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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 #8 of 26 hotels in Alvor
Alvor, Portugal
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“Look forward to it each year”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Good 4star hotel. Been coming here for the last 5 years.Very popular with GOLFERS & SKY DIVERS . Some weekends the sky divers are allowed to land on the beach in front of the hotel. I would recomend a room facing the beach . Nice to sit on the balcony with a beer or glass of wine early evening befor hitting the town of ALVOR for an evening meal There are 84 restaurants and snack bars in ALVOR acording to 1 restaurant owner , we have tried most of them.Prices vary if your on a bit of a tight budget avoid the fish restaurants along the harbour.For much better value drive out a few miles from alvor north ,prices can be 30 -50 % cheaper for good portugese fare & more of it but if you dont want to drive then the hotel is only 10-15 mins stroll into town where most of the restaurants are of a good standard. ONE other thing to mention about the hotel ,if it happens to be your birthday whilst your staying there they always put a bottle of champers in your room ,this year i also got a chocolate cake ,nice touch.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Stayed in hotel in March. Staff as friendly and helpful as always.lPerfect location by the beach and walking distance to Alvor. Rooms have been re-furbished to high standard. Overall experience,brilliant. Hated to leave.

Room Tip: Go for sea view
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  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Decent refurbished villa , 2 minutes from the beach, the rooms were ok for a family of four.
Nice fitted kitchen with breakfast bar - local shops 2 minutes away for provisions.
2 air con units , shower , bath , English tv also .
The bar was expensive - 5 euro for a medium size larger !
The indoor pool was a godsend for the kids on the rainy days
Taxi rank outside to take you into town or a 15 minute walk
Overall a nice resort

Room Tip: If getting a villa choose a first floor one as you can hear a lot of moment when on the ground floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I brought a group of 16 golfers in March and they all enjoyed the hotel thoroughly. There had been a slight confusion about the booking but the receptionist sorted the problem in a very courteous and efficient manner.

Breakfast buffet was very good with a great variety of continental and cooked fare on offer. Some people were disappointed that bacon and beans were only available every second day but most people were more than happy with the other food (cereal, fruit, cold meat, cheese, juices, eggs, mushrooms, yoghurt, bread, rolls, etc).

The rooms are a bit on the small side but are very comfortable and are cleaned every day - excellent service here and very clean. There is a charge on using the safe which is disappointing.

Alvor town is only 10 minutes walk away but it is a bit lonely at night. Best to use a taxi after dark for about 4 euros.

Try the boardwalk at least one day - it's well worth it.

Room Tip: The 2 lifts are very slow. Get a room on a lower floor if you don't like waiting for a lift.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We have just returned from a very enjoyable week holiday in Alvor. This was our second visit to this lovely resort, but our first time at the Pestana. We had a terrible flight from Leeds with 8 hour delays due to the snow so felt very tired on arrival at the hotel. I had booked a superior room with sea view with Jet2holiday paying extra for the room as a birthday treat. Our initial feelings on entering our room were disappointment with both the room and balcony so we returned to reception to question the room grade. We were told that all rooms on the 4th and 5th floor are superior. I still think the rooms lack what I would describe as a superior quality.

The hotel itself is as other reviewers have stated in a great location for the beach but the surrounding area is not very pleasant. The hotel grounds are very well kept and the outdoor pools look very good though it was too cold for sunbathing on this occasion.

We were booked on a bed and breakfast basis and again both me and my husband were disappointed. We actually have exact opposite tastes. My husband is happy with boiled eggs and toast but as a treat likes a bit of a fry-up. Again as over reviewers have mentioned the bacon and sausages were pretty bad and my husband found the beans very salty. I generally love breakfasts when travelling on the continent being partial to danish pastries or cake. Sadly here there were only croissants which were a bit dry on the 2 days I tried them. There was cake available on 5 of the 7 days which was very good.

Another problem I found with the breakfast was having to use the drinks machine to get hot water for tea. We both like cammomile tea which has a very delicate flavour so its not very good when drops of coffee cotaminate it from the drinks machine. In other similar hotels I have found hot water separate and tea pots available which would probabaly save money on the amount of tea bags used. I know it sounds fussy but this hotel is classed as 4 stars. However dinning room staff were very efficient at clearing tables, very friendly and a definite plus to the hotel as was the excellent maid service

My final request to this hotel would to supply a complimentary bottle of water in rooms for new arrivals. It would have been very much appreciated in our case.

Overall a good hotel, fantastic beach walks and great restaurants in the centre of Alvor especially the Fishermans rest which was our favourite

Room Tip: Pay extra for seaview but don't pay for a superior room!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

what can i say having just returned from this brilliant hotel amzing sea view try to get the third floor up for best views and request a sea view well worth the little extra money
we had room 301a which had the most amazing shower huge and a massive bed the breakfast were amazing whith the usual choices of continrntal etc and the evening meals were good although at 22euros you can find nicer foor in the old town although i can not fault this hotel in any way the staff were always polite and helpfull

Room Tip: 3rd floor plus request sea view
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  • 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
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Check in smooth, staff helpful, room adequate though strangly there was a large window between the bedroom and en suite with a roller blind on the bedroom side!, No air con available in March, only blows warm air! Parking is includedin the hotel grounds which is a bonus..Location good as hotel sits directly on the beach and the views out to sea are lovely. Sadly though the exterior is surrounded by high rise apartments which detract from the appearance of the surroundings..Breakfast basic but plenty of it. Within walking distance of Alvor( 15mins at most) so no need for a taxi although costs are little at 4 euro each way.

Sadly biggest disappointment was the car hire company Goldcars Rental booked through comparison site Argus cars.
I found the staff at Faro to be aggressive and extremely rude.
I did not want the fuel policy outlined( take full, return empty) and said so at the check in desk as I knew I did not need to use 90 euro worth of fuel and had no wish to pay for something I wouldn't be using.....I believed I had an option on this as Goldcars general terms and conditions section 7 C states it is an option. In the end we returned the car with under half tank left but no refund allowed.
Additionally, I did not request a diesal car option but was given one. I was not informed this would cost an extra 2 euro a day and only noticed this on reading the payment contract later.

The vehicle was parked securely all week but we were charged for a forced lock on return...258 euros. Do not use this company unless you have a lot of spare cash to throw away!
Great pity as Alvor town is a pretty spot to visit with numerous good little eateries and the people are friendly.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms on 4th/5th floor worth the extra charge.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#5 Romantic Hotel in Alvor
#6 Luxury Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Dom Joao II 4*
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