I have just returned from 9 days at the Estrela and I have to say after reading a lot of the reviews, allot of people made a lot of negative comments which were irrelevant to us!
We arrived at 12:30 and were surprised to find our room was all ready. This was brilliant as we had been up since 4am! We were able to just chill out for 10 mins before heading out to the beach! Praia da Vau beach is about a 15 minute walk down a long road. There are no shops or anything on the way which I wasn’t really expecting. The beach is fairly small but was lovely. When we were there the waves were really big so it meant everyone was sat right at the back of the beach so as not to get wet!
We had booked a studio and it was fine. Yes you hear people above you walking around in heels and moving chairs, but to be fair to the hotel they do ask you not to do anything like this! This is down to people above you! We hired a safe it was 30 euros for the week and we got 10 euros back when we handed in the key. Maids came everyday although sometimes not until 5pm.
We took taxi's everywhere. Praia da Rocha, Alvor and the Continente Supermarket are all around 5 euros. Praia da Rocha has got a fantastic beach. You can hire 2 sun lounges and a parasol for 10 euros for the whole day. Brilliant! There weren’t many British places which was a surprise to see! There are a few Irish pubs and also a Welsh Bar! We found that night time entertainment was limited. Yes there are a few late night bars and discos, but apart from people playing the guitar, there wasn't much else.
Alvor is worth going to in the evening, lots of lovely restaurants and bit busier. Look out for the free maps to show you where they are, it's a bit of a maze! We had better meals there then in Rocha, but half of the fun is trying out places!
One thing I would recommend is getting a taxi to the Aqua Centre if you would like to do some shopping. It cost us about 6-7 euros and was the best shopping available. There is a Jack Jones, H&M, Berskha, Pull and Bear, Mango and even a Primark! There is a large Jumbo supermarket here also as well as a few places to eat and I was grateful to find a jewellery shop which sold Camellia beads! (Which are cheaper then the UK!)
The reception staff are fantastic, nothing was too much trouble for them and we met 4 of them. There is always someone there. There is internet available but you pay 1 euro for 12 minutes I think. Not brilliant, but then we didn't go on holiday to sit on the computer!
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone who would like a clean hotel with friendly staff, a good size pool area and good size rooms. Yes the location isn't the best but we saw some of the other apartments in the centre and they are no where as nice! To be honest if we had stayed more in Praia da Rocha we properly wouldn't have gone into Alvor, and I am really glad we did.
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- Estrela Vau
- Apartamentos Estrela Do Vau Algarve/Portimao, Portugal
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