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Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Hurghada, Egypt
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“Great Location”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

As Many have saíd its a great location.
2 Beaches and a town either side the new posher flashy and expensive Vilamoura and the older more tradicional QUarteira..
We liked Vilamoura but after a time or 2 Around the marina it was done , however QUarteira had a Lovely promensde we walked every morning with bakery type cafés we stopped at and sampled the cakes.
The restaurants and bars were cheaper here too.
Both beaches are Lovely . Marina beach and QUarteira beach meet up . We prefered the Lovely beach at Vilamoura side called falásia it is extensive with a Lovely back drop of red coloured cliffs, you can walk a good way on this beach nearly to Albufeira i think.

Back to the hotel , recently ré furbished it is very tasteful and pleasant to stay in , very comfortable .
It is a very short ride from the airport aprox 20 minutes, we also sampled the yellow fish transfers as it is suggested such alot , we were very happy with the profissional service and free WIFI onboard,can you believe it?
If we came to Vilamoura agaín we would definatly use this hotel as it is well located and if you do like walking , with QUarteira benig so close and the Lovely falásia beach nearby it is ideal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Paul,
It is very rewarding to see that we met your expectations and that we have your preference if staying in Vilamoura.
Looking forward to welcome you back again at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Everything we could wish for. Bed and breakfast basis fine. Good selection of restaurants within. Half a mile. Spa pool @25°c fine will get warmer I am sure. The room is a junior suite floor4 .had booked a slightly cheaper superior suite on the eleventh but apparently refurb in process. Would have been nice to know this before arrival. Still the full on sea view and all day sun compensate nicely.

  • Stayed December 2012
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Guest,
It is very gratifying to receive our guests recognition.
Thank you so much for taking your time and write your review regarding your experience at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Looking forward to welcome you again at our hotel.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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Wirral
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a three night stay at the Crowne Plaza, Vilamoura. It’s a lovely hotel in a prime beach front location. We had a superb room, which was a beach facing junior suite, huge well furnished room with a really comfy 8 foot wide bed! The one strange feature of the room is the shower facility which has a large glass window that you can look into the bathroom from the bedroom, even into the toilet area itself! Even after 30+ years of marriage there are still some bodily functions that remain private even between man and wife!! Luckily there is a large blind that you higher and lower electrically to provide some privacy.

We were on a half board deal and found the food very good and were surprised by the cost of wine in the restaurant, it was actually reasonably priced, a bottle of house red was 10 Euros and a bottle of Mateus Rose was 13 Euros, which is probably only 2 or 3 Euros more than you’d pay in a bog standard restaurant in the area. The hotel staff are all very friendly and helpful, especially Julianna the Maitre’D of the restaurant.

Our only gripes about the hotel were that the Spa facilities were not available as they had suffered a breakdown in the heating system, so the indoor pool was FREEZING and there wasn’t even the luxury of a sauna or steam room to warm up in.

The second gripe is about the rather draconian hotel rule which forbids you bringing in food and drink from outside. My wife and I have been travelling for the past 30 years and we normally stay half board, because it gives us the chance to go out and about during the day without being tied to the hotel for lunch. However on a day when we’ve stayed locally our habit is to buy a bottle of wine and maybe some bread, cheese and meats for a light lunch on our balcony whilst soaking up some local sunshine. To us that’s a very enjoyable part of the holiday and the miserly rule to presumably force you to buy at the Crowne Plaza, especially at the prices they’re charging was off putting and it’s the one thing that would stop us returning here and consider returning to the Vila Gale Ampalius next door, where we’ve stayed before.

Vilamoura was very quiet and we found that the half mile walk into Quarteira along the beach road worth the effort, it was livelier and 2/3 of the prices in Vilamoura. We had a fantastic mixed fish lunch of sardine, mackerel and sea bass for 10 Euros a head, saw the same sort of meal advertised at 17 Euros in Vilamoura itself, which is priced more for the owners of the multi million pound yachts in its harbour.

