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“Great quiet beachfront location.Ideal for young families seeking quiet holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Jardim do Vau

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Jardim do Vau
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
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Dublin
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great quiet beachfront location.Ideal for young families seeking quiet holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2009

Mum, Dad, 2 kids aged nearly 5 and 18 months. We had a 2 bedroomed apt. Very roomy, 2 bedrooms, 1 with double bed, with 2 singles. 2 bathrooms, very large lounge, Terrace balcony and kitchen with dishwasher, washer dryer and microwave and all equipment. Cot for toddler made up already and in room on arrival. High chair and hairdryer on request. There are some apts that have been modernised (not ours) and we were in B block which is the "Thomas Cook" block. Great welcome from Diana on reception. All staff fantastic. Kids club open Mon-Fri, 2 hrs in morning, 2 in afternoon at a cost of €2.50 per hour for 3-12 yr olds. It is not used much though and sometimes our 5 yr old was the only one there. She didn't seem to mind though as she got to do lots of arts and crafts with Tatiana. Clientele about one third Irish, 1 third British and remainder a mix of Portuguese, German, Dutch and onther nationalities. Mostly younger families and retired couples, which was a great mix. 3 pools, one adult (deep all round pool, not for standing), 1 kiddie and 1 which is technically a jacuzzi but is now used as a baby pool. Pool towels on deposit. Pool Bar, snack bar, mini market on site which is not outragegeoulsy priced. Location is midway between Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Taxis approx €5 to either, including a large "Continente" hypermarket which is great for a large shop at the start of your holiday. Hotel calls taxis on request. Didn't dine in hotel main restauarant as restaurants in Alvor so nice. Also dined in Atlantis in Praia Da Rocha once which was great. Lots of families at the hotel were on repeat visits, for some it was their 3rd trip to the hotel, which is testament to how good it is. The Beach is just below the pool area. There are a few restaurants and bars around the hotel, inlcluding a few beach ones. Praia do Vau is a quiet resort with no wild nightlife. The beach is fantastic with great sandcastle making sand, toilets and showers available. We have never returned to the same holiday venue twice in a row but are seriously considering a return here next year.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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macclesfield
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2008

Apartment for 7days very reasonable price at this time of the year.Not luxury but everything satisfactory clean and comfortable..Booked penthouse front building facing the pool and sea best position I think from location of other apartments.The reception staff very helpful with any plans for excursions in the area .Dianna tried very hard to advise us on where to visit as we didnt hire a car.Best Day tours we found excellent for airport transfers and excursions to other areas.The Hotel Casino have a show on til the end of Nov Paris Paris first class entertainment.Tickets for show 10 euros each person this includes wine.Meal could be included for 40euros bit we preffered to dine elsewhere so cant comment on the menu .If you want 5 star Hotel and prices with good internet access try the Hotel Casino Prai da Rocha.We were satisfied with the Jardin Do Vau.Only complaint was the Sauna had to be booked in advance to be switched on so we didnt bother using it.The weather was sunny every day but cold in the evenings

  • Liked — Position for the beach
  • Stayed November 2008
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2008

This apartment hotel has all the basics one would expect, but the building is very very old and not well maintained. Lower your expectations ... this is no Westin or even Embassy Suite ... and you'll be alright. We had a one bedroom unit and the layout was good, adequate space for the 2 of us.

Also be prepared that there's no internet access from your room. There is wireless internet access in the lobby area only, or you can use one of the 2 pay-as-you-go internet stations at the lobby.

Lovely 10 min walk to Priar da Rocha along the water front. Short drives to Portimao, Alvor and Lagos, which are all worthwhile visiting.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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CHESHIRE
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2008

we have been to Jardim du vau nine times.
looks very average from the main road. as soon as you walk in the entrance ~lovely. staff very friendly all round. the rooms are very well decorated, very impressive. the food and service in the restaurant are 5 star!! we have two boys and had to go back so many times and they loved the friendliness of the staff and the pools in door and outdoor. the view from the brochure says it all. cannot recommend it enough. ten minute walk into praia do rocha. not over keen on restaurants next door. but beach restaurants are lovely. enjoy yourselves.
Denise~cheshire.

  • Liked — friendliness , lovely views and food indoor and outdoor pool,
  • Disliked — could do with a lick of paint on the road side of the buildings.
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2008

Just back from Jardim do Vau. Mam, dad and three children, eldest five, youngest seven months. Very big two bed apartment that can easily accommodate five. Satellite tv with CNN, Cartoon Network, BBC 1 and Sky Sports 1. Did not eat in restaurant so cannot comment. Some very good places to eat within short walking distance, especially few places that overlook the beach. Kids can play on beach while you wait for food / sun goes down over the beach. Pool is very good - wide, deep, clean and not overcrowded and childrens pool also good. Took taxis to Praia de Rocha, Alvor and Portimao. All around €5. Excellent supermarket nearby; Continente (about €5 by taxi) which stocks aptamil baby formula.

Service very good, place very clean, food at the pool bar fine. Beach absolutely first rate and a few steps from the hotel pool. Would strongly recommend for family with young children. Has all the facilities you would need, everything is very close at hand, and prices very fair. Also, if you travel with children, would also strongly recommend Zoomarine. They collect at the hotel lobby and return bus only adds a few euro to the admission. Great day out.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Durban
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172 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2008

Everything was great about this resort and we would be happy to stay there again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Portugal
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128 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2008

Excelletn price for what you get.
Ok it´s not a five star hotel, but how many hotel can offer a localization and a beach like this with this prices???

Excellent beach, huge till praia da rocha, the sea is safe not rought, the water very clean, the service in the beach is good and cheap.

The apartements, are big, clean with all you need.

Nearby there is alvor and praia da rocha, of course if you have a car everything is just there but there are buses all the day and turist trains near the hotel.

Excellent for families with childrens or groups.

  • Liked — the beah just in front
  • Disliked — the pool is too deep
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Jardim do Vau
Address: Praia do Vau, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-820, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#4 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#7 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Jardim do Vau 4*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right in Praia do Vau beach, 3.5km from Portimão centre and 2km from the entertainment area of Praia da Rocha. Jardim do Vau consists of 131 elegantly furnished apartments, which are composed of one and two bedrooms, equipped with kitchen (kitchenette in the one bedroom units) and balconies with sun beds. Facilities include 24 hour Reception, Outdoor Swimming Pools, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Pool Bar (summer), Mini Market, Junior Club (from May to September), Conference Rooms, Atlantic Club with Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna, Changing Rooms and Natural Solarium. Free Parking available. Additional services: Restaurant Pool bar Cocktail Bar Mini-Market Hairdresser Fitness Room, Sauna and steam room Snooker Babysitting Ping Pong Volleyball Junior Club Playgroung Meeting Rooms Library Indoor heated swimming pool Outdoor swimming pools Wi-fi in public areas The two bedroom apartments, with a big furnished balcony, have one double bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the other bedroom. It features two bathrooms, separated and fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room. It has satellite tv, safe (€), telephone, hair dryer, iron and board. The one bedroom apartments have a furnished balcony, two single beds in the bedroom, dining and living room, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom satellite tv, safe (€), telephone, hair dryer, iron and iron board. All apartments are daily cleaned. The sheets and towels are changed twice a week or according to client's request. ... more   less 
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Jardim Do Vau Hotel Praia Da Rocha
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