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“Perfect location to discover Algarve!” 5 of 5 stars
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Vilas D. Dinis
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Est Ponta da Piedade, Lote 26 | Donana beach, Lagos 8600-593, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #7 of 39 Lagos B&B and Inns
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
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“Perfect location to discover Algarve!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The hosts: we spent 3 nights in early May and were really pleased with our stay in Vilas D. Dinis. The employees are really very kind and can give you good advices to visit the area, even the cleaning women. The owner was really friendly and helpful. When we arrived, he proposed us to visit and choose our room since there were still several rooms available. So we choose a room in the main Villa with the 3 pools (there is also another villa across the street).

The Room: we had a double room, it was perfect, very clean, comfortable bed, very cosy with a pretty decoration, a beautiful and modern bathroom, a nice balcony, a small fridge, a locker and WiFi available. There was no air conditioning but a fan on the ceiling. It was already hot outside in May but the room was and was not too hot since we were always closing the electrical curtains when we were going out.

The breakfast: it is served in a nice area next to the pools. There is an excellent choice of food, both sweets and salty. If I had to mention the only "negative" would be the orange juice which is actually more orange water than real juice, but that was ok.

The place: the hotel is really nice and well located, 1min walk from the Camilo beach, 2min walk from the Dona Ana beach and a few minutes more from Ponta da Piedade which you definitely have to see! There is also a small supermarket at 5min walk (or a bigger supermarket at 5min with a car, if you have one). We had rented a car, so city center was at 2min drive but you can easily reach it by foot.
You can rent a kayak at the beginning of the city marina and you can go visit caves of Ponta da Piedade.
Lagos was definitely a could choice for location to discover Algarve. It is not too full of tourists and buildings like the cities of Portimao or Albufeira. It is a good start to visit everything around (but we really recommend to go more to the West, to Sagres and the West Coast which is more wild and quiet than going to the East)

In short, we really liked this place and would recommend it to everyone! Hope to be back there someday!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We recently booked a room here and the place was excellent. The beach is literally a five minute walk away and the town center is only fifteen minutes. We did the walk everyday and it was no problem at all. There is a small shop right beside the hotel and a local Spar about five minutes away which has everything. The room we had came with a small kitchen which was very handy for breakfast etc and storing things in the fridge. Staff were excellent and the three swimming pools were fantastic. Plenty of seats, sun loungers etc too. Cleaning staff were good and the rooms were spotless and modern.

Room Tip: Get one with a kitchen, saves a lot of money in terms of buying your own breakfast etc.
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Spent a restful and recharging week at Vilas D Dinis. We stayed in the "annexe" which has its own pool. I believe all rooms have a pool view, but I may be wrong. The rooms are well designed with all the necessary facilities - including a kettle and a fridge (v. British, I know). We also had our own patio area.

Breakfast was served at the main hotel site, which was only a short walk away. The food was excellent - just what was needed to start the day.

Overall the accommodation is well executed, within easy reach of the many coves on the Algarve and Lagos itself.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Location is perfect only 10min walk from the town centre but accross the road from the 2 best beaches in Lagos, The buildings are amazing and have loads of swimming pools. The staff are friendly and the breakfast is one of the best I have had. With how run down Lagos is this place makes it fell 5 star.

Room Tip: would have loved to stay in one of the rooms that walks out onto one of the pools
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

My husband and I found this property on TripAdvisor and after researching location, decided to book our night in Lagos at Vilas D. Dinis. Our only regret is that we didn't book more days/nights in Lagos after experiencing the hospitality and quality of this resort. We were greeted by Tiago who was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in orienting us to the neighborhood making suggestions for where we might dine and go for live music. The resort is walkable to downtown Lagos and to two fabulous beaches (praias), Dona Ana and Camila. Also, the breakfast is five star! There are also three pools to enjoy. We highly recommend Vilas D. Dinis.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here five nights in June and a thoroughly enjoyable five nights it was. Each room appears to be very different from the others. A modern layout has three small pools at three different layers with more than enough seating around them. A very relaxing atmosphere.

Our room was simple but classy. No electronic key cards but old fashioned keys - a small detail a appreciate. Wifi is great as are the bathrooms.

A 15 minute walk to te centre of Lagos may be the slightest bit annoying, but no where else is as close to the beaches!

My final bit of praise is for the lady who served breakfast in the morning 'Carminho' maybe (?). She was the loveliest lady! Chatty and caring, she made each breakfast even more enjoyable.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The villas are well situated close to the beaches of Camilo and Dona Ana (5 min walk). The suite we booked was really nice: big kitchen with all you need for cooking, nice double bedroom with tv and direct access to swimming pool. The place is very quiet so to relax around the pool on very cosy lounge chair it's ideal. However it's better to have a car cause all the animation in the evening is at least 10 min drive in lagos old town center.

Room Tip: Choose a suite beside the pool
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vilas D. Dinis

Address: Est Ponta da Piedade, Lote 26 | Donana beach, Lagos 8600-593, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vilas D. Dinis 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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