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“Better then been at home with the highlight been the sunshine!”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Rio Apartments

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Rio Apartments
Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
pontefract west yorks
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“Better then been at home with the highlight been the sunshine!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

We arrived at the hotel early hours one morning to be greeted by a receponist who was polite and helpful.

The rooms were very basic and slightly dated. We opted for a studio apartment that had a small bathroom and kitchette. The bed was a very small uncomfortable double sofa bed, the corners of the bed turned up resulting in myself and partner constantly rolling into each other on a night.
The balcony only had one chair to a small table.
The bathroom had missing plugs to the bath and sink, also the hot water was very slow. We did not use the kitchen about from the fridge but did notice all the cupboards were flaking and needed replacing.

The maids only changed the towels once in the week and never changed the bedding. Only making it the once the day the towels were changed!

We would both get up around 09:30 - 10:00am and hope to get a spot around the pool. The sun beds were numbered and had a issue a few times with people getting up reserving their beds then not coming back to the pool till go 12:00!! Most of the beds were also broken and needed to be replaced.

The pool was nice but chilly, lovely to cool down in mid afternoon as the weather was 28oC, 29oC each day.

Both myself and partner enjoy to go abroad to relax and time to time also enjoy a afternoon tipple. The pool bar was not too badly priced for the Euro but we found it was so quiet! No one ever spoke and no music playing in the back ground.

Overall we would not return to this hotel but at the end of the day we got what we paid for (1 week with flights, luggage & transfers for 2 adults £389) so we can not complain!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

OK this is Budget so you get what you paid for our apartment 304 was on the top floor. it was spacious, clean with views over the pool and to the sea (just), the usual amenities were all there , micro, toaster, hot water and towels in plentiful supply. on the negative the furniture is very dated and the interior of the hotel in parts is in need of attention. Sandra on reception was polite and friendly but we found a rather less warm welcome in the pool bar/snack bar.....
The location in in a quiet area with minimal facililities close at hand...a 25 minute walk will take you down to the Marina with plenty of choices for eating....if you are on a real budget Aldi and Lidl are in Albuferia

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with my partner between the 19th and 27th Sept! it was a last minute booking and a Bargain so we weren't expecting much.
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The apartments looked great from the outside and were enclosed in gardens. we arrived late in the evening, but a friendly man was awaiting our arrival, handing us keys to room 302. this was a one bedroomed apartment on the top floor. i think it may possibly have been the only one with sea views! the kitchen looked like it had recently been refurbished and included two hobs , a microwave, sink and utensils. there is no oven...
the table on the balcony looks a bit tired when you first arrive, but if you check in the kitchen drawers there's a lovely blue and white table cloth which makes a huge difference.
the bedroom is nice a clean and bathroom lovely too. the living room has not really been designed around watching tv, so if that's what your planning on doing then this is not the place for you. there is no air con, so ask early on for a fan. we managed to get one from the reception staff who are always very helpful.
the swimming pool is not heated, so great for a cool off on the sun. lack of available sunbeds. people go out early in the morning to save them with towels despite the sign.
the walk to the marina and beaches is about 25 mins.
we hired bikes through the reception for 12 euros for the day.
we visited the restaurant once during tar stay. the staff were very pleasant and couldn't do enough.
we would stay here again!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fareham, Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We've just returned from a week at the Rio and it was exactly as we expected. Having spent time reading the reviews we were well aware that it was a bit of a walk to the marina, but being a young (ish) couple the 20-25 minute walk each day was quite a nice stroll and helped make us feel slightly less guilty about eating and drinking as much as we wanted!
The apartments are tired and a bit dated but we'd spent the extra £20 to have a one bedroom instead of a studio so there was plenty of space and we were lucky enough to have one of the refurbished kitchens. I'm not sure why people are shocked about the TV....you're in Portugal so I'm not sure why there is such surprise that all the channels are Portugese!! The resort doesn't advertise having Sky telly or anything so why expect it!#
The pool area is not really big enough for the size of the apartments and there is a lack of sunbeds but we'd highly recommend the walk (or taxi) to the beach which is fantastic!
Finally the resturant was great, the food is decent home cooked food for a reasonable price, the service can be a bit slow if you're at a busy time but they always have a smile for you while you wait so just have another drink and relax! Yes Luis has a very dry sense of humour (which possibly can get lost in translation) but we never found him rude or inattentive....and as it's only 3 of them running the resturant 6 days a week, 10am - 2am I think they can be allowed to take Mondays off!!
All in all a pleasant week in a lovely area of Portugal. We didn't spend a lot of money on the accomadation and got exactly what we paid for.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Rio Apartments
Address: Rua de Franca 80, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-476, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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