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Cavalo Preto Beach Resort
Greater London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Better than a home from home!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We spent 4 days in Cavallo Preto Apartments and we thought they were fantastic. Given the shabbiness of other buildings in Quarteira, these are a world apart – smart, clean, modern, spacious, very well equipped. We couldn’t fault the flat we stayed in, even the sofa bed was very comfortable. The flats are located right on the edge of Quarteira in a very quiet part of the town, however still only a 5 minute walk to a very well stocked supermarket and the Forto Nove beach – you can see the flats from the beach so it’s not far at all and a really chilled walk (maybe a bit scary at night even though it is all lit up). There is no reception as you would be used to however the agents you deal with via booking.com are extremely accommodating and helpful – they meet you at the apartments at an allocated time to ‘check-you-in’ and are on call if you need anything. The only issue we had was the electronic gate stopped working and we had to climb the fence to gain access/exit which was a bit inconvenient (and not fixed by the time we left). A previous reviewer has mentioned dogs barking and this is absolutely the case but you do kind of get used to it. TV channels (in our flat anyway) were limited so bring iPads/DVDs if you can, especially in the low-season. The hi-fi that was available did fill the air though which we did appreciate. Flats face either east or west so you are guaranteed sun on the balcony at least at one point of the day. If you arrive in Quarteira by bus, the main bus stop is about a ten minute walk away and even with suitcases, totally do-able. We would absolutely stay at these flats again and wouldn’t dream of spending less and getting much much less in terms of style and cleanliness.

Room Tip: Call out if you want either east or west facing depending on when you like your sun.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

We booked a 1-month stay through Homeaway. Our west facing 2-bed/2-bath was very spacious and modern with a large balcony overlooking the beach. We were met by our representative who was helpful and cheerful. But our first night there showed that the beds were extremely uncomfortable...you could feel every spring, there was a dog that barked for almost the entire time we were there - day and night (don't they have animal control in Quarteria), there was no place to hang our coats, the guest shower would not drain quick enough, you couldn't have more than 1.5 showers without running out of hot water, and all 3 of the balcony doors would not lock (another apartment had access). As the building filled up we realized that you could hear people talking in the next apartment, so sound proofing was none existent. When we identified and issue someone came to try and fix it. Apart from all of this the apartment came loaded with everything needed for the kitchen and it was very well cleaned every 7days, with a change of linen.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Province of Seville, Spain
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

I'd very much recommend this venue.

The appartment was super clean and very comfy.
Our TV had a USB reader that we could use to play movies,
even "state of the art, mkv encoded" ones!
The kitchen was very well equipped, altough we did not cook, just had breakfast.
The area is isolated, but safe and super quiet! Very restful sleep at night!

We enjoyed our stay very much, and would come back.

Room Tip: When making a reservation do ask for your needs (ie double bed, sunny or quiet). You'll be liste...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

These apartments are set right on the eastern ( Val do Lobo) side of Quarteira very close to the beach. They are a perfect choice if you like to self cater. There's a good supermarket close by and if you have a car you can drive to Pingo Doce or Lidl. There is an amazing fish market at the far end of the promenade and endless "takeaway" options in Quarteira.

The apartments are all privately owned and vary so it's better to book directly with the Cavalo Preto rather than with booking,com. Some face east and get morning sun whereas if you like to relax on your balcony with a glass of wine in the evening you may prefer a west facing apartment. The superior apartments face inwards onto the nicely landscaped gardens and ours on the second floor had a fantastic sea view.

We loved walking along the promenade which takes about 20 minutes to the western Villamoura end. Turn right at the fish market and up the Rua Vasco de Gama and carry on up to the pretty church in the old part of the town. This is where the locals eat in places like snack bar Tico! The takeaway chicken from Picasso was delicious and well worth the walk.

We are planning to return again soon!

Room Tip: We were in apartment B303 on the second floor which has a fantastic sea view. It was facing east and...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed at Cavalo Beach Apartments the first week of October. The weather was fantastic and we had a great time the beach being right outside the gate of the apartments and an array of beach bars to enjoy in close proximity. We enjoyed beach walks to Vale de Lobo in one direction and across the promenade in Quarteira to Vilamoura in the other with great scenery along the way. All of the family enjoyed it and we will definitely be returning next year. The apartments are huge and very well equipped and luxurious with everything that you could need for a self catering holiday - microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, Internet, TV etc. the staff could not do enough to help in particular Eduarda and Andre helping out with the booking of taxis and suggestions of restaurants and things to do. We were given comprehensive instructions upon arrival and departure and I cannot fault the Home Team as they gave us a better more personal experience than what we have found with larger tour operators. The complex felt like home and very secure for the family whilst being close to everything - Vilamoura Marina, golf courses, restaurants of every description and water parks. Give this a try you won't be disappointed...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here earlier this year and couldn't have found the staff more accommodating. We had communication with the Home Team before we arrived so knew exactly what to do and what to expect. Our return flight wasn't until later in the day and there was no issue with us staying in the apartment until it was convenient for us to leave. The apartment and facilities were excellent, lovely pool and close to the beach and beach bars. Definitely recommend these apartments and thinking of returning next year.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kissimmee, Florida
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

whose review and rating seems to us to be very unfair indeed ... we are here now . It appears that his major problems resulted from his own failure to read the instructions sent to him about check in and departure .
Our own experience has been very good from check in onwards . The staff are very eager to please .. attentive and courteous ... Andrei & Eduarda have been delightful .
The cleaners were calm and efficient and non invasive .... on their mid stay visit on a rainy day .
The position of the apartments is fabulous ... just a bit apart from Quarteira but everything within an easy walk ... and the wonderful beach only moments away .
My only comment really would be that the apartment we stayed in , which was great in almost all respects seems a little unfinished and perhaps a little unloved ... in need of a feminine touch .
A few things would be nice .... some lighting in the sitting area for the evenings ... maybe a table by the sofa , a second bedside table ... a nice big sautee pan for the kitchen , a potato peeler .... really just little things ... some hooks to hang coats etc .
The TV system is not brilliant but its ok ... BBC 2 , ITV , ITV3 , BBC 4 ... I think we have found BBC1 ...
a Sky system would be a big improvement .
Some nice touches though ... expresso machine and juicer .
We're planning to return .

Room Tip: We stayed in B303 .
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cavalo Preto Beach Resort

Property: Cavalo Preto Beach Resort
Address: Rua do Forte Novo, Quarteira 8100, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 53 Speciality Lodging in Quarteira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1 And 2 bedroom self catering apartments located close to the beach at Forte Novo, Quarteira. Ideally situated between the resort areas of Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo. ... more   less 
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Cavalo Preto Beach Resort Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal

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