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“Great Venue for a Golf Break- Amazing Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Morgadinhos, Vilamoura 8125-307, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 35 Hotels in Vilamoura
London, United Kingdom
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“Great Venue for a Golf Break- Amazing Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We visited this hotel for a 4 night golf holiday organised by "Golf Breaks" The hotel is listed as 5 star but I would give it 4 stars. The facilities are good and the staff were absolutely charming and extremely helpful. We had a bit of a problem as our room had been allocated to somebody else but this was rectified efficiently the following day. The restaurant breakfast was great but the evening meals were nothing special Golf facilities were about 200 yards from the hotel and the course has 27 holes. We played 1- 18, 4 times and it was very good. Not easy but not impossible for someone like me at 18 handicap. There are 4 holes where water comes into play but again not too difficult unless the wind is up. We felt the buggies were expensive at 40 euros a round especially as 3 of our came to a halt with battery problems. It is a good idea to take a phone with you and then you can call for assistance. The number is on the back of the score card. Club house facilities were good and the food was excellent. In all a great place for a short break, close to the airport with wonderful staff. There were a couple of good offers which you had to ask for including happy hour in the bar between 6 and 8pm and a 30 euro menu in the restaurant which included wine.

Room Tip: Avoid garden rooms before May as they are rather cold and you have to walk in the open for a couple...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great location, lovely place with 27 beautiful golf holes and a golf academy make this an attractive place for a long weekend or a mid-week of golf.
Rooms in the main building are very comfortable and have a very nice view of the golf amenities. Big bathrooms are very well equiped and maintained very well. The whole place looks well kept, except for the main Restaurant. The chairs all have spots and smudges and most are a little rickety. We had the half board buffet style meals once, but never again. So disappointing! This is really not the 5 star lay out you'd expect. The hotel management urgently needs to do something about this.
Breakfast is ok, and you can order eggs and pancakes from the kitchen. The scrambled eggs should be left alone, they're made of the usual hotel powder+water stuff and taste like it.
The front desk people are very helpful and friendly and will do everything they can to accommodate you e.g. at early check-in.
All in all a very nice place with a little room for improvement.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top florr of the main building to have a great view and sun most of the day.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Lovely hotel set I lovely grounds, surrounded by shrubbery ,
There is also villas and apartments on the same complex.
Great hotel if you want to be in Good location for golf . The via sol has it's own course and is also close to at least 5 or 6 other courses .

It is closer to Quarteira than VIlamoura .

If you have golf clubs you will need a transfer company to get you to the hotel . Regular taxis can't always carry clubs as they are too small .
So I suggest yellow.fish transfers com as they have cars and minibuses . Book them on line and tell them what you are carrying and they will make sure the vehicle is big enough to cater , they are competitive rates and well organised .
Good golf monthes I think are jan - may sept -oct .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

If you wish to golf I can't tell you if this is a good choice because I haven't.
But if you wish to stay in an excelent hotel, with a 5 star package that includes service, staff, breakfast/lunch and location, I can tell you that this is it.
The Clubhouse terrace overlooking the golf course, is a great choice for a meal with the family not expensive and with an excelent quality.
The vilas are romantic, very private and quiet (don't know about the rooms).
We had the perfect sunny winter weekend and we recommend.
Also well located! A five minutes drive takes you to Vilamoura marina.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Travelled to this hotel as part of a group improving our golf! Great stay - rooms and breakfast all very good, as were the golf facilities. Made to feel welcome and the staff were outstanding. Having played golf on the final morning, our checkout was extended to allow time to clean-up and pack but in haste I left gloves, scarf and hat behind. I realised this when I arrived home and unpacked and e-mailed, receiving a swift response. Housekeeping had found these items and reception would post them on to me in the UK. They arrived by post as promised, today!

Having travelled extensively and stayed in a variety of hotels worldwide, this service and the customer care shown by staff at the Pestana Vila Sol was outstanding! I highly recommend this establishment and will be returning. Well done!

Room Tip: Stayed in a Garden Room which was quiet, warm and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

i will start with the positives,,,the staff were friendly and efficient ,,check in and check out was easy , the breakfast was very good,,,location was good,,, Now for the rest ,,,,this hotel was a big disappointment ..im afraid its best days are long ago,,,,it is in a dire need of a makeover ....too many instances to list but start with the bathroom nothing wow about it so 30 years ago ,,the bed itself was comfy but a tiny and i mean tiny tv,,,,,no coffee and tea facilities in the room and a mini bar whose only alcoholic drink is a bottle of heineken really isnt worthy of a top rating .....a gym that had only the very bare minimum of equipment etc ,,,the only plus side was the price i booked on a discount site and got a good discount,,,,Around this time last year i wrote a not too flattering account of the hilton in vilamoura and i have to say i did them a dis service as it is light years better than the pestana,,id only revisit if it gets a makeover or if it continues to trade at a big discount sorry to say this as i normally try to be constructive ,,,,oh last gripe charging 15e for a gin and tonic just because the mini bar doiesnt have one is very naughty ,,,,ps i dont play golf but can see its a great base for those that do but even that said there are better hotels in the area that cater for golfers too

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wallington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This was our third visit as a couple and my fith time in total. The hotel is well mantainatian, and staff on the whole are egare to accommodate. The reception welcome was exceptional! Unfortunately the evening food let the experience down. We tried the restaurant twice then eat out the remaining 3 nights. The breakfast on the other hand was extensive but not exuberant.
We have always stayed in the garden villas,but as this trip was early February we were offered a hotel room looking over the golf range. This was an excellent choise. We had extended check out till 5 pm on our departure day. Very enjoyable 5 day stay. Nicly rested.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: Morgadinhos, Vilamoura 8125-307, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#10 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pestana Vila Sol is located 5 minutes from Vilamoura and a 10 minutes ride to Marina de Vilamoura and the beaches. It has a 27 hole golf course, extensive green areas, fountains and small lakes. ... more   less 
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