We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Lovely hotel on the beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pestana Dom Joao II

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Save
You added Pestana Dom Joao II to your Saves list
Pestana Dom Joao II
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia de Alvor s/n, Alvor, Portimao 8500-904, Portugal   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Alvor
Caterham
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The Pestana Dom Joao II is good hotel with nicely decorated and comfortable rooms. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and there was plenty to choose from - hot and cold food to set you up for the day. The hotel is situated on the beach and a 10-15 minute walk to the town by road or 20 minutes if you walked along the beach. Unfortunately the weather was the worst the locals had seen in 15 years so we made use of the indoor pool, sauna and steam room !

We used Yellowfish Transfers to get from the airport to hotel. We would definitely recommend this company for prompt and reliable service. Our driver gave us some local information and suggestions on what to eat! We were even given a very pleasant bottle of white wine as a thank you gift.

This was our first trip to Portugal and this lovely resort - we definitely want to return.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

959 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    364
    374
    128
    34
    59
See reviews for
251
441
5
7
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (332)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
weston super mare
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Great hotel close to the beach we went half board, food was of a very good standard based on internatiinal crusine please do not expect typical british food the hotel is frequentedby Dutch Irish and German travellers.

The Hotel is located some 20 minutes from the centre of Alvor which retains a lot of charm. Room s in the hotel are modern and kept very clean. There is a free shuttle bus each day to Portimao and free internet for non business users. The walk along the coast patch from Alvor to Praia da Rocha is a must not hilly so suitable for the non serious walker.

My final tip is the hotel cost for a glass of wine at dinner is 3.20 euros and quality bottle of wine from the local supermarket can be had for 3 Euros upwards so drinking the hotel tends to be exspensive. The weather during the last week of March was very good and the resort and roads of the Algarve were very quiet. The Hotel is in my opinion suitable for couples 30+ and familes and the solo traveller.

Room Tip: Sea View rooms are very good
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Beacon, New York
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed here a few nights during our bus tour of Portugal. Literally right on the beach. Beautiful, clean, modern rooms. Nice little balconies to sit out on and enjoy the view and weather. Breakfast buffet was great. Did not stay for lunch or dinner, so I can't comment.
Grounds are beautifully maintained. Beach access was easy. We were on the third floor and had amazing views. Obviously 4th and 5th floors would be the same. Be careful if you are on 1st or 2nd floors. They have a roof over the veranda which may partially block ocean views.

Room Tip: be careful about floors 1 and 2; views may be partially blocked
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

myself and 20 mates spent 3 nights at the pestana dom joao ii for a 50th birthday golfing trip. what can i say great hotel, service was spot on and the staff were exeptional. booking in took 10 mins for all 21 of us. rooms were clean and tidy ( blind from the bedroom to the bathroom was a bit bizarre) all in all i would highly rate this hotel and intend to return with my wife later in the year.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I love this hotel have stayed here twice now, went for the sea view the second time and was well worth the extra money. The buffet breakfast has everything you could want and lunch out on the deck was delightful. Dinner looked a little pricie so walked into town for ours and there are great restaurants there so would defo recommend.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rothwell, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

A good hotel for the budget and only petty annoyances really as below.
Good points -
Great Hotel,
Nice staff
Great indoor Pool
Rooms are very stylish and nicely kept.
Even got a bottle of bubbly in our room for my partners' birthday.
Seaview rooms are great.
Bad points -
Breakfast had little choice, bacon or 'cooked ham' (Cheap sandwich ham), was very poor. We ate 'Veggie' all week.
No kettle in room. 4*?
Gym had only 4light bulbs out of 40 working and half the gear was unusable. No wipe down cloths/cleaning fluid, no heat/cooling controls. (Though the treadmills/Bikes were good).
Steam room was rarely on. (on request but no-one to ask unless you went to main reception in your swimwear)
We booked a Seaview room and they tried to palm us off with a side view; they moved us but only after we stood our ground.

Room Tip: 'Garden view' is carpark Seaview is great but some are restricted Partial Seaview is decen...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
dunfermline
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed here for one week 9th march on a golfing trip.Found the hotel to be a good standard.Typ[cal reception, ,the rooms are good plenty storage space with fridge and safe in the clothes wardrobe.there is no kettle in the room.The bathroom was good with proper shower head inside the bath and Perspex screen There is also a glass screen between the bathroom and bedroom so you can see from the bathroom to bedroom so you can see the television or whatever ,you can pull a blind down in the bedroom to make it private both way's. The beds I found to be comfortable.You can walk out the back of the hotel past the swimming pool and straight onto the beach.It was a 10minute walk into Alvor shops and restuarants . Taxis are available at the front of the hotel if you prefer not to walk.There were also a lot of skydivers in the hotel as a small airfield is close bye.The breakfast had somethimg for everyone a choice of a hot or cold breakfast the breakfasts were busy sometimes hard to find an empty clean table as staff were a bit slow to clear away dirty dishes from tables I would use this hotel again

Room Tip: It would not take any more than 10 mins to walk into town centre
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Pestana Dom Joao II? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pestana Dom Joao II

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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alvor
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#3 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
#4 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Dom Joao II 4*
Number of rooms: 384
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Travelocity, Orbitz, Despegar.com, TripOnline SA and Hotels.com so you can book your Pestana Dom Joao II reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Pestana Dom Joao Ii Hotel Alvor
Pestana Dom Joao Ii Alvor

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Pestana Dom Joao II, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.