Room Tip: If you can afford it or you can get an out of season deal like we did at 99 Euro a night, half board...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank Fetlar13
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Guest,
I want to thank you for taking your time and share your opinion about your stay at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Also I glad to read that you enjoyed your stay as well as the hotel facilities apart from the spa issue wich I regret.
Concerning our policies and after our guest’ suggestions we decided to remove the fine of €50 although it is legal. But we don’t allow bringing cooked food or alcoholic drinks to be consumed in the hotel facilities in order to protect our guests and associates (as per HACCP rules).
We would be very happy to welcome you again at our hotel.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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Albufeira
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stayed at the Crown Plaza for 3 nights finding it nothing but superp. Would stay there again.
Bed was comfortable and the en-suite just wonderful with all one would wish for. The resturants were perfect with a wide range of choices. The in door pools also very good and enjoyed the
fitness area.

Room Tip: 7th floor with sea view
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Guest,
It is very rewarding to receive our guests recognition.
Thank you so much for taking your time and write your review regarding your experience at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Looking forward to welcome you again at our hotel.
Kind Regards,

General Manager
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Almancil, Portugal
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had 20 delegates at our recent Seminar.
The arrangements made with Elia Freitas, Sales Manager at the Crowne Plaza in Vilamoura were carried out with total professionalism and delivered with a more than commendable service.
The spacious facilities of the Hotel it's position, the conference suites, the accommodation, the Staffs friendly and excellent service plus great food made it a hit with all who attended.
We will return.

Room Tip: The suites directly overlooking the beach and sea are great
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear David,
I would like to thank you for taking your time and gives such kind feedback regarding the hotel facilities, services and staff.
It is really rewarding to receive our guests preference.
Looking forward to welcome you at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The hotels is good , the big swimming pool is wicked brilliant , reception is boring ,free wifi on loung every where in ground all aple iMac, room wifi is chargeable , room, balcony , toilet is good , breakfast is very nice more choice & big hall , free parking ,over all hotel disiene is very old i give 4 star also have swimming pool in under ground big hot water but this are chargeable € 15 a day

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking your time and give us the feedback of your stay at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
I glad to read that you enjoyed the hotel facilities and services.
Looking forward to welcome you bak soon.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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Valencia, Spain
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Directions to the hotel were excellent, making the complicated one-way system seem easy.

The hotel is spacious and bedrooms and bathrooms large, clean and extremely comfortable - maybe the best hotel bed I've ever slept in! The bathroom lacked good toiletries, shaving kit, etc which is usually standard in a hotel of this rating.

The buffet breakfast offers lots of choice of hot and cold food, fresh fruit, good bread and pastries. My only complaint would be that the coffee is dispensed from a machine and not freshly brewed. In terms of location, the hotel is just a few minutes walk from the marina, with a huge choice of restaurants which, as a vegetarian, I needed as the only main course on the Crowne Plaza menu that I could eat was pasta, and when in Portugal I prefer not to eat Italian!

During my stay there was a scheduled power cut for electrical maintenance work to be done. Unfortunately this began at 4 pm, and lasted till 6 o'clock, by which time it was dark, rooms were unusable and guests were reading under the emergency lighting in the lobby. There was no communication about the likely duration of the cut, and guests were only made aware of it by way of a small notice in the lift and on the main door. When I enquired at reception, they could tell me nothing.

To sum up, there were several things which could be better, but I've still given a four star rating as this is a very nice hotel indeed and I wouldn't hestiate to stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank IreneSM
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MP_CP_Vilamoura, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Irene,
I am glad to read that apart from the few niggles you have enjoyed your stay with us and will be back.
Looking forward to welcome you soon at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura.
Kindest Regards,
General Manager
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Property: Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve
Address: Rua do Oceano Atlantico Algarve, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-478, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Spa Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
#9 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve 5*
Number of rooms: 327
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Totally renovated, the Hotel offers 327 spacious rooms and suites, all with private balcony, individual air conditioning, wireless high speed internet, TV, Nespresso coffee machine and in room safe. Other facilities include a dedicated Golf Reception desk, an outdoor Putting Green and a Multi-sports area. The Almond Tree Wellness Spa includes treatment rooms, Hamman and dry Sauna, a modern Fitness Center, indoor heated pool and extra large whirlpool. Also available is an outdoor pool with apx. 1000 m2 and a large sundeck, with full view over the Vilamoura beach. Local and International gastronomy is available in the Restaurant Cataplana with daily buffet, a la carte options as well as dinner Al Fresco in the Patio. The Caravela Bar & Lounge by the pool area is the perfect choice for enjoying a drink or having a light snack. For Meetings & Congresses the Hotel offers 1488 m2 of meeting space, all on same Floor, equipped with modern technology and benefiting of natural sunlight. ... more   less 
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