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“Great stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dona Filipa Hotel
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

My second visit to the Dona Felipa with my dad to play golf.. We stayed in one of the rooms that is due to be refurbished. It was still a great room with everyhing we needed - decent sized bathroom with separate WC which was really handy. Stayed for three nights and played four rounds of golf. Breakfast was superb everyday and we then got picked up by Denis to go to San Lorenzo or Pinheiros Altos (depending on where we were playing). Denis is a great guy who is very friendly (in a genuine way). Very knowledgeable about football especially Portugese and Benfica in particular. His english is better than most english people which heps too! Gave us great recommendations on where to watch the World cup. I'm a big fan of the Dona Felipa and hope to return next year.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

This hotel is a gem, great location - 200 yards from the beach where you can get a massage! Half a dozen good and varied restaurants within 150 yards plus a nightclub/bar. Shuttle service to golf courses in the locality plus good food and friendly service all make this hotel a great choice. They are refurbishing the hotel now so prices are set t o rise once it has been completed.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is a lovely hotel in a great location especially if you are interested in golf.The hotel has lotsof character, accomodation is excellent, friendly and helpful staff and food is very good.A shuttle bus is provided to transfer golfers to the course and the drivers are all friendly and knowledgeable

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

A hotel with excellent location and excellent service. We enjoyed every minute of our holiday. A breakfast with everything you can wish for and free transportation within the area. Also enjoyed a round of golf at our favourite course San Lorenzo!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EKO600
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

I visited in January and the hotel was half way through a refurb. The room I stayed in was one of the golf view rooms and was big with cooling terracotta floors and a big bathroom. The bar area was temporary but the bar staff were as friendly as usual. In January, the Praca isn't open throughout. I ate in the hotel's Duarte Grill which was outstanding. If the hotels refurb is half as good as the pictures planned, the hotel will be back to its best as one of the best on the Algarve.

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

I really enjoyed my stay at this property. Quality food, quality rooms and pool and breakfast all very good with the omelette man being the best ever. I would recommend it to anyone staying in the area. One major problem is the golf transfer system. The course is 15 mins away and the transfer coach only takes 8 and is a free for all! Receptionist will not take anything to do with it and this made it very stressful for our group. Simple solution - get a bigger bus and provide a proper service. I am looking forward to staying in this hotel again but I would think twice about using it for a golf break - or just bite the bullet and get a taxi. The coach transfer service resembles a Ryanair flight with the same customer service.Pity!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PJN555
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JJW_Hotels_Portugal, General Manager at Dona Filipa Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear PJN555,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for the time dispensed on writing a review on Dona Filipa Hotel. We greatly value our guests feedback. We are most pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed our Hotel and services.

Unfortunately, there seemed to have been some issues with our transfer service to one of our golf courses that were not up to your satisfaction. We do apologize for the frustration this seemed to have caused your group. However, all our business partners are well aware that the shuttle service is available for individual guests only - due to the bus' limited capacity. It is unfortunate that this information was not passed on to your group. Our website also states this transportation for golfers.

As you may comprehend, we cannot be responsible for the transfer of group bookings, as we are not able to transport that many golfers. To service our guests the best possible way, we do provide a third party transfer service at a preferential rate.

Looking forward to welcoming you at Dona Filipa Hotel in the near future, so you may yet again experience the excellent service and rooms, as you stated in your review.

With kindest regards
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98 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

The recent refurbishments have really improved the hotel and it looks much more like a 5 star hotel. The pool and surrounding area is extremely clean and very comfortable. Great choice for breakfast including freshly made egg dishes. The room was large and had everything I needed. Location is excellent and it's only a few steps away from the Praca which has great restaurants and live entertainment.
My only minor gripe is that when arriving in reception as a solo female traveller, there were lots of smiling faces staring at me, but no-one offered to help me with my bags. They all looked poised to be helpful, but weren't quite sure what to do! Check in is now a desk, which can cause a queue as only a limited number of people can be served at once. However, this is only a minor point and certainly wouldn't stop me going again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VS2010
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Property: Dona Filipa Hotel
Address: Avenida do Mar | Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-034, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Almancil
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#4 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
#6 Romantic Hotel in Almancil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Dona Filipa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the Atlantic, located a mere 100 metres from the beach and the proud owner of the renown San Lorenzo Golf Course, Dona Filipa Hotel welcomes all, with a touch of glamour and the essence of true quality and personalized service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Hotel Almancil
Dona Filipa And San Lorenzo Golf Resort
Meridien Almancil
Le Meridien Almancil
Almancil Le Meridien
Dona Filipa Hotel Portugal/Algarve - Almancil

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