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Dom Manuel Hotel
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Lagos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Beautiful hotel excellent room fantastic breakfast brilliant location. However best of all the beautiful bernadette and jessica they made my stay complete. Credit to their boss and their mothers. Gorgeous girls who could not do enough for you. Would defn recommend this hotel could not fault it. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Obrigado much love bridgette xxx

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel, having come from a hotel on the other side of Lagos. Dom Manuel is well situated close to one of the city gates that allows entrance to the dominantly Australian bars and to the restaurant-streets that holds major great local food places as well as tourist traps. Inside the city walls, the historic center of Lagos is small so you'll have a chance to visit the entire city and explore its beauty in 1 day. The hotel is also located very close to many beaches and is therefore well chosen if you'd like to visit both the town centre and the local beaches (including the fortress). Beware though if you are not fit or if your walking is impaired, it is a reasonably steep slope up the street to the top where the hotel is situated. We didn't mind the walk and looked forward to a plunge in the hotel swimming pool. That however, didn't happen. The pools (there are 2: one in the main building and one across the street in what i like to think of as a discarded extra lodging) are not well maintained. They are small, shallow but above all not clean. The bottom of both pools was dirty. I don't mind a few leaves floating about in an outdoor pool, but I'm not inclined to swim in a pool that is not clean. There was also a cat roaming about the pool and the balconies of guests. Much as I love animals, I feel a hotel is not the place to keep a cat. We could not leave the window of our room (facing the pool) open as the cat would leap inside. The hotel itself was however clean and well maintained. Aircon worked a treat and personnel was friendly indeed. Breakfast is amazing (and can be eaten outdoors). When you make a booking here, be sure to ask that your room is in the main building. The rooms here look beautiful and the outside balconies have azulejos and overlook a garden with larger pool. We were unfortunately moved across the street to less pretty rooms with very small pool (and cat ;-)). I would not book here again as the price/quality was not adequate for me.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

i booked this place for 3 nights after reading reviews on TA. it was a solid deal, though outside the Lagos walls by a ~5 minute walk. still, probably only a ~15 minute walk from the bus station. it's in a quiet part of town, south of most of the Lagos action.

the room was clean, with two twin beds shoved together, and facing the pool. the tv worked fine and there was a fridge in the room. overall, it was mostly quiet but if people were making moderate noise, you could hear it. there were a few ants on the floor all three days but nothing out of the ordinary.

breakfast was included, and it was a decent spread. most of the people working there were very nice to us.

the pool was a nice place to relax, especially after hours at the beach. i would probably not bring children to this place - nearly everyone we saw were couples.

i would definitely go back! it was a pretty good deal during busy summer season, and it's very cheap at other times of the year.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

Couldn't ask for anything else from our stay here except it would have been nice to have a little bigger pool but not a deal breaker and everything else it provided easily made me over look this one. A nice quiet boutique hotel within walking distance to old historic area of lagos. The hotel was booked solid the couple nights we spent and we hardly knew it by how quiet it was even with our room facing the pool. People were either reading, sun tanning or sleeping by the pool that were around. Might have been a little too quiet for a week stay in my opinion but great place overall.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

If you are looking for a guesthouse with charm and something different, this is the one for you. The attention to detail regarding furnishing and comfort are excellent. It is quiet and comfortable.
It is a 10 minute walk into town, down/up hill but quite manageable. The breakfasts are super and of a high quality, not the usual cold meats etc, a really nice selection. Although we were not blessed with good weather the pools in both sections of the guesthouse are small and the seating area around them also tight. This is not a guesthouse to lounge around. Without exception the staff was friendly and helpful. Good touring spot and the town is super with a nice selection of restaurants.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

I stayed here with my parents last year. The rooms are clean, spacious and furnished in a traditional Portuguese style. The location is good for walking to town and to the best beaches in the area. The breakfast was a varied buffet with something for everyone. The pool is a little small and there are few seats around it but the beach is nearby and the rooms have their own private balcony so this wasn't a problem for us. Overall the atmosphere was really relaxed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Gemma S
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

We have just had a very enjoyable holiday at Dom Manuel. The environment as is evident from the images is exceptional for what has to be a built up area. The first thing one notices is the entrance to the hotel which is by an open garden corridor from the main street which provides fragrant shade from the heat of the day. The entrance to the reception and bar area is on the right. Further ahead is a shaded bower with bougainvillea enclosing outdoor tables for drinks and breakfast if desired. On the right are stairs leading to the garden pool and sun loungers. The pool is small but adequate. The really outstanding feature is the very well designed and maintained gardens which will make you think about whether you would prefer to spend a lazy day by the pool or go out somewhere.

At the garden level on the right is the entrance to the rooms. On opening the door with a card you enter what seems to be a large hall of a mediaeval Portuguese house containing suits of armour, paintings and pikes and shields and of course classical Portuguse tiles. . Although faux they do help to create an atmosphere which is less like a hotel and more like a grand house.
First floor rooms are entered from this level and second floor rooms are up a further flight of stairs.

Our room was a good size with a terrace overlooking the pool. The bathroom though small was adequate with a shower and bath. The room was well maintained and thoroughly cleaned daily.

Some of the reviews advise that you stay at Dom Manuel 1 rather than at the annexe Dom Manuel 2 over the road. We were shown the annexe by friends we met at the hotel and in my view the standard of the gardens and the rooms are not very different. Breakfast is at Dom Manuel 2.

The reception and bar staff were outstanding in their willingness to be of assistance. The bar closed promptly at 11.00 pm and the hotel was locked at the outside gates though guests were given the number code.

Food

The breakfast was very good. A varied selection of fresh and canned fruit was available each day. Eggs were hard boiled and tasty toast tit bits were provided along with a selection of meats and cakes. The bread was freshly baked and good everywhere in Lagos. Fresh orange juice and coffee was provided.

Restaurants

Dom Manuel only serves breakfast. This is not a problem as there is an amazing selection of restaurants both inside the walled town and locally. The town is perhaps a 10 miniute walk away and downhill which may be a problem on the way back particularly in very hot weather. One solution is to get a taxi on the way back. Good restaurants in the town include the Maharaja Indian restaurant, the Portuguese restaurant next door and the Xpreitaqui tapas bar which has particularly good coffee. The O Henrique allegedly Michelin Guide recommended was disapointing though popular. A lobster Thermidor came with rubbery piza type cheese and cold potatoes.

There are excellent restaurants within a minute or two from the Dom Manuel. The best is probably the Onda Norte with beautifully cooked meats and excellent fish. The chips are good as well and not the ubiquitous frozen thin chips you can find elsewhere. To reach it leave the hotel by the back door, turn immediately left and then first left and then right and walk a few yards to the end. The house wine is perfectly acceptable.
There is a good Chinese restaurant very close by, the Palacio da China. Leave by the front entrance, turn left and walk a few yards to the roundabout and you will find it on the right hand side.

The Beaches
Although the hotel is close to Praia D Ana we spent most of our time at Praia do Porta de Mos which has a good beach and excellent restaurants for lunch. We ate at the Campimar bar. Taxi fares should be no more than 5 Euros each way. but there is a bus which stops just outside the hotel.

A trip round Lagos

A good plan for your first day is to take a tourist "train" around Lagos which visits the local beaches and attractions such as the Marina.

A particular treat was to return to the bar in the late evening and enjoy the company of good friends we had made during our holiday from Holland and Germany.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lote 37 Rua Gago Coutinho | Vila Praia D'Ana, Lote 7, Lagos 8600-593, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lagos
#1 Spa Hotel in Lagos
Price Range: £51 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dom Manuel Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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