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Pestana Viking Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Praia Senhora da Rocha | Porches/Lagoa, Porches 8400-450, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dublin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Still perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2011

This was our third trip to the Pestana Viking/Porches Praia so I'll try not to be biased....who am I kidding? We love it! It's so quiet and relaxing. Apartment is cleaned every day. Food is delicious although expensive but there are other places in Armacao de Pera to go to eat or the snack bar just across the road - always lovely food there. Hotel staff are friendly and helpful. You can refer to my previous review for more info but would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Stayed at the Pestana Viking for a week. The hotel was great - spacious room that was spotlessly clean, with large bathroom and sheets changed daily. The people at reception were fantastic and were happy to help with anything you could possibly want. The pool outside was spot on as well with fantastic views, lots of sunbeds, free towels, and shades if required.

The only things to let it down were the service in the restaurant (it was always slow, but the worst was one day it took us over an hour to just get a lunch menu) and the prices (28 euors for a bbq buffet and 24 euros for an italian buffet is a little steep). Also, wifi at 18.50 a day is very expensive, but luckily the supermarket up the road had free wifi if needed.

The area is very quiet and definitely not for those looking for a lively holiday. The beach next to the resort is fantastic - never got too busy, with a great bar/ restaurant and lots of afternoon shade from the cliffs if you want to escape the sun. Bar over the road is very cheap (4.50 euros for 2 pints as opposed to 7.50 in the hotel), while 5 euros in a taxi will get you to Armacao De Pera which had some nice beach bars and restaurants. Still not exactly buzzing, but enough places to fill a weeks worth of drinks and eating out.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Argyll
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

This was our first time in the Pestana Viking. Lovely hotel, friendly staff, quieter area but you could go to Amercao De Pera via the shuttle bus, free from the hotel. Plenty of sunbeds by the pool. Great indoor pool, spa etc. Tried the Belmondo Restaurant which was a bit expensive. if you walk up the hill to the road the Intermarche is on, turn left instead of walking towards it then your first right you will a great restaurant called "Orotund" (or something like that). Can thoroughly recommend that - sirlion steak for 10 euros! Or you can ask for the tourist menu.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Firstly, hotel very good, nice big, clean rooms with fridge, sink and microwave.
Lots of ammenaties, spa, indoor pool, big bar area, lots of outside space, plenty of sunbeds which were very comfortable (as sunbeds normally go) outside pool was nice and big with beach/pool towels provided and fantastic views.
Staff were excellent, very friendly and would go out of their way to help especially Rui the barman.
Around the area was very quiet, had about 6 restraunts to choose from within walking distance, especially vilarinha on the beach.
Overall great holiday and we would go back tomorrow

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

Believe it or not - we had to carry our two toddlers in their Buggys up a flight of stairs each time we had to go to the Pool or Restauraunt.

Also the Pastena Rep was very nice to us up to the time she asked us to get involved in "an eight year deal". When we declined she wouldn't look at us for the rest of the week... How Petty!

Room Tip: Family room very small
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

We stayed at the hotel for 9 days. The rooms were clean, staff were very friendly and helpful. Location great, with 2 beaches in walking distance and very good.
There is an Itailan resturant 10 mins walk away towards the main road Very Good worth a try. There is a fish resturant on the beach this was very good.
The hotel provides a free bus into the local town.
The pool outside was very cold, added bounus with a pool inside, with a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.
Breakfast self service - this was ok.
The price of drinks and food expensive in the hotel. I would advise to eat out and go across the road to the bar that is open and lots cheaper!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

This was our third stay at the Viking Hotel in twelve months and we have never been disappointed. Although we did not stay in their most expensive room the standard is very good and having a small kitchenette area with microwave, crockery and cutlery is a big plus point. We like to be flexible in when and where we eat and this feature suits us very well. Staff are always pleasant and helpful and although the hotel was fairly busy the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. Looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: rooms on floors 4, 5, 6 have the best views
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Pestana Viking Resort

Address: Praia Senhora da Rocha | Porches/Lagoa, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#3 Spa Hotel in Porches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Viking Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 184
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Also Known As:
Pestana Viking Hotel Porches
Hotel Pestana Viking
Pestana Viking Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches

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