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Rio Apartments
Ranked #21 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“just bad”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

No airport transfer waiting for us when we arrived, rang the apartments from the airport to see where it was and told me I had never sent over an email confirming the transport ( I sent 3 emails all with my flight info and 1 of the emails was in Portuguese) I they said they would send out a taxi to pick us up but I had to wait 30 minutes (ended up getting my own taxi from the airport) then when I arrived at the apartment complex the reception was closed so we had to wait around for that to open, eventually got our keys for our room, was a small little smelly dinky room with holes in the wall looking out on to a car park. I had requested a pool view room on my booking of the apartment but they failed to read that request too. Also owners of the restaurant are very rude and not one bit helpfu, thank god I had other family on holiday with us in a different apartment complex stayed there for the week around their pool, only slept in Rio's (on hard beds) would not recommend Rio Apartments at all.. Pinhal da Marina was a beautiful (where my other family stayed)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank narno25
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

We read the reviews and as a couple of young women from Northern Ireland (we are only 18) we were actually hoping we hadn't made a major mistake on our first foray into independent travel. Our parents had warned us that once we arrived, if we had any worries we were to immediately ask to be transferred to another property and they would foot the bill. Well all we can say is that as our first holiday abroad without our parents we had absolutely nothing to worry about. We got a lovely apartment with balcony overlooking the pool, which we sat out on every evening. Low cost holidays had everything organised fantastically - smooth transfers etc. Our apartments were really lovely considering the price paid. The staff on site were really helpful and kept us well informed on where we were to go and how to get there. The receptionist was lovely and called the taxi for our first trip into Vilamoura so that we could get our bearings, and after this we just walked it in which only took 10 minutes. At no point did we ever feel unsafe and the other holiday makers at the apartments were very nice as well. We had booked the holiday at the last minute, for over the Easter period, for a bit of relaxation in the middle of our studies, and our stay at the Rio Apartments was exactly that. I really can't understand the negative comments left because we were met with clean apartments, excellent and helpful staff from the reception through to the maid service. Yes, the food is different to home, but this is the whole point of travelling abroad, to experience different food and cultures. Yes, the food was more expensive but when you are on holiday you can't expect to have a fridge full of food from Sainsburys or Tescos with buy one get one free offers !! I definitely would recommend staying in Rio Apartments as we enjoyed our stay there.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the pool - nice to relax after a day sunbathing.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank H S
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Leicester
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Just got back from a week at the Rio. It may be a trek from the Marina but our apartment was clean and the beds very comfy - we were cleaned twice including the sheets. The kitchen was adequate and we cooked a number of times. Our balcony was pleasant with a very good plastic airer. The pool area was lovely - plenty of sunbeds, although obviously a quiet time of year. The pool was cold but was lovely to swim in once you got used to it. 2 or 3 couples were there for 4 weeks or more. The bar/restaurant was nice - the food we found very good and had 3 or 4 meals there. The owners are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. We had a problem with the hot water that was sorted out straight away. Would definitely go back there at this time of year. We've had a great time!

Room Tip: go at a quiet time of year - we had lovely weather
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank She_HLeicester
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

It maybe a 15 minute walk to the marina but its clean and tidy. The beer is cheap but the food isn't great. If you are on a budget it's the place for you. The rooms have very well equipped kitchens too. Watch out for the pool, it's Freezing!!!!

Room Tip: Pool side isn't that noisey
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DarrenejcDuncan
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Miles from marina and, therefore, restaurants....5 Euro each way in a taxi. Noisy.....inside the room you could hear everything from what seemed like all the other rooms. Poor quality door locks...didn't feel secure. Very thin, poor quality mattress...not only could you feel every spring they made a noise as well! Very few channels on a prehistoric TV. Very short of sockets for gadgets. I stayed 1 night happily forfeiting my prepaid 4 nights and moved into a proper hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank HornyViking
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Good clean apartments, basic yes but spacious and most rooms seem to have a balcony and the standard of cleaniness was good with the staff changing sheets and providing clean towels regularly. We hired a car as Vilamoura is a large resort and anyway we wanted to get out and about. As it turned out the weather wasn't good during our holiday so the car was essential. Comments have been made about reception staff not about regularly, but we found that their open hours were displayed and when we had questions they were helpful. We would recommend these apartments with the caveat that yes it is a good 20-30 minute walk to the marina. The local supermarket is small but quite well stocked.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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
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4 Thank Anita_K227129
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Great hotel. Very friendly staff and great big rooms. Not the best of locations for a family as you need to walk a good distant to places. But it was a great holiday no problems. Cheap & cheerful but ideal for a weeks break in the sun.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jenlou89
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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
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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