We have just returned from the Dom Jose Beach Hotel, Quarteira on 22/12/2012.
This is the first time we have stayed at this hotel but not the first time we have seen it. Back in 1997 we were being transferred to a hotel further along the coast and stopped at the Dom Jose to drop off 2 or 3 groups of people, we felt sorry for them as it looked so run down and the area around it seemed scruffy. Well what a change the refurbishment has created a lovely clean, minimalist hotel (yes the rear entrance is still a little unprepossessing but much better than it was).
We stayed for a week half board, our room on the fifth floor was small but perfectly formed with super view over the promenade and the golden beach, the room had every thing we needed including hair dryer and a decent sized shower with well placed grab handles, and very stylish fittings.
It had been our intention to go out for a few meals while there but as the meals provided were quite reasonable with a descent choice (can recommend the the Sea Bass fillets and the cakes for desert, interestingly they make some of their own bread which is lovely with just plain butter) we got lazy and stayed in.
I hired a bike for three day and cycled along the prom the the nature areas through Vilamora at one end and towards Vale do Lobo at the other, it's great easy riding and within minutes you are in quiet scenic areas and as the Algarve is very pro cycling there is very little need to get involved with traffic on the cycle route. One chap had even brought his his own folding bike, apparently British Airway carry the for free, like skis and golf clubs.
I did make one mistake though and hire a bike from a company that seemed to have a large selection, but what turned up was very second rate and was possibly the worst bike I have ever hired (if you want to know the company contact me).
The staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful and are constantly cleaning making the whole place including public areas spotless.
The area around the hotel is flat so makes walking even for people with mobility problems easy and pleasant.
Have a look at the market at the Vilamora end of the prom, it's full of local produce including gorgeous local honey at very reasonable prices.
On the whole we had a super holiday and will be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dom Jose Beach Hotel in Quarteira/Vilamoura totally renewed is one of the most well located in the Algarve, with beachfront location and an absolutely beautiful view over the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. Just 20 minutes from Faro International Airport and 5 minutes from Vilamoura. In front of the Hotel, a long promenade invites you to a healthy walk and sightseeing and access to the famous Vilamoura Marina. Enjoy the good local restaurants with typical food of the region. The Hotel offers 154 modern rooms, all with elegant design, colours and modern furniture combined with oak wood flooring, are also equipped with air conditioning, TV LCD, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, safety box and private bathroom with amenities and hairdryer. Guests staying at the Dom Jose Beach Hotel can enjoy the following facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Meeting Rooms, Gym, Wireless in public areas, a panoramic Minigolf (with 9 holes) available on the 4th floor, outside swimming pool with wooden deck and Hotel Beach Area with beds and shades (extra, only in high season). Only a few minutes away from the Hotel, there are different sports and recreational facilities: championship golf courses within the areas of Vilamoura (3 km), Quinta do Lago (6 km), Vale do Lobo (6 km) and Vila Sol (2 km), Vilamoura's Casino (2 km), Tennis Courts, Fishing, Rental of Boats and Sightseeing Cruises, Diving School, Horse Riding, Marina, Surfing and Wind Surf. Dom Jose Beach Hotel offers quality and variety of services. Enjoy the hospitality and location of a completely renewed Hotel. Discover the Algarve! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dom Jose Quarteira
- Dom Jose Hotel
- Dom Jose Beach Hotel Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal