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Browns Sports & Leisure Club
Ranked #31 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awful food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Decided to drop in to the bar for evening meal. Quality and service very poor. When we arrived waitress ignored us had to ask for cutlery looked as if she could not be bothered. Would not eat here again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shelby1967
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen
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135 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

My friends have a villa just round the corner from Browns so we tend to be regular customers for either a couple of beers or a lazy evening meal, but this sporting complex is also great for a game of Badmington.
The Staff are helpful and will always try to accommodate out of the ordinary requests.
The Bar has some very nice red wines for you to sample over Dinner - which can be a 2 course special or A La Carte in the restaurant - I've spotted famous Footballers in this complex

Room Tip: Opt for a room at the back of the complex as the front has the Bar which can be noisy in the evening...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lin B
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oswestry
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

We were a party of eight friends over in the Algarve to play golf (Surprise! Surprise!). We stayed at Browns for 3 nights; the accommodation was clean, comfortable, relatively modern and represented good value for money.

The team at Browns were great from the day I booked it, organising all the golf and transfers, etc and making us feel very welcome upon our arrival and throughout our stay.

Please don’t be put off by the boot camp name, clearly Browns has an emphasis towards sports, but I think the facilities cater for so many other traveller types besides the sports junkies.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank OswestryThommo
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borntoholiday67
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2010

Browns is about a mile and a half out of Vilamoura set in a beautiful location with some stunning villas around it. The accomodation consisted of a very large bathroom, a kitchen with table, microwave, cooker and fridge freezer and a bedroom with two very comfy single beds and plenty of wardrobe space. There was a tv and dvd in the room but the channels were either sports which was controlled at the club house or one English channel. Bit dissappointed with the tv to be honest but then again the weather made up for it and we were out and about most of the time anyway. We had our own patio with 2 sunloungers and a table and chairs. We arrived at around 11am and were allowed to check in early which was a bonus. Towels were changed daily. The club house was fairly quiet and so was the accomodation, apart from us we only saw a handful of other guests. The breakfast in the morning was continental, bread, buns, croissants, jams, oranges, choice of 3 cereal and cheeses and ham, teas and coffee. The meals in the club house were fine. Plenty of parking which was private behind electric gates. On the downside you would need a car to get to here and there were no local shops in the area as the ones that had been there were shut down. All in all an enjoyable break but 5 nights was enough.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank borntoholiday67
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Maidenhead
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2010

We booked last minute having found Brown's on the web. The pictures looked good, and it seemed to have good reviews. We booked a two bedroomed chalet for 115 Euro for one night. When we arrived the whole site felt somewhat 'tired' and going into reception it gave the impression of a local leisure centre rather than a hotel. When we got to the chalet and opened the door an over-powering sickly sweet damp smell came flooding out. I immediately opened the patio doors and bedroom windows to air the room but after 2 hours the smell was as strong as ever. When I went to reception and explained the smell to staff I was met with confused looks. I was told there was no known damp issues, and we actually had one of the best chalets available so there was no point in us moving! By the following morning all our clothes and skin had taken on the smell, and as we felt so uncomfortable we did not sleep well at all. Sleep was not helped either by the fact that the walls were very thin and we could hear the family in the next room very clearly. The chalet also felt very dated and cheaply fitted out. This was a very unpleasant experience.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank brayvacation
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Wivenhoe
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2010

Browns was set up 10 years ago as a tennis centre, and now is used mainly as a training centre for football and rugby teams as well as by holidaymakers.
There is a full sized grass pitch, A sand pitch, an outdoor pool, two gyms, two squash courts, several fitness activity rooms including spinning, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room. The five a side outdoor astro pitch and the tennis courts are being re-laid, theese wil be finished at the beginning (tennis) and the end (five a side) of April.
There are exclusive facilities including one of the gyms for thoe teams using the training pitches.
Use of the pools, jacuzzi,. sauna and steam room are free for residents, other facilities cost 10 euro each per day, there are also a wide choice of fitness classes available for 5 euro each.
There is also a bar with a restaurant and lots of tv's showing sports. The food is good and prices are reasonable.
We were booked to stay in a studio bungalow, the only problem was that as the weather was exceptionaly cold the combined aircon/ heater could not cope with the cold and did not heat the room well- when we complained the management moved us to a larger, better heated two bedroom villa for no extra charge.
The accomodation was excellent, spacious with comfy beds, well equipped kitchens, all with large TV and DVD player. All had a sun terrace with table & chairs and sunbeds.
It is a long way into town, not the 2.6 km stated, took about an hour to walk, we hired bikes (24 euro for 3 days) and it was about a 15 minute cycle almost all on dedicated cyclepaths. There is a shop abiout 5 minutes walk away.
The grounds are lovely, it is a nice quiet setting and all the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. A lot of english local residents seem to use the place as a gym and come to the bar to socialise and watch football on TV.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank chriscjWivenhoe
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2009

Good allround place but could do with a free shutlle service to the beach. Otherwise is
1 hour walk to the beach or the marina. Friendly and well maintained apartments.
If you play golf and drive an adequate place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LondonMala
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Property: Browns Sports & Leisure Club
Address: Caminho dos Golfes | Quarteira, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-426, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#17 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Browns Sports & Leisure Club 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Browns is Europe's premier warm weather training resort, facilitating training for grassroots, amateurs and professional sports teams of all disciplines. We are 20 minutes from Faro international Airport, 5 minutes to the famous Vilamoura Marina and 5 minutes to the beautiful Falesia Beach. We are also surrounded by 6 top European Golf courses. Browns modern facility has everything you need right at your finger tips. Accommodation, pitch, professional gym, changing rooms, conference room, team room, bar and restaurant are all on the grounds within a few meters of each other. ... more   less 
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