Just returned from a 3 day mother (50)/daughter (26) trip, staying at the Hotel Praia Sol. It was perfect for our requirements of a smaller, value for money hotel within walking distance to the Vilamoura, and set in a quiet residential area.
The hotel staff were very helpful and the facilities were excellent for our needs, including a lovely bar area serving snacks and drinks throughout the day, and tidy grounds for sunbathing.
The room was adequate however if you want a view don't choose rooms 1,2,3,4 as they face the car park and a multi-storey block of flats. We had room 4 which was perfect for us as it led immediately to the rear of the garden, perfect for popping in and out of the room in your cossie without going through the hotel, and made up for the lack of pool view. The only problem we encountered in the room was a broken shower holder which allowed the shower head to snake around and literally shower the whole bathroom.
We were made aware of the electronic gate at the rear of the hotel, which provided access to the footpath which was a short cut to Vilamoura Marina, however this gate was not opened after 10.00 pm, which meant we had to either catch a taxi from the Marina, which we did when we had our heels on, at a cost of 3.90 euros, or if feeling fit at the end of the evening, walk following the beach road, then taking a left to take us to the front of the hotel, which added another 10 minutes to the journey without the short cut.
All in all, we had a lovely stay, spending most of the day in the grounds, and having a snack at lunchtime, but with Vilamoura a short distance away, we took advantage of eating out there in the evening, followed by drinks in one of the many bars. For first timers, we recommend that you try one of the restaurants set in the squares behind the Marina front, as we had the best meal there without paying for the privilege of a view of the Marina. Because of its location, you will find that there will be a number of restaurant reps offering leaflets with a free drink if you give the restaurant a try, and we must admit that the night we did eat at the Marina front was one of the worst meals we have had.
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- Also Known As:
- Praia Sol Hotel
- Hotel Praia Sol Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal