18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great for golfers
"Great hotel for golf groups. Nice spacey rooms if you are sharing. The golf is so easy as there is a free shuttle to all the Vilamoura courses. For all other courses outside the immediate area we used the yellowfish transfers guys as they did our airport to hotel transfer and they are an excellent organised company.NEVER LATE. Decent prices too. We breakfasted in the hotel which was good but not overly impressed with dinner. Not a problem as many restaurants of various types in the immediate locality. Try colombo just 2 minute walk . Vilamoura has a casino and a smart marina. The bars in winter time are well set up for golfing groups there is a good crowd. The climate is very mild , great for golf."
- Travel date: 30th October 2012
Not a four start
"Does not feel like a four star hotel. The rooms are ok and the bar is ok. The only free internet in the lobby is one laptop that is probably ten years old. Otherwise you have to pay. The staff are generally helpful and polite, but one receptionist was very rude and unhelpful when we had a problem with a pre-booked shuttle."
- Travel date: 21st February 2012
"The front and rear gardens of the hotel are fine; the staff are really friendly and helpful, and the place looks clean, but when you've said that, you've said it all. Inside there is no carpet anywhere - not in reception, the lounges, the corridors, the rooms. The floors are brown tiles; the woodwork is painted brown and the towels are brown. This makes for a very Spartan place, and a very noisey one too as there is nothing to deaden the sound of high heels or drunken golfers. Beer is expensive at Euro 4 for 0.4 litre. At the current rate of exchange, that's about Â£6 a pint. Bacardi & coke will set you back Euro 7.50, and don't even think of looking in the mini bar where gin works out at Â£150 a litre. Phone calls cost 7 cents for 3 seconds - that's about 4 times the cost of a mobile phone. This isn't published anywhere, or if it is, I didn't see it. Dinner, though ok, is limited to a choice of 1 meat dish or 1 fish dish and 2 assorted vegetable dishes. Starters are a selection of 8 or 10 troughs containing tomatoes; lettuce; ham (one day) cheese (1 day) etc. Pudding was a selection from 3 cut up cake type things; a bowl of jelly and 3 bowls of fresh fruit. Oh, and there was a soup which changed colour, but little else, each day. If this is Dom Pedro's idea of 4 star cuisine, then they haven't been where I have - and I've been to a lot of places. "
- Travel date: 13th May 2009
We booked this hotel through Alpha Rooms...
"We booked this hotel through Alpha Rooms and flights via BMI baby as this was Â£200 cheaper than through Thompson and Thomas Cook. The hotel was clean and presentable, reception staff were very polite and helpful at all times. Bar staff were ok but the prices they charge are very steep, we nipped out of the hotel for drinks, just over the road there's a bar called the Don Quoite which has excellent staff and nice snacks and meals. I would highly recommend you eat there at lunchtime and save a fortune. At night go the El Matador which is in a side street just up from the Marina, happy hour nightly 7-8pm, really nice staff and a spleasant atmosphere, we loved it. Petuna's crepe and bar and cafe is worth a visit too. Breakfast was good, the only drawback was there was only one toaster and at times the queue was 10 deep, why they don't have two I'll never know. We stayed B&B but bought three nights half board for 13 euro's each, this was a mistake as the evening meal was not that good, typical buffe food. The sunbathing area was excellent free beds all of the time and plenty of shady or sunny spots, pool was ok too. I would go back to this hotel, however Vilamoura is too quiet for me and I rarely go to a resort twice as I always like to try somewhere different every holiday. "
- Travel date: 20th July 2008
Stayed there for the 2nd year running. T...
"Stayed there for the 2nd year running. The hotel is excellent! Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice pool area with outside bar. Landscape gardening in progress while we were there last time but it didn't spoil our holiday.(the sun and beer made up for it!). The hotel offers a free transfer service to all local golf courses which is great if you haven't hired a car. Vilamoura itself is a very beautiful marina with an abundance of nice bars and restaurants to indulge in. I recommend seeing a show at the casino, itâs not quite the west end but for a bit of entertainment, food and drink itâs great. Looking forward to next year already!"
- Travel date: 5th October 2007
Clean rooms with good views of pool and ...
