Review: Pestana D. João II hotel in Alvor
Update: Please note this review was written prior to the 2020 refurbishment.
We stayed at the Pestana Dom João II hotel in Alvor in January 2019. We booked it via one of the excellent British Airways Executive Sales. We booked a standard double room for a week.
The hotel itself is very well situated, right on Alvor beach, perfect for spring/summer but OK for walks in the decent winter weather we had. The hotel also has excellent amenities, pools (indoor and out), gym, classes, spa etc. The car park is a bit tight and I can imagine would be a nightmare in summer because it was almost full every day in January! The Algarve is still busy in winter because the weather is good and a lot of golfers come out, we had a flight full of them and the hotel was too.
The rooms are fine, pretty much standard with ensuite and balcony. Ours did not overlook the sea but given the location I would imagine that it would be worth paying for.
The buffet for breakfast is excellent but there wasn’t much way in the way of choice for evening meals so we always ate out. The indoor pool was small and the changing facilities were poor but we did use it and it was OK. The gym we also used, and it was fine.
The hotel overall was a bit run down but the location is superb so I would definitely recommend it and the price we had it for in January was great value.
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