We have just had a very enjoyable holiday at Dom Manuel. The environment as is evident from the images is exceptional for what has to be a built up area. The first thing one notices is the entrance to the hotel which is by an open garden corridor from the main street which provides fragrant shade from the heat of the day. The entrance to the reception and bar area is on the right. Further ahead is a shaded bower with bougainvillea enclosing outdoor tables for drinks and breakfast if desired. On the right are stairs leading to the garden pool and sun loungers. The pool is small but adequate. The really outstanding feature is the very well designed and maintained gardens which will make you think about whether you would prefer to spend a lazy day by the pool or go out somewhere.
At the garden level on the right is the entrance to the rooms. On opening the door with a card you enter what seems to be a large hall of a mediaeval Portuguese house containing suits of armour, paintings and pikes and shields and of course classical Portuguse tiles. . Although faux they do help to create an atmosphere which is less like a hotel and more like a grand house.
First floor rooms are entered from this level and second floor rooms are up a further flight of stairs.
Our room was a good size with a terrace overlooking the pool. The bathroom though small was adequate with a shower and bath. The room was well maintained and thoroughly cleaned daily.
Some of the reviews advise that you stay at Dom Manuel 1 rather than at the annexe Dom Manuel 2 over the road. We were shown the annexe by friends we met at the hotel and in my view the standard of the gardens and the rooms are not very different. Breakfast is at Dom Manuel 2.
The reception and bar staff were outstanding in their willingness to be of assistance. The bar closed promptly at 11.00 pm and the hotel was locked at the outside gates though guests were given the number code.
The breakfast was very good. A varied selection of fresh and canned fruit was available each day. Eggs were hard boiled and tasty toast tit bits were provided along with a selection of meats and cakes. The bread was freshly baked and good everywhere in Lagos. Fresh orange juice and coffee was provided.
Dom Manuel only serves breakfast. This is not a problem as there is an amazing selection of restaurants both inside the walled town and locally. The town is perhaps a 10 miniute walk away and downhill which may be a problem on the way back particularly in very hot weather. One solution is to get a taxi on the way back. Good restaurants in the town include the Maharaja Indian restaurant, the Portuguese restaurant next door and the Xpreitaqui tapas bar which has particularly good coffee. The O Henrique allegedly Michelin Guide recommended was disapointing though popular. A lobster Thermidor came with rubbery piza type cheese and cold potatoes.
There are excellent restaurants within a minute or two from the Dom Manuel. The best is probably the Onda Norte with beautifully cooked meats and excellent fish. The chips are good as well and not the ubiquitous frozen thin chips you can find elsewhere. To reach it leave the hotel by the back door, turn immediately left and then first left and then right and walk a few yards to the end. The house wine is perfectly acceptable.
There is a good Chinese restaurant very close by, the Palacio da China. Leave by the front entrance, turn left and walk a few yards to the roundabout and you will find it on the right hand side.
Although the hotel is close to Praia D Ana we spent most of our time at Praia do Porta de Mos which has a good beach and excellent restaurants for lunch. We ate at the Campimar bar. Taxi fares should be no more than 5 Euros each way. but there is a bus which stops just outside the hotel.
A trip round Lagos
A good plan for your first day is to take a tourist "train" around Lagos which visits the local beaches and attractions such as the Marina.
A particular treat was to return to the bar in the late evening and enjoy the company of good friends we had made during our holiday from Holland and Germany.
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