"Clean rooms with good views of pool and garden, excellent garden setting with 90% of sunbeds situated on grass 3 well maintained and clean pools. Breakfast is buffet but plentiful but get there before 9'oclock or risk a wait for seats. Staff very friendly if a bit slow with bar orders but reception staff top class all in all a very pleasant hotel to spend a holiday in with everything including beach, marina, bars and restaurants all within 5mins walk. Minus points - the corridors are like echo chambers and you can hear everyoneâs movements and voices, magnified to the point you will swear that they are in the same room as you. The entertainment of an evening is dire unless you are into Latin dancing and songs from the 40's and 50's and the sound system will rattle your fillings if you are in your room ( echo chamber effect again ). But there is more than enough to do in the resort that will allow you to miss the entertainment. And anyway it mercifully stops at midnight. Would I stay there again? Certainly! The plus points far out way the minus."
- Travel date: 9th July 2007
Good basic hotel, walking distance of the beach, marina
"Have just returned from Dom Pedro after a week away with my mother. We booked a Club Room with a sea view. Expecting something amazing the way they described it but allocated something standard and we wouldn't have expected anything less. However, clean, large and sheets and towels changed everyday (or though that isn't very environmentally friendly!). The hotel must have some kind of a design fault and not sound proofed properly. You can hear everything your neighbours are saying, walking around and the noise of chairs being dragged across the floor was constant from above and below. (Be warned you lovers!!) Only book B&B as so many lovely restaurants around the marina that you don't want to be stuck in the hotel each evening and the restaurant has no atmosphere due to hardly anyone in there. There are some great restaurants just away from the marina in the squares and you won't pay as much either. The pool and the grounds were very well kept and lovely to sit out around (or though ensure you take flip flops as the grass has spikey bits in it). Plently of sunbeds as our hotel was empty during the day - everyone on the golf course! The resort is full of groups of men ("blokes" rather than "chaps"!) on golfing breaks, apparantly the season ends end of May and then all the families start to arrive. Unfortunately due to the large number of men in the resort, every single bar/restaurant now seems to think it is OK to have a plasma screen up showing footie! Last visited the resort 8 years ago and it has gone down market since then, O'Neills have moved in, say no more! However, Vilamoura is a lovely resort and the beaches are great and I would return again."
- Travel date: 23rd May 2007
"Take it from me, the people that are rating this hotel badly obviously had all their senses turned off during their stay! Fantastic hotel, just got back 3 days ago. The first day, we pulled up outside the hotel, it looked lovely, painted an interesting colour, but still lovely. The staff were brilliant, at your every beck and call. Very friendly and chatty. Food was amazing, huge veriety, catered for everyone. Pool and grounds were brilliant! The only problem was some roudy guest staying next to us, but the next day we complained and the problem was delt with very quickly and never had any problems after. The hotel was great, definatly going back next year!"
- Travel date: 15th April 2007
Great Base for Golf Holiday
"Stayed last week @ the Dom Pedro for the first time with the Wife and Inlaws for a 1 Week, 5 Round Golf Holiday. Ideal positioning for the courses around Vilamoura with easy access to the courses. Can only agree with the comments of the previous two reports. Clean, nice food, nice surroundings. Only problem was the Casino was too near. In there every night !!! If there is a show on @ the Casino I would recommend it. A 'Happy Meal' for 27 Euros includes the show, meal (which was excellent) and first drink free. In fact the Casino was one of the places with the cheapest drink. Waaaahhhheeeeyyyyyyy !!!! All in all, Vilamoura a great place to stay."
- Travel date: 21st February 2007
A great hotel.
"As a family we adore Vilamoura - it is a clean resort, feel extremely safe and you are realyl spoilt for choice for restaurants. Now for the hotel.There was my wife, my 4 year old son and myself and we were a little apprehensive about having a boisterous 4 year old running around, not all hotels are suitable for this. First impressions are that of a well run hotel who's staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The reception area is very large with plenty of places to sit. Walk through some glass doors and you come to the outside bar/pool area which is extremley impressive. The main pool is large and there are 2 mini pools for the kids, the water however in the kids pool isnt the cleanest and seemed to be constantly cleaned, when asked the pool - man said it was because of the suncream coming off people and floating on the surface - not a great reason but at least there was an explanation. The grounds itself are vast, lush and loads of palm type trees dotted around which provides excellent shade. The bar area is covered with huge individual parasols and large tables which easily sit 4 people. At the top part of the grounds is a childrens play area with a climbing frame, slides, swings, sandpits and a little wooden gazebo type thing that hosts a play club. As the paranoid parent that I am, I felt secure that my son was safe. The sunbeds, well there are hundreds and no matter what time you get down to the pool, you are guaranteed one, maybe not in the place you want but even the worst position is pretty good. We found the staff really helpful and pleasant, you felt confident asking for something which wasnt on the menu and they all made an effort with the kids. We didnt have evening meals at the hotel, only breakfast, which was pretty much spot on. The rooms, well the rooms don't look anything like they do in the brochure to be honest, they are pretty basic, they have a tv, bath/shower and a balcony. It isn't really an issue for us as all we really did in them was chill out and sleep - you don't go on holiday to sit in your rooms. If you do, then you won't like the rooms here. At night, on the balcony, there is no noise, no music, you dont really hear anything - perfect. All in all - an excellent family holiday, there were plenty of children there to keep the kids occupied. There is also a play room down some stairs in recpetion, pool table, video games, ping-pong - very impressive. Would we go again? Absolutely."
