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Reviewed 3 December 2015

We last stayed at the Pestana D.Joao in 2005 (our first visit was in 1972 - the year it opened !), having stayed at the nearby Pestana Delfim several times in between (see my previous review 22/5/2015). The Pestana high standard was evident everywhere, the room was spotlessly clean as was the rest of the hotel. Apart from one particular person on the front desk who checked us in who was rather pompous and dismissive in his manner, the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, notably in the bar and restaurant.
Buffet style restaurant food was extremely good. Omelettes and pancakes being freshly cooked to order at breakfast by a cheery chef. Particular interest to me was that special dietary requirements were catered for such as gluten-free bread and cereal. At dinner, a wide choice of high quality dishes were available with a cooked-to-order grill in operation.
The hotel enjoys an enviable location almost on the beach at this, our favourite spot on the Algarve, having stayed at many other locations over 43 years.
One small point about the room is that the bath really does need an anti-slip mat as the smooth surface can be quite dangerous when showering.
Overall, we probably prefer the nearby Pestana Delfim with its all-inclusive arrangement but for those who prefer the flexibility of b&b/half board I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room tip: Odd- numbered rooms have a sea view, the lower the number (e.g. 501 rather than 509), the better the sea view.
Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank A_Marriott
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments regarding our services and staff in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is highly important to the Pestana Dom João II Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to the Algarve.
We thank you again for the great remarks and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future.
Our best regards
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel

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Reviewed 2 December 2015

I have stayed in Dom Joao during the summer months for ~ 10 years. I love the hotel and the staff. It feels like a second home. We always stay on the 4th floor with a full sea view. The balconies are a great size to sit and relax watching sun set or sun rise. The beds are very comfortable and the choice of TV channels is good. Great sized bathrooms and super cleaning staff. The wifi service has improved. The buffet breakfast cannot be beaten.

Room tip: Sea view is a must
Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pestana Dom João II Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to the Algarve. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Portugal
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel

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Reviewed 30 November 2015

This was our first visit to Alvor; we will be back. The hotel is virtually located on the beach with miles of clean sand and a nature reserve on your doorstep. The staff were friendly and the whole experience was relaxing. Views from the sea facing rooms are beautiful but would not want a back/car park view room. The décor is mostly what you'd expect from a 5* hotel but the settees in the lounge area and the pool loungers were well worn and shabby. I don't play golf but a lot of guests were players. We had two good half day trips with 'Follow Me'.

This was November and it was about 19 degrees which was great. I would like to use one of the outdoor pools but they were not inviting...need update/maintenance.

Room tip: High and sea facing for amazing view.
Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank nijari
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pestana Dom João II Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to the Algarve. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Portugal
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel

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Reviewed 28 November 2015

We went here last week for a short break and were impressed by the organisation, atmosphere and beach location. Breakfast was good with great coffee/hot drinks machines. Our bedroom 619 on the top floor was small but had super sea views and was nice and quiet, with a better quality bathroom than the hotel Alvor Praia which are dated now. We went to Cascades in Lagos earlier in the year, which is really 5 star, but the location is not by the beach, but on a cliff top with no beach access. The wifi at Dom Joao was great with no passwords and the ability to read a host of UK newspapers, once I got the press reader app, was brilliant. I hope the Alvor Praia get that when the renovations are done.
We would stay at the Dom Joao again.

Room tip: Top floor.
Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Robert R
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pestana Dom João II Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to the Algarve. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Portugal
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

We had visited the Dom Joao II on three previous holidays and were looking forward to seeing the refurbished hotel. The hotel did not disappiont. The staff are always polite and friendly making sure your holiday is relaxed and stress-free. We love the location on the beach, and staying bed and breakfast made the most of the restaurants in Alvor. It is worth having a sea or garden view as otherwise you will be looking over the car-park, the top floor is the icing on the cake. We will be back!

Room tip: Top floor (5th) is the best with sea view!!!
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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4  Thank themanfromthepru
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Manager_DJoaoII, Gerente at Pestana Dom Joao II, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. Your kind words give us the great filling of mission accomplished and we also look forward to welcome you again next year. Please let us know of your return as soon as possible.
With kind regards,
Carlos Santos
Unit Manager
Pestana Dom João II Hotel

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