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Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 71 Lagos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We just left this gorgeous family home which happens to have eight beautiful rooms for guests. That is how we felt at Quinta Bonita. We felt as if we were visiting close family or friends, with the benefit of having full service when we needed it, and quiet and alone time when we wanted it. We can highly recommend Quinta Bonita for a total 'chill' getaway in the heart of the most beautiful part of the southwestern tip of the Algarve. Always a bit hesitant when booking a place just through what I have read online, we were absolutely delighted with the Quinta Bonita from our first few seconds, when we were warmly greeted by Michele, the manager. We were brought onto the terrace for a welcome drink and easy, slow registration process while we enjoyed the splendid and panoramic view. Gorgeous landscaping surrounds this former family home, converted to a boutique hotel with just eight suites only four years ago. The attention to detail and the care that went into the design of this hotel from the family, who have spent decades in the hospitality business, shows in every single corner. I loved the honesty bar, with its fine selection of wines and cold beers plus other cordials. Breakfast, just outstanding, with a huge array of dishes on the buffet plus complimentary eggs cooked the way you want them or you can try the special french toast. No wish is too great or small. We had the light antipasto platter delivered to our rooms on the first night, perfect after a long day of travel from Spain. The second night our clients had the once per week multiple course dinner and they were very pleased. We had picnic baskets delivered to us on the third night and it was just perfect again. Why leave? If I stayed a week I would probably only venture out for lunch, and return each evening to enjoy the changing light on the hills beyond and the 'Winding Down' of the house and the surroundings. Even though some crabby reviewers have complained about traffic noise in other reviews, thank goodness I did not let these tiny complaints sway my decision to come to Quinta Bonita. Lush landscaping and the gentle sounds of the waterfalls near the pool create a wonderful barrier against any random loud vehicle passing by on the main road between Lagos and Sagres. Hey, tourists flock here for a reason, and that means some traffic occurs. At Quinta Bonita, one is wrapped in the lovely embrace of a very nice family with superior rooms, fabulous linens and an attention to the smallest things that is lacking in many hotels in this classification and price range.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

If you looking for a special accommodation: here you go! Inside a wonderful garden (with trees full of lemons, avocados, oranges). Quinta Bonita is the loveliest place! Fabulous and quite rooms, a relaxing pool and views to die for. If you have the chance to stay here on a Friday night, great, because (mainly) on Fridays Chantelle and Fraser serve dinner on their terrance. Wonderful!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

we have just returned from Quinta Bonita for a winter break and really enjoyed our stay. The hosts Chantelle and Fraser could not have been more helpful and attentive. The breakfasts were delicious and afternoon tea a treat. Although the weather was not warm enough to swim we were able to sit outside in the warm sun which made our stay even more pleasant.

I would definitely return again it is a great place to stay particulrly when the warmer weather arrives.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank maggi769
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We have just returned from our 4th wonderful stay at QB. We were a bit unsure about visiting so early in the season but were blown away by the beauty of the Algarve in February. There were clouds of almond blossom and drifts of wild flowers everywhere, the beaches were deserted even though it was sunny and warm and we were able to pick oranges straight from the orchard in the hotel garden. It was a delight to see Chantelle and Fraser and their friendly staff again who always make QB feel like a much more luxurious home from home. We enjoyed sun downers on our balcony looking out to sea, immersed ourselves in the beautiful, mature gardens and ate sumptuous fish at yet another fantastic local restaurant. We are already planning our 5th return to the hotel. Thank you QB for bringing some luxury,warmth and sunshine to a very grey February!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

My husband and I stayed for five nights in February 2014. The weather was not kind to us, stubbornly remaining grey and wet, though warm. To make matters worse, a sore throat got worse and Chantelle kindly booked a doctors appointment for me, which diagnosed glandular fever. Not exactly a good start, but Chantelle and Fraser were great hosts and we spent a lot of time sleeping in the comfy bed and reading. They have a great library of books and DVDs. Chantelle was really helpful with recommendations for restaurants or trips and made life a lot easier. The house is beautifully furnished, with a calm atmosphere and gorgeous gardens with a 350 year old olive tree and exotic trees, obviously Chantelle's fathers pride and joy. The bath was really big and comfortable and though it took a while to fill, what was the rush? Worth every minute! Enjoyed Fraser's shortbread for afternoon tea too!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

My husband and I stayed here in November last year. We booked a break last minute as an escape from the hectic city life in London, and as per the first time we visited Quinta Bonita - we were not disappointed! The experience was seamless from arrival to departure. Chantelle and Fraser were delightful hosts and remembered us from our first trip. The beds are so fantastically comfortable, the views beautiful and the breakfast cooking an added bonus. We are seriously considering making this an annual trip. Would definitely recommend

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

My wife and I stayed at the QB for 2 nights in early November
2013. We chose to visit the hotel (to assess it for a longer
stay) after reading the many 'gushing' reviews and
discounting the 'average' review and the 'niggles' in the
better reviews. Unfortunately, the experience of staying at
the hotel (or B&B?) was not as expected, and at no time were
we truly relaxed. Aspects that contributed to this included:

1. Poor service. We arrived at 4.50 and immediately asked
if we could have cups of tea, only to be told that a fruit
juice had been prepared, and that this would be served
first whilst we filled out the registration form. Having done
so we asked again for tea, only to be told that tea was
available until 5 and that we had just missed it. Great
beginning!

2. Traffic noise. Our room was at the front of the house on
the first floor, and noise from the main road just down a
hill from the hotel was quite disturbing. Maybe it would
not be so bad for rooms at the side of the house, but it
was present in the public areas downstairs and around
the pool, as other reviewers have noted; and it is
obviously something that potential visitors should not
discount (as we had done) but seriously assess relative
to their noise aversion.

3. Lack of attention to detail. 2 out of 4 bulbs in the cut
glass 'candelabra' in our bedroom were 'dead', and
the cut glass components were not just dusty, but
grimy. A pity, as the fixture would have been quite
stunning if fully illuminated and glinting. As it was, it
was an ever present irritant when in the room,
especially at times when artificial lighting was
necessary (and the evenings were long as summer
time had finished). And a second item: the wash
bowl in the bathroom drained slowly and obviously
was in need of 'plunger' attention.

4. Stingyness. Many things were suppled at a
minimum, and not as would be expected at the
price level of the hotel. The breakfast buffet was
basic and there was a 5 euro extra charge for
scrambled or freshly boiled eggs. Something
not experienced anywhere else in Portugal!
The milk supplied for tea in the bedroom was
inadequate for a repeat brew. The cakes
available at tea-time ran out before guests had
had a second (not third or fourth) piece. And
the afternoon tea service, something that
received great play in promotional write-ups,
was served 'canteen' style from large thermos
style containers. Certainly not expected nor
appropriate in a 'boutique' hotel. And in the
bedroom, no slip-on footwear to accompany
the bath robes.

Finally, let me emphasize that the location not
only suffers from traffic noise, but also has
limited acces to walks, beach, and restaurants.
For us these would preclude a return even if the
management deficiencies mentioned were
attended to. For others they may not be too
significant.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel

Address: Matos Morenos | Quatro Estradas, Lagos 8600-115, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 71 B&Bs / Inns in Lagos
Price Range: £104 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta Bonita is perched high on the hillside with beautiful views of Lagos and Luz bays. Lovingly and recently restored Quinta Bonita seamlessly combines traditional charm with modern luxury and five star service. You have a choice of 8 spacious suites plus one 2 bedroom cottage, each with private balcony or terrace, and fully equipped with 100% Egyptian cotton linen, air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV, safe, fluffy bathrobes and organic toiletries. Find your own quiet spot in the spectacular and mature gardens or enjoy a relaxing lunch by the heated pool. Perfectly located, the Algarve's beautiful beaches, historic towns and wonderful golf courses are just minutes away. All rates are per room per night and include full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea daily. Check our website for prices and special offers. ... more   less 
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