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“Excellent location, friendly & clean” 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 #10 of 26 hotels in Alvor
Warrington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent location, friendly & clean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Location of the apartments was fantastic - 10min walk to the beach and same to centre of Alvor. Quiet - never had any problems with noise. We were put on the first floor with our one year old but the lift was always available so this wasn't a problem.
Pool - There were always plenty of sunbeds and shade around the pool infact new parasols were purchased and put in whilst we were there - just a note though if you want a comfy full length cushion for your bed you have to pay extra. Pool was always clean.

Rooms - We had a cot provided the mattress could have been cleaner for me but bedding was provided and changed when we needed it to be - bedding always clean and they changed if there were any spills. They changed towels when we required them. Only thing i would say was that the balcony could have done with being cleaned and mopped more. Kitchen was equipped with most items although there was no potato peeler or grater which we ended up buying. Beds were a little un-comfy and we had two single beds which we had to push together would have preferred a double bed. Took a fan with us but never needed it. You can get a fan from reception at no charge.

Reception - extremely friendly helpful & efficient - we had a leak with our kitchen sink but it was repaired the same evening

All in all we would definatly stay again

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The apartment was excellent value for money. It was large and well decorated and immaculately clean

There were fresh flowers, wine and cakes for our arrival which was a lovely touch.

the apartment was located within easy walking distance to the beach and the bars and restaurants and there is a friendly bar with live music on the complex as well as a small shop which has everything you need grocery wise.

As we had a corner apartment there was a lovely terrace with sun-loungers on which was great.

Room Tip: room 106 was a corner room had nice garden view and own terrace with sun loungers
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wembley, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just got back afterour first time in Portugal and we loved it,if clean n basic is all you require then these apartments are for you.The pool is big and clean and all the staff are friendly.The location is perfect 10 min walk to the beautiful beach or quaint cobbled street town,restaurants and cafes to meet all budgets.This was just what we wanted somewhere to relax but still had some life to it.Hopefully we will be back in September.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor facing the road,we were nt bothered but the dogs normally start barking...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from our 11 night stay at the Dunas and are we glad to be home! We were in room 302, very spacious but very out dated. With a bit of tlc, this apartment has potential to be lovely. Set in a good location, just ten minutes walk from a fabulous beach and five minutes walk from the center of Alvor. The apartment itself...well where do we start? FILTHY! Shower curtain was covered in mould, fixtures and fittings were grubby and shabby, broken toilet seat, cutlery and cutlery draw minging! In the eleven nights of our stay, we had the bed linen changed once and towels changed twice. On the fourth day We headed to the reception area and asked for some clean towels. We were told by a very unhelpful receptionist, that it wasn't their policy to give us clean towels on the fourth day. Only for the fact that our Thomson rep was in reception at that time and said a few words in Portuguese, were we able to get a towel change. The cleaners 'cleaned' our apartment every other day, but emptying a bin... Well we wouldn't class that as cleaning! The balcony was very spacious, but covered in bird muck which wasn't cleaned once. There was bare wires hanging from the walls and one working light in the living area.
When entering the reception area, the smell of the toilets was overwhelming. We found the lady behind the desk, very unhelpful. Everything we asked her, her answer was 'I don't know'. Dog muck littered the pavement outside the entrance area and getting suitcases in and out was a challenge.
We visited the pool area once and that was enough, we lasted 15 minutes on the mouldy sun beds before we headed back to the fantastic beach. The lifeguard at the pool was very rude towards us. After giving him our name and room number, he still tried to charge us for the use of the pool area.
This holiday was booked through First Choice/Thomson holidays. We have used this travel agent twice a year, for the past 5 years. The reason we chose this accommodation was due to the fact that Thomson has awarded this a Gold Award. We suggest they go back to the Dunas and have another look. We will not be booking a holiday through First Choice/Thomson ever again, they let us down big time! Thank you very much First Choice/Thomson for sending us to a Gold Award DIVE!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Raunds, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Just returned home after a fantastic holiday. The apartments were spotless and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Very convenient location and a few minutes walk from an amazing beach. I would recommend these apartments to anyone

  • Stayed May 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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East Dean,Chichester United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We got a late deal for the Dunas and the whole time we were there I had to remember how little we had actually paid! But I just felt it could do,so much better! The location as has previously put put on here, is brilliant! Literally 5 minutes from one of the best beaches I 've ever been to and 5 minutes from the fabulous old town of Alvor with it's many bars and eateries etc. But I must admit that I found the "hotel" tired, dated basic and one of the noisiest places I've ever stayed! The rooms are spacious but I would not like to be more than two in there! Although the sofa apparently goes into another bed, it would be a pain and there was barely enough hot water for two showers so definitely not four! The fittings are cheap and plasticky and the most rediculous thing of all, the microwave kettle and toaster, all,have to be juggled around the one and only plug on the kitchen work top! Weeded up with the kettle on the floor but obviously you couldn't do that if you had children in the room! Rediculous! Thin little towels and I asked forma towel change on the third day and it was done but I asked again later in the week and was told only one change allowed! Thomson rules! So I asked if I could pay for clean towels! The receptionist was going to look into it......

We were on the roadside which apparently is quieter! Really? The road sweeper and leaf blower come through before 8 every morning and Thursdays and Sundays, a coach arrives to pick up formthe airport at 6am and is outside running for about 20 minutes! It is also over a bar which seems to be solely for very loud Portuguese men!

The Dunas could do so much better! Then maybe instead of running at what looked like 30% occupancy, it would be full! Also charging for using the Internet? Even b& b's have wifi now! Don't pay to use their computer! Goes to Marco's and have a lovely glass of his smooth red wine or a vino verde and wifi included.

I wouldn't rush back to the Dunas. Look around on Tripadvisor first!

Room Tip: Roadside very noisy!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Our first time in Portugal and we chose Alvor due to excellent reviews. We found a late deal at the Dunas apartments and as other contributors have said it is basic but very clean and comfortable. The location of the apartments is first class as they are convenient for the beach and the many bars and restaurants in the centre of Alvor. We would happily return to the Dunas and certainly Alvor.

Room Tip: Try to avoid the rooms facing the bars in the complex.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Estrada da Barca, Alvor, Portimao 8500-588, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Alvor
#6 Family Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dunas do Alvor Apartments 3*
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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