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Vila das Lagoas Apartments
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Herdade dos Salgados | Rua Boca da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200 - 424, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #37 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Oslo, Norway
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15 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic apartment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We had a fantastic 3-bedroom apartment and this could not have been better. Fresh, clean and new with everything you need. Dishwasher and Washing machine included. Wifi is free and works well. A good, modern TV with a good channel offer. Beds are a bit hard, but I slept ok.

The outside area was very good, with plenty of space and sunbeds by the many pools. There is also a supermarked close by in walking distance, where you get most of what you need. Parking the car under the apartments is smart and safe. The only thing I would mention to be aware of, is that the location is a bit "all by itself", as other have written. You will need a car to see something else if you like that. That being said, if you only look at googlemaps summer 2014, the whole area looks very deserted. In reality much have happened since and the CS-management should get some areal pictures taken to show that the area now is much more habitated.

Another thing worth mentioning, is the Italian restaurant Mamma Mia located in hotel Vidamar between the beach and the appartments. When we asked in our reception at CS, they did not think that other than guests at that hotel would be allowed to dine there, but of course - they are more than happy to take any guest. Fantastic service there and really good food as well. We did not try any of the CS restaurants, except for the pool-bar, where we got some under-cooked burgers ...

The beach is really close - just 10 min walk. The water was too cold when we stayed, so we stuck to the pools.

I played golf at the local course, which was good. Easy walking there too.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I realize reading other reviews that this place isn't everyone cup of tea, but we would go back in a heartbeat. We were booked for 9 nights and actually extended our stay. I guess it's all a matter of ones expectations... Firstly, you need a rental car because it is somewhat isolated. That said, Vila das Lagoas is a very large complex, there are some 15 modern (2007) 4-story buildings with at least 16 1 and 2 bedroom villas (condos) per building. Indoor parking is included. The grounds are vast & very well kept, with 7 pools. There are other very large CS properties surrounding this complex, an all suite hotel, two 5-star luxury hotel and also some other villas in an attached townhouse format with private pools. There is also a 18 hole golf course, a conference centre, tennis, soccer field and spa facilities and several restaurants. You are only 5 minutes away from the wonderful beach and it is vast (3 kms) and uncrowded. And yes, you are far away from the centre of Albufeira, but you are close to Galé, an upscale district with some excellent restaurants. Personally, I found the service, reception, housekeeping were fine. I also think it is excellent value. For a family of 4, having a two bedroom unit, two bathrooms, full kitchen, washer/dryer, huge balcony, to me is ideal. There is a small supermarket within walking distance for whatever you need to stock up on. I realize that the resort complex is somewhat different by European standards, while it would fit right in Hawaii or Florida, that said, having visited Albufeira and Portimao during our stay, I had no regrets. BTW, both restaurants at the Vidamar hotel across the street were great & good value.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We are currently staying in these apartments and go home tomorrow 10th July 2014. Lowcostholidays rate these 5 star, however I would say it is more a 3 star plus by uk standards. The apartments are big however very noisy, nobody adheres to the rules with respect to other residents and we were kept awake till 1.30am and woke up at 7.30 everyday, needless to say we have had a holiday being absolutely shattered all week. The service at reception is not great. Nobody helps you with your cases and the walk can be long and uphill depending where you are. It is miles away from albufeira so ignore the description on the tour operators websites. It is about 20 mins in a taxi and between 15-20 euros depending on how far you want to go and that's each way. There is no opportunity for excursions within reception so you would need to go into albufeira to ask around. There's a shop nearby which have good prices and the beach is beautiful only 5 mins walk. No much else to do within walking distance. There's a few good restaurants in salgados but it's a good 30mins walk or 7-10 euros in a taxi. The area is peaceful and the grounds of the apartments are well maintained, however in order for this to be a 4 star it needs redecorating, the spa baths in the apartments turning on and also some entertainment onside and further restaurants being brought in. We visited a spa in albufeira during our stay and they told us the apartments went bust in 2011 for 18 months and they were empty all that time!!!I am guessing it is slowly being renovated. On our map everything was opening soon!!! Not good enough in peak season. They did open a rooftop cocktail bar during our stay however it was not advertised and we found it by chance. It truly was classy and stylish real cocktails in a modern environment... Only we were the only people in there!! The cocktail bar didn't seem to fit the apartments class if you get what I mean. We paid 750 for the apartment for 8nights which I felt was overpriced as zero entertainment and not many places to eat nearby

