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Vilabranca Apartments
Ranked #13 of 50 Hotels in Lagos
Certificate of Excellence
Cork, Ireland
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21 reviews
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“Very pleasant, friendly complex.”
Reviewed August 10, 2009

This was our first year in the last six, staying at an apartment complex instead of a hotel. I was very impressed with the level of cleanliness and the professionalism of the staff. We stayed for 2 weeks and I don't have a single complaint about the Vilabranca apartments. The one bed apartment we were allocated for our stay was huge and spotlessly clean. It had all the appliances one would need on holidays; even a coffee maker! There are 2 supermarkets located across the road which was very handy. It is ideally located for the beach, with Praia Mao an easy 15 minute walk when you turned left at the gate, and Praia D'Ana a 15 minute walk to the right. We will definitely be back next year!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

We rarely go back to the same place twice but this was our fourth visit to Vilabaranca, so much do we enjoy it every time. Partly this is the charm of Lagos which we have not yet tired of - always something new, more restaurants than you could sample in a year, lovely beaches, touristy but not too much so. But Vilabranca itself is special - a little out of town (20 minute walk, €3,50 taxi or free shuttle) so quiet at night (apart from dogs and gulls!). Always a warm welcome, accommodation simple but comfortable, everything working. Two pools and always possible to find room (well, never there July/August...). Seems to be very well managed and great value. The only minor warning is that the restaurant, although adequate, can't match up in either quality or price to the many dozens of excellent restaurants both locally and in town (do track down Comidinha - nearby, little known and eccentric but well worth the visit!) so I would reserve for snacks or emergency use only. Overall an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bedfordshire, UK
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

In brief: Clean, well appointed and spacious accomodation in a quiet area. Has good amenities and is within walking distance of Lagos old town. Really pleased we chose the resort and would not hesitate to go back. 10/10

The long winded version:
We spent a long time trawling through the various websites trying to find accommodation for me, my wife and teenage daughter and I am really pleased that we chose Vilabranca. I have been to Alvor previously for Golf so knew that the beaches in the Western Algarve are very good. I booked direct with Vilabranca via their website after confirming availability via phone and saved money over booking through a tour operators website and my booking was confirmed immediately by email.

We hired a car for our stay and drove from Faro to Lagos, on arrival the check in was efficient and friendly and we were soon in our room with the hire car parked within view of the rear of the apartment. (there is plenty of parking on site).

We had a 1 bed apartment which was spotlessly clean and had a well appointed kitchen and bathroom with proper bath, bidet etc. Both rooms had modern aircon that was quiet and efficient, rooms were cleaned daily and the living room had satellite tv. Kitchen was clean with proper size fridge, hob and mw oven. The whole complex was clean and quiet. There is a small supermarket just opposite the resort entrance which was more than adequately stocked with what we needed. Their is a complimentary bus service to the beach but as we had a car we didn't use this. We drove to Meia Praia beach each day which took 10-15 minutes (very easy journey) and parking at the beach was abundant and free, this beach is fabulously long and sandy with lovely clear water, along with Vilabranca this beach made the holiday, there is a bus (No. 2 I believe) that goes from outside Vilabranca to Meia Praia so it should be possible to get there without a car.

The resort is a 15 minute walk from the old town of Lagos where all the restaurants and bars are located, there are plenty of restaurants to eat at but they all get very busy from 8.30pm onwards which seems to be the time all the tourists want to sit down and eat., us included. We didn't have any bad meals but none were exceptional apart from the steak at Don Toro's, there are more than enough restaurants to satisfy most tastes and lots have alfresco dining, the shame is what Lagos is missing are bars where one can sit outside and have a drink and watch the world go by, there are lots of bars which are trying to attract younger drinkers in with promises of this that and the other accompanied by loud music but there is little to satisfy alternative tastes.

I would go to Lagos again and definitely would choose Vilabranca as the place to stay. The Portuguese people are friendly and polite, having spent many years going to Spain, Greece etc for summer holidays I am likely to put Portugal as first choice for the future.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

Me and my husband wanted a weeks break somewhere quiet and sunny. We booked Vilabrance through Thomson as we had used Thomson before and felt reassured by using a well known company. We were certanily not disapointed! The apartments were very spacious with a large bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, lounge/diner and a balcony looking over the swimming pool. The kitchen was fully equipped which was perfect as we had gone self catering. The room had satelitte TV which we watched quite a lot of - there were plenty of english channels. Right outside the apartments entrance is a small supermarket which sells food and drink. Lagos is a small quiet town, a short walk downhill takes you to the beach with a selection of resturants including a chinese which we went to which is recommended. This holiday is perfect if you are after relaxation. If your after clubbing then this location is probably not for you. The only bad point to the whole holiday was there were some ants in the bathroom but to be honest a lot of hotels abroad seem to have ants so we werent too fussed about it. Overall we had an excellent holiday and i would not hesitate to go back to Vilabrance Apartments again.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

This is our second year staying at the Vilabranca .The appartments are first class cleaned to a high standard every day.Management and stafff went out of there way to help us,we had a little problem with the air con and in no time at all the problem was solved. If you are thinking of taking a holiday in the western Algarve then think no furthur than the Vilabranca Appartments.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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New Barnet
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

We found this place through the help of a travel agent whom we gave a very strict list of requirements we wanted during our stay. We have a young child - 3 next birthday - and keeping her entertained for a two week period was going to be a challenge.

When the agent returned with this location, others being rejected after reading reviews on Tripadvisor!, we plumped for this one. We were not let down at all! The location is great - although not really walking distance to beach on a hot day with young children (but not sold as that). 15-20 mins pleasant walk into Town for dinner was easily achieved. The facilities were excellent including all four pools, children’s playground area, restaurant & bar, and especially the very friendly and helpful staff throughout the complex. Nothing was a problem and we were made to feel extremely special and very well looked after.

Do I have any criticisms? No not really! Everything was as it stated when choosing this apartment. The rooms were large and clean, bathrooms were cleaned regularly everyday and the free minibus service into Town every evening (except bank holidays) was an extra bonus. Pools were cleaned daily and always enough sun loungers for everyone by the pools. Even the food was excellent at the bar and the restaurant! A special thank you to Miguel who was easily the most helpful and friendliest bar staff over the whole holiday!

My daughter had a great holiday and made plenty of new friends by the pool. Loved the whole two weeks so much, she stills talks of going back to the apartment and not wanting to leave!

A very special holiday for us and one not forgotten in a hurry, all made all the better for staying at such a wonderful aparthotel complex. i hope this helps you decide to choose this resort as it truly was the making of our holiday.

And restaurants in Town - you MUST try Arrabelle - Rue de Barroca (Portugal’s oldest restaurant) and say "hi" to Rita - also check to see if my daughters' artwork is still on the front door!!! Also try the Navagador Restaurant - same street behind the main drag. The Chateaubriand is SOMETHING ELSE!

Also, attractions wise, a must for all children is Zoomarine (Guia) and also KrazyWorld (Algoz). Different ends of the entertainment quality spectrum - with the latter being a bit more rustic - but a great day had at both with excellent rides, shows, displays and interaction.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

Yes, this was good acommodation. Appartments are clean and spacious, pools were very nice and clean, private and quiet enough. I don't know why it was rated at 3 stars, I would give it full 4 stars. Receptionists were polite and helpful and the soroundings are so charming....

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vilabranca Apartments
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:
#6 Family Hotel in Lagos
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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