We have just returned from a 7 day stay at the Dom Pedro Marina hotel and we really enjoyed it. I had read all the good reviews, so was looking forward to the experience. I wasn't disappointed.
The reception and lounge areas are so welcoming and comfortable and, most importantly, immaculately clean. These lead to the pool and gardens, a most attractive setting for soaking up the sun and enjoying drinks from the bar.
The dining room overlooks the pool. We had breakfast there, which was plentiful and there was a good variety of hot and cold food. The cups are rather small and teapots would be useful, but that is a minor criticism.
Our bedroom was on the fourth floor and, although we had a view of the marina if we looked to the left, there was no sun on this side of the building. The beds were comfortable, the room was a good size, as was the bathroom. The maid came in every day to make the beds, clean the bathroom and change the towels.
The hotel is in a superb position, two minutes away from the marina where you will find a vast array of good quality, spotlessly clean restaurants and bars. Shop around, because the prices do vary and look out for special deals.
Don't ignore the people handing out the leaflets for the restaurants on the back streets. We had the best meals there and they were cheaper. Braganza Mar and O Colonial are worth a visit. Tip: some places give you bread, olives etc free of charge as a starter but some will charge between 3 and 7 euros for the privilege, so beware.
Take a 15 minute walk to the Old Village which is actually a very pretty collection of villas and appartments near the golf clubs. It will remind you of Portmeirion.
We were in Vilamoura over the Easter holidays, so it was quite busy with the influx of locals and the boat show but when they left, the place was very quiet.
The hotel was also very quiet, so we had a most peaceful time. I should imagine it would be a different experience in high season, however.
There is a lovely beach on the doorstep. The one at Falesia is superb and within easy walking distance. It has toilets, showers and a couple of bars.
Quarteira is a 10 minute stroll away and the small market on Wednesday mornings is worth a visit. So is the old town in Faro. Pop into the Tivoli to see what a 5 star looks like!
All in all, we couldn't fault the hotel or the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Dom Pedro Marina is only a short stroll away from the cosmopolitan Vilamoura Marina, affording a variety of bars, nightlife, restaurants and shops. An informal and familiar ambiance is provided at the hotel, with private gardens overlooking the swimming pools. Guests can also enjoy the hotel jacuzzi. A beach bar and sunlounger area are exclusively dedicated to Dom Pedro guests, available seasonally on the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dom Pedro Marina Hotel Vilamoura
- Dom Pedro Marina Vilamoura
- Hotel Dom Pedro Marina