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“Tranquil, spotless complex” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pinhal da Marina
Ranked #8 of 37 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
West Midlands
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tranquil, spotless complex”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

We had read previous reviews saying this place was quiet and as that appealed to us we booked a week in may 12.    When we arrived we were met by a lovely lady at reception who not only showed us to our apartment but showed us round as well. She gave us a map and marked where the supermarkets were and the Marina she said it was quieter than normal so the bar and restaurant were closed for the next two days  which didn't bother us too as we're had opted for self catering . It was sad to hear that  the recession was hitting lbusiness.  The place was like a ghost town ( maybe due to time of year)with the pool bar and restaurant closed for 2 days due to the lack of customers there was no one else around. We were the only people around the pool.  Well after the initial shock of just how quiet it was   (didn't see any other guests until day 2) we really started to love the place and all its tranquility.  It's so nice to be away from  hustle and bustle of every day life at this place you have no other option but to relax. The apartment was spacious , spotless and well equipped  ours was a little old fashioned in furniture but very comfortable   (there are some newer apartments) we found the beds quite hard, The grounds and communal areas are lovely and well kept and again spotless.  There are 3 nice pools (one children's pool). If you are s/c. The supermarket is about 10 min walk but beware the complex is up a steep road so coming aback with shopping can be tiring.  We didn't have a car but if we come again we would have one for at least 2 days.  We had a pleasant walk to the marina ( about 20 min)  where are plenty of restaurants and a few shops but a lovely place  the taxi back cost €4.50.  In summary if you enjoy peace and quiet and like your own company this is the place for you . If you like a bit more going on and a choice of bars and restaurants then maybe this would be too quiet. Personally we like a relaxing peaceful holiday and would definitely return to this complex

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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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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Kent UK
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Just spent a week at Pinhal da Marina. This is our third visit. It was very quiet last week with no more than a dozen people there. The place as usual was spotless, the gardens grounds and pools are beutiful. Dora at reception made us very welcome. The same in the bar we were the only one's in there but they couldn't do enough for us. The gardeners and maids always have a smile and say hello. Can't give this place enough praise. I garauntee you will not be disappointed. We look forward to going back again.

Room Tip: Go for a studio overlooking the smaller pool.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank CoppoKentUK
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

This hotel has its good and bad points. It seriously needs an update, everything is so old fashioned and dark. However, saying that everything was extremely clean. The two pool areas were lovely, we chose to stay round the smaller pool for the week and me and my boyfriend had the pool to ourselves most of the time. The complex was very quiet which we liked, as it was set away from the Marina so you don't get disturbed by noise. It was only a 15 minute walk to the Marina, we got Taxi's back most nights which only cost around 4 euros. The Marina was lovely...we ate there every night, I would highly recommend La Fragata. The food was beautiful. The Breakfast in the hotel was nice, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, croissants, no fried food but we didn't mind. The hotel staff where extremely friendly, especially the restaurant staff. Our room was ok...we had maid service everyday except sundays when they have the day off, but again the rooms need updating. On our 4th day we returned to our room from the beach and I noticed lots of tiny spiders in the bath, all over our towels, on the floor and climbing up the walls, I called reception to see if someone could come and spray the room and they sent someone up no problem, the maid then walked in our bathroom and began squashing the spiders on the walls, bath, floor and into our towels with her fingers and left without saying a word!!!!! Then a few minutes later there where even more spiders! Reception then called back to see if the problem had been sorted out and when I said it hadn't her response was "what's the matter...have you never seen an insect before" well, yes I have actually but I don't expect to see them coming out from under the bath in what is supposed to have been a 4* hotel! Someone was then sent out to spray the room and fortunately the spiders stayed away for the next 3 days! On our last day we were not due to be picked up until 8.30pm, and check out was at 1pm, but reception let us keep our room till 8.30pm for no extra charge which was a bonus! Overall I enjoyed my holiday to Vilamoura but if I where to go back I wouldn't stay at Pinal Da Marina!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

