Albufeira Sol Suite Hotel & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albufeira Sol Suite Hotel & Spa
Stayed at the Dom Pancho mid October as a last minute break.
Seems like you're entering a 70s time warp throughout the hotel. The lobby is pleasant enough but the bar is really bad and expensive with very poor and loud 'entertainment'.
The studio apartment we stayed in seemed a bit grotty but was spacious enough - helped by a strange mirrored wall (very 70s!) . The grout in the bathroom was dirty and the shower didn't work particularly well. We got a double bed, which is unusual but was nice. The kitchen again was a bit grotty and the fridge door didn't shut properly. You get an old fashioned hob top kettle too which takes ages to boil.
The pool area is average. Usual problem of not enough sunbeds, but as the area is grassed it is reasonably comfortable to lay a towel on the ground.
The position of the hotel is very good - once you get your bearings you are only 5 mins away from the strip.
Found the strip quite a dissapointment - a mixture of very tacky bars, below average restaurants and shops selling the usual dolphin type tat. Much better to take the Tourist train (3 euros for day) into the Old Town and explore. Nice atmosphere in the square and back streets with live music and laid back ambience.
Overall I would not go back to this hotel as it is a bit poor and not worthy of a 3 star rating. It really does need sprucing up. Also I would not go back to the strip area of Albufeira but would definitely to the old town area.
Super time had by all
Went to dom pancho oct 2003 had a great time. We booked again and went Sept 2004. People very friendly, rooms more than adequate, always clean sheets towels,etc. pool good, gamesroom alright. Poolside snack bar reasonable. If you go to Rumours on the corner you are treated like a friend good meals and great prices.Probably the best cold beers in the area.If eating is you thing then the Cockerel is a great place to eat.Friendly staff, best steaks in this resort.If you want to try portugese cuisine try Agipito for chicken piri piri. Great choice of foods for all tastes.No visit is complete without a night in the old town,lookout for the Neil Diamond tribute, he gets your feet tapping.Altogether a great place, great weather,and great deal for your money.Highly recommended.
Fun In The Sun
Fun IN The SUN
Found it to be a very friendly hotel and cleaning services where good , although thought that the hotel could of supplied more entertainment in the hotel for all ages
Same old problem no sun beds to got after 7-00am
Good family hotel and value fot money, Local bar Rumours 150 yds from hotel good food and cheap Lager 2pm until 5 pm ( Friendly )
Jim Dick / UK FIFE
When my family and I first arrived at the hotel, we were disappointed to find out we had to wait until 2:30 for our room as it needed to be cleaned. We had already been warned this may happen in various hotels by a rep, but feeling tired didn't help. However despite our intial first impressions of the Dom Pancho, we began to realise that although basic, it provided everything we needed. The entertainment isn't wonderful but with the strip not far away we had the choice of plenty of bars and restaurants for a night out!
The staff are nice and personally I found being a teenager that making friends there was easy as the ages of people in the complex was from 1-100!
The pools are pleasant in the heat, the food from the pool bar/restaurant is good and the general situation of the Dom Pancho is perfect (very close to the supermarket). I recommend the "Must" bar, which is right across the street for a quiet drink and some karaoke, and the restaurant "Chinese Royal" for a delicious, very reasonably priced meal. Have Fun!
Fairly decent accomodation, ideal location and good facilities
After reading several reviews on the Dom Pancho and booking a late break, we had prepared ourselves for very basic accomodation. I must admit on our arrival we were extremely and pleasantly surprised to find a large spacious hotel reception with friendly welcoming staff. We were booked into a poolview studio apartment which was surprisingly large, with a good sized double bed, built in wardrobe, bedside lockers and lamps and dressing table with large illuminated mirror. The studio also had a small living area comprising fitted sofa bed, table, chairs and coffee table. The kitchen was very small but there again we were on holidays and didn't intend to make much use of it. The bathroom was also spacious.
Our apartment was cleaned everyday and towels changed three times during our weeks stay. It was really not as bad as we had expected. The decor may have lacked a little lustre but the accomodation was clean, had lots of inhouse facilities - games room, poolside bar and snackbar, fitness room if you are a real fitness freak, internet access to keep in touch at home, childrens play area, tennis courts, good sized pool and kiddies pool. What more could you ask for !
The Dom Pancho is also ideally situated. Its only 5 minutes walk from the Strip yet within a nice quiet area. Lots of good bars and restaurants nearby- Rumours & The Cockeral.
On the strip visit The Cottage Restaurant and Erins Isle for good food which is reasonable priced.
