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The Old Village Apartments
Ranked #15 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Where do I start?
To be clear , the apartments we booked through Lowcost were clean, tastefully and well equipped , a pleasure to use. The letting agent couldn't have been more helpful and the service on site excellent.

My dissatisfaction and hence the average rating lays with the specifics of the place itself. The old village is not an old village, it is a purpose built bog standard concrete tourist accommodation site. It follows the same principles and therefore problems and drawbacks as similar places the world over.

Fair enough it has cobbles where a downmarket one may have Tarmac . It has pretty facades , faux Classic Portuguese peasant village instead of square concrete balconies. Unfortunately though that's where the differences stop. You will find yourself living the other side of the rather thin walls to people you would usually avoid. In our case mr and mrs screaming kids. Why talk when you can yell from 0800 until 2300. That along with the smog of cigarette smoke made our patio area a very unpleasant area to be. Can happen anywhere I concede but it certainly happened here. The accommodation units are squeezed into the land available. They maybe don't look it but they are.

The on site supermarket is significantly more expensive than the spar down the road . Hey ho, plan b , let's go to the marina. Very pretty to look at but not a great deal to do there. Very expensive in most parts to eat and shop. More expensive by a long shot than at home or other similar sunny destinations such as Cyprus or even Barbados ! I noticed a few empty premises , restaurants , closed. They all need to realise that they cannot rely on the draw of a posh marina to justify those high prices. One notable exception being "parkys" for sensible
prices.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful complex. Kept very well. arrived to a spotless room that looked recently refurbished. Cleaners came by every other day but each time we were in (13month old). Got clean towels & toilet paper from them. Studio apt we had no balcony or terrace. We weren't told that we would have one but I didn't think to look out for one. Well equipped kitchen and good ac. Very helpful front desk for booking airport transfer and a dental appointment. Some nice restaurants on site. Lovely steak on stone from princess garden :-) we wouldn't rate zanzibar. O cafe nice for lunch. 2 nice dinners in casa delargo Pools are lovely, cold! not a lot of space around them though, very busy at end of july. Good shop on site with lovely fresh bread & croissants in the morning :-) you could stay on the complex for a week no bother. We took a couple of trips to the busy beach (20e for beds) and the marina for lunch and a wander. Vilamoura not for me however, overpriced, full of english/irish bars, Indian & chinese restaurants even a pizza hut on the marina. You could have been anywhere it didn't feel one bit Portuguese. Such a pity old village isn't in a nicer part of the algarve, but I would certainly recommend it to someone who likes vilamoura.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Great Pools that you need cards to enter so there is no random people from the street only people staying at the complex. Restaurants were ok. But only a 15/20 min walk to the marina. Down and up hill but not too far and If you don't mind the walk great. Also a little train that runs once an hour. Great place and would definitely go back or recommend to friends

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Old Villiage vilamoura is a beautiful resort within the grounds of a golf course. Well maintained, staff really friendly and helpful. Our accomodation was lovely we stayed in 3 bedroom apartment all mod cons and air conditioning which was lovely. Pools are good €1.50 per lounger for morning and same for afternoon but worth it in my opinion. Restaurants were very nice. All in all would highly recommend to anyone!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Quiet and relaxed, just what the doctor ordered. Friendly staff and everything to hand. A short walk into the marina and beach made for good exercise. Had 2 room apartment with roof terrace just off main square which got sun in morning til 11 am. Nice to watch the swallows going mad in the morning. Not for everyone tho. Would return but stay in the prestige apartments.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We are just home after a 10 day stay in the Prestige section of the Old Village and loved it! We stayed in a Penthouse Apartment and it was like home away from home.

The apartment had everything from an Oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and hairdryer. Couches and a table and chairs inside as well as a table and chairs on the Veranda. Having Satellite tv with all the channels was a great added bonus.

A great area on top for lying out with sunbeds and chairs and a table.

The Pool area in the Prestige was not too busy and only people staying in those apartments can use that Pool.

The onsite shop Jaffers had everything we needed and we found it very handy. We had lunch in Cafe O a few days and also had dinner in Casa de Largo.

It is around 1.3 miles walk down to the Marina from the Old Village. We always walked down but if we were late at night coming home, we got a taxi. There is also the option of getting the Road Train which collects at the Four Seasons hotel around 10 minutes after the hour every day. This is on the Buccaneer side of the Old Village. I am not sure how much it costs as we never used it.

We are looking forward to going back next year all ready!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

The old town of Vilamoura is a beautiful "mini" town with restaurants, pools and even a mini market.
We have stayed here for 4 weeks and the kids love IT. The kids are twins with the age of 7 and then a boy and he is 4.
Its small and very safe.
The kids are having a great time. We have a rental car and been exploring the area.
Thats highly recommended. We have cooked our own breakfast and some lunch.
Its great with the apartment and the exstra space with children!
We love this place And will definitately come back soon .
Siri - Norway

Stayed: July 2014
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Address: 14A Church Square, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#11 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: £28 - £248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Village Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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