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Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

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En 125, Alvor, Portimao 8501-952 Portugal
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#7 of 29 hotels in Alvor
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Set within a magnificent 360 acre estate of never ending gardens, unforgettable sounds and aromas of nature, the resort features 188 rooms and suites. Discover the renowned local beaches, enjoy complimentary transportation to the hotels beach concessionary with beach bar and a selection of water sports or simply relax by the Olympic size swimming pool. Other leisure options include 6 tennis courts, a football pitch, fitness room, running trail, sauna and beauty treatments, children’s club, 18-hole Sir Henry Cotton Championship Golf Course, 9-hole Academy course and 9-hole Resort course. A selection of 5 restaurants caters for all tastes and occasions.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Golf course
Tennis court
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
Salon
Concierge
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Minibar
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, German, Portuguese
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Barry S wrote a review 3 Feb
Farnham, United Kingdom12 contributions8 helpful votes
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Well a group of us (8) in all travelled over the last week in January this year, something we have done for the past 6 years with the exception of the Co-vid pandemic. We stayed in 4 twin bedroom rooms overlooking the pool area, these rooms were excellent and were well serviced by the staff, changed the towels twice a day and anything else that needed changing. We stayed on a B/B format and this also included a meal in the Legril restaurant of which we were allowed to choose whatever we wanted including drinks to which the hotel paid €33 to each of us towards the cost of the evening. Food was excellent and cooked to order and served by well trained staff. Breakfast was good and there was more than enough to eat, either pre-cooked or made to order, eat what you wanted and however much you wanted. Sir Henry Cotton golf course was excellent for the time of year. The greens were first class and really true and exceedingly fast, the size of them was something else. Some pitch marks left by players in front of us who didn’t seem to bother, however we repaired them. Green staff were there every day making sure everything was ok. Bunkers were good and again people with small feet seemed not to like raking them. Fairways considering the traffic used were good but did need a bit if of attention. Tee’s need some work on them but was not a problem. People have mentioned the property needs updating, so does everything in the world so get on with it. We will certainly be visiting again next January to enjoy our stay here and playing an exceptional golf course. Staff were excellent and done everything you needed doing.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dear Mr & Mrs Sivers, Thank you so much for choosing to return to Penina Hotel and for sharing your recent experience with other travelers. It is a great sense of ‘mission accomplished’ once we learn our guests felt well-nourished and comfortable during their stay. We have since shared your review with the involved departments. Delighted to know you enjoyed your time with us especially mealtimes. It is always a pleasure to welcome back returning guests - thank you so much for you kind mention and appreciation of their service - it is the highest form of compliment towards our team. We all look forward to warmly welcoming you back next January.
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Anna Wood wrote a review Jan 2023
Portimao, Portugal17 contributions5 helpful votes
Scandalous, horrendously lowering of standards NOT IN A 5 star Hotel. We have been coming to the Penina for over 15 years and this is the worst meal we have ever had. It happens – but should not ever happen in a 5 star Hotel! Even in a Saturday lunch time. Food – cold, frozen “second quality” . We need to pay extra for items described in the menu as part of the dish! Salad as part of the dish? Comprises a handful of unwashed lettuce just thrown on the plate! ! Chicken? 5 drumsticks swimming in oil. Fresh Fish of the day? Fresh? Yes, fresh out of the freezer! Grey, dry, small. Plates presented better in a road side café. Lemon accompaniment? Just a non edible decoration piece which a 5 year old could have done better. Pricing – horrendous. 7 euros for a cheap Brandy, when a quality bottle of Brandy only costs 11 euros. On average 32 measures in a bottle x 7 =224 euros. Profiteering in the extreme. Service appalling. Cold plates, wrong cutlery, wrong glasses, initial order misinterpreted. JUST NOT EVEN SECOND RATE. FAMILIARTY BREEDS CONTEMPT.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Response from C C, Guest Services / Front Office at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Mr and Mrs Wood, Thank you for chosing Penina for your Saturday lunch, it’s always a pleasure seeing you. We highly appreciate your feedback, and once again wish to apologize sincerely for the under par experience. We strive to serve our customers in the best manner possible, and we try to own our mistakes as well. Please note that the concerns you shared with both our Chef and Food&Beverage Manager at the time were properly registered – we take all feedback seriously and use them in our continuous improvement efforts. Our apologies if this was not made clear at the time- kindly note that for the specific dishes you ordered, should one wish, accompaniments must be requested on the side. As testament to our operational transparency- kindly note, in Portugal a single beverage "measure" being 6ml is higher than in the UK, at 2.5ml. Nonetheless, prior to implementing our prices, a vast market study was carried out rendering our prices no higher than any other four or five star hotel in the Algarve. Our team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service, we strive for 100% satisfaction with every experience. We were happy you were glad to know of the gesture applied to your final bill by our Food&Beverage Manager. However, we would like the opportunity to rectify this situation and help make it right with you. We hope to see you again soon so you can experience the level of service and catering at Penina with which you have become so familiar over the years.
