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Rio Apartments
Ranked #23 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Reviewed 9 October 2010

We have had a great 5 days at Rio apartments arriving Moday 4th Oct and returnin on Fri 8th Oct, there were 3 of us travelling there so we booked a one bedroomed apartment and a studio apartment too as my mum had previously been there last year! On arrival reception was shut for 1 hour due to the receptionist being called way to another Garvetur apartment block. When she returned she was quick to process us with our keys and and even gave us a room upgrade as our room was not yet cleaned and ready.

The studio apartments have had new (comfy) beds and decor and are currently awaiting new kitchens, whilst the one & two bedroomed apartments have had brand new kitchens and are currently awaiting new beds and decor throughout.
The outside of the building has also been repainted a bright welcoming (orange/yellow) colour and had a new sign and lighting put outside the entrance. (any pictures that are already posted on here will now most probably be outdated due to the refurbishment)

Beds in the one and two bedroomed apartments are very hard and quite uncomfortable . . . however, no matter where we have stayed in Vilamoura over the last 10 years all the beds have been the same, even when we stayed in a 5* hotel near to the marina.

Pool was cleaned every morning, and although very cold it was extremely clean. There are only about 30 beds round the pool (some with blue matresses), so if you are planning to sunbathe by the pool all day it is advisable to get down to the pool quite early, with the excpetion of a Wenesday when the pool will most likey be very quiet due to most people going to the local market in Quarteira.

Overall a brilliant 5 day gettaway, which will be made even better when all rooms are completely refurbished. Will definately be returning early next year!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2010

We will have stayed at these apartments for the last 3 years when we arrive there on Sunday 3/10. The hotel staff are very friendly, apartments are well equipped if you need to cook for yourself. We stayed there last year in a one bedroomed apartment - we did not request a fan as one was supplied already, together with iron, ironing board!
Balcony overlooked the pool with table and four chairs. You go on holiday to relax and chill out and do sightseeing, tours etc. If you expect your accommodation to be exceptional and upmarket then you pay for it. Everybody's tastes differ. You cannot rely on what you read unless you try it for yourself. We will continue to stay at the Rio Apartments for the foreseeable future.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

Apartment was adequate, although the balcony was very small and we thought the kitchen was too big. Clean.
The replacement of sheets and towels seemed a bit hit and miss. We only had one change of sheets in 10 nights.
All the staff were very helpful.
About a 15 minute walk to the marina, a taxi ride was @8 euro eavch way if you wanted it.
Did not eat in the restaurant , but the alcohol prices were very reasonable. Ther was a lot of noise from the bar area until very late (3.30am) on Saturday nights
The TV could only recieve 4 Portuguese channels, although I must say we did not miss being able to watch as there is plenty of entertainment in Vilamoura. (Try O'Sheas Bar).
All in all we got what we paid for and were quite happy.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

we had a late arrival, so someone from the reception was there to hand us our keys, was very noisey that night due to other people arriving through the nite. we were by the lift which made a loud bang every time it closed. the balcony was very small, kitchen not very well laid out , only 1 plug which was to far away to reach anything. we asked if we could have a fan, but it never arrived. very hot rooms. maid came most days with clean bedding and towels tidied up. the restuarant food was lovely , friendly staff, didnt try the breakfast. It was a 20 min walk 2 the marine, reception would order you a taxi if asked, overall a okay place 2 stay.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

At The end of the day you get what u pay for people who complain about these apartments our obviously asking to much for the money they are paying!! There was no air conditioning but if u request a fan you will get it!! It is in a quiet area but the marina is a 10 minute walk (really quite a nice walk too) and if your lazy like i was sum nights u can always get a taxi for like 3/4 euro!! The reception is part time but if u read the opening hours which were like 11 to 7 they are more than happy to help you!!! As we are a young couple we were there just to drink relax and get a nice tan!! So it suited us down to the ground!! The food at Rio restaurant was fab and a lot cheaper than eating at the marina although the food on the marina was delicious too!! The staff in the restaurant/bar were so friendly! They were always more than happy too help you!! Our room was cleaned every single day!! We had a really nice kitchen pity we never cooked in it we were always eating out... it was equipped with everything u would need even down to a bottle opener!! We did some excursions i would definitely recommend you too the safari tour it was AMAZING So much fun!! We also went to aqua show the water park no matter how old u are u just gotta love it!! Beaches are also gorgeous definitely worth a visit or two!! I would definitely go back to Vilamoura and would go back to stay at Rio apartments!! =)

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2010

Having read other reviews, I think it's pot luck with these apartments. They aren't horrendous by any means, but I wouldn't go back.

The accommodation:
1. Our room was boiling hot - no air conditioning and no fans available. I can't imagine how bad this must be in August (we were there mid-July).

2. Mediocre cleaning - we found a full ashtray under the bed when we arrived, and you wouldn't want to be walking on the floor without shoes on - it wasn't swept at all during the ten days we were there.

3. Variable facilities - some of the reviews mention toasters, bottle openers etc, but we were supplied with a kettle (which continued to boil until you pulled it the plug out of the wall - I don't think health and safety are high on the list of the management's priorities)and the most basic of utensils only (as in, knives, forks and spoons of all one size - no sharp knives, no tin opener). Also, we had a balcony with a table but no chairs - we had to ask four times before we were given two chairs so that we could sit outside.

4. The shower runs out of hot water after about ten minutes.

5. We also thought it was really cheeky to ask for 20 euro for use of the safe (you get 10 back, if there is someone around to give it to you when you check out); surely, a free safe should be standard.

6. Surly receptionist.

The location:

1. A good 30 minute walk to Vilamoura town - which feels more like 45 in the baking heat. There is nothing going on around the apartments, which is good in one sense because it means that it is quiet (although you can hear everything the people in the apartments above and next door are doing), but it is a real bind that the nearest supermarket (and think local Co-op, rather than Tesco Extra) is in Vilamoura town. This means that everytime you need anything - milk, bread, kitchen towel - you have to walk into Vilamoura; not too bad until you have to walk back, laden with bags. All the shops near the apartments have closed down as a result of the recession. We booked this accommodation because it was cheap, but it turned out to be a false economy, because we ended up hiring a car to open up our holiday beyond the local environs of the apartment.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank RebeccaMCO
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

I would not recommend the rio apartments due to several reasons, we stayed there for four days at the beginning of july and the rooms were unbearably hot, there is no air con available so unless you can handle 90 - 100 degrees in your room i wouldnt advise it. Subsequently we requested a fan of which the receptionist was kind enough to supply but it was not much use due to the excessive heat in the apartment. Our room was located on the front of the hotel so im not sure if it may be cooler at other parts of the building.
We didnt manage any sleep on our 2nd and third nights stay due to very very loud guests in one of the lower level apartments.
The decor and furniture in the apartments is clean but very dated and is in serious need of a refurb. The kitchen layout was rather bizzare as there is only one power terminal which is on the opposing wall to all of the electrical appliances in the kitchen, we had to ask at reception for a extension cable which was only long enough to reach to one of the appliances!
The pool is small and whilst used only once it had several dead flies and leaves floating about in it.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #23 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Price Range: £11 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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