We stayed here around 3 years ago before the refurbishment and last time we were in a city view room. This time round we upgraded to a seaview room and our first impression was that the room seemed much smaller than the cheaper city view room. In fact we really did feel cramped in the room and although the view is spectacular you can see nothing if you sit down at the table and chairs on the balcony, having to stand up to get the lovely views! There is little storage and drawer space in the room and only a shower, which was disappointing, but I guess you don't spend too much time in the room.
The last time I reviewed this hotel I mentioned that a couple of the Receptionists are quite abrupt and unhelpful. This was the case again, only 2 people spoil it for the rest and the name badges are so small that you cannot read their names! We reported that our hairdryer was not working. The receptionist tried to accuse us of not putting on the side switch, which we had done. Nothing happened so we reported it again in the evening to a different female receptionist - the same thing, had we switched it on properly?!! Again nothing happened. They don't seem to make a note or input problems into the system and it was only by writing a letter with a third request that the problem was resolved and a new hairdryer fitted.
Early check in - no chance. Our flight was changed and we knew we would be arriving at hotel just before 10.00 a.m. We had emailed them well in advance (no acknowledgement) and offered to pay extra to secure the room as we left home at 0230 hours, so were pretty tired. The receptionist (the same one who we had first reported the hairdryer problem) seemed to take great delight in informing us that we could not get until 2.00 p.m. They won't budge on this telling us the hotel was fully booked and indeed we saw loads of other people dressed in their travelling clothes waiting for 2.00 p.m. check-in. We cannot help but wonder if the hotel has worked out that if we don't go to our rooms we gather instead for food and drink to pass the time!!
Having said all that the pro's outweigh the con's and mostly this is because of the situation of the hotel, though be warned that sunbeds are 14 euro's per day for 2 beds, rather steep, we feel. Food choice and quality is of a very good standard. The Restaurant staff are very polite and obliging, always happy and smiling.
- 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