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Pinhal da Marina
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Make sure when booking you book the NEW apartments!!!”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Having recently returned from an annual 'girls' holiday to Portugal i have mixed feelings about our accomodation this year. We had booked a 3 bed room appartment a year ago requesting a new one on the ground floor, on arrival we got neither.
The appartment was up 2 flights of stairs but the shock was just how out dated and dark the inside was, one of the bedroom was like a dungeon. The decor was very 70's, ok if you love retro! and dirty, sticky carpets and wipe clean furniture, NOT 4 STAR.
After much complaining we were finally shown a block of beautiful brand new appartments over looking their own pool, bliss! We had to pay an extra £140 for the privlidge but was worth it.
We had the half board option which was great.
I could'nt understand why at the end of the season when occupany is low you don't put your customers in your best rooms? surely keeping your customers happy means you would be more likely to return and also reccomend, i would'nt do either!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Killarney, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We stayed in Pinhal da Marina apartments at the beginning of October for 4 nights. We had a studio apartment on the ground floor with a patio overlooking the gardens. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and brought us to our apartment and showed us around the complex, and provided maps of the resort. The swimming pool was great with loads of sunbeds available. We had a kitchen, living room with bed, toilet and shower room. Loads of space in the apartment and less than 10 minute walk to the shops, just over 15 minute stroll to the marina. I could not recommend the apartments enough and we will be returning next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

We have just returned from a week at Pinhal da Marina which we booked as a last minute holiday. We had a one bedroom apartment overlooking the gardens and we were very impressed! We have stayed in lots of self catering apartments but these were by far the best equipped that we have experienced. The apartment was spacious and spotlessly clean. Having clean towels and beds made every day is a bonus. The terrace was enormous and was sun soaked for much of the day.

The gardens and pool areas are really lovely. Very well maintained and really deserving of the four star rating. The complex is a good 15 minute walk from the marina and if you are carrying shopping back from the spar, the last part of the walk is uphill and the apartments would not be suitable for visitors with poor mobility. Having said that we were astonished that the taxi's were so cheap. A taxi to the marina is approximately 4 euros.

The on site restaurant is limited in choice but what is available on the menu is nicely cooked and the staff are really freindly. The choice of restaurants in and around the marina is great and most of them are reasonably priced but the onsite restaurant is probably better value for money.

We would highly recommend the following; walk from the marina to Quarteria along the promenade. This was a lovely walk which took about 20 minutes and some of the fish restaurants are more authentic and less targeted to tourists. A taxi back is under 6 euros. We found information on the local buses was not readily available and confusing so we hired a car and visited Albefuirra which was nice but we preferred Vilamoura. Also it is worth getting to Tavira and taking the ferry to Ihla Tavira. The beach was superb!

Also have a night at the casino. People watching is as much fun as taking part.

If we return to the area again we would definitely stay at Pinhal da Marina. The apartments were great value for money and made our holiday very enjoyable.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We stayed for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The one bedroom apartment was spacious and clean with a lovely view over the gorgeous gardens. Air conditioning included in price as is use of the safe and plenty English tv channels. Fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave etc. Staff are very friendly and obliging. The apartments are set in lovely gardens in a very nice quiet area of Villamoura about a 10 min pleasant walk to the marina. The pool area is spotless and sunbeds free and plentiful. The buffet breakfast always had lots of fresh fruit daily and nice bread, cheese juice etc. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We stayed for a week, just got back home to the rain...anyway I would highly recommend these apartments. We had a studio apartment which was spotless, big and had everything needed for a self catering holiday. This was much better equipped than we expected, with dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker etc. The grounds are beautiful, and well maintained. Air con and safe included at no extra charge. The staff are so helpfull and friendly. The walk to the Marina is really only 10 minutes walk and the Spar shop is just down the road behind the Church. Didn't eat at the resturant on site but I hear its good and cheap. We ate every night down at the Marina which has a great choice of resturants and bars. O Neill bar is the place to go for great live music and craic. Overall we really enjoyed our stay at the Pinhal Da Marina apartments and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2012

We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment. This was much better equipped than we expected, with dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker etc. The grounds are beautiful, and well maintained. The restaurant was astonishingly cheap (EUR 3.15 for a bottle of house wine) and although the menu was limited it was well cooked and presented.

When we stayed the place was half empty (surprising for July). Indeed, we suspect that they are using imaginative tactics to get bednights, since the first week there was a batch of Olymic athletes staying there as part of their preparations, and the second week there was a rugby team staying there in advance of the Rugby 7s tournament.

There is no shop on site (although some literature advertises this). The nearest seems to be a Spar shop around 10 minutes walk away.

One thing to be aware of is that the property (indeed the whole town) seems to be underneath the take-off flight path from Faro airport. We did not find the noise too bad, although lots of people remarked on it (rather than complaining about it).

The staff were always helpful and friendly.

If returning to Vilamoura we would certainly stay here.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Just arrived back 08/08/12. Reception looked a bit dated, so I was slightly worried. Was shown to our room. Studio apartment. It was lovely, big, airy and spotlessly clean. Air con and safe included at no extra charge. Two pool areas, one less busy, we choose the bigger pool as it was more lively. Lovely and clean . We was staying bed and breakfast, this is a continental breakfast, but very nice, the restaurant provides some lovely food and not expensive. Staff are polite and very helpful. We had trouble with our tv, it was not tuned in properly (wanted to keep up to date with the Olympics ) we reported it, an hour later it was sorted. The harbour is a 10 minute walk away. The spar mini market and big supermarket also just down the road. They do not have a shop on site. The harbour itself is beautiful, a few restaurants were quite pricey and to be honest not the best food. We found a lovely place Ostra D'Ouro near the Portugal sports shop. Amazing food. Fish to die for. Would highly reccomend the pinhal da Marina. Hope this review helps.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Pinhal da Marina
Address: Praca 3 Caminhos | Quarteira, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-439, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#10 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Pinhal da Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pinhal da Marina Apartments 10/15 minute walk to the Marina for restaurant's, bar's, shop's, and the casino, with a choice of 2 excellent golden sandy beaches either side of the Marina. The Vilamoura golf courses are all within a five minute drive. "Pinhal da Marina" itself comprises of 128 apartments (from studio to 3 bedroom apartment) all furnished with air conditioning in the living room, heater in the bedrooms, satellite tv, a safety deposit box, and if your clients are eating in, the kitchen's are equipped with cooker's, micro wave oven, toaster, tea-coffee facility's and cooking utensils. A feature of the apartments is the spacious veranda's overlooking the gardens or swimming pools where you can sit and watch the sun go down with your favourite beverage in hand. "Pinhal da Marina" host's two large outdoor swimming pool's, a child's paddling pool, a children's playground, restaurant/bar, tennis court, and football, volleyball, basketball area's. Wi-Fi is free of charge in common areas (pool and reception) at Pinhal da Marina Pinmar restaurant is located at Pinhal da Marina by the main pool and it is open from Abril to October. Every day you can have meals a la carte or choose to have half / full board regimen. Also you can have a snack or drinks all day long. Continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am (extra cost per person/ day). O Pinhal da Marina is a great place for family holidays and self-catering holidays all year around. ... more   less 
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