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Pinhal da Marina
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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essex
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45 reviews
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“Excellent holiday”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed at these apartments for 10 days over Easter. We had a garden view room for 4 on the ground floor. Apartment was very well equipped,spotlessly clean and spacious. We had one of the modernised apartments,some of the others did look quite dated.
There were 2 good sized pools but neither were heated so the water was freezing,although that didnt stop our 2 teenagers using them.They used the tennis court everyday.
We only ate in the restaurant once and the food was good and reasonably priced.The apartments are about 10 mins walk to a supermarket,20 mins walk to Marina and 10 mins walk to the Old Village.
The only downside for us was that there was no one else there! We were the only family staying there surprised us.To be fair the whole area was quiet,even the Marina.
special mention to Carmen,Dora and Tina,they were the most helpful and friendly receptionists we have met on any holiday.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Maria Manuel L L, at Pinhal da Marina, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thanks for your comments on Pinhal da Marina.

We are grateful to hear that you enjoyed very much your stay with us!

We hope to see you all soon.

Best wishes,

Pinhal da Marina Staff
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed here with 2 friends Sept 2012. Can't fault the apt, v clean, lovely big balcony. Nice pools, tennis court and free wifi. Bit of a walk from the Marina, 20 minutes and nearest shop approx 10 minute walk.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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7 Thank D_Allendale
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Portugal - Norte
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Most positive:
-Quiet and beautiful place with lots of pine trees
-Very nice swimming-pool space (the secondary one)

Less positive:
-Very expensive for the general quality
-Unprofessional and english-firendly only portuguese staff
-Some of the apartments (like ours) are old needing a renovation
-Very poor breakfast
-No supermarket

Room Tip: Best apartments are the renewed ones near the secondary swimming-pool
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Kildare
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Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Excellent apts, 12-15 mins stroll to Vilamoura Marina. 7 minutes walk to the nearest supermarket.

Massive complex with large well equipped apts with extra large balconies and sun loungers.

Two large pools with padded sun loungers, grounds are well maintained.

Great service thank you to Maria & Carmen.

  • Stayed October 2012
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2 Thank travellingaddict12
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Having recently returned from an annual 'girls' holiday to Portugal i have mixed feelings about our accomodation this year. We had booked a 3 bed room appartment a year ago requesting a new one on the ground floor, on arrival we got neither.
The appartment was up 2 flights of stairs but the shock was just how out dated and dark the inside was, one of the bedroom was like a dungeon. The decor was very 70's, ok if you love retro! and dirty, sticky carpets and wipe clean furniture, NOT 4 STAR.
After much complaining we were finally shown a block of beautiful brand new appartments over looking their own pool, bliss! We had to pay an extra £140 for the privlidge but was worth it.
We had the half board option which was great.
I could'nt understand why at the end of the season when occupany is low you don't put your customers in your best rooms? surely keeping your customers happy means you would be more likely to return and also reccomend, i would'nt do either!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 Thank rachael1971
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Killarney, Ireland
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed in Pinhal da Marina apartments at the beginning of October for 4 nights. We had a studio apartment on the ground floor with a patio overlooking the gardens. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and brought us to our apartment and showed us around the complex, and provided maps of the resort. The swimming pool was great with loads of sunbeds available. We had a kitchen, living room with bed, toilet and shower room. Loads of space in the apartment and less than 10 minute walk to the shops, just over 15 minute stroll to the marina. I could not recommend the apartments enough and we will be returning next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We have just returned from a week at Pinhal da Marina which we booked as a last minute holiday. We had a one bedroom apartment overlooking the gardens and we were very impressed! We have stayed in lots of self catering apartments but these were by far the best equipped that we have experienced. The apartment was spacious and spotlessly clean. Having clean towels and beds made every day is a bonus. The terrace was enormous and was sun soaked for much of the day.

The gardens and pool areas are really lovely. Very well maintained and really deserving of the four star rating. The complex is a good 15 minute walk from the marina and if you are carrying shopping back from the spar, the last part of the walk is uphill and the apartments would not be suitable for visitors with poor mobility. Having said that we were astonished that the taxi's were so cheap. A taxi to the marina is approximately 4 euros.

The on site restaurant is limited in choice but what is available on the menu is nicely cooked and the staff are really freindly. The choice of restaurants in and around the marina is great and most of them are reasonably priced but the onsite restaurant is probably better value for money.

We would highly recommend the following; walk from the marina to Quarteria along the promenade. This was a lovely walk which took about 20 minutes and some of the fish restaurants are more authentic and less targeted to tourists. A taxi back is under 6 euros. We found information on the local buses was not readily available and confusing so we hired a car and visited Albefuirra which was nice but we preferred Vilamoura. Also it is worth getting to Tavira and taking the ferry to Ihla Tavira. The beach was superb!

Also have a night at the casino. People watching is as much fun as taking part.

If we return to the area again we would definitely stay at Pinhal da Marina. The apartments were great value for money and made our holiday very enjoyable.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
#10 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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