Yellow Lagos Meia Praia  

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The Yellow Lagos Meia Praia is a stylish adults-only hotel with panoramic views across Lagos’ sandy beach.

This hotel offers 2 pools, 2 restaurants and 2 bars, as well as a luxury spa that specialises in made-for-2 massages.

Thanks to the hotel’s design, ocean vistas can be seen from almost every angle – including the pool and most of the room balconies.

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Based on 672 reviews

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Couples

Stylish adults-only holidays, designed for two

  • Contemporary style
  • Great settings
  • Top dining scenes
  • Relaxed atmospheres
  • 20kg luggage allowance
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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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2 outdoor pools

Both the pools are framed by wooden decking and there are comfy cushioned sunbeds to lounge on with a drink from the pool bar.

Buffet restaurant

Open for breakfast and dinner with flavours of the Algarve as well as international favourites. You can enjoy your meal indoors or out on the terrace.

Spa*

The spa has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi® and Turkish bath as well as rooms for treatments such as massages and body wraps.

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twin room with pool view

Twin room with pool view sleeps 2. Room service is available for an extra charge.

twin with limited sea view

Twin room with limited sea view sleeps 2. Room service is available for an extra charge.

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Lovely hotel, however certainly not 5 star.

My girlfriend and I have just returned from a week at the Yellow Lagos Meia Praia hotel and were keen to share our views below for anyone considering visiting the hotel/resort. As with most places, there are positives and negatives, so hopefully the below is useful to you. POSITIVES - * Staff are very friendly and helpful , throughout - A real asset to the hotel * Rooms are of a very good standard, modern and sleek and maids work tirelessly to ensure they are cleaned every day. * I used the spa for a relaxing massage and have to say it was the best massage I have had. I would certainly recommend this if you are thinking of using the spa facilities on site. * Due to its handy location, I'd definitely recommend heading into Lagos as its nearby, has a lovely selection of shops and restaurants and the marina is a lovely place to stop off, have a drink and watch the world go by during the day. * Location/access for the beach is really handy and we would recommend this to all who stay as the beach is vast and very clean. If heading to Lagos, we would recommend walking in along the beach as it costs nothing, is a lovely walk and you get to enjoy the coastline along the way. NEGATIVES - * Some have mentioned the sun lounger issue by the pools in peak-time stays. Unfortunately we too found this disappointing. There are around 100 loungers for around 400 guests and unless you are willing to get up around 7am to put your towel on one to 'reserve' it for the day, you will simply miss out. We found this very frustrating as the last thing you want to be doing on your relaxing holiday, is getting up earlier than you would for work, to claim a bed by the pool. We had to comply however as its simply not managed by the hotel, so decided to head to the beach on some days, purely for a rest from having to wake up so early to enjoy the hotel pool. This needs addressing! * Wifi is advertised however unless you are in the main reception lobby, its impossible to really get signal anywhere else. Its frustrating to not have this available in your room, especially if the hotel is noted as 5 star. * Many people have mentioned the dress code in the hotel and I have to agree. We adhered to the code however it was disappointing to see so many wearing vests/t-shirts, beach shorts and flip flops. This needs to be enforced by the management in some way in my view. * The buffet food was ok, salad selections, bread and desserts were very nice however the random assortment of pasta/rice/potato/veg dishes to accompany mains were rather mixed and not all that well thought out. A lot of the meat used for the mains was over-cooked and very tough to chew so we struggled a little in the evenings. We only had chicken served once unfortunately and it was rather dry, the rest of the evenings it tended to be pork/veal etc. I think vegetarians would struggle a little, in truth. Breakfast was lovely with everything you could wish for, however. * We ate at the Italian themed restaurant on our final night however we were a little disappointed to see three TV's with sport being shown, which isn't really conducive to an evening restaurant theme in truth. The waiters couldn't be more polite and helpful however, both were a real asset to the hotel staff and great during our meal! * Poolside drinks and food by the lower pool is a little expensive (one 'archers' , which didn't taste particularly like 'archers' , and lemonade set us back around 9 euros) and bottles of water can be a little expensive as well unfortunately so we soon found the small shop (some guy's living room, it seemed) where you could buy water and a small selection of other things at a much more reasonable price. All in all, with some attention given to the points above possibly (as they do seem to be themes that other holiday makers have picked up on) it could certainly be a 5 star hotel, however until these issues are ironed out, its really more 3 star currently. There is little in the way of evening entertainment in the hotel so you'd need to head to Lagos if you were seeking something a little livelier of an evening. We had a very nice stay at the Yellow Lagos Meia Praia hotel and would recommend it, as long as you were not deterred by the above, of course. Worth noting, we booked through Thomson as we have had a good experience of them previously, however I'm unsure if we will use them again after this holiday. There were issues around online check-in and plane seats which have really put us off. The reps were nice and helpful from the airport to resort etc, however we only attended the departure meeting as we had no desire to go through any 'hard sell' for excursions during our stay so only really saw them in spells.More

LLTallJay, Oxford, United Kingdom

if you want an all singing, all dancing, party all night, fight over Sunbed Hotel. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

This is a nice quiet, relaxing, chic, boutique hotel, perfect for people that want to chill out for a week or 2, If you want noise, go to Albufeira. There are plenty of reviews about this hotel telling you that the music is average so why are people complaining about the entertainment, Lagos livens up about 10pm until the early hours of the morning, cabs are about 8 euros each way. The ROOMS are trendy with the now very fashionable bath stuck in the room, (not sure what the attraction is, maybe I'm just getting old) the beds are about 7ft wide and quite comfortable, My only complaint is there are NO drawers in the room, only in the wardrobe, no bedside drawers for Knick Knacks such as glasses, medicine, jewellery, Coinage etc. SUN BEDS: I visited the hotel the middle 2 weeks of August ( very busy) there are about 4 Changeover days a week, 2 British and 2 German I think, there are numerous day trips leaving the hotel every day, there is an amazing beach 6 or 7 min walk away, (all freeing up beds) I personally only saw the beds full on 2 days, I'm an early riser and there were never more than about 6 beds taken before 7.00am. Most days there were still a few beds free at lunchtime, there was NEVER an early morning scramble for beds in the 2 weeks I was there. RECEPTION: Absolutely fantastic, chatty, helpful, they will book Taxis and Restaurants for you, order your favourite newspaper and even help sort out any room issues you may have. BARS: I only visited the Lower-Pool bar a couple of times, staff very friendly but for some reason they play the radio in the bar/restaurant area, I don't mind music but news and weather reports in Portuguese are not my scene. The Upper-pool is served from the Italian Restaurant, I think they must have read some TA reviews about lack of service around the pool as there were a couple of waiters circumnavigating the pool about once an hour, not great but better than nothing. MAIN BAR: Great Cocktails, good selection of Spirits, friendly service, plenty of seating inside and out. I thought the staff coped admirably considering there were quite a lot of customers asking for Tea, Coffee and cocktails which are a lot more time consuming than pouring draft beer or G & T. BEACH: The Hotel does NOT overlook the beach unless you have binoculars, you need to cross a road, a railway and a couple of hundred yards of desert before you reach the beach. It's a lovely beach a couple of miles long with some nice bar/restaurants. The only downside is the water is freezing, something to do with the Gulf Stream apparently. THOMSON REPS: (Britain) I'm not a rep lover as I rarely book trips with them, I prefer to do my own thing, but I must admit as Jez and Ayesha live on site every time you look around one of them seems to be there. I found them to be very friendly and helpful. LAGOS: Lovely town just a mile or so from Meia Praia, there is a Bus and Train Timetable available at reception, there are plenty of Historical Sites, Bars and Restaurants to see. PORTIMAO: If you want to visit please note that you will have to get a cab from the station as it is a long way from the beach or shops. Cab fare back to hotel about 40 Euros not 25 that I was quoted. KITCHEN RESTAURANT: The reason I never gave the hotel 5 is because of the food and style of service at breakfast and dinner, BREAKFAST: very good but you have to make your own Tea & Coffee, there is NO waiter service only a clear-away set-up scenario, my only complaint about the food at breakfast is the Omelette Station, absolutely hopeless, why don't they use omelette pans instead of the hot plate, please note YLMP Staff if you read this review you need to replace the secondary toaster in the dining area, it is hopeless. DINNER: Menus and Dining is Subjective, you can't please everybody all of the time, there are 2 fish, 2 Meat, 1 potato, 1 Rice, 1 mixed Veg and 1 pasta, there were NO hot vegetarian dishes available any of the nights that I visited. There is an abundance of Salads, Deserts, Ice Cream and Cheese, there is also a Cream of something or other Soup available every night. I personally ate Monkfish, Turbot, Halibut, Codfish, Veal, Pork, Duck, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Beef not to mention a few local fish that I can't remember the name of. I thought that food as nice as it sounded was lacking seasoning and decent sauces, it was also quite often over-cooked. After reading TA reviews I had already decided that I was going to eat out a few times, about 8 in total incl Lunch so that I wouldn't be too disappointed with the hotel food, to be quite honest the food was better than I expected, if I didn't like my chosen dish I tried something else on the buffet. Personally I think the Italian restaurant that also serves burgers and Pizza should be part of the Half Board package, this would appease a lot of people that prefer a break from the Kitchen a Restaurant Buffet offering. SUMMARY: Would I come back? Definitely but not with Thomsons, I paid over £2,200 for 2 weeks half board with a pool view room, I booked in January, the cost for the same 2 weeks, same offering next year is £2,800 over 20% increase! Sorry Thomsons but I've already booked 2 Holidays, Xmas and Next Easter with another company, I shall start looking for a Summer holiday in the New Year but I doubt very much it will be with you. More

