Dom Pedro Portobelo
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
not as good as expected...
"Having read some of the reviews here I was expecting a phenomenal value-for-money hotel. When you get there you realise that the Dom Pedro chain has 3 hotels in this area, Portobello being probably the least impressive building. However, the hotel has a number of good points - These include a large apartment-like self-contained room and close proximity to the beach. That said, the breakfast at Portobello was seriously below par. It consisted of a few bread rolls with some tepid cheese and ham, some diluted orange drink and some very dodgy tasting coffee. Luckily however the hotel operates a scheme whereby you can have breakfast at any of the other two Dom Pedro hotels in the area. The Dom Pedro Golf hotel was where we chose to eat breakfast simply because it was of a much higher standard. There are some great views from the higher apartments and several swallows often nest in the corners of the balconies, which can be nice to look at. The bar in the Dom Pedro is pretty dismal and you might expect a tumbleweed to roll on through - that is if you actually spent a night there, which I doubt anyone would because it utterly devoid of atmosphere. So in summation, the best thing about the Dom Pedro Portobello is its low cost, closeness to the beach, complimentary beach towels, large self-contained rooms, and "pass" to breakfast at the other Dom Pedro hotels in the area. One more point I'd like to make was on check out the absolute lack of a "thank you for staying here" from the receptionist on check out. Maybe he was having a bad day or something..."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
Would stay again, great area!
"We stayed here for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. On arrival, there was ample parking, the staff were friendly (and spoke very good english) and the lift was plenty big enough for two people and two suitcases! The room was massive and provided almost everything including and iron and ironing board, the only thing not included was a hairdryer (but I'm yet to go anywhere where they are included!). The balcony was huge and the view was of the pool, the casino and the beach - you could even see the beach when you were lying in bed!! There was a table and four chairs on the balcony and you could spend all evening watching the sea. It's worth mentioning though that there were a number of rooms with smaller balconies.
We thought the breakfast was fine, particularly considering we hadn't paid any extra to have breakfast included. We didn't have any problem getting a sun lounger next to the pool and reception did provide pool towels if you needed them. Also, you can get a card from reception that allows you access to the pool areas of the other two Dom Pedro Hotels (Marina and Golf) in case you want a bit of variety!
The area was brilliant and there was no end of things to do. We would definitely recommend the Cerro da Villa Musuem that is tucked away behind the marina as it includes a large excavated Roman villa and is only 2 euros to get in. We would also suggest a drive out to Albufeira for a day/evening - the Atrium restaurant is above one of the main streets and sells wonderful traditional Portugese food.
Vilamoura beach is only a 2-3 minute walk from the hotel and is popular but definitely not overcrowded at this time of year. The sea is warm and the waves at about 16:00 are loads of fun!
We will definitely be going back to Vilamoura in the future and would stay at the Dom Pedro Portobello. The only real reason we've given it 4/5 is beacuse particularly the exterior of the building could do with a facelift - apart from that, no complaints!!"
- Travel date: Wed 7th of June 2006
what a lovely place to stay
"What can i say, we stayed at the hotel at the end of April 2006, upon arrival the reception service was excellent. We went into our room and what lovely surroundings met us just like home from home (very spacious) we were supplied with absolutely everything so next time i wont take my iron (no need). They even suppy towels for the pool area. There was an excellent view of the pool area and other surroundings.
The hotel is situated within a short walking distance to the beautiful harbour and beach with lots of bars, shops and restruarants.
I would highly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of June 2006
Well Positioned Hotel
"Although the Portobelo is pretty old and tired looking, the rooms are huge. It really needs a facelift. The pool is great, but not enough sunbeds - although the beach is not far and the sand is lovely. The bar needs are kick up the a**e - no atmosphere at all! We didn't use the Mexican restaurant attached (don't think anyone else did either!).
Vilamoura is a lovely place, we ate once along the Marina - go all the way round to the far side, there is a lovely swedish restaurant, which was very nice in the day - we also had great coffee at the Old Navy bar on the corner, and a great chinese meal at the 'Ming' which is near the Old Navy.
