Vila Rosa provided a comfortable base for a cheeky 5day winter getaway. No luxury, but wouldn't expect it for the price! It's modern (enough, tv aside.. but didnt go there to watch it!) and kept to a very decent 3+ standard. Bear in mind that Portimao itself isn't the prettiest of locations - the whole seafront is built up with high rise blocks - these separate vila rosa from the otherwise lovely beach. Getting there takes roughly a 10min walk, including some steps and getting across a busy two lane road.
The main pool looked lovely, but was closed (no loss with daily showers) and so was the little market (we used the large shopping complex 5min drive from Vila Rosa for all supplies). Both the complex and town were pretty much empty and very quiet, which we enjoyed, but it might not be to everyones taste.
We havent tried the restaurant or any facilities in the complex (turkish bath was available free of cost in the afternoons mon-sat).
Reception was friendly and helpful. It closes at 7pm in low season shutting access to free wi-fi. On the flip side there was plenty of free parking outside with no need to get into the underground parking (free)..
Our superior 1-bed rooms was very spacious and well equipped (even had a blender!). No electric kettle - guess that must be due to electricity restrictions (toaster tripped the fuses when turned on).
Apartment was cleaned daily. Towels changed on request. A/C proved very useful for .. warming the place up!
Comfortable mattresses, shame there was no option for a double - never fun sharing a twin between a couple!
Overall happy with Vila Rosa, but not likely to return to Portimao. Most other towns in western Algarve have kept their rural charm and havent been this heavily built up.
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- Vila Rosa Hotel Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve
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