Golden Club Cabanas
26 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Bargain break and very relaxing
"We stayed in the cheapest studio ( bronze) in the hotel. The room was spacious and very clean. There was free heating, spare blankets, towel changes, a hairdryer, new microwave and ceramic hob. We were all inclusive though so did not need the kitchen. The food was good, plenty of choice even though the hotel was very quiet. I am very fussy and critical regarding food, do not eat meat, but there was plenty for me to choose from. The cook knew how to cook. The tuna and swordfish steaks were delicious.The staff were lovely. Obviously out of season there is no entertainment which is why we chose to go there. We wanted peace and quiet and that is what we got. The studio and AI food and drinks only cost Â£450 for both of us for a fortnight. Great value for money. Okay, if you want fancy drinks and cocktails, then it will not be the place for you. If you are happy with basic accommodation , food and drink at a bargain price it is perfect. If you want 5 star, then pay for 5 star. We had a great time, met lovely people and really relaxed."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of February 2015
"We have just spent a weeks holiday at this resort all inclusive we had to walk quite a way back to find our apartment which was away from all the amenities, having requested a change in rooms to be nearer we found ourselves in a studio apartment which was very dark smelly dirty and damp,a request for a kettle fell on deaf ears. The all inclusive was not up to scratch one small bar in the reception and drinks served in plastic or paper cups as they continually ran out of glasses when the bar did close the drinks machine was always out of order. There was no entertainment no pool bar open and the lack of facilities were dyer. The food was not bad, however a little repetitive. The pool area was great and really enjoyed spending time in the sunshine. The hotel itself was very drab it requires a lot of TLC and some organization we did not experience any maids service around the hotel during our time there. Would not visit the hotel again sorry to say."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of May 2014
warning do not go!
"i read up on most of the review at this resort,i was expecting a a friendly pleasant time, BUT where do i begin. the hotel was actually quite nice but the food was appalling!! not only were the people arrogant but very rude!!!! when we arrived at the hotel we had to walk about 20 minutes to actually find the apartment which was the only one which was not actually not labeled up clearly.... it was only because the neighbor asked if we were looking for block R we said yes he had the same problems had to take another 10 minute journey around the resort and then finally after a few detours we located our apartment which we were woken up by a naked Portuguese man drilling the floor and digging up the new road. there are no clubs or pubs open past 11 which for a couple was rubbish!!!!c ice cream shops were open later!!! anyone who likes to have a good time i advise you not to go to this hotel!!!3 out of 10. 4 star more like a 2 star. awful holiday"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of June 2013
A room with a view.
"Nice apartment, lovely pool and grounds, friendly staff. Food could have offered more variety especially the desserts. The afternoon tea was exactly the same every day. Not much to do in the evening and the entertainment was rather boring. You do need to take a big towel as pool towels are not provided, also a hairdryer. Only one mirror is available in the bathroom so take a small mirror for doing makeup. As this is a low budget holiday none of the usual toiletries provided. You need to like birds as we had two nests on our balcony with several young that we enjoyed watching grow was sorry we had to leave them before they learned to fly. Would go again, but would take some games, and go with friends.
- Travel date: Thu 31st of May 2012
Be sure what you are booking!
"We booked to Golden Clube in Cabanas last January, based on the photos on the hotel's website, which matched those on our tour operator's, and were looking forward to our 10-day holiday in August 2011.
However, when we got to the hotel, the room we were allocated was a far cry from the lovely modern photographs on the websites that had helped us choose this particular hotel. We were given a room in one of the older blocks, beside the roundabout as you enter the complex. The hotel had been built about 40 years ago, and this block looked as if it had never been updated since then. Our room, on the ground floor of Block C, was not fit for habitation, and we complained at the hotel's reception desk.
The reception staff informed us that there are two levels of accommodation at the hotel. The photographs on the hotel website show "Sunset" or superior rooms, and are in the newer part of the hotel built about 10 years ago, furthest away from the roundabout. The rest of the hotel has "Standard" rooms, but even those vary greatly in standard of accommodation. We were lucky, and were eventually moved to a different room in the main block, which was a huge improvement as it was clean and fresh-smelling, even though it was still a "Standard" room. Other people in our block who also complained during our stay were not as lucky as we were.