I would have no apprehensions about returning to the Dom Pancho.
Having read the reviews we were feeling a little dubious about our holiday at this location. I have to admit that the apartments are in need of sprucing up, only a little attention would make a great improvement, however we had a really good holiday as the apartments made a great base.
The pool area was a little short on sunbeds, but more the fault of those who choose to reserve four when two would do as kids are in the pool all day (a lilo doesn't go wrong). The pool area is well kept, although the food and drink at the poolside bar are expensive compared to what you might expect (eg chicken nuggets and chips €5, pint of cider, alcopop and 2 soft drinks €11) but no one questioned us bringing down our own refreshments unlike at other apartments. If you decide to go to the beach at Santa Eulalia, its lovely but get a cab!
Entertainment wasn't up to much in the Dom Pancho, although we didn't choose to stay in at all at night. We booked our holiday right in the middle of Euro 2004, so football was the main entertainment throughout the resort.
The 'Rovers Return' on the main road will make you very welcome and Kim makes all the time to talk to the kids. 'Agapito', also on the main road has a reasonably priced Portuguese menu as does La Bamba on 'The Strip'.
Would recommend a room at the back of the hotel if you don't want to be up too late with noise from poolside, although there is a neighbouring cockeral and a couple of dogs in the villas behind the apartments.
All in all we had a good holiday with Seguro travel at the Dom Pancho, if you are looking for 5* you won't find it here, but it is clean and comfortable AND it has air conditioning- the fans are a welcome warmth on the balcony if you choose to sit out in the evening breeze! Your holiday will be what YOU choose to make it and the Dom Pancho gives you what you are paying for, clean, reasonably priced, basic accomodation in a good location.
Dom Pancho Disapointment
I stayed in Dom Pancho with my husband and two smal children for the first two weeks in June 2004. The location was very good, only 5 mins from "The Strip" and far far enough away to be quiet. The apartments were basic and pretty clean but no microwave or electric kettle! Bit of a problem with small children.
The playground was in a dreadful state with broken, rusty, and rotten equipment. It really was unsafe to use. There was never enough sun loungers in the pool area. Thus the ones that were there were all taken by 8.30am. The main pool and baby pool were nice but as it was early June there were a bit cold.
The air conditioning unit sat on the tiny balcony and when in use the water drained onto the balcony floor and the fan was too warm to be near. So you would have to choose between the use of the balcony or the air conditioning.
A deposit is required for the air con and the TV.
There was also a lot a repairs being carried out to the property which it needed.
We went on the "Top Cat" afternoon 3 hour cruise, it cost us 36 euro and was not worth it.
Zoo Marine was very good and the afternoon dolphin show was much better the the morning show. It cost us 46 euro but well worth it.
Restaurants in general were a bit of a disapointment with lots of cheap options but the quality mostly reflected the price. However we found a Thai restaurant which was excellent. Two x 2 course plus wine approx. 30/35euro. Well worth it. This was located 2 mins walk from the water feature roundabout and approx. 2/3 mins walk from the bull ring.
Shopping Algarve was well worth the visit (need car or taxi) as there was an excellent food court with lost of choice.
We had a good holiday but I don't think I'd go back.
Loved the position
Booked a 1 week stay on a late deal. It was ok but i feel it's not quite worthy of the 3* rating. The apartment was VERY much in need of a good spring clean although the bed was spotless. Awarded the worst shower from both me and my hubby. The great position was the best thing about it. Two days into our stay they were painting the reception, let's hope it continues throughout. I would not have been happy to stay here if i had pre-booked my holiday.
Booked a 1 week late break here and found it fairly decent. Appartments in need of maintance and a little TLC. Staff less friendly than we have found else where in Algarve but then this reort is 'loud and brash'. Prefer smaller resorts and smaller hotels but we enjoyed our week and the weather was glorious. Lots of restaurants and entertainment and they range from very cheap to very expensive.
Staying on a building site
When we first arrived for our five weeks winter holiday we were pleased with the one bedroomed appartment. It was placed at the rear of the hotel and quiet. The balcony wasn't private and there wasn't much sun but we were happy enough. After the first few days, the building repairs began. The hall outside our apartment was soon covered in dust with all the banging, drilling etc. This was followed by painting and that wasn't pleasant. As all the hotel seemed to be in the process of repairs we didn't ask to swap rooms and they didn't offer another one until the Monday before we returned home so we refused. I must admit that the position of the Dom Pancho is very good and handy for the strip. If they had repaired one side of the hotel and left the other for people to enjoy their holiday then I'm sure it would have made a big difference.
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