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joekoe
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Incredible view, good value but needs refurb

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Sep 15, 2006
Stayed at the Varandas in Aug 2006. The view is fantastic, better than the photos, it's about 80m above the sea on top of a cliff and it overlooks Sesimbra town. I think every room has a balcony facing the sea. The swimming pool was always clean and the pool area also shared the great view.

The apartment was well equipped. The two-bed apartments (T2) are duplex with lounge and kitchen downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. There was a bathroom on each floor. Definitely needed new furnishings and fittings, with faded prints on the wall (I'd guess 20 years old) and chipped and broken wardrobes. A lot of the tiling in the common areas was showing signs of wear. Rooms were cleaned daily (except Sunday) and there were lots of towels provided. The two bed apartments have flat roofs and get baking hot in summer, which the air-conditioning cools only with difficulty.

I don't think the restaurant was operating, in any case I didn't try it. There was a bar with snacks by the pool. Sesimbra town was at least 20 minutes walk away, more on the return due to the climb. There are no nearby cafes or shops. A car is pretty well essential. Despite the tattiness, the Varandas are, in my view, excellent value thanks to the spectacular location.
Date of stay: August 2006
Trip type: Travelled with family
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
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Reviewed July 4, 2004

We have stayed here three times, (with two small chidren) each time in the summer, and love it. The location is good, although it is high above Sesimbra and needs either a car or a taxi to get to town. They have a fantastic view and their swimming pool is wonderful.

It seems to be in constant renovation, and there rooms are variable. The new studios are great as are the two bedroom units overlooking the pool. Some of the odlder rooms need a haircut.

The restaurant is mediocre, and overpriced, but for families, it is a simple way to eat in the evening. I would recommend the hike into town and dinner at one of dozens of places ..

All in all a good location, not flashy, but solidly friendly and comfortable.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014
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Date of stay: August 2013
Trip type: Travelled with family
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