Myself and 11 other male golfers have just spent a week at the Pinhal da Marina complex in Vilamoura Portugal. On arrival the girl in reception was very nice, she quickly sorted our rooms and even got a member of staff to show us where they were on the grounds. The rooms where very spacious, we had four sharing each apartment with two bedrooms with twin beds. The apartments had everything you could want, a spacious lounge, nice bathroom with shower over bath and a good size kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, kettle etc. The rooms were cleaned daily with fresh towels and also had air conditioning at no extra cost. The grounds and gardens in the complex were very well looked after and very secure being fenced off from surrounding areas. The main pool and childrens pool were excellent, they were cleaned every morning and the pool area was spottless. The restaurant was very good and had breakfast from 7 to 10am which was continental, if you like a good fry up your out of luck but the continental was more than adequate to start the day. There is an all day menu with pizzas,sea bass and other simple foods but if you want an excellent meal there is another menu which you order for the next day which has some fantastic sea food dishes. I can highly recommend the "Cataplana" which is southern Portuguese dish of praws, clams, pork or monkfish. The prices at the restaurant were very reasonable for food and drink, and I would like to thank John and Manuel who were very helpfull with nothing being to much trouble. Also a thank you to the ladies in the kitchen who produced some excellent dishes, one of my friends Henry who is Spanish and a chef was most impressed with the standards. He went into the kitchen to thank the ladies and said the kitchen was spottless and very well organised. We didn't walk down to Villamoura Marina because we had hire cars but other guests said it was about a fifteen minute walk. This complex is just nicely away from the Marina and is very peaceful.
All in all I would highly recommend Pinhal da Marina to family's or couples alike, the place is spotless and the people are very nice.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Piecrusty
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Sheffield, England
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Pinhal da Marina in September 2011 in self-catering accomadation. The appartments are excellent, spacious, clean, well maintained and the most well equipped we have ever stayed in. Sometimes you're lucky to get a cockscrew, but at the Pinhal we are talking microwaves, blenders, toasters and the rest. The air conditioning and safe are provided at no extra cost, and thats a real bonus, you even get sun loungers on the terrace and maid service every day. The complex is beautiful, the gardens are extremely well maintained as is the 2 full size swimming pools and kiddies pool. The Bar and Restaurant are very good but the only negative is the on-site supermarket which is very limited and pricey, also at the time not always open as stated. However the complex is less than 10 minutes walk away from the outskirts of the centre where you can find a Spar Supermarket which is very reasonably priced. The complex is about 15/20 minutes from the Marina which is at the heart of Vilmoura. The roads in Vilamoura are very good, not a dust track in sight, therefore good for wheel chair access and those having walking difficulties. If you play Golf then you are in heaven. I myself am a runner and ran every day for the first time not feeling like I might be knocked down at anytime. Well recomended.

Room Tip: We booked a garden view appartment, it was at ground level and therefore you can use your sun-lounge...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank marboo
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Halkirk, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

My wife and I have just returned from 10 days in the Algarve. Our stay at the Pinhal da Marina can be described as nothing short of excellent. Very friendly, helpful and polite staff. The accommodation was maintained to a high standard and all of the appliances worked well (most looked new in fact). The complex has well tended gardens which are well worth walking around. We look forward to staying there again. Also we found Vilamoura to be the best of the towns we visited.

Room Tip: Our room had a balcony that had the sun all day. I would recommend one of these.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Ben0955
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Kirkcaldy
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2011

Family of four, two kids aged 13 and 9. It was a bit quiet for us. Also quite difficult to find for the first time. Breakfast very limited, croissants, toast with ham or cheese, cereals, a few different fruits, yogurts and tinned fruit. No cooked breakfast here i'm afraid ! However, the apartments were ok. After reading some reviews I sent an email asking for one of the rooms that had been modernised. Which we got. Still looked dated to me. Bath had been re-enameled, not replaced etc etc. Still the same old 70's tiles on the walls. Reception area is similar to a holiday camp, very small with a couple of sofas. I guess I was just looking for all the bad points as we are used to a hotel with daytime and night time entertainment / activities. We did get free wi-fi and free use of a pc at reception area. Tennis and table tennis is free also. Staff were very nice. We asked if we could keep our room on for a few hours as we had an 8pm flight home. We were allowed till 3pm with no extra charge. Most other places would charge for this. We had a hired car, i'm glad we did. More like half an hour stroll to marina in the August heat. Lunch menu was fine and a lot cheaper than the larger 4* hotels. Again being a bit picky, we had to take our own towels and hair dryer. Where as the last few 4* hotels we stayed in supplied these. But you only get what you pay for, This accommodation was half the price of a similar rated hotel with all the activities, kids discos etc. The morning before we came home was a little showery and everyone wanted to sit inside for breakfast. A queue quickly formed as there are only 50 seats. These apartments are great for a quiet week away to chill out. At the end of the day your still in Vilamoura with the beautiful Marina and quality restaurants. Best restaurant we found "Colombo's" as seen in our photo,, near Dom Pedro Golf hotel, was 20% cheaper than marina but the service and food quality was much better.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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4 Thank Jimmy520
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Property: Pinhal da Marina
Address: Praca 3 Caminhos | Quarteira, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-439, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pinhal da Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pinhal da Marina Apartments 10/15 minute walk to the Marina for restaurant's, bar's, shop's, and the casino, with a choice of 2 excellent golden sandy beaches either side of the Marina. The Vilamoura golf courses are all within a five minute drive. "Pinhal da Marina" itself comprises of 128 apartments (from studio to 3 bedroom apartment) all furnished with air conditioning in the living room, heater in the bedrooms, satellite tv, a safety deposit box, and if your clients are eating in, the kitchen's are equipped with cooker's, micro wave oven, toaster, tea-coffee facility's and cooking utensils. A feature of the apartments is the spacious veranda's overlooking the gardens or swimming pools where you can sit and watch the sun go down with your favourite beverage in hand. "Pinhal da Marina" host's two large outdoor swimming pool's, a child's paddling pool, a children's playground, restaurant/bar, tennis court, and football, volleyball, basketball area's. Wi-Fi is free of charge in common areas (pool and reception) at Pinhal da Marina Pinmar restaurant is located at Pinhal da Marina by the main pool and it is open from Abril to October. Every day you can have meals a la carte or choose to have half / full board regimen. Also you can have a snack or drinks all day long. Continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am (extra cost per person/ day). O Pinhal da Marina is a great place for family holidays and self-catering holidays all year around. ... more   less 
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