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Pinhal da Marina
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Apartado 798 | Quarteira, Vilamoura 8125-911, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 35 hotels in Vilamoura
Donegal Town, Ireland
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“Will return to Pinhal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I and 4yr old child have just returned from a 7 day stay in this complex. We chose this hotel as a result of it's high rating and favourable reviews on TA and once again thanks to TA reviewers we were not disappointed. We stayed in one of the garden facing, 1 bedroom appartments in block 4, not far from reception and only 100m from main pool and bar/restaurant which served lovely food and drinks at a very reasonable prices. The appartment is basic but with everything you need from cooking utensils, dishwasher, satelite TV with 16 stations including Sky News,comfortable beds, daily towel change, sunloungers and table & chairs. The garden outside the appartment enjoyed the sun throughout the afternoon and by night was extremely quiet with the exception of the odd barking dog from surrounding villas. The main pool area beside the bar/restaurant is very well maintained,our boy enjoyed splashing about in the children's pool and sunloungers were always in plentiful supply. A 7 min walk takes you to the local, well stocked Spar shop, ATM machine and paper/tobacco shop. We strolled to the marina each evening in 15 minutes and normally got a taxi back for around E4. Overall, we had a great stay in Pinhal and found it extremely good value compared with other accomodation nearer the marina. We will definitely be back to Vilamoura to enjoy great restaurants like Il Trio, Braganca Mar & Fairways..we'll also be returning to visit Zoomarine which was without doubt the highlight of our trip.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Good morning,
Thank you very much for booking your holiday with us and for your feedback, which is highly valued by our team. We would be very happy to serve you again soon.
Best regards,
Pinhal da Marina Apartamentos Turísticos
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at these apartments for 1 week in September and were very happy with our stay. The apartments are set in such beautiful gardens with lots of pine trees, flowers and other interesting plants. The gardens are really well maintained and gives such a peaceful atmosphere to the whole place. I was disappointed that we didn't get a modern apartment and I think it's unfair that the website only uses photographs of the modern apartments in their advertising. The older apartments are really dated, like other reviewers have said, almost Austrian in style and very 1970's. However, everything was clean. The balcony was huge and had beautiful views of the gardens and also came with 2 sun loungers. We did miss having a table and chair on the balcony though.

We went half board and the food was quite nice and very filling. It is not buffet style, but a 3 course meal and each day you are given a different choice of meals to choose from. The restaurant staff were nice and friendly and did everything they could to accommodate us. I liked the fact that you had the choice to have lunch OR dinner while on half board. You could choose which option you wanted each day. This gave us the opportunity to go out in the evening and try some restaurants in the marina if we chose to have lunch instead of dinner one day.
If you're looking for evening entertainment, this is not the hotel to visit. The bar is open in the evening, but there is a lack of atmosphere if you want to spend an evening at the hotel. It's very nice and peaceful to sit outside and have a drink, but the inside lounge isn't very welcoming and is far too brightly lit to relax in the evening.

It's a 15-20 minute walk to the marina, with a couple of supermarkets on route. The marina is a really beautiful area with many bars and restaurants, all of which are quite chic and the food is well priced. It was an extremely safe and very relaxing place to be. The area is most certainly not an 18-30 type place, which was great for us. A taxi back to the hotel was only 3.90 euros.

I would definitely recommend the hotel for a very relaxing stay.

Room Tip: If you can ask beforehand, ask for a modernised apartment.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Greetings from Pinhal da Marina,
Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback on your stay at Pinhal da Marina. We are glad that you enjoyed the complex setting as we make every effort to keep the gardens nice and green all year long. It is also good to hear that you were happy with the food and service at our restaurant. As concerns the lounge and your apartment, we agree that it needs an update and we are in the process of modernizing them.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

we stayed in these apartments in august for a week. when we were walking to our apartment i was disapointed with the path and steps leading to it. however when entering the apartment we were very pleased to see a large and clean kitchen with dishwasher and a cupboard full of new pots and pans ( which i never used ) a large and clean living area and a very large balcony with 2 sunbeds. however there were no table or chairs on the balcony so we moved the table and chairs out from the living area as we seen that our neighbours had done and we left them there for the week. we were at the end of the block which meant we had a large L shaped balcony overlooking the road which led down to the shops and the marina. the bedroom and bathroom were small but functional. we always had hot water in the bathroom however there were no blinds or curtains on the bathroom window which meant when you were in the shower your neighbours would have seen your outline if they had walked by. the aircondioning was good and the price for it was included along with the safe in our booking with lowcostholidyas .there were 3 apartments on our floor and 3 floors. we had asked for a high floor apartment with a large sunny balcony and thats what we got on the 2nd floor. we did hear our neighbours a few nights moving around the furniture but that is to be expected in apartments. we never heard any dogs barking at night but maybe that was because we were on the other side of the complex. we used the swimming pool down the steps as it was quieter and had sun all day. we always got sunbeds. the other pool beside the bar and restaurant was noisier and was partly blocked from the sun in the afternoon. it was a 10 mins walk to the spar and it was a bit of a trek up the hill again but only if you were carrying groceries. i would have liked the complex to have had a little shop selling water and another few provisions. the marina was about 20 mins walk away with lots of lovely restaurants although we found just as good and cheaper restaurants up behind the marina. we could never got a taxi at the marina after 10 at night as there was always a queue so we just got on with it and trekked up the hill every night. yes i would stay at the pinhal again but i would probably look for somewere closer to the marina first because of the shops.. we had a lovely relaxing holiday at the pinhal and the staff kept the place very clean

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Rebecca,
Many thanks for your preference and for your feedback.
We take your comment about the bathroom window on board and will fix this problem as soon as possible.
Warm regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Great apartments, very spacious & spotlessly clean. All you need is there, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, 2 cooker rings, a dishwasher & all the other usual kitchen stuff, a hairdryer is also in the bathroom, so no need to bring yours. My partner & I went for 4 days near the end of Sept. We had a 1st floor apt with a beautiful view of the pool & garden below. We thought it a nice time to go as it was quieter & the weather was still fab. The restaurant onsite was great, pleasant prices & tasty food. You could also order to take out rather than eating there. Security was onsite at night patrolling the grounds. There is a huge Spar store 10 min walk from the complex & the Marina is a further 5mins from there. The houses dotted along the road the complex is situated on make it a very pleasant walk. Staff were friendly & the apt was cleaned every other day. Definitely going back.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Good afternoon,
First of all, thank you for booking your holiday with us and for your feedback, which is highly appreciated. We are pleased that you enjoyed your apartment, the restaurant and the views.
We hope to see you again soon!
Kind regards,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed at Pinhal da Marina at the beginning of September and had a fabulous time. A family of 4, with older teenagers, we stayed in a 3 bedroom villa which was exceptional. Very comfortable spacious and well equipped, our own lovely garden area which had sunshine and shade. The swimming pools were warm, quiet and had enough sunbeds. The restaurant had a limited menu but was much cheaper than the marina and we all found choices to suit.( pizza pasta salads steak and lovely fish ) All the staff spoke English (and many other languages) and were pleasant and friendly. The gardens were pretty and well cared for, all areas were clean and tidy. We liked being a bit away from the marina and town, it was easy to walk and safe. The beach to the left of the marina is very clean with good facilities, the restaurant excellent too. Felisita beach to the right of the marina is bigger and has some pedeloes boats etc to hire - would need a car or taxi to get there. Of course the weather was amazing which always helps!! We will return as soon as possible.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Greetings from Pinhal da Marina,
We are delighted to read your comment; it is so nice to hear you that you enjoyed your stay with us! It will be our pleasure to serve you again soon.
Warm regards,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We visited here 2nd week of September. From outside looked good but we were taken to an apartment that had frankly seen better days. I asked to be moved which we were later in the day & we were happy with the new room. We had a lovely time here. I cannot praise the staff enough. Dora on the front desk deserves a special mention, she was at all times friendly, helpful & a huge bonus to the company. The food was good in the pool side restaurant & again the staff were lovely. We used the pool (cold!!) tennis courts, table tennis & restaurant every day, weather was fabulous. The marina & shops are not far. I must mention Maurapau the bakery, one near Spar & one on the way to the Marina, lush baked goods, pizza & again the staff were lovely. We would go here again & had a really enjoyable time. The only negative were the barking dogs every night, not anything the hotel can do there really. Thank you Dora for making out time so memorable. That woman definitely needs a pay rise!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear Kerry,
Thank you for your preference and for your comment. It is particularly nice to know that our staff made your stay even more enjoyable!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Just back from our first time in Portugal.Was recommended the Pinhal by friends who have stayed here every year.They were great apartments.So big and spacious.Sfaff were very friendly. Will be returning here next year.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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p_t12320092010, Gerente geral at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Good morning,
Thank you for your comment, we are pleased that our hotel was recommended to you by friends and that it suited your needs. See you next year!
Warm regards,
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Address: Apartado 798 | Quarteira, Vilamoura 8125-911, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Romantic 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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