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“Estrela do Vau” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel
Ranked #29 of 78 Hotels in Portimao
Ramsey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Estrela do Vau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Lovely hotel, staff very friendly and helpful. Spent most of our time between Alvor and Praia de Roche, hotel midway and the walk to either town was beautiful. The nearby beach (only 5 mins walk away) is stunning. We did not eat/drink at the hotel as it was expensive to drink in the hotel bar and cocktails were very very small for the price you pay but all else was fine. Room cleaned practically every day which was terrific. Bit noisy at night when singer was outside bar, she could be heard from Alvor!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank leonie h
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

In a quiet location,walking distance to good beaches if like us you are mobile.Nearest beach Praia da Alemao is about 5 mins on foot for us but we like walking.Overall the complex is good value, yes a little tired looking in parts but some updating work seems to be going on. Good size pools and plenty of sunloungers and parasols when we went but it was at the end of the season.I imagine the place could be noisy in peak holiday season,the design of it actually would accentuate noise from apartment to apartment rather than filter it away. Free WiFi in main area on ground floor worked fine always for us. Our studio-style apartment was a good size,some maintenance needed doing eg in bathroom but nothing major. The apartment we were put into on arrival was exactly the opposite to what we had requested in all ways,this did not seem to be the hotel's fault as the message they had under our name was not what I had sent to our provider,but they were very amenable and we were moved within 24 hrs to a much more suitable apartment for our needs. The reception staff were all very efficient,friendly and welcoming as were all the staff we came across on the site,from the little shop to pool cafe to cleaners. If you don't want to hire a car then the local bus service to go either way (towards Portimao/Praia da Rocha or towards Alvor )is just few minutes away and taxis should cost about 5 euros to either.If you want to be at the centre of nightlife then this complex is not the place for you. The only bad/rowdy behaviour we saw was from young Brits/Irish and unsupervised British youngsters (don't know where the parents were but one day 2 young girls 13ish were nothing but a nuisance all day in the pool area ),hotel maybe should be prepared to clamp down on noise and make sure all parents know not to let children/teens play havoc. As we went out a lot we ourselves were not that troubled by other residents. The walk at the sea edge all along from beach to beach into Praia da Rocha is marvellous - and you can always get a taxi back if a return walk is too much or the bus (about every 20mins weekdays). For us the complex was a base as we do not expect to stay on site all the time so maybe don't look to have entertainment laid on and we have local Portuguese friends we spent time with when they weren't working,if you want nightlife go into Praia da Rocha or Alvor. Room was cleaned every day,beds changed when they should be and clean towels frequently.We stayed just over two weeks with no problems.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Have just returned from a great holiday at the Estrella. The apartment was great, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large kitchen/ diner/ lounge. Plenty of equipment in kitchen if you want to cook. Only problem was the distance from Alvor for restaurants- 6 euros in a taxi. A car would be useful, we walked it once, took 40 mins! Alvor great place for meals and live music bars. Quaint streets and harbour. Lovely beach 10 mins walk from hotel.Easy access to beach for prams, etc. On site shop was ok for bread and milk, but fresh rolls delivered in stages and went quickly! Could walk to Praia de Rocha in 30 mins but not worth it -high rise blocks (Though nice beach, not as nice as Vau beach ) Beer 1 euro a pint on beach! Overall- great!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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girvan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

I came here as i new it was in a quiet area, as my friend was turning 70 & hadn't been abroad befor, but my partner wanted to tag along..big misstake! The room was great, new fridge freezer, well equiped, great view from balcony, better than some,on top floor. Pools beautifull, sun lounges needed some replacements. Drinks expensive, happy hour was just 30% off when they could remember, taxi fairs were never 5 euros, but always varied. Staff at desk helpfull. Get your fresh baked bread bang on 9am at there little expencive shop or forget it. Get your self to Aqa at portimao, asap on landing big cheap supermarket, like tesco etc. cost 6-7euros to get there, but buy for your stay, esp water.
you will never need to go there again, nothing there to see it is the locals residents zone, they shut sat 1pm till monday morning..truely!! Avau, great food at harbour ,usuall irish bars and lots of tourist shops, 3-4 euros taxi, or 15 min walk.
Nothing goes on at hotel!!!!! sad singers, and no one stayed but went into Avau instead, that's were the night life is. My partner was bored out of his scull. The noise was bad even though 10.30pm was suposed to be enforced noise limit, but local owned apartments had there own rules, barking dogs, dubious night visits to one ladies room, severel anight!!!! etc, never told to keep noise down. We booked with "on the Beech" never again, they had no record of our booking and we didn't get into our room till 7pm after lots of discussion, keep hold of all paper work it saved our neck! Had same trouble at airport with "on the beach's" transfer company, who the portugese had never heard of, "cab finder", but a very nice man rang one of the numbers and found out were we were meant to go as there was no signs being shown anywhere, they hadn't got our total booking either, 2 people not 3,but took us to the hotel, which took over two hours, not 30 mins as advertised. The Beach is awsum, truely must not be missed, and managable going down the sandy road to it from the round about on main road from hotel, but climbing back up, harder for my elderly friend and my bad knee. But worth it! 20 mins walk from hotel, 30 - 40 mins walk back lol. I would come back here again, for quiet holiday! i loved it. A day out at the "zoo marine" is a must we bought tickets on the flight as cheaper, and booked a pick up on there own bus at the desk of the hotel, which was exceptionally cheap. tip - do all the exerbitions before going on the rides as the pick up is 4 pm and you could miss them!

