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“Lovely, spacious, modern and clean”
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Estrela da Luz
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Luz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 July 2011

We booked a 1 bedroom appt and when we arrived, they hadn't configured the beds correctly, so we had to go back to reception. Luckly they upgraded us to a 2 bedroom appt and it was HUGE! Large double bedroom with a bathroom upstairs, twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge downstairs, with a balcony. Really glad we got the upgrade, as the bed they had made up in the lounge of the 1st appt was an awful camp bed style thing, which would have been very upleasant for a week.
Be wary of planning for anyone to sleep on the sofa beds in the lounge, as they are nasty wire things with very thin mattresses on top. Definately would have had to try and get a bigger appt with a proper bed if we hadn't been upgraded.
The kitchen was very well equipped, and the microwave, oven etc were pristine.
Great big lounge with 2 sofas and tv with most british tv stations including freeview!
Great to have an adult pool area, as it was quieter than having to share with kids. Pool heated too, which is difficult to find in Portugal.
The only negative was that there was a lot of noise from the wind whistling through the appt. Must just be the way it is built.
Overall, a nice modern, clean place to have a quiet and relaxing holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms in the block with Bar must have been noisy. Our block E was very quiet
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Lovely apartment, we stayed in a studio apartment which is usually basic. Not this one!! Double bed, large lounge/diner, bathroom with twin basins and separate kitchen with everything you could wish for - a real home from home - washing machine, dishwasher, full oven, hob, kettle, toaster....... enough cutlery and crockery for at least 6 people. There was a welcome tray upon arrival with coffee, tea & sugar and the fridge was stocked with milk and bottled water. The lounge had air con, a TV with basic satellite channels and a hifi. All beautifully clean throughout. Ample parking if you have a car. The complex has all you need, a really nice bar/retaurant attached which served a really good breakfast - real bacon, rare indeed in foreign lands - and a limited but well cooked menu for lunch & evening meals, as well as free internet facility for adults. There are a number of bars & restaurants as well as a lovely beach within less than a 10 minute walk, although we didn't try many as the apartment was so well equipped we were happy to cook & eat in. I would say that Praia da Luz is not for party animals, the resort is small and perfect for families & couples. There is a lovely supermarket - baptista just over a 5 min walk away - well stocked and well priced. The complex caters for families and adults with a childrens pool, shared pool and a separate adults only pool area, as well as an indoor pool & health & beauty spa. No complaints, we will return later this year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank welshjools
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

This is the fifth time I have visited EdL and in general the accommodation is still very good.

However it looks like they have had another change of management and in some areas things have changed for the worst.

Check-out times changed from noon to 10am which is a real pain if you have a later flight (think the check in has gone later as well)

Maid service - still happens and towels changed beds made but linen not changed mid week

Towels for pool and gym - used to be free - now charged at 1Euro 50 each - which would mount up over a week especially with a family

Wireless internet in Hugo Beatty bar - very flakey - keeps on disconnecting - staff (getting fed up with ) having to reset the router often. Hopeless for Skype and web browsing / e-mail very slow. This seemed to annoy a lot of people that wanted to run their businesses while on holiday.

Blipper for external gate didn't work - several others seemed to have this problem and the gate was left open for some time

Fire extinguisher missing from room

Many (minor) maintenance issues need attending to eg lots of blown light bulbs

There are other areas of (minor) concern - each in there own area not hugely significant but all add up to make you wonder what next.

Seems impossible to get a good deal by going direct to the hotel anymore - offered 10pc off rack rate which is some 25pc more expensive than you can buy online but hotel insists it is their "best deal" for a regular customer.
Difficult to find someone with real authority to deal with this rather than getting standard emails

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ian-Bristol
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

Clean rooms, very BIG! Stayed there the last week of March and really benefited from off season rates. These were probably built to be condos, we had a three bedroom on the top floor, great view from the patio! The gym was also tremendous, plenty of good equipment. The town has some good restaurants, Cafe Atlantico is really nice. The bar/restaurant attached to the hotel, the Hugo Beaty, has a great english breakfast. Nightlife not really hopping during the off season, but wasn't there for that.

Room Tip: A real deal during the off season
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank throckmortonSanaa
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

I have just returned from a week in this resort and cannot fault it in any way. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and very well equipped - just like home from home! The staff were also very helpful and when I complained about one minor thing, it was sorted immediately without any fuss. We liked the fact that there was an adult only pool area, so no screaming children running around you. The hotel is also well located in the resort being a short walk from beach, bars and shops. Will be booking here again later this year with my husband.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Telsy57
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Additional Information about Estrela da Luz

Address: Rua Professor Manuel Augusto Alves Catarino | Praia da Luz, Luz 8600-136, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Luz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Luz
#1 Spa Hotel in Luz
#2 Romantic Hotel in Luz
Price Range: €49 - €226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Estrela da Luz 4*
Number of rooms: 146
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