23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Great apartments -could not fault them. Clean rooms and perfect location if you want to be near town but not in the middle of it all. Staff were very friendly and could not do enough to make our stay a memorable one. Will definitely go back to Vilabranca."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of August 2006
"We are just back from a week in the Vilabranca Apartments - which was fantastic. Cannot fault any part of it. .The staff were fantastic and worked very hard. The apartment was fine, kept very clean, as was the whole complex. Will definitely go back, the sooner the better."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of August 2006
"Stayed here for 2 weeks and coudn't fault it once. I have been to the Algarve 5 times and this is the best accommodation I've stayed in by far."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of July 2006
"We stayed at the Vilabranca Apartments in June 2006 and were delighted with the cleanliness and the wonderful facilities. We have two young children and they enjoyed the children's pool in the "blue block" immensely. We were pleasantly surprised that we also got a sea view having booked direct and hinting we would like one! The apartments were in a good location, just ten minutes walk downhill into the old walled city. Would recommend to anyone that wants a family friendly place to stay. We also appreciated the internet in reception as we got to watch our friends wedding online."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of June 2006
lovely apartments, very family orientated
"We've just come back from a 10 day stay at Vilibranca Apartments. There is no question that the apartments there are lovely. The one we stayed at (towards the edge of the complex) was bigger than our one bedroom flat in London. Just a couple of negative comments though - there is a 5 day a week maid service at the apartments. During our 10 day stay, although the towels were replaced and beds made, our apartment wasn't swept so it got quite dirty towards the end of our stay. I tried doing this myself using the brush provided but not very effective. I guess we could have complained but didn't.
Also, the water heating system does not provide hot water all of the time. It is a tank which reheats water, so once the tank has been emptied of hot water, you have to wait until the water is re-heated to get more hot water. As my husband loves long showers, there were a couple of times when I had to have cold showers!
Towards the end of the stay we could also hear some building works at the back of the
apartments when using the balcony (which was more of a patio area).
This might not affect people staying more centrally in the complex (around the pool area).
With regards to the location of Vilabranca Apartments, you could probably stay there most days if you wanted, and venture into the towns at night. We usually walked into town in the evening (downhill!) and got a taxi back afterwards (uphill). Taxi's were very reasonable (4 euro's).
We tried the Chinese at the bottom of the road near to Vilibranca Apartments and that was lovely.
Having said all this, we loved our stay in Lagos. The people there are extremely friendly and that made our holiday. The food was an excellent price and quality and portions generous. We went on a dolphin safari twice, but no dolphins as sea conditions weren't rights, which was a bit of a dissapointment.
One word of warning to ladies - take sensible shoes with you as you will end up doing a lot of walking!!"
- Travel date: Fri 9th of June 2006
Best we've ever stayed in
"We stayed in Villabranca May 2006. This is without question the best apartments we have stayed in, in many a long year. The apartments are spotless, up to date with proper kitchen, full size cooker, fridge/freezer, gas powered hot water, stainless steel pots/pans.
Our studio had an ensuite bath. The lounge had comfortable settee and armchairs, TV with Portugese/English/German channels at no extra cost. The terrace was provided with table, chairs, parasol and sunloungers. The staff are wonderful, cheerful and nothing too much trouble. The apartments are located at the top of a goodly climb up from town or beach but they do have a courtesy bus. Just across the road from the complex entrance is a little pizzeria called Penguim where they serve good food and drinks at very good prices - the locals go there. The town of Lagos is a delight. Would we go again? Oh yes."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of June 2006
A lovely stay
"Stayed for 4 nights last week with my wife and wished we could have been there for a couple of weeks.
The appartments are really well looked after and it would be hard to think of anything that could be improved within the complex itself.
The staff were really helpful too, when we realised my wife had left her mobile at our previous hotel,they helped us contact the owners and then translated a thankyou letter.
Would thoroughly reccomend Vilabranca to anyone who wants a nice peaceful holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of May 2006
Our third visit to these apartments did...
"Our third visit to these apartments did not disappoint again. The clean spacious apartments, friendly staff and excellent restaurant ensure a restful holiday with all amenities close to hand.
The pleasant stroll into town (about 20 mins down hill) is rewarded with many shopping delights (for the women), narrow historic streets and many reasonably priced restaurants serving excellent local and international dishes. Excellent base for touring the Algarve and further inland.
Well done to Vilabranca management and staff."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of March 2006
Our family of 4 spent 2 weeks at Vilabra...
"Our family of 4 spent 2 weeks at Vilabranca and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartments are spotless and spacious. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen but necessary building work our 2 bed 2 bath apt was unavailable for the first 4 nights of our stay.
The owner manager was very apologetic and we were compensated not only with a monetary refund but also 2 days free car hire and invited to dine with him in the restaurant! (Oh, and we were given a large 1 bed apt until ours was ready) Despite this hiccup we were very impressed with the standard of the accommodation and the level of personal service. These apartments are great for families and not at all noisy at night. The pools are beautifully maintained as are the gardens .All in all, a great place to stay.
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005
Our second visit to Lagos produced our f...
"Our second visit to Lagos produced our first visit to the Vilabranca Apartments which are one of the best quality apartments we have stayed in.
The apartments are situated in a residential area of Lagos about 10 - 15 minutes walk from the town centre. Apartments are modern and spacious and the complex has 2 separate pool areas both serving good quality snacks throughout the day. On site there is an a la carte restaurant, which for some reason we did not try. All the staff are friendly and helpful - the maids were excellent !
The complex runs a bus down the town and Praia Mos beach during the day
There is a small local supermarket 50 m away from the complex and a large 'Tesco' type supermarket 3 minutes away by car approximately 5 minutes walk on the tulip roundabout there is a group of good quality restaurants especially OPiratas.
Lagos itself is superb - not too much commercial tourism but good quality restaurants.
This was one of the best holidays we have been on - this coming from a person who has lived and breathed Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife for the past 20 years - 3x a year."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of April 2004
Our second visit to Lagos produced our f...
"Our second visit to Lagos produced our first visit to the Vilabranca Apartments, which are one of the best quality apartments, we have stayed in. The apartments are situated in a residential area of Lagos about 10 - 15 minutes walk from the town centre.
Apartments are modern and spacious and the complex has 2 separate pool areas both serving good quality snacks throughout the day. On site there is an a la carte restaurant, which for some reason we did not try. All the staff are friendly and helpful - the maids were excellent !
The complex runs a bus down the town and Praia Mos beach during the day There is a small local supermarket 50 m away from the complex and a large âtesco â type supermarket 3 minutes away by car approximately 5 minutes walk on the tulip rounabout there is a group of good quality restaurants especially OâPiratas. Lagos itself is superb - not too much commercial tourism but good quality restaurants.
This was one of the best holidays we have been on"
- Travel date: Fri 30th of April 2004