The hotel generally was adequate (if a little average and tired) for a busy 3-star hotel, although some of the public toilet facilities were out of order during our stay. The food was fine if somewhat monotonous, and the evening entertainment was what we had expected. Gordon, the events manager, was very helpful organising a special boat-trip for us and the hotel staff and entertainment staff in general were pleasant. The beach was nice, and was only a boat-ride and a short walk away from the hotel.
However, if you do decide to book the Golden Clube in Cabanas, be very careful that you know in advance what you are booking. Don't be misled (as we were) by the glamorous photographs on the hotel's website, unless you are positive you are booking the "Sunset" level of accommodation.
- Travel date: Sun 12th of February 2012
Family of 5 Returned to Golden Clube July2011 - BRILLIANT
"We went back to GoldenClube for our summer holiday 2011 (pressure from the Kids) after a break of 2 years. I have to comment on the change. A resort that was excellent before has now been upgraded in my eyes as BRILLIANT.
Again we stayed in the same private apartment as before, still as fresh as the first time but with additions to make it even better. The new restaurant is completed and opened, construction at end of resort completed and the staff/entertainment team the best I have come accross anywhere.
Well done GoldenClube! see you for the family holiday in 2012"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of January 2012
"Me and my husband spent our honeymoon here in oct 2010 we found the hotel staff very helpfull the room could of been abit better but we did book last minute but overal the food was excellent and we loved walking along the promanade and met some wonderful people there.
We are hoping to go back there to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary anad hopefully meet more wonderful people..."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of July 2011
Quiet Goldenclub Cabanas
"We stayed at the Golden Club for New Year, it is easy to find from the airport but you definitely need a car. The complex is very very quiet and apart from eating and drinking there is nothing to do. The food is basic but OK, do not expect anything special. There are a lot of Germans and they appear to cater more for the continental palate. We were all inclusive and this was OK, however the white wine was cheap and basically gut rot.
there are no hairdryers, so take your own. Rooms are shabby, we had bare electric wires behind the head board, we were there 8 nights and the sheets and towels were not changed. The housekeepers make the beds and no more not even taking rubbish. We asked for an upgrade but our request was ignored.
Cabanas village is very quiet and not much was open, once again nothing to do.
The weather was very overcast and cold at night with a lot of rain
We had to pay 100 euros for the New Years Eve gala meal, there was lots of food and wine but no atmosphere. We were sat on a table with people who did not speak English. There was a band that played all night and a small dance floor
I suspect in the summer this would be better but would be overcrowded as the areas are small especially the dining room and bar area
There was a lot of negatives, but the place was quiet and peaceful and it all depends on what you want from a holiday. I would not recommend it for New Year but is good for touring the Algarve"
- Travel date: Sat 8th of January 2011
Fantastic Value no frills clean & friendly hotel
"I have just stayed here for a weekend on an all inclusive basis, and I was very satisfied with the standard of the hotel in comparison to the price for the all inclusive package.
The rooms - are very clean or comfortable (and I was not in the new part) with all the facilities that you would expect from a 3* hotel.
The Food - was more than acceptable with a reasonable amount of choice and generally tasted really good! I liked the fact you could help yourself to the wine, beer and softdrinks during mealtimes, some all inclusives you are lucky to get a waiters attention to get a drink with your meal.
The All Inclusive drink - is quite limited in terms of drinks but this is what you can expect from a 3* All Inclusive, like anything else in life you get what you pay for. The beer was exceptionally good (better than some 5* that I have stayed in), the red wine was lovely, but the rest of the alcohol (spirits, white wine etc) was dissusting to I avoided them.
The Location - is lovely for a peaceful break but you do need a car if you want to see more of the algarve/portugal. We visited the town of Tavira (charming but small and can be seen in an hour or two) and Faro (worth a visit but not the most exciting of citys). There is a strip of bars and restaurants just outside of the hotel but these are quite pricey.
