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Pinhal da Marina
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Apartado 798 | Quarteira, Vilamoura 8125-911, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #7 of 35 hotels in Vilamoura
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed here with 2 friends Sept 2012. Can't fault the apt, v clean, lovely big balcony. Nice pools, tennis court and free wifi. Bit of a walk from the Marina, 20 minutes and nearest shop approx 10 minute walk.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portugal - Norte
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Most positive:
-Quiet and beautiful place with lots of pine trees
-Very nice swimming-pool space (the secondary one)

Less positive:
-Very expensive for the general quality
-Unprofessional and english-firendly only portuguese staff
-Some of the apartments (like ours) are old needing a renovation
-Very poor breakfast
-No supermarket

Room Tip: Best apartments are the renewed ones near the secondary swimming-pool
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kildare
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Excellent apts, 12-15 mins stroll to Vilamoura Marina. 7 minutes walk to the nearest supermarket.

Massive complex with large well equipped apts with extra large balconies and sun loungers.

Two large pools with padded sun loungers, grounds are well maintained.

Great service thank you to Maria & Carmen.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Having recently returned from an annual 'girls' holiday to Portugal i have mixed feelings about our accomodation this year. We had booked a 3 bed room appartment a year ago requesting a new one on the ground floor, on arrival we got neither.
The appartment was up 2 flights of stairs but the shock was just how out dated and dark the inside was, one of the bedroom was like a dungeon. The decor was very 70's, ok if you love retro! and dirty, sticky carpets and wipe clean furniture, NOT 4 STAR.
After much complaining we were finally shown a block of beautiful brand new appartments over looking their own pool, bliss! We had to pay an extra £140 for the privlidge but was worth it.
We had the half board option which was great.
I could'nt understand why at the end of the season when occupany is low you don't put your customers in your best rooms? surely keeping your customers happy means you would be more likely to return and also reccomend, i would'nt do either!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Killarney, Ireland
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed in Pinhal da Marina apartments at the beginning of October for 4 nights. We had a studio apartment on the ground floor with a patio overlooking the gardens. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and brought us to our apartment and showed us around the complex, and provided maps of the resort. The swimming pool was great with loads of sunbeds available. We had a kitchen, living room with bed, toilet and shower room. Loads of space in the apartment and less than 10 minute walk to the shops, just over 15 minute stroll to the marina. I could not recommend the apartments enough and we will be returning next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We have just returned from a week at Pinhal da Marina which we booked as a last minute holiday. We had a one bedroom apartment overlooking the gardens and we were very impressed! We have stayed in lots of self catering apartments but these were by far the best equipped that we have experienced. The apartment was spacious and spotlessly clean. Having clean towels and beds made every day is a bonus. The terrace was enormous and was sun soaked for much of the day.

The gardens and pool areas are really lovely. Very well maintained and really deserving of the four star rating. The complex is a good 15 minute walk from the marina and if you are carrying shopping back from the spar, the last part of the walk is uphill and the apartments would not be suitable for visitors with poor mobility. Having said that we were astonished that the taxi's were so cheap. A taxi to the marina is approximately 4 euros.

The on site restaurant is limited in choice but what is available on the menu is nicely cooked and the staff are really freindly. The choice of restaurants in and around the marina is great and most of them are reasonably priced but the onsite restaurant is probably better value for money.

We would highly recommend the following; walk from the marina to Quarteria along the promenade. This was a lovely walk which took about 20 minutes and some of the fish restaurants are more authentic and less targeted to tourists. A taxi back is under 6 euros. We found information on the local buses was not readily available and confusing so we hired a car and visited Albefuirra which was nice but we preferred Vilamoura. Also it is worth getting to Tavira and taking the ferry to Ihla Tavira. The beach was superb!

Also have a night at the casino. People watching is as much fun as taking part.

If we return to the area again we would definitely stay at Pinhal da Marina. The apartments were great value for money and made our holiday very enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the gardens tend to be quieter as they are away from the pool areas. In high seas...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The one bedroom apartment was spacious and clean with a lovely view over the gorgeous gardens. Air conditioning included in price as is use of the safe and plenty English tv channels. Fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave etc. Staff are very friendly and obliging. The apartments are set in lovely gardens in a very nice quiet area of Villamoura about a 10 min pleasant walk to the marina. The pool area is spotless and sunbeds free and plentiful. The buffet breakfast always had lots of fresh fruit daily and nice bread, cheese juice etc. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pinhal da Marina

Also Known As:
Pinhal Da Marina Vilamoura
Pinhal Da Marina Hotel
Pinhal Da Marina Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
Address: Apartado 798 | Quarteira, Vilamoura 8125-911, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pinhal da Marina 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With fragrant pine forests that sweep down to a secluded pool area and stylish self-catering accommodation, this is a great base for a relaxing holiday. Luxuriously furnished with excellent facilities. Couples enjoy the quiet setting on the complex, whilst families with young children appreciate the spacious, low-rise apartments on offer. This is an excellent family choice. ... more   less 
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