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Rio Apartments
Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great value nice restaurant cute hotel”
Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed there for 9 days in April. On arriving we found no one in reception and had to go round the building to knock on the restaurant for someone to be summoned. Our room had everything you could need, my friends room had a microwave and a pool view which was nice. We arrived quite late but got a taxi to mcdonalds as we were hungry there was nothing close by but the taxi driver said it was easy to walk in the daylight. The marina and beach are about 20 mins walk away. There is a supermarket at the end of the road and a more value one near the marina.we hired bikes and had a great time vilamoura is great for cycling,scenic,golf courses and fantastic villa just closeby. The weather was wet some day but we were lucky and got some sun,then it was hot and we used the pool. The restaurant was reasonable,dinners in the evening and served delicious food and also snacks in the day.

  • Stayed April 2014
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5 Thank wenese
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Stayed with my lads for a wk. I had no great expectations but loved it. The room was nice, basic kitchen that would have been a lot better if a small brush would have been available not only a mop.
Room was cleaned twice. The pool side and kiddies pool wan perfect for my lil lads ( 2 and 4 ). Restaurant served nice food and the two owners were fab..always about my boys and their actions. The free wifi in the bar help me keep in contact with home and hubby who was left behind.
Even the walk into the marina was great. ..as the perfect green trail led u nicely into the heart of vilamoura.

Defo will go and stay there again.
Thank you for all the staff and services.

Mags. Sam and Jamie xxx

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Margit O
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Room was basic but clean. Kitchen needed some updating but had all the necessary equipment. Loads hot water. Great bathroom with a shower and bath and lots of towels. We had ground floor room overlooking pool which was lovely. Balcony had lots of shade which I loved. The beds had brand new pillows and mattress which were very comfy. Just one downside was the silver fish and 2 huge cockroaches that appeared out of the cupboard on our last night. :-( no sign of any bugs before that. The restaurant is really good and the sangria is the best I have ever had. All in all a lovely holiday on a budget

  • Stayed May 2014
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3 Thank Emma050871
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Got a bargain break here through low cost holidays, apartment surprisingly spacious, clean and had everything we needed as a family, the two pools where invaluable in the heat, the area is quiet but that's what we wanted with an 18 month old! Supermarket few mins walk away and the restaurant downstairs is expensive but worth getting the lift for, the stone steak is to die for. 25 mins slow lovely walk to the marina, we had a lovely break here and would highly recommend, I am an honest trip advisor and the place needs a bit of cosmetic TLC but apart from that, book here if u like fresh sheets, loads of towels and a big apartment, if u want 24hr reception however do not, as they work on Portuguese time and come and go as and when, not a problem for us, but might be for you, enjoy we did :-)

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank blossomhillbilly76
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2014

Great place lovely setting great apartment - rubbish bed but get this - £12 yes £12 for a weekfor two of us at easter! We've already bought the blow up bed for our next visit. lovely place for a first trip to the algarve no frills...


  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Mark H
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2014

No airport transfer waiting for us when we arrived, rang the apartments from the airport to see where it was and told me I had never sent over an email confirming the transport ( I sent 3 emails all with my flight info and 1 of the emails was in Portuguese) I they said they would send out a taxi to pick us up but I had to wait 30 minutes (ended up getting my own taxi from the airport) then when I arrived at the apartment complex the reception was closed so we had to wait around for that to open, eventually got our keys for our room, was a small little smelly dinky room with holes in the wall looking out on to a car park. I had requested a pool view room on my booking of the apartment but they failed to read that request too. Also owners of the restaurant are very rude and not one bit helpfu, thank god I had other family on holiday with us in a different apartment complex stayed there for the week around their pool, only slept in Rio's (on hard beds) would not recommend Rio Apartments at all.. Pinhal da Marina was a beautiful (where my other family stayed)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank narno25
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2014

We read the reviews and as a couple of young women from Northern Ireland (we are only 18) we were actually hoping we hadn't made a major mistake on our first foray into independent travel. Our parents had warned us that once we arrived, if we had any worries we were to immediately ask to be transferred to another property and they would foot the bill. Well all we can say is that as our first holiday abroad without our parents we had absolutely nothing to worry about. We got a lovely apartment with balcony overlooking the pool, which we sat out on every evening. Low cost holidays had everything organised fantastically - smooth transfers etc. Our apartments were really lovely considering the price paid. The staff on site were really helpful and kept us well informed on where we were to go and how to get there. The receptionist was lovely and called the taxi for our first trip into Vilamoura so that we could get our bearings, and after this we just walked it in which only took 10 minutes. At no point did we ever feel unsafe and the other holiday makers at the apartments were very nice as well. We had booked the holiday at the last minute, for over the Easter period, for a bit of relaxation in the middle of our studies, and our stay at the Rio Apartments was exactly that. I really can't understand the negative comments left because we were met with clean apartments, excellent and helpful staff from the reception through to the maid service. Yes, the food is different to home, but this is the whole point of travelling abroad, to experience different food and cultures. Yes, the food was more expensive but when you are on holiday you can't expect to have a fridge full of food from Sainsburys or Tescos with buy one get one free offers !! I definitely would recommend staying in Rio Apartments as we enjoyed our stay there.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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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:
#3 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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