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Hotel Meridien Dona Filipa Hotel 5 star
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Vale do Lobo 8135-034 Almancil, Algarve, Portugal Almancil, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Meridien Dona Filipa with its counterpart the Medicien Penina is one of the most beautiful hotels in Algarve. The decoration, the refined services and its pretty Atlantic view make it a perfect setting for a relaxing vacation and for golfers who will benefit from preferential admission to its famous golf course : the San Lorenzo.

This review is a translation from our French website, Easyvoyage.com, by Traducteo.

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    Location 7.02 /10

    The Meridien Dona Filipa is in Vale do Lobo, a very nice residential area 15 minutes drive west of Faro international airport. To get there, follow "Vale do Lobo", and turn to the left at the sign "Domaine Meridien Vale do Lobo" (pass an archway). Go straight ahead along the golf course. The Meridien is on the left at the end of the road.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The hotel has 17 suites and 133 rooms. The rooms are 52 mē in size and more than comfortable with flowery tones and dark wood. Two thirds of them overlook the sea, the others the garden. They have two large closets, individual air conditioning, direct international telephone ( direct access keys to different Dona Filipa services), satellite television as a radio clock ( there are 25 TV channels and movies channels), stocked minibar, safe. The bathrooms have bathtubs, basins, hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and enough welcome products. You will either love or hate the flower tiling. The balcony is a modest size. A bouquet is placed in the room to welcome you when you arrive. Beautiful room-service menu 24h/24.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    If the architecture has nothing exceptional ( a long four floor white building), its inside equipment is quite fine - it is a harmonious mixture of modern and classical, pastel and stronger colours. It pleases the eye from the reception area where you find an elegant wooden desk and not the traditional counter. The pleasant and bright breakfast room overlooks a beautiful rectangular swimming pool with heated seawater and the Altantic. There is a pretty patio with palm trees, orange and lemon trees.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The "Primavera", the main restaurant, overlooks the swimming pool and the ocean. Baywindows on three of its sides are totally open to the pool. The decoration is charming - pale yellow walls, marble tables and wrought-iron chairs, azulejo tiles. It serves a great, hearty breakfast buffet (fresh fruit juice, cereals, croissants, cheese, fresh fruits...). A cook prepares omelettes of your choice. A la carte service at noon and in the evening ( snacks possible at noon, thematic buffet two evenings a week). Allow 10 euros for a sandwich or a salad, at least 15 euros for a main dish. The second restaurant, the "Grill Duarte", gastronomically renowned, is also frequented by guests not residing in the hotel. It is open only in the evening and has grilling specialities. The place is elegant in yellow shades, the kitchen is open to the room. Service under glass, dessert table. Nice wine list : Allow 20 to 25 euros for a dish. The menu is varied and the food at both restaurants is very successful. Friendly and efficient service, in appropriate dress. There are also two bars - one decorated in the spirit of golf, the other has a porto and cigar corner and welcomes you British style in well-worn soft chairs.

    Beach

    The beach is 200 m away. You access it through a little road along villas, restaurants and shops of this residential area where you stay in a setting that is preserved. The beach is pleasant, there are low red and ochre cliffs at some parts. A bar and a restaurant are available. Nautical sports are offered from June to September. There is game fishing as well

    To know

    The Dona Filipa is 4 miles away from the San lorenzo golf course, one of the most famous and beautiful in Algarve and even Europe, where international tournaments are often held. This sumptuous 18 holes course (par 72, PGA), laid out among maritime pins and ponds, is facing the Ria Formosa natural reserve estuary. They offer very attractive rates to hotel clients.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, beach volley, gym, sports, water-polo, golf, tennis

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The surroundings : hills, ocean and elegant villas.
    • Refined decoration.
    • Proximity to the San Lorenzo golf course, one of the most beautiful in Portugal.

    disadvantages

    • The hotel does not directly overlook the beach.

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