My partner and I stayed here for a week half board. I will start with the plus points...
The room was bright and spacious and the maid visited daily.
The pool was clean enough most days and large enough for plenty of guests.
The grass around the pool is much nicer than a mass of concrete.
There was about the right amount of sunbeds for guests.
Sunbeds could be coupled with supplied cushions making them much more comfortable.
The staff were generally good, nothing exceptional.
There was a fridge in the room.
And the negatives...
Staff do not ask "how is the food?" or "can I get you another drink?" etc. (I get around this by ordering a couple of drinks each at the start so you don't have to track them down.
The staff used an extremely loud and smelly leave blower for about 2.5 hours on 2 separate days to blow away a very small layer of hedge cuttings (hedge trimmer was also loud but they did it at night), it was the same as sunbathing with someone sitting revving up a massive motorbike right next to you. A brush would be an inifitely more considerate and effective choice!
I emailed about 3 weeks prior to visiting and asked for an upper floor room with a nice balcony view. I got a ground floor room with a ridiculously rubbish view.
The balcony door was nearly impossible to open and then re-lock due to the handle buttons being extremely stiff and the locking technique requiring a big slam and button push at the same time! My partner couldn't even open it at all so I had to do it for her every time. We only used the balcony to dry clothes and towels because the view was rubbish.
The bathroom needed a good scrub with bleach to get rid of the mega mildew in the tile grouting.
Our apartment was below the car park and so the bathroom window had to remain 100% shut to stop people walking by looking in (very easy to do!) It also meant the noisy scooters/cars woke you up at all hours.
The aircon was rather weak. We left it on up full every day (spare card in the slot) and it was just about adequate. It didn't actually regulate a constant temperature (IE: it was only low, medium or high despite having a celsius measurement) and so we woke up freezing on a couple of nights.
The safe was 14 euros a week which is tight considering they just remove the lock barrel until you pay for it, pretty ridicuous not to just include it.
There was no freezer compartment in the fridge.
The breakfast was pretty average, budget cereal, very budget bacon, the orange juice and toast were nice though.
The food was terrible on some nights. My first night I ordered "black grouper fish" and it was the worst thing I've ever received from a restaurant, completely overcooked and tasteless, my partner tried it and also hated it. One night there was a pork and mushroom sauce thing that was actually very nice.
The half board menu was always as follows:
Starter: Soup or salad
Main: Fish or chicken/beef
Dessert: Cheap mass-produced cakes that tasted oily
On the last night we asked if we could order from the normal menu and we were told we could only order some stuff which was fair enough, wish we'd asked on day one! Hotel Management: If you are willing to aloow that you should make it clear because it would make the food choice much more pleasant, some nights we almost asked for just soup because the choice was rubbish.
You got chips with nearly every meal, I was actually so sick of them by the end of the holiday!
The free shuttle bus didn't turn up one day and someone eventually called the hotel to ask why and it turned up about 1.5 hours later!
The beds were literally SOLID; the hardest bed I have ever slept in. Both of us found them pretty uncomfortable.
Nothing to do with the hotel but the marina taxi queue took about 30 minutes of waiting before we got to a taxi!
I wouldn't return to the hotel or recommend it but I wouldn't go out my way to discourage anyone from trying it out.
If you want to go do not go half board. The dinner food menu was still limited but had much more choice than the measly option 1 or option 2 for the half board "menu"! The normal menu was priced fine and so I strongly discourage choosing half board.
Hire a car, the parking is ample and unless you want to just go to the marina or beach then you are stuck.
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- Also Known As:
- Apartmento Do Golfe Vilamoura
- Apartmento Do Golfe Hotel
- Hotel Apartamentos Do Golf Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve