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Pinhal do Sol Hotel
Ranked #26 of 48 Hotels in Quarteira
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“OMG stay clear”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Worst hotel I have stayed in and I have stayed in many 3 stars in the Algarve and other countries
Dingy rooms and staff especially management.Plumbing issues and smelly corridors. We were all inclusive but you were made to feel guilty and awkward for asking for another glass of wine in dirty plastic beakers. Food cold and not enough choice. Potato may be an endangered species as you had to ask if you wanted any, the offer was chips or rice every day.Penny pinching to extreme. Grey hard towels. Pool was so dirty it would be unsafe to enter, etc. etc.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2013

Just returned after 5 miserable nights. Never encountered such unfriendly staff in all my years travelling, would not smile or converse at all. The Manager was the worst, we think the staff may have been frightened of him as he watched every move anyone made. Food also terrible, cold and hardly any choice other than something with rice or chips and plates no bigger than you would give to a 2 year old. All inclusive did not work here as they did not like you to drink a lot and took ages serving you, they made you feel like you wanted too much, really uncomfortable, never felt this anywhere else before and it stopped at 10pm on the dot. They wanted to charge us for a bottle of water for the room at 10.01pm...that was the Manager. We bought crips at the bar and they were 3 months out of date and when we mentioned it we got a dirtly look and no apology, again this was the Manager! Pool would give you a disease if you got in it. The coach to town does not have convenient timings and only seats 10. There is nothing to do at this hotel, kids would certainly hate it as nothing for them to eat or to entertain them. I have never complained about a hotel before as really not that fussy. I go on 6 holidays at least every year from 3* - 5* and you expect to get what you pay for but I would not BE paid to go back to this horrible place. Please do not risk it.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

The hotel is not very good and not very bad. The room is basic, but you'll have everything you'll need. It is possible to park the car almost in front of your appartment. The town of Quarteira is 15 minutes away by car or at least a 1 hour walk. The breakfast is good. There is a lot of different products.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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cornwall
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

I booked this holiday 5 weeks prior as a 5 night get away for myself, husband and teenage boys , aged 17 and 19, all inclusive and it was CHEAP so I wasn't expecting the best...
We wanted somewhere quiet and relaxed and that's exactly what we got.
On arrival we were amazed at the size of our room, only ordered a 1 bedroom but got a superior room with a separate room with beds for the boys. It was like a mini apartment with working fridge, air con, power shower and balcony. Fresh towels and beds made every day. Be aware any one with mobility problems some of the rooms are quite a walk with many many corridors.
The dining room was well managed with a variety or English / continental breakfasts, lunches and starters, mains and desserts in the evening. Breakfast was from 8-10am, lunch 12-30 - 2.30pm, afternoon snacks 2.30-7-00pm , tea and biscuits 5-7pm and dinner 7-00 - 9ish. Plenty for everyone:) The food was nice but sometimes repetitive as it's only a small restaurant.
All inclusive drinks started at 11am and finished at 10pm although the bar stays open until 11pm, would highly recommend the jugs of sangria :)
The pool was adequate sized with several sunbeds around it and was cleaned daily and there was an attached garden for extra sunbathing.
They run a Free shuttle bus 3 times a day from the hotel for trips into Quarteria and Vilamoura which is a bonus as the complex is a 15 minute drive from Vilamoura or an hours walk. Lidls is a 10-15 minute walk down the road for shopping.
To top it off the weather was beautiful.
I would not recommend this holiday to anyone especially youngsters looking for a wild time but definitely for those looking for a quiet relaxing time.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 April 2013

The Hotel and staff are faultless very clean, only thing that let it down was the food for the All Inclusive, it was very repetative and a bit odd, they had sweets out for breakfast?and the drinks were a bit weak!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

We got a cheap deal with booking.com £84 BB (but our room was dingy/dull and a 5 minute walk away from the main hotel) Transfers were with Zip and that was 44 Euros return (excellent service)....The hotel ran a courtesy bus to Quartaria/Vilamoura, but only 3 times per day. 10am 1.30pm and 5.30pm. If there were more than 8 on the bus then you had to wait for a 2nd bus to pick you up (bout 10 mins...) The walk to the nearest beach took about 40 mins, but it was a nice stoll, eventually leading through a wooded lane! Quartaria beach and Promenade are lovely, but the town itself is a DUMP.....Vilamoura is very much geared towards the 'golfer'/ 'Yacht' owner....expensive hotels and restaurants and a fair few Gentlemens clubs! Not a great holiday destination...unless you like 'Golf' of course! I wouldnt return here....hotel, or town! We were lucky with the weather as it was beautiful throughout! A 3 star is about right for the hotel......food average.....room average.....facilities average......lots of older people, very friendly and pleasant to be around.....

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2013

The hotel itself is very clean and tidy. The rooms are huge and very comfortable. The staff are very friendly and helpful, Manuel the evening barman is especially good. The hotel is a little out the way, but with the free shuttle service this isn't an issue.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
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