We booked this hotel with great anticipation. Looking at the Pestana website, the images they used really sold the hotel to us but we were concerned that we would arrive to find that the best rooms had made the brochure. We booked the hotel and made a number of requests...we had asked for a double room, on the highest floor possible due to other reviews saying that the trees blocked the views on lower floors.
We arrived at the hotel in beaming sunshine on 24th May 2012. We were greeted with a smile and were immediately shown to our room. We had no reason to be concerned. Walking to our room, the hotel's decor was modern, fresh and very clean. We were taken to the 7th floor (the highest) and shown to room 708. The room was large with a double bed (two twins pushed together), a kitchenette, plenty of storage, tv, air-conditioning, table and chairs. We opened the large glass door on the balcony to breathtaking views across the cliffs, beach and open seas. We were delighted. The bathroom was huge with a wide sink, bath, shower and bidet.
We were treated like royalty throughout our stay and the staff could not do enough for us. Fresh towels every day, beach towels every two days, they would arrange excursions for us when we wanted, they sorted car hire out for us and even arranged for an early breakfast when we departed on the 31st May at 6am in the morning.
The hotel grounds were stunning, a little breezy by the side of the pool given that we were at the top of a cliff, but this made relaxing in the sun much more comfortable. The pools were great (indoor and out) with few people crowding them. The outdoor pool was salt water so we tended to use the indoor pool as the outdoor salt water pool was a bit cold. The gym looked great (we didn't use it...c'mon, we were on holiday). There was a massage center too. We could go to one of two beaches either side of the hotel. We tended to go for the beach to the right as there was a nice restaurant to get out of the sun and where the food was great.
Speaking of food, the food at the hotel was great. We were on a half board basis which represented only 10% of the guests. The remainder seemed to be on bed and breakfast basis only. As you can imagine, the breakfast sitting was busy, with plenty of food to choose from. We had the option of a full cooked breakfast, or continental with bread and cheeses. There were cereals and fruits, yoghurt, cake, tea and coffee.
Lunch was quite pricey if purchased from the hotel, so we tended to visit the beach restaurant where food was a bit better value. Drinks were quite costly too at the hotel. I think I paid 7 Euros for two glasses of Pepsi, whereas on the beach, you could get two cans of Pepsi for 3 Euros.
Due to the few guests on half board, dinner was a little more limited and the restaurant was a lot quieter. You tended to have two meat dishes (one fish), two veg dishes, a rice and a potato dish to choose from. The choice was limited but tasted great. There was also a salad bar with pasta, soup and bread, ice cream and a selection of other deserts. You would never go hungry but sometimes you would fancy something a little different. Of the 7 nights we were there, we ate out three times just to get a little more variety.
Location of the hotel is in a quiet spot, not much around the hotel but we were happy with that. We hired a car for three days and visited Albufeira and Caviaro. Albufeira was busy with plenty to look at.
So, a near perfect holiday. We are 25 and seemed to be surrounded by older guests and young families, but this was not a problem for us. We were able to fully relax and loved spending our days on the beach or by the pool, we only wish we had booked two weeks rather than one.
Only negatives (and they are not really negatives) was the choice of food at dinner and the salt water out door pool. Apart from that, we had a fantastic time and would go back tomorrow.
Thanks to all staff at the Pestana Viking for making us so welcome, no doubt we will be seeing you again!!
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Viking Hotel Porches
- Hotel Pestana Viking
- Pestana Viking Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches