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“Perfect Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Vilabranca Apartments
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Santa Casa da Misericordia | Torraltinha, Lagos 8600, Portugal   |  
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Cork, Ireland
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“Perfect Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Just back from a ten day stay at the Vilabranca,We stayed here again last year and again we were not disapointed.Great management and staff always on hand to help out and give advice.Rooms were cleaned to a good standard every 3rd day and all the rooms had a new 32"tv .For anybody that have not been to Lagos before it is a great location, great restaurants,places to visit and of course great weather. We will certainly return.

Room Tip: Stayed on the yellow side of the complex,a little quiter than the blue side
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

This was our sixth visit to Lagos but first stay in Vilabranca. We found Vilabranca an excellent complex. The apartments are quite spacious and well maintained, the pools are excellent. The apartments are just a 15 minute walk to the town centre and various beaches - also Vilabranca offer a fantastic courtesy bus service running to both beach and town centre (every day except Sunday). Taxi fares from the town back to the apartments is just €4. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful.
Would we stay again at Vilabranca, most definitely.

A piece of advice however, we went for a meal at O Caro restaurant in the town centre, I would recommend avoiding this restaurant – our two dishes and a person sitting beside us – their dish had to be returned to the kitchen – the standard of fish and meat was extremely disappointing.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

After reading the reviews I was expecting a lot from Vilabranca and having spent a week there with my husband from 31/5/12, we weren't disappointed. We arrived at reception after an horrendous 1hr 50min transfer from the airport, absolutely knackered from an early morning flight and barely coherent. We were met by the Manager and a lady at reception and were greeted so warmly and efficiently that all our cares disappeared.

We were given a duplex one bedroom apt in the "blue" section which, frankly, blew us away. Large airy, fully equipped and spotlessly clean rooms. Yes, the pillows aren't the best but really if that's the only complaint you can make!!!!!! Tried both pools and loved both equally. All the staff are incredibly nice and efficient and nothing is too much trouble. Have never met another manager so personable, he really makes you feel that your holiday is just as important to him as it is to you. Great service! The apartments are about 15 min walk from the town but it's a lovely walk although we did always got the shuttle bus or a taxi back!

The restaurants in Lagos are fabulous, go as native as possible and try the restaurants where you see the locals eating. Much more reasonable.

Absolutely loved Vilabranca Apartments and Lagos town and cannot wait to go back. Although next time I'll skip the travel agents and book direct. Really couldn't be doing with that unnecessary slog from the airport again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SMVilaranca, Director of Sales at Vilabranca Apartments, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear guest,
thank you very much for you lovelly comments.

We always try our best for our guests to have a good and pleasant experience with us.

We are really glad you had a good experience and we look forward to welcome you back in a near future.

Kind regards,

Tiago Espinho
Sales Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We stayed in Vilabranca for two weeks in mid June.

The apartments are a mixture of one and two bed with two adult pools and two childrens pools. There is also a cafe/bar and childrens playground on site. There is a small supermarket across the road and a cafe/bar a few minutes away.

Lagos centre is about twenty minute walk downhill, a little tougher on the way back.

The apartments are well equipt. Kitchen has a four ring cooker, oven, fridge freezer and microwave. Our apartment has a separate kitchen, but not all do. One thing that isnt on the reviews on here is that the apartments have Cbeebies!!! Our young one is glued to it! Apart from running around the pool and playground of course! They also have BBC1 BBC2 ITV and Channel 4!

I would recommend a car as whilst you can walk in and out of town and down to the beach, its a tough walk back and there is free parking at both.

If restaurants are your bag, Casa de Pintar and Onde Nord are close by and well worth a try. Casa is expensive but Onde Nord is very cheap, ask for their dish of the day, 5.5euro, for nothing!

I would come back here if we try Lagos again.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Another extremely enjoyable stay at Vilabranca, this time we booked direct and although only two of us, we were given a 2 bedroom apartment, with the main bedroom having an ensuite bathroom.

All of the apartments now have electric kettles and ours also had what looked like a 32” Toshiba LCD tv.

All of the staff that we came across were as usual very friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend Vilabranca and will no doubt be booking again when we next visit Lagos.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I have just come back from a week in Lagos (June 8-15th 2012) satying at the Villabranca.... it was brilliant. We had a two storey apartment for 2, our lounge and kitchen downstairs with a sun terrace and then upstairs a bedroom and bathroom, extremely spacious. Very clean, our apartment was cleaned twice in the week which included changing the towels/bed linen. One bad point was although its a fairly quiet reasort we never had any trouble with noise other than hearing our neighbours a few times. The shower looked like it was going to just dribble out at you, but how wrong, it blasted hot water at you. It was great. The beds were comfy, we had 2 singles that were pushed together. There were 2 pools which was fantastic, lots of loungers & parasols. It took us 15 minutes to walk to the old town, greeted by narrow cobbled streets, lined with cafe's, bars & boutique shops. My husband & I love our restaurants and had plenty of choice... I highly recommend Fernando's (very intimate, so reccommend booking as not many tables) it is opposite the bridge to cross to the marina, we had a Fish Cataplana cooked in a brass dish, very typically portugese. Also No Patio, Rua Lancarote de Freitas 46. I had an amazing prawn & Monkfish thai curry, hubby had pork & new spuds. All EXCELLENT!! Its the north west side of the old town & also Don Torro (steakhouse-AMAZING) which is just further down the hill from No Patio. If you like your cocktails head further into the town and find Zanzi Bar, try a Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail, fresh strawberries, rum and crushed ice.... delish!!
Would highly recommend Villabranca & Lagos, we will definately return.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stayed in the resort between the 17/05/12 & 31/06/12 and once again had a brilliant time. We can't praise the management and staff enough. Many thanks to all for making our stay wonderful.
There are lots of excellent places to stay in and around Lagos but this is the best.
Strongly recommended, we will return.
Miss out the expensive tour operators and book direct through the manager, tiagoespinho@vilabranca.ie

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Santa Casa da Misericordia | Torraltinha, Lagos 8600, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Lagos
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
#11 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vilabranca Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vilabranca offers a high standard of accommodation which feature a wide range of amenities within the complex. It is the ideal choice for families and those seeking a relaxing break close to Lagos. Clients can benefit from being away from the bustle of the resort, while remaining within comfortable walking distance of the centre of Lagos and Porto Do Mos Beach. Vilabranca has won many awards for its excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Lagos is a bustling old walled city, with great night life with fantastic restaurants, bars and shopping. You can spend hours pottering around the picturesque lanes. Lagos is very proud of its history and there is plenty of sightseeing from the ancient slave market to the 17th-century moated fortress overlooking the harbour. ... more   less 
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