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“Great apartment, good clean complex, good location.” 4 of 5 stars
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Vila Marachique
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Urbanizacao Vila Marachique, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Great apartment, good clean complex, good location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We came here in June for 12 nights, a family of four, mum, dad (me) and our 3 year old twin boys. The apartment is very well presented and furnished, lots of familiar items and very much our cup of tea. It has all the mod cons, kettle, toaster, oven, hob, microwave and fridge freezer although a smidge on the small side for a family our size but nothing a few extra trips to the supermarket didn't solve.
There are two bedrooms, each with their own air con unit and another in the lounge which are very effective in the 30 degree heat we had! The master bedroom has a double bed and an en-suite with a bath/shower combi. The shower is quite powerful and heats up in no time, anytime of the day or night.
The second bedroom has two single beds and a pinkish theme but our boys didn't really notice. I think that these two beds were by far the comfiest! This room also had a sliding door onto the balcony. The property also has an additional toilet with shower which our boys seemed to commandeer. There were plenty of extra items left out, child's toilet seat, lots of loo roll and generally very well equipped.
The lounge is equipped to sit plenty of bodies, a TV with free view sky in both the master bedroom and lounge was a welcome bonus. There is also a DVD and PS2 but we never used them (too much else to do!). There is also a washing machine on the balcony and a dishwasher which were both a great help.
The apartment looks out onto a road which isn't busy, it looks onto a farm of sorts which you can hear a cockerel every now and then but not if all the doors and windows are shut. We suffered no noise problems at all other than a neighbours dogs that barked and whined all evening on one occasion.
There's plenty parking close to the entrance and the pool is about 5 minutes walk into a locked complex. The pool is split in two by a central round bar, there is a deeper pool and a shallow pool that accommodates plenty of kids. There are many sun beds but we just laid on the plentiful grass. The beds were always occupied by the same people and they were always in the bar so the rule about no reservations obviously goes unchallenged. That was a little annoying but we didn't get much time sunbathing (3 year old twins, remember!). There is also a small children's play area with slide and monkey bars and a small soccer setup with two miniature nets. The local Portuguese boys play some hard soccer on there so keep an eye on your little ones as balls were being volleyed aplenty.
All in all, a great apartment. Good amenities, good position as a walk into Alvor takes but 10 minutes. Portimao is 10 mins in the car the other way which is where the bigger supermarket is (Continente). A smaller Ali is on the way into Alvor but is a little pricey and they know it! Nice fresh bread though, irresistible.
I would highly recommend this property to stay in, it's perfect for a family of any size as there are extra beds and pop out sofas every where! It's on the second floor but with two quick lifts. If you have smaller kids, like ours, you may want to just perform a safety check on the knife draw as we had to tie a carrier bag on the two draws to stop little fingers. The fridge is on the small size, we managed to fill it with 12 bottles of beers, 6 cans, 2 milks, cheese, butter, jam and a bit of salad. The freezer had 5 ice creams and a bag of ice. Not the biggest so plan meals wisely if you eat in a bit. Sadly no barbecue in this so I couldn't carry on my tradition of 2nd night BBQ!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

run by all people who own appartments one vote nice set up good pool very quite when i was there
pool bar now run buy owners with local help well kept gardens and pool bus stops out side complex for alvor p/ moe give it a go

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

please make sure you are aware that the driver of your shuttle may not know that your keys need to be picked up from dunas do alvor in barca street down in the middle of alvor which is a 20 minute walk from the hotel complex
this info should be provided by the complex management and is a frequent problem apparently
dont be caught out especially if its late at night

the complex itself is a little out of the way but 2 good restaurants virtually opposite called por do sol and bigreds which have the best staff ive ever come across

there are cheaper options in town and a taxi return is only about 7 euros but i can recommend that the food in bigreds is fantastic and the service is second to none

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

a very good friend of mine has one the apartments and this is my 4th time going and i love it, the pool is great though i must admit the pool bar slightly overpriced (1.50 euros for a can of coke???) its just so greatly presented, bit sad that the beach and the walk into alvor is a bit far but its still a superb place to stay and i would highly recommend it

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Having read some negative reviews, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Vila Marachique is a private residential complex. The pool bar/cafe is excellent the facilities provided are exactly what the owners of the properties want.

There is no entertainment as it's not a tour operated complex.

The owners want to retain the 4* plus surroundings in tranquil, relaxed and safe surroundings the pleases the majority of families and couples who reside or rent.

In summary if you’re looking for a holiday with karaoke, television and entertainment at the pool - book a package holiday!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

Apartment was overlooking the fabulous pool and gardens. Pool for the children was excellent - baby pool for the very young and larger pool for us 'oldens' and the teenagers. Pool bar run by tony and his team who offer excellent bar meals for lunch and cold drinks. Situated on the outskirts of alvor so quite a walk to alvor town and beach but we had a car, so not a problem for us. Great choice of restaurants and beaches are beautiful coves or long sandy beaches. First time we have visited Potugal and would seriously consider coming back to this lovely complex! 9 out of 10 in my opinion for the money

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

This was our first visit to Vila Marachique and indeed to Portugal.We will definately be returning.The complex is fantastic.The swimming pool is larger than most hotels I would say,and there is a completely seperate pool for the little ones.It is well kept and cleaned every morning.There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool.The pool is also surrounded by a huge grassed area with several large Palm trees(if you fancy a bit if the shade).There are sperate areas for a childrens playground,volley ball and football.This whole area is gated off which makes it extra safe for the kids.
Prior to going I had read mixed reports about the pool bar.This has now been taken over by owner residents Tony and Jane.The have put a great deal of effort into transforming this area and is a great place to relax and have a drink/bite to eat.This area is open from 9am to 8pm and offers a good choice of food and drink at very reasonable prices.The staff are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble.In addition to running the pool bar they can provide welcome packs,picnics for the beach etc.
We stayed in a one bed appartment which easily accomodated our family of four.
The complex itself is located about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Alvor.Having said that it is downhill from the complex and a taxi back at the end of the night is no more than four euros.The walk to the beach is slightly longer but the quickest route we found was to turn left by the creche(yellow and blue building as you go down) and then just follow the road down.There is also a locally run shop just down from the creche on this road which provides all the basics.The larger supermarkets being in Alvor.
There are a large number of restaurants and bars to choose from.There are also two restaurants directly opposite the complex if you dont want to walk into town.If you fancy a cheap beer then Chill out Bar does a pint for a euro and amazing toasties.This is located opposite the school at the back of the Ali Super.
There is good water park called Slide and Splash which is worth a visit.The bus journey takes over an hour.We booked a taxi for 19 euros each way and takes about 25 mins.Each to their own but we preferred this as it gave us more time in the park and less travelling.
All in all a great holiday,met some lovely families and well worth a visit if your thinking about going.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urbanizacao Vila Marachique, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Alvor
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
#5 Family Hotel in Alvor
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Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Marachique 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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