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The Old Village Apartments
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   R. da Igreja, Vilamoura 8125, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #7 of 35 hotels in Vilamoura
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“Great Little Village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Booked this trip with On The Beach, all booking details went smoothly, as this was the first time I have used them I would again.

Transfers to The Old Village via Yellow Fish Transfers - 50 Euros (return) and got a free bottle of wine - nice little touch. Met as agreed, driver was courteous and helpful - would highly recommend them.

Old Village areas to eat/drink:-
Village Café - nice staff, especially the guy who works at night, good selection of house wines. Doesn't seem much from the outside but nice and clean inside, didn't eat here but they did snacks, which were reasonably priced.

Princess Gardens - nice food, but very slow service, nice wine here too

Zanzibar - great food especially the fish dishes, this was my favourite restaurant out of the ones we tried, good service and not slow. Food was excellent - I had the fish trilogy - amazing

Casa do largo - okay food, English mainly. Seemed to wait for food and drink here when very few people in. Had fillet steak here but not sure where they get their beef from but not meat I am used to, poor quality I wouldn't recommend the steaks

Villas are clean and more than enough facilities for cooking, included hair dryer, iron and board, washing machine, oven, toaster, kettle, microwave and a huge fridge. Eating out is expensive but don't go to supermarket on site for your food, it is expensive and they have very little choice. Walk to the local Spar about 10 mins walk. To use the pools here you had to purchase a pass for 20 euros, this is however returnable, from the 1st April 2013 you had to pay for the use of the sunbeds at the pool 1.50 euros for half a day for each sunbed used. Didn't get a safety deposit box so don't know how much these were. Lots of cctv cameras around the area so very secure, on site security too. The area is very quiet and very well maintained and clean and tidy. Vilamoura doesn't really have a lot to offer but enough for the few days we were there.

Found eating out and general snacks expensive, however they do offer happy hour were you can get a glass of wine for 1 euro and a beer for 2 euros between 3-7pm. Full breakfasts 5.50 euros. Meals start from 5 euros for burgers up to 15-20 euros for fish and meat dishes, coffees and soft drinks from 2 euros.

Vilamoura marina as you can expect lots of fancy boats and expensive restaurants, a few shops selling local crafts but not much else really - mainly lots of cafés and restaurants. Beach not far from the marina, looked clean but didn't use as not hot enough for that - was quite breezy

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We have just returned from a week at the Ola Village and we had a wonderful time! The apartments are all set out in a small "village" and the whole area is so pretty and spotlessly clean. The gardens are all well cared for and all the communal areas are extremely well kept. We had a 2 bedroom apartment with a patio area and everything we needed was provided. The kitchen had a full size washing machine and full sized cooker with oven and grill. We also had a large fridge/freezer. On arrival the whole apartment was immaculately clean and they had electric heaters in the living area and bedrooms if we needed them, we used them occasionally in the evening when the temperature dropped and they were very effective.
The Old Village has 8 or 9 bars/restaurants some of which have happy hours and are very reasonable. The small supermarket has most things you need and the prices are very similar to the surrounding supermarkets so its not really worth lugging heavy shopping back from town to save a few cents here and there.
The walk to the marina is approx 20 mins or so if you cut through the park and its a nice leisurely walk on a sunny day. We never felt the need for a taxi but there are plenty about if you need them. The reception staff are very helpful and friendly and will arrange cabs or transfers if you need them. They even allowed me to use their computer when the internet cafe wouldn't work!
All in all, a lovely peaceful break in the sun at this time of year

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

Hola!
I have stayed in these apartments since 1987 and the last time I visited was 2011. I have such wonderful childhood memories here, my father brought us all here after visiting on a golf holiday with friends and me my mum, sister and brother came here every year since we were little.
The management will look after you and make sure you're very welcome, on site pools, and few cafes and restaurants. With walking 15min you're down on the marina. It's self contained but nice base to come back to after exploring more of Vilamoura & Algarve. Super hot in summer months. The gardens with the apartments are wonderful and colourful and romantic. My favourite part is having a villa with a top floor balcony & sipping wine and star gazing. There's shops & phone boxes on site too where you can fill up your own kitchen.
Just lovely. Enjoy this cute & quaint little part of town.
Charlotte x

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Póvoa de Varzim, Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

For starters, I love Algarve and Vilamoura is one of my favorite cities. I had already been in Vilamoura but never at this hotel/village. But what a Lovely surprise! I'The village is so clean, so refurbished, so tidy. It is really pretty! The houses and garden are well cared of. The house I stayed had a well equipped kitchen. But the house had no air conditioning. It's got lots of gardens and three swimming pools. All the staff were very helpful. The village had good restaurants and nice pubs. The village has very little car traffic. It's situated 15min of walking distance from the marina, by car it's just 2min. I LOVED staying here!!! I DO recommend these houses!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Second time at the Old Village and we (a group of four ladies) were lucky enough to be allocated a pool side apartment with lovely patio and garden area with beautiful flowers. Like a previous reviewer said, this seems to be luck of the draw at this apartment complex. Very clean and with a well stocked kitchen containing every utensil you could want plus lots of crockery/cutlery. We visit Vilamoura quite regularly and spent more time around the pool on this particular trip due to the fantastic locatioin rather than going down to the marina during the day. Staff at the rental office very helpful too. We always used taxis rather than walked to the marina as they were readily available and cheap too (4 euros).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I stayed here for a weekend for a friends 50th and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, it was one of the more reasonably priced accommodation in Vilamoura the place had a real good feel, no cars in the complex and cobble streets just like an old village, The staff in the office could not have been more helpful and polite, The restaurant and bars in the complex were good and the studio apartment we rented had everything you need, bed area, kitchenette and seating area with TV. Plus of course a bathroom.
This is not a compliment but an observation, the apartments seem varied, although I was happy with our ground floor apartment it had no ware to sit out but the couple we traveled with paid exactly the same and they got a room with separate bedroom, small living room, kitchen, bathroom small balcony with a table to dine on and roof top balcony with barbecue and sun beds, luck of the draw I guess . Maybe when you book request a roof top balcony?
The pools are good (cold) this place is a 20 Minuit walk or a taxi ride from the beach and the harbour but if that is not a problem to you perfect for the price.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Visit every year . Lovely spot .
Quiet area within 20min walk to main facilitys and Marina.
Vilamoura is great especially in winter when we go its so relaxing.
There is quite a lot of golfers around as its got a lot of courses . But the golfers have their own agenda and tend to be out all day and stick to their own places at the evening time.
The marina is gorgeous with many bars and restaurants you can soak up the sun and do some people watching .
Old Village is a collection of apartments and houses set in a village style with a shop and its own few restaurants and bars and pubs so you dont have to move far if you dont need to .

The travelling time from the airport is 20-25 minutes . Take a transfer its cheaper than a taxi faro airport taxis are a rip off and drive like shumacher. yellow fishtransfers are good and one of the cheapest its who we use and with a loyalty points scheme

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: R. da Igreja, Vilamoura 8125, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Village Apartments 3*
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