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“Winter sunshine in portugal” 4 of 5 stars
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Dunas do Alvor Apartments
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada da Barca, Alvor, Portimao 8500-588, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Winter sunshine in portugal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is our second stay at Dunas self catering appartments in Alvor. We also stayed at the Dunas several years ago with our Children. Both have been good experiences. This time, we came in January 2013 for a 1 week bargain break with 'on-the beach' website, for a very good price. Alvor is as we remember it, a smaller, low key resort, but now with the addition of an amazing board-walk that takes you for over one mile through the sand dunes along Alvor's pituresque estuary and out to the sea. The Dunas itself is loctated on the eastern edge of the town, but that makes it an easy five minute walk to town, or just five minutes in the other direction to the middle of a massive sandy beach, so a convienient location with a good chance to park in the Dunas's own car park or in the nearby streets. Coments elsewhere here about dogs barking in Alvor are true, but it seems to be a couple of local residents who have noisy dogs, and that would affect many light sleepers in Alvor, it is not therefore only a problem for the Dunas but I guess, most other hotels and appartments nearby on the east edge of the town. The dog noise is intermittent, and is I suspect common to many towns on the continent. The Dunas appartments are a little dated and faded, however they are freshly painted and imaculately clean, and very spacious indeed, with a big sitting/dining room, a separate bedroom and a remarkably big bathroom, again all very clean. There's lots of hot water, (each appartment has its own hot water tank) and the kitchen is basic, and the hob slow, but it's very adequately equipped to make your own meals. (Kettle,Toaster,Fridge-Freezer,Microwave etc) (there are also plenty of places to eat within a few hunderd metres if you dont want to cook) The staff on the desk at the Dunas are friendly and we found them excelent. Most helpful, they all spoke very good English, and were polite even when we stupidly locked our key inside the appartment. (note - do not leave the room key in the inside lock!) and they quickly got a local tradesman on call-out to help us get back in to our room. As it was January we did not use the pool or tennis, but they all seemed to be available, and the pool and associated grass areas are very large, and has plenty of space for loungers when the weather is warm. From our perspective the Dunas was, and remains, excelent basic value, a most practical location, spacious, clean and friendly.

Room Tip: Rooms that face the pool are probably quieter, but our room faced south on to a side street and the...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I stayed here from 29th october for 11 days. This was not my choice as my selected accomodation was closed down so was transferred to here. The appartment was big and clean but that was it. The appliances were all quite tacky. The cooker hob took at least 15 minutes to heat up and the oven had no racks so couldnt use it. Luckily I didnt intend doing much cooking. Did fancy egg and bacon though but gave up on the egg as the bacon took so long. There was a microwave, toaster and kettle, but only one socket so had to put toaster on floor in lounge if I wanted tea and toast.
There was no air con/ heating. Thankfully it wasnt too cold so didnt require any heat. Wouldnt want to stay in high summer with no air/con. Lastly it was quite noisy from the road noise. The street cleaner came a long every day at 7.30 and the fans from the Alisuper super market droned all the time. Wouldnt stay again out of choice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

I recently arrived back in england after an amazing hoiday in Portugal. I stayed in the Dunas Do alvor aparments and was more than satisfied with my holiday there. The bars around the apartments were great and the owners were extremely friendly. The cleaners at the hotel were unbelievable and cleaned our apartment and beds everyday without fail. We also was suprised about the reviews complaining about the pool as we found the size, range and depth perfectly satisfying. We also took advantage of the tennis courts they had there which were in good condintion. Overall had a fab holiday and we will surely return.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedworth
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5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed here last september in a fantasically large apartment. I really cant fault these apartments and try to book into them every year because we just love Alvor. Just come back from staying in the club alvorferias but wanted to use the dunas pool as the rest of our family were there and our son wanted to be in the pool with their children. 22.50 Euros per day they charged us to use the pool. What a total rip off! We seen local people coming in late in afternoon and not been approached by the pool attendant to see if they had paid. We witnessed 1 english couple been thrown out, how humilating for them. It is a fab pool but make sure your staying at the dunas before you use!! Unless you pay fernando the pool attendant on the side which I also witnessed, quick backhander! Will not travel in August again because everyone seems stressed even leonel from the chillout bar.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Just got back from Dunas do Alvor apartments. Huge apartment - large kitchen and bathroom. Lots of storage space everywhere. Nice and clean. Towels and sheets very clean and soft. Beds comfy. Reception very friendly and helpful. Everything you need onsite - shop, hairdressers, Cactos 2 bar, Marco's restaurant, Pic nic snack bar.

