Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"High quality hotel with super facilities, helpful staff and good food. Potential visitors should be aware that the hotel is a Euro75 ride from Faro Airport and most local restaurants are in either Lagos or Alves which are both about a 10 minute taxi ride from the hotel (taxis are in plentiful supply and cheap). Alves is really worth it and is a small bustling fishing visit with tonnes of restaurants and bars. The hotel has 3 golf courses - a par 3, a 9 holer (which you play twice for an "18-holer" effect) and the Championship course. The Championship course is exceptionally good but you need to have your handicap cards (something we weren't aware of when we got there, but we got on all the same). The other courses are pretty average but well maintained and not too busy. Otherwise, the hotel has a superb deep swimming pool, well maintained tennis courts and great 5km running track. Youngsters should be aware that at the time we visited (mid June) the majority of visitors were middle-aged and families so don't expect a party experience. However, that said, you can have a cracking holiday staying here - highly recommended for a laid back golfing break."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of June 2006
Superb Golf Holiday
"My wife and I have holidayed for one week at Penina for the last two years, we love it, Hotel has a classy feel to it, food very good, buffet dinners in Sagres restaurant very good value, walk out the back exit and you are at the first tee on Championship Course, which is a challenge, but quite flat so should suit most golfers.
Only slight negative is drinks are expensive, we found staff to be very efficient and very courtious and friendly.
Town of Alvor is only 5-10 minutes in taxi,a nice typical portugeuse town with good eating places.
To finish , we have been to similar American golf resorts and Penina comes out favourably in comparison, go on spoil yourself."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of January 2006
Fantastic family hotel
"We stayed here for 7 days at the end of August with our 2 year old son. The facilities for our son were great - kids pool, covered playground, bouncy castle etc. The food was of a good standard, albeit quite expensive. There is a championship golf course and a 9 hole course which was informal and we could take our son round on the buggy. The professional encouraged him to play and even provided him with a putter!!! Very child friendly and welcoming staff. We're trying to book to go back in 2006."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of December 2005
Poor communication within Le Meridien Hotels
"Our fifth visit to Penina over a number of years.
We booked thru' Le Meridien central reservations - which to my simple mind was as good as booking direct.
On arriving at 10 am, and being advised that we would need to wait until lunch before a room would be available (standard policy but still irritating after a 3.30 am start!), we were told that the hotel had not been advised of our two specific requirements - firstly, no smoking and secondly, adjacent rooms.
The first rooms offered were inter-connected, but absolutely reeked of smoke. The second rooms were adjacent to the lift shaft, which meant that my husband spent the night dreaming of being part of a horror movie - something involving lots of chains rattling!
The hotel grudgingly agreed to try and sort out new accommodation by the lunchtime of our second day, which they did. However, it did mean that we spent the first day living out of our suitcases, and the whole week feeling that every time we walked past Reception, we were being hit by poisoned darts!
It didn't help when the telephone call to Central Reservations to sort out the mess was added to my bill - 40 euros for their mistake!
The facilities offered were on the whole very good, although the hotel is perhaps getting a little tired.
The room and restaurant staff were super, and although it is expensive to eat in the hotel, the various restaurants offered a good variety of menus.
So despite the aggravation at the beginning of the week, it was a pretty good break."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of July 2005
scots mini golf tour (BOYOS)
"just back from le meridien,pennina,absolutely stunning golf course,a1 condition,service excellent,food and drinks expensive in hotel but alvor only 10 euros away,lovely village,loads of places to eat at reasonable prices,locals very friendly,quaint little streets, imagine to busy in height of summer but for january it was just the tonic after the madness of december,weather in seventys every day, well worth checking out pogues irish bar, be back some time but not soon enough!"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of January 2005
weeks in September
"Spent 2 weeks at the Penina having previous experience of the self catering apartments in
this area. (Which have much better decor & facilities)
Poor value for money, cleaning very noisy in the morning. Restaraunt meals overpriced.
Far too may children around pool for a hotel with separate childrens club.
No drink making facilities in room , hote drink provided by room service after 30 min wait & associated bill.
On the plus side staff very user friendly."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of October 2004
Penina once again
"Once again our two weeks at the Apartments were delightful; everything was impeccably presented, the pool was delightfully warm and clean.
The restaurants offered us a splendid variety of delicious fish;In Lagos at Dom Sebastao, shellfish par excellance,at Simsa, in Portimao, in Alvor at the best little fish restaurant, Chefe Jaoh (on the right as one walks down the main street towards the road to the beach)> Family run with only about 20 covers, a selection fish is available (except Sunday) nightly. Don't miss it. And others too.
Boat trips were enjoyed by some of our party, leaving from the pier at Alvor and offering a good variey of mostly half-day outings. Luis and Roisin are the owners and hosts. Theirs' is a new fully-insured boat offering mostly half-day trips, Sangria and more..........
The beaches were clean and well visited by Portuguese, locals and Portuguese returning from working abroad. We had a great time and I haven't even mentioned golf..........The course at Penina was in perfect condition. Our golfing friends enjoyed playing it daily.
Hope this short review of some of the splendid amenities of the Alvor/Lagos/Portimao area."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of September 2004
"Stayed at this Hotel on 5th June 04 for 14 nights, Rooms very spacious, clean and well equipped, Staff are very friendly and nothing is a problem.
Gold facilities sceond to none. very large swimming pool, very clean and well maintained, fantastic childrens club called The Penguin club, where chlidren have own facilities and swimming pool, so never screaming children whilst you are trying to relax.Alvor only a short taxi ride away aroung 10 Euros, lovely restaurants and bars, Lagos a 20 Euro taxi ride away fantastic restaurant called Artista.
Will be re booking to stay at this Hotel next year as I feel the Hotel and the service it provides are definatley 5 star and could not imagine staying anywhere better apart from Gleneagles in Perth."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of June 2004
"Just spent a week at this hotel, great golf facilities, staff very helpful.
Rooms very comfortable and clean. Food good in the hotel, but also nice to check out Alvor which is very close.
Overall a very relaxing holiday and would have no problem returning to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of May 2004
relaxing but not superspecial
"Enjoyed a relaxing break here. Very nice pool area which felt spacious and uncrowded even in height of summer holiday season. Lots and lots of sports options,. Good breakfasts and light lunches in several venues but evening options limited to a buffet [on good side of OK] and a very odd smarter restaurant that was in decor terms closely modelled on the British Berni inns of the 1970's. Good food [e.g. excellent roast beef and all trimmings] but not at all commensurate with sweltering temperatures. However many other good and cheap dining options only a short taxi ride away. Room was pleasant on two levels but had a rather small bathroom and needed more efficent air conditioning. View from balcony was great and many an evening spent sitting there with glass [or two] of wine."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of August 2003