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Pinhal do Sol Hotel
Ranked #25 of 49 Hotels in Quarteira
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“August/ September 2011”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

Very good and nice hotel. Godd value for money. A bit dissapointent with bedroom, small and not nice smell from wardrobe, but overall I was satisffied. We spent there 10 nights, the food was great, lot of choice, all fresh. Staff very friendly and happy, easy to make a joke - Jessica not Juliet :)), Kelly, Christina, Vanda, Vera, James.
It's good family hotel in quiet area away from all the turistic noise, close to beaches in Qarteria, Vilamura - free mini bus going few times a day

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

We are still on holidays in this great Hotel. In the begining we were undecided, cuz of some reviews we saw in Trip advisor, but the Hotel itself and staff really excedeed our expectations! The pool is awsome, the rooms are simple but tidy and clean. The atmosphere around the Hotel is calm and peacefully. they have a shuttle that runs quite frequently to Vilamoura and Quarteira Beach. I do recommend Vilamoura beach instead! Free wireless available in the lobby with comfortable sofas, from where i am writing this review. The food is also good if u consider you are in a 3 star Hotel. Overall, if you are looking for a good deal close to Vilamoura, I do recommend this Hotel!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

We stayed here for 1 week and I cannot praise the staff highly enough, they made the whole holiday and were most accomodating. Breakfast was consistent and the snack menu in the afternoons was lovely unfortunately the buffet dinner was dissapointing but the nearby towns of Quarteira and Villamoura had ample fine restaurants to compensate.Taxis were cheap and plentifull and the staff in the hotel were most helpfull in arranging tours and transport during our stay. The hotel pool was fab and tennis courts and grounds were well maintained, in fact the place is spotless and credit to the management for this. Thank you Fatima, Jessica, Mario,Vera and especially to Christina for making us feel at home and providing such excellent service.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

We stayed here for the first week in August and were very happy with both the service and the hotel itself.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful from the day we arrived to the day we left. I would like to name Marta, Jessica, Kelley and Cristina who were always helpful as well as bright and welcoming (which always make a difference).
In other comments on Tripadvisor, people have said negative things about Jessica but I have to say I found these things to be untrue. She is a very friendly person who enjoys having a joke with the customers and I can only think that someone has taken one of her jokes the wrong way.
The only slight criticism I have of the hotel is that it was a bit far out of town. As guests, we really relied on the free shuttle bus into and out of town each day. I think it would be slightly better if the hotel runs more of them but other than that everything was perfect!
We had a really relaxing hotel and would 100% go and stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

My family and I stayed at this hotel for 10 nights at the beginning of July.

Before flying out from the UK, we had read a number of reviews on Tripadvisor. Many of them complained about the staff and the catering. IGNORE THE CRITICS!! This hotel is exactly what you pay for when you consider it's three star accomodation.

The room we had may have been in need a of little update but it provided us with exactly what we wanted. It was large with air conditioning, a fridge, a t.v. (not that we needed one), hairdryer, iron & ironing board, it was cleaned everyday and provided us with the ideal base for us during our stay on the Algarve.

A number of reviews had stated that the catering was limited which worried us as my wife is vegetarian. However the waitresses and kitchen staff did their best to accomodate my wifes dietry preferences, even to the extent that the hotel manager wold come to see us at our table during breakfast every morning to try to insure that they could prepare something that my wife would like every evening.

For us non veggies, I found the catering more than reasonable. There was a choice of two fish dishes and two meat dishes every night with a choice of chips, rice and various vegetables. There was also a salad bar where the food was always fresh. There was always a good choice of desert where there were often the choice of 4 or 5 different sweets every night, all of which were delicious. I know, I tried them all ;o)

Breakfasts were also very good. At the salad bar there always a choice of various cold meats and cheese. Toast was available with bacon, egg (scrambled or fried), beans, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, even a drop of sparkling wine if that's was you want with your brekkie, I could not fault it. We were staying half board. At home we rarely eat big breakasts so having the choice to fill up on the choice on offer provided us with the fuel we needed to get through a day on the beach or walking round the marina at Vilamoura.

The location of the hotel was fine, for anyone staying but wanting to be able to shop for certain items themselves locally (beers and the like), there was a brand new Lidl that opened during our stay which was less that 1km walk away. Because the location wasn't on a main resort it was quiet, which was perfect and because the hotel bar and restaurant are seperate to the block that the guests rooms are situated if there is anything going on at the bar the noise there doesn't bother you either.

The hotel runs a shuttle bus service to three drop off points all within a 10 minute drive of the hotel. 1 to Quateira which was a couple of min walk to the beach, 1 to Vilamoura - a 5 min walk to the marina and 1 to Felesia (forgive the spelling) which was also a few minutes walk to the beach. There were two mini busses in operation which were provided a free reliable means of transportation, which means the location really wasn't an issue.

Finally the staff, I have read a number of views on here that state the staff at this hotel were unpleasant. Anyone thinking please get over yourself. The fact that there is sometimes a language issue can often make the staff seem off hand but they are not. The Manager at this hotel was friendly and very helpful and one of the busiest people I have ever seen while on holiday. It wouldn't have surprised me is he had popped up cleaning our loo. He did everything. A review I read just after we arrived home was very personal about one particular member of staff call Jessica. The person who wrote the review may be entitled to their opinion but clearly is clueless.

Jessica was friendly and outgoing, she had a sense of humour which maybe didn't appeal to the the clueless reviewer but she was a big hit with us. They say that children can be brutal in their honesty. My 6 year old daughter threw her arms around Jessica and told he she would miss her on our last day at the hotel and almost brought Jessica to tears. There was an elder waiter who we were told was from Spain, who could not speak a word of English but still found a way to engage with our daughters and make them laugh. so please, no more critism of the staff unless you feel you made the effort to get to know them a little better than someone who is there to clear up after you and fetch you drinks. How boring would that be, if that's all they were.

Go there, go to Pinhal do Sol. You make your own holiday, we loved ours and these guys helped alot along the way.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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9 Thank JTG1972
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Henley on Thames
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Stayed for just one night until our villa was available.
Cost around £50 b&b for 2 adults & 2 kids, which was excellent value. Nice big clean room with tv, fridge, aircon and balcony, separate curtained off "room" for the kids.
Very nice pool and bar area. There is free wifi in reception and a pay to use computer.
Had the evening buffet meal, which was fine although we wouldn't want to eat there every day. At 38 euros including drinks for four it was great value.
It is quite isolated, so I think you need a car, although there is some kind of shuttle bus apparently.
All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful.
Probably not fair to call it a budget hotel, but not the sort of place we would choose to spend a week or more. That said, it was clean, friendly and excellent value and we would definitely stay here again for a few days when our flight and villa dates don't quite match.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

We had an amazing stay at this Hotel. Everything was perfect for a memorable weekend.

No passing traffic, quiet location, so only noise was the birds. The room was very comfortable, clean and spacious. The food was exceptional - dinner in the restaurant was seriously good restaurant cuisine.
The location is far from beach but they offer a great pick and drop service!

All of the staff were so helpful, charming, and friendly. Specially Jamie (guess is the manager) the kindest person, lovett for his professionalism and attitude of service. Great costumer service!

Will we go back ? Without a question of a doubt !

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pinhal do Sol Hotel
Address: Sitio de Semino, Quarteira 8125-303, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Quarteira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pinhal do Sol Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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Also Known As:
Sol Hotel Pinhal Do
Hotel Pinhal Sol
Quarteira Sol Hotel
Sol Hotel Quarteira
Pinhal Do Sol Hotel Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal

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