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Rio Apartments
Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Dublin, Ireland
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“Won't be back”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

On a recent trip to Vilamoura and having never been there before I choose as advertised the 3 star Rio apartments. On arrival the exterior of the complex was fresh and clean and appeared good value for money. Unfortunately that is where thing's went steadily downhill. The interior of the complex was very disappointing. It was dull and in dire need of a complete internal refurbishment. The hallways were dull and shabby and seemed to suffer from water leeks as for the duration of my stay there was towels on the floor of the hallways. On arrival in my assigned apartment things didn't improve. It was clean but very dull and in dire need of a completely update. The walls were badly marked, the ceiling in the bathroom was suffering from mildew problems as there was no ventilation, the kitchen was very dated and the units were in poor condition, the blind didn't work, there was only one plug socket and the handle of the electric kettle became very hot if re boiled. One of the chairs on the balcony was dangerous and collapsed if sat on and all the furniture supplied was old and very dated. The TV had no english speaking channels which is of no use to an international clientele. The pool area was not too bad but required modernisation and some new sun furniture. On the positive side the staff of the complex carrier out their duties very well and were very friendly and helpful. So Rio getting your act together and and get a completely internal refurbishment because you have a good location and externally the apartments look really good and are well landscaped. Three stars is possible but needs a lot of work

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Had a weeks stay at the Rio Apartments and enjoyed it. It is a good half hours stroll to the Marina where all the life is but it's a pleasant walk . Vilamoura is a lovely resort and somewhere I would certainly go back to. The Rio Apartments staff were very friendly,the food was good and reasonably priced as were the drinks. There is a supermarket close by to stock up and just down the road a lovely little bar called Topazio which is ideal for your first drink . Some of the restaurants around the Marina are pricey (Which you probably would expect) but you do get stunning views of the luxury boats and there are plenty. Parky's Bar is a good night out especially the ELVIS tribute act and the 19th hole also is a good lively pub. Plenty of trips available and we went to the Slide and Splash park which was a great day out. Boat trips along the Algarve coast are available from the Marina and this was also a very enjoyable day out.. Overall a good week at the Rio..!!

Room Tip: All looked pretty much the same but nice to have a balcony overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

we booked this on the strength % of reviews and were not disappointed. apartment block is small but apartments surprising spacious, (studios have separate kitchen). equipment is basic but adequate. snack bar is excellent, transforming into a restaurant serving quality food in the evening. yes it is a distance from the very busy marina, but we were well aware of that before travelling, taxis are reasonably priced and the bargain price of the accommodation allowed for this. one of our apartments had a slight damp problem but when we asked to move there was no problem in doing so. I assume this apartment is on the list for refurbishment as some are clearly more updated than others. I would return.

Room Tip: 1st floor studios have a slightly larger balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Stockport, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

what is the matter with you people who give bad reviews.everything we asked for we got, wine glasses corkskrew electrical repair in kitchen ii you dont ask no get. towels changed everyother day, clean room every two days sandra on reception ideal, didnt use the pool bar much he just wanted your euros, marina a good walk away but once seen soon forgotton, nice supermarker bottom of hill.stayed 25th august till 8th sept.we will return 9 out of 10....

Room Tip: room 110 at the back.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

only good thing to say about this hotel was the restaurant staff they were super friendly and helpful.stayed here for a week and wished it was less.Towels changed once and no cleaner for rest of stay,no bed changed either.too far away from shops and marina,restaurant didn't open till ten in morn,reception was open for a limited time.no staff at all on a Monday as it is day off.so had to go out for food and drinks.pool area small and lack of sunbeds.tv in room but no English speaking channels.lack of utensils in newly furnished kitchen and no separate bedroom.locks on door not secure either.very hard to get taxis too unless staff phone you one .will not be returning to these apartments ever such a shame as staff were lovely

Room Tip: quiet all round area
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

5 day stay in studio appt. Very clean and quiet. Pool is small but good for kids but a lack of seating area around pool. Unfortunately too many people reserved sunbeds before 9am although a notice is in place asking them not to do it. Apartments are too far away from the Marina to walk although there is a bus route buses are infrequent but the tourist train is a 5 min walk away at the Hilton Hotel up the road. Because of where the apartments are there is not a comprehensive map of the area including information on taxi's and buses. The restaurant is excellent and the food is exceptional and a lot of it..would recommend it and would stay there again

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

August 24th
Having just returned from our family holiday at the Rio I can only say what a fabulous time we have had. Although accommodation basic, we had a one bedroom apartment with pool view. The kitchen was new and the rest of the apartment was clean but basic. Room was cleaned on a regular basis and was given fresh towels, bedding, tea towels , toilet rools and table cloth on each visit. No air con but a fan was given free of charge. Lady on reception very helpful and even gave me her own fan when I needed it. ( hotel full so no spare fans)
Fantastic around pool, kids loved it. Bar and restaurant very reasonable priced and would definately recommend their pizza's!!
Marina and the old village a must to visit!!!! Around twenty mins walk. We enjoyed our time here and visited them on a regular basis.
Alberfira twenty euros one way and enjoyed the visit. Gypsy markets worth a visit too some good bargains to be had.
A definite must for the price you pay as we were not disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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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
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Vilamoura
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Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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