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Villa Doris Suites 3.0

Lagos, Portugal

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Pros

  • Two-minute walk from Dona Ana beach and a short drive from Old Town
  • Apartment-style condos with fully equipped kitchens and furnished balconies
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs, living areas, and jetted bathtubs
  • Free cribs for children under 2, and extra beds available for a fee
  • Saltwater pool with a few lounge chairs
  • Meeting room for up to 40 guests
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking

Cons

  • Pool is tiny and lacks sunlight
  • Dining and concierge services located at partner hotel nearby
  • No health facilities on-site

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Villa Doris Suites is an apartment-style hotel in southern Lagos, a two-minute walk from the beach. The 38 apartments here are individually decorated and thus vary a fair bit, although all have a few solid features, including flat-screen TVs, bathrooms with jetted tubs, balconies, and fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops. Unfortunately, amenities are scant and limited to free Wi-Fi in the lobby and a tiny saltwater pool that's not much bigger than a whirlpool hot tub. While dining and concierge services are available, they're located at a nearby partner hotel. Travelers looking for a hotel with a more amenities and don't require kitchens in their rooms may want to try the nearby Carvi Hotel Lagos, which offers a bar and a restaurant plus a free breakfast buffet.

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Scene

Apartment hotel near the beach, popular with vacationing families and couples

Villa Doris Suites is an apartment-style property located in a contemporary eight-story building lined with rows of balconies. Guests enter into a simple, business-style lobby with tile floors and a few tan sofas, and there's a reception desk consisting of a light-wood table and a few chairs. A pair of modern elevators lead up to the rooms. Most guests are vacationing families and couples who want self-catering lodging near the beach. 

Location

Two-minute walk from Praia Dona Ana and a quick drive to Old Town

Villa Doris Suites is located in the southern outskirts of Lagos, a two-minute walk from the beach at Praia Dona Ana and a seven-minute drive from most of the shops, restaurants, and attractions of Old Town. Forte da Ponta da Bandeira is a four-minute drive or 18-minute walk from the hotel, while the Mercado dos Escravos takes 19 minutes to reach on foot. It's a three-minute drive or 17-minute walk to the oft-photographed cliffs at Ponta da Piedade. The closest airport is in Faro, about an hour away by car, while getting to Lisbon takes upwards of two-and-a-half hours without traffic. 

Rooms

Individually decorated apartments, all with full kitchens and balconies

Villa Doris Suites offers a total of 38 apartments, ranging in size from 40 to 70 square meters (430 to 753 square feet). While all units have similar interiors, including polished off-white tile floors, white walls, and off-white kitchens with Miele appliances and granite countertops, units are individually owned and thus decor can vary. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs with cable, air-conditioning, phones, safes, and free Wi-Fi, and all rooms have balconies, many of which are covered and come with dining tables and chairs for up to four guests. Cribs are available free of charge and extra beds can be arranged for a fee. Bathrooms are similar across apartments, equipped with jetted shower/tub combos, basic toiletries, and hairdryers, but some lack counter space. Unlike many apartment hotels, daily made service is included in room rates. There's also a beautiful and bright Penthouse Seaview unit that measures 300 square meters (3229 square meters) and sleeps up to eight adults.

Features

Tiny pool on-site, plus restaurant and concierge service at nearby partner hotel

There aren't a ton of features at Villa Doris, and while the hotel does have saltwater pool, it's tiny (really the size of a large hot tub) and doesn't get much natural light due to the presence of a large wall. Moreover, the few lounge chairs that sit adjacent are kept under a shaded awning. There's no restaurant, although the hotel's partner hotel nearby has a restaurant open for all three meals, as well as a bar. There's also a meeting room for up to 40 guests and Wi-Fi is free in rooms and in the lobby. Airport transfers, babysitting, and golf packages can be arranged through the front desk at the nearby partner hotel, which is open 24 hours. On-site parking is free and ample.

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Address

Praia de D. Ana, Lagos 8600, Portugal

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