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“Relaxation Holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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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 25 Hotels in Alvor
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Relaxation Holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

In july of last year my husband, two teenagers and I stayed in the pestana dom joao II villas in Alvor. It was in a stunning location situated right on the beach and within walking distance of Alvor. The villas are perfect for our family, they are very big, clean and new. The town of Alvor is lovely with many nice restaraunts and bars. The surrounding area of the complex is beautiful with many flowers and trees and the pool is very nice and clean. The staff in the hotel are not very friendly but other than that the complex is swell. I would reccomend this site to a friend.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Dear Tripadvisor Reviewer,
Thank you very much for your comments. The fact that you have enjoyed your stay with us and took the time to give your feedback it’s the best award we can get and that’s what makes work even harder to meet all our guests’ expectations!
We now look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.
Best regards,
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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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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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

First class hotel,friendly and helpfull staff
Brilliant pool,plenty of sunbeds,stones throw from beach,sauna and steam room,also indoor pool
Good breakfast,and dinner (buffet or all a carte)
Beer a bit expensive, but a short walk into town
Brilliant sea views,and indoor lounges if weather turns bad(infrequent)
Davel

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad to Know you enjoyed your stay with us.
We now look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Kindest regards
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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Bolton, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

we stayed in a villa and it was beautiful,2mins from a fantastic beach 15 min walk to the centre.rooms spotless.this was our 1st time here deffo be back again.we went self catering so did not try food in hotel.had drinks at the bar nice chappy drinks not to pricy.nothing was to much trouble with all the staff.bus stop and taxi outside hotel.swimming pool great bit chilly.

Room Tip: ask for a villa near to hotel they are higher standard.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for submitting your review about your stay where you share your experience at the Pestana Hotel Dom João II. Our biggest aim is to ensure memorable holidays to all our dear guests, and your rewarding words are the best incentive for all the team. Thank you very much for your contribution and recommendation.
We look forward to welcome you again.
With kind regards,
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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Vestfossen, Norway
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I stayed for a week as a part of 8 guys playing golf. Splendid service for rooms, tee times and information before and during our stay. All paperwork were ready upon arrival. We booked landview. As the hotel is lying almost on the shore, many of us used the opportunity to longer walks and bathing in the afternoon sun. It is my 5th stay at the same hotel and planning a new trip for Nov 2014 is already begun.

Room Tip: Depite that all landview rooms are against the passing rod, the traffic were light and quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Manager_DJoaoII, Manager at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad to Know you enjoyed your stay with us.
We now look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Kindest regards
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We arrived on Saturday 9 November at lunchtime and our room was ready early which was great(we stayed for a week). Despite having read very negative reviews, we found that the hotel was as nice as as we had remembered(we have stayed here a few times before). Hotel was spotlessly clean, staff lovely and very friendly, nothing was a problem either. Breakfast was good and plentiful. The pool area was lovely as well although icy cold. We only ate breakfast in the hotel as there are lots of reasonably priced good restaurants in Alvor town. The bar prices were a bit higher than in the town but that is to be expected in a hotel anyway. Would we go back again - YES .

Diane,Nigel and Anna - Scotland

Room Tip: Our view this time was a land one. We have stayed before and had a sea view which is amazing- espec...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_DJoaoII, Manager at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. Your kind words give us the great filling of mission accomplished and we also look forward to welcome you again next year. Please let us know of your return as soon as possible.
With kind regards,
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I stayed here for a 3 day golfing break as part if a group of 8 guys. Despite the rooms we booked in the hotel due to an administration error, however, this was managed well by the hotel when they gave us an 'up grade' to 2 of their 'bungalow' villas in the grounds if the hotel.
The accommodation was functional but simple if not plush. We only had bed and breakfast and ate out in the evenings - which meant a taxi journey into town or a 20-25 minute walk.
The breakfast at the hotel was good with a great choice from the vast hot and cold buffet range on offer. The scale of the operation is typical of a golfing resort complex looking after hundreds of guests.
The well kept hotel gardens and pool with a the beautiful sandy beach are a real treat.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_DJoaoII, Manager at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your comments in Tripadvisor. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Portugal
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

There were 11 golfers in our party had a great stay at this hotel from 7th November thru to 12th November. We all had single rooms which proved to be very successful. No one had any complaints about their room. All our rooms were looking at the road, which for us was not a problem as we were out playing golf most of the time, plus they wanted extra money for a sea view room.
Having said that the views on the beach side must have been quite spectacular as the fantastic beach is very close.
The only complaints I have were the breakfast were ok, but on some days the cooked food was cold, and the prices at the bar are absolutely extortionate. 4€ for a half was ridiculous. We would have used the bar much more had it not been so expensive. It mean't that we went into town earlier than we would have normally, where the bars are much more reasonably priced, some as cheap as 90cents for a pint.
We will be going back next year at about the same time of year

  • Stayed November 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
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Manager_DJoaoII, Manager at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you for taking the time to gives us your opinion about our facilities and services. Unfortunately we didn’t met at all your expectations concerning the restaurant. We will make sure that all the food will be hot when presented at breakfast.
Looking forward to see you again
Kindest regards
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel
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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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