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Ria Plaza Resort
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Quinta do Lago
Warwick
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quite hotel quite location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Very much like a UK Premeir Inn, nice staff and clean rooms with Air Con, free bus shuttle bus to local beach or shoping area at Quinta Do Largo. This hotel is in a 5 start resort area between Quinta Do Largo and Vale Do Lobo.

Property around here can fetch 3 / 4 million pounds.This hotel is a great choice for a short break for golfers with free golf transfers to local courses.

Hotel is only 20 minutes from Faro Airport and 5 mins drive to the beach.

Breakfast is fine everything you could want.

Recommend....try it for a great cheap break.

LG Warwick

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking gardens, for sun in the mornings 1st floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

ria plaza hotel was ok for money paid. we went bed and breakfast, rooms tidied everyday despite if you hang a 'do not disturb' sign out. breakfast was ample, decent choice, only thing missing for me from the ham and cheese counter was boiled eggs, to which i asked and got refused. evening meal was expensive for the choice you got, but halfway into the holiday i began to realise just how little they get paid. 15 euro each for a choice of piece of fish or meat, fish full of bones and i mean full, i picked thru half and couldnt do any more, the meat looked like a cut id never eaten before, if it was meant to be pork it was well disguised, edible but not enjoyable, and to go with our meal we ordered a bottle of sparkling rose, to which they charged 16 euro, discovered it was lambrusco and the supermarket sold it for 1.99. talking to the barman he informed us that just up the road was the area of millionaires and that we were probably in the most expensive part of europe, i did believe him at the time, baring in mind im a 'last minit deal' person. an hour walk to the left of the hotel was definatley worth the walk as you come to a golden soft sandy beach with clear blue sea, altho the sea was very strong. and 2 hour walk to the right of the hotel you come to quartiera, a cheaper part where i believe if we had been put in a hotel there we would hav had a much better holiday without the worry of walking or finding buses. the difference in price in this next town is unbelievable, a bottle of particular body cream i was looking at in our part cost 25 euro, in quartiera the same bottle was 5.49. just to give you idea. we lashed out one night and found a irish bar near us, got a meal, disapointed again, 13 euro for a tough steak sandwich, that tough even for that price we couldnt finish it. and we can eat mostly anything. iv been to turkey a few times and i would still say thats a better place to go. the hotel has a free van to take you to almancil where you catch the bus to quartiera, which is good, but you hav to agree a time to come back before 6pm or find your own way, we got a taxi and it cost us 18 euro . i didnt have a bad holiday but i wouldnt go there again, if worst come to the worst and portugal was our destination again i would head more for albufiera way then at least your close to all the well known places. i only opted for this hotel as i needed a rest from work and it boasted the spa facilities, the sauna and steam room were good, the gym was decent enough too but didnt get to go in the long awaited jacuzzi as it wasnt working. we went mid september, was nice and quiet, almost too quiet, one night there were 4 people for dinner, which is understandable why they dont have a big buffet selection, but at the same time, they shouldnt charge the same. this destination really is for those that arnt sticking to a budget, not that mine was low, i went to have a good time. cocktails were good, sun was hot, hotel itself was ok too, just the shock of the prices from one town to the next hit us bad.

Room Tip: rooms on the side where the car parking spaces are get the sun in the afternoon which is good for si...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Coylton
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2011

Stayed in twin room from 8th - 15th Sept. Very clean and basic - ok for price paid. Breakfast on first 4 days had burnt scrambled egg and bacon that you could have soled your shoes with. As several people complained regarding buffet breakfast, the chef must have taken the criticisum on board as the bacon and scrambled egg suddenly became edible. No menu available for evening dinner - discovered that it was portugeuse buffet every night. Service at bar was very slow due to lack of staff.. No problems getting sunbed at pool. Hotel advertised a gym and beauty salon, neither of these were open, when questioned on this reception informed us that it need to be pre booked. Hotel within easy wallking distance to shopping mall where there is plenty of restaurants.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank deanoCoylton
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Preston, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2011

Ria Plaza Resort is in a great location as it is not far from the airport and a short taxi ride (Algarve Taxis arranged on request by hotel) to Vilamoura should you wish to visit the superb Marina or beach (Praia da Marina). The Marina is surrounded by wonderful shops and restaurants (spoilt for choice on where to eat). The resort is ideal for relaxing break and has a regular shuttle bus to Quinta do Lago beach which is excellent (pedlos, water activities available, restaurant beachside, selection of shops). Our twin room (comfy beds) and cleanliness was of a high standard with balcony. Stayed in August for 6 nights. Ria Plaza is a five minute walk to Quinta do Lago Shopping Centre where we either ate at San Marco excellent Pizerria, otherwise we ate at the Ria Plaza Restaurant where the food is excellent and reasonably priced. In fact all food and drinks very reasonably priced. Staff wonderful. Tennis facilities, pool area, small gym, breakfast good. (Would have given five stars except jacuzzi was not in operation during our stay). Would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank king11_11
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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115 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

It was clean and the room was a nice size. The staff was pleasant. The bed was a bit hard but served the purpose. There was plenty of hot water and good water pressure. There was a blow regular strength dryer in the bath room. The hotel had an iron and ironing board to borrow. It was walking distance to a mall which offered a variety of restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank signinsareapain
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Northampton
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51 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

Stayed for 2 nights last week, 2 adults and 2 children stayed in a Classic Junior Suite, basically one double bedroom with a sofabed in an adjoining room with bathroom. Hotel staff good, helped with ipod chargers and travel adapters. Room was a little noisy could hear everything that was going on around. Overlooked car park, would have preferred overlooking the wasteland would have been quieter. Breakfast disappointing, very basic, toast, tea/coffee from a machine. Fresh fruit and yoghurt, fresh juice. Bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, beans and tomatoe. But not very appealing. Swimming pool are was cleaned every morning, but pool not enticing enough to go in, and sun loungers dont look as nice as they do on the website !! In fact they are completely different. Would stay here again for 1 or 2 nights but no more. Ideally situated for Quinta and Vale do lobo.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrsGMichael
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

Hotel was nice and clean,cleaners tidy daily. Pool needed more attention due to it looking cloudy and full of bits etc. Service at the bar and restaurant were poor due to not enough staff. Choices of food were poor on an evening especially, half the items on the menu they did not have when asked for and the price should have been less due to the quality given.Breakfast i could recommend! The area has no pavements to get to the other locations within walking distance and I found this frightening/dangerous as drivers would beep at you when not even in the road (too many drinks and doing it i would call more than dangerous!),it was also poorly lit. There were nice food places Marthinas was great but the prices were imense everywhere!Limited choices! Taxi 14 euro for 2/3 miles!? I love sunbathing but not 7 days on the trot and found it too expensive to do much else. I would highly recommend to go to the beauty place although advertised as beauty it was only for massages which thankfully was to my delight! 35 euro for all over 1hr massage totally relaxed after this!! It is a lovely place which is very limited but relaxing. Drinks at the bar were cheap as was the mini bar(although more choice could be given).Shower was great and decent hair dryer etc. It appears to be an up and coming area not yet establised / expensive possibly due to golf courses and £1,00000 homes around? Nice but not for me to go again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank smilerloukata
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Property: Ria Plaza Resort
Address: Valverde, Quinta do Lago 8135-037, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quinta do Lago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Quinta do Lago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ria Plaza Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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Also Known As:
Ria Plaza Hotel Quinta Do Lago
Pinus Ria Valverde
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Ria Plaza Resort Quinta Do Lago, Portugal - Algarve

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