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Baluarte da Vila Apartments
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Having read mixed reviews about this place ranging from good to terrible! we arrived with trepidation to be met by the lovely Isobel (waiting near the fire station) she took us into the apartments and what a surprise! ours was overlooking the pool area, very spacious for two of us, and then we were left to explore.It is certainly not the place to go if you want entertainment and noise (we didn't!) A few negatives:the place does look a bit tired and unloved which is a shame ,I think they are starting to make improvements but there is a way to go yet, the bathrooms could do with an update! and why when letter tiles are everywhere in Portugal they dont have proper sign outside is beyond me! but its in a great location and Lagos is a great resort with some lovely eating places and shops,Seagulls not a problem they have fine wire over the pool area which prvents them from landing! Lisa the tompson rep was brilliant and visited everyday,although we didn't need her help she always checked we were ok.All in all a lovely relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dtoak
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Came here with Thomson in July 2010 with my sister.
Lovely rooms but cleaning left a LOT to be desired. Parts of the room was plain grubby because it wasn't cleaned properly in the whole 2 weeks we were there. This was a big no no in what is basically a really lovely place to stay. Great pool, really nice and quiet with lovely guests. However, the outside pool area was also quite dirty and was only cleaned after an official looking gentleman came around to inspect it. Also, there isn't a member of staff there 24 hours, only in the daytime and even then not every day. This caused BIG problems when the fire alarm went off...mmmmmmmmm! I probably sound like a real whinger but I'm pretty laid back so it must have been pretty bad for me to point these things out. However, fabulous location - very near town and although on steep, narrow, cobbled roads my disabled sister could manage walking to and from the town just a few minutes away. Lisa the rep was lovely but broke her leg unfortunately and her replacement just wasn't the same. Lagos is fab - fabulous food and so is the ice cream - yummy. "O Ze" restaurant does the best fish and sangria ever and good price too. The owner Fernanda is such a character! The cleaning lets this place down otherwise its fab....oh! and theres on restaurant on site - no food available at all.

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

Rooms tired, shabby and not too clean. Kitchen basic. Too many seagulls which were a constant distraction. Mind you don't get poo'd on whilst sunbathing. Super location, 5 minute stroll into the old town. Best bit was definately the view from our apartment, straight out to the bay and beaches on the other side.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

We stayed in the Porta da Vila apartments June 2010, the apartment was fantastic; very spacious with two lovely terraces one overlooking the sea and harbour. The pool area was very quiet, with plenty of sunbeds and parasols. There are seagulls about but we didn't feel bothered by their presence. The Porta da Vila apartments are an ideal place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

This is my review of The Porta Da Vila apartments, the ultimate setting for relaxation with an affordable budget. We stayed in July 2007, it was fantastic. Here is my review which sums up the Holiday. I also stayed here in June 2005, this review sums up both my experiances.

Cleanliness: 10/10. The Porta Da Vila apartments are amongst the cleanest Holiday site I have ever seen. The Swimming Pool was always kept clean as was the site.

Leisure: 9/10. The Apartments is a small complex, henseforth it only needs one swimming pool. But what a pool it is. It is a huge pool both very deep (3 metres) and very shallow (0.3 metres) at seperate ends. It is clean and refreshing. There is also a seperate whirlpool. Unfortunatley there are no other leisure activites in the complex, that is fine though as it is very relaxing just to sit in the sun.

Rooms: 10/10. The biggest Room's I have ever stayed in. Especialy when I stayed here in 06. There were two king sized beds, with an en-suite. There was a seperate Kitchen and Living room with camp bed which is very comfortable. There is a seperate spacious Bathroom with a bidet, bath and shower. There is a seperate storage room. There is a nice living room. There is a nice Balcony, we did not use this though as there was a rooftop terrace. Truly amazing rooms.

Weather: 10/10. Lovely weather. The weather in the mid day was seering hot, and the temperature never dipped below 25c. Frequently it was around 34c. Although the average was about 31c. It was very hot, no rain, and a light wind.

Resort: 10/10. Fantastic, something for everyone. There is a noisy nightlife centre, and quiet contemporary restaurants, it is a bit expesnive however.

All in all, it was a superb holiday. The beach is about a 7 minute walk away. However we rarley went there as the poolside was fine. It was a suntrap and the water was nice. Rooms were cleaned every day, they are spacious and the complex is beautiflu kept.

Overall holiday: 10/10

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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