we love Portugal and have visited Albufeira many times and prefer the old town to the strip, however on this occasion were only able to manage 5 days so opted for a shorter commute (25mins) and booked Dom Jose in Quarteira. Stunning!
Having read the reviews we still were not expecting too much from a 3* but we couldn't fault it.
We were allocated an inland room on the 7th floor, couldn't fault it or the bathroom, but, there was no balcony. So we went back to reception and paid 8euros per day to change to 701 a seaview room with balcony, perfect! room, bathroom, view,air con, easily 4*.
Pool - small but adequate, good sunbeds, parasols, a couple of tables n chairs.
Bar/lounge - spotless, comfortable, air con inside, sheltered out.
Reception - polite, helpful and English speaking.
Food - Not the largest choice we've ever seen, but, hot, fresh, plentiful and tasty.
Breakfast was cereals, fruit, breads, cold meats & cheese, then either scrambled eggs, sausages tomatoes beans or fried eggs, bacon & tomatoes.
Evening meal was soup, bread, salads, then a cpl of meat choices, fish, pasta or rice and veg and potatoes. In 5 nights we had chips only once and I thought that was a staple of hotel food.
Draught lager is 3 euros a pint but with happy hour between 8 n 9 it drops to 1.5euros!
Breakfast is served from 7.30 but our pick up was 7.15 on the last day, so when I paid my bill on the last night I asked if we could get a coffee in the morning, they said no but would leave some water or juice for us. When we handed in the key in the morning there were 2 pack-ups waiting for us, bottled water, orange juice, 2ham n 2 cheese sandwiches and an apple each, only wanted a drink :)
Quarteira itself was bigger than we expected, quiet, clean and safe with fabulous beaches.
Villamoura is a 20/30 min walk away, with a lovely marina, and a plentiful array of bars, hotels and restaurants. A lovely day out and fine for a drink or a snack but remember the credit card if you want to drink the champers or perhaps charter a boat.
Will definately be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dom Jose Beach Hotel in Quarteira/Vilamoura totally renewed is one of the most well located in the Algarve, with beachfront location and an absolutely beautiful view over the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. Just 20 minutes from Faro International Airport and 5 minutes from Vilamoura. In front of the Hotel, a long promenade invites you to a healthy walk and sightseeing and access to the famous Vilamoura Marina. Enjoy the good local restaurants with typical food of the region. The Hotel offers 154 modern rooms, all with elegant design, colours and modern furniture combined with oak wood flooring, are also equipped with air conditioning, TV LCD, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, safety box and private bathroom with amenities and hairdryer. Guests staying at the Dom Jose Beach Hotel can enjoy the following facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Meeting Rooms, Gym, Wireless in public areas, a panoramic Minigolf (with 9 holes) available on the 4th floor, outside swimming pool with wooden deck and Hotel Beach Area with beds and shades (extra, only in high season). Only a few minutes away from the Hotel, there are different sports and recreational facilities: championship golf courses within the areas of Vilamoura (3 km), Quinta do Lago (6 km), Vale do Lobo (6 km) and Vila Sol (2 km), Vilamoura's Casino (2 km), Tennis Courts, Fishing, Rental of Boats and Sightseeing Cruises, Diving School, Horse Riding, Marina, Surfing and Wind Surf. Dom Jose Beach Hotel offers quality and variety of services. Enjoy the hospitality and location of a completely renewed Hotel. Discover the Algarve! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dom Jose Quarteira
- Dom Jose Hotel
- Dom Jose Beach Hotel Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal