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Dunas do Alvor Apartments
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Having read reviews about these apartments, we were a bit apprehensive about our choice of holiday. We booked an apartment privately and were very impressed with the standard. It was beautifully clean, very well equipped and they are in a fantastic location - close to both the beach & the harbour.
The swimming pool is huge and we had no problem getting a sunbed. Our children loved playing in the pool so we only made it to the beach twice.
We were pleased to find a good mini market on the complex when we arrived quite late at night. There was also a good selection of snack bars on the complex - we had lunch time snacks in most of them which were very reasonably priced & a good standard. Our only complaint was The Chill Out Bar which seemed to go out of its way to attract the worst of British - their bar slogan is "Get P****d, Get a Life" & they just had screaming children booting footballs & shouting and the owner (?) had choice language. Fortunately Alvor has so much more to offer with lovely Portuguese restaurants & bars and we would definitely come again.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Dunas do Alvor Apartments are in an ideal location in Alvor, short walk to the beach & town. From our room we could just about see the sea & it was good to have a balcony with table & chairs & clothes dryer. Appartment was spacious & clean, huge bathroom with shower & bath & Lots of storage space everywhere.
After reading some of the previous comments we did think we were taking pot luck on getting a good room & I think generally we struck lucky with the view & the fact we didn't have a room above the bars & restaurants. Unfortunately this was spoilt by the the constant noise of dogs barking from surrounding properties. After 6 days of the 'dog chorus' at 5am & throughout the night we were ready to come home for a good nights sleep. As the room had no air conditioning we needed the windows open. We found on the day before we left that reception could provide fans however.
I also have to mention that when we arrived the pillows were stuffed in the wardrobe & not placed on the bed which gave an unfinished appearance to the room (not sure if this is standard procedure in Portugese accommodation!)

Alvor itself, along with the surrounding coastline & towns is beautiful. The people very friendly & restaurants superb & we would definitely go back but to quieter accommodation

Room Tip: Higher Rooms have view of the sea.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Becksterbean
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Our first trip to Alvor and it is a beautiful place. The location of the Dunas apartments is perfect for the beach and a few minutes walk only to the centre of Alvor with all its lovely resturants and bars. Thats the upside the downside is the Dunas apartments!!. There has been no money spent on this complex for years. The furniture and fittings are jaded and, broken or just not there. The beds are hard, the pillows worse. The maid service is poor, we were always short of towels and when we asked if we could have 2 hand towels and a bath mat as we were not left any the reply was we had to wait until the laundry came back at 6pm, not very helpful when trying to get ready for going out. No air conditioning didn't help, there was a unit in the apartment but it didn't work, so sleep was limited due to the heat. The pool is lovely and big but only a few sunbeds available so you had to be down there by 9am as you had no chance of getting one. The complex with some investment would have potential with its ideal position but as it standsI won't be returning to the Dunas but Alvor is beautiful and worth a visit.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank 27jools
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We took a cheap break in May and booked into room 247 - This was a roof top and overlooked the pool and the sea. Amazing and private. It was massive - could of fit 20 people on it. The staff very friendly and helpful - even gave us two sunbeds for the terrace. Beautiful pool but didnt go in it much. Chill out bar on the complex was the best and Leonil the barman - sooo chilled.
Would book again, lots of places to eat, within 10 mins walking.
Beach lovely, for more scenic - go to the coves just 10 mins walk along beach in Pria de rocha. Chill out holiday - come here!

Room Tip: There are only three floors, so its best to get a roof top as they are private.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank eccles44
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We have just returned from a week at the Dunas do Alvor Apartments. We have previously stayed in hotels in Alvor but decided, on this occasion, to give 'self catering' a go after reading all the positive comments on here. Unfortunately the reality did not live up to our expectations in any way whatsoever.
The room we were given was beyond basic (however we were 'lucky' enough to have an oven - but we didn't want to eat in the apartment due to the general lack of cleanliness). Our room smelt of cigarettes and even though we opened all the windows and doors during our stay, the smell remained. The smoke alarm on the lounge ceiling was hanging open with no battery in it (we informed reception but it was never rectified), hardly any of the lights worked and we had to swap bulbs around ourselves just to get a decent level of light in the bathroom. Shockingly the bottom of the boiler was held on with sellotape (we found this whilst trying to find out exactly where a water leak was coming from that was dripping into the toaster!!). The furniture and furnishings fell into one of two categories - dated or damaged. Also, quite shockingly, lots of our windows and the balcony doors wouldn't lock as the mechanism was broken - leaving our apartment accessible to anyone. Laughingly a note on the inside of or front door read 'Please remember to double lock your door for safety and to protect your valuables'!
The level of service on reception wasn't much better. I didn't mention any of these issues for the first few days as I didn't really see the point. They had obviously been long-standing issues and probably mentioned by each person who stayed there in the weeks before us. However, on the 4th day of our week long stay there was no water pressure and we were unable to have a shower. We waited for a while in case a few people happened to be showering at the same time, but after half an hour I went to reception to ask for help. To be fair the water issue was sorted, however we showed the lady the other issues in our apartment and all she seemed to focus on was the fact we hadn't mentioned them when we first arrived. Nothing was still done. We didn't even get a battery for the smoke alarm. It was a similar situation when we used the internet in the reception. (Unsuprisingly) it didn't work and the lady on reception (a different one) gave us a refund then carried on with whatever she was doing on her computer. I expect that nothing is ever improved, rectified or fixed as another bus-load of people will come the week after with the same queries, and receive the same replies.
The ONLY reason I haven't given this review one star is due to the location, which was very good. Within a few minutes you were either on the beach or in the town.
Alvor itself is a fantastic place with a really good atmosphere. There are plenty of lovely restaurants and bars without a lot of the problems you can experience in busier resorts. It has a really good feeling to it on a night time and there's plenty to do. We hired bikes for the day and cycled down to the harbour and along the new boardwalk thats been constructed out over the dunes. Also Portimao and Lagos are easily accessible on public transport and well worth a visit. This was my fifth visit to Alvor, and I will be returning to Alvor -but definitely not to Dunas do Alvor apartments - even if it was free!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank AandR_12
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