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Vilabranca Apartments
Ranked #19 of 53 Hotels in Lagos
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Our family of four stayed here for only one night as we were visiting a few places in Algarve but what a great place. It started with the very warm and helpful check-in experience from the fellow at the front desk. He was extremely attentive and very welcoming. The room was pretty good and served our needs well for the evening. The pools (2 of them) were clean and plenty of chairs available. The location was excellent as well since it was close enough to the tourist section of Lagos and there was a well stocked mini-market in walking distance of the hotel. The best however came in the evening in the bar area with an excellent karaoke host and the bar staff all got involved and made for a fun evening for all! Great, clean, fun and affordable place in Lagos!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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SMVilaranca, Director of Sales at Vilabranca Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2011

Dear Guest,
We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcome you back for a longer period.

You can contact us if you need any information's for future reservations.

Best regards from the Sunny Lagos,

Tiago Espinho
Vilabranca

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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We had stayed here 3 years ago and been happy with standards then but this time around was no so great. Apartments not cleaned as well or as often as before, one apartment was infested with ants (no joy from complaining to management), courtesy bus didn't do the run into/from Lagos as often as last time so you're paying for taxis on a daily basis if you want to go anywhere. We felt that we were too far from the centre. Staff are friendly and it's handy to have a restaurant/bar onsite but there's not much atmosphere there. We felt there were less people and less of a buzz around the place this holiday. That said, it's a nice complex with two good pools. The kids enjoyed themselves. The little shop across the road is a godsend but careful where you put your food if you don't want the ants snacking! We would recommend Restaurant Triangulo nearby for evening meals...great variety, friendly staff and keen prices. If we return to Lagos again, we likely will not stay at Vilabranca as we would prefer to be closer to Lagos centre and the beaches.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Have just returned from an 11 night stay at Vilabranca having spent days searching internet sites for suitable accommodation in Lagos and never being certain if we could trust the reviews but Vilabranca was not at all disappointing. This complex has two main sections, with each one centered around a separate pool. The larger, deeper,L-shaped pool also has a large, adjoining children's pool and is overlooked by the main bar/restaurant. There is a pool table and table football here that tended to get used by the teenage guests. Our room overlooked this but any noise in the evening was easily thwarted by closing the window, and generally all noise ended about midnight. The other pool was slightly smaller and less deep with a smal children's pool. This tended to be used by families with younger children, or older guests/couples.
Both pools had ample selection of loungers and parasols and they were never all taken. The pools were clean and well maintained. There were no lifeguards or slides but we had not expected either in a small complex like this. Having left our children behind for the first time in 18 years we didn't use the playground, but as previously mentioned it did not look particularly inspiring, which is probably the only aspect that could be improved.
The rooms were spotless, with fully equipped kitchens (full sized cookers and fridge freezers), separate dining/lounge, big balcony, bedroom and bathroom. Cleaning and linen change were frequent (but we did wash the tea towel ourselves). The staff were all friendly and efficient. This is one of the few places where the air-conditioning was free, even though we didn't need to use it as the rooms are well designed to stay cool, and a safe only cost me E15 for 11 days.
We didn't use the free bus as it was an enjoyable 15 minute walk to town and the abundance of restaurants but there did seem to be plenty who did. Similarly we walked to 5 different beaches from the apartments, all in less than 20 minutes. We didn't eat at the complex but the supermarket at the entrance stocks all essentials and the fresh bread is excellent. We ate at several restaurants in town and the atmosphere was great. Plenty of choice and lots going on. Some bars but a generally more family orientated centre than many resorts. The best food is at "no patio" which is documented in the welcome pack but you do need to book at least 3 days in advance. 3 courses are 24 Euros and close to michelin standard.
Young children or people with any walking issues would find the distances to town/beach an issue and a car would help. The roads are all well paved and have lots of safe crossing points.
I was very impressed with the beaches, they were all life-guarded, clean and well organised. Several had wheelchair access and special equipment to get chair-bound visitors into the sea.
We had a great time and would happily go back.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We booked the vilabranca very much at the last minute based on tripadvisor good reviews. Our party size was 2 adults and three kids ranging from 8 to 17. On the plus side the hotel is very clean and very well run. It is convenient to Lagos (15 mins walk). The rooms are spacious and well serviced. Pools are clean but not guarded. No slides. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly.