We travelled out of the Marina area to eat most nights, the lady in the Tourist Info booth just passed the Old Navy recommended some places to us : La Cabane in Quarteira was excellent - they also collect you from your hotel free of charge call them on 289 313 819 - there was also a small restaurant close by, can't remember the name - it looks nothing from the outside, next door to a fishermans bar, but the food is fabulous!
Last thing - there are no hairdryers in the hotel, or tea/coffee, although there is a kettle and a small kitchen (well stocked).
The breakfast was a little sparce for a 4* - tinned fruit rather than fresh, the bread is nice though - the tea is worth missing!
Make sure you get a taxi into Vale de Lobo, and eat at the Teahouse, after having drinks in Montys Bar - that'll brighten your holiday !!!"
- Travel date: Mon 29th of May 2006
"my wife and i stayed here in february 2006, highly reccomended this hotel. clean bright and friendly staff, they even presented me with a bottle of bubbly cos it was my birthday during our stay. breakfast was great , a good selection buffet. overall our impression was good, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and yes there is a sea view, really reccomend this hotel and thanks to the staff for a lovely time
- Travel date: Mon 20th of February 2006
"Having stayed in the area many times in the past we decided to give this hotel a go for 5 nights. Found the staff very friendly and welcoming (they provided port and a fruit basket as we were celebrating an important birthday). The room was a large one bed apt. and it was clean. The decor is a little dated and the bathroom did not have an electric shaver powerpoint nor was there a hairdryer - also there was a lot of mould around the shower - this was offputting to say the least. The cooking area is very small (electric hob 2 rings, a small oven, toaster and kettle and a multitude of cookware, delph and cutlery. The cooking area is so small it could be a problem for more than two people. Our generously proportioned balcony overlooked the Casino and the sunniest part of the hotel is to the left as you face the Casino and sea - there is sun all day. There can be weekend noise from the street which is a problem however the hotel has little control over this and the beds are very hard so a few stiff drinks before retiring is a good idea.
All this aside however, it is a vey pleasant place to stay and very convenient to the Marina and beach. A little updating would make this hotel an unbeatable choice. We would definitely stay again."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of February 2006
Had a wonderful time at Dom Pedro Portobelo Hotel
"My wife and I spent New Years at Dom Pedro Portobelo Hotel, and had a wonderful time there. The warm atmosphere, the location, (the casino is within walking distance and the marina, restaurants and little Shoppe?s are just around the corner) and the services were superb. We will be back again and suggest anyone looking for a great retreat to check it out. It has all the fine services a top-notch hotel has to offer, without selling your shirt to pay for it!"
- Travel date: Mon 8th of March 2004
loved Dom Pedro Portobelo and VILAMOURA golf Courses
"Very nice sea view apartment.Friendly staff and service.I will return to play golf in VILAMOURA, and to this hotel"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of October 2003
Haud me back!
"I spent a week in this hotel in a studio apartment on a self-catering basis in April 2003. The fittings were above average and not even an American could complain about the plumbing. There was a good-sized balcony which unfortunately didn't get a lot of sun. I found the bed only just adequate as it had a footboard and I'm 6' 3". The room was kept scrupulously clean, as was the whole establishment. There is a large swimming pool and a small pool for children, again cleaned daily.
Staff were friendly and Reception was always manned by multi-lingual members. Bar prices rather high, but not out of normal range for a Hotel of this quality. There is a TexMex restaurant which I did not sample as there are many restaurants in the resort, especially in the Marina area. Chinese, Indian and Italian predominate. The resort itself is reminiscent of Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote, in that a lot of the complexes are inland and uphill, but DPP is no more than 6 or 7 minutes gentle stroll from an enormous beach, about the same from the Marina and right across the road from the Casino! In the resort is a magnificent mini-golf complex, laid out so as to represent the ancient Roman presence in Portugal. Well worth a visit. There are two 18 hole courses and the price of 9 Euros normally entitles you to a round on each. The full size courses in the resort accept anyone with a handicap (28 for men, 36 for women) and are all in the 7000 yard bracket. I will certainly return."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of June 2003