Lovely pool - hard to get the kids out. Sun loungers provided foc.

Location - close to the beach and harbour with a range of restaurants to choose from.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corby, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

just got back from alvor dunas apartments there is everything 5 mins to the town and the beach the only thing i would complain about is the 2 hour transfer from the airport we had a coach without air conditioning and it wasnt a nice experience not saying all the coaches are like this talking to other people some said it wasnt as long from the airport for them just depends where the coach is dropping off on the way..nice easy booking in apartment on arrival lots of space everything you need a few things were broken reported it they were fixed more or less straight away we had a apartment above the gift shop next to the pharmacy the road is a bit noisey and the cars coming and going in a morning and people walking by and talking sometimes got on your nerves but not to bad I would take some earplugs its a must.. bathroom very big shower wonderful twin bedroom lots of cupboard space..pool fab pic nic does very nice chicken salads and crepes to die for..make sure u visit the cactus 2 mark ali his wife lyn jane and dan fab team beautiful burgers and combo pint of super bock beer is 1 euro all day till 9pm 9.30 mark does his singing just to be warned dont ask him for crap groups or singers as we got banned for asking he doesnt sing songs by women or country and western he doesnt mind if u want to sing it he has 7 rules anyway you will see when u go and when u do go say hi from mr and mrs corby he remebers u from where u are from rather than your name hilarious but be warned if you do get a apartment where the cactus is mark sings till midnight any way the food is fab in alvor town we ate 3 times at a restaurant at the top of the hill up from gorgettes opposite the black stove its on a terrace beautiful seabass and the best periperi chicken in alvor its nowt posh just good food..try casa do rio on the cliff by the harbour lovely chicken and shrimp kebabs the silmar does very nice sardines beautiful the chinese buffet is very nice too plenty of shops to browse round do shop around though as some shops are more expensive than others..make sure you call in at paddys bar..and the pingo dolce supermarket which is up the hill is a bit cheaper than the supermarket opposite the dunas and theres more choice just about the milk the blue cartoned milk is the semi skimmed as we dont like full fat and that is the green carton it was very confusing.. make sure u go to the meeting with the rep riu he is a very nice chap and is local...all in all fab hol and will be back soon dunas..

Room Tip: room 107 was a nice cool room until the sun got round in the late afternoon road noise
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Having read reviews about these apartments, we were a bit apprehensive about our choice of holiday. We booked an apartment privately and were very impressed with the standard. It was beautifully clean, very well equipped and they are in a fantastic location - close to both the beach & the harbour.
The swimming pool is huge and we had no problem getting a sunbed. Our children loved playing in the pool so we only made it to the beach twice.
We were pleased to find a good mini market on the complex when we arrived quite late at night. There was also a good selection of snack bars on the complex - we had lunch time snacks in most of them which were very reasonably priced & a good standard. Our only complaint was The Chill Out Bar which seemed to go out of its way to attract the worst of British - their bar slogan is "Get P****d, Get a Life" & they just had screaming children booting footballs & shouting and the owner (?) had choice language. Fortunately Alvor has so much more to offer with lovely Portuguese restaurants & bars and we would definitely come again.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Estrada da Barca, Alvor, Portimao 8500-588, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dunas do Alvor Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dunas Do Alvor is a large, modern and stylish complex is located close to Alvors sandy beach and the resort centre. The spacious sun terraces that surround the pool have bars, shops and restaurants, making this an ideal choice for families and couples seeking a relaxing holiday. LOCATION-400m from Alvor beach; 300m to Alvor village; 50m to nearest supermarket; 3km to Alto golf course. FACILITIES-Free-form swimming pool and sun terrace; independently-owned shops, bars and restaurants. Holiday Highlights are free kids, subject to availability. ACTIVITIES-Tennis court. ROOMS-1 bedroom apartments (2-4 persons) have a separate twin bedroom, living area with telephone, TV, kitchenette with fridge, full bathroom and a balcony or terrace. Some apartments have a microwave oven (subject to availability). Prices are based on 4 adults sharing on Self Catering. CHILDREN-Splash pool; cots free. Child prices: age limit 16. Option Offers:- Great group deals available, pre-bookable flowers available - £33 and pre-bookable champagne available - £30. Please note: this property is located on a busy side road. ... more   less 
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