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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Vilanova Resort

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Vilanova Resort
Ranked #134 of 163 Hotels in Albufeira
cocoapops
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“It's not that bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

After booking a mini break for me and my 11 year old daughter, I was terrified of going here after reading some of the reviews, however I need not have worried. I'm only saying that some of the points are not true however it is no where near as bad as some people make out or perhaps I am just a bit more laid back than others. We stayed in block 4 in a one bedroom apartment.

I will start with the negatives : yes the beds are not the most comfortable that I have ever slept on and to be honest after the first two nights I spent the last two nights on the sofa in the living area which was much more comfortable.

Unfortunately there were about 20 Irish lads who were also staying in our block that decided it was a good idea at 4.30 in the morning when they came in to make so much noise everyone knew they were home, the walls are very thin which does add to the noise.

It is true that some of the buildings could do with a bit of paint but it's hardly a major issue.

Now the positives: the rooms are very clean and we had maid service 2 days out of the 4 that we were there. There is everything you need in the apartment, the shower was lovely and powerful and always warm water. The room was very spacious.

I saw no problems around the pool, there was a big mixture of people, families, older people and young groups.

The service at the pool bar was good and the food lovely, staff friendly. I never had any problems with any of the reception staff and encountered about 5 different people on the different occasions I went. I thought the safe near the reception would be a bit dodgy but it was absolutely fine and is in a room off to the side of the reception.

The hotel is in a prime location for all the bars and restaurants, the beach is not too far away either.

All in all we had a good time, this is not a billed as a five star hotel and therefore that is not what you are going to get.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Just arrived back from Vilanova Resort, literally. Complex is a large dated collection of apartments and villas, we stayed in a 3 bed villa which was much bigger than expected, a large patio area that lead directly to the pool was great for the kids, the resort could do with shutting down and painting, rooms have well gone past their sell by date! if you looked closely at everything you soon realise the entire complex is in dire need of updating, but, and this I stress, it is a cheap getaway, we didn't pay for the Ritz, so didn't expect it. Rooms were kept clean, beds were okay, pool was large and clean (although the surrounding tiles were broken and had grass growing everywhere) , location sells this resort, as you are right in the middle of everything, food on the strip consists of a variety from seafood and steaks to burgers n chips, something for everyone. Happy hour large beers 1.50 euro, wine from 1 euro. If you want to cook yourself, use the Pingo Supermarket on the main road (turn right out the complex, left at the top of road and stroll down 5 mins to Worm Roundabout) fantastic choice and price.

The Vilanova resort though is not for families with young children, it can get unbelievably rowdy, our kids ranged from 11 to 19 so it didn't bother them, do not book this hotel if you get offended by drunks! Entertainment wise, none! unless you like laughing at drunks making complete fools of themselves. The beach is an easy 10 min stroll, Albufeira old town is about 30 mins, or you can jump the happy train for 2.50 euro,

All in the resort was Okay, for the price we paid we got a spacious apartment, and the kids were happy, yep the weather wasn't brilliant but that's not the fault of Vilanova. Had a great time, all the same.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thurso, Scotland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

having taken my 80 yearold farther he enjoyed the resort and the closeness to the strip plenty of bars and shops the problem was the beds. to low to hard to lumpy. no hand rails on steps in to apartment block.the apartments are very worn and not very well equiped. need refurbing urgently holes in walls andlots of mold and dirt ingrained on walls and floor will not be going back

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

stayed here for 3 nights, greeted with a grumpy receptionist who insisted on a print out of the reservation ( first time anywhere i've seen this). She made me buy a wifi card to use on my phone to send her the email, strange!
Stayed in a 3 bed 'villa'. It was like stepping back into the early 80's. Linen not very clean. Our patio was overgrown and none of the doors/ windows could lock properly and the place could easily have been broken into should any thief have chosen too!
downstairs WC had the mechanics of it rotted away and the whole place felt old grubby and dirty!
Had an early flight at 7am so we were picked up at 5am. I went to the '24hr reception', which of course was closed. After knocking on the door an extremely grumpy man came to the door, snapped the key out of my hand and closed the door without saying a word!
Please only ever stay here with a group or on a stag, I would never consider bringing my family here, spend the extra few quid and stay somewhere else.

On the upside, great big pool area and literally on the strip!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

HAVING JUST RETURNED YESTERDAY FROM THIS DISGUSTING HOTEL/RESORT. I Would Like To Seriously WARN People NOT To Book. Place is in serious need of shutting down. Staff are miserable, No clean towel's/sheet's. Cockroaches in filthy pool. Bird poo all round pool side, left there by lazy staff. No kettle, Yellow dated microwave and cooker that you wouldn't touch. Air con was a fan. Bed consisted of a paper thin mattress on a concrete raised small slab off the floor. Place full of lager lout's. Couldn't even get a coffee in the pool bar as they stopped serving it at 5pm.. Hotel corridors stunk and where dark and drab. Lift was disgusting and graffitti is everywhere in the resort. THE SO CALLED ''STRIP''.......WHERE DO I START HERE? ONE WORD ''SCUM''!! AND TO THINK MY BOYFRIEND OF 10YRS TOOK ME HERE FOR MY 50TH. I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY IF THAT'S ALL I'M WORTH THEN HE IS NOW MY EX!! AND HE READ THESE REVIEW'S BEFORE HE BOOKED IT TOO. DO NOT GO NEAR THIS AWFUL PLACE UNLESS YOUR USED TO THIS SORT OF THING. I've just spent a night in hospital cause of my stomach after this dirty disgusting place!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Going to keep this very simple - this hotel is pretty awful BUT...it's only awful if you are the person who should be digging deeper in your pockets and not grabbing the cheapest deal going or thinking that young people should be muzzled and not be allowed to have fun and make a bit of noise. I was part of a stag party of 12 and for us it was perfect, if I had brought my wife here for a romantic break, she would have walked out and instantly divorced me

Stay here if you are with a group of friends and are under 35, dont stay here if you are not

Always like to finish on a positive note, the swimming pool was fantastic

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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ringwould kent
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

ok we went in october so not really busy, had family with us and two young babys, room was ok not brill but good enough its really good for what you pay. few roudy youngens ther but not over the top worse in uk im sure, i think a few of you lot need to sample turkey if you think this hotel is bad. stop its good for what you pay, can give only good marks for albufiera good food all round except one place called china imperial at end of strip chinese food really disgusting do not eat there you will be ill, best place i think is fat cats if you like a deacent breakfast and a good pint for the right money, also the sizzing stone has gone down hill well overpriced. this holiday place is cheaper than holidaying in the uk and is well worth it so just go and enjoy it and stop moaning

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Vilanova Resort
Address: Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vilanova Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 226
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Vilanova Resort Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve

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