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Pestana Dom Joao II
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia de Alvor s/n, Alvor, Portimao 8500-904, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
Rochester, United Kingdom
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“EXCELLENT HOTEL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

fANTASTIC HOTEL IN FANTASTIC LOCATION. We will be returning to this hotel again next year. The staff are helpfull and friendly and always willing to help. though the lady in reception trying to sell time share at one of their hotels was a bit off putting but not a major problem. Paid extra for the sea view and it was brilliant to wake up to the beautiful beach right there in front of the hotel. Breakfest could not be faultered plenty of it and large selection of fruit and cakes. Food was very good. Excellent hotel as expected of the Pestana group but they should be proud of the Dom Joao. We will be visiting again in February - WELL DONE DOM JOAO fom Maria and Rodney

Room Tip: sea view deffinately reocommended;
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We have visited Dom Joao Hotel in Alvor before but never so late in the year. We arrived for a five night stay on 23rd November & were pleasantly surprised to find the hotel provided nightly entertainment throughout our stay. The facilities in the hotel are first class and the warmth of the staff is exceptional. We stayed on Bed and Breakfast basis only so we only experienced the restaurant food in the morning but there was a great variety of hot and cold breakfasts on offer. We will definitely be returning to the Dom Joao in 2013

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We have stayed and used this hotel many times over the passed 20 years, the last time was about 4years ago.

i know that the hotel and its rooms were revamped a few years ago as they were getting a bit tired
that in its self made a wonderful change to a brilliant hotel.The grounds beach,pool aera could not be better.

My only concern was the range of food. very poorly presented for dinner and breakfast,had to as the staff and them wait for the trays to be refilled, this should not happen. It was as if the chief had just been there for too long and had been allowad to get away with just about anything. ( this now may have change ) It would not make me stop using the DO JOAN11 BUT IF IT WAS I WOULD PROBABLY JUST GO BED & BREAKFAST.Still a gret place to stay for week or more.

Room Tip: get a room overlooking the beach and pool as it could not be better
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We've been to Alvor twice before (unusual for us to go back to the same place more than once!) but it's a great for an out of season break. Previously we've rented an apartment but found that staying B&B at the Dom Joao this time was a cheaper option (£15 per person per night & you can't go wrong - thanks to Lowcostholidays.com). Weather was a bit mixed but even so it was a very pleasant week.

As far the hotel is concerned there was the usual fare for breakfast, completely fine, and frequently replenished. We ate out every evening in Alvor itself so couldn't comment on the Dinner menu. Plenty of facilities including a small, but well-equipped gym. Indoor pool was very pleasant and warm with a good sized steam room. There weren't any changing rooms as such though so probably best to towel dry from the pool before heading back to the room. There were a couple of showers but no lockers, etc. The room was very nice and had a good bathroom with very effective shower! Athough we hung our towels up to be used again they seem to be replaced every day anyway. All the communal areas were kept extremely clean and tidy.

Would thoroughly recommend Alvor as a lovely place to stay with a wonderful beach. If you can get as good a deal as we did for the Dom Joao then snap it up!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights mid November. We didn't pay for sea view but had a lovely comfortable room overlooking the car park ! Since it was November, we knew we wouldn't be sitting on the balcony, so it didn't matter, but if you are planning a trip in the summer, I'd recommend paying the extra for a beautiful sea view.
Breakfast was plentiful with more than enough variety. The room itself had very comfy beds and there was even a sofa in the room ! The shower was the BEST we've ever had with a huge shower head! The bathroom was very modern and the attention to detail was a treat, little things like the way the face cloth was folded, box of tissues, plenty of fresh white towels!
There are no hairdryers in the bathrooms, but you can borrow one from reception.

They also provide towels for the beach or for using in the indoor pool. The indoor pool was like stepping into a warm bath, which was great in November !
Wifi is free in the bar & lounge areas. You simply get a ticket with the codes for that day and use it as much as you like. Each day, get a new code from reception.
This is because the bar and lounge are open to non guests, and obviously they are not going to provide free wifi for anyone just strolling into the hotel. There are also two pcs provided free of charge if you don't want to take your laptop or ipad.

The beach is the best we've ever seen and less than a minutes walk away.Its miles of pure golden sand.
Alvor is not hilly like a lot of resorts on the Algarve so ideal for older people or anyone who has difficulty walking.
The town itself is very pretty, plenty of places to eat, and so relaxing just to sit by the harbour with a coffee watching the local fishermen. A lot of the restaurants were closed in the evening due to the season, but plenty were open during the day.

We are going to be booking for September as this hotel & the location has everything we need for a perfect holiday !

  • Stayed November 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed here last week in october and would rate this hotel as a good 3* not 4*.
Rooms were fine,particularly the large shower heads.
Staff were very friendly and obliging.Lovely gardens to relax in if you have the weather,
which was a bit mixed when we were there.
As advised by previous reviewers we booked B&B witch was the right choice as the
breakfast was fine,all the usual hot & cold food,but several people told us they tried
the evening meal ( 12 euros/22 with half bottle of wine ) and found the food was warm
rather than hot.The town is about 10 mins walk away with plenty of reasonably priced
restaurants there.Would i stop here again yes.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Last week I stayed for one night in this hotel. My room was excellent! Modern interior very good bed an also quiet at night, which is very important to me.
Very friendly staff at check in and check out. Very tasty food at the beach near the hotel; 20% discount even, because of being a hotel guest.
When ever I come back in this area, I will certainly come back here, because it flt like being at home.

Room Tip: Wake up in a sea view room!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Praia de Alvor s/n, Alvor, Portimao 8500-904, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
#5 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Dom Joao II 4*
Number of rooms: 384
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