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“It does what is says on the tin” 3 of 5 stars
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Mirachoro Sol
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Urbanizacao do Fojo, Lote 35, Portimao 8500-772 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #41 of 76 Hotels in Portimao
Halifax, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“It does what is says on the tin”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

I stayed here for a cheap, quiet 5 night break with my mother. it was just that until the dawn chorus of dogs started. my mother and I did get used to dogs and towards the end of our stay they had stopped waking us up. We paid for bed and breakfast which for what we paid was excellent and we also on a couple of nights paid for the evening meal in the hotel which again for the money was great. I fully agree with the previous review with regards to the staff, we found everyone of them helpful and friendly. The pool area was lovely and the pool cleaned daily so we spent every day there and didn't venture to the beach. The one thing lacking for us was restaraunts, with only being B & B there was nowhere to go unless you had a long walk or taxi ride. I would not hesitate in booking another quiet break there and my mother is considering a week there in September.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Just got back from the Mirachoro Sol Hotel in Portimao after booking this holiday at the last minute. We stayed for a week on half board.
Being on a budget, we needed this holiday for a 'wind down' break in our busy lifestyles.

We arrived at the Mirachoro Sol and was made very welcome by Alex on reception.

Our room was small, but it was clean and the bathroom was spotless. Clean towels everyday. We paid for a safe (worked out at about 3 euros a day, with a 10 euro refundable deposit). The balcony was adequte for us both to sit on. The view wasn't too eye catching though as it overlooked the suburban vicinity of high rise apartments and houses.
Our sleep was disturbed by dogs barking throughout the night from the neigbourhood and the usual early morning call from the cockerels.

The location of the hotel is a bus ride away from the nearest beach in Praia da Rocha and the hotel recognizes this by putting on free buses. My only fault here being that the last bus back is at 1730pm, which is too early for those who like to go onto the beach during the late afternoon and early evening when the heat is cooling down.

The hotel pool and it's surrounds are good. It is situated in it's own private walled off area across from the hotel car park. It is a 'sun trap' with not a lot of shaded area. You are given a key to get in. There is a local cafe/bar outside the pool area, which serves drinks, snacks etc and is cheap. More times than not we had the pool to ourselves.

The food in the restaurant is okay. Cooked or continental style with evening meals consisting of mainly fish, meat, rice, pasta, chips, vegetables and salad. All are buffet style and you could get as much as you wanted. The only fault here being that the food was only luke warm as it remained under the hot plate counter. You had to get there early for hot meals.

The hotel staff were friendly (one of the friendliest teams that I have seen compared with other hotels that I have stayed in).

There is no evening entertainment, just a hotel bar (which suited me as I was after a quite holiday). Because of the hotel's proximity of being in a surburban area, there is not a lot to do outside. It is not in the prettiest of locations, surrounded by high rise apartments which lead to a busy carriageway, which leads into Portimao's old port. There is a large hypermarket and cinema not too far away.

The old town of Portimao is not appealing and the harbour/port area itself is very run down. The beach resort of Praia de Rocha is the place to be at. The beach is wonderful and the sea is refreshing.

In summary, we had a welcome break, we got what we paid for and for anyone on a budget who likes a quite time away from bars and loud music and is not fussed about sceneric hotel room views then go for it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belper, Derbyshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

We got a last minute long weekend for a good price. Flights at excellent times from a local airport, and transfers included for a half board break. Transfers were with a local company and the trip took only 45minutes, considerably shorter that the tour companies 2 hours plus.
The hotel is located in a residential area and like many parts of Portugal there were signs that heroin users were using in the area. THe hotel itself is pleasant and very clean. Alex who people have mentioned before is excellent, very helpful and friendly.
The rooms are adequate for a long weekend but for longer than that might become a little claustrophobic. TV has BBC world and you need to take a kettle etc. if you want a drink in your room.
The food is again fine for a few days but is too repetitive. At breakfast it is the same fare every day. Just changing eggs to boiled or fried would help. But if you are a tea and toast person it is fine. Evening meal is a good choice of salad, followed by 2 meat or fish dishes. It could be better. The restaurant is located two floors below reception, basically underground, and is accessed through the indoor pool area. (from some rooms.)
Didn't see anybody in the indoor pool nor any evidence it was used, it is very basic.
The outdoor pool is accessed across a car park and is absolutely fine. There were plenty of loungers and often we were alone in there. The snack bar next door sells cheap drinks and sandwiches.
The hotel provides free transport to Praia de Rocha which is worth taking.
We walked to the train station (20 minutes) and caught a train to Lagos. Cost 2.70 euro return. Takes 17minutes. Lagos is lovely well worth a visit.
All in all a good place to visit for a short break.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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northumberland
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

I have just returned from the most relaxing, well organised two week holiday at the Mirachoro Sol hotel in Portimao. I shall start with the update. The indoor pool is now heated. The outdoor pool is secluded , enclosed , and accessed by a key which is given upon arrival. Loads of loungers and tables and chairs, toilets and shower. The snack bar is open in summer season only.Meal times are 8am till 10am. Evening meal 7pm till 9pm.Drinks can be bought at hotel bar at other times Lovely lounge area with Sat.TV.I used the courtesy bus which runs four times throughout the day to the town and Prair Roche from 10.10am. Last one leaves at 5.35 Food was fabuluous thanks to Andrea who provides a very high standard and variety of food. The rooms are kept spotless by Edna and another lady . I had room 102 which has a sliding bathroom door which was great for a wheelchair. Shower over bath with hand rail and raised toilet seat.. Ramps all over but small lift . Hotel has wheelchair which fits okay. Reception staff Alex,Ruth and Joanne will ensure your holiday needs are met . For your midday snack visit Pastelaria Pomba (just to the left of the outdoor pool.) Eric does lovely toasties,sandwiches and salads from 1euro50. and white coffee for 1 euro. Friendly people . I used resort hopper for my transfer. Excellent service. Travel Republic put together my holiday and my thanks to them also.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cardiff
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Mirachoro Sol Sept 14-21st.The hotel is very nice, spotlessley clean with helpful staff.
Breakfast is ok but the evening meals were hit and miss!Times are 6.30-800. We found these times not good.Evening meal finished to early.If you arrived after 7.30, you were lucky to get any food!I have never stayed in a hotel where you had to clear your tables!!They constantly ran out of cups and dishes and we had to wait for them to be washed before we could eat!
The curtsey bus is great to the beach, but if they didn`t have that you would need a car because the hotel is in the middle of nowhere..
We caught the local bus to Alvor and the train to Lagos.Cheap and easy.The guy on reception was really helpful with directions to anywhere we wanted to go.
You can walk to the marina which is lovley, but in the evening it`s not a nice walk, very dark and lonely! A 20 mins walk.The walk to Praia De Rocha takes over an hour along a busy rd.
There are no local shops to speak of except a shopping centre 5 mins away, but not the nice shops with nick nacks you expect at a resort.
This hotel is in a residential area so really it`s not a beach resort.
Good value for what we paid but I would advise anyone to stay bed and breakfast only.Hire a car from the airport because the journey takes over 2 hrs on a coach, then you have your own transport to get a nice evening meal at a reasonable time and something good to eat too!
All in all we had a lovely holiday, weather was fab which makes all the difference.I would not stay there again.

  • Liked — Nice hotel , friendly staff
  • Disliked — Food not very good, ran out early.Location in middle of nowhere
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Boston, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2008

My wife and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the mirachoro sol and after reading all the negative reports were pleasantly surprised. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the rooms where cleaned daily,The food was more than adequate for a budget hotel. breakfast consisted of a varied range of cereals, a great selection of fresh bread and rolls plus bacon sausages scrambled egg and beans along with a selection of cold meats and cheese.On the downside though it is not allways piping hot but there is a microwave and a toaster available. There was something for everyone for the evening meal. Soup and bread rolls to start followed by a selection of fish and meat dishes with chips and salad and there was allways a good selection of fruit and ice cream to follow.
We never used the outdoor pool as it was in the shade by the afternoon but we did swim in the indoor pool which is in the basement next to the dining room. I advise anyone going here to hire a car and see the Algarve as Portimao town isnt a particularly nice town however the beach at Praia da Rocha is great but i can strongly recommend visiting Alvor which has a fantastic beach,a saltwater lagoon where you may be lucky enough to see a flock of flamingoes and it is an old fishing village which hasnt lost its old world charm even though it caters for the tourist well with plenty of fantastic restaraunts where they BBQ fresh fish to order. also there are no problems with parking here either.
Now to the not so good points of the hotel, there is no kettle or fridge in your room so do as we did and take a kettle,coffee,tea and powdered milk. The local dogs barking kept us awake on the first night but we slept with the balcony door closed the following nights and that was OK. The beds are not at all comfortable but remember you are only paying for a budget hotel
I dont recommend this hotel if you are the sort of holidaymaker who likes a lively hotel with plenty of nightlife on your doorstep but if you just want a cheap place to stay while you explore the fantastic beaches and scenery of the Algarve then this is a great place to stay, after all a holiday is what you make it and my wife and I had a memorable week here

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — hard beds
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hemel Hempstead
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2008

Booked a 7 night stay for me & my girlfriend. The hotel was great, more than I was expecting from a 2 star property.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of Portimao it took us 10-15 to walk to town. The beach is a lot further away but we had no problem getting the hotel bus in the morning & spending the day there & getting the free bus back. The staff were really friendly & helpful & the food was not that bad, drinks at the hotel were cheaper than in town! To get to the pool you have to walk across a car park adjacent to the hotel. (no big deal) The pool is not huge but it is well maintained & has a small bar (many 3/4 star hotels in the area did not even have a pool so this is a real bonus)
the only problem we had was the bed were a bit hard but that was it. The hotel it’s really good value for money & would recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap get away in the sun!:)

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urbanizacao do Fojo, Lote 35, Portimao 8500-772 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #41 of 76 Hotels in Portimao
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Hotel Class:2 star — Mirachoro Sol 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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