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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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We have just returned from 11 nights stay in Dunas. We rented our apartment through homeaway.co.uk, the apartment is privately owned & managed by an English couple. Our apartment was just fantastic, spotless, modern, leather sofa's & really comfortable beds etc. We had two balconies and also use of the roof terrace which gave fantastic views. The location of Dunas is very central, just a short walk to the beach or into the town. Unfortunately only one lift was working whilst we were there & being on the third floor, we preferred to use the lift than the stairs, however, this was not a huge problem. The lady on the reception desk was very helpful with any questions we had. The pool was lovely, being October, it was very quiet & therefore plenty of loungers & umbrellas for us to use (the pool was freezing, but with the temp in the 80's, quite appreciated!) Plenty of cheap bars for a cold beer & snack at lunchtime around the complex, we especially enjoyed The Chillout Bar & Cactos Bar, very friendly & very cheap. If we were to return to Dunas, it would be through the company we used this year as we would be sure of a excellent apartment.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • 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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Scotland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The Dunas from the outside looks great. Pity same couldn't be said for the inside. Our apartment was very spacious but very dated. Curtains had holes in them. Toilet seat was loose. The bottom of the toilet was dirty. Cushions on the sofa bed were dirty. The sofa bed was hard and very uncomfortable. A hob but no oven. One socket for a kettle, microwave and toaster. The balcony was very small with a table and two chairs. The apartment was for four. The dining table had four chairs but only three had cushions. The fridge was so noisy it kept me awake at night. The staff were very friendly. It's such a shame the apartment we had was in such bad shape. A little bit TLC and our experience of the Dunas could have been very different.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bannockburn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Our apartment was spotlessly clean and tidy. The rooms were large and can easily hold 4 people.
We had all the appliances we wanted. They are perfectly located near to Alvor centre which has amazing restaurants and bars. The pool area is very large with a large grass area to sun bathe on.
We will definitely return.

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  • Stayed September 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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Brynmenyn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We just spent a wonderful time at the Dunas do Alvo Apartments 3rd to 12th September, this was our second visit this year went the end of Febuary beginning of March. The apartments are basic but very clean, It has a large swimming pool on site with a few snack bars. The beach is only about 5minutes walk Alvo is a lovley fishing port with plenty of restaurants to chose from Marafados/ Big Reds/ Green Door/Georget`s are all worth a visit, The Panda restaurant towards the supermarket is also worth a try there are many more Restaurants in Alvo to chose from. Eating out is not to expensive and there are some bars selling larger for 1 euro, already looking to go back some time next year

  • Stayed September 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had a 10 day holiday at the start of june as a family of 2adults 2 children. The apartments are basic but clean. What else would you expect for a 3 star? The location is spot on as mentioned in previous reviews. The pool is a big hit with our kids, and is clean and safe. We also spent most evenings dining in the centre of alvor then returned to have few drinks in the cactus 2 bar. We found alvor to be very inexpensive and even returned with euros, which is a first. However the downside of our holiday was the weather. It was mostly overcast. But nobody can control the weather and we just fell unlucky as the month before had been hot. All in all it was value for money. If I was to return though, it would be without kids as I feel it is more adult focused resort and not enough to keep kids occupied.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just back from 2 great weeks here.
Spacious one bed apartment for 3 of us ( 2 adults and 15 year old daughter )
Was clean with plenty of storage space and beds were so comfy.
Ideally located for the beach and the centre of Alvor. No more than a 5 minute walk to both.
6th time in Alvor but first time at the Dunas and best location by far.
Large pool on site and we never had a problem getting a sunbed as it never seemed to get overly busy.
Couple of bars , a shop and a snack bar/restaurant on the site. We ate in a couple of nights and kitchen was more than adequate.
Cactus 2 bar is a must visit. Mark and Ali and their staff are so friendly and welcoming and it's such a nice relaxed atmosphere. Prices were cheapest around as well.
We enjoyed it so much we are going back next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hull
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week at beginning of May with my husband. I'd been with a friend years ago and had always wanted to return. We were worried being self-catering that we might spend a lot of euros eating and drinking out but we couldn't have been more wrong. We had a large clean spacious apartment which we couldn't fault. The bars on the complex were very cheap to eat and drink and were next to sunbeds by the beautiful pool area. We were paying €1 for a pint of beer and €1.50 for a delicious glass of crisp white wine. We ate out in the village each evening as the Dunas are only a ten minute stroll from a wonderful selection of restaurants. The weather in May was hot and we both agreed holiday was idyllic.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dunas do Alvor Apartments

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:
#1 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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