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Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
Ranked #19 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

This was a very nice hotel with decent facilities, although we did not make the most of those available. Although it is positioned a short drive from the marina and central area (around €10 in a taxi) it was an excellent base for those wanting to take advantage of the many golf courses in the area.

Very enjoyable stay in a well equipped garden villa with pleasant surroundings. The rooms are of a high standard however the decor is becoming a little dated but not tired. The rooms have a TV with English channels, iron and ironing board, plenty of towels, toiletries and a hair dryer.

There is an indoor and outdoor pool, children's play area and a gym. Many of the garden villas overlook a large pond which us quite pleasant.

There was a very good selection available at breakfast but the only other food I ate at the hotel was from the bar menu. It was ok, but the service was a little slow considering we were there in low season and there wasn't that many guests.

The golf course was decent and competitively priced when compared to some of the bigger courses we played on our visit but having a driving range on site proved very useful. They also have a locker room next to reception where you can secure your clubs to save having to carry them back to your room each day. It's free if charge so I'd recommend you take advantage of that.

All in all, we had a great stay and would certainly return.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Superb hotel and facilities. The golf was amazing, challenging for all handicaps. Only a short taxi ride (10-14 euros) to the town and marina. We're already looking to book again for the autumn. Plenty of facilities for children by the looks of things as well

Room Tip: Not really sure what to write here but all the rooms are quiet and comfortable
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

This hotel was built next to the Vila Sol golf course, with which it shares a car park about 10 years ago. The main hotel building is largely glass fronted with reception and lounge on the ground floor and rrestaurant/bar on the first floor.
We found the service excellent and the problem we had in our garden room with noise on the first night was resolved the following day.
Buffet dinner in the restaurant was good as was breakfast with chef providing eggs etc. cooked to order.
Although the hotel is convenient for golf on Vila Sol(an excellent course) it is some way from the shops, bars and restaurants at the marina which is a 10 euro taxi fare away.
Our garden room was not very large with only an outlook onto the patio and other garden rooms opposite. These rooms are in single storey blocks in the hotel gardens and in our case a five minute walk to the main hotel building, we were not the furthest from the hotel.
Free wifi is available in communal areas but not in the rooms.
I would have thought a room in the main building would be preferable but I have no experience to confirm that.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

The toilet wasn't properly clean for days, shelves and glasses (one of them chipped) in the bathroom either. Pigeon droppings stayed on a table outside the restaurant for days as well as cigarettes butts in the ashtrays, and the floors in the bar were dusty.

Like all Pestanas, no tea/coffee facilities and no Internet in the rooms.

In short, never a 5 star as alleged.

We were given a not-requested disabled room - we were told the hotel was full. After the first shower, the whole bathroom was flooded. When we complained, we were just told there was nothing they could do! I then requested 20 big beach towels, and had to put them on the bathroom floor every time we had a shower.

You certainly need a car as the hotel is far from Vilamoura bars and restaurants.

I would not recommend this hotel unless you go there only for the golf, get a good special offer, don't care much about cleanness or service, and rent a car.

Room Tip: Do NOT have a disabled room unless you need it.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Have visited Portugal in February for the past few years and have normally stayed at Penina. This year we decided upon a change and stayed at Vila Sol and we're not disappointed. We had a garden villa which was excellent although a few minutes walk from the main hotel. Breakfast buffet excellent and very friendly staff. One downside there was no tea/coffee making facilities in our room. Would recommend using the well being spa excellent massage. We were a little bit disappointed with the service in the club house but overall a high rating from me.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

This is a very nice hotel to stay
Sadly, my stay was short but it holds the promise of a return visit to this hotel
the staff were fantastic and tried their very best to make me feel at home
I understand this was out of season, but the main bar was only open during evening - I could have liked a coffee
Rooms are nice, but the bathroom was freezing - I think the TV, anno 2014, is rather on the small side
Last, but not least, internet only worked in main buidling and even then, not in all parts of the restaurant -

Room Tip: In season, ask as close to pool as possible
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

I have mixed feelings about this hotel. The best things about this hotel are the grounds (well maintained and beautifully manicured), the garden room (nice decor and good size) and the club house (fabulous view of the last tee and good menu). There were plenty of sun loungers around the pool and the indoor pool offered a welcome break from the sun. However, there was no waiter service round the pool despite the five star status and the service at the pool-side bar was often slow.

Breakfast was excellent and the outdoor seating area where breakfast was served was pretty.

The resort is quite a distance from the marina and whilst the free shuttle was useful during the day, it didn't run in the evening. We got the latest shuttle down to the marina (approx. 6pm) then paid for a taxi back, which was relatively inexpensive; maybe 8 Euros.

It probably doesn't deserve a very good rating, but it is definitely better than average. An evening shuttle bus and a better pool-side service would bring the rating up.

Room Tip: Pay for the garden rooms that are in the grounds rather than the main hotel.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura

Address: Morgadinhos | Morgadinhos, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-307, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#9 Spa Hotel in Vilamoura
#14 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#15 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
#15 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: £54 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura 5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pestana Vila Sol is a 5-star hotel in Vilamoura, in the Algarve. It is perfect for those looking to take a family vacation and to relax with a round of golf or tennis, or simply take a dip in one of the swimming pools. It is located just 7 minutes by car from Vilamoura beach and 5 minutes by car from the marina. The hotel offers one restaurant and 2 bars. You can also make use of the gym, indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. For the youngsters, we offer a game room, a playground and a Kids Club available during the summer months. Each room includes a private balcony or patio and has Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pestana Vila Sol Golf And Resort Hotel
Pestana Vila Sol Golf Hotel Vilamoura
Vila Sol Hotel
Vila Sol Resort
Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura Portugal - Algarve

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