- Travel date: 19th February 2007
Fantastic value out of season
"Two of us visited the Dom Pedro in December 2006 for a golf break - very out of season and therefore both the hotel and the town were very quiet. However this meant we enjoyed fantastic value for money - a twin room with breakfast for 7 nights, for 2 adults, for a total of less than Â£200 (ie Â£100 each)! Breakfast itself was very good and despite being very quiet, the hotel didnt scrimp on variety or quality. Each morning there was a selection of breads and pastries (including some portuguese items), hams and local cheeses, hot breakfast buffet, cereals and fruits (albeit some were canned - however at this price our expectations had already been exceeded!). The hotel itself was nice - our room though reasonably basic was clean and comfortable. I would add however that the hotel offers no iron or ironing board so iron before you go - the staff did however offer to put me in touch with housekeeping who could do my ironing with their industrial presses instead though I assume there would have been a charge for this. The pool and garden looked nice - although this time of year it was 'just' warm enough to sit out in, but the pool was so cold it gave you cramp just dipping your toe in! For the time of year though, the weather was lovely and absolutely perfect - during the day the temparatures got up to I would guess 23-ish, and the sun was shining. Gets much cooler by late afternoon though so beware. Tennis courts were of a good quality, though there was a charge. Again, given the hotel was so cheap and empty, you wouldnt begrudge them making a token charge for the courts! Including rackets it was 18 euro and for that they let us play for as long as we wanted to. The location of the hotel couldnt be better - next to the casino, a 5 minute walk into the lovely marina. It's also just a couple of minutes to a nice looking beach though of course at this time of year we didnt pay it a visit. The town and marina was very quiet (though busier at the weekend with locals) and lots of the restaurants on the marina were closed - however there was still a very good selection, many specialising in fish and local dishes. Step off the marina to the streets running parallel to this, and you find many more 'local' restaurants and bars - we found the local people to be incredibly friendly and welcoming. These places off the marina were also busier (in a good way!) and cheaper, and these places and the people in them, along with the fantastic golf, really made the holiday for us. Would absolutely recommend at this price, and will be going back next year!"
- Travel date: 31st December 2006
Don't Fall for Freedom Pass
"We liked our room which was spacious, kept clean and overlooks the hotel pool and the sea. It's only a short walk to the marina, the beach and the neighbouring market town of Quarteria. There was nightly entertainment at the hotel which the older guests seemed to enjoy. There could be noise from neighbouring rooms but on the whole we were fortunate. Eating out was convenient but more pricey at the Marina due to the views. However, the Chinese restaurants there offered better value than the others. There was a wide selection of breakfast at the hotel - both English & Continental but the English breakfast lacked variety and quality. The standard of service during breakfast from waiting staff was acceptable but not very friendly. Reception staff are more friendly. When we arrived, we were asked to collect the Hotel's "Freedom Pass" which apparently bestow privileges to visit 2 other Dom Pedro hotels nearby. Our advice is unless you are interested in finding out about holiday packages with the Dom Pedro Group (very similar to "time-share" ), then don't bother with the "Freedom Pass" or you could end up losing your freedom from 2 hours to half a day of your precious holiday time!"
- Travel date: 3rd December 2006
Top traveller tips for Dom Pedro Vilamoura
"The Marina. Even now, there are some very tasty boats!!"
Dom Pedro Vilamoura is also called
- Dom Pedro Golf Hotel
- dom pedro hotel
- dom pedro vilamoura