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Rainer K wrote a review Jan 2023
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We had a wonderful stay at the majestic Hotel Penina over Christmas, New Year's Eve and the first days of the new year 2023. We were very satisfied and would especially like to highlight the excellent breakfast and the friendly courtesy of the staff. No wish remained unfulfilled. The coastal landscape of the Algarve and the beaches between Armação de Pêra, Portimao, Alvor and Lagos are picturesquely beautiful.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from C C, Guest Services / Front Office at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your preference and for sharing impressions of your recent stay. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us over the New Year especially our breakfast buffet and our teams' attitude. We couldn't agree more, the Algarvian coast line is truly blessed with glorious sandy beaches, picturesque fishing towns and a glorious climate, all of which combine to create the perfect holiday destination. Looking forward to welcome you back and give you some more tips on what to visit within the region!
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Ormskirk G wrote a review Nov 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Just the golf:- after the drought of the summer and some poor reviews we were concerned about the quality of the Championship course but it was better than expected. Great layout. Some areas a little patchy with bare lies but on the hole it was fine. Green staff seemed to be working hard bringing it back up to standard. Greens soft so too many players not repairing pitchmarks.Bunkers were in good condition and had been racked by staff.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for choosing to visit Penina and our Championship course and for taking the time to share your recent experience. Or Championship course is one of our most cherished crown jewels- As you so candidly describe the region has experienced set backs due to water restrictions and the lack of rain. Nonetheless, our green keeping team do their utmost to maintain a heathy course, at the moment we are enforcing campaigns for ball marks and pitch repairing. We are glad to know you enjoyed your time spent with us and hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Inspiration656431 wrote a review Nov 2022
No way is this hotel a 5 star. Booked this for belated 50th anniversary Original hotel booking cancelled due to covid and no available dates to rebook. Penina advertised as 5 star and in our favourite resort so was happy to book. From the start a big disappointment too far from resort unless you have a car. Room small no tea or milk supplied(only coffee machine) complimentary water only on first day. Restaurants 4 but only 2 opened on any day and had to book every night at reception. We booked 3 times and when we arrived at restaurant they had no knowledge of the booking! Ate twice at Italian and once at the grill restaurant none were anything special in fact the meal at the gril was inedible Buffet breakfast was ok and evening buffet was better than other restaurants. All in only good thing was courtesy bus to Alvor every day drivers were superb as were majority of staff. Hotel needs more staff and massive makeover . If you don’t play golf this hotel is not for you as there is nothing nearby to do unless you drive.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 16 Nov 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to stay at Penina Hotel and Golf resort and for sharing your personal impressions. We understand the frustrations among travelers when it came to looking to rebook any stays that may have rolled over during Covid times as Hotels in Portugal were ordered to close by the Government without any estimated date to reopen. With regards to tea or milk in your accommodation, we do have kettles available upon request- our housekeeping team would have been more than happy to provide one for your stay. Regarding our location, most our guests find that Penina is strategically positioned when venturing to any local attractions- as well as the nearby cities of Lagos and Portimão 15 minutes drive away in opposite directions. We apologize as we do not understand to which resort you refer to as our property is a closed circuit and our golf courses are at our door step. We try to make the stay of our guests as comfortable and trouble free as possible and we offer a booking service for most of the cultural activities to be experienced in and around Alvor. As per your mention of the complimentary shuttle to our beach venue in Alvor, which ends on the 30th of September when bathing season ends, we can only equate that you visited our Hotel during one of the busiest times of year for the region. We are saddened to hear that your experience in our Italian and Le'Grill restaurants were not up to your expectations. However glad to learn that you had the chance to try our renowned buffet. It is with great pleasure we share that we have a plan for interventions throughout our majestic old lady, just turned 56 years young, she due for a lick of paint on the outside starting within the next week. Thank you for complementing our staff on their friendliness. At Penina we pride ourselves on the honesty and friendliness of our staff. We relate to one another as if we are a family and as a family we really do the best that we can to make our guests feel as if they are part of that family. We are a personal hotel and hope that our guests are comfortable enough to tell us of any short comings that they might experience with our service during their stay so that we can immediately rectify any situation. We can only wish that you had told us of the situations you candidly share in your review. We hope to welcome you back for a much improve experience.
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Ken T wrote a review Oct 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom55 contributions34 helpful votes
I had always wanted to visit the Penina resort and finally got to do so last week. I was bitterly disappointed in my experience. I tried booking a game of golf over the Henry Cotton course at the pro shop as a hotel resident to be told the course was "FULL", very un helpful, on actually finally getting a game at twilight I was charged full price, the golf range balls are a disgrace, this is a 5 star resort but the balls must be at least 10 years old, yet you pay 6 euro for the privilege of hitting rubbish balls. The golf course is in very poor condition, the course is packed, no course marshal to move slow games on or allow others to pass through, the starter doesn't even get out her chair to meet and greet you (5 Star hotel allegedly) Inside the hotel rooms are tired and about 30 years out of date, AC cold/heat doesn't work, no complimentary water refreshed daily, only 1 bottle on arrival, the hotel general features also tired and old, staff never smile, no assistance offered only when asked is service given, tried booking a meal at the Grill, but again it was "FULL" common theme emerging here, "FULL" but only one table occupied? Come back again after 9pm I'm told??? Having stayed at several 5 star hotels recently I know the level of service provided and expected, however Penina falls far below this and is in all ways and means other than cost with everything over priced charging for 5 star when this hotel is really a 3 star condition and service level. A few staff were good but overall I didn't feel appreciated, welcome or at home in this hotel or golf course, sad to say I wont be back, one of my "bucket list" places failed miserably to deliver even an average experience.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Dont waste your money, tired and over priced
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 16 Nov 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share personal impressions of your recent stay. We are truly sorry that you feel our Golf Shop team did not demonstrate the type of service for which we are renowned- You stayed with us during one of the busiest times of the year for golfing, particularly on our Championship course. We understand how you feel and apologize for any inconvenience encountered- committed to providing an excellent experience for everyone who visits our property- we are very sorry to learn of the situations you came across after your stay as our team is renowned for warmth and hospitality. However, we can only wish that we would have learnt of the shortcomings encountered during your stay as we like to rectify any hiccups immediately. If ever you decide to stay with us again please let us know as most our golfing guests book their Tee times prior to arrival. We would be delighted to assist with preparing for your stay whilst assuring a much improved experience.
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christopherwK6010MT wrote a review Oct 2022
Dublin, Ireland13 contributions4 helpful votes
As a regular visitor for over 20 years it was very disappointing to find the hotel and golf course in very poor condition. The lack of investment is palpable everywhere.Sir Henry Cotton would be horrified if he were to visit today.The families and local community deserve better.One can only pray that the owner has a plan for an upgrade before it goes beyond repair.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 2 Nov 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We value our repeated guests and wish to thank you for your continued trust over the years. As testament to the commitment we have towards our guests and heritage, we are happy to share that a plan is in place for interventions around the property. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back.
