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Hotel Praia Sol
Ranked #29 of 49 Hotels in Quarteira
Dunfermline
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“Excellent hotel, friendly service, will return.”
Reviewed 4 June 2010

From Maria (the boss .. lol), Cristina, here right hand help, another Maria in the kitchen and all the remaining staff .. very friendly, cannot fault their service.
We had 9 nights in the hotel and apart from one or two noisy golfers everything was excellent. The golfers were soon quitened by a telephone call to Reception then the night staff took action .. well done.
Maria in the kitchen serves up first class normal food, ALL FRESH, all salads and fruit are washed before being prepared. No tummy upsets here.
The Hotel is very clean as is the bedrooms .. one picky fault, the silicone trim around the bath/shower could be renewed but apart from that no problems.
Only 5 minutes stroll to Vilamoura and all the nightlife but far enough away for peace and quite. A gem waiting to be discovered.
The Hotel does put on some entertainment 2/3 times a week for those who just want to chill out.
As for Quarteira .. would not rush back but as the hotel is so close to Vilamoura who needs to !
Overall you will struggle to find better unless you start looking at 4/5 stars.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

If you want 5 star luxury and will complain that you have to get your own spoon for ceral at breakfast, then please read no more as this place isn't for you, and I personally wouldn't want anyone like you there with me spoiling a perfect holiday.

The hotel is a "Ronseal" place - it does what it says on the tin. It's clean, serves great food, is cheap and very friendly, perfectly located and worth every penny. It might only give you 2 choices for each of the 3 courses every night, (one night I had a perfectly cooked Red Snapper as the main course) but after 4 days of easily choosing to eat in there we decided we had to at least try somewhere else - just to realise that we'd go back to the hotel again the night after. Yes, and I'll be very honest, there's grafitti on the walls on the side of the football pitch across the back, and yes there are people (kids and young adults) using the skate board park after school and into the evening. Yes, the alley down the back would be a little intimidating at night, and yes it isn't on the beach or on the marina.

BUT (notice it's a huge one - like mine, but that's a glandular problem - honest !!!) At no point did we see gangs of hoodies, never did we feel intimidated, never did we think that the fantastic graffiti wasn't anything but works of urban art. It is so handily placed, a short direct walk takes you to the beach, abundant in bars, restaurants and very few people. To the other side, down the alley and across the car park next to McD's is the marina at Vilamoura. the bar in the hotel was very reasonable, 2.5 euro for a pint, 5 euro for a bottle of house red, and 10 euro for a litre of sangria (not all drunk in the same night I must add).

Overall, the place is very relaxing, very peaceful and nicely tucked away from it all, and yet only minutes into the heart of everything.

We were fortunate to get a great deal last year at the 5 star Sheraton Algarve, very nice, and very luxurious. But the staff were never as helpful or friendly, you couldn't quite relax as well, and the prices were more than double for everything, and it's got nothing around it. Comparing the two, there's one clear winner, the Praia Sol.

Will we be going back again - yes.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leighton Buzzard
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Reviewed 28 April 2010

Our stay with Maria and her team at this hotel was first rate in every way considering the hotel carries a 3 star rating. The level of cleanliness was extremely high (and I am fussy, believe me) - the general care of the premises and gardens is extremely high and the care from the dedicated team of multi-tasking staff is unassuming and efficient. The hotel catering is the ultimate 'home cooked' meal. Fresh ingredients bought from the market every day, prepared simply and to order resulting in a'gone to someone's house for dinner' experience. I went with my husband, and two sone - 16 and 8 respectively and the close location to the beach, the port and the unspoilt old town, coupled with the lovely pool(s), pool table and air hockey ensured that everyone was happy. There was some in house entertainment which was fun and the ambience in the hotel was relaxing and welcoming at all times. Our visit co-incided with the dreaded 'ash cloud' and I can only say that Maria and her team could not have been more helpful and sympathetic. It is testimony to the ethos of this hotel that this perfect opportunity to maximise on travellers mis-fortune was not maximised upon - just the opposite. I would recommend this hotel for a romantic weekend (some lovely restaurants in the Old Town), golfers (great access to the all the courses but at a fraction of Vilamoura prices), retired couples as the location is quiet (no traffic or night club noise) and families (a really safe location away from the madding crowd but close enough to everything you could need to entertain the family). Well done to Maria - you run a great hotel, supported by a team of clearly devoted and loyal staff. Beccy and Nigel Turnbull xx

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Manchester
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

Lovely hotel, beach and harbour all within walking distance. Me and my husband were treated superbly when our flights were cancelled several times due to the volcanic ash cloud. We couldn't have asked for more, the staff and Maria were extremely helpful in a stressful situation.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone who enjoys a warm welcome and friendly staff who are brilliant and worth their weight in gold.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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hertfordshire
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