My only dissapointment was how quiet the hotel was, I think all in all there were around 12 guests at the hotel so if felt a bit lifeless, but I suppose it was just the time of year.
All in all I was very satisfied with my stay at the hotel and I would recommend to my customers that want an All Inclusive break on a limited budget."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of December 2010
good value for the price we paid.
"Hotel was a little tired and in need of freshening up but for what we paid for fully inclusive it was great value. Excellent food and beer. Gordon on reception was the hotels biggest assett. He advised us on some very good trips and arranged them for us."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of November 2010
lovely hotel quite resort
"we had a lovely week here hotel was great rooms a bit basic but spotless entertainment was pretty much zero but we were all inclusive so drink flood quite freely and there was a nice seating area beside the bar with large flat screen tv or a small enclosed side area were we sat most nights on soft plush cushions chatting to other people witch was lovely and cosy the pools were lovely although water cold at this time of year but sun area was great bar staff were nice at both out side and inside bars food was nice but a bit repeated there is a nice little restaurant near by called little orange food brill cost low we had a great hol here but if weather had been poor not much to do or see as not many shops bars or places to eat the boat trip from hotel to beach is short and really worth the effort as the beach is fantastic only down sides no toilets etc on it just sand and water but lagre and clean and hotel had a lovely terrace eating area witch is lovely over looks pool and nature reserve and you can help your self to as much food wine beer soft drinks as you want all in all we had a great chilled out hol and would def go back again and i think during peak times it would be great for familys with childrens as the kids clubs looks well organised"
- Travel date: Sun 31st of October 2010
Visiting the Algarve, this is not the place to start your first holiday......
"This resort is located in the small town of Cabanas which is a few miles from Tavira on the main road. The old town is quiet and has probably remained as it is for a few decades now. There are plenty of places here to find a quick good meal.
This location of the resort is however is trap if you do not have a car. Rent from the airport as car rental from the resort is very expensive.
This resort has various standards of accomadation that are not published and staff have discretion in allocating them. If they give you one of their old apartments, look out. The worst is the old block in which the reception area and bar etc is based. It is tired, worn and smells. If they try to place you here then I am afraid your trip is not going to be a good one. You must insist on a new apartment in the new blocks when booking. Do not wait until you arrive there. They do have a few renovated rooms for the very lucky who find out about them.
Our apartment was meant to be two bedrooms. The second room was in fact the sofa in the lounge which doubled as the hallway from the corridor. The kitchen consisted of two old hot plates that never even boiled water. (They do not supply electric jugs in their apartments). The alternative microwave was an original that should have been retired to a museum.
The bathrooms were not up to the standard required for tourists. One would argue they were in fact unhealthy to use.
The beds here are like sleeping on a concrete tennis court. You will get a sore back.
This is an apartment complex where nothing is supplied. They do not even place a tea towel in the kitchen. Use the dishes then expect to go into town to buy your own cleaners first. Room service consists of the outside rubbish bin being empted daily. Cleaning , don't think so.
The standards of this resort means that wireless internet is a luxury you will not be getting.
There is great pool complex but again beware you need to take your own towel or go into Tavira to buy one ( one days rental from the resort of the same price). They will not let visitors take their room towels into the pool area.
The resort staff in general were neither friendly nor helpful. They appear to be focused on bulk tour groups from central Europe with other visitors left to fill the what is left spaces.
If you are keen on a holiday in this part of Portugual then there are some fine places we saw much closer to Faro. Pity we did not know about those before booking the trip.
There are some great day trips available to be booked from the resort. Day trips to Seville and along the portuguese coast were excellent.
Tavira is a great town and well worth a few trips. It even now has a new shopping mall.
A great place to eat in Tavira is Golfinho which is opposite the bus station town by the old river bridge.
It is a shame to have to be negative but occasionally things are so bad they just have to be identified so others can ensure their holidays go well."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of October 2010