14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Really good hotel
"Went on a last minute holiday for a week October 21-Oct28 2010. Great Hotel Staff were very friendly, they changed us to a seaview room no bother, gave us a choice of two 7th or 3rd floor both locations were fantastic, Food was nice restaurant staff fast response when ordering.could with ice cream every night as i am not a cake person. Overall a top hotel and i would come again."
- Travel date: 29th October 2010
Having booked a sea view room, on arriva...
"Having booked a sea view room, on arrival was given a room with a little window facing the sea and no balcony. Two days later was moved to a room with a balcony, despite a sticker on the window of the balcony to remind the guests to make sure balcony door was locked at all times, the lock on the door was broken so I was moved to a 3rd room. Breakfast was not great, there was plenty of toast/bread/coffee but the juice was not fresh and the fruit was tinned The biggest problem I have is the luggage storage area for the last day is not under lock and key, it is held at the bottom of the stairs where anyone can access. I did leave a bag here for 2 hours and returned to find that two items I had just purchased and left in this bag had been stolen. I was very disappointed with the way I was treated by the hotel staff at this stage where it was actually implied that I had bought the items and passed them on to people and then claimed they had been stolen. I would certainly not recommend this hotel to any of my family or friends "
- Travel date: 22nd September 2008
We only booked flights & a car for a lon...
"We only booked flights & a car for a long weekend (2 Adults) and planned to find a hotel once we arrived (never done before) We stumbled upon this hotel after taking a wrong turn from Villamoura. The hotel had just 2 double rooms left for the 3 nights B&B (â¬68/night) and we ended up in room 307 with a fantastic sea view. (Hotel mainly provides twin bed accomm.) Reception staff very helpful and showed us the room before we decided upon it. Also have limited underground car parking for an additional â¬5/day if required. Hotel was fully booked over the weekend Sat - Sun Discounted evening meal if we used their restaurant but didnt decide to do this. Room clean & tidy with A/C (didnt use) & TV, telephone . Bathroom equiped with shower over bath, toilet,bidet, sink & hair dryer. Maid service every day. Hotel was very clean throughout. Breakfast was buffet style and the same choice every day. Pool area looked very clean & tidy but we didnt use as beach is just across from the hotel. Beach was excellent. Quarteira itself was quiet, which we prefered. Typical fishing village with the market just down the road, open most days. Few bars/restaurants along the beach and would recommend the Seafood Rice dish !! Some of the back streets were grotty though. Walked to Villamoura (10 mins) where there are plenty more bars,cafes,shops etc (& more tourists) Cheaper to eat in Quarteira than in Villamoura for same dish. Overall was very satisfied with this hotel and considered ourselves extremely lucky to have found it - would recommend it. Can imagine in high summer, would be more busier resort. "
- Travel date: 22nd May 2008
The Hotel was very clean and staff very ...
"The Hotel was very clean and staff very friendly. It is a very quiet area, however Vilamoura is 30 mins walk and 4 mins in taxi, where you will find more bars and restaurants. The food was nice with an different menu everynight with lots to choose from. When we stayed there was happy hour in the pub between 8-9pm and all drinks were half price. The Pool was very clean and open till 8pm everynight, however the sea is very rough and no one was swimming. Being a couple in our late 20's we did feel very young as most of the guest were a lot older and the intertainment didn't really suit our needs. To us the only down point was the entertainment, however we went out of season."
- Travel date: 1st May 2008
"Just returned from this hotel. We had a great holiday, hotel very clean and friendly. Found the meals to be quite good, when anything ran out it was quickly filled up. Cater more for people 30 plus, the bar area is very comfortable. Found the staff to be friendly and helpful, especialy with our 25yr old son, who has Downs Syndrome. Our room was quite large with three beds, bathroom with bath, and shower, it was clean and comfortable My sister and her husband traveled with us, their room was smaller but again clean. Found Quarteira, a quiet resort, plenty shops cafes and bars . Ideal if you are looking for a peaceful holiday."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2006
"Dont go if you are under 60. The food is awful people are rude and there is nothing to do except laugh at the very old people dancing while a strange organist plays in the corner. If you are unlucky enough to be stuck there go to green mango for a a few good beers and a bit of banter."
- Travel date: 13th July 2006
"Stayed here June 25th. for 7 days. Our room was big with 3 beds large balcony overlooking the pedestrianised promenade. Kept clean daily and airconditioning that worked. Located in the middle of the prom with restaurants all along. Thank goodness we only saw one English bar. Short walk to the bus terminus to Faro etc. Only complaint FOOD, breakfast tasteless ham, same with the cheese, Scrambled egg & ham, scrambled egg & peppers, scrambled egg & herbs ( is this 3 choices??? At dinner the food was ok but only 2 choices. We would stay again but on B&B"
- Travel date: 4th July 2006
Don't go if you aren't Portugese
"Quarteria has beautiful beaches and a lovely promenade but if you are not Portugese you are not welcome there. Apparently the Portugese want to keep the resort only for themselves so they are, in general, not welcoming to any foreigners. If you want English bars go to Spain as Quarteria has only three. The Dom Jose is not what it claims to be. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are positively dangerous, anyone with a disability should not go there which is unfortunate as the senior citizens of the country are given one weeks holiday by the government and they all seem to head for the Dom Jose. We, and many others staying there, found a lot to be desired. Things like the towels in the bathroom being so threadbare that you could see through them, not being able to have a toilet roll when there were none in the room and having to steal one from the toilet beside the restaurant. The staff in the restaurant at breakfast were mainly rude and unfriendly, the tables were not cleared quickly and the food ran out regularly and was not refilled. The three types of scrambled egg on offer (yes 3 !!! ) were always cold as were the beans when served. Even the jugs of cold milk were not refilled as they ran out. The only place in the hotel that looks like the photographs on the website is the bar/lounge. It was immaculate but that seemed to be because the mainly very elderly Portugese clients did not use it and certainly did not buy any drinks apart from the odd bottle of water. Although this room looks good there is no atmosphere and no entertainment to speak of apart from a very bad organist on a couple of evenings. Sorry Dom Jose but if you do not want foreigners in Quarteria please do not advertise on the Internet."
- Travel date: 29th June 2006
Fantastic, we'll be back!
"Just got back from a wonderful week in the Dom Jose and I can't praise it highly enough. Location fantastic - on beachfront, surrounded by some great restaurants doing wonderful food (whole seabass with salad & fries / or vegetables, 10 euros - I ask you, where would you get this excellent fish so fresh and cheap? Certainly not Ireland!). In our week there, we also feasted on fresh tuna steak, prawns with garlic, seabream, a stunning paella in nearby Vilamoura, squid, sole on the bone, veal - and a mean spagetti bolognese for our 5 year old, the finishing off of which I blame for putting on a few pounds while there! The beach is pretty and golden, with lifeguards in attendance, and bars dotted along so you can cool down with a Superbock and drink in the view while you're at it. Sunloungers are available for hire at 10 euros for two daily, and I have to say I don't object to this practice, it's a vital income for locals and you can opt to bring your own deckchair / lie on your towel instead. Locals fish off the nearby rocky pier and with boats passing in the distance, it's very peaceful and picturesque. The shaded terrace of the hotel has great sea views also, and the bar has a happy hour where all spirits are half price - a Gordons g&t for 2.40 euros,anyone? I really loved the bar, it reminded me of the one in Dublin Airport, circa 1978 and I mean that as a compliment! It was a bit retro, very comfortable in a carpeted, upholstered way with 70s and 80s greatest hits interspersed with a bit of karaoke and aforementioned fellow playing a terrific hammond organ - it really was quite entertaining, once you enter into the spirit of it! Our triple room was tops - large, spotlessly clean, nicely furnished, fantastic view of the bay - and junior segregated mercifully over the far side of room in a little tucked away corner! Maid service is daily, with sheets & towels changed and placed scrubbed (Elena