We stayed at the Dunas 21 – 28 April, 2013. When we arrived at the apartments - earlier than check in time - we were delighted to find our room was ready. What struck me first was just how clean the apartment was. It was light, airy and plenty big enough for just the two of us. Our room was room 137, and whilst initially slightly disappointed to be facing the road and not the pool area, it soon became clear this was actually a good thing. The bars adjacent to the pool, whilst not terribly noisy, did prove to be somewhat noisy of an evening so the road side suited us just fine.
In terms of the apartment facilities, there is a hob, microwave, kettle and toaster. No hair dryer or iron, so if you want these be sure to pack them! Also, the charge of a safe lock is €20 week + €10 deposit.
The pool area was nice, however even in the low season we struggled a little. There were plenty of loungers by the pool though only 6/8 had the stretchy fabric to offer some comfort, the others were just hard plastic. The pool man, Gollum, as we nicknamed him, was less than happy about providing mats. Every day we arrived at the pool to see him closely guarding a few mats, on one occasion I saw a couple arrive and he picked up two mats – I thought he was taking them over to them, but no he in fact locked them away, as he did most days! I don’t know if things are different in the height of summer, probably, and it certainly didn’t cause us too much of an issue though a little comfort from a mat would have been nice.
There is a small convenience store within the complex, however there is a larger supermarket at the top of the road (no more than 2 minutes’ walk) which has much more choice and is cheaper than the convenience store on site.
Bottom line; I would absolutely return to the Dunas! It is in a great location for the beach, boardwalk and the centre of Alvor which has some fabulous restaurants, and by comparison to other hotels/ resorts is extremely budget friendly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunas Do Alvor is a large, modern and stylish complex is located close to Alvors sandy beach and the resort centre. The spacious sun terraces that surround the pool have bars, shops and restaurants, making this an ideal choice for families and couples seeking a relaxing holiday. LOCATION-400m from Alvor beach; 300m to Alvor village; 50m to nearest supermarket; 3km to Alto golf course. FACILITIES-Free-form swimming pool and sun terrace; independently-owned shops, bars and restaurants. Holiday Highlights are free kids, subject to availability. ACTIVITIES-Tennis court. ROOMS-1 bedroom apartments (2-4 persons) have a separate twin bedroom, living area with telephone, TV, kitchenette with fridge, full bathroom and a balcony or terrace. Some apartments have a microwave oven (subject to availability). Prices are based on 4 adults sharing on Self Catering. CHILDREN-Splash pool; cots free. Child prices: age limit 16. Option Offers:- Great group deals available, pre-bookable flowers available - £33 and pre-bookable champagne available - £30. Please note: this property is located on a busy side road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunas Do Alvor Apartments Hotel Alvor
- Dunas Do Hotel Alvor
- Dunas Alvor