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“Nice quiet resort set in pretty gardens” 4 of 5 stars
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The Old Village Apartments
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   R. da Igreja, Vilamoura 8125, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #8 of 35 Hotels in Vilamoura
Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Nice quiet resort set in pretty gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We booked this as a last minute deal a few weeks before the Easter hols. When we arrived we had to find 10A holiday letting agency but there are four or five offices all beside each other so it was easy enough to find our office. The Lady was very welcoming and provided us with a map of the old village and Vilamoura and took us to our apartment.

The apartment itself was a wee bit shabby but in a quiet spot near the dolphin pool away from the pub cafe area so I was happy enough with the location. The furniture was a bit tired looking and the kitchen cupboard doors were a bit rickety but other than that the old village was the ideal location to explore Vilamoura, Albufeira and Quartiera. The old village area itself was lovely with beautiful gardens and a little supermarket that was handy to buy breakfast food. As far as I know the apartments are all privately owned and are decorated to different standards but we paid for a cheap holiday so were happy enough we also had a little garden area right beside the dolphin pool.

To access the pool area we had to pay a 20 euro deposit for a key but it was a bit to cool for that so just left it. We did have to ask for fresh towels twice and the office was closed on the sunday but when I went back on the Monday a cleaner was round quite quickly to replace the towels and mop the tiled floor and take the rubbish.

I would definately recommend this place if you would like a quieter break Easter is ideal to go there are still tourists but not as busy as the summer so we heard. The marina restaurants are lovely but also proper restaurant prices we paid anything from 35 euros to 70 euros for our meals but had three courses and I drank a wine. We did not spend money on anything else so happy to eat there it was a 25 minute walk from the old village to the marina area so we sometimes paid 5 euros to get a taxi back up the road. Recommend the italian at the Marina Capricia and the Mayflower restaurant. We were told by a few people that there were cheaper restaurants along in Quarteira and we could walk to along the beach around 10 minutes away from vilamoura to get there but went along during the day and not in the evening when we chose to eat out so did not eat there.

The beaches are beautiful with very nice yellow sand with lovely shells - we caught the bus to albufeira one day for 4 euros for a single ticket and walked along the beach and the shells came in with the waves and there were lots of pretty shells that some people were picking up. Albufeira is the main resort in the area for pubs and clubs but we wanted to have a quite break so chose not to stay there the beach is more sheltered by a cliff where the hotels are sitting and more people were on the beach sun bathing it was more breezy at Vilamoura and Quarteira for proper sunbathing but still lovely to sit at the beach front and have a drink and a cake. The cakes are amazing I love my cakes and there are a selection of little cake shops we found a nice one at a hotel at the beach front in Quarteira we went to a couple of times and the cakes were a euro each so very affordable and tasty!

We had a very enjoyable week just walking around and eating out and would like to go back again. We paid 500 to go for both of us and spent 500 when we were away for both of us but that was flying from Edinburgh and included our transfers. The European Triathon was on when we were there and we saw that in Quarteira on the Saturday but missed the rally cars in Vilamoura as they were there for the opening ceremony the day after we came home but saw some rally staff walking around before we left. We do not play golf but there are a few courses in Vilamoura and a family golf place too. Out of 10 I would score it an 8 and a half!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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English first
Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

stayed at the old village apartments for three weeks during our honeymoon and could not fault the place. we booked the holiday with lastminute.com, arrived at the village and were shown to our apartment by a lady from village4ulettings, it was lovely, two balconies a sun terrace on the roof and everything we could ever need inside. the whole village is kept immaculately clean and looks beautiful also. there are several bars and a supermarket, also three swimming pools in the village area but it is only a short walk to the front of vilamoura or to quateria. had a great time and met lots of lovely people, highly reccomend this place!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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London, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
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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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18 helpful votes 18 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
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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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Village Apartments 3*
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