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

on entering the complex I was gobsmacked on how clean, neat and tidy it was. The staff were very friendly and helpful.At this point I was wondering what was round the corner and then I saw our apartment and wow it just got better and better, we had a three bed apartment as there was 4 of us +1 baby the apartment had a large lounge ,kitchen with all mod cons, 2 bathrooms' and a balcony the length of the apartment. we were on the ground floor over looking the grounds of olive and palm trees laid out on a manicured lawn and in the distant (not to distant)was the 5 circular pools The building was 3 stories high with lift and under ground parking to keep cars cool during day. Roads and pavements were laid out in Portugal cobbles .this complex only7 years old is really loved and cared for by the staff .We went early may so no crowds had pool to ourselves all day suited us .its 8 km from main town so need to hire vehicle or taxi (about 12 to 14 euro)to albufeira. Although many restaurants near by definitely going back . Just one more thing the beaches near by are gorgeous choice of a 4 mile long sandy beach or sheltered sandy coves all with bars or restaurants whoopee.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athlone, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

this is a really good place for a romantic holiday. The apartments are very modern with everything you need and the beach is very nice and you can easily walk there, lovely restaurants right on the beachfront with such a nice view, also the food is so nice.The whole area around the resort is so spacious and plenty of places to go for a walk, there is a supermarket on the premises to get all your groceries and so cheap for everything,also nightly entertainment in the bar but if you want the lively night life is is just a bus ride away to the centre where you will find plenty of bars,nite clubs,etc ...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We are at the moment wondering where to start because everything was so bad. When we arrived it was dark we missed the reception and were driven round the complex, not a light on in any of the apartments we should have realised then what it was going to be like.when we found the reception and got to our apartment which was nice by the way we then found out everything was shut and that we were the only people on the whole complex,we felt like we had been dropped on another planet.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

A great overall value.
The sheer dwelling size is the nicest & most obvious feature here.
There are a large number of suburban style vacation housing blocks here.
Each block averages 3-4 stories high, & consists of multiple units.
Long, circuitous, palm-lined streets suggest the complex is designed around private car use.
There is a pleasantly residential feel to the place.
My apartment was generally tranquil; except when a neighboring unit was occupied by an inconsiderate set of neighbors. In those cases, late- night shenanigans & occasional loud screeching of furniture against the bare floors- was highly annoying.
Needless to say; I think that carpet installation would improve the units.
Nights in the vacation housing complex are generally quiet- again depending on who's next door to your unit.
The furnishings are somewhat spartan, but complete.
The mattresses are solid & of good quality.
Both the floors, & the linens- could use some bleach.
Otherwise, an excellent place to stay.
Dishes, towels, & lights- were included in the unit.
The option to park underground, adds to the residential feel.
Above average window curtains are a plus, as is the somewhat generous artificial lighting available.
Dark wood panelling, & some leather- topped chairs; provide decourative contrast to the largely bright white interior colour scheme.
There is a modern intercom system- for guests arriving at ground level.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vila das Lagoas Apartments

Address: Herdade dos Salgados | Rua Boca da Alagoa, Albufeira 8200 - 424, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila das Lagoas Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vila das Lagoas is a private self-contained holiday resort that is located on the Algarve coast, close to the Salgados beach and the golf course. The contemporary styled apartments are spacious, aside the fully fitted kitchens also boasts large balconies and windows offering natural light. In the gardens, the seven swimming pools are displayed among the olive trees and palm trees, the ideal spot for your children to play. Perfect for families and couples alike, the resort is the perfect choice for your holidays, either by its walking distance to the beach or by the array of facilities that include Restaurants and Bars, 18-hole Golf Course and Salgados Nature Reserve. ... more   less 
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Vila Das Lagoas Apartments Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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