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Rio Apartments
Ranked #21 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Very good value for money”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Just back from a 9 night stay here. We paid £171 for 9 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment that was capable of sleeping 4. The apartment was pretty basic but it was adequate for our needs with a proper gas cooker with grill and oven, microwave, toaster, iron and ironing board. Reception is only manned for about 3 hours everyday but these are self catering apartments and not a hotel with room service. We tried the restaurant twice and the food was of a very good standard and reasonably priced. We got a flyer when checking in that gave us a free bottle of wine with our first meal. My top tip would be the shortcut through the tennis academy that takes you on the main path down to the marina. Going this way the marina is only a 15 minute walk away. A taxi back from the marina never cost any more than 5 Euros and that was late at night

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The apartment was basic but clean if not a little worn.Paid just over £300 each for fortnight mid September so good value for money. Used the place as a base to go out most days.Didn't sit around pool much .Stone Steakhouse and bar on site reasonably priced decent food.Had fillet steak hot stone style and pork medallions both very tasty.Good location About 15 to 20 mins walk to Marina and about 1hour to Quarteria.Lovely beaches close by.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Good value for money. We really paid small price for this hotel so can't really complain.
The apartment is spacey and has all basic stuff you need for self-catered holiday. It is also cleaned every few days and the towels are changed frequently as well. The beaches and town centre are pretty far from the hotel (30 min normal walk) so feel prepared for that. Don't forget that 30 min walk in hot weather conditions is much more exhausting than a walk in mild conditions. This is where I overestimated our abilities although I walk a lot in UK.
The only down side is that the receptionist, although very polite, was not very helpful with advice on how to get to different places. All she was suggesting was the taxi although there were cheaper options available.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed here for 7 days mid September , rooms were clean & had everything required for a S/C holiday , nice pool & pool area & the on site steak house bar/restaraunt serves excellent food with good service to boot . A nice 15-20 minute walk to the wonderful marina or beach where there is a vast selection of restaraunts & bars to choose from depending on your taste . Would recommend the Rio Apartments to anyone looking for a value for money holiday but just remember that it is a 3 star & not a 5 star which going by some of the reviews i have read is what some people are expecting .

Room Tip: Had a room facing gardens which seemed to be a lot cooler than those facing pool .
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Me and my husband Dave were apprehensive about staying here because of the mixed reviews. However i would say we got what we paid for. We paid approximately £500 for the accommodation for a fortnights stay. I wonder what we could get in the UK for this price (if we could get anything). Rooms were basic but clean and well equipped. We would have more liked more sunbeds around the pool as we had to be up early to get one. Vilamoura is fabulous and i would recommend a visit.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

just arrived back from 2 week stay at rio apartments, although our apartment was basic it had everything you needed, it was clean and everything worked. Pool area was good, cleaned everyday and restaurant was great. We found all the staff to be friendly and helpful only downside was not having air con as was hot at night. Its a nice walk into the marina took us about 15mins but you can get taxis cheap if you don't want to walk. I was worried after reading some of the reviews but think some people want 5 star hotel for 3 star price we found it a great place for a relaxed and chilled out holiday and a great base to go exploring the beautiful surroundings and the weather was fab!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool get sun all afternoon not so hot if you face the gardens
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We spent two weeks here in September 2012. Our room was not ready when we arrived ( apparently ) so we got given a room with no Microwave, Toaster and ants all over the kitchen and also the drawers were falling apart, and the blinds didn't work. We asked for a Microwave and Toaster and they put them in the room 2 days later, we also complained about the ants and they sorted that problem when we went out. Beds were comfy, good shower etc just needs updated furniture and a better selection of T.V because the only chanel in English was telling you where to go in the Algarve ( and you get fed up of watching that ) 25 mins walk to the marina or beach or you can catch a taxi for approx £3-£5, nothing much around apart from the steak house which has good food but takes forever to serve you at the bar if you only want a drink. Pool very basic got cleaned every morning but come mid afternoon it was dirty again. Weather FANTASTIC

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Property: Rio Apartments
Address: Rua de Franca 80, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-476, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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