Reviews summary

4
Good
( 701 reviews)
Brilliant
256
Good
302
Average
92
Poor
37
Awful
14
  • 2.5 room
  • 4 pool
  • 5 beach
  • 3.5 service
  • 3.5 dining
  • 4 amenities
  • 3.5 food
 

28 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

tour operator

4
Good
by
Reviewed Mon 29th of November 2010

"KPX travel, be very careful if you book through them as they give you the cheapest room possible and absolutely no help whatsoever at the hotel They have no reps, told us the Thos Cook rep would help, he wouldnt, all he wanted to do was sell us trips We had the most awful room, regulars called it "the dungeon" we had to pay quite a bit extra to be moved So be very very careful if booking with KPX, once they have your money they do not want to know"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 28th of November 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 3 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 4 Service
  • 4 Dining
  • 4 Amenities
  • 4 Food

Don't go please

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Fri 5th of November 2010

"Lovely situation but terrible rooms on the top floor. 3 rooms in 3 days. Payed for sea-view and ended up in the basement.
Canteen food and arrogant service. Winter holiday 2009 was far from a break but torture.
Felt for reception staff who were at the front line of a constant battle.
Believe it used to be great but Management not up to the job and just didn't want to know.
Fight booked independently but Thomas Cooke recommended hotel...sorry they did.
Looked up on internet and got only good reviews and felt ashamed I actually chose the Vasco. Don't you do the same.....I was not alone."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 3rd of November 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 4 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 2 Service
  • 1 Dining
  • 3 Amenities
  • 1 Food

hotel room

3
Average
by
Reviewed Wed 27th of October 2010

"Went we arrived here we were given a room on the lower ground floor, hardly any daylight came through the small window It looked out onto parked cars and people passing could see right in, so we had to keep the metal shutters closed at all times, the lighting was very poor When we asked to be moved we were told no other rooms were available, but we just could not stay there, it was so claustrophobic, so we were eventually offered a roomon the floor above at a cost of £10 per night extra We had no alternative but to pay up Apparently regular visitors referred to the room (03) as the "dungeon" which we understood was usually used for people on lateflights etc to change/shower etc The Thos Cook rep just did not want to know, so we had no help there whatsoeve We booked with KPX TRAVEl, do not use them as they told us TCook rep would be there for any help we needed, he just did not want to know and neither do KPX, all they want is your money"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 26th of October 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 4 Dining
  • 3 Amenities
  • 4 Food

Would definitely return.

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Tue 4th of May 2010

"I took my two daughters here for 11 nights in April and we had a lovely stay. The hotel is clean with friendly staff (apart from one female receptionist, but there's always one eh!) Our room had comfy beds, a lovely big flatscreen TV with some British channels, a brand new bathroom suite and the biggest wardrobes I have ever seen. I had to actually get in it to reach some of our clothes! The balcony was a bit dire but we didn't spend much time in our room so wasn't a problem.
The food was good. Breakfast was the same every day though so just as well there was plenty of choice. Dinner was always a choice of a few meat and fish dishes as well as a pasta dish such as lasagne. The only complaint was if you went to dinner before 7.30 you would often have to wait for a table. Also, the nice desserts ran out quickly and wern't replaced. I had my birthday during our stay and the hotel had a free bottle of red and 'cake' sent up which was nice (The cake consisted of 100 profiteroles!)
The pool is ok, there were always plenty of sunbeds throughout the day and the beach was a minutes walk if you fancied a change.
The location is great and there's a lovely harbour in the next town Santo Antonio which also has some nice shops. It was about 5 euros in a taxi but you could easily walk it if you wanted to burn off your breakfast.
Unfortunately our holiday came to a nightmare end as the volcanic ash put a ban on all flights the day before we were due to leave. Monarch/Cosmos moved us to other accommodation which is a shame as I would have loved an extended stay at this hotel. Would certainly return."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 1st of May 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 4 Food

really great

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Sun 4th of January 2009

"i stayed here with my parents and sister in 2007 and decided that it was so lovely and so well positioned that we would send my parents again this year for their anniversary. this time they had to go it alone. my mum is not the most mobile but the location to the beach and the town is really great. the hotel is lovely, clean and comfortable with good sized rooms. each one was well laid out and newly decorated.

I even left a complementry gift for my parents for their anniversary, as they had stayed there before. a great hotel and i am thinking of revisiting it in 2009.

"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 4th of January 2009

Nice Holiday

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Sat 13th of December 2008

"We had a very enjoyable one week holiday at the Hotel Vasco Da Gama in Monte Gordo the first week in November, and after reading some of the holiday reports we were expecting a nightmare to say the least - but we had a beautiful room that had just been refurbished, plenty of space (wardrobes and draws) and two of the biggest single beds we have ever slept in.
The hotel its self was very clean and tidy, the staff we found to be friendly and helpful from the chambermaids through to the front desk. the dinning room was spacious well set out, the food was excellent with a good choice for breakfast including the traditional full English, evening meals were varied and plentiful, well cooked and puddings to die for (and with all that creama and ice cream we probably will).
There was entertainment within the hotel if you wanted to stay in after dinner, but with the hotel in such a central location you were only a few minutes walk from many other bars etc. and no hills to climb.
Would we go here again yes most definitely.

"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 13th of December 2008

While the public areas in this hotel wer...

3
Average
by
Reviewed Sun 29th of June 2008

"While the public areas in this hotel were very comfortable, our bedroom was dilapidated to say the least, cracked tiles in the bathroom and an ancient bath which had obviously had the `bath treatment`- several times! We were on the second floor, of five floors, and while we had the sea view we paid extra for, we had a dirty flat roof directly outside our balcony. Other guests said their room on the ground floor, called the first floor, was very nice and had obviously been refurbished.
The rooms were cleaned every day with fresh towels. Our sheets were changed only once in eleven days, but that was not a great problem.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
The food improved as we went along, although I`ve never eaten so much fish in my life, as the meat was so tough!
Lovely bacon and eggs at breakfast, although the fat sausages tasted horrible, and the thin ones were definitely out of a hot-dog tin!
I worried about disabled people getting down to the dining room as it was down a curved stairway. but someone said the service lift went down to the kitchen basement, which gave access to the dining room.
All in all, a fair to middling hotel, certainly not worth the £1400 we paid for two of us for 10 nights."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 29th of June 2008

We first stayed at this hotel in June 20...

2
Poor
by
Reviewed Fri 21st of March 2008

"We first stayed at this hotel in June 2006 with First Choice - having stayed at neighbouring Hotel Casablanca 20 years previously. The room was for 2-3 persons with more than adequate space. It was clean and had recently been refurbished.
Returned in June 2007 with COSMOS HOLIDAYS and following several e-mails to the Hotel were assured we would have same or similar room. The room we were allocated was smaller - max. 2 persons despite paying for up to 3.

We would have liked to have spoken to our rep but alas she'd apparently done a bunk. When I wrote to COSMOS I described the room as resembling a seedy, grubby 1960's B & B in Blackpool and whilst COSMOS defended themselves regarding inspecting properties they use along with placatory claptrap, they did compensate us to the tune of £150 in discount vouchers.

The meals (breakfast) was more than adequate with entertainment thrown in (guests secreting lunch into handbags, back packs etc - oblivious to the fact they were being watched).

Monte Gordo is one of the quieter resorts on the Algarve with a healthy choice of bars and restaurants - our particular favourite being JOPELS (on the beach!). Long may it remain relatively quiet, relaxing and unspoilt."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 21st of March 2008

We first stayed at this hotel in June 20...

2
Poor
by
Reviewed Fri 21st of March 2008

"We first stayed at this hotel in June 2006 with First Choice - having stayed at neighbouring Hotel Casablanca 20 years previously. The room was for 2-3 persons with more than adequate space. It was clean and had recently been refurbished.
Returned in June 2007 with COSMOS HOLIDAYS and following several e-mails to the Hotel were assured we would have same or similar room. The room we were allocated was smaller - max. 2 persons despite paying for up to 3.

We would have liked to have spoken to our rep but alas she'd apparently done a bunk. When I wrote to COSMOS I described the room as resembling a seedy, grubby 1960's B & B in Blackpool and whilst COSMOS defended themselves regarding inspecting properties they use along with placatory claptrap, they did compensate us to the tune of £150 in discount vouchers.

The meals (breakfast) was more than adequate with entertainment thrown in (guests secreting lunch into handbags, back packs etc - oblivious to the fact they were being watched).

Monte Gordo is one of the quieter resorts on the Algarve with a healthy choice of bars and restaurants - our particular favourite being JOPELS (on the beach!). Long may it remain relatively quiet, relaxing and unspoilt."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 21st of March 2008

Me and my husband stayed at Vasco da Gam...

4
Good
by
Reviewed Thu 13th of September 2007

"Me and my husband stayed at Vasco da Gama for a week in September. The hotel was built in the early 60's and it shows in the architecture. We stayed in a room facing the ocean - great view. The towels were changed each day, the bed was made every day but no change of linens during the week.

The staff was friendly and were very helpful. The dinner buffet was terrible. Everything layed in hot water to keep warm, poor quality over all. The breakfast was manageable but if you are British you probably like it better. Sausages, beans, white bread, toast, bacon, stir fried eggs...

If you are younger than 30+ you will feel very young here. Only elderly people, playing bridge during the evenings and hanging around the pool area during the day. The bar had some kind of entertainment every day - very entertaining, do NOT miss. Great atmosphere, just as taken out of an old James Bond movie set.

Maybe 50 m to walk to beach. Very nice, white sand, reaching forever in both directions. Even though there were a lot of sunbeds to rent, there were a lot of space left so it didn't feel crowded at all. Sunbeds costed 10 euros for two beds a day. With a little walk it was possible to be all alone on the beach. Monte Gordo was very quiet and we think that one week was a very nice stay, just hanging around at the beach and the hotel. Quiet and peaceful. We would go back again."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 13th of September 2007

Myself, my husband and 12 yr old daughte...

3
Average
by
Reviewed Fri 10th of August 2007

"Myself, my husband and 12 yr old daughter went for a week in April 06. Food not too bad. Not enough choice for my husband. Had to be quick to get a dessert though.

Weather was good. Had a trip to Aye Monte in Spain, excellent, wish we had discovered it sooner in the holiday. Went on bus ride to Tavira, quite nice. Went on a river trip, really good, though upset tummy next day!

Didn't get room we requested and paid extra for and changed room after first day, the room we moved to was ok though. Original room was in the annexe!! Big mistake very cold, quite spooky, and whole place felt damp although really hot outside. To be fair we did get a small refund from the rep, she handled the complaint very well.

We met a few people who did not get rooms they had paid for. Overall impression at first not good. Not too impressed by the entertainment, but magic show was good.

Wouldn't go back.
"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 10th of August 2007

This was an excellent holiday. I was the...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 23rd of July 2007

"This was an excellent holiday. I was there with my parents who are 70 (i'm 34). The hotel was lovely, friendly and very clean. The food was good, the pool area was great but best of all was the beach on its door step. The entertainment was very much for the over 55's but they all seemed to really enjoy it.

There were nice restaurants and coffee shops around and the shopping wasn't too bad either. All round this was an excellent holiday to relax with no hassle and lots of sun and fun."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 23rd of July 2007

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