the cleaner is a doll, she works her socks off)! We paid a mere 420 euros, although I did book back in Feb so I consider that a fantastic deal, with breakfast included. Now to the breakfast - I have to somewhat agree with previous reviewers in that it gets a bit monotonous after a week but our experience was still positive. It's a large busy hotel catering for a diverse clientele (lots of Portuguese which I consider a great sign) so what's the big deal if it's not like you'd get back home? That's the whole point of travelling. The scrambled egg is great, ditto the thin crispy bacon, the little bread rolls are truly excellent, we loved the fresh orange slices which we cut in half and ate easily enough and having brought my own Barry's teabags, I was able to make a good brew for us every morning - the perfect fuel for a day's sightseeing etc. But nothing stopping anyone from popping around the corner for a latte & croissant, or a full english if you truly must. Now for the clientele, bless 'em - I felt like a kid again and believe me, when you're looking down the barrel of the Big Four-Oh any day now, that's a pretty nice way to feel. Yes, they're all a bit late-middle aged, but all very nice and polite and thankfully devoid of a loutish or antisocial bone in their bodies! Which is why our week was so wonderfully relaxing and peaceful. If you're looking for drinkfesting fun and loud music, definitely do not choose the Dom Jose (feck off to Praia da Rocha and drive them all mad there instead). A great place for a family holiday, although we did wish there was another kid for ours to play with but we managed fine with day trips in our rented car (Silves and Lagos both worth a trip, less than an hour away and with castles and other interesting buildings) and generally just hanging out by the lovely hotel pool where junior mastered the art of swimming for the first time, hurrah. I think you'll have gathered by now that I L.O.V.E.D. the Dom Jose! Forgot to mention the staff are friendly, helpful and polite."
- Travel date: 18th June 2006
nice and clean
"stayed here 31st march to 3rd april and enjoyed my stay here. the hotel is a good 3 star hotel, right on the beach which is beautiful, the hotel breakfast is standard continental fare and not great but enough to start the day for anyone, if you dont like it there are plenty of english bars doing full breakfast nearby. quarteria is a reasonable and quiet place with miles of beautiful beaches and a short taxi ride (3.25 euros to vilamoura)where there are plenty of great harbour restaurants. all in all a relaxing fun short break and the temperatures hit over 26C on sunday which was great."
- Travel date: 4th April 2006
The resteraunt needs a new chef
"We stayed ther for three weeks. The good news is that the rooms are pleasant and clean. Towels are changed daily and sheets are changed regularly. The entertainment and activities under its manager Colin are very good. But oh! the food. Breakfast is Monotonous. For three weeks we suffered the same tasteless corn petals and oats. Fruit was always oranges and lemons (I ask you; who eats lemons). Except for a couple of days when fried eggs were available it was, scrambled egg, thin fatty bacon, a peculiar tasting saussage and perhaps baked beans. You could however order fried or boiled egg, but I didnt want eggs every day. The evening meal we only tried on three occasions. It wasnt too bad but we did hear moans from people on half board. I dont think we will go there again."
- Travel date: 14th February 2006
"Just a few metres from the very clean beach. The hotel is fairly basic but the staff are friendly and it's very clean. We were on B&B and there was plenty to satisfy us at breakfast although fussy eaters would struggle. The 'entertainment' was pretty dreadful with an old geezer (who looked like Bernie Winters) trying to play 'HI-DE-HI' stuff - bingos and quizzes etc - fine if you like that sort of thing! We tried a few restaurants behind the promenade and were not disappointed. The 'cataplana' is fantastic - give it a try. All in all the hotel was a good base and the sea view was well worthwhile to appreciate the superb sunsets."
- Travel date: 12th November 2005
Dom Jose Beach Hotel is also called
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- Hotel Dom Jose
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