Papajohnsmoan,

Very good but niggles

We stayed for 10 days on hb and were very impressed with the hotel. Very modern, exceptionally clean (except the pool) and had the wow factor. The room was fabulous, everything you could want and an excellent maid who went the extra mile. We found the food very good, breakfast offered choice and evening meal a wonderful selection of fish and meat. The only grumble I have is that they are not strict enough with evening dress, 90% of guests dressed up but a minority thought it ok to come down in day shorts and tee shirts. If they were turned away they would make the effort. Staff very good, polite and helpful. Lagos is only 4 minutes on the train or 8 euros for a taxi, but you have to wait a while for one. Very relaxing holiday and impressed with the hotel.More

DifromHull, Hull

Just returned After a weeks break

I think the hotel has acquired the local 5 star rating because of the unique design of the building which is built in a minimalistic style ( black and white marble and plenty of glass) and whilst I can see how the rating has been derived I cannot help but feel that there are more issues to address and correct before the hotel can be awarded a 5 star rating. In my opinion it is currently a 4 star rating. The issues I have are as follows • The hotel informs guests that a dress code is expected when dining on an evening but it is generally disregarded and whilst some guests wear smart dress shorts you have others coming to dinner in beach shorts, singlets and flipflops which I have to say is unacceptable. The easy correction is to appoint a Maitre ‘D who can be seen to be in charge at the door of the restaurant and to turnaway those who fail to follow the dress code rules. • Sunbeds are always an issue in most hotels but in this hotel it was the worst I have seen so if you did not adopt the “can’t beat them join them” approach you were severely disadvantaged. People (generally Brits) were out at 06.00 hours putting towels on sunbeds. Hotel management need to consider how they address this problem. • Unless you came to floor 4 level Wi-Fi was unobtainable. Hotel management need to address this with there service provider. • A shop in the hotel would be of great advantage to the guests as the alternative was to visit a local “house” where the owner offered a “shop” service in a limited manner. There are many good things about the hotel like the staff are excellent and the manager Julio works very hard to please all of the guests. The hotel is very clean and generally rooms are quickly serviced by the cleaning staff. The hotel has 3 restaurants and I think the standard restaurant could have more choice albeit the food is quite good. The other two restaurants one being A La Carte (Browns) offers a good menu and is very well served by a first class waiter (Tomas) and the other is an Italian restaurant offering basic Italian food that is excellent and allows a swop for one night with the standard restaurant. The praia meia beach is so so good and is within easy walking distance of the hotel.A visit to Lagos is a must a very clean town with lots of windy streets with some excellent restaurants and tourist shops and a very clean presentation. I think my husband and I would return to Portugal but perhaps a 5 star hotel that was less remote and had some quality entertainment.More

JenniferNewcastleUK, Newcastle UK

Not 5 star and a one week only hotel

This is not a 5 star hotel and never will be until there is some visible management to lead the few staff that are employed. One week here would be ok but 2 weeks starts to uncover the hotels inadequacies. The rooms are well decorated and designed and the beds are really comfortable. There is the usual sun bed hassle because there weren't enough and the pool area and bar areas are becoming tatty as the decking has become disjointed and tiles missing from around the pool. The food ( canteen style) is Ok but no where near 5 star quality and vegetarians would struggle. We had to ask for the wine list every meal time and the service is poor although friendly. Our guess is that the hotel is sailing close to the wind financially - already failed as a family hotel. This is a shame as it has great potential but a lack of any clear management is letting it down. There is no one to enforce the dress code or ensure high standards. There was also a drains smell in our corridor nearly every day. We ate in the Fresco bar one night - food also poor and 3 TVs on! Not what I feel is acceptable to accompany dinner! We didn't eat in the other restaurant as we didn't feel very inspired . However eating in other restaurants in Lagos were really lovely and good value. We caught the train in to Lagos and caught a taxi back. We also used Days of Adventure to book trips - very professional. We went with Thompson and were put off by their hard sell and having to attend a departures meeting on our last day. My husband described this hotel as a triumph of aesthetics over functionality. We really wanted to like this hotel but there are much better 5 star hotels to visit where service is deemed important. We did have a lovely holiday but because we always make the most of our time away! We visited the Spa once and swam in the pool - if you wish to use the other facilities there is an 11 Euro charge.More

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