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“Very tired , in need of upgrade, but thats not all”
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Rio Apartments
Ranked #23 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Reviewed 26 September 2013

You get what you pay for they say and this complex fits in, room 007 was really poor, paint crumbling off the walls and ceilings, kitchen units had missing fronts, inadequate power points, very dark a death trap waiting to happen. One of the oldest televisions I have seen, now the best bit. The restaurant at Rio is run by the most miserable, rude, uncompromising owners I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. when you are on holiday you want an enjoyable experience. When we arrived at the hotel, we checked in our room in much need of a drink after our journey, we headed to the bar restaurant ordered our drinks, but to be TOLD to move tables if you are not eating, very abruptly I might add!! kind of set the tone for the week. Luis had no people skills what so ever. It didn't seem to matter to him whether you Spent 20 euros or 65 euros of a lunch time or evening.
All seemed to be to much of an effort for the restaurant owner, not that anyone staying at the Rio apartments had much choice to but to spend their money with them, as it was an half hour walk to the marina .They even closed on Mondays rather than bring in staff to provide a service to all the residents ,Apart from the hot stone steak the range of food was mediocre and every meal came with chips, we ask for boiled spuds or mash on the last night, we ended up with powdered smash, not a bad effort after 6 hours notice. He is Portugal,s Basil Fawlty , stay well clear.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

On a recent trip to the rio apartments with my daughter we found them very clean and very comfy beds . The pool area was a bit dated and some of the sunbeds were broken so hard to get one unless you were there early . The staff there were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us Sandra on reception was exceptionally helpful throughout our stay .
The staff in the restaurant were great and the food was lovely Isabella especially promoted home made desserts and they were gorgeous all in all you get what you pay for

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We arrived 25th August left 8th September everything was good for us clean, comfortable spacious apartment, friendly staff, good food on site. We hired a car therefore distance from Rio to Marina etc was not a problem but we only went to Marina once restaurants overpriced and full of wannabe's if you want a good time in Portugal get away from the tourist trail. If you want 5* accommodation pay 5* prices. The Brits are squeezing prices and then complaining about standards. You get what you pay for. Would we go back DEFINITELY

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Jan T
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

On a recent trip to Vilamoura and having never been there before I choose as advertised the 3 star Rio apartments. On arrival the exterior of the complex was fresh and clean and appeared good value for money. Unfortunately that is where thing's went steadily downhill. The interior of the complex was very disappointing. It was dull and in dire need of a complete internal refurbishment. The hallways were dull and shabby and seemed to suffer from water leeks as for the duration of my stay there was towels on the floor of the hallways. On arrival in my assigned apartment things didn't improve. It was clean but very dull and in dire need of a completely update. The walls were badly marked, the ceiling in the bathroom was suffering from mildew problems as there was no ventilation, the kitchen was very dated and the units were in poor condition, the blind didn't work, there was only one plug socket and the handle of the electric kettle became very hot if re boiled. One of the chairs on the balcony was dangerous and collapsed if sat on and all the furniture supplied was old and very dated. The TV had no english speaking channels which is of no use to an international clientele. The pool area was not too bad but required modernisation and some new sun furniture. On the positive side the staff of the complex carrier out their duties very well and were very friendly and helpful. So Rio getting your act together and and get a completely internal refurbishment because you have a good location and externally the apartments look really good and are well landscaped. Three stars is possible but needs a lot of work

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Had a weeks stay at the Rio Apartments and enjoyed it. It is a good half hours stroll to the Marina where all the life is but it's a pleasant walk . Vilamoura is a lovely resort and somewhere I would certainly go back to. The Rio Apartments staff were very friendly,the food was good and reasonably priced as were the drinks. There is a supermarket close by to stock up and just down the road a lovely little bar called Topazio which is ideal for your first drink . Some of the restaurants around the Marina are pricey (Which you probably would expect) but you do get stunning views of the luxury boats and there are plenty. Parky's Bar is a good night out especially the ELVIS tribute act and the 19th hole also is a good lively pub. Plenty of trips available and we went to the Slide and Splash park which was a great day out. Boat trips along the Algarve coast are available from the Marina and this was also a very enjoyable day out.. Overall a good week at the Rio..!!

Room Tip: All looked pretty much the same but nice to have a balcony overlooking the pool.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

we booked this on the strength % of reviews and were not disappointed. apartment block is small but apartments surprising spacious, (studios have separate kitchen). equipment is basic but adequate. snack bar is excellent, transforming into a restaurant serving quality food in the evening. yes it is a distance from the very busy marina, but we were well aware of that before travelling, taxis are reasonably priced and the bargain price of the accommodation allowed for this. one of our apartments had a slight damp problem but when we asked to move there was no problem in doing so. I assume this apartment is on the list for refurbishment as some are clearly more updated than others. I would return.

Room Tip: 1st floor studios have a slightly larger balcony.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank caro04865
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

what is the matter with you people who give bad reviews.everything we asked for we got, wine glasses corkskrew electrical repair in kitchen ii you dont ask no get. towels changed everyother day, clean room every two days sandra on reception ideal, didnt use the pool bar much he just wanted your euros, marina a good walk away but once seen soon forgotton, nice supermarker bottom of hill.stayed 25th august till 8th sept.we will return 9 out of 10....

Room Tip: room 110 at the back.
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Address: Rua de Franca 80, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-476, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: £14 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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