There were however a few niggles. The first one being the shuttle bus which only does 4 trips per day (2 to town and 2 to beach). It does not run on Sundays or public holidays. The times were totally unsuitable and we never used it. From what I saw most other guests did the same. Another issue was the Internet access. They have only two PC's in the lounge and only 1 was working. They charged a euro for only 10 minutes. Change wasn't always available. They have their own Wifi but it was not shared. They really need to move with the times and do a proper hotspot like most decent hotels have. The last issue was the kids playground which frankly was a joke. The equipment was in a poor state and looked dangerous. Overall I would say the hotel is ideal as a quite relaxing base to explore Lagos but there are better options if you have kids.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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SMVilaranca, Director of Sales at Vilabranca Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2011

Dear Guest,

we really appreciate your feedback and would like to apologize for those minor incidents.

I can assure you that the wi-fi is now working in the bar/restaurant area.

The shuttle bus runs 3 times a day to the beach and city center and we do think (based on guests feedback) that it's a nice facilitie provided.

We took note of your comments and will try our best to improve those areas.

Trully hope to welcome you back in the future.

If you need anything from us or have any queries, please do not hesiate in contact us.

Kind regards,

Tiago Espinho
Vilabranca

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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Stayed at Vilabranca Apartments with my partner and a friend, in a 2 bedroom apartment. We arrived at the train station, took a taxi to the hotel. When we were showed to our room, we noticed 2 doors were locked, but we weren't sure why. Also, we only had 1 bedroom and ensuite for 3 people. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment, so enquired. Reception came to our room and realised they should have unlocked an extra bedroom (with 2 single beds). We guessed the 2nd locked door was the bathroom - so it was a pain to share a small ensuite for 3 adults!
The resort itself is lovely, with 2 pools, although we didn't use them. There is a free shuttle bus from the hotel that takes you to the beach or city centre, but this only comes 4 times a day, and not on Sundays. We walked most times to the beach/city centre, takes about 15 mins downhill. This resort is more suited to families, as we are in our mid 20's, we would have preferred to stay closer to the city centre + nightlife.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

It was our 2nd visit here and we very much enjoyed it as much as our 1st.
Our only quib would be the cleaning service, it states on the apartment info/booklet that the bed linen would be changed twice weekly. We were there 5 days and I had to ask for this to be done and I also asked again 4 days later. I feel on the previous year that this had slipped. We were there for 2 weeks and after 9 days I handed our original tea-towel to the claener to change and she reluctantly gave me a clean one!!
Overall though we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Great attention to detail, high quality service in all aspects. The accommodation was spotless with regular cleaning and linen change. We liked the fact that the development was compact, well maintained, and only 2 storey ,with a traditional feel to the architecture. Location at the NE part of Lagos was convenient for our trips to the Sagres and Aljezur areas. Complex well provided with 2 pools, bar and restaurant.
Staff were professional and really friendly, - they also have a free minibus to and from the nearest beach and Lagos , although we didn't use this service.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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SMVilaranca, Director of Sales at Vilabranca Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your lovely comments.

We try our best to provide good holidays to our guests.

Hope to welcome you back at Vilabranca.

Do not hesitate in contact if you have any queries.

Kind regards,

Tiago Espinho
Vilabranca

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Address: Rua Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lagos | Torraltinha, Lagos 8600-621, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Lagos
#5 Family Hotel in Lagos
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
Price Range: $43 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Vilabranca Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vilabranca offers a high standard of accommodation which feature a wide range of amenities within the complex. It is the ideal choice for families and those seeking a relaxing break close to Lagos. Clients can benefit from being away from the bustle of the resort, while remaining within comfortable walking distance of the centre of Lagos and Porto Do Mos Beach. Vilabranca has won many awards for its excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Lagos is a bustling old walled city, with great night life with fantastic restaurants, bars and shopping. You can spend hours pottering around the picturesque lanes. Lagos is very proud of its history and there is plenty of sightseeing from the ancient slave market to the 17th-century moated fortress overlooking the harbour. ... more   less 
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