My boyfriend and I have just come back, we thought the hotel was really lovely- honestly there isn't anything bad to say about it - Maria was lovely and always really helpful as were all of the staff members. If you go I advise getting Maria to make some shots because they were fantastic one of them was blue and set on fire in a martini glass :D and you had to drink it through a straw.
The hotel was very lively and most nights other guests at the hotel were at the bar and in the lounge area- there was karaoke and a live band which you couldnt hear from your room so if it wasnt your sort of thing you can go up to your room or there are some really nice bars in the Marina.
The rooms were pretty standard - the cleaners knocked every other day to change the bedding and towels, the pool area was lovely and comfortable pool was a bit cold but i think it was because it was the start of april.
We had a room at the back of the hotel and the sun would be on our balcony around 4 and stay there until it went dark.
We ate at the hotel numerous times and it was quite simple but really good food.
overall I thought the hotel was really nice.
There is a back gate at the rear of the hotel which leads you onto a path that takes you up to Vilamoura... the marina was really really pretty and you will see some beautiful boats..
If you go to the Marina to eat..... Definitely try the chinese resturant next to the sport shop opposite the 'Old Navy'

We will definitely be going back to this hotel it was Brilliant!
Room 104 1st- 8th April!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Billericay, Essex
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Reviewed 9 April 2010

This is a fairly new hotel, the bedrooms are modern with a good size balcony and roomy bathrooms, unfortunately no 'fridge. The reception, lounge and bar area downstairs are well furnished and comfortable. The reasonable price is reflected in the way the hotel is run. The bedrooms are only cleaned every other day - otherwise they just make the beds and empty the bathroom bin - although on Saturdays and Public Holidays they don't even do that! I really don't expect to make the bed, clean the washbasin and have to ask for toilet rolls in a three star hotel! Bed linen is changed once a week and towels every three days. If you're staying more than a couple of nights do take your own soap and shower gel! The balconies at the front of the hotel get sunshine all day, those on the sides are in shade most of the time.

Meal times are generous but the food is not great. The breakfast menu particularly is a bit tedious with fruit salad, yoghurt, plastic ham and cheese and a hot buffet of baked beans, sausages and scrambled egg, the same every day. Again there is a very limited choice for dinner. Every evening there is a first course of soup or salad, a local main dish of fish or meat, and a piece of fruit or maybe a cake for dessert.

The hotel is located in a residential area, about a ten minute walk to the nearest beach. To get to the Marina in Vilamoura there is a public footpath, with access from the garden, which provides a short cut and again takes about ten minutes. This is OK during the day, but it is messy with litter and grafitti and as the only lighting is from the adjacent street is not a good idea at night. It's a long walk, using the roads, to both Vilamoura and Quarteira seafront.

The few staff are friendly and work very hard, turning their hands to everything. Presumably the three star rating is provided on the accommodation and public areas because the hotel only deserves a maximum of two for everything else.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Stoke on Trent
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Reviewed 25 March 2010

We stayed in this hotel in early november 2009. We travelled with our 2 year old little boy and were the only people with children in the hotel. However this didn't matter as the staff were very accomodating to us and our little boys needs.

The hotel is beautifully decorated with good size rooms and bathroom. We had a ground floor room which had a large balcony which worked out as a perfectly safe place for our little boy to play. As although the room was on the ground floor we were above ground level so made us feel more secure.

The hotel is a short stroll from the beach and although before we went everyone talked about the alley we never used it. If you walk straight out the front of the hotel and kep right this road takes you staright to a seafront path. So we much preferred to walk along the sea front tha down some little alley way.

The staff were really lovely and very helpful even give us of menu food for our little boy which helped keep him happy. However the food was basic but what do you expect for the price. The menu was simple and so was the food but we were travelling on a budget so knew what to expect and with the strength of the euro against the pound helped to keep our holiday costs down.

One thing i would say is the swimming pool is freezing not sure if this would be warmer in the height of summer but during our stay we only braved the little pool.

The hotel is ideally located for a nice stroll into Vilamoura which has loads of bars and restaurants around the marina. We spent many and afternoon enjoying happy hour whilst the sun shone on the bar fronts. We didn't spend much time in Queteria although we walked down the sea front on one day it was very pleasent and had cafes along the front but we prefffered the beach nearer to Vilamoura.

The beach at this destination is excellent for children who love to dig in the sand, as i spent much of my holiday digging holes in the sand with my little boy.

Overall this is a lovely hotel in a nice location, with good amenities near by. We would maybe considering returning in a year or two. Oh and for the golfers around there are loads of golf courses around to keep you busy.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Praia Sol
Address: Rua Quinta do Romao, Quarteira 8125-301, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 49 Hotels in Quarteira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Praia Sol 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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