Visited this hotel in August 2010 with my young family. We stayed last year at this hotel in the Garden Suite, this year we opted for the self catering serviced villas. The villa itself was huge and very pleased with the amenities but a word of warning the beds are very hard and take sometime to get used to. I would say that nothing major has changed at this hotel since it was no longer a Marriott but did notice a few changes, such as paper cups at the pool restaurant bar and no service at the swim up bar. Also just to make you aware that take it with a pinch a of salt when staff or reception say "it will be with you in five minutes".... patience is a virtue sometimes at this place. Also, the fitness centre does not have air conditioning or even it does, does not work properly. Better to run outside!
Supermarket is a 10min walk from the apartments and we also visited again (since last year) our fav restaurant called Paisagem (closed on Thursday) and is just situated literally outside the complex. Try the cataplana, a fish stew with monkfish, prawns and mussels. It is served with rice and chips and definately enough for four people. This restaurant is authentic and we loved it so much went back another time.
The supermarket is a must even if you are staying in the hotel. A can of diet coke in the hotel is 3.50 euros, in the supermarket about 50c. There is also a bigger supermarket in Vilamoura called Jaffers - a shuttle from the hotel will take you into the Vilamoura every evening.
Still a nice hotel but might not go back next year and try something different. It would still be a place I would recommend to friends and family who want a fun and easy holiday.
- 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 Hotel Vilamoura
- Pestana Vila Sol Golf And Resort Hotel
- Vila Sol Hotel
- Vila Sol Resort
- Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura Portugal - Algarve