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“Decent but boring”
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Hotel Apolo
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

A perfectly decent clean and efficient hotel in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. A few minutes walk down the main pedestrianised road to the central square, where there are a number of restaurants and cafés. Shops banks bars and burger joint within 100 meters.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Myself, my partner and two friends were located in Alvor for the bulk of our holiday but stayed here for one night whilst following Nottingham Forest on their pre season tour. For the price we paid the hotel was surprisingly good. Although the rooms are a bit dated they were a decent size, very clean and had good air conditioning. There was a small balcony overlooking the street but it was very quiet. The bed seemed very hard to the touch but was extremely comfortable to sleep in and I probably had my best nights sleep in the fortnight we were in the Algarve at Hotel Apolo. Breakfast was adequate and there was plenty to be had.
The lady on reception was very welcoming and chatty and nothing seemed to much trouble but the staff in the breakfast room seemed a little sombre.

Although we didn't have time to use it, the hotel has a smallish pool which looked very nice and seemed to be well used by other residents

The hotel itself is located close to the main shopping area and bars and restaurants as well as being only a 5 minute walk away from the harbour. Vila Real de San to Antonio is just inside the river estuary and a bridge a little way up takes you over into Spain which is on the far shore of the river.

I would definitely stay at the Hotel Apolo again if we visit Vila Real de San to Antonio, it was clean, comfortable and excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We stayed here one night as part of a cycling trip through the Algarve. The hotel is clean and well-managed, although quite basic. The entry is modern and furnished with white slip-covered sofas and chairs. The room we had was. A bit dark and rather small, but the bathtub was huge and very welcome. Ideal hotel if you don't demand luxury and are on a tight budget. My friends enjoyed the pool, I enjoyed the WiFi and the little cookies placed in the room. Just a note for you tea drinkers or Starbuck's Via users:This is the only hotel in a three week trip through Portugal that had a water hot pot! That said, there was a sign in the bathroom warning us not to drink the water! The bed was a bit hard and there were limited plug-ins for electronics. No real view from our room, just side-streets. Breakfast was the usual cold items and terrible OJ, but it was adequate to power us through our cycling day. ( A rather unfriendly sign at the buffet warned us not to remove food from the breakfast room and a dour-faced manager seemed to be keeping a watchful eye on the guests. So much for that banana I was hoping to stow in my pack!)
We were here during a relatively quiet time, so noise was no problem ( as reported by other travelers). Within an easy walk of the main shopping and restaurant area as well as the riverfront .

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

We requested a room on a high floor (as suggested by a fellow reviewer) and was glad we did. The hotel was full to capacity with young children competing in a sports carnival. On saying this, our room was quiet, we slept well and the staff manged seamlessly. Breakfast was basic however okay. The WiFi worked well in the room. The only downside there was a sewage odour from the toilet, partially resolved by chemicals flushed down when we arrived. There is also an additional cost to use the safe in the room. One can walk around Vila Real de Santo Antonio easily from the hotel. I would recommend the Hotel.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

A lovely hotel, after staying at the hotel this weekend myself and my partner were surprised at the quality, for what we paid. Perfectly situated in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, with easy access to Spain via a ferry or local buses to other parts of Portugal. The hotel is rated as three-stars, after staying I'd give it a four-star rating, the rooms were excellent, clean and fresh however the hotel staff lacked some basic customer services skills - but we were not there for that. We also had breakfast included in our stay for free, it was basic, however for free I can't complain. Finally, the hotel also offers free Wifi! I'd highly recommend this hotel, and for the price we paid it was excellent value for money.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms mean you do not hear anyone above you moving chairs or moving around in hard shoes e...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Surrounded by flowering hedge and next to a small park. Lovely room - bright and clean and comfortable. Quiet overlooking the swimming pool. Food is not as good as one might hope but there are excellent restaurants and cafes nearby.

The staff are very pleasant and helpful

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter but this is not a noisy town
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

This is a very good hotel with perfect Wifi. The rooms are clean with everything you need. I found the bed very comfortable and I liked that there were many pillows. Breakfast could have been better, but it was great to be able to have something to eat from 5 a.m. The room was dark at night and it was very quiet.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Apolo

Address: Avenida dos Bombeiros Portugueses, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-209, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vila Real de Santo Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Vila Real de Santo Antonio
Price Range: £40 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Apolo 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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