Just returned from our break at the Dom Jose. Excellent, modern hotel and the best location in Quarteira - as it is literally 15 yards from the beach.
Rooms were very clean and spacious. The reception staff were very helpful and were always willing to book our taxis/restaurants on our behalf. The buffet breakfast is good and a variety of options available. I have a gluten allergy and they provided gluten free bread everyday and showed me which food was suitable from the menus. The evening buffet was quite good and cheap at around 13 euro for 3 course. Drinks were also cheap at the bar especially during the 9-10pm half price happy hour. (we had port, large glass of wine and a pint of lager for 6.40 euros!)
The pool was very nice, clean and in a quiet location.
The only faults we could think of are - that you must pay 14 euros for a deck chair on the beach even if you are staying at the hotel. The aircon is a bit warm and there are no tea and coffee facilities in the rooms - however we are really being nitpicky saying that!! We used towels on the beach and the teas and coffee was cheap at the bar.
Quarteira itself is quite a peaceful town and the bars close at around 12am. If you are looking for some nightlife it's best to head into Vilamoura. Even though we are a young couple, we weren't that bothered and just wanted a quiet break. It's worth visiting Vilamoura during the day to see the marina, shops etc. Buses are cheap there but we liked the 25 min walk along the beach. The sea in Quarteira is quite rough, but we enjoyed diving and getting battered by the waves! It was also a safe area to swim as there were plenty of lifeguards on patrol.
If you like food - you must go to La Cabane restaurant - it is amazing! The food, atmosphere and service was amazing - appetizers, 3 course meal, bottle of wine and lager came at around 60 euros. They also had a free taxi service to take you to the restaurant and back to your hotel.
If you like meat - head to Bem Bom restaurant! It is a Brazilian style restaurant where they serve 15 different meats on skewers and slice the meat at the table - you also have unlimited amount of home made fries, rice, black beans, salad etc. Also very cheap at around 14 euros per meal. The staff there are also great.
If you like cakes head to Pastelaria Beira Mar by the beach. They serve delicious traditional Portugese cakes and ice cream. Well worth a visit.
This was our first time in Portugal and we must say it is a beautiful country and we will definitely be returning. We would recommend this hotel and holiday for couples and families who are looking for a peaceful and relaxing time. If you are young and would like to party - Vilamoura is more up your street but it is only about 5 mins by taxi away from Quarteira. However bare in mind that Vilamoura is a 5 star resort and quiet expensive.
- 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