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richardregatta wrote a review Oct 2022
Twickenham, United Kingdom133 contributions126 helpful votes
Overall a great hotel with some problems. A 6 night solo stay for golf coaching with the amazingly patient Jose Laurence . Although this vast hotel has beautiful grounds and an amazing pool this is primarily a golf hotel and is about 20 mins drive from Alvor and it’s beaches and restaurants. The staff here are wonderful and as a lone visitor too great care of me especially at reception, golf desk and at all meals. The food in the Grill and the Italian is exceptional! Far above the standard you would expect from such a hotel. The breakfast Buffett caters for everyone and all tastes. The beds are very comfortable and the balconies overlooking the pool and golf courses are lovely. So that’s the good now for the not so good. The whole development is in urgent need of modernisation and redesign. Although the hotel caters mainly for the older golfer from Holland Germany and UK the market is changing and a younger generation has to be reached who will not put up with the faded old fashioned furniture everywhere especially the bedrooms. The golf course needs considerable attention and several areas look abandoned. Some of the Resort Course tees are in a dreadful state. The driving range balls are so old the surface is peeling off many of them. Don’t let this put you off visiting as this is a golfing paradise with comfort and great food.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Pool view essential
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 25 Oct 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Penina Hotel and for your candid review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us- with good nights sleep and nourishment. It is with great pleasure we share that we do have interventions around the property scheduled for the foreseen future- we shall be addressing the areas you so kindly point out. With over fifty years of history, Penina hotel welcomes multigenerational families throughout the seasons and our heritage is something we wish to preserve while preforming said interventions. Kindly note, our Assistant Director of Golf wishes to share that we are expecting the arrival of an order for new golf balls which was placed a few months ago. We look forward to your return.
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evoross wrote a review Oct 2022
Poole, United Kingdom20 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a Very tired and dated hotel. Definitely not five star. bad food and very overpriced drinks. Rooms are tired, staff not interested in making a good stay. Taxi to alvor is hit and miss. Golf course was very good though and well presented.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 19 Oct 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for making Penina Hotel your destined hotel on your recent visit to the Algarve. While we appreciate the time taken to share a review, we are heartened to know that your stay did not meet your expectations and apologize sincerely that you did not experience the type of service for which we are renowned. We wish to share that many interventions to the building are scheduled for when our occupancy is at its lowest. Nonetheless, we are quite proud of our heritage as many of our artefacts are unique and of historic value. Regarding taxis to Alvor, kindly note that the area is still quite busy and commuting has been taking longer than usual resulting in longer waiting time for transportation/taxi. However, we are glad to know that you enjoyed playing on our crown jewel, The Championship course. We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back as we assure you a much improved stay.
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joereidy55 wrote a review Oct 2022
Kilkenny, Ireland31 contributions46 helpful votes
A group of us revisited Penina this year and the improvements from 12 months previously were fantastic. We dined in all 3 restaurants in the Hotel and all were superb The service was very good and friendly and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The golf course has shown the greatest improvement and was a joy to play and with all the work going on on the course it will be even better again on our next.Our booking was handled by Patricia Rosa and she was fantastic can't wait for our next visit
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from C C, Serviços ao cliente/atendimento at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 11 Oct 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking a moment of your time to share a review of your recent stay at Penina Hotel. It is with great delight that we learn that your stay, as a party, was a memorable one. We are glad to know that you felt the improvements on the golf course as well as enjoying dinner in our restaurants. Our team was happy to know of your kind words of appraisal - We agree, Patricia Rosa is one of our stellar team members when it comes to coordinating groups and events. She was overjoyed to know of your compliments. Your Penina team looks forward to next visit.
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US$114 - US$176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
le meridien penina golf hotel, le meridien penina golf and resort, le meridien penina hotel, le meridien penina resort, le meridien portimao, portimão le meridien
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Penina Golf Resort
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PortugalAlgarveFaro DistrictPortimaoAlvor
NUMBER OF ROOMS
188
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Frequently Asked Questions about Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sunset Bar (3.6 km), Golfland (3.3 km), and Escape One Algarve (5.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Pizzeria Napoli, Tasca David's - Indian Tandoori Restaurant, and Masala House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Penina Hotel & Golf Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Penina Hotel & Golf Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Penina Hotel & Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.