The pool area is in need of an upgrade, but the rooms are fine. The location is good too. Just off a main road, but only a 10 minute walk to the strip, and a 5 minute taxi ride to the old town, which you should visit, its a nice part of Albufiera. There are plenty of bars and good restaurants.
We felt that we could have been given more information about local transport. We asked on arrival, for timetables, & were told to look at 'the book' but could not see one. We found a book a few days later, on the reception counter. Knowledge about the Citybus & the little train would have been really helpful.
Ricardo, in the bar, was so helpful, such a pleasant young man. He made our stay so much better.
Travel operator: easyjet
Travel operator: cant remember
Would advise to book a room with pool view as these were very quiet. The apartments are very spacious and modern, take a travel kettle with you, as stated in other reviews theirs take forever to boil. minimum cooking facilities really but they do have a microwave/oven. Couldnt fault the staff or hotel for cleanliness or friendliness. something on most nights if you didnt want to go out.
Travel operator: Monarch
The Dom Pancho is very centrally located, good reasonably priced supermarket only 2 min walk very well stocked, bakery, butcher area 5 min walk to bars and good restaurants. We had a studio, and we were pleasantly surprised how big it was, although we didn't get a pool view as requested, and were told at reception that a pool view is a chargeable option, however this wasn't an option when we booked on-line.
Anyway apartments were spotlessly clean and I understand the whole hotel has had a complete refurbishment in 2007, you could tell, as all furniture was new and kitchen units, new shower etc, so very good. We did meet some friends who had a 1-bed apt, very spacious.
The hotel staff were pleasant, although didn't have a lot of contact with them. Pool good, deep end very deep although pretty cold, pool area grassed very pleasant, and although watered every morning was not sodden as heard on previous reviews, pool side showers, no rush for sunbeds, we could come down on a morning at around 9.30 and there would be hardly any towels out so got a good choice although it was only June but reception did say the hotel was fully booked when I asked for a pool view !!!!. Staff not bothered about sunbeds being reserved with towels and no people on them like in some hotels, well not that we saw anyway.
Pool area very quiet during day, didn't always play music in bar area, which is also pleasant and all shaded if you want a break from the sunshine, bar prices a bit more expensive that the local bars but not much around 3 euro for a large beer. Lifts to all floors which I think there are 4 or five.
Facilities in apartment good, although fridge wasn't very cold, hob and grill took ages to heat, added bonus there was a telly in the room at no extra cost had ITV, BBC1, and Sky news, good while Euro 2008 champs were on or to watch how miserable the weather was back home. You only have to pay 15 euros deposit if you wanted a remote control and that is refundable, same price for the air con remote which is also refundable, but you must need that for the AC to work.
Maid service was normal we were there 5 nights and had towels changed a couple of times but not bedding and the floor was washed daily and bin emptying. On the whole this hotel was very good value for money. Would recommend.
Travel operator: Travel Republic.co.uk
very free and easy,staff freindly and helpfull,entertainment could have been better elvis impersonator was very poor and karoke was on too much.would have been better with just live music of a variety to dance to.had a great time and would definately go back.first time in Portugal really lovely,gorgeous beaches,and great variety of eating places.
Travel operator: flyglobespan
All in all a lovely resort but a not very lovely hotel.Our overall impression was penny pinching. Certainly doesn't deserve its 3* status. This was our second visit to Albufeira as we love it there, but not at the Dom Pancho.
Travel operator: independant
Travel operator: Globespan
The staff are very accommodating and speak very good English.
The pool & surrounding area very good for families but too busy for my liking (do appreciate I went in August though).
The bathroom was rather dim and the light fittings could have done with a clean and brighter bulbs. The shower head was awful, never been descaled and the water just came out in a big blob! I would have liked the towels to have been changed a bit more frequently (only every 4 days) and the worst of all - no fan in a windowless toilet/bathroom!! The kitchen was also very dark and oppressing and the equipment had certainly seen better days.
Travel operator: Seguro
Problem with noisy fridge on first night replaced with brand new fridge immediately. We were well impressed.
Hotel spacious and comfortable. We read that if you did not have a pool view, you had a building site view, this is not so, the view we had was looking over Albufeira (Yes, some building work going on in background)but view lovely and it was quiet and peaceful. No sun on balcony was the only complaint.
Travel operator: Panorama
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