Room Tip: Facing golf course great views, top floor, no noise above your head, sunny mornings, shady afternoon...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lesley c
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scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

2012 just arrived back from the estrela do vau portimao,on arrival the hotel staff were helpful our room was tidy and clean the pool was ok and the weather for the time of year middle september was warm,having said that there was nothing to do its miles from anywhere and a taxi will cost you min 7euros to alvor or aqua center which is a shopping centre,a 15min walk will get you to the beach which is lovely but be warned the walk is not suitable for elderly,disabled or anyone with walking problems.the way in which the hotel is built means you hear every door shut and people in the reception area,chatting,the bar area was a waste of time,the entertainment was thin on the ground and most nights there was just the 3 of us,we stayed in room 402,we arrived on a wed we had a 1 bed appt and a single camp bed in the lounge,i stayed on the camp bed which was uncomfortable but i knew it would be nothing special,when iturned in for bed i was woken up about 1am by screaming,shouting etc bearing in mind hotel rules no noise after 10.30

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank steve j
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Ayrshire
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Reception staff very helpful & knowledgeable regarding the surrounding area. Apartment spacious-2 bedroom apartment had bathroom and shower-room. Cleaning of apartment bit hit and miss. Only cleaned approximately every other day and maids turned up at odd times-e.g. around 6pm when trying to shower. Although 'animacion' advertised this was only for young children. Our teenagers were disappointed there wasn't anything organised for their age group, e.g water polo. Pool area is nice. 2 pools (apart from children's pool), one of which is shallow throughout (around 4ft) with swim up bar. Some broken sunbeds though. Entertainment at night wasn't great. All in all a nice hotel which is reasonably priced. Bit tired in places though. I think they are slowly refurbishing it There are some nice bars and restuarants at the nearby beach (15 minute walk).
Alvor & Praia Da Rocha both 5 minutes in taxi (5 euros). We preferred Alvor which has much more character and lots of good restuarants and bars with live music. Paesanos restuarant was particularly good. Boralai bar have good live musicians and great cocktails. Both in Alvor. Golf at Alto Golf 2 minute walk from hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mksa
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

have just returned from a 12 night stay at this hotel on arrival the staff greeted you with a warm and friendly welcome and very helpful at all times we arrived late at night so when we got to our apartment we was really wanting a cuppa would be nice for late arrivals to have a a small welcome pack to enable a hot drink late at night . the apartment it self was lovely and clean yes the beds are a little hard but not that uncomfortable you cant get a good night sleep . they have 3 swimming pools one of which is the baby pool all nice and clean and is salt water has plenty of sun beds so never a problem getting one has a pool side cafe nice food prices were ok also has a bar right next to the pool which you can sit in the pool at the bar there is a nice little shop on site to get milk , bread, water etc and a on site restaurant which was rather over priced . the hotel is in between Praia Da Rocha and alvor which by taxi is 5 euros each way you can walk to praia da rocha which is a lovely walk along the beach and plenty of cafe`s and restaurants along the way and plenty to see and do when you get there the other way is the beautiful place alvor which is a beautiful little fishing village with lots of old character old men hand fishing no rod n reel which i really enjoyed watching. people very friendly and helpful all fish freshly caught that day and cooked in the open where you can see it being cooked. on the harbour is a cafe called bote went there for meals n more so coffee and tea young man very cheerful and helpful well recommended also the steak house both places food was great spent alot of days in alvor as so much to see and do and definately going back great holiday for all ages

Room Tip: had room 243 and didnt really get the full on sun but had a beautiful view morning and night when al...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel
Address: Praia do Vau | Sítio das Delgadas, Portimao 8500-820, Portugal (Formerly Apartamentos Estrela do Vau)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Portimao
#10 Romantic Hotel in Portimao
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Hotel Class:3 star — Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 174
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