These apartments are not a purpose built tourist only "hotel" type and are more suited to the independant traveller.
We had late arrival, reception closes at 6pm but the key had been left with the security man who sits in a booth at the complex enterance.
The apartment was spacious and clean. It was dated and
tired but we are not ones who moan and take photos of a cracked tile and a damp patch (the shower room ceiling was flaking with damp) I could have done with a decent pillow as they were all nasty lumpy jobs but at least it was clean. The rooms were serviced every 2 or 3 days, sheets and towels changed, floors mopped and rubbish taken,good enough for me.
The pool area is excellent, large clean pool and adjacent large childs pool. The views from the pool down to Dona anna beach are stunning. You have to hire the sunbeds,this can be done for a half day or a full day. 3.50e a bed for a full day. 2.50 half a day.
The charge meant there were always beds available and the dreadful practice of leaving a bedchair with a towel on all day whilst you are down the beach wasnt a problem here. If you dont want to pay for a bed there are nice grassed areas you can use. There are no inflatables or ball games allowed in the pool, a shame but it kept the peace and tranquillity.
There is an excellent poolside bar that serves good food with cheery staff. Pool table/bar football etc.
The walk down to Donaanna beach is via a fairly steep ramp and steps, it only takes 2 minutes but wouldnt suit people with walking difficulties. There are several other excellent beaches within a 10 minute walk.
The Iberlagos is well positioned for the Old town, a 10 minute walk to the delightfull narrow streets crammed with history, bars and eateries. The marina is however a fair trek, a good 30 minute walk and in the heat we only went once and felt it didnt merit a second trek out.
A trip to the caves in a small fishermans boat is a must, they take you right into the grottos with stunning rock formations. 10e per adult, 5 for kids. They run from the small harbour at the river mouth.
If we ever return to Lagos id used the iberlagos again, it was cheap and cheerful and had everything we need. If you are the moaning type who likes everything just so you will find many faults and are best sticking to a 4 star apartment at twice the price but we were happy with it.
Travel operator: Alpharooms
These apartments are not a purpose built tourist only hotel type and are more suited to the independent traveller.
Travel operator: AlgarveHoneymoon.com
Dirty cutlery, not enough cups for us all, dirty disgusting pillows and marked sheets, smelly bathroom and mucky soft furnishings. Not a good start, and it got worse!
Towels only changed after numerous complaints to miserable reception staff, clean bedding only after complaints,had to buy toilet paper, even bathroom bin left unemptied and smelly and we had to empty even that. Generally no cleaning done by staff for 2 weeks.
No sea view, slippery steep footpaths to beach, then lots of steps, not the few that we were led to expect. Pool area again down lots of steps or same slippery path with uneven missing tiles. Pool had guard who watched every move,no sunbed unless paying 5 euros a day each, no brolly unless again paying extra, no drinks, even plastic bottle of water near pool, no swimming in even a clean white top when burning due to no shade whatsoever around pool, no laughter!!!
To use toilet we had to get key from guard evey time, no food or drink bar on some days at all. I could go on and on, but we only got home yesterday and I need a holiday!!!
Travel operator: Direct Holidays
Staff - didn't even know where our room was at first.
Bed sheets had urine stains.
The Buildings need a good lick of paint especially the J block at the entrance.
Pool bar food was basic. The Apartments shop had pretty much nothing to make even sandwiches with.
The nearest decent supermarket is around the front of the apartments and past the scruffy looking campsite.
Hotel locaton is just up from the beach which isn't the greatest, (gritty sand and packed), it s quite pretty but not after seeing it every day, there is nicer ones at Luz and Praia Da Mos (I think it is called this).
I dont think it is necessary for the deposit you have to pay to go into the Pool as it was empty all week.
Entertainment = 0 but no 0 option on the ratings.
Rep got off at the resort before ours without even telling us, no wonder when you see its state on the drive up to the apartments.
There is nothing for teenagers to do.
You definately need to hire a car unless you want to sit around the empty pool all your holiday then you should enjoy it.
Travel operator: Drect Holidays
Travel operator: first choice
The apartment itself was very nice, however some of the furniture was not! The double bed creaked everytime it was touched making sleep impossible due to the noise it made - the mattress also leaned over to one side so we decided to take the mattress off the bed, put it on the floor, and sleep on it. When the mattress was removed,we could see why the bed caused so many problems - the frame was held together by a few nails hammered in randomly and the bed base that we were lying on was pieces of broken chipboard!
There were also 2 single beds in the apartment and these were in the same condition.
We slept on the mattress on the floor for our weeks stay - the tour rep seemed uninterested in this and when we complained to Apartment reception we were told 'I understand' but nothing was done.
Cleaners were supposed to visit every other day - they cleaned and changed towels once - bed linen was not changed all week. One day they came to the apartment,handed us a new bin bag and a loo roll and left without doing any cleaning!
Travel operator: SUNSTART
close by is the snack bar which we can recemend, the food was exellent nd reasonably priced. the beautiful picture post card beach is within a short walk down some steps and is stunning, we wouldnt hesitate to return to the iberlagos apartments.
Travel operator: Direct Holidays
So off we go to our apartment to settle and unpack. 10 minutes later guess who knocks on the door? - the receptionist to tell us that she had given us the wrong apartment. So off we treck to our next one - what a dreary old place, old furniture and fixtures, beds that creak and roll in the middle. The whole place needed a re-vamp. What makes it worse is the fact that it was not a CHEAP holiday.
The bed linen was supposed to be changed twice a week but when we asked at reception - they said only once per week - in the whole two weeks holiday we had the linen changed once. The cleaning service was poor and I think we only had cleaning because we complained.
So although we loved Lagos and the Algarve in general, we will NOT be returning to Iberlagos again.
Travel operator: Sunstart
Travel operator: independant
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