Just returned from a weeks AI break at this hotel and had a brilliant time! I would say the location is very good- on a quiet semi-rural street surrounded by orange groves with posh villas dotted about, very nice! It is ideal for a relaxing break just out of town but with the free hotel mini buses running 4 times a day you are free to go into town whenever you please. If it was in a town location it wouldn't be the same hotel!
The hotel is located about 1.5km from the beach which you can walk to in about half an hour at a slow pace! There is a Lidl supermarket about 10/ 15mins walk from the hotel in fonte santa. Turn right out of the hotel and walk straight down the road until you see it on your right. There are a couple of smallish restaurants/bars next to Lidl and also the weekly gypsy market on a wednesday opposite Lidl, which was brilliant!
To get to the beach, walk down to Lidl, turn right at the roundabout with Lidl on your right, cross over the road and after a few paces you will see a small road sign posted Almargem (which is the beach) walk straight down this road through the nature reserve until you come to the beach at the end of the track, it's a lovely walk. You can then turn right and walk down the beach into quarteira centre past a couple of beach bars including bj's oceanside which was lovely and had live music.
Quarteira and villamoura both had some lovely restaurants. We paid about 10euros per main meal in a proper restuarant but you could also eat sandwiches and hot dogs etc in the smaller snack bars for about 3 euros (in quarteira). Villamoura was lovely and you could sit drinking sagria on one of the deck bars listening to chill out music ( 1 litre of sangria between 9 and 12 euros). There were also a lot of special deals in villamoura for food, ie panini, glass of wine and soup for 7 euros which were very good. Not sure if this is the case all the time or just because it was out of season but there are a lot restuarants in the marina to choose from.
You can also catch the bus to albufeira from the bus station in quarteira. It is about 40mins away. It is about 9 euros return per person or about 20 euros in a taxi one way so might be better value getting a taxi if there are 4 of you. Well worth a visit and slightly more choice on menus than the other 2 places. It was 7 euros for mackerel, chips and salad over looking the beach which was really tasty.
The AI drinks at the hotel were very good and included cocktails, sangria, local versions of baileys, sambuca, martini, plus all the usual ones. The beer was proper sizes in proper glasses!
The breakfasts were great as others have mentioned, luch was limited as there were only a handful of people on AI, there was no point putting on a big spread. However you were able to order a veggie pizza or omlette as there was no main veggie option just one meat and one fish option plus salad and soup.
As there were alot more guests having evening meals there was a lot more choice, always 2 meat options chicken kebabs, spag bol, chops etc, and always 2 fish options- tuna steak, slamon, fish pie etc. + chips, rice, potatoes and boiled veg. The salad bar and soup were nice and the there was a selection of cold bits and pieces for starters including ham, cheese and little pastys.
Dessert was a selection of cakes, fruit and sometimes mousse which was very nice. Fussy eaters may struggle a bit as the meat/ fish without a sauce was sometimes dried up, but if you eat most things and are happy to eat the most appetizing things on offer you will be fine!
Veggie options didn't exist but I believe they have a veggie menu where you can place your order before you go to dinner. ( there was no veggie options in most restaurants either apart from cheese toasties, plain salad or soup)
There was entertainment on 3 nights out of 7, which was good and the usual big screen with football in the bar most other nights. The hotel is small so you get to know the other guests and we found it a very friendly likeable place.
All in all a great friendly hotel- lovely grounds, great helpful staff and brilliant value for money when all taken into account, would definately stay again!
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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