it to somewhere like the W hotel in Barcelona then it is a 4*. If you compare it to others in the region then it is probably a 5* as the facilities are good. So I’m going to say it’s a 4.5*. It does lack a la carte dining (though there is a lot in town). * Erm, I’m struggling with any more. If you want total privacy then ask for garden views (many can still see the sea; if you choose the odd numbered rooms then you get sunrise). Other points Lots of dining options in the town and by the beach. * Beach - Berlim’s, right by the beach near the hotel has great fish and very friendly host. Ignore the decor, it underplays the quality. * Abigail’s cafe in town is well worth a visit; superb coffee and smoothies. Food looked good but we didn’t eat - next time. * Tropical café near the marina does very nice toast and fresh lemonade * Camilos - excellent fish restaurant and view. Need to book in advance in season (up to 2-3 weeks). Conclusion - great hotel. I’m fussy. For the first time ever I booked to return somewhere whilst still on holiday… see you next June!
The holiday break we needed after the pandemic
Reviewed 1 november, 2021
Despite some of the more negative reviews on here, we had the most fantastic stay. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by Anna & Filipe, who were so friendly and welcoming. Filipe took our bags straight away, with Anna welcoming us with a complimentary glass of champagne and invited us to sit on the terrace (which was the most beautiful view may I add) to go through our check in details. We were also asked if we wanted to upgrade our room which was the best decision as we had a lovely pool bed outside our room, with views of the sea and very near to the pool. We also had a lovely conversation with Ajab on arrival, again super welcoming, and we ended up speaking to him everyday. Filipe escorted us and helped with our bags and the room itself was clean and gorgeous. A beautiful bath in the room which was such a modern feature and we used it every night. Efficient aircon and a super comfortable bed. After settling in, we decided to grab some lunch at the pool bar which has to be my only critique unfortunately. The drinks were lovely and so ideal for being next to the pool. But the food was not quite up to scratch for us for the price it was. But there are some lovely food shops in the town nearby which is cheaper. But that truly would be my only critique. Our first night we were tired after flying and despite not being all inclusive went to the buffet restaurant which in all honesty, I didn’t think would be the best due to experiences at other hotels. Well how wrong we were. Amazing buffet food! We so enjoyed it we could have done it every night, but as we only stayed for 3 nights we planned to go for dinner. Considering we have stayed at 7* hotels, and the buffets being questionable the food was amazing. Anything you could think of. Breakfast every morning was gorgeous! We saw Karla everyday at breakfast and she was so helpful and lovely. Every morning we went up for seconds. We tended to see the same staff everyday, and I applaud them for working so hard. They were nothing but warming, and would do anything to help you. Must have been there from 7 in the morning to 10 at night every day. The view to the beach is just unreal, the weather was incredible for October. We visited the beach 2 days out the 3 which was lovely. Only a 3 minute walk, with A couple of beach bars which serve gorgeous (and strong) cocktails which we loved! But cash only remember to take your euros. On the second evening we visited a gorgeous restaurant called Gaivota Branca, which was on the beach front and only a 3 min Uber drive. It was absolutely amazing and would recommend people to venture out for a meal out. Fresh seafood and lovely staff. Our final shoutout is to Alex. What a lovely man. So friendly. On the final night we were meant to go to the hotel bar, but I was very tired so my partner ended up going on his own as I fancied a bath and an early night. Harvey also got chatting to Alex, similarly as to how I did in the day at the pool bar! Him and Harvey ended up chatting football, and he made him feel so welcome. Harvey just loved being at the bar having a drink and a chat with Alex. The staff are really special here, despite reading some of the other reviews. So efficient, helpful, you could go to them about anything. The price!! AMAZING VALUE. Our 4 day stay was £640 roughly. With lots of food and cocktails as we weren’t all inclusive. The only things I would like to see improved would be the pool bar food and potentially having a bit more in the gift shop at the hotel, as we had to venture into town for some medicine, not the end of the world but would have been convenient. But apart from that, 5* service, the location is fabulous and definitely the BEST hotel to stay in in Lagos (which several Uber drivers even mentioned) so modern and beautiful. And super COVID-19 safe for anyone who is still concerned. Being from the UK it is no longer a requirement for us to wear face masks but the staff kept us on our toes and reminded us everytime we forget them, which was everyday pretty much lol. I really hope this gets pasted on to the staff and we will be returning in the next year hopefully with our families. Alice and Harvey. X
Highly recommend this hotel
Reviewed 24 october, 2021
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Hugo on reception who did a great job checking us in. We were tired after our journey and the amazing manager Anjel came and offered us a glass of Cava each and invited us to relax in reception until we were ready to go to our room. The hotel is spotlessly clean, light and airy. We had room 241 which was a junior suite overlooking the sea and lower pool and bar. Hugo explained all inclusive so we decided to upgrade. The main reason is we wanted to relax and not go out searching for restaurants (we didn’t see any within walking distance and the hotel is around 30 minutes walk into Lagos but they operate a shuttle 2 Euros each way pp) and had booked half board. The food was brilliant and although as a vegetarian I’d perhaps would have liked a bit more variety, I enjoyed what I had. In the main restaurant it’s a buffet arrangement for breakfast/lunch/dinner but we had lunches at the snack pool bar. The main pool is lovely and overlooks the sea. The 3 nights of entertainment were good in the bar upstairs. What really made the holiday for us apart from the beautiful weather was the staff. They were friendly, conscientious, hard working and really made a difference. Thank you so much to Anjel and his team. We would definitely stay there again. I can’t remember all the staff but to name a few and thank everyone who worked so hard from the cleaners, housekeeping, cooks etc Anjel Hicaro Vitor Love Alex Rodriguez Lucas Hugo Caio Robin Brendon Dino
Award Winning Hotel.......Not
Reviewed 24 october, 2021
This hotel must win my award for the worst 5 star hotel I have ever stayed in. The place flatters to deceive. On arrival the hotel is very pleasing on the eye. It seems classy and lived up, at that point, to expectations. The room we had, a priority location sea view, was also of a very good standard. We had paid a not insignificant sum tobstay here for 10 nights. We had upgraded both the room and the board package to all inclusive. The drinks were good and were premium brands at no extra cost. The service at the lobby bar, the only available bar after 6pm, ranged from reasonable to rubbish and back to reasonable rarely, if ever, peaking any higher. Sometimes the wait for service was 10 minutes or longer when there were only 4 or 5 people in the bar. Rarely, even at peak evening times, was there ever any more than 3 staff on duty and usually only 1, maybe 2. The pool bar was slightly better, but again depended on who was on duty. Natasha was dilligent and worked hard and was always pleasant and smiling, behind the mask of course. Others perhaps not so. The dining room was dire. Breakfast, the only meal that all residents have, was the best meal of the day and just managed to hit average. Food was never hot even when fresh and was usually cold or lukewarm at best with the exception of the fried eggs and omelette which were cooked to order. As the day progressed the food service went downhill but at least it was consistent. Cold food was the constant order of the day at all meals. A grill station served up the same choices of chicken, beef or fish for every meal with the odd appearance of a bit of pork or some prawns. The main "hot" selection on the buffet was anything but. The food was cold, the selection was poor, even having chicken nuggets as one of the main choices for dinner one evening. For a number of days there was no butter available and cheap margarine, that reminded me of Stork SB, was the order of the day. When we complained about it we were told it was butter, despite clearly being labelled as margarine. When that was pointed out to them they then said they had no butter. A professional kitchen without butter seems as likely as the North Pole without ice. A complaint was made about the food and at first it seemed that we had been listened to. A bottle of Cava and some macaroons were sent to our room, courtesy of the hotel, although of course we were all inclusive, so could have ordered the Cava in any case and at dinner we were given a bread platter with some flavoured butters and some chocolates made by the chef. The proof of the pudding was always going to be in the eating and surprise surprise the food was cold and unappetising. The attempts at pacifying us with wee treats seemed to be a feeble attempt to make it better a bit like puting a sticking plaster on a broken leg. Suffice to say the food remained poor for the rest of the holiday. Meals out were taken with increasing frequency. Other parts of the hotel were, to be honest, equally low quality. Shorts and flip flops were worn by adults at the evening meal as were football tops. Room service plates etc were left lying outside rooms for 12 or 14 hours, and any glasses that had been used after the bars closed were still lying there the following morning until the bars reopened even at the poolside. One morning the grass around the pool area and immediately below the dining room was getting cut and strimmed during breakfast service. The noise was incredible and only stopped when multiple people complained. The pool bar is due to close for the season on Sunday so when on Saturday I asked for a particular cocktail to be told we have none as the bar closes tomorrow for the season I was somewhat baffled as to the excuse offered when the ingredients required were clearly available in the hotel as that cocktail was available in the lobby bar. All in all this hotel is playing st being a 5 star establishment. It has a long way to go to reach that level. In my opinion it struggles to reach 4 stars. The previous management comments on here about gastronomy must have been posted by someone who does not understand the meaning of the word, perhaps the chefs as they clearly don't know what it means. This is the first Iberostar hotel I have stayed in, it will be the last, as if this is the standard of their 5 star establishments then I hate to think what a lower star rating would be like. I reluctantly gave 3 star review based solely on the room standard and the premium drinks on the all inclusive package, otherwise it would have been a 1 star review.
Another wonderful stay
Reviewed 18 october, 2021
This is the 6th or 7th time we've stayed at this hotel. We've always had a great time and this visit was no different. The main strength of this hotel is the quality and friendliness of the staff. They are second to none & nothing is too much trouble. The clientèle has changed a bit over the years. It is now a little more family orientated than it used to be but still primarily based around couples and adult groups. The rooms are very spacious and well appointed and almost all of them have a great view. We stayed half board. The breakfast buffet has a lot of choice and the quality of the food is excellent. Dinner is the same. Depending on your food preferences, some nights are better than others as you would expect but overall there is excellent choice and the food is very well presented. The hotel currently also has good C19 transmission prevention measures in place, hand gel dispensers are plentiful, especially around the food areas. The hotel is situated about a 30 minute walk from the marina with a further 15 minutes to the centre of Lagos. The hotel runs a shuttle to the marina or you can get a taxi which cost about 7 Euros when we were there. The hotel is about ten minutes walk from the excellent beach which you can access via numerous board walks from the road. The hotel has two excellent outdoor pools on two different levels, we prefer to use the lower level pool. If you want to do some serious swimming then the upper 25m pool is probably the better choice. If we had one point to make it would be that the lower pool does not get the same level of attention in terms of general tidiness that the upper pool receives. Glasses are often left strewn about the poolside area until the bar opens around ten in the morning. However this is as much about the guest behaviour as it wouldn't take much effort to at least return them to the bar area once the bar has closed and the staff have finished for the day rather then leave them all over the place for the staff to clear up the following morning, which they do once they have arrived. The hotel gym has a decent amount of equipment (various cardio machines, free weights, resistance equipment, yoga mats and so on) and the issue mentioned by a previous reviewer about the treadmill not working was resolved by switching it on and off :-). There is also a spa & indoor pool & hot tub. Overall it's a great hotel in a great location as long as you appreciate that it's not in the centre of Lagos and it doesn't sit directly on the beach. In the days of Google Earth etc there is no real excuse for not knowing this before you book if that kind of thing is a concern for you. Thanks again to everyone for making this stay a memorable one. We will be back!