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Dona Filipa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-034, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Almancil
oldham, england
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wow! What an improvement!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel has had a major refurbishment and the new rooms are simply stunning! Location wise it's perfect , staff always lovely , facilities superb.. The rooms were very tired and dated but the newly decorated ones are as good as anywhere we have stayed ... Will once again become a real favourite of ours

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This February, we found ourselves looking for a last-minute holiday to a warmish and relatively easy-to-get-to place from our home in London and after a little research, we decided upon the Algarve Coast of Portugal. A couple of clicks later we had booked rooms at the Dona Filipa Hotel because a.) it was close to the airport b.) it had a heated outdoor pool - perfect for the boys c.) there was a spa nearby for the wife d.) tennis and golf on site and last but not least, e.) it was a 5 minute walk to the beach. Man, are we happy we did. After a 25 minute ride from the airport we were promptly and cheerfully checked in early by the staff (the complimentary Port at check-in for the adults and juice for children was a nice touch) and shown to our adjoining rooms. We had kindly asked that our rooms be equipped with a DVD player (prior to arrival) and when we got there, all was as requested and there was more complimentary port and fresh fruit in our rooms on arrival.

Our adjoining rooms were very nice, on the 3rd floor of the hotel at the corner with views of the golf course, the tennis courts, the pool and off in the distance - the Atlantic. Coming from the gray of London to the warmth, sunshine and ocean breezes in the Algarve, we were immediately thrilled with our locale. The rooms themselves were very nice, with separate shower and bathroom areas, a large bedroom with two twins pushed together to make a queen, plenty of closets and a nice balcony looking out to the golf course. The rooms were not sleek nor modern but were tastefully appointed and very quaint. The shower had great water pressure and plenty of hot water and the toiletries were very nice. The beds were quite comfy as well, firm without being too hard to sleep in. All in all, great rooms for a 4 night stay.

Because it was the off season, it was really quiet and being the youngest people (by far) in the hotel, it felt a bit like we had stumbled into a Q-Tip convention, you know, a whole bunch of people with white hair and white shoes? Anyway, there were a ton of them and most seemed to be like us, people fleeing the gray northern climes - be it, England, Germany, Denmark etc. Unlike us, they all seemed to be retired and in no particular hurry to anything at all except relax. Anyway, our days fell into a nice comfortable routine. Wake up and walk downstairs to the enjoyable buffet with a great variety of eggs (made-to-order omelettes), fruit, cereals, cold cuts, hot food etc. (They even had soy milk for our coffee which the better half really loved.) After breakfast we would play tennis for an hour or so and after that my wife would go to work out and hang at the spa while the boys and I either went to the beach or golfed at the Vale de Lobo course just up the road. Afterwards we convened for either a late lunch, early dinner and then repaired to our rooms looking to do it all over again the next day. Pure bliss. (even when it was a bit cloudy and breezy outside, it still beat being in London and it felt great to be outside with a little sun on your face)

Dinners were spent at the local restaurants right near the resort (all within walking distance because we did not have a car) although we did dine one night at the Dom Duarte restaurant at the hotel. The food was alright there and the service was fine but compared to what we had outside the hotel, it was way overpriced and had a much more limited selection. You are better off venturing off property then eating at this place even if your off-resort locations are limited because of the off-season. The restaurant certainly catered to the older set and everyone else seemed to be perfectly happy.

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- easy access beach towels for the guests and we toted these to the strand with no problem. BTW - the beaches are wide, sandy, abut gorgeous red clay cliffs and are perfect for kids. Some of the nicest beaches I've come across. Even though the water was cold, the boys were all in!

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- the wifi was spotty at best but given that I was not there to work, not a big deal
- they said the pool was heated, but it wasn't much warmer than the ocean (plenty of deck chairs to relax in, however)

If you are looking for quick escape from London (2.5-3 hour flying time) and you want to a great hotel where you can relax, play a little sport and soak up some sun, this is the perfect place. (in fact, I think my 12 year old said he wanted to retire here, but that's a different story. It might have to do with the fact that footballer Stephen Garrard has a place right up the road)

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have just spent a long weekend at this hotel - we were lucky with the weather after an unsettled few days which added to the great experience.
Hotel is perfectly located opposite the beach and the Praca area - our room was not one of the refurbished ones, but was very good, light, airy with side sea view - very comfortable bed, efficient bathroom and facilities and complimentary port!
We sampled the restaurants in the Praca and in the hotel and the hotel food was by far the best and reasonably priced too. Not golfers, so enjoyed the pool area and long walks on the beach.
Would absolutely recommend.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in this hotel with the extended family in April in one of the refurbished rooms number 508.

The room itself was excellent, very large with a huge comfortable bed and a nice view from the balcony with a glimpse of the sea.

I don't play golf myself so spent most of my time by the the pool which was lovely. The un-refurbished side of the hotel does seem rather dated and I hope the hotel manages to finished its redevelopment plan soon. The setting by the beach is ideal and most of the staff a credit to the hotel. Myself and husband found the refurbished bar area very welcoming with a good range of drinks and a lovely outside space to enjoy them in.


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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this hotel in August 2013 as a family to celebrate grandmothers 80th birthday. On 2nd day of holiday granmother fell down a set of dimly lit stairs with no handrail leading to broken hip, shoulder and arm. Had to spend whole holiday hospital visiting. Grandmother operated on and, thankfully survived the fall, however upon returning to the hotel for a further week prior to a flight home being arranged with assistance from a nurse, the hotel took no responsibility apart from putting up a handrail two weeks after the accident. They charged for family to extend their stay to look after grandmother and, also charged for grandmothers room, despite the accident being their fault.
hotel itself dated, had not been modernised in decades and some of the reception staff are rude. If you are elderly give this hotel a miss.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just finishing a 4 night stay at Doña Filipa. Staying in 106 a refurbished room which has been lovely. They have looked after is so well. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits on arrival. They then gave us champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for Easter. Thought that was great touch then they turned up with lovely basket with two Easter eggs in it. Incredible value stay with two rounds at San Lorenzo included. San Lorenzo was amazing (I play off 6). Course was excellent and beats Quinta South by a country mile. Breakfast also included, nice bar and very attentive staff. Couldn't fault it and would definitely recommend.

Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The parts of the hotel that have been refurbished are excellent, the rest of it not so good. We stayed our first night in an older style room (superior), then moved to an updated room (premium) for the remainder of our stay. What a difference - the new rooms are modern, well designed and extremely comfortable. They are definitely worth paying the extra for. The reception area and bar have also been refurbished and are very stylish. Service and food overall very good. Pool area nice and relaxed, you help yourself to cushions and towels. Location very convenient for beach etc.

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Address: Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-034, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Almancil
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#6 Romantic Hotel in Almancil
#7 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dona Filipa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the Atlantic, located a mere 100 metres from the beach, and the proud owner of the renown San Lorenzo Golf Course, Dona Filipa Hotel welcomes all, with a touch of glamour and the essence of true quality and personalized service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Hotel Almancil
Dona Filipa And San Lorenzo Golf Resort
Meridien Almancil
Le Meridien Almancil
Almancil Le Meridien
Dona Filipa Hotel Portugal/Algarve - Almancil

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