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Vista Marina Apartamentos Turisticos
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Vantaa, Finland
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24 reviews
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“Good hotel for a family”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

We stayed here in June of 2013. We had apartment for four person. It was very big and good apartment. There was dishwasher, washing macine, micro, fidge and stove. You could fine also some basic kitchen equipments. Balcony was big and there is chairs and table. Cleaning was ok, but they could do that also a little bit better. Outside was good children's pool. Adults pool was very low, but you could still swim there a little bit. Sheltered back yard makes a peaceful place to take a sun. Only things we did not like was the apartments bedroom; it was next to the street and hotels corridors, so they was some noise coming to the room all the time. Also cots linings are not suitable for babys who are already moving (we bought own linings). Nearest restaurants are in the beach area.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Just returned from another FANTASTIC stay at the Vista Marina! The apartments and staff were just as excellent as last year and our welcome couldn't have been any more special. The photos of this complex are a true representation of what to expect and it is 4* all the way. The facilities and services are second to none and the views truly amazing. Total rest and relaxation, but only 10 minutes walk to Praia da Rocha beach which has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and a 3 course meal for around 9 euros pp. A 20 minute walk to Portimao with its boutique shops, bars and restaurants is well worth a visit. A local supermarket close to the complex "coviran" has everything you will need whilst there at very reasonable prices and the bar/restaurant on site is unbelievably priced with a bottle of beer a euro, sandwiches from 1.70 euros and hamburgers and chips from 3.50 euros, considerably cheaper than 4* star hotels in the UK!!! The indoor pool, gym and spa - fantastic! and the outdoor pool and gardens are exceptional and well maintained. All in all, yet again, a memorable holiday and that's due to the staff on all levels at this wonderful complex who make your stay one never to forget and always want to repeat. I will return! a special mention to "Ricardo" on reception who was amazing - friendly, helpful and an asset to any profession in the future, and to the director Joao who made our holiday incredible. Thank you to you all!

Room Tip: All apartments overlook the pool and sea - amazing views when cruise ships arrive!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Family holiday of two adults and two kids aged 3 & 4. Indoor swimming pool a big plus if you are going in the cooler months and the outdoor pool is too cold.
Beach is a realistic 15 min walk but is paved for pedestrians- watch the pedestrian crossings though as they are poorly marked and not everyone appears to stop ( although almost everyone did).
WiFi is bought at reception, a €1 for an hour, €5 for a day and something like €20 for a week. To be fair- if you are a heavy Internet user, lots of cafes and bars on the strip offer free WiFi.
Portamao can be walked to in 15 mins in the opposite direction, there's a great walk along the marina which is good for an evening stroll. There's also a major supermarket in Portamao which is called Ping Doce ( I think!!!,) It appears to be a local secret as the deserts they have on sale were the ones in most of the restaurants down the strip!!!! The supermarket is 15 min walk from the apartments ( just hang a right out of the hotel and keep following the road down until it joins the main road along the marina into Portamao- follow it and you will come across the supermarket- it is a heck of a lot cheaper than other shops near the strip ( around € 1.49 for wine and it was as good as any bottle at £6 in the UK!)

Room Tip: Corner two bed suits are MASSIVE and well equipped- the balcony is huge and wraps right around from...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Grenoble, France
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2013

The hotel is a bit far from the main tourist zone so it's OK if you looking for a quite break. It has several amenities such as a small gym, indoor swimming pool, a SPA and bar/restaurant.
The flats are great: big flats, well decorated, large balconies, kitchen well equipped.
On the opposite, the TV is a small CRT old style with a good choice of channels though. The management could do better if a few consumables to kitchen would be deliverable with the bath towels for example.
Also paying 15 Euros for a week of internet access is not what I would expect in a hotel of this standard.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

I stayed for a break between Xmas and New Year at the warmer climate of the Algarve. The flat was spacious and nicely decorated, towards minimalistic. If you want to do some serious cooking make sure you check what is available ahead of time, there are only basic utensils. The hotel is very near the beach, yet away from the noisy most touristic areas.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2012 via mobile

This hotel does not have the commodities that a 4 star hotel should provide. Theres no phone , the TV is small and old crt. The cleanning is provided only onCE a weekend and they do not change towels.
You can ear all the noise during the night and the bar close at 22h.
They also require a 250euros deposit ! Even If you have already payed in advance all the week.
The responsible and the staff are rude and dont solve anything.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Lancs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2012

the staff were fantastic - especially the head receptionist Fatima who went out of her way. The room was fantastic with modern furnishings, spotless and well equipped. The cleaners were pleasant and helpful. The rear pool area was quiet and v beautiful - so relaxing. Garden area beautifully maintained. Loved the rear pool area! The breakfast / snack area was clean and very modern with great staff. The only reason I would not give these apartments a five star was that the breakfasts could have been a little better. The fresh bread for toast and ham/cheese/honey/jam etc. was gorgeous and plentiful but there was no fresh fruit only tinned, plus the hot breakfast was not up to the standard it could have been. The bacon was warmed ham type bacon and the sausages were little cocktail type sausages. The scrambled egg was watery and tasteless. Other than this the price of drinks and snacks was very very good and the food was v tasty. The vanilla ('cream') home made ice cream was truly to die for - and at 75c per scoop it was far better value and much nicer than the Haagan Dazs outlet within Praia itself. There was a handy supermarket nearby and the apartments were in a residential street so not as much noise as in the centre - however a lot of the locals appear to have dogs and there was a fair bit of barking at times that could be heard but not too bad. I would stay there again definitely it was v v nice place.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from lifts
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Vista Marina Apartamentos Turisticos
Address: Rua do Oceano Indico N 04, Portimao 8500-823, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Portimao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vista Marina Apartamentos Turisticos 